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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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821 Ratings
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Ratings: 821
Reviews: 383
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.26%
Wants: 55
Gots: 76 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 02-19-2002)
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Photo of Atron67
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: yellow labled with a winter snow scene on the bottle, blurb on the side talking about this beer and a fireplace being the cure to the cold wisconsin winters.

A- poured a dark pretty much black through the glass. was pretty light on the pour actually looked almost brown, but was crystal clear. only a small amount of tan head built up, and it didnt last long, it stuck around as a thin film on top for the rest of the beer however.

S- had a strong chocolatly malty scents. some light roasted scents, kinda a little sweet scented that makes it a little different however it doesnt really hurt it, but it surprized me a little.

T- strong cholately malts like youd expect from the malts, and turns into a surprizingly strong and delicious coffee flavor goes pretty bitter as the coffee fades which work together nicely

M- thick creamy, light bubbles. sticks to the tongue, as it should

D- pretty solid stout

Atron67, Mar 05, 2008
Photo of Bitterbill
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I got this in a trade with Grizzly Adams. Thanks Cole!

The pour reveals a near pitch black liquid with about an inch of tannish foam with some fine lacing. The foam all but disappears after a few minutes.

The smell has notes of roasted malt, toffee, chocolate, coffee, and some dark fruit. Over all, it smells like it's going to be relly sweet.

The taste starts off with good roasted malt and coffee and then some toffee and chocolate. There's some bitterness mid palate that becomes more noticeable after a few sips and it dominates the finish. A nice medium mouthfeel helps make this a fine RIS to sip on but I think the alcohol is more apparent than the abv would indicate. That's not a slam because I do think it's a very tasty and easy drinking example of the style. I'm glad I got to try it.

Bitterbill, Mar 01, 2008
Photo of DrJay
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one from EliteDigger in a recent trade. Thanks Scott!
This stuff is dark, almost completely opaque except for thin, dark brown edges. A thin skim and solid collar of fine, tan bubbles formed after the pour. Lots of spotty lacing. Sweet, roasty aroma, mostly coffee and caramel, chocolate too. Same in the flavour, but the roasted grains are more pronounced - much more coffee and chocolate, nuts too. Bitterness is balanced with the malt. Medium to full bodied with creamy carbonation, some dryness in the finish. Quite drinkable, alcohol isn't apparent. Pretty good stuff, lots of flavour crammed in there.

DrJay, Feb 24, 2008
Photo of EliteDigger
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a deep dark brown almost to the point of being black, the only light coming through is a bit in the edges when held up to the light. A pale cocoa-cream head makes a brief appearance and you're left with bits of lacing clinging to the sides.
S-Smells of roasted grains, cocoa, and coffee are in abundance here.
T-The taste is more of the same... deep dark roasted grains, chocolate, coffee, and a light sweetness at first that is quickly supplanted by a toasty bitter and slightly dry finish.
M-Good carbonation and a creamy, medium body that leaves a light coating on your mouth...
D-Very high. Although I think this is on the light end for an Imperial Stout, it's drinkablility is right up there as it tastes excellent but yet you're not one and done like most RIS's.
This particular Central Waters offering is quickly becoming one of my favorites. Delicious yet highly drinkable.

EliteDigger, Feb 10, 2008
Photo of Homerbag
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black like used motor oil. Light creamy head that settles down to a ring and laces down the glass.

Smell is that of roasted malt, followed by a chocolate and coffee mix. Alcohol is evident in the aroma. Taste is roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, toffee, some dark fruit. Sweeter than most RIS. Alcohol is not as present in the taste as it was in the smell. This feels thick as previously stated motor oil. Coats the tounge perfectly.

Very good beer. One of the better RIS that I have had. I have not been let down by the guys from Amhurst yet.

Homerbag, Feb 06, 2008
Photo of patrick16o
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice black color with a medium sized frothy tan crown. The crown hangs in there with time and likes to cling to the sides of the glass.

Lots of chocolate, mixed with some roasted malt in the aroma.

Chocolate, roasted malts, and a coffee bitterness. Noticeable alcohol at the end and a dry finish. Very tasty imperial stout. Good full bodied beer, wasn't too heavy on the tongue.

patrick16o, Jan 20, 2008
Photo of BeerTruth
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to todd1 for this brewski.

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a jet black with a big ol' two finger khaki colored head that sticks around for a while. A very nice lacing is left behind, thick and full on the sides of the glass. Smell is interesting, but not in a good way. Wet carboard like smell up front, not enjoyable. Some roasted malt and sweet oat tickle the nose as well. Very faint charred wood scent is detected too. Not as smokey as I would have expected for the style. Heavy french roast coffee flavor at first which is followed by a sweet caramel malt. A very nice smooth chocolate malt midway with a noticable hop bite. Aftertaste is a nice blend of molasses and roasted barley, me likey. Medium to full body with a thick and creamy carbonation. The abv is pretty low for the style, but still, the alcohol is basically non-existant. Very nice RIS, they don't try to go crazy with it, just a solid drinkable beer.

BeerTruth, Jan 03, 2008
Photo of brdc
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at their location, it interestingly comes served in a pilsner glass.

It is really good looking, despite the glass, pitch black with a thick creamy, dark tan head that shows some good retention eventually dropping to a collar.

Aroma is not as rich as expected, but is nonetheless quite pleasant, chocolate, caramel and coffee.

Creamy, medium to full bodied, yet quite drinkable. Flavor is not as rich as others described, but still quite nice. Chocolate, a bit sweeter than most imperial stouts, but not in an unpleasant way, coffee, chocolate and caramel again, with some dark fruits and a mildly bitter hoppy end.

Quite nice.

brdc, Dec 27, 2007
Photo of WeisGuy
3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Big thanks to mynie for this brew.

a - pour a dark brown, not quite black, a bit lighter than most impy stouts, smallish tan head, with no retention or lacing

s - roasted malt dominates with lots of alcohol as well, very little coffee detectable

t - fairly one-dimensional taste, roasted malt and coffee throughout with a moderate alcohol component on the finish

m - medium-bodied, moderate carbonation, quite dry on the finish, some alcohol warming

d - the dry finish and booziness limits the drinkability, not much complexity to keep you drinking either

I'm not overly impressed with my first beer from Central Waters. Hopefully future tastings will prove more interesting.

WeisGuy, Dec 04, 2007
Photo of getch
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a-nice dark black color, 2 fingers of head when first poured then slowly trails off

s- light coffee tones, and some chocolate, little fruit smell as well

t-very good tasting, smooth, dark chocolate with coffee, and the after taste is very good as well, a coffee taste

m-very smooth, a favorite porter of mine and a good price

d-mmm a favorite, plus with a low price, i will be buying alot of these.
Love it!

getch, Nov 14, 2007
Photo of shivtim
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hmm, Satin Solstice. I suppose that roughly translates to "glossy/sleek culmination." Nice use of alliteration, Central Waters!
Anyway, on to the beer. It pours out pretty much an opaque black, with a big foamy dark beige head. The head settles down over time. Nose is roasty malts, campfire smoke, and sweet chocolate cookies. Mmm. Taste is strong roasted malts, hints of acidic coffee, and lingering burnt sweet malts with touches of alcohol. Mouthfeel is not bad, a little thinner than the look of the beer would suggest. Drinkability is pretty OK. Overall a decent RIS.

shivtim, Nov 13, 2007
Photo of iconoklaztor
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to kmpitz2 for this brew!

The head of this brew is a pretty big, 2 finger, head. It sticks around for a long time and even after 10 mins a 1 finger head remains. The smell is strange. It's almost too sweet. Even hints at an IPA nose. Strange! However, the taste if good. It's full with, cocoa, malts, and coffee. The finish is a slightly stronger coffee taste that is full and very filling! I really enjoy the finish of this brew! Its pretty drinkable but could be hard to finish if you do not like coffee.

Overall: This is a good stout to try for an experience. It's a decent rookie or slightly advanced stout. I mean that with respect. I would get this again if I had a shot at it. Enjoy this beer.


iconoklaztor, Nov 07, 2007
Photo of DavidEddie
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A big thanks to Eric my beer buddy from work for sharing a few bottles.

Pours black and more black. Dark carmel colored head dissipates quickly. Aromas of fragrant chocolate, black coffee, roasted malts, wet camp fire, a bit of maple syrup and black liquorish. Taste of slight bitter black coffee, sweet roasty malts, burnt sugar, dark chocolate, and burnt “white bread” toast. I detect no alcohol what so ever. Flavors are in check, balanced. With nothing overpowering. Mouth feel is oily, coats your mouth, slightly thick and syrupy, not overly carbonated.

Over all, I really enjoyed this RIS. If it was available in Chicagoland, it would be a regular in my beer fridge. Recommended. CHEERS!

DavidEddie, Oct 29, 2007
Photo of joe1510
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle
$7.99 6-Pack
Steve's Liquor, Madison

A two finger creamy ecru head formed over the darkest brown body you could find, bordering on black. Garnet highlights barely show through when backlit. The head slowly recedes to a thick cap and leaves webbed lacing on its way down. Good looking stout.

Aroma gets started with a big clean hit of roasted malts that fade slightly but stays put in the backgound. Hints of dark berries show up as the roastiness fades but are quickly taken over by a lactic (heavy cream) quality. Mild coffee grounds, hazelnut, and bakers chocolate round things out at the finish. Satin Solstice has all the great stout aromas jammed into one excellent smelling beer.

Satin Solstice tastes like what I expected Bell's Double Cream Stout to taste like. Clean roasted malts with hints of hazelnut kick things off. Big wave of heavily creamed coffee comes through mid-palate Bakers chocolate comes in over the top of the roastiness and the finish brings a mild berry sweetness that balance out the acidity of the malts. The great thing about this beer is there is wave after wave of flavor and as the next wave comes in the other wave stays put, just falling to the background. On the swallow all the flavors combine effortlessly.

Velvety smooth and creamy mouthfeel. The body is medium-heavy but doesn't have a lot of weight on the tongue with the incredible airyness. This beer makes your tongue feel like it's wrapped in velvet.

Good drinkability on this stout. The flavors will wear out the palate though so I would only want to have a couple at a time. Easy going down and no a trace of alcohol which is a good accoplishment for a weighty beer such as this.

I bought a 6-pack of Satin Solstice just short of a year ago and drank them at various times throughout this year. This was the last and by far the best. Things seemed to really smooth out after such a short time. Flavors meld perfctly.

joe1510, Oct 17, 2007
Photo of kmpitz2
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. The beer is a deep brown to black color with a 2-finger deep tan head over top that only falls a slight bit. Clarity is hard to see with the darkness of ths one. There are a few stray bubbles working up to the surface. This one almost has a chalky or milky look to it in light. The aroma is a nice balance of cocoa powder, solid roasted malt, and a bit of coffee, along with a mild creamy quality. It smells very nice. The flavor is pretty well on with the aroma. I get a nice chocolate that moves to a cream-infused coffee, and finishes with a kick of pine hop and chocolatea again that blend on the finish to a really nice sweet coffee. In the aftertaste, I get a distinct impression of some lactose sweetness and creamyness. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth with a creamy texture and very minimal to lacking carbonation. The creamy lactose character really adds a nice dimension to the brew, and rounds out the chocolate and coffee. I have to say this one is enjoyable.

kmpitz2, Sep 26, 2007
Photo of BeerBelcher
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very smooth and roasty stout, with some light sweetness and a moderate diacetyl presence (I think). I really enjoyed it.

I was happy to see Central Waters show up at a local liquor store (3 Cellars in Franklin), as my previous experiences with the brand had been from purchases made in Madison.

This beer pours a not-quite-opaque dark brown with a towering head. Aroma is of sweetened coffee. Flavor is dry-roast coffee with some sweetness and a good deal of butteryness (diacetyl) at the finish. Mouthfeel was clean and dry. Definitely recommended.

BeerBelcher, Sep 16, 2007
Photo of karst
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Powerful roast malt/vanilla aroma almost suggesting wood aging with rich coffee flavor (minus any usual coffee acids) - a year in the "cellar" has brought out dark fruity esters and perhaps a touch of sherry. Cocoa/dark chocolate notes as it warms. 10/12

Pours almost opaque to indoor light with strongest sources penetrating about 1" from the surface and providing dusky ruby glints on the edge of the Sam Adams "Ideal" rastal glass. Tan dense head of average persistence and good beading that sustains a circumference ring. Nice except for being on lighter side of SRM range for style. 2/3

Flavor of CWBC's Imperial Stout is reminescent of Founders Breakfast Stout. American hop bitterness cleans the Milk Stout's finish - aided by dark roast malt bitterness. IBU's &/ bitterness linger with some lactic sourness in the finish. A faint note of hazelnut is detectable. 16/20

Mouthfeel is slightly creamy - a soft velvet feel but not chewy as you could expect from a true Imperial Stout. Lactic sweetness and medium high carbonation enhance the nearly full body (boosted with lactose and dextrins)
Mild and pleasent astringency of dark roast barley put a little bite into this cruser weight RIS (nice export-milk stout). Alcohol is hidden but warming is present. 4/5

Overall a fine beer that will have you licking you sticky lips to get the last taste of its wonderful flavor. Great in mid-September as a cold front comes through the Ozarks but in Mid winter as my woods fill up with snow . . . TO DIE for!! 9/10

41/50 total (ignoring the style guides for RIS).

Lasting impressions: Lactose, warmth, rich flavors, "send recipe"
a few coffee grounds in the dregs at the bottom of a too soon empty glass.
only "warm fuzzy" feelings remain.

karst, Sep 06, 2007
Photo of Derek
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Black with ruby highlights, tan head, very little retention, hint of lace.

S: Coffee, molases, dark bread, brown sugar, dark chocolate, hint of floral hops.

T: Coffee, brown sugar/molases, dark caramel, good bitterness, port, slight licorous & spice.

M: Very well-attenuated, moderate body, dry finish, modest carbonation.

D: Alcohol is subtle, seems fairly light & drinkable for its strength.

Derek, Aug 21, 2007
Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - a solid black brew, with a massive 3/4ths the glass dark tan head that hangs in there forever. For a 12 oz brew it took 3 pours to clear the bottle. Thankfully it was not a gusher!

S - roasted grains, cocao and light bitter hops

T - similar to the aroma but with a better malty profile

M - medium to full bodied, highly carbonated, dry in the finish.

D - quite drinkable and doesn't overwhelm you.

a very nice treat indeed. I'd gladly have another if possible!

barleywinebrewer, Aug 09, 2007
Photo of grub
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

got this one from Jay23 as a bonus bottle thrown into our DLD trade. thanks jay!

12oz bottle.

pours almost black and nearly opaque. a small dense tan head rises up, then quickly drops to a ring around the glass. it leaves no lace, but that ring around the glass stays all the way to the bottom. what's more interesting is looking at this one. you can see chunks of (i assume) yeast suspended throughout the glass, not really sinking to the bottom. pretty neat.

aroma is great. rich roast. espresso. dark chocolate. bit of alcohol. hint of yeast. white bread and crackers. oak and vanilla. maybe a little bourbon?

taste is good. espresso. bittersweet chocolate. medium bitterness level. bit of alcohol. dark chocolate. big bread and biscuit malts. bit of anise. the bitterness seems to become the focus, with the other elements feeling a touch watered down and muted in comparison.

mouthfeel is good. medium-low well integrated carbonation. silky smooth. nice big body.

drinkability is good. well balanced and very enjoyable. this one really makes me wish i lived closer to wisconsin!

grub, Jul 30, 2007
Photo of Grundle20
4.4/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A rough pour yields a substantial creamy brown head although it displays poor lacing and retention. The beer is black with rich brown tones when held up to light.

The scent is pretty standard but well done, apparent notes of Ovaltine, baker's chocolate, and roasted malts. One thing interesting is a slight underlying sausage note, maybe it's just me but I've been smelling meats in a lot of stouts lately.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
The beer drinks smooth and a little flat and powdery. Up front there's an astringent peak coupled with a refreshing touch of bittersweet grapefruit, kind of like grapefruit smothered in baker's chocolate. These flavors pan out to more of an outright malt bitterness about mid drink and then lead in to a mild cocoa powder finish. Malt bitterness and minor chocolate flavors linger in to the aftertaste.

It's a good stout, but unfortunately it's a little too coating and rich for me to really get in to a few of them. More of a one at a time and dinner beer for me.

Bottom Line:
Another fine beer compliments of WankerWeasel. My first Central Waters beer and I must say I'm impressed, a damn good stout by any measure.

Grundle20, Jul 23, 2007
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown, cocoa-tinged head, cola-ish...soon dissipating...

Chocolate and coffee blend in the nose...dark spices...earthy, roasty...quite nice...

Smooth, silky, but flavorful...just not enough flavor...medium-bodied, where it should be full, if not to bursting....good, tasty, choco-licious...but rather average when it comes to Imperial Stouts.

As stouts go, very nice... bit middling compared to the best Imperials, though...not so noteworthy...but good, nonetheless...

mmm, silky-cocoaespressolicious!

feloniousmonk, Jun 28, 2007
Photo of Wasatch
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes to Faro for this awesome brew.

Poured into a chalice a deep/clean/clear black color, nice carbonation, a very nice one-finger plus cream tan head, tons of creamy sticky lacing and some nice islands, throughout the drink. The nose is kinda sweet, malty, nice touch of coffee/caramel, prunes, plums, and figs. The taste is a totally different RIS, kinda reminds me of a Barleywine. It's malty, bitter, tangy, nice touch of dark fruits, and some coffee/caramel. Medium body. A pretty complex brew for a RIS. Very drinkable, a totally awesome brew, my first Central Waters, and for sure not my last. Highly recommended.

Wasatch, Jun 16, 2007
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was quite amazed at reading the label on Central Waters Satin Solstice. It reads "The Rich coffee flavor compliments the "warm, fuzzy feeling" you get from the abundant alcohol". Wow! I can't believe that slipped through label approval - but it's true. And there is a strong coffee character to it as well. I thought at first I might have opened the wrong bottle, but no, it's just loaded with rich notes of coffee.

It's black, and completely opaque, with a creamy head of dark orange--ish accented tan that holds well and leaves some initial splashes and arcs of lace at the outset of the glass. (I know other reviews state that it's lighter in color, but I'm holding it to the outside light of day in a standard pilsner glass and only getting a thin cusp of dark mahogany at the base of the glass...?).

The nose is distinctly cocoa-ish and chocolatey, with a dark caramel accent and some almost-smokey roastiness. There's a subtle touch of fruit, and some dull, leafy hops in the background.

In the mouth it's quite full, and creamy smooth with a very-fine bubbled, natural, median carbonation from bottle conditioning.

The flavor is rich and expressive with notes of cocoa, caramel, dark chocolate, coffee, delicate apples and berries, coconut, alcohol, and trampled-over leafy hops. It's well-rounded with just enough bitterness to balance its malty avalanche and then with a firm but not brash lingering bitterness in the finish.

Really, really nice! Most likely the best beer I've had from Central Waters. Worth seeking out!!!

NeroFiddled, Jun 03, 2007
Photo of mattcrill
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: Fruity esters and dry roasted barley notes woven together well. No hop aroma or alcohol notes present. Chocolate covered raisins keep coming to mind here.

Appearance: Opaque and dense black body. A sudsy tan head collapses to a porous ring around the snifter.

Flavor: Baker's chocolate up front, roasted barley, and creamed coffee flavors abound. Maybe just a touch of the fruity esters to balance out. I really enjoy the dry roasted notes without any grainy harshness at all. That's the sign of a well crafted RIS (at least that's my personal preference).

Mouthfeel: Medium to full-bodied and a touch creamy. No astringency or alcohol heat. Finishes long, dry, and slightly bitter.

Overall impression: More of an American-ized RIS. I expected a little more fruitiness to come through in the flavor given the aroma. Still, it's hard to be critical of this beer. Finely crafted and no flaws at all. I could drink pints of this but I'm sure it would hit you like a velvet hammer after a while. Strongly recommended.

mattcrill, May 27, 2007
Satin Solitude Imperial Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 821 ratings.