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Satin Solitude Imperial Stout - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Satin Solitude Imperial StoutSatin Solitude Imperial Stout

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Ratings: 854
Reviews: 388
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.99%
Wants: 57
Gots: 80 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Central Waters Brewing Co. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Bierman9 on 02-19-2002

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Photo of kickapoodude
4.77/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Satin is a perfect description of the way this beer feels on the pallet...not light, but satin. It pours deep black with a waining head. Coffee and vanilla are the most distinguished flavors. Great ice cold of room temp. This is one of my favorite beers.

Photo of scruffwhor
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The last of four twelve ounce bottles of beer my buddy Lukaski hooked me up with from his last trip to the Brat Stop.

Black colored brew with brownie highlights at the top. Tan film o' foam ater the pour leads to a ring o' foam after few sips. Cold, black coffee hits the nose first. hen maybe some marshmellows and cream in that cold coffee. Starts with some cold, black coffee with just a touch of Irish cream. No burnt flavors at all, but very roasted malts. Vanillin Zucker finish. The palate does not make me think of satin, more like grist and some cooled down coffee in texture. Good sipper though.

Photo of SaCkErZ9
2.87/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to unclejedi for this one.

Pours from a 12oz bottle into a snifter. Not quite pitch black, but very dark. Some black cherry highlights are visible at the bottom of the glass when held up to the light. A large, stiff, mocha colored head forms and leaves a generous amount of lacing.

The aroma was a bit off here. Kind of a sour, tangy aroma. It was also filled with some chocolate and a little bit of coffee, but the overwhelming aroma was a fruity sort of twang. Almost like old Halloween candy: you know, the kit kats and herseys that have been in a bag with a bunch of butterscothes and peppermint candies and red hots and bit o honeys. A melange of aromas that werent pleasing, for beer anyway.

The taste had a little bit of that twang too. There was a good dose of chocolate in there, and a hint of coffee and vanilla. I guess the twanginess wasnt as bad in the flavor as the aroma might have suggested, but there was something off with this one.

Pretty thin on the mouthfeel. A touch of bitterness, but the bitterness is more acrid and astringent than hop bitterness.

I dont know. This one kind of failed, in my book. Glad I got the chance to try this one but I cant recommend this one. Too thin, too twangy, too gone.

Photo of sgoodship
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My friend Brian gave me this bottle. A big thank you for that.

A: Big, light coffee stained 3 finger head. A little spotty lacing. Head dissipates to a thin, yellow coffee color to the end. There was a milk chocolate streak through the head. Very dark brown liquid with some ruby highlights visible against the light.

S: Beautiful caramel, molasses and bold roasted malt with a nice tangy coffee.

T: Smooth burnt malt that moves really swiftly into a bitter coffee. Leaves you with an aggressive tannin and very bitter chocolate aftertaste.

M: Medium carbonation adds some interest. Medium body that is smooth with a sharpness at the finish. The tanginess adds a chewiness to the brew.

D: If the malt taste of this had stuck around a bit longer, this would have been amazing brew. As it stands, it is a great RIS. I'd recommend giving it a try. I didn't know much about Central Waters but now I am on the lookout.

Photo of t0rin0
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This comes to me from Himerman (I think).

It pours a very dark red, pretty clear when held to a light but otherwise it looks black. Light brown head, good retention, good lacing.

Aroma is roasty (strongest aroma), nutty, and a little boozy.

Flavor is heavy on the roast and has a bit of bitter dark chocolate. Theres a little alcohol in the aftertaste but none in the initial taste. A bit heavy on the bitterness and the roast for an RIS but I guess if you lay it down for a while it might mellow.

Body is heavy and oily. Medium CO2 level. Tasty and drinkable but a beer this heavy isn't meant to be consumed in large quantities.

Photo of CrellMoset
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

UPDATE 01/23/09:

Sampled again courtesy of dkachur, and this bottle was definitely much better. It's still slightly tart and fruity, but all the sourness is gone. Quite the nice beer!


Bottle courtesy of objectivemonkey - thanks!! Poured into an Allagash flute.

Appearance: Pours a deep cherrywood brown, fairly thick looking, with a one-finger tan head

Aroma: Hugely sweet chocolate and coffee. Milky, creamy, sweet and sugary, thick smelling. The chocolate is powdery, like hot cocoa. Lots of layers to the malt here, with hints of smoke as well. There's also some heavier fruits, notes of currants, blackberries, raisins. Marshmallows. A few light, tart fruity notes too.

Taste: Pretty sure this is a bad bottle. It's overwhelmingly tart and sour, fairly salty, with an unpleasant slick creaminess that coves up most of the good flavors. There's milk chocolate, some sweet bready notes, hints of freshly ground coffee, a few burnt astringencies, and raisins, but they're really hard to pick out. Unfortunate, 'cause it seems like what's underneath was balanced, complex, and tasty. Shame.

Mouthfeel: Of an average thickness, medium bodied, uneven. Fortunately, there isn't a lot of carbonation to enhance the puckering sourness.

Drinkability: Shame about this one, but I'm glad I got the chance to give it a go - many thanks again to objectivemonkey! It seemed to have all the right notes, and a low, pro-drinkability abv% to boot ... but it was all hidden under that tart, puckering sourness. Alas!!

Photo of WJVII
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass this brew is a solid dark brown color with a cream head that left hefty lacing on the glass. The aroma is very strong of coffee and burnt malts. The taste follows suit with strong coffee tones and a slight hint of alcohol, but with the ABV it is not nearly as bad as it could be. I have noticed that the coffee stout, satin solstice, and mud puppy all have similar characteristics. There are subtle distinctions which shows the strengths (in my mind) of CW Brewery. Nice work!

Photo of charlesw
2.72/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

Nice and dark, a largish head, I suppose, but of really pretty little dense bubbles that last and last... Followed by a completely covering lace that never goes away.

Smells like burned stuff (cig butts), dog pee in the carpet and like a really thin crappy porter would taste (big smoke and no body).

Tastes. Well. There you go. Interesting. Cig butts. Coffee. Milk chocolate (certainly not dark!). There's a huge sour note at the end of the mouth. Might be hop related, I suppose, but that would be pretty surprising in this magnitude at this age (it can't be brand new, eh?) OK, and some caramel malts and sugar in there, too. It's a good thing that it doesn't taste like it smells! I'm not a fan of the sour notes. Sour... Sour like that de struise stuff. Bleh.

The mouthfeel is right on and I'm glad that I only have one of these to try.

That said, I am THRILLED to have the opportunity to try it and I am extremely grateful to unclejedi for the beer. It doesn't really matter if it's my fave or not - what matters is sharing the love and unclejedi knows how to do that!

Edit: on reading other reviews... Huh. Right. It's not an imperial anything. It's probably a porter. But that citrus tang in the taste will never make it acceptable (in the stout/porter family) in my book. Sorry...

3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Almost three fingers of rocky carmel tan head comes to a crown just above the top of the glass. Plenty of lace is left as it slowly fades. Body is a thick coal black. Nose has some pillowy smooth coco with some smokey malt. I am shocked as I take first sip as I wonder if this is what they were going for. Soured shrill dark fruits initially take the tongue by surprise. Sour dark cherries do dry out as you continue to drink and mellow. Dark bitter feel in the form of burnt malt balances the end of the palate. Mouthfeel is a thickness created by the sour, rich, bitter battle. Decently drinkable consedering. A little weak for a Impy stout though.

Photo of hopsleeroy
3.35/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Black with a little bit of whitish lacing, no ruby edges-very black
S-Boozy smeels upfront, with coffe caramel and fruits underneath. Some cocoa flavors as warms.
T-Deep chocolate with fruit flavors underneath, boozy overtones, some metallic tang as warms up, the fruity teast flavors become more dominanat as warms and not entirely pleasant
M-Thinner than I would have thought and slightly watery
D-I liked this at first but as it warms I did not really enjoy the flavors

Photo of Greggy
4.01/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a pitch black color, with no head. A little lacing is present.

S- Bitter dry chocolate, graham crackers, cream, vanilla, coffee, and nice caramel toffee.

T- Starts out sort of acidic but then moves to some dry chocolate, light cream and coffee, and finishes rather dry with a bitter hopiness.

M- A bit to much carbonation per style, I'm thinking.

D- This is a nice big beer and won't knock you on your ass @ 7.5%. I can see myself having this again.

Photo of tpd975
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another beer provided by PHawk. Thanks Parker!

A: Pours a nice brownish black hue, I would call it more brown than black. The head was a 1/2 finger high with so so retentin. Nice chucks of spotty lace were left all the way down the glass.

S: Bitter roasted coffee and dark chocolate on the nose with just a hint of cream.

T: Rather nice flavor. It is a perfect combination of bakers chocolate, light smoke, charred malt, cigar, and wood. and a faint touch of yeast.

M: On the lighter side of medium with okay carbonation.

D: Yeah it's drinkable. Another PHawk brew I would enjoy several of.

Once again Thanks Parker. We MUST trade again. I will make it worth your while.

Photo of soulgrowl
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Blackish coffee-brown, thick and opaque with just a glint of orange along the bottom rim of the glass. Head is walnut-beige and somewhat weak.

Smell: Coffee, burnt marshmallows, roasted almond oil, toffee, caraway seed, and dark chocolate, plus a suggestion of soy sauce or Balsamic vinegar. Good, but basic and slightly meek.

Taste: Spicy, tangy, bitter, and sweet - plenty of chocolate and coffee (of course), but there is also a pleasant hoppy bite, very citric and slightly peppery. Vanilla and brown sugar wander around in the background, along with deep, dark fruit notes like cherry and raspberry. Alcohol lends a slow burn that balances the malts and adds a pleasant piquancy, accenting the hops.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied but slightly too airy; well attenuated with just-right dryness.

Drinkability: An interesting and balanced RIS, easily drinkable at only 7.5%. Not quite as rich in the nose as I like 'em, but still very good.

Photo of kmeves
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber black with a small off white head. Aroma is sweet fruit, toffee, almonds and chocolate. Flavor is more fruit and less nutty chocolate although it does remind me of some of the selections in the Russell Stover sampler. Medium bodied creamy texture. Finishes long and bitter with a slight alcohol burn.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to mikesgroove for this one.

Pours a nice deep black with some ruby highlights and a nice off white head that settles a little quickly. Nose is mostly roasted malt, but there is a bit of hop in there. Taste follows with good roasted malt, a bit of dark fruit, some light hop kick. I like the roasty profile in this one, just wish it was a bit stronger here. Mouthfeel is on the thin side, along with the flavor, but at 7.5 I would expect this. Doesn't make it ok though. Why not just amp it up CW??? Its an imperial stout!!! Drinkability is strong. A very "sessionable" imperial stout, if there is such a thing. Overall a solid imperial stout that would be a regular if it was local. Just wish they would grow a sac and make this one as big as it should be. A good one.

Photo of KarlHungus
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a thick black color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly into a thick cap of lacing. The aroma is of graham cracker, tons of roasted malt, and bitter dark chocolate. The taste is big and malty. Roasted malt, burnt chocolate, cream, with a lingering mild bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of full bodied with appropriately low carbonation. Overall, this is a really good RIS. It is a nice departure from the big, overly hopped RISs a lot of American Breweries are making these days.

Photo of dbtoe
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a shaker pint glass from a 12 oz bottle.

A Body looked very black, with some brownish red at the edge. Almost 2 fingers of head that was a cream color.

S Smelled very malty with molasses

T big complex flavors, roasted malts, dark chocolate, molasses, and even bitter hops show up for the party.

M Thick and bold, and even creamy. Maybe a little too sticky.

D This is a beer with a lot of flavor and perfect for one or two. A little on the sweet side for me.

C I think this is a very good one from Central Waters. I couldn't help comparing it to their Coffee Stout witch is probably my Favorite stout.

Photo of akorsak
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle courtesy of thefatkid13 at Dark Lord Day 2007.

A: The stout is a dark red color, bordering on midnight black. Ruby red highlights abound. A finger and a half of cream colored head resulted on the pour.

S: The aroma is thick with malts, bready with a graham, toffee and caramel aroma. No hops appear in the nose but the big, roasted black malts gladly take their place. The nose really makes me anticipate the first sip.

T: The stout is a big glass of liquid bread. Roasted grains, burnt toast and warm coffee create a full, smooth taste. The fullness of the malts is noticeable and worth mentioning. They are layered, deep and nuanced with a great finish. After the first few sips, a steady stream of hop bitterness begins to emerge. They are sharp with a grassy element. As the ale warms, the boldness of the stout body becomes more pronounced, showing off more coffee and chocolate. An excellent stout.

M: The mouthfeel is a malt-lovers dream, thick and bready with a nice hop follow-through. Central Waters has stouts nailed.

D: All this taste is packed into a 7.5% alcohol beer, making this very drinkable. The palate could get fatigued though due to the abundance of flavor.

Photo of Phocion
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Resilient but short beige head topping a dark, thick, black body. Exactly what an Imperial Stout is supposed to look like.

Bittersweet chocolate and coffee malts take up most of the nose. A strange tiny hint of vanilla as well, and sweet caramel.

For the style, the flavor is a little light. Grainy and the aforementioned malts, as well as a bit of an oatmeal taste. In fact, this tastes much more like an oatmeal stout than an imperial.

Creamy but not too heavy mouthfeel, and a very easy-drinking beer. Not totally true to style, but still definitely a solid stout. Nothing mind-blowing, but pleasant.

Photo of gford217
3.64/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of Homerbag poured into a snifter.

Pours a dark, dark brown with a little light passing through the edges showing mahogany hues. The head is small, off-white and short-lived, retreating to a collar quickly, leaving no lacing. The smell comes alive as it warms with big roasted malt and coffee aromas with a hint of licorice and dark fruits. For me, the taste failed to deliver of the promise of the nose. It's fairly one-dimensional with roasted malts and coffee bitterness dominating throughout and leaving a slightly acidic finish. The mouthfeel was medium bodied but seemed a little thin for the style. The acidic bitterness in the finish limits the drinkability a little bit, but this is a decent, if fairly basic, take on a stout. It's somewhere between stout and RIS for me.

4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A vigorous pour from a 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams Uber glass produced a towering 2 finger creamy, butter colored head. The beer pours a thick Dark Amber color with Mahogany tones when held to the light.

Initial smell is well defined coffee, ripe dark fruit & a hint of smoke. As the beer warms to room temperature the nose improves with sweet malts and a little dark chocolate coming through.

The taste is inviting, albeit a little subdued.
Hints of smoke, dark roasted coffee beans & smooth malts with piney hops lurking in the finish. There's a mildly sweet, coffee aftertaste.

The mouth is a little lighter than the appearance would indicate. The carbonation blends well with the flavor & enhances the drinkability. Slick & fizzy with a nice finish & a tempered residual warming.

A nice example of a craft Imperial Stout. This is my 1st offering from this brewery. Certainly worth a revisit.

Photo of GbVDave
4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint. Thanks to neubernie for the hook-up!

Bottled on: May 09, 2008

A: Pours a cola-lke color; dark, dark brown almost black with some faint ruby highlights. Capping this is a a very creamy light khaki colored head, with chunks of bubbles, that leaves a fair amount of lace in the glass.

S: Delicious aromas of caramel, chocolate, raisin, Heath bar, fig, malted milk balls, and molassas.

T: See above. Wonderful! Roasted malt, black cherry and pepper in the middle, bitter coffee and hops in the finish.

M: Seemingly pours thin but thickens considerably as it hits the glass. Very silky and oily. Finish sticks around and takes its' time developing.

D: Disappeared from my glass so quickly. Damn that was really good!

Photo of wheatyweiss
4.29/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

Pours a cola color with minimal head.

Nose is dates and fruitcake, rum and dark chocolate. Raisins and molasses.

Flavor is fruity, though dark. Apples fried in dark brown sugar and molasses. Plums and dates. Smokey apple flavor that rides nicely on dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel is oily, creamy and slick with a prefect carbonation.

Good beer, I would drink i again.

Photo of aforbes10
4.19/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle from kkulacki. thanks!

Pours dark brown to black with a light brown head that's more bubbly than creamy. Oh my, that smells good...toffee, nougat, chocolate, prunes, malt milkshake, coffee ice cream. Bold, roasted coffee flavor, not too overwhelming. Nice current of soft chocolate. hint of cherries or prunes. Finish is like a cool cappuchino. Creamy, velvety mouthfeel. full bodied. I generally prefer a fruitier Impy, but this is a pretty great version that trends towards the coffee-dominant side of things.

Photo of ejquin
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Jet black with decent white head that fades and leaves little lacing.

S: Chocolate milk with nice piney hop spice roasted malt and coffee. Touch of anise.

T/M: Smooth, sweet and semi-light body, especially for a stout. Nice coffee and chocolate up front fades to a sweetness and then ho pspice and bight. No alochol comes through, just sweetness, but it's a very refreshing stout.

Satin Solitude Imperial Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 854 ratings.