Satin Solitude | Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Satin SolitudeSatin Solitude

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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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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 rhoadsrage
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours a midnight black body with a light tan head that is thick and last forever. No sign of carbonation in this inky liquid.

S- The beer has strong flavors of dark black roasted grain and malt with a cream and hot cocoa finish that isn't really sweet but more rich and dry.

T- The taste of dark roasted malt with a slight coffee bitterness and a faint alcohol note gave the malt a lot of depth. There was a faint coffee and cream flavor at the end of the sip. The dark malt was smooth but it hung on the breath after each sip.

M- The full mouthfeel had a bit of a slippery texture in the finish.

D- This beer has big rich flavors that was very smooth and blended with a definite satin quality. There unique finish had nice notes of hot cocoa or chocolate malt and cream.

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

Thanks to NFLMVP for this one.
Pours a dark brown with some black and red straks. Big, tight bubbled tan head, full of creamy froth that leaves lots of uneven lace patterns on the pint.
Aroma is chocolate, roasted barley and some nuttiness. Not quite to style but very appealing.
Flavor is dominated by milk chocolate, a husky, grainy malt feel and some coffee bitterness.
Mouthfeel is sort of thick and creamy like a milk stout or more of a chocolate stout.
Drinkability - tough to rate this one. Bears no resemblance whatsoever to an RIS but it is a tasty refreshing brew. give it the benefit of the stout, mislabeled style but well made drinking stout.

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Photo of nflmvp
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours almost black with a generous mocha head that has serious lasting power. Smells of chocolate. Tastes of chocolate, coffee and oatmeal with a smokey finish. Mouthfeel is very nice, very creamy in the end.

Overall, a very drinkable brew. If only I could get my hands on some of the Brewers Reserve.

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Photo of Crosling
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark brown. The nose is just as every Imperial Stout should be, full of rich malt aromas (oreo, chocolate, coffee, roast) along with a touch of charred fruit and the perfect amount of hop aromatics, barely any at all. The flavor is fairly deep and chewy, although it isn’t as rich as the aroma suggested. Still very balanced between the coffee, chocolate and charred fruit flavors. A good brew.

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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 blackie
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: The pour produces a .3" dark khaki head that steadily recedes to just a ring around the glass and a smattering of bubbles on the surface. The beer is a very dark brown in color, nearing black.

smell: A chocolate aroma stands out most, somewhat like fresh chocolate cake. Roasted chocolate type malts dominate the aroma. Maybe a hint of watery iced coffee and some fresh leather. The smell is overall sweet and malty, though there is a decent hop aroma. Not too complex or anything, but it smells good.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is medium, and smooth on the tongue. The body is a heavier medium.

taste: Similar to the smell, though a little less complex and somewhat boring. Chocolate immediately comes to mind and dominates the palate, though it seems more bittersweet than milky on the palate. Also some hints of roast and old smoke. Moderate hop flavor and a bitterness that dries the finish somewhat, along with some lingering roasted flavors.

drinkability: easily drinkable

Smuggled four bottles back from my trip to Madison. An interesting, more subtle take on the RIS style.

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Photo of santoslhalper
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Much love to blackie for the bottle.

Appearence: It may look like it's black, but when really paid attention to, this is a hazy, dark brown. Dark chocolate colored. Quite beautiful to look at though. The head is tan, strong as hell, and leaves nice lacing.

Smell: Smells like a monster! Would never have guessed it was only 7.5%. The complexity is through the roof, the balance is perfect. and it just smells so quality. Coffee and roasted nuts as well as chocolate, caramel, and molasses, still with decent hop bitterness. Nice!

Taste and Mouthfeel: Very English tasting. Reminds me of a little stronger, more complex Sammy Smith Imperial Stout. Very bittersweet, with strong chocolate and coffee notes. The alcohol is noticable, but not overbearing. The hops are strong, and balance everything out nicely. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, but not too thick.

Drinkability and Overall: Like I said earlier, a very English tasting beer. I really enjoyed drinking this, and I really wish we could get it locally. I'm very glad I got to try this, and I recommend it to any imperial stout fan who doesn't want something over the top. This is a very clean, balanced beer, not as in-your-face as many other American imperial stouts, and right now, that is a very good thing.

Glass: Standard oversized wine glass
Music: "Scrapple from the Apple" by Oscar Peterson & Sonny Stitt

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Photo of weeare138
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to hopdog for this...
Appears a dark brown with a red hue and tan head. Spotty lacing is left behind.
Smell is of creamy butter, coffee, and chocolate malts.
Taste is a watered down version of the aromas with bitterness from coffee grinds coming through.
Mouthfeel is smooth, bitter, medium bodied.
This one seemed more like a porter to me than an Imperial Stout.

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Photo of granger10
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a black, but not opaque, color. When held to light it looks more of a dark brown than black. Large thick milk chocolate head sits atop the liquid and has excellent retention. Aroma reminds me exactly of a cafe mocha with a shot of vanilla in there. Right on the first sip I can tell how creamy and smooth this beer is. Almost goes down too easily. A sweet dark chocolate flavor begins the adventure. Soon goes to a semi roasted coffee bean flavor, but the chocolate holds. A really strong creamy precense comes forth. Marshmallow creme comes out. Underlying hop bitterness really holds all this together. Finish is dark chocolates that are bittersweet. This was a really enjoyable beer. I don't think its an RIS and that would be my only knock on it but it was too enjoyable not to give it high ratings. Seek it out.

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Photo of Px2GrafX
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

presentation: 12oz. bottle with a yellow label and black printing. an oval image in the center of the label displays a very graphic snowing forest with a dove in a branch. "microbrew for the microfew" is printed on the bottom of the label. central waters logo is on the left of the label above their interpretation of their impy stout. abv is displayed at 7.5%. there is a bottled in strip down the side of the label, but a month isn't punched out.

appearance: very dark almost black with dark, dark brown highlights in a snifter glass. pours a one inch light tan head. drops to a capper after a while, but bubbles are rising to a ring around the glass the whole time. lacing is decent.

smell: coffee, chocolate and some alcohol. dark fruits. raisins and prunes. lightly smoky and woody as well.

taste: mostly coffee with a dark fruity undertone. hop flavors are low and bitterness is mostly in the end of the sip. earthy with some smokiness. finishes a touch astringent, bitter, dry and lightly chocolatey.

mouthfeel: a light-medium body more like a porter than an imperial stout. good carbonation and a decent swallow, but clunks just a bit.

drinkability: a little thinner than most aides in the drinkability. alcohol is evident, but not a hinderance. good aftertaste and finish.

overall: not bad, but more of a single stout than an imperial stout. alcohol also is a little tame by most imperial standards. nontheless, a tasty drinkable brew that might make a nice session stout. thanks to mnben for sending me this try in a trade.

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Photo of HopHeadKen
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a sixer of this at the brewery, where I had the opportunity to talk briefly with one of the two owner / brewers.

This beer is aged in bourbon barels, something that I did not know before. Bourbon barrel flavor is something that I have a hard time picking out from the rich carmel coffee background, but it is there. Nice.

Color is deep dark amber, perhaps a bit light for an Imperial Stout, but I happen to think this color is very nice, and you would only notice that it isn't black in very bright light.

As a stout, I drink these at cool room or cellar temp.
Smell is rich, malty carmel;
Head is thick tan/brown.
Taste is carmel, chocolate, coffee and now I notice the hints of bourbon barrel.

I really like this beer and am glad for the opportunity of a brief visit with one of the brewers.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.19/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at Riley's here in Madison.

Pours a deep garnet red with a tiny tan head that disappears quite quickly. Nose is amazing - chocolate malts, roasted coffee and vanilla team up for a sweet, rich aroma that has to be one of the best I've smelled. Taste is quite good as well. Chocolate and coffee malts with subtle hoppy and alcoholic notes at the end (that's the 7.5% abv coming through) though the alcohol isn't bad at all. Mouthfeel is medium, creamy but not too thick. I could put a few of these back, but they'd catch up to me quick I'm sure. A good winter evening warmer, but also good sitting in the AC on a hot summer day. My third Central Waters beer and I've yet to be disappointed. I recommend a try if you can find it.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out as a thick, dark head above a beautiful deep, ruby-red liquid. The nose is very much of chocolate malt. I experienced a very pleasant, creamy mouthfeel. The problem that I had with the mouthfeel was that it was nowhere near as hot as what I would expect from am imerial stout. It is actually mush closer to a very good stout, period. The finish is a nice combination of bittersweet chocolate and charcoal. Again, just what I am looking for in a stout, but not an imperial.
Happy New Beer Sunday x 3!

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Photo of sweethome
3.2/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light brown pour...Imperial stout??

Nose is noce - cherries - dried nuts, roast and alcohol.

ENtry starts watery (!) and then turns alcoholic - some of the cherries and nuts evident in nose come through.

Finsih is firey alcohol.

None of the complexity and all of the alcohol I expect from style. A good buzz beer...but lacking in flavor.

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Photo of LuckySevens82
4.52/5  rDev +17.4%
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 longarm
4.39/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a nice find. Appearance is fine, but nothing amazing. Possibly a little less dense than I would like in an imperial stout, but nothing else worth griping-over.

The aroma on this beer is perfect. Absolutely no off smells and wonderfully balanced. As one would expect in an imperial, it has the requisite dark and roasted malt smells, but delightful hints of chocolate and raisins add to the aromatic complexity. I could sit and smell this for hours.

Taste surprisingly does not hold-up as well as the aroma, which is its only flaw. I would love to taste exactly what I smell in this beer, but alas it does not happen. The flavors that appear are terrifically balanced, if not slightly hot from the high alcohol content. A slight hit of bitterness on the finish rounds everything off. Raisin and dark pitted fruit flavors seem to appear a little more in the flavor than the aroma, which is also welcome.

Mouthfeel is nice too. It coats the palate well and has no major flaws.

Excellent and extremely drinkable beer for those who enjoy stouts.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
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 bnuttz
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

wow is all I can say. This brewery is very close to where I grew up and never even heard a peep about it until once about 6 months ago visiting a bar back in Wausau. Went to a bar that had it on tap but they had just ran out. Later heard of its greatness and determined I had to try it. Drove 30 minutes to Waukesha to get it and was well worth the drive.

This beer appears thick and black like you would expect most imperials to. Smells of burnt malts and coffee. Tastes are all over the place with this one. Coffee dominates with a nice burnt characteristic, and some bitterness to follow. There is a nice sweetness that balances this out nicely. One of the best imperials to grace my lips

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Photo of Skidz
3.15/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours out a smooth brown brown, finishing jet black with a nice creamy tan head that stands 1 finger tall with nice lacing to boot. Fades as you work youre way down leaving a ring around the side of the glass.

Smells of heavily roasted grains and coffee with sweet chocolate undertones. Tastes strongly of burnt toast and grain, with coffee poking its way through. A bit of sourness makes its way through, mixed together with coffe, its like adding a twist of lemon to your your double expresso. Ends with a nice bitterness, but not without the burnt grains coming back again. The alcohol is pretty easy to taste as it slides across the back of your tongue.

What this beer lacks in taste, it makes up for in mouthfeel. Very smooth and creamy with a nice full body. Not the best beer from CWBC, but it is worth a try. I'm not impressed with the taste, as most people seem to be, I think it's lacking the complexity that a stout should have. If anything, the 7.5%ABV will help you along.

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Photo of abents
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
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 Bierman9
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Satin Solstice pours a deep, dark, opaque brown color, topped by a mocha hued, fine layer of bubbles, and leaves some splotches of lace here and there. Good mouthfeel consisted of a body at about the medium to medium-plus level, with a comfortable smoothness on the tongue. The nose was comprised of some burnt, coffee-like notes, with a decent splash of hoppiness keeping things lively. Taste consisted of roasted, burnt coffee (as in the aroma) along with dark fruit and some earthy hoppiness. Finish is a bit dry, and the dark fruit flavors linger along with a mild bitterness. A tasty Midwest offering, with thnx to Jeffboo for the sample! Zum Wohl!!!

overall: 4
appearance: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4


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Photo of Bighuge
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is not black (which is how I prefer my Imperials),. but rather a dark shade of burgandy topped with a creamy brown head that has nice retention and good lacing characteristics. A nice looking Imperial nonetheless. A very nice roasty nose with some faint sweet malt in the background. The taste of this Imperial is very pleasant, but doesn't knock my socks of the way some top notch Imperials do. There are nice shades of roasted malt, chocolate, anise, burnt malt, dark fruits and licorice. Their is a nice bitterness lingering, but I just wish it were Bigger. The body seems to be in the medium to full range. My conclusion on this beer is that it is very solid but to make it exceptional, I'd pefer a little less of the sweet fruits/ dark fruits and a little more of the burnt/bitter qualities.

A grateful thanks goes out to cokes for nabbing me some of this tasty Imperial Stout from my Homeland.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Update 10/06
I just enjoyed a bottle I'd been sitting on for a t least 2 years. I still enjoyed this beer, but I do need to adjust the scores down a bit. With time it seems the beer didn't change much, unless the loss of roast flavors is the result. This time it seemed quite sweet with the same soy sauce quality. Still smooth, but not quite as thick as I remember.

"I may not know good art, but I know what I like." I suppose the same might be said for me reviewing this Imperial. The aroma has wonderful complexities, including dark roasted malt, and a quality of soy sauce, which may sound weird, but is really quite nice. The head is thin and tan in color. The color is black, but with garnet color when held to the light. It's also clear. The taste is very satisfying overall, having a richness without being sweet or syrupy. Again nice complexity in the taste with the movement of the drink from front to back providing ever enjoyable flavors. Mostly the roasted malt comes through with aspects of coffee and again the soy sauce flavor. The body is medium with the carbonation noticeable. The whole mouth experiences the drink with the teeth even feeling coated. The finish has some slight dryness that's not excessive but lingers nicely for awhile. The alcohol isn't that noticable in the flavor, but the impact will be felt.

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Photo of cokes
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The first beer I have tried from Central Waters, and it is most certainly a winner. Typical stout profile, black/deep ruby in color. Head sticks around for a while. This is sort of a "fringe" Imperial, not quite as strong or robust as many others, seems more like a big-time coffee stout. Some minor burnt prune qualities are located upon close examination. However, there is no denying the taste. Like iced expresso, creamy and delightful.
Warming and temping. Ends hoppy with light pine cone notes. The bitterness is larger than the associated flavor and seems a natural continuation of the charred, roastiness.
ABV is 7.5%, so putting down a couple of these is not a big problem. And trust me, you will want to. Grab some if you can find it.

This is a great stout, but not really a great imperial. I am still giving it some bonus points because I like it so much.

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