Satin Solitude | Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Central Waters Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Bierman9 on 02-19-2002

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Reviews by baldiegooner:
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4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nicely balanced beer with coffee flavors up front, followed by a hint of smokeyness and then pleasant licorice and vanilla. The lack of a single overpowering flavor is a plus, and a lingering mouthcoating persists. Not overly carbonated. Lacks any sort of head, although a collar persists till the last sip.

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Photo of jegross2
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
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
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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 RoyalT
2.64/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance – This poured a nice dark brown in color with a frothing brown head that showed good retention.

Smell – This is nasty rotten butterscotch. That’s the only way I can describe this odor.

Taste – The grain flavor here is rotten as well and the butterscotch is back.

Mouthfeel – This is a bit bigger than light-bodied and fizzy in the mouth.

Sinkability – This is just plain nasty.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear dark brown, almost black with a ruby tinge. Thick, luscious tan-brown head with an excellent cellular structure, fine lacing, and an encouraging assertiveness. Nose is a little light but offers some nice caramel, prunes, and coffee. Taste is sweet caramel, plums, and cherries. Other dark fruits, touches of anise, and a slightly pork roast meatiness enter into play. Mouthfeel is light to medium, chewy, and wonderfully bitter. Outstanding finish. This one is close o being exceptional. If the body were a bit bigger, the color a touch darker, and the fruit/caramel a little drier and less sweet this one would be killer.

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Photo of hopsleeroy
3.35/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Black with a little bit of whitish lacing, no ruby edges-very black
S-Boozy smeels upfront, with coffe caramel and fruits underneath. Some cocoa flavors as warms.
T-Deep chocolate with fruit flavors underneath, boozy overtones, some metallic tang as warms up, the fruity teast flavors become more dominanat as warms and not entirely pleasant
M-Thinner than I would have thought and slightly watery
D-I liked this at first but as it warms I did not really enjoy the flavors

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Photo of Brent_B
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of sgoodship
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My friend Brian gave me this bottle. A big thank you for that.

A: Big, light coffee stained 3 finger head. A little spotty lacing. Head dissipates to a thin, yellow coffee color to the end. There was a milk chocolate streak through the head. Very dark brown liquid with some ruby highlights visible against the light.

S: Beautiful caramel, molasses and bold roasted malt with a nice tangy coffee.

T: Smooth burnt malt that moves really swiftly into a bitter coffee. Leaves you with an aggressive tannin and very bitter chocolate aftertaste.

M: Medium carbonation adds some interest. Medium body that is smooth with a sharpness at the finish. The tanginess adds a chewiness to the brew.

D: If the malt taste of this had stuck around a bit longer, this would have been amazing brew. As it stands, it is a great RIS. I'd recommend giving it a try. I didn't know much about Central Waters but now I am on the lookout.

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Photo of blackearth
2.77/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Purchased from Ray's Liquors in Wauwatosa, WI. Poured into a DT snifter to reveal a black body with a thin tan head that quickly fades. Aroma is faint roasted malts. Full bodied with low carbonation to make for a smooth mouthfeel. Flavor is nice roasted malt from start to finish, but that's really it. Very one-dimensional, so pretty much a let down as far as I'm concerned.

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Photo of blitz134
3.42/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received from Jay23 in Secret Bunny '07...much appreciated...

Very near pitch black, some faint amounts of light gets through when held up. Small tan, light mocha head that left only a ring around the glass and a very thin bubble layer. More head retention would be nice here.

Smell is dark toasted malts, as expected, but not really any charred characters. Some hazlenut coffee and expresso hints along with some chocolate round it out. Overall this smells good, but could be a bit more upfront.

Flavor is alright, but doesn't offer too much up front. Only after the swallow do the toasted flavors start to show. A bit of expresso and coffee again, but this time without the hazlenut hints. Finish is fairly nondescript. No hints of alcohol. Not overly wowed by the flavor.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, but a touch thin. Coats the mouthwell with its slick, somewhat oily body. Low carbonation fine too.

Overall drinkability is just alright in my opinion. Lacks a lot of character for me. It is easy to drink and a somewhat low abv offering of the style. Just doesn't stand out really.

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Photo of danthehopslamman
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of SD-Alefan
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of warnerry
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled March 2011

A - Pours black with one finger of creamy tan head. Head has pretty good retention and leaves some nice lacing.

S - Deep roasted malts, chocolate and coffee with cream.

T - Chocolate is predominant in the taste than the smell, followed by coffee and cream, with roasted malts taking a back seat. Very silky taste.

M - Mouthfeel is on the full side of medium and is very creamy.

O - Very nice. Feels full and creamy without being heavy. Pretty easy drinking. I would get this again.

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Photo of AlarmClock314
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very thin body with medium to high carbonation; not very fitting of the style.

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Photo of Swane
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of MrUse
3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of tigg924
3.89/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is a pretty straightforward mix of chocolate and coffee. The flavor is coffee and roasted malt with some chocolate notes as well. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of fenlop54
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
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 bsp77
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Very dark brown with decent sized tan head.

Smell: Chocolate, molasses and some booze. Straightforward but nice.

Taste: Creamy chocolate with some light roasted notes of coffee and burnt molasses. However, these harsher and more challenging flavors are secondary to the velvety chocolate.

Feel: Very smooth body that is slightly marred by not being quite full bodied enough. Moderate carbonation.

Overall: This is an easy drinking Imperial Stout. Sounds like an oxymoron, but certainly true in this case.

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Photo of Happy_Camper
1/5  rDev -74%

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of MattyG85
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice. Bottled in August 2012.

Appearance: Pours an oily black with a moderate amount of bubbles. About two fingers of light tan head which recede into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing around the glass.

Smell: A rich, sweet, and roasty aroma. Dark roasted malts with good hints of dark chocolate, coffee, burnt toast, caramel, toffee, cream, smoke, and a little vanilla. A good amount of molasses and some anise spicing. Light hints of dark cherry, fig, and raisin. Fairly earthy with some herbal hops in the background. A pretty solid aroma. Its what you expect a good imperial stout to smell like.

Taste: Like the aroma hints, a good mix of rich and dark roasty flavors. Dark roasted malts with a taste of dark chocolate, coffee, burnt caramel, toast, toffee, smoke, nuts, vanilla, and a little creamy milk. Sweet molasses and a little anise spice. Subtle undertones of dark fruit including cherry, raisin, and fig. Some earthy and herbal hops give a little drying bitterness towards the finish. A very solid stout taste that is fairly complex.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, somewhat slick, and pretty smooth although its thinner than expected for the style. Alcohol is hidden fairly well.

Overall: A very good take on a imperial stout. Solid creamy dark roast flavors with a moderate sweetness.

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Satin Solitude from Central Waters Brewing Co.
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