Satin Solitude
Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #2,359
Ranked #19,149
3.88 | pDev: 10.82%
Central Waters Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States
Very Good
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Notes: A liplickingly creamy stout prized for its drinkability, Satin Solitude is crafted with a mix of specialty malts, from caramel to chocolate to roasted barley, to achieve its deep dark appearance and satin-smooth finish. Best enjoyed by a crackling fire on a long winter's night.
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jeffoert from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Everything is relative. This beer is not as powerful as the barrel reserve cousins but it has less alcohol (if drinking more beer without getting bombed is a goal) and comes with less cost per bottle. Still has plenty of flavor and color, just not as complex and rich as Central Water's top of the line.

Mar 27, 2021
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tradershmulie from Connecticut

3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks fine - decent head, lots of bubbles in the body.

No noticeable smell

Very smooth to drink. Slight dry finish - pleasant.

Overall very drinkable (as the label says). It is nice to have an imperial stout not BA once in a while.

Mar 04, 2021
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BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taste: silky dark molasses and dark malts cocoa, and smokey tobacco notes. Woody, molasses malt nose. Dark brown/black, semi clear, with tan head and ringed lace. Full body. Roasted smokey notes would pair well with BBQ, Had many years ago.

Feb 27, 2021
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TedHead from Illinois

4.37/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a standard deep molasses black with a thick tan head that was larger than expected. It smells like sweet chocolate and coffee with hints of roasted hazelnuts and slight hints of toffee and caramel on the finish. The taste has the semi sweet chocolate up front with a slightly acidic coffee bitterness in the middle followed by a slightly dry nuttiness with an almost sweet warming alcoholic finish. It goes down very smooth, but the higher alcohol content is more apparent than I was expecting, but it doesn't detract from the quality of the beer. Overall an awesome imperial stout especially if you're tired of barrel aged ones. It's not so boozy you couldn't have more than one. Overall one of the best imperial stout I've ever had.

Feb 03, 2021
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MesaDan from Minnesota

3.3/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Re-evaluation…bottle 6/'20: slight clean sweet nose; hue is chestnut with slight amber cast; head is tan and retaining; medium mouthfeel w/ soft carbonation, but still a bit thin, like the barrel aged version; taste has a slight upfront sweetness with a back throat bark bitterness followed by a dry finish. Similar to the barrel aged Brewer's Reserve stout without the oakiness or bourbon taste. Base may be the same. 1st review (~2015)...slight sweet nose and sweet / bitter front palate; the finish keeps you thinking of another taste (3.3).

Jun 04, 2020
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NYNorseman from New York

4.29/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a growler from my local tavern and my wife and I are enjoying a glass now. It is dark with copper highlights and it is in fact satin smooth! This is a robust beer with a chocolatey malty smell. My glass has some lacing clinging to the sides and I made a good choice picking this one up. It packs a bit of a punch but it is not overpowering and you could certainly enjoy several of these on a damp and cool night. This is a solid stout- a bit low ABV to be a strong imperial but overall, pretty tasty.

Mar 18, 2020
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defunksta from North Dakota

3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a nearly jet black color with a medium, yellowish, tan head. SRM of 23-24. (3.75)

Aroma: Strong aromas of rich chocolate, banana, wafer, roasted caramel. Slightly dark chocolate, but not too dark. Mostly milk, with some cream underneath. Silky and chocolate coated wafer. (3.75)

Flavor: Strong malty flavors of rich milk chocolate, chocolate milk, sweet cream, banana pudding, and caramel. Lots of chocolate with the bread and vanilla wafer providing support. The alcohol provides a slightly vanilla note, or maybe it's just the alcohol to begin with. A mild to moderate airy roast with minimal bitterness. The chocolate is mostly milk and sweet enough. Finishes relatively dry and clean for the higher ABV.

Feel: Leans heavier bodied as expected. Moderate carbonation. Finishes with chocolate on the tongue, but surprisingly relatively dry and clean. Appropriate amount of chocolate left behind.

Compared w/ Ballast Point's Mocha Marlin 3/7/20: Pours a trace lighter color. More vague malty aromas than dark chocolate and coffee. More malty and sweeter, smooth chocolate. Less roasty dark chocolate and coffee. Sweeter, heavier-bodied, and less bitter.

Compared to Castle Danger's George Hunter Stout 3/27/20: Pours a faintly lighter color. Similar aroma strength. Much less dark fruit and syrup. Much more rich chocolate, wafer, and roast. Drinks much more like as I would expect a stout to. Hard to classify a winner, but this one is more traditional.
4/1/21: Pours a more amber hue. More milky chocolate, lactose, and banana flavors.
4/30/21: More milk and chocolate. Less syrup, and rich brown malts.

Compared to Odell's Lugene Milk Stout 2/19/21: Pours a similar color with slightly lighter head. More milk, milk chocolate, cream, lactose, airiness. Also more pale malt and struedel. Less deep, rich chocolate and roast. Less dark malt as well. Much smoother, creamier, and drinkable. Winner: Satin Solitude

Compared to Whole Hog Beer Old Nikita 2/26/21: Pours a similar color. Aromas/flavors have more milk chocolate, cream, lactose. More chocolate milk. Less dark chocolate and licorice. A more airy and less dark roast profile.

Overall: A very nice drinking Imperial stout. Nice rich milk chocolate, cream, banana pudding, and wafer flavors. The banana pudding was unexpected though. I would say the banana pudding and whipped cream differentiate this one. Minimal roast, yet nice and dry. Hides the alcohol well, but also has a touch of vanilla from the alcohol.. The dry body despite the higher ABV really settles nicely. Rich, flavorful, yet dry and not overwhelming. Should compare to other standard or imperial porters. Pretty standard here, but nicely done. (Final Rating: 3.85)

Mar 07, 2020
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to snifter.
The appearance was a fairly nice looking dark brown close to black color with a small off white semi-foamy level head softly sliding off. Just a little bit of concave lace sliding along my glass.
The aroma had some dark chocolate malts with a marshmallow to vanilla sweetness with some dark fruits/sweet side of anise then allowing a refined semi-sweet coffee to ashy roast.
The flavor followed through carrying out the strength of all of the prior mentioned aromas towards the sweet side. Subtle toasted nuts and dark bread slid in underneath. Mild aftertaste of sweet roast, vanilla/marshmallow sweetness, and roasted dark chocolate character.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied,perhaps just a touch above with a fair sipping quality about it. Nice carbonation, perhaps just a wee bit under allowing some stickiness to come about. Finishes fairly smooth and creamy with the expected sticky chocolate notes, small touch of vanilla/marshmallow.
Overall, nicely done imperial stout somewhat drawn up as a milk stout. Would definitely have again preferably this time of year.

Mar 01, 2020
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MacMalt from New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a stout glass. It pours a very dark cola color with a thin, medium-khaki head and lacing. It smells more like a Milk Stout than an Imperial Stout; it may be infected but it's fairly buttery with hints of cream and marshmallow. Fortunately, the taste redeems. There is roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and caramel. As the glass warms, I'm also tasting nuts and earthy char. It's rather thin in body with mild carbonation, and for 7.7% it drinks easily. Overall, Satin Solitude is a good Stout but not particularly memorable.

Jan 25, 2020
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WebbFlyer from Minnesota

3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Dark Black pour with a cream colored head.

Toasted Marshmellow, malty, coffee on the nose

sweeter, almost milk stout like, a bit of a dark chocolate taste

rather light, pretty easy to drink. Not a bad stout. Perhaps better warmer?

Oct 08, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Unknown vintage; drank 2/11/15 @ the Yarchives.

Black/brown appearance.

Tan head; nice lace.

Nougat, caramel & sweet milk chocolate nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Sweet caramel & cream flavors up front; a mild pickle note on the finish. Cloying.

Sep 09, 2019
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Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

3.72/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a single-serve into a tulip

Pours a nearly-opaque brown/black with little head but good lacing. Pours thin for the style.

The aroma is the best attribute of this one. Bitter coffee, lactose, and light char/smoke. Hints of ... coconut?

The flavor follows the nose but sweeter. Straddles the line between milk and imperial stouts, with a prominent lactose note, although there is plenty of espresso and chocolate as well. Sweet for the style.

The mouthfeel is thin for the style--medium at best. Could use just a bit more carbonation or "something" to help the finish and cut through the sweetness.

A decent brew, but one that seems like it is trying to be both a milk/cream stout and an imperial stout and, as a result, doesn't quite get there in either regard.

Jan 12, 2019
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MercInc from Wisconsin

3.32/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Found it to be a bit thin. Did not pass my flash light test. (500 lumen Surefire, shined through one side of a pint glass. if the light is visible , its not a very "stout"... "stout".) Light was VERY visible. Still a good brew.

Jan 12, 2019
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cardfan212 from Minnesota

3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a nonic pint.

Look - Dark black body with a tall strong brown head. A rightfully imperial looking beer.

Smell - Dark chocolate, toasted marshmallows, ground coffee beans but not brewed coffee. Definitely smells dark.

Taste - Smell translates pretty much one to one on the tongue. Simple and tasty.

Feel - Very smooth, thick body with calm carbonation. An easy sipper.

Overall - It's a good beer. Nothing groundbreaking or innovative, just a well made stout.

Oct 26, 2018
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EmperorBevis from England

4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled and possibly bottle conditioned
pours a jet black body with near perfect tan head
aroma is like Guinness export used to be when it was bottle conditioned and good quality
flavour is quite similar slightly sweet,woody, dry with a taste of candy stick cigarettes

Sep 15, 2018
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chitoryu12 from Florida

3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Dark brown with a short, creamy tan head.

Smell: Toasted, semi-sweet chocolate malt.

Taste: Roasted bitterness with a subtle sweet malt undercurrent. Roast coffee aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium thickness, though not as thick as it should be.

Overall: Not bad, but a bit lacking in complexity for an imperial stout.

May 30, 2018
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Ciocanelu from Romania

3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown color with tan head. Aroma has sweet malts, some spicy notes like gingerbread and rye bread crust. Taste follows, sweet at first, malty, more bitter on the finish but not very roasty, more like a hop bitterness. Medium body, feels really soft on the palate. Overall it's a really well made but quite simple stout.

Apr 21, 2018
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into glass. No bottling date information found on bottle or label.
Deep brown colored body. Two finger tan head settles to creamy and bubbly cap. Sparse lacing, almost all of the foam from the head settles back into the beer.
Aroma of chocolate, roasted malts, and sweeter caramel.
Very smooth taste of chocolate malt, with a very mild bitterness at the end.
Thin but somewhat creamy mouth feel.
Somewhat simple but what is there is very good. Alcohol is well hidden.

Mar 20, 2018
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smbslt from Illinois

3.28/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

An imperial stout by name but clocking in at 7.5 abv barely made it tall enough to go on the ride.
Vigorously poured into the Spiegelau generated a dense, tan head atop the mink brown beer.
Semi-sweet chocolate aroma with a touch of burnt sugar.
Muted flavors trying to be coaxed with warming offered only basic sweet/roasted sensation with a slightly bitter finish.
Carbonation added a roughness that exacerbated the wateriness

Mar 18, 2018
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dkoehler42 from New York

4.7/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This Brew pours a dark brown color with barely any visible light passing through. A white head lingers several minutes before disappearing. The smell is enticing, and the malt is right up front. Unfortunately the taste is not as pronounced as I'd like, and the mouthfeel is also just off. I'd probably drink this again, and I'm impressed by a brewery I'd never heard of before.

Jan 21, 2018
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Milktoast75 from Wisconsin

4.72/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very smooth, tasty stout. Very dark pour with a nice head that dissipates soon, but clings to glass. Expected a dark pour but the smell is light with a smoke,, chocolate, vanilla.
Taste is as the smell dictates. Smooth, rich. With a clean finish. You can taste the richness not so much the Imperial aspect. Dig it.
The feel is a silky drink start to finish.
Simple: Under rated. Outperforms the competition. Drink it.

Jan 14, 2018
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dnmyrick from Minnesota

4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I'd have never guessed it was 7.5 ABV! Tastes more like a 6%er. That's a good thing because I don't like alcohol to be "forward" in my Imperial Stouts. The "bad" thing is that if you don't know beforehand that it is 7.5% and you have a few you'll feel it pretty quick. It's a real warmer! This is a REAL North Central Imperial Stout! It is wonderful for sitting by a fire inside on those very cold WI/MN winter nights!! Sit back, enjoy a few of these, and call a cab if you need to. It's worth it.

Jan 04, 2018
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Scott17Taylor from Iowa

4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark black with a all khaki head that dissipates fairly quickly.
The aroma wasn't overly pronounced, it had roast light dark chocolate and a faint smokiness.
The flavor follows the nose, light smoke with a strong pronounced toasty bitterness. The dark chocolate is very hidden, but it does provide a very nice sweetness that is needed to balance the thin bodied sharply toasty stout this beer is.
Overall it's solid, just do t expect an imperial. It's really thin and doesn't have a big malty sweetness.

Nov 20, 2017
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AustinWadkins from Iowa

3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours black, Aggressive pour creates a two finger tan head that soon falls into a blanlet over the top.

Smell of milk chocolate, roasted malts, not much going on

Taste is dark bitter sweet chocolate, dark roasted malts, small presence of dark fruit, coffee, slight booze, nutty

Creamy-ish mouthfeel with a moderate body

Overall an easy drinking beer for its abv. Given it being an Imperial I would of liked a thicker mouthfeel. Would drink again

Oct 26, 2017
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mackthknife from Minnesota

4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

If they made good dark chocolate in beer form, this is what it would taste like. Lighter-body that one would expect but a lot of complex flavors make up the difference. Great beer for the change of seasons.

Oct 14, 2017
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