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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: 871
Reviews: 394
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 59
Gots: 82 | FT: 7
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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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Ratings: 871 | Reviews: 394
Photo of rtepiak
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is a year old bottle. a bit thin in tone with a bit of a lighter head. light weight. smell is chocolate wafers. taste is acidic particularly aged tobacco. carob chocolate. i not a fan of that. coffee light but astringent. heavy on the chives. not bad. not the best malt character. thiner. good take on the breweries account. waited too long but room for improvement.

Photo of sonicdescent
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark ruby color that appears black without holding it up to the light. Starts off with a nice sized head for an RIS that turns into a full crown with great lace.

Smells strongly of chocolate and toffee. Creamy scent if that is possible, like a good RIS should be.

Taste is similar to smell with a big hint of toffee up front and a bit of a bitter bite to it. I don't know how this is even possible, but it tastes like its' name. A little hop flavor on the finish, but nothing like say a yeti or Old Raspy.

Mouth is satiny, that is thick and nearly flat, like a RIS should be.

I didn't expect much from this one as an extra with their more popular Coffee Stout, but I think I actually prefer this.

Photo of ATLbeerDog
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours almost pitch black/dark brown completely opaque with almost no head whatsoever. Sells of roasted malts, raisins, and whiff of coffee comprise the nose. First sip is quite bitter with dark fruits, roasted - almost burnt malts blending with coffee and a tad of chocolate. Pretty tasting but the light body and very low carbonation hurt. I'm having a hard time calling this one "Imperial" at a low 7.5% ABV and being so light bodied. Nonetheless fairly tasty.

Photo of Jwale73
3.18/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Extra from my 'wants' list courtesy of BrewCzar (thanks Bryan). 12oz. bottle served in my DFH Snifter. Poured one shade shy of black with a half inch, khaki-colored head embedded with bubbles. Cap loses its volume within minutes, settling into a soapy skim. Lots of spotty lacing on the tilt side of the glass. Nose reveals cocoa and tart fruit. Taste was sour dark fruit, some cocoa, a slight roastiness and a metallic character. Mouthfeel was medium-bodied, effervescent and slightly acidic. I was a bit underwhelmed with this one, which is too bad because I was blown away by the Brewer's Reserve.

Photo of marcobrau
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A foray not-so-deep into the heart of Wisconsin (in fact just across the Illinois stateline) netted a couple six packs of Central Waters brews. First up is the Central Waters Satin Solstice.

This stout is impressive from the start, displaying a tan and cream head that slowly falls leaving some sticky sugary lacework. The aroma is wonderful. The essence of espresso with a touch of cream (perhaps vanilla?) fills the nostrils. This is a smooth, sweetish stout with coffee and cream flavors that delight the tastebuds at first, then with more burnt coffee flavors towards the finish, a hint of smoke and a nice roasted malt and bitter hop finish. A stronger stout, but not too strong.

This is an excellent stout that I will seek out again the next time I cross the Cheddar Curtain.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dark brown, near black body with a small, exceedingly short-lived, tan head.

Smell: Scent of carbonized, burnt malts with secondary notes of chocolate, toast, and black coffee.

Taste: Charred, roasty malts diminishes to tastes of heavily roasted coffee beans and unsweetened chocolate. Lightly sweet. Taste of seared plums. Earthy, roasty bitterness. Pinch of hearth ash prior to the dry, roasty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Low carbonation.

Drinkability: The roastiness is certainly prominent, even becoming a bit obtrusive in regards to the other flavors, making it sort of a one-trick pony. Still though, it's a decent stout.

Photo of Wisconsin
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a fluffy tan two finger head. The body is a dark, almost black. The head fades very slowly.

S - Coffee, chocolate, rich cream and some roasted characteristics. The beer just smells heavy, but in a good way.

T - Rich cream flavor, chocolate, coffee and dark roasted malts bring a slight bitterness towards the end.

M - The chocolate, cream, coffee hits your mouth first and then it transitions to a nice roasted, bitter finish that also has gives you a little hint of alcohol.

D - Only the bitterness keeps this low. I could have a couple in a sitting.

Photo of lackenhauser
4.39/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not quite a black color to it. Deep muddy sort of brown tinge. Great coffee/caramel like aroma. I had to figure this was another coffee beer. Really nice. Great roasted and espresso like flavors. Somewhat nutty-not overly harsh roasted tinge. Decent level of bitterness for sure. Good mouthfeel-nice cocoa tinge in the finish. Damn drinkable and enjoyable-almost downright poundable. Ummm this is a good one.

Photo of Soneast
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a black color with bits of brown making an appearance in the right light. Pours a good 2-finger, light brown colored head that is nice and fluffy with really good retention. Leaves large, pillowy suds on the glass as the beer recedes.

I pick up a lot of bitter chocolate character on the nose, toasted malts and mild coffee aromas as well.

Like the nose the bitter chocolate flavor makes a dominate presence in the mouth followed immediately by coffee, some sweet vanillas and roasted malt flavors, finishing with an underwhelming bitterness. The flavors do seem slightly subdued overall.

Medium to medium-heavy bodied, this seems to be lacking a bit in body compared to other RISs. Mild carbonation helps the beer feel fuller than it might otherwise. Overall the beer has a nice creamy texture, with good flavors although not overly complex. Pretty average RIS overall. While this is a good beer, there is nothing particularly outstanding about it.

Original score: (B-) 4.5/3.0/3.0/4.0/3.5
This beer really comes into it's own with just 9 months of age on it. It feels more heavy bodied and the mouthfeel is smooth and creamy now. It begins to showcase some great complexity with more vanilla sweetness coming through with the overall bitter chocolate flavor transforming into more of a sweet milk chocolate flavor. All this beer really needed was some time to mature, I would now consider this to be a very good stout.

Photo of SykDoc
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. It pours clear brown that is opaque when held to the light, but brown at the edges. A tan head forms up to 1/2 inch and reduces to a nice lacing around the edges and over the cap.

The aroma includes a fair amount of bitter chocolate and capuccino. There is an interesting combo of burnt and sweet maltiness.

The taste is heavy on the capuccino and bitter chocolate with a sturdy background of hops. A nice bitterness lingers. A minimally sticky aftertaste lingers that is bitter and sweet.

The mouthfeel is a medium body with a reasonable amount of carbonation. The lingering bitterness also comes across as dryness and is quite nice.

Overall, I think this is a very good beer. However, it is very hard to fight against the juggernauts, known as imperial stouts. I will certainly enjoy it again because I live near the brewery and find it to be a reasonable local stout that is not difficult to find.

Photo of hopdog
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottles acquired in trades with iwantalambic, Jcapriotti, and TannerTavernboys (thanks!).

Poured a dark brown color with an averaged sized off white head. I initially got a stronger aroma of smoke and a dirty ashtray, but this subsided somewhat into aromas of light dark fruits, coffee, roasted malts and a little buttery. Tastes of smoke, coffee, roasted malts and light chocolate. Very light coffee bitter finish.

Notes from: 11/22/05

Photo of Atricapilla
4.16/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Star Hill Brewery pint glass. Had a very dark mahogany color with a one finger head that quickly dissipated to a good layer of lace. The aroma was predominately toffee. The taste was an initial heavy toffee, followed by ethanol and then roasted grain. I found the pattern to be interesting and complex. Slightly sweet, but not syrupy....Good on a cold winter night.

Photo of grandq
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours completely black with a fairly light beige two finger head with large bubbles. Scent is big on molasses, with a dash of coffee and chocolate. A relatively light brew of iced coffee hits the tongue, then flavors get a bit bolder in the dark fruit (plum, prune, raisin) department and roasty malt, the latter of which dominates the finish. Plenty of bitter chocolate as well, though not super bitter. Faint hopping plays backup. Just a touch sweet on the aftertaste. Mouthfeel strikes me as a little too bubbly, not quite cola-like, but close. A minor strike against for me. Solid imperial stout on the lighter end of the spectrum, for the style that is - still certainly substantial. Thanks Mully for the introduction to the brewery, good stuff

Photo of msubulldog25
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz. brown bottle, undated, poured to a snifter. The bottle's bottom has several numbers, one of which is '07'; that confirms for me that this has been lurking at the back of the fridge for 18 months, minimum. Seriously. Well-cared for, though, and a style that should age well - let's see.

A: Dark, dark chocolate brown - not the thickest pour ever, but certainly opaque enough. Gorgeous mound of dense cream, a finger-high at its peak and a light mocha color. Possibly the longest retention I can recall - took almost 30 minutes before the head had ebbed enough for the ebony liquid below to finally show through. Fine lace in draping bands.

S: Replete with chocolate, charred grain and ripe berries. It's a good aroma, not a particularly strong one, nor terribly complex.

T: Bittersweet chocolate and a tangy espresso coffee roast. Shows some signs of age with a notable lactic souring, but also some earthy fruit and a little vanilla. Whatever sourness there is really only accents a likable dark espresso bitterness - good for me.

M: Fine creaminess, a very smooth mouthfeel. Rather thin body, almost like an 'RIS-light'. Low ABV for the style, shows no signs of alcohol.

D: Tasty RIS, a nice warm-up for a Christmas Eve spent in a warm, snowbound house with the wife. Would like to have another one of these sometime.

Photo of deereless
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice finger of thick foam off a vigorous pour, lacing along the edges, dark black to brown with only a hint of light passing through at the edge - 4.00, S: Strong aromas of chocolate malt, extremely grainy, espresso and baker's chocolate - 4.50, T: Like the nose the palate is heavy on the grains - especially the chocolate, strong bitter hops that balance almost perfectly - 4.75, M: Very creamy and slightly heavy with the slightest touch of graininess, a sip seems to coat the mouth - 4.75, D: This is my first beer from the brewer and I am truly impressed, an exceptionally good sipping stout, I would seek out this beer - 4.50

Photo of craytonic
2.8/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Was opaque for me, I have to disagree with some of the reviewers, might be a different batch. Perhaps just a hint of light comes through.

Smell: Not as bold as I would like, malts, coffee, bitter chocolate, etc.

Taste: Same as the taste. Bitter coffee dominates, then malts and chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Thin and watery for the style. Not silky, just watery.

Drinkability: No thanks. Left some in the bottom of the glass. Should be called a porter or stout. No complexity.

Photo of drseamus
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark black body with ruby at the edges when held to the light. Decent mocha head. The aroma is roasted malt and a touch of chocolate. Flavor has more chocolate than the aroma for sure. A slight bitterness presents up front and lasts the entire time. Pretty sweet overall, too much so really. Medium bodied and a decent, but not great, beer.

Photo of kickapoodude
4.77/5  rDev +24.5%
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%
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 -25.1%
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 +7.6%
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 +2.6%
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 +7.6%
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 +6.3%
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 -29%
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...

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Satin Solitude Imperial Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 871 ratings.