Satin Solitude
Central Waters Brewing Co.

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From:
Central Waters Brewing Co.
 
Wisconsin, United States
Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #1,851
ABV:
7.7%
Score:
87
Ranked #18,827
Avg:
3.85 | pDev: 10.91%
Reviews:
438
Ratings:
626
Status:
Active
Rated:
Nov 03, 2022
Added:
Feb 19, 2002
Wants:
  68
Gots:
  135
SCORE
87
Very Good
Satin SolitudeSatin Solitude
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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Rated: 4.33 by Miles_Nilges from New York

Nov 03, 2022
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Reviewed by chum_husk from Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
12oz can

This is a top tier stout, just as full and flavorful as some stuff I've had that were 2-3x the price. A variety of luscious dark malts all the way down. It's simple but effective
Oct 05, 2022
 
Rated: 4.25 by KrissyKat6 from New York

Jan 30, 2022
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Reviewed by q33jeff from New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
**
12/24/21

bottle to snifter.

LOOK:
dark black color, small off white head, below average retention.
AROMA:
medium roasted barley,
TASTE:
roasty malt, touch of oak, that's about it. Simple and tasty with a touch of bitterness, but just lacking in any complexity.
FEEL:
porter like body (75%), dry,


**
Dec 24, 2021
 
Rated: 4.04 by BLPasch from Michigan

Nov 28, 2021
 
Rated: 3.94 by BD3 from Wisconsin

Oct 17, 2021
 
Rated: 3.91 by Curt3 from New Jersey

Apr 02, 2021
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Reviewed by jeffoert from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
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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Reviewed by tradershmulie from Connecticut

3.85/5  rDev 0%
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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Reviewed by BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
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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Reviewed by TedHead from Illinois

4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
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
 
Rated: 3.93 by SierraFlight from Virginia

Dec 24, 2020
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Rated by cmk550 from Wisconsin

4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
pretty good but nothing special stout
Sep 29, 2020
 
Rated: 3.75 by BEER88 from North Carolina

Sep 10, 2020
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Reviewed by MesaDan from Minnesota

3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
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
 
Rated: 3.42 by Dougwillhike from New Jersey

May 13, 2020
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Reviewed by NYNorseman from New York

4.29/5  rDev +11.4%
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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Reviewed by defunksta from North Dakota

3.85/5  rDev 0%
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.
3/27/22: (different than previous reviews) more chocolate and roasted coffee. Less sweet cream and banana pudding.

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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Reviewed by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
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
 
Rated: 3.75 by trek7000 from Illinois

Feb 18, 2020
 
Rated: 4.44 by wl2bill from Wisconsin

Feb 09, 2020
 
Rated: 3.81 by jrschaef from New York

Jan 30, 2020
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Reviewed by MacMalt from New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev 0%
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
 
Rated: 3.99 by craigbelly from Iowa

Oct 29, 2019
 
Rated: 4.04 by Old_Dead_Oak from Wisconsin

Oct 25, 2019
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Reviewed by WebbFlyer from Minnesota

3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
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
 
Rated: 4.02 by Tanner_K

Sep 14, 2019
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

3/5  rDev -22.1%
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
 
Rated: 3.86 by LXIXME from New Mexico

May 02, 2019
 
Rated: 4.03 by TheGent from New Jersey

Mar 12, 2019
 
Rated: 4.24 by Lucular from Maryland

Mar 04, 2019
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Reviewed by Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
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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Reviewed by MercInc from Wisconsin

3.32/5  rDev -13.8%
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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Rated by KegLegs from Minnesota

4.76/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
this beer is the next level up from Deschutes Obsidian Stout, and I can drink that while eating a lemon bar
Dec 31, 2018
 
Rated: 5 by tittyfish from Minnesota

Nov 29, 2018
 
Rated: 3.98 by Danmullens1 from Wisconsin

Nov 17, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by samEBC from Belgium

Nov 04, 2018
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Reviewed by cardfan212 from Minnesota

3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
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
 
Rated: 3.75 by Dutchcraftbeergeek from Netherlands

Oct 08, 2018
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Reviewed by EmperorBevis from England

4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
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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