Satin Solitude Imperial Stout | Central Waters Brewing Co.

very good
409 Reviews
no score
Send samples
Satin Solitude Imperial StoutSatin Solitude Imperial Stout

Brewed by:
Central Waters Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Bierman9 on 02-19-2002

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 409 | Ratings: 999
Photo of h0wdy
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look- A deep black that I cannot see through. The head was there for just a second before it dissipated.
Smell- Mix of coffee and milk chocolate.
Taste- Dark chocolate with some blend of coffee. Since I am not a huge coffee fanatic and I don't really enjoy dark chocolate in general this wasn't amazing in my books.
Feeling- A decent amount of carbonation that really doesn't have much of a bite to it from the alcohol.
Overall- This was an alright experience that I thought relied too much on coffee to lead this drink to victory.

 535 characters

Photo of Nimbus_
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: Black with no light shining through. A finger of creamy, tan head.

Smell: Roasted malts, sweet chocolate, coffee, and little vanilla. Very nice combination of aromas.

Taste: Tastes just like it smells with the addition of strong caramel flavors. Quite a delicious stout.

Feel: Creamy, a little coating in the mouth, light carbonation. Surprisingly drinkable for an imperial.

Overall: I would never guess this is an imperial, because of it's drinkibility. However, it tastes great, so I'm sure stout/porter lovers are going to enjoy this brew.

 563 characters

Photo of akirakcat
3.23/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Color is dark brown that looks thinner exposed to light. Tan head that faded quick. Smells of licorice. Taste is a little bitter without much body--bitter notes of the licorice and roasted coffee. All and all it tasted okay, but I want something more here than a bitter flavor, dark color, and a light feel.

 307 characters

Photo of Webzombie
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had two bottles with the old man on Christmas and i was pleasantly surprised. Had a very good chocolatey type stout flavor without being overly boozy or having too much of that roasty burnt flavor some craft stouts have. Was a good beer to sip on but went down easy enough that you coukd drink it quick if you wanted to. Big fan of the brewery and this beer; had it during xmas brunch and went well with the food.

 413 characters

Photo of Czequershuus
4.51/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours clear, reddish black with an average head. the aroma offers lots of chocolate, as well as prune, fruity coffee - overall the aroma is very fruity and soft. The flavor is oozing with semi-sweet chocolate, fig, prune, walnut, and some vague roastiness and the end. There are also floral notes at the finish. The mouthfeel is fairly full bodied, and creamy, with semi sharp carbonation. Overall this is a fantastic stout - complex and never harsh, and at an unbeatable price. This is a classic.

 507 characters

Photo of Schlitz74
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured into a snifter is a really dark almost black color, there was no head to speak of. This is a very rich sipping beer, there a coffee and chocolate notes, malty with very little hop presence. The lacing was very minimal. Overall a very well rounded beer.

 269 characters

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I love the name and I love the beer, this is what these guys do best, the big dark beers. Real pretty one, with an airy light but real dark brown head on it and a shiny dark chocolate base with decent viscosity and a real smoothness. The aroma is espresso and dark roasted barley, hints of bitter cocoa and tobacco fruitiness in there as well, but this is really intense on the dark side of things. Coffee notes in the flavor for sure too, more chocolate malt than I could smell, and a complimentary milk chocolate sweetness to go with it. Definitely abut more sweetness from the middle through the finish than expected, but with the dark grains and the hint if smoke, it only balances and not overtakes it. Long lasting finish with a slight raisin character. Bitter still. Nice lush full body here, just enough carbonation to keep it from sticking to my teeth, and overall a splendid complexity in a beer I would be more than happy to drink from a pint glass. Uncommon and delicious, these dark ales are where central waters is at their best!

 1,043 characters

Photo of HartCondition
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on a recent trip back to my hometown in South Eastern WI. First time trying anything from Central Waters and found this in a 4 style mixed box. Scores are fairly self explanatory, but I will say the whole box was a pleasant surprise - not a single beer rated only average, everything was around 4.

One thing I'd mention & why I didn't do a full write-up is, I drank this very cold, next time I'd like to let it rise in temp a bit and see if the smell & flavors come out more.

 486 characters

Photo of bbtkd
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Central Waters Satin Solitude Imperial Stout, 7.5% ABV, unknown IBU. Pours medium thickness, dark brown and opaque, two fingers of tan head. Nose is slight chocolate, taste is chocolate, light coffee, slightly bitter close. Malty smoothness, hence the name. With more coffee, this could be the base beer of their BBS, which is one of my favorites. This will go on my favorites list, and I'll have to make a point to seek out more of their beers.

 445 characters

Photo of Beginner2
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

There is a lot to like about this brewery.
I've had six of their 37 brews listed. Three were above average and three quite good (Satin Solitude, their Bourbon barrel stout, and Slainte'). Five of the six were dark winter-like ales; which seems to be in the character of the brewery... kind of lonesome, far away from hordes of customers who can appreciate them.
This stout hits the spot for me. Malty. Not too bitter from either the hops or the roasted malts. And it reminds me that I should not pass by their offerings when I seem them on the shelf.

 550 characters

Photo of tigg924
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear, dark brown in color with 1/4 inch head. Taste is chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, and light smoke. Very light body for the style. Tasty, solid double stout that I would get again.

 197 characters

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Awesome dark black pour, over an inch of tan head that has great retention. Aroma was soft, chocolate, not overly roasty, minimal coffee notes.

Taste is dark chocolate, mild coffee bitterness, mouthfeel of smoothness, I get why satin is part of the name they have really smoothed this beer out somehow. Isn't sweet, but has enough of that to provide greater balance. Hides alcohol pretty well. Good stuff.

 410 characters

Photo of Barnoloid
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A well put together Imperial Stout. Unique in some ways in that nothing I overly amped up here. The roastiness gives way to some bakers Chocolate and toasted oats feel. Light smattering of hops but nothing overwhelming. It's an easy sipping big Stout without the feel of being a big stout. Sort of a middle ground between the slick 10%+ options out there and a sessionable choice. Liked the bitterness that came in here with a dry finish - had an Irish dry feel to it.

 468 characters

Photo of gregy55902
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A decent beer that does some things well. Kind of watery though, looks and feels very thin for an imperial stout. Taste is just roasty malts and a bit of chocolate. Unfortunately, a bit boring for me.

 200 characters

Photo of Tone
4.16/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown color. One inch head of an off-tan color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of strong sweet malt, chocolate, slight roasted malt, slight oatmeal, hops, and alcohol. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial Stout. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malt, alcohol, hops, sweet malt, slight chocolate, hint of yeast, and a hint of oatmeal. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, and blend, but lacking in complexity to be a great beer.

 521 characters

Photo of cbutova
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A- 12oz bottle poured into a small tulip with a midnight black body and a light mocha tinged head. The silky, foamy cap displays good retention despite only rising to half a finger high. Encircling sheet of lace at the top with rings left after each sip.

S- While describing the appearance I can smell milk chocolate and toasty, nutty malts from about three feet away, strong aromatically. Roast but not quite burnt grains, deeply caramelized sugars, Dutch baking cocoa, coffee and toffee. Smooth and malty.

T- Carries on strongly with milk chocolate, medium toasted nuttiness, toffee, blackened barley and caramelized grains in the forefront. A hint of cherry or currant but only an afterthought. Ends with a bit more sweetness than I imagined from the aroma, not cloying but definitely not dry. Earthy hops blend into the cocoa.

MF- Carbonation is on the high side for the style with the bubbles feeling just a bit sharp at times. It also throws off the body brining it down to medium where it needs some thickness for the bold flavors. Tiniest warming in the finish along with lingering burnt bitterness. Just feels somewhat thin.

Chocolate forward Imperial Stout that brings the malts in force and a relatively high sweetness. The grains are the strength here while the carbonation oversteps its bounds and brings down the mouthfeel undermining support for the decadent flavors.

 1,386 characters

Photo of CHickman
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black color with a huge foamy 3 finger khaki colored head that was full of bubbles and faded very slowly, bubbled popping constantly at the top of the head; the lacing was minimal, but the head lasted a really long time and left a pretty thick layer on top.

Smells of charred wood, molasses, burnt grains, cocoa powder, fresh ground coffee, milk chocolate bar, light vanilla, herbs, burnt nuts and some more roasted grains. The cocoa and burnt grains almost seem sweet but then trail back to rich, roasted malts. Sort of basic and one dimensional, but very strong and impressive smelling aroma at the same time.

Tastes like it smells but with caramel, piney hops, tea leaf and light black licorice to go along with the cocoa powder, fresh ground coffee, charred wood, burnt grains, chocolate malts or Whoppers candy. There is a second wave with brown sugar, dark fruits like plum, light vanilla, herbs, light ash, molasses, more very roasted grains and nuts. Almost seems like a s’mores with smoked flavors and chocolate mixing together and then a bitter hop nip. Above average flavor that goes down real easy.

Mouthfeel is slick and on the thin side across the tongue, with a medium to chewy body, light carbonation and a slightly bitter finish that is sweet with a lot of coffee, toasted grains and cocoa in the mix.

Overall a nice stout which is a little thin feeling, but what it lacks there the aroma and flavor more than compensate for it.

 1,467 characters

Photo of matjack85
3.52/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up at the Jewel-Osco store in Glendale Heights, IL as part of a build-your-own six pack for $9.99, making this single 12oz brown bottle $1.67. No freshness date.

The beer poured an opaque dark brown color with a huge 4-finger light brown head. While the head was impressive, it completely dissipated in under 2 minutes and left zero lacing.

The smell had a high amount of roasted malt to it along with some caramel and chocolate.

Mostly has a deep roasted malt flavor with a touch of caramel sweetness ,some slightly bitter coffee, and mild chocolate.

Medium bodied with moderate to medium carbonation.

It's not my favorite porter, but it is easy to drink and a decent beer..

 700 characters

Photo of maedhros09
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look:Deep brown with huge tan head that settles very slowly, leaving some lacing Smell: Slightly muted, dark fruit, roasted malt
Taste: Chocolate, dark fruit, moderate sweetness, moderate bitter finish
Feel: Medium thick mouthfeel, Fairly carbonated for an imperial stout

Overall: A lighter than typical imperial stout. Although nicely balanced without excessive sweetness or bitterness, it doesn't match the depth of flavor and complexity of my favorite imperials (SN Narwhal, Old Rasputin, or even Sam Smith's at a similar ABV). Still, a very enjoyable stout and a great value!

 583 characters

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a nearly opaque but brilliant black under a 1” lacy tan head. Smell: Coffee and chocolate aromas with some dark sugars. Taste: Starts very creamy with some dark dried fruit, coffee and chocolate with some light caramel notes and grain and finishes with a roasty dark chocolate bitterness. Mouthfeel: Creamy, satiating full bodied with very fine soft carbonation. Overall: a very drinkable Imperial Stout with a nice balance between roast and sweet malt flavors.

 481 characters

Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Solid black, opaque, with a tan head that fades a bit then sits tight. Definite lacing.

S - Chocolate, roasty malts. Dark fruits, raisins. A touch of minerality.

T - Starts with dark chocolate, with a middle of plums and red grape skin, and a close of plum flesh and steeped tea.

M - Coats the tongue, but with a touch of drying in the close that keeps things from getting too cloying.

O - This is a delicious stout. Lovely pour, great nose, solid chocolate flavor, and a balanced attack that keeps things from getting too sweet or too bitter. Good stuff.

 567 characters

Photo of SD-Alefan
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with ruby highlights and a dark tan head.
Great aroma with lots of dark chocolate, licorice and coffee. Maybe just a hint of fruit?
Big roast coffee and dark chocolate taste and a lingering and drying bitter finish. A bit of char in the background as well.
Mouth is a bit thin for an imperial stout.
Overall, very tasty.

 344 characters

Photo of Ri0
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poured 12oz bottle into chalice.

A - Dark coffee, almost black with a 1 finger tan head. Thin cap and spatters of lacing.

S - Rich roasted malts, espresso, bitter chocolate, and caramel. Some earthy hops round out the pleasant aroma.

T - A good amount of milk and bitter chocolate to go along with a rich espresso. Roasted malts with sweet caramel and some earthy hop flavors.

M - On the thinner side of medium bodied with good carbonation.

O - Revisited this and my palate changed to where I enjoy it. I think the bitter stout fooled me many years ago.

 562 characters

Photo of Garvey
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: Black, nearly opaque with some ruby light penetrating at the base. Huge, fluffy tan head from an aggressive pour. Quickly dissipated to about a finger's width.
S: Sweet chocolate, tobacco, caramel. A little coffee. Nothing too overwhelming. Slight licorice.
T: Bitter, roasted malt. Almost sour/salty up front. Sharp smoke, like the smell of fresh wood shavings. Tastes like drinking coffee in a woodshop. Lingering smokey aftertaste.
F: Surprisingly thin. Very slight oily feel with a clean dry finish and little coating.
O: The last imperial stout I had was Ten FIDY, so this seemed very simple and straightforward. The mouthfeel was underwhelming, but everything else is quite nice. Very smooth going down. Not nearly as good as Ten FIDY or Expedition, but much more affordable.

 784 characters

Photo of Andrew041180
4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep dark brown and looks black in the glass. I initially thought it might be a touch thin upon pouring. This fear was completely without merit. Nice little ring of bubbles leaves just a bit of lace here and there. Flavor is very dark roast. Touch of sweetness, almost getting to milk stout territory, but it works great. Brings out the chocolate elements. Full side of medium bodied. It works very well for this beer. Long, lingering aftertaste that is oddly clean. Excellent beer, and a bonus with the relatively low ABV for an imperial.

 557 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Satin Solitude Imperial Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
3.86 out of 5 based on 999 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.