Satin Solitude
Central Waters Brewing Co.

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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #2,092
Ranked #15,393
3.88 | pDev: 10.82%
Central Waters Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States
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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3.92/5  rDev +1%

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Photo of jegross2
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing the Satin Solstice Imperial Stout from Central Waters Brewing Company.
Score: 88

2011 vintage bottle from a make your own six pack at Steve's Wine. Poured in a snifter glass.

Appearance: Pours dark as night with a thin tan head that quickly disappears. When you swirl, a thin tan head with interesting shapes and patterns reforms. Very inviting. 3.5/5

Smell: The aroma on the beer is not very pronounced until swirled, and then you're in flavor country. Prominently features roasted malts, dark chocolate, and toffee along with hints of figs/raisin and dark fruit/cherry. Post-swirl there are still faint, but inviting, alcohol notes in the nose along with some sweet milk chocolate aromas. Smells a lot like a smooth porter would. 4/5

Taste: A dark roasted burnt cocoa bean flavor leads the charge, while a delicious coffee bean flavor dominates a long-lingering finish. Very little flavor on the mid-palate, however, save for some dark fruit/raisin. The finish sticks around for quite some time. The front and finish are excellent, despite the lack of mid-palate flavor. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Smooth and bubbly. The mild carbonation complements the lighter-than-most stout body, without leaving the beer too "crisp." Warming alcohol grows as the beer gets warmer. Finish is not very sweet, slightly sticky. I was expecting something much heavier, but the mouthfeel is not bad. 3/5

Overall: Central Waters is my favorite Wisconsin Brewery, and this beer certainly impresses. The lighter body makes Satin Solstice more drinkable than most other imperial stouts (one beer will not fill you up), and the relatively moderate 7% ABV ensures that you will be able to enjoy more than just one. I would certainly try this one again, and in fact I purchased a full six pack of this stuff.

Recommendation: A great imperial stout for people who generally do not like "heavier" beers and the casual beer drinker. Beer lovers should sufficiently enjoy this one as well, though the lack of mid-palate flavor does not render the Satin Solstice a "first-choice" stout. Still, the front and finish of the beer are more than flavorful enough to make up for the lack of a brief "middle" to this beer.

Pairings: Chocolate cake.

Cost: $8.99 for a six pack.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, Julian dated 03514. Poured into an O'so snifter today, 4/6/2014.

App- dark black (illuminates very dark brown) body, one finger offwhite head with fair retention, lots of sticky rings of lacing. Looks very much the part of the stout.

Smell- Rich cocoa, milk chocolate, some roast malt, black coffee, a bit of earth. Very balanced nose. Smells great.

Flavour- Milk chocolate, roast malt, black coffee bitterness. A bit of dark chocolate bitterness, quite a bit of earthiness and a slight bit of umami on the back-end. A bit disjointed compared to the nose but still very smooth and fairly well integrated. A fine flavour profile.

Mouthfeel- This has historically been considered a thin bodied beer, and it is fairly thin bodied but not watery at all. The flavour profile packs enough of a punch to fill in the palate. Feel is somewhat creamy and feels fairly decently carbonated. Earthy bitter finish.

Overall- Solid imperial stout that's a steal at the $7.99/6-pack that I've seen it go for on local shelves. Sure, it's not overwhelmingly roasty or complex or even viscous, but this is still a good beer that's worth buying on its own merits. It's clearly an imperial stout to my palate, although the mouthfeel does suffer from it being a bit thin.

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

Bottle from O'Reilly's in Madison. Pours thick black body, little retained head after beige foam dissapears. Thick creamy buffeted mouthfeel, with chocolate and coffee. Dryish. Aroma of roasted malt and chocolate.Good drinkability. Seems higher than the abv stated.

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Photo of 3FaveryRogue
3.22/5  rDev -17%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

[L] Satin Solstice pours a dark brown color into glass. Nowhere near opaque to light. The head on it is a toasty brown color, with loose, soapy looking foam atop.

[S] The aroma is dusty chocolate bar, some sourness, vanilla, lots of plum, dark fruit, and a bit of coffee.

[T] Milk chocolate is the first thought. Followed by a sour vinous fruit. With only a slight roast, vanilla cream, and coffee on finish. Seems to open up nicely as it warms.

[F] Very thin bodied, with a bit of sourness. And practically no hops.

[D] It may not be the greatest imperial stout, but its best aspect is drinkability. I could do many of these in a sitting compared to some of the big ones.

This beer was $7 or $8 a 6 pack. It's certainly no Rasputin, but I become less impressed with that beer as well, every time I have it. As an imperial stout, this is far from being a great. I personally wouldn't deem it "imperial", but it does seem a little excess for a regular, I guess. Bottom line is that its probably the best you're gonna get for the $, and it makes for a decent session.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a deep dark brown color with a good sized tan head. Leaves a little bit of lace on the glass

Smell: Wiffs of roasted malts and coffee.

Taste: Roasted malt flavor bursts into your mouth followed by a coffee bitterness at the end. A very nice tasting stout.

Mouthfeel: It's lighter than you would expect when you initially look at it and for the ammount of alcohol in here I would expect a thicker beer.

Drinkability: It goes down very easily and leaves you wanting more with every sip a great brew!

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

A - This beer poured a dark brown color that produced a tan, fluffy head with some good retention and laced the side of the glass nicely

S - The aroma produced by this beer was bittersweet chocolate, coffee, toffee, and roasted malts

T - The taste of this beer was right in line with the nose, roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate, fresh ground coffee, and toffee

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a medium body and a light to moderate amount of carbonation

D - This beer is billed as an Imperial Stout, but to me it falls more closely in line with a plain old Stout, which is a good thing, but tell me its a regular Stout

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.52/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle courtesy of garymuchow.
Pours pitch black with a very nice, thick, tan head. Collar is also nice and the carbonation seems adequate.
Smell is sweet, fruity and roasty like an Imperial stout should be. Massive hints of caramel, biscuits and chocolate as well.
Taste is very much like the smell, sweet, malty, and just a little bit of hop bitterness to balance it all out. While this might not be the biggest IS I've had, the alcohol kick is still there, but does nothing but add to this beer.
Overall, I would say that this is a fine example of the style. The mouthfeel is good, the taste is great, and I could have this one again were I able to find it

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Photo of beerdedking
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Decent middle of the road Imp Stout. A touch thin, but drinkability is high. Would have again...

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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

Appearance: Dark brown, small head.

Smell: Smells like coffee grounds + the filter paper.

Taste: Straight coffee, dry and bitter. Not particularly complex.

Drinkability: Seems more like a standard stout than an imperial, very light bodied for an imperial.

I'm wondering if this single bottle was old. It was very unimpressive, a thin bodied, low flavor for an imperial stout.

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Photo of sleuthdog
3.42/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz with a bottled date Aug 2011 poured into tulip glass

A: I was unable to create much of any head on this beer but what little did form was of an light brown color. This beer is of a murky brown color without much carbonation.

S: Smells like brown sugar and dark fruits such as raisins and figs. It does also have some syrup or molasses on the nose. I also pick out some smokey coffee and chocolate at the end. There is a faint whiff of alcohol.

T: Upon initial taste I get bitter chocolate, sweetness from a molasses taste and a mild coffee. There is also some roasted taste and a toffee taste. On the back end there is some hop bitterness. Alcohol is very well hidden.

M: For an imperial stout this is thin on the mouth. It feels slick but not oily and viscous like I imagine a beer of this style to be. Even though I describe this as thin it does coat my mouth and lingers until the next sip.

O: Even though this doesn't hit all boxes that I expect in an imperial stout it is rather enjoyable. It isnot over powering in any one aspect and that makes it well rounded for me. A rather easy drinker for an imperial stout.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle obtained via trade with Skidz. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed 1/4" of medium brown head over the opaque dark, dark brown brew. Head retention is minimal, laces okay. Aroma is of coffee and chocolate malts. Taste is similar to the nose, but the roasted coffee turns it up a notch, I'm thinking black, auto-repair shop black. Somehow, though, the smoothness (maybe from the chocolate working the other end of the spectrum) makes the mouthfeel pretty good. Drinkability is high, and the abv is hidden, as far as my palate can discern. A nice imperial, but just doesn't seem imperial enough, maybe just distantly royal or something.

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Photo of Mistofminn
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep deep ruby brown, nearly black (however when held into the light, you can see through it). Nice light tan head produced which shrinks to a small pillow and ring around the glass. After the initial shrinkage, the retention is impressive. Does leave some nice lacing.

The nose is dark roasted malts with lots of sweetened melted chocolate and espresso coffee beans, with a vanilla or caramel sweetness. Pretty impressive and very enticing.

Nice roasted malts, and a light bitter chocolate dominate the taste department. However, coffee beans, vanilla, caramel, a smokiness and even tart unripened fruits play a small role in the background to make this a very complex taste, and a very good one at that.

Medium bodied, I would have liked to see it a little thicker. This is like a "baby" of the "big stouts" as it's not as complex or high in alcohol as some of it's brothers, however I feel there is a lot of flavor and complexity packed into this little guy. Great drinkability.

Overall, a solid offering from what is quickly becoming one of my favorite breweries. I wasn't expecting much from a $8.99 six pack, but this is definitely something I will be purchasing again in the future. This is a steal!

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3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I need to track my trades better but this beer came from either autumnaldave or jay23 as an extra. Gracias.

12 ounce bottle. My first beer from Central Waters. Pours with a thin head. Black throughout as per the style. Smell of coffee and malt. Tastes like it smells. Not much alcohol in taste which makes it very drinkable but at 7.5% that is a little low for a RIS. Not really a RIS IMO a good stout none the less.


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Photo of MPLS
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am patiently awaiting the Central Waters limited releases this December, so their other beers will have to tide me over.

A: Black bodied with light brown accents under heavy light. Good frothy head after being poured into a snifter and lacing is still stuck to the glass as I'm finishing it. I feel like I define a lot of stouts in this same ritualistic way.

S: Roasted Malt, coffee bitterness, sweet chocolate, and some sparse dark cherries.

T: Very roasted throughout the entire flavor profile of this beer. The beer's mild sweetness got more complex as it slowly warmed. In addition to the sweetness there was a level of coffee-like bitter.

M: Medium bodied sits on the tongue nicely, very smooth, could be a little thicker but certainly exceptable for the style.

D: Better than I expected. Will buy again on the voyage to Hudson.

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Satin Solitude from Central Waters Brewing Co.
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