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Satin Solitude Imperial Stout - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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793 Ratings
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Ratings: 793
Reviews: 382
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.26%
Wants: 54
Gots: 68 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Central Waters Brewing Co. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 02-19-2002)
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Photo of brewcrew76
4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a deep black with just the slightest ruby highlight and a 2 finger tan creamy head that leaves sticky patches of lacing.

S - Roasted malt, sweet chocolate, fresh coffee and hints of vanilla.

T - Lactic milk sourness, roasted malt, burnt coffee grounds, bittersweet chocolate, bitter hop presence.

M - Medium to full and creamy smooth with a dry finish. Not big and chewy enough for a RIS but it fits this beer well.

D - This is more like a big tasty milk stout than a RIS but it works nicely and is very drinkable. I am reviewing it more on enjoyment than trying to fit it to style.

brewcrew76, Mar 28, 2007
Photo of ManicD
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from day old growler into a pint glass, the Satin Solstice Imperial Stout was a deep & very dark coffee/coca cola brown/black color.

A frothy & foamy crater-filled mocha tan colored head 3/8 inch thick left some sticky uneven lace patches on the glass.

Coffee/cappuccino/caramel/molasses/raisin aroma with a little oat. Nice!

Chocolate coffee beans, molasses & caramel flavors with grassy & piney hop flavor, charcoal smokiness & slight alcohol presence felt. Flavors integrated better & the bitterness mellowed slightly as my glass warmed. Straight out of my refrigerator was too cool for this brew. Raisin & soy sauce flavors are noticeable now.

Had some mini Heath bar snacks with my next glass which was a nice combination.

A slightly milky light-medium mouth feel. Carbonation was not very noticeable.

Very flavorful (like others have said, not Imperial Stout level of flavor) but quite drinkable.

ManicD, Feb 22, 2007
Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I need to track my trades better but this beer came from either autumnaldave or jay23 as an extra. Gracias.

12 ounce bottle. My first beer from Central Waters. Pours with a thin head. Black throughout as per the style. Smell of coffee and malt. Tastes like it smells. Not much alcohol in taste which makes it very drinkable but at 7.5% that is a little low for a RIS. Not really a RIS IMO a good stout none the less.


SkinnyElvis, Feb 22, 2007
Photo of emerge077
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured with a billowing mass of tan foam, cascading down the sides of the glass. Craters formed in the surface, as the larger bubbles evaporated. Sticky lace rings the glass as well.

Smells a little chocolaty and malty, slightly roasty. Good, but nothing out of the ordinary.

Taste is lightly sweet, chocolate up front, with roasted malt closing it out. Mouthfeel is lush, almost like chocolate milk. Smooth and satiny. Slight perception of alcohol at warmer temps, but well integrated. Would easily have 2-3, too bad this was my only bottle!

A good dessert beer, it would pair nicely with something sweet to balance it.

emerge077, Feb 06, 2007
Photo of orfeu
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of two bottles sent to me by the man, the legend, nflmvp -- Thanks, Steve! Poured into a 17-ounce snifter, Central Waters foray into RIS territory pours a deep, dark chocolate brown, almost black, with a crater-pocked mass of clumpy, sticky, whipped dark tan foam. Extremely surprising nose: strong, buttery dark caramel is the dominant scent, with a bit of mineral infused chocolate covered toffee at the back. Really sweet smelling. This worries me a bit, but fortunately the caramel toffee bit settles down in the taste. It's still there, but it melds into a semi-bitter coffee flavor that mellows things out into a thoughtful, long, roasty finish. Pretty smooth stuff; I don't know that it necessarily deserves the moniker "satin," but, okay...Earthy, dry finish. Pretty good stuff! It seems this brewery takes a broad approach when interpreting styles: a malt-forward IPA, a butternut RIS...I'm usually pretty strict about wanting a beer to conform to its stated style, but I think Central Waters is winning me over with this one. It's not something I'd reach for very often, but they certainly deserve accolades for originality of interpretation in brewing. Certainly worth a try or two.

orfeu, Jan 16, 2007
Photo of assurbanipaul
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown/black with a thin head that fades quickly. Aroma is robust with dark coffee and sweet sorghum molasses.

Taste is as full as the aroma. Lots of bittersweet dark coffee, some smokey molasses and a lingering charcoal flavor. Some caramel cola syrup, roast and dark chocolate in the middle. No alcohol heat but the finish is dry, bitter coffee.

Mouthfeel is medium, maybe a little light for the style but the tremendous flavor keeps it a sipper. Smooth and satiny, drinkability is very high with some heavy legs in the swirl. I like this one, it was gone before I noticed.

assurbanipaul, Dec 24, 2006
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.53/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. The liquid is Black with ok carbonation. The head is 3 fingers, tan and leaves good lace.

The smell is of dark roasted toasty Malt. Outstanding Aroma on this one!

The taste follows Coffee, Brown Sugar and Molasses, Very nice, soft and mellow.

The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy very good in a full body brew. Carbonation drops off a bit.

The drinkability is good, I'll try to get a few more. Thank you to BA's best trader NFLMVP, Prosit, MK

MuenchenerKindl, Dec 08, 2006
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Burnt sienna with dusky ruby highlights. Bright sunlight is easily visible on the opposite side of the glass, although it's no longer bright. I'm always a little leery of stouts that aren't opaque, especially Russian Imperial ones. The mochachinno colored cap is frothysticky and leaves a nice display of lace as it melts. I like it just fine... even though it looks like a porter.

The nose is impressive and makes me feel a little better about things since it's definitely not short on power and presence. Well-roasted malt is first on the list and provides aromas of bittersweet chocolate, ground coffee beans and (best of all) vanilla beans. I like it more and more the more I sniff. Outstanding.

Central Waters admits that Satin Solstice is on the lighter end of the RIS spectrum... which it is. If so, why even call it an Imperial stout?... which it isn't. It is damn fine beer though and will be judged on its deliciousness, not its style adherence. I prefer to think of it as a big milk stout since it's a wonderful example of that particular style.

There's quite a bit of lactic sweetness on hand with a little lactic sourness as well. Milk stout all the way. A roasted barley char comes through loud and clear, adding a bitterness (along with the bitterness from a fairly generous citric hop load) that counters sweet and sour in compelling fashion. There's a lot going on here. Sugared hazelnut is at least as prominent as any of the flavors already listed.

The body/mouthfeel isn't up to snuff for an RIS, but is plenty big enough for any other stout sub-style. It's incredibly silky smooth--satiny one might say--and is clearly the product of a quality brewery. Never mind that it isn't supremely viscous and chewy, it's pure pleasure in the mouth and easily deserves the score that I've just granted.

With the possible exception of Lac Du Bay IPA, I love Central Waters beer. Satin Solstice is a delicious stout that is as drinkable as they come. I continue to hope that this brewery (or Lake Louie or Tyranena or New Glarus, I'm not picky) will decide to distribute to their thirsty, craft beer lovin' neighbors to the South. While it isn't quite as good as Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout, this one is not to be missed.

BuckeyeNation, Nov 17, 2006
Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the glass slightly chunky opaque and black with a ruby highlight when held to light. The head was brown, large and lasted like a champ to lace the glass from top to bottom.

The aroma was malty with a strong toffee character and caramel along with diacetyl. Chocolate was present with coffee, but through the huge head the aromas were malt and diacetyl. As the head died back and the beer warmed the aroma became more roast and chocolate centered.

The flavor was nicely roasty with chocolate and a strong grassy hop bittering and flavor. Some diacetyl was present in the flavor, but kept at bay by the highly roasted malts. The flavor contained expresso and dark roasty chocolate at a assertive level which was nicely conceived.

The finish was dry with lasting impressions of malt, roast and grassy hops into the aftertaste. The body was just full with a creamy mouthfeel and a moderate level of carbonation. If the diacetyl was a bit less in the aroma this one would be a force to behold.

12 ounce bottle, thanks afatty!

GCBrewingCo, Nov 15, 2006
Photo of terrabyte
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours very deep black color with a huge tan head.

Aroma is a staggering, fresh, really rich chocolate.

Taste is pretty sweet. Contains very roasted chocolate, creamy milk, a bit of black cherry, and a hint of smoke.

Mouth is creamy, and a bit foamy. But great for the style. It's a bit thin, but since it doesn't deter the flavor content, this only helps the drinkability.

Extremely drinkable. Very surprising since I thought I might tire from the strong flavors. That just didn't happen. It wasn't too sweet (I'm not a fan of sweets) and although quite obviously chocolately, not overwhelmingly so. Very well balanced.

terrabyte, Nov 14, 2006
Photo of evanackerman
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is really quite a good stab at this style from a small Wisconsin brewery.

appearance is black with a tan head, typical IS.

aroma is chocolately, smells sweet.

taste is nice combination of bitter hops and smooth chocolate coffee flavors.

mouthfeel is the only thing that takes a hit here, it is a bit thin for an imperial stout, the alcohol is not as big as many othes of the style so that affects the body a bit as well,

overall, this is much better than i expected, it is actually quite good and well worth a try.

evanackerman, Oct 11, 2006
Photo of Westsidethreat
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to JeffKrenner for another good midwestern beer.

A: Charcoal black, can't see anything in this brew. Head is a dark beige, medium sized bubble froth slowly falling.

S: Light licorice, cafe au lait, roasted marshmallow, chocolate milk and black patent malt.

T: Begins roasted and dry, like a good oyster stout. Lightly sweet with hints of lactose, subtle cola and dried cocoa. Continues dry with tobacco and charred charred oak. Finishes with faint red fruit sweetness and espresso grounds.

M: Medium to full body, bit fluffy.

D: Good stout, well balanced for what they were aiming for.

Westsidethreat, Sep 11, 2006
Photo of Erdinger2003
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Head is thick with a lacing. Color is a very dark brown. Dark roasted chocolaty malts that sweet and inviting. Taste is bitter coffee and a light sweet malty side paired together. Flavor has caramel, coffee, hazelnut, and slight, slight apple flavor. It's a little green, but with time will get better. Mouthfeel could be silkier, smoother, and heavier bodied in my opinion. Overall it's pretty good.

Erdinger2003, Sep 05, 2006
Photo of tavernjef
4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Blackened brown tone with a smallish cap of dark tanned froth. Keeps a lighter shade of brown once fading to a light skim and collar. Very small, dotty lacing sticks as most of it runs back in.

Aroma is of soft bakers chocolate and oatmeal cookies with a slight burnt edge to it.

Taste is good with a nice flow of chocolate and oatmeal sweetness. Well rounded and fairly bold and lengthy. Finish is complex with burnt notes, piney hops, mango, yes, mango, slight peppery spices, and a roasted dryness emerging late with that of which is coffee-like. Slight chocolate dryness is evident as well along parts of the finish. Great finish to this one.

Feel is bold and quite full with a nice mild, dark sweetness of oats and chocolate as it has a unique warming texture thats a bit fluffy yet slick and creamy.

Whoa, this is some quickly drinkin' dark stuff. Gone in no time flat. And at only 7.5% for an Impy stout, you'll be reaching for more, bottle after bottle. A solid treat out of Wisconsin.

tavernjef, Aug 10, 2006
Photo of dancinwillie
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

poured into a pint glass, a little too roughly. Had to stop once, give it a minute, and finish off the pour. Looks mighty inviting, with a creamy foam head rising up and beyond the glass by a good 1/4 inch.
smells a little fruity, and something else I can't quite place. It's not licorice, but close to it. Getting a decent whiff of yeast, as well.
The first drink makes me wish my refrigerator was just a tad less cool, but I hold the beer in my mouth to let it warm, and to get more of the taste. Roasted malt, a little cherry, come through, but not much alcohol, which is a little suprising, for a RIS, but I like it. It's more balanced, and not as aggressive.
Mouthfeel is just a tad thin, but not so much as you'd notice. Just thin for the style.
I'd say the drinkability on this one is quite high, and at 7.5% abv, that could get you into some trouble. Delicious brew, and although it's the first I've had from Central Waters, it will certainly lead me through the rest of their arsenal.

dancinwillie, Aug 04, 2006
Photo of dirtylou
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1st in line in Imperial/Double Stout night with Golden2wenty1 and expatsteve. I am adding a 2nd review for the context of our style session

appearance: pours a dark chocolate mahogany, creamy mocha-tan head with some light lacing left behind...tinted garnet throughout

smell: bold roasty aromas, bittersweet dark chocolate, light oatmeal, dark roasted coffee...good strong aromas on this one

taste: unfortunately the strong aromas cause a letdown in the flavour department...its a very roasty brew, dark chocolate, thick malt, creamy and good up front but this one falls apart in the followthrough for me...bitterness (hop related and other) seem to distract some of the other flavours in the aftertaste

mouthfeel: creamy, strong bitterness left behind, on the thinner end of the RIS spectrum

drinkability: pretty strong

dirtylou, Jul 27, 2006
Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thanks to nflmvp for this bottle also,

A - really really black, black hole black, with a thin dark tan, chocolate milk colored head, too dark to see any carbonation

S - coffee aromas are dominant although i can also detect an alcohol aroma, not overpowering though

T - mmmm, i love RIS's, this has the typical RIS flavors, the coffee/espresso/chocolate flavors are evident and really damn good, but there are definitely of high quality, far above average, with a tart,sharp kick at the end

M&D - smooth stout, very tasty, thinner body than i expected, but very high quality, a great RIS

sinstaineddemon, Jul 27, 2006
Photo of expatsteve
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: BLack with a few ruby hues. Amber 1/4 inch head, with heavy lacing as it subsides. Medium viscosity.

Aroma: Really nice nose of chcocolate, espresso, some oats and a little cream. Nice grainy finish.

Taste: Unfortunately, this doesn't live up to the nose. Heavy roasted espresso taste, with a little booze tickle and a little chocolate in the finish. Bitter from start to finish, and while it's not unpleasant, it's a little one-dimensional. The alcohol seems a little inky in places.

Mouthfeel: Good - creamy on the way down, but balanced by astringency in the finish. Low carbonation is fitting for the style.

Drinkability: A drinkable stout, particularly if you like them on the bitter side (think Troegs oatmeal stout for example). Compared to other imperial stouts, Satin Solstice comes off as one-dimensional in its flavor and a little flat.

expatsteve, Jul 26, 2006
Photo of RoyalT
2.63/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance – This poured a nice dark brown in color with a frothing brown head that showed good retention.

Smell – This is nasty rotten butterscotch. That’s the only way I can describe this odor.

Taste – The grain flavor here is rotten as well and the butterscotch is back.

Mouthfeel – This is a bit bigger than light-bodied and fizzy in the mouth.

Sinkability – This is just plain nasty.

RoyalT, Jun 10, 2006
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours a midnight black body with a light tan head that is thick and last forever. No sign of carbonation in this inky liquid.

S- The beer has strong flavors of dark black roasted grain and malt with a cream and hot cocoa finish that isn't really sweet but more rich and dry.

T- The taste of dark roasted malt with a slight coffee bitterness and a faint alcohol note gave the malt a lot of depth. There was a faint coffee and cream flavor at the end of the sip. The dark malt was smooth but it hung on the breath after each sip.

M- The full mouthfeel had a bit of a slippery texture in the finish.

D- This beer has big rich flavors that was very smooth and blended with a definite satin quality. There unique finish had nice notes of hot cocoa or chocolate malt and cream.

rhoadsrage, May 24, 2006
Photo of CRJMellor
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to NFLMVP for this one.
Pours a dark brown with some black and red straks. Big, tight bubbled tan head, full of creamy froth that leaves lots of uneven lace patterns on the pint.
Aroma is chocolate, roasted barley and some nuttiness. Not quite to style but very appealing.
Flavor is dominated by milk chocolate, a husky, grainy malt feel and some coffee bitterness.
Mouthfeel is sort of thick and creamy like a milk stout or more of a chocolate stout.
Drinkability - tough to rate this one. Bears no resemblance whatsoever to an RIS but it is a tasty refreshing brew. give it the benefit of the stout, mislabeled style but well made drinking stout.

CRJMellor, May 13, 2006
Photo of nflmvp
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours almost black with a generous mocha head that has serious lasting power. Smells of chocolate. Tastes of chocolate, coffee and oatmeal with a smokey finish. Mouthfeel is very nice, very creamy in the end.

Overall, a very drinkable brew. If only I could get my hands on some of the Brewers Reserve.

nflmvp, Apr 11, 2006
Photo of Crosling
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark brown. The nose is just as every Imperial Stout should be, full of rich malt aromas (oreo, chocolate, coffee, roast) along with a touch of charred fruit and the perfect amount of hop aromatics, barely any at all. The flavor is fairly deep and chewy, although it isn’t as rich as the aroma suggested. Still very balanced between the coffee, chocolate and charred fruit flavors. A good brew.

Crosling, Mar 19, 2006
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear dark brown, almost black with a ruby tinge. Thick, luscious tan-brown head with an excellent cellular structure, fine lacing, and an encouraging assertiveness. Nose is a little light but offers some nice caramel, prunes, and coffee. Taste is sweet caramel, plums, and cherries. Other dark fruits, touches of anise, and a slightly pork roast meatiness enter into play. Mouthfeel is light to medium, chewy, and wonderfully bitter. Outstanding finish. This one is close o being exceptional. If the body were a bit bigger, the color a touch darker, and the fruit/caramel a little drier and less sweet this one would be killer.

DaPeculierDane, Mar 18, 2006
Photo of blackie
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: The pour produces a .3" dark khaki head that steadily recedes to just a ring around the glass and a smattering of bubbles on the surface. The beer is a very dark brown in color, nearing black.

smell: A chocolate aroma stands out most, somewhat like fresh chocolate cake. Roasted chocolate type malts dominate the aroma. Maybe a hint of watery iced coffee and some fresh leather. The smell is overall sweet and malty, though there is a decent hop aroma. Not too complex or anything, but it smells good.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is medium, and smooth on the tongue. The body is a heavier medium.

taste: Similar to the smell, though a little less complex and somewhat boring. Chocolate immediately comes to mind and dominates the palate, though it seems more bittersweet than milky on the palate. Also some hints of roast and old smoke. Moderate hop flavor and a bitterness that dries the finish somewhat, along with some lingering roasted flavors.

drinkability: easily drinkable

Smuggled four bottles back from my trip to Madison. An interesting, more subtle take on the RIS style.

blackie, Feb 18, 2006
Satin Solitude Imperial Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 793 ratings.