Satin Solitude Imperial Stout | Central Waters Brewing Co.

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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

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Reviews: 410 | Ratings: 995
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.

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Photo of Taybeh
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a single into a Bad Weather snifter
A: dark cola brown/black, with a thin layer of khaki head that subsides after a minute
S: licorice, roasty and faintly smoky malts, faint chocolate (and raisins?).
T: roasted coffee and toast at the beginning, then just a touch of hoppy bite and chicory char, and then the licorice kicks in at the finish and lingers nicely. improves as it warms
M: smooth and a bit thin for the style...I like something a bit more chewy; alcohol is well hidden
Overall: I'm not complaining, considering the single was only $2. Pretty good, would drink again but I won't go out of my way to find it.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance : almost totally opaque root beer colored body when held up to the light, the logo on the other side of the glass can barely be seen. Head is large and in charge. Leaves foamy lace around the cup as it recedes.

Aroma : typical stout aromas with black licorice, dark chocolate, faint cocoa powder, coffee bean. Very strong bouquet, very nice.

Flavor : a roast hop flavor hits first following with a wave of one of the most beautiful coffee bean and bitter dark chocolate flavor I've laid lips to. That rush really helps the score. It leaves a smokey, charred finish. Even at the end there is an encore of spicy licorice bite that balances the char with a SNAP. Just overall fantastic.

Mouthfeel : medium to full bodied, you can't exactly chew it - as it's a little smoother than that, but it easily falls within imperial stout territory. The finish is charred and just the perfect amount of dryness. Some creamy fluff is left on the finish too.

Overall : I have stouts once in awhile. Not just because I'm not a fan - I'm totally crazy about them - but because I like to relish the experience of a stout by abstaining and then basking. This experience was beyond pleasurable. I highly recommend.

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours pitch black and thick as hell - caramel head that quickly disappears. Some spotty lace after each drink.

S - Chocolate, figs, cherries, smokey.

T - Full bodied big bold and rich mouthfeel - chocolate, malty, some smoke, fruity, raisins, coffee. Acidic after taste.

O - Really a solid imperial stout that is worth a try.

NOtes - thanks to Joey for bringing me some of this back from Wisconsin.

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Photo of keithmurray
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Appearance - dark mahogany body with tan head

Smell - fudge, cocoa, chocolate, roasted malts

Taste - chocolate, fudge, roasted malts, cocoa, mocha

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, lower level of carbonation, fudge richness upfront, flavors linger at the back end

Overall - good stout, although it does come in light for an 'imperial' stout. Worth a shot

Price Point - $3/12 oz bottle

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Photo of JamesMN
3.08/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

No bottling date or really any info besides the style.

Appearance: Black but lets light through near the bottom of the glass. Looks a bit tepid with a thin tan sudsy head.

Aroma: Coffee, cream, bittersweet chocolate.

Taste: Basically everything described in the aroma combined with a moderate hop bite and grassy hop character. At first it was a bit sweet but the hops and charred malt win over in time giving the bitterness an edge on the sweetness. The finish is a hop kick and the aftertaste is of coffee grounds and light hop bitterness. If this was a regular stout it would be quite robust but for an imperial stout it is lacking some depth of flavor. The 7.5% ABV may be the culprit in that department.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body at best with zealous carbonation. Decent drinkability but was expecting a smoother feel given the style.

Final Thoughts: I have a hard time rating this below average in any category. This is because Satin Solitude is an average imperial stout. While it delivers all the expected flavors of the style, it doesn't do it with the sort of pomp and circumstance that deserves a rating above "okay." Would I drink it again? If I was in the mood for a stout and nothing better was available.

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Photo of ksimons
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-dark mahogany with a fingers worth of khaki head that leaves a creamy lace layer

S-rich malt, a bit of roasted coffee, and chocolate

T-taste is similar to the smell, dark malt backbone with chocolate, a touch of dark fruits, and a light roasted finish

M-not the biggest body from a stout, light to medium carbonation

Overall not as big as Central Water's barrel series, but a decent imperial stout that is pretty affordable

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Photo of metter98
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is close to being black in color—traces of brown are visible near the sides of the glass when it is held up to the light. It poured with with a short tan head that died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of dark malts are present in the nose along with notes of lactose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of dark malts along with notes of lactose and hints of chocolate.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little smooth on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seems light for the style and drinks more like a stout compared to an imperial stout. For a big beer, the finish is lacking.

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

A- pours a thinner black brown color with a great 1 finger tan head nice lacing thru-out
S-roasted malts coffee, chocolate and cocoa
T-smooth velvet roasted malts chocolate with coffee and some vanilla
M-smooth and velvet a tad thin for a stout lower ABV
O- tasty drinkable stout that could have used a little more texture to push it to the next level

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

Sampled last night on 7/27/14. Label is different that picture showed. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a brandy snifter glass.

Pours a very deep brown, black actually in color with a small beige head. Some spotty lacing is seen. Perfect carbonation. The aroma is very nice and consists of roasted coffee, hint of licorice and dark chocolate. More going on with the taste actually with lots of flavor from the above flavors with a hint of light spice even. This is a sipper type of brew and not a chugging type. Goes down easy and seem to get better with more sips. Well balanced overall.

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Photo of majorbase2
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown color with a good size brown head that dissipates quickly. A little bit of lacing.

Smells of roasted coffee and dark chocolate. Lightly toasted malts. Just a slight hint of booze. Not the most complex of aromas. Could benefit from a few more scents.

Taste goes right along with the aroma. Boy, is this one smooth, too. Roasted coffee and chocolate lead the way. The coffee really sticks on the tongue. More roasted malts on the back end. Pretty well balanced. The taste does a lot more for this beer than the aroma. It's not the strongest tasting Stout out there, but it is well balanced.

Mouthfeel is not too heavy. One of the lighter stouts I've ever had. Surprisingly watery (not criticism, just observation).

Overall this a good stout, but it is a bit on the mild side. Still solid.

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Photo of mnredsoxfan69
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: This dark brown brew pours out a thick, creamy, oatmeal colored head three fingers high and slowly dissipating to a thick ring with lots of sticky lacing on the glass as I drink it down.

Smell: A heavenly aroma of roasty mocha fills the nose with notes of toffee and molasses behind it.

Taste: Rich mocha flavored roasted malt with very little hop bitterness overwhelms the tongue, followed by hints of sweet molasses balanced by the bitterness of the dark malts. The sweetness is there but isn't overwhelming, not so forward as, say, Samuel Smiths, but well balanced by the mocha and roasted malt.

Mouth feel: This is a big, full bodied imperial stout with soft, creamy carbonation filling the mouth spreading the flavor all around. The gentle bitterness hangs around for a long finish.

Overall: This is now one of my favorite imperial stouts, supplanting Samuel Smith's and Lagunitas and combining the best characteristics of both. I need to get more of this.

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

Pours a very deep ruby red, can just see the color when held up to the light. Forms a thin tan hand that quickly dissipates to some lacing across the top.

Smell is chocolate, roasted malt, toffee, and coffee.

Coffee notes are dominant at first, there's some chocolate, cherry, and dried fruit, mainly raisin. Finishes a little sweet mixed in with some bitterness.

Fairly smooth going down, but feels a bit thin, I feel it should have a bit more body to it.

A fairly average take on the style. I expect this type of beer to be big and complex, and this one falls just short. It is almost a coffee stout, as I am picking up a lot of coffee flavors in it, I would have liked to see more of the chocolate and fruit come out. Not a bad beer by any stretch, just one that doesn't stand out with so many great beers out there.

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Photo of iabeerbaron
3.28/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25


STYLE: Imperial Stout

ABV: 7.5%

PURCHASED AT: Johncy’s, North Liberty, IA

POUR: Deep black pour with a medium tan head.

AROMA: Coffee sticks out in this Imperial stout.

TASTE: Coffee, chocolate, and hint of caramel sweetness. rating: 96

Beeradvocate rating: 86

Overall: B

My recommendation: A nice imperial stout to have as an option.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is dark as night, with an off white almost beige frothy head.

Smells of licorice, malts, and booze.

Taste is a little bland, overly boozy for the ABV and not enough sweet to match.

Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy, very boozy.

Overall this is a mediocre showing from CW, rather spend my money on their BA stout.

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Photo of BeerDazed
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into Snifter.

Outstanding dark, rich, black in appearance with two finger, mocha colored, head. Retained!

Smells of dark roasted malts and to the point of almost burnt - but in a good way. Hints of cocoa and caramel/molasses and earthy hops.

Roasted maltiness most pronounced, and the hint of chocolate cocoa. Mouthfeel a little on the thin side, but still very good. I've had thicker, creamier, sweeter stouts, but I really liked the bold roastiness of the darkened malts here. Kind of like a dark, bold, coffee without the sweetness of added cream, sugar and other flavors.

I would definitively buy this again and am looking forward to finding on tap.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
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 Qbdoo
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a creamy, dark black. Mouthfeel is the thick and creamy too - probably the standout quality of this beer. Can't say the smell is terribly powerful - I'm straining to pick up much. Taste is chocolate, coffee, and (can I say it) a little bit root-beery. Not such a bad thing because none of the flavors are super bold. This is a solid, enjoyable but not standout imperial stout. Not a beer I'll pursue but one I'll be happy to fall back on from time to time.

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Photo of arthuro11
4.19/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours black as can be. Relatively thin light tan head, but left nice lacing on the way down. Not a huge smell, but very malty. Love how it hits the mouth. Many people complain about CW stouts not being thick/heavy, but I don't have that complaint, I think the mouthfeel is very good. And the taste is really great, leaves something to chew on. Overall definitely like this stuff. Easy to forget about the decent ABV on this one, very drinkable. Would like to try on tap sometime.

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Photo of scaliasux
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Very dark brown. Hard to tell, but appears mainly clear. Medium tall, light brown head. Short-lived.

Smell - Rich dark and medium malts. Dark chocolate, coffee, molasses, raisin - more of the former. Not getting any hops or alcohol.

Taste - Dark malt. Bitter dark chocolate, coffee, burnt toast dominate. Undertone of molasses and raisin. A little alcohol. Rich and tasty.

Mouthfeel - Full and smooth.

Overall - Now this is a winter beer. Rich and slow sippin'.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with coded bottled on date on the side 36513, so this was bottled on the last day of last year, 12/31/2013. A new beer to me from Central Waters, acquired as part of a mixed six pack at the local beer store. No abv listed on the bottle.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a dark cola brown color; nearly opaque in the glass with some dark ruby / mahogany hues showing through when held to the light. One finger of creamy mocha tan head that falls to a fat ring quickly.

S - The smell is fairly faint, but very pleasant. Cream, chocolate, vanilla, honeyed graham cracker malt presence, a hint of cookie dough, cold coffee, & lots of dark burnt / roasted malt.

T - Taste follows the nose - dark and roasty malts, chocolate, vanilla, honeyed graham cracker, coffee bean bitterness, and some char.

M - Feel is smooth and creamy with a sticky finish. Medium-full body, but light for an imperial stout. Nice chocolate / coffee bean bitterness lingering on the palate.

Overall, I would call this a very nice easy drinking imperial stout. It's no surprise to me that I enjoyed this beer, considering how well Central Waters creates stouts aged in bourbon barrels. I would have it again.

Central Waters Satin Solitude Imperial Stout ---4/5.

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Photo of falloutsnow
2.44/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

From: Woodman's, Kenosha, WI
Date: None, assuming 2013 release
Glass: Tulip

Central Waters' Satin Solitude has an intriguing name that conjures various images, but the beer itself does not live up to this. The flavors point to a usage of too much roasted malt, which floods the palate with somewhat harsh and ultimately tedious charred toast and cacao nib characters. Mislabeled for the style, this is more in the lines of a fairly innocuous borderline high ABV stout that I wouldn't pick up again. I just can't seem to connect with Central Waters: haven't had a beer of theirs yet that I enjoyed.

Pours a 1.5cm tall head of dark tan foam, made up of small-sized bubbles, creating a frothy appearance. Retention is below average, the foam lasting around thirty seconds, fading to a thin ring around the perimeter of the glass. Lacing is moderate, with a scattered, thin collection of dots clinging to the sides of the glass. Beer's body is dark brown to black, with light bringing out orange highlights around the edges of the beer. Carbonation visible at the top of the beer, not through the opaque body, being somewhat moderate in number, but high in activity.

Aroma is quite a bit more subdued than other imperial stouts, a bit of faint coffee, cocoa, and chocolate cake. Not bad, but definitely mild and potentially benefiting from more aromatic choices.

Overall flavor is of a harshly bitter and astringent roasted malt (charred toast, cacao nib, acrid coffee grounds) character with little sweetness to counterbalance this. Front of palate tastes roasted malt that contributes strong charred toast and bitterness, a bit of strong coffee, but limited sweetness, making this come across as somewhat harsh and astringent. Mid-palate of roasted malt bringing charred toast and cacao nib flavor, a bit of coffee grounds, but with little to no sweetness to act as a foil, resulting in harshly roasted, otherwise bland taste. Back of palate features faint caramel-like sweetness joined to substantial cacao nib flavors and associated bitterness, featuring what may be the best flavor the beer has to offer, yet it too is a bit harsh. Aftertaste is of fairly bland roasted malt, giving characters of blackened toast, acrid char, and cacao nibs.

Beer is medium to medium-heavy in body, with carbonation of medium intensity, resulting in a foamy (4/5) and smooth (1/5) mouthfeel that's a bit too foamy for the style, which should be a bit smoother and more sip-inducing. Ethanol is felt lightly in the nostrils and as a subtle burning on the palate, acceptable for the style and ethanol content of the beer. Closes dry, with heavy lingering stickiness on the palate and lips.

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Photo of JerUrbans
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Very dark, nearly black color with dark cream colored head making wonderful appearance in the glass.

Smells of bitter chocolate and an earthy freshness.

The taste is everything I want in a Russian Imperial, slight bitterness, little chocolaty, nicely carbonated, warm after taste that hangs on.

Nice thick silkiness that makes my mouth so very happy.

Central Waters does such a awesome job brewing stouts, and this one is what got me into drinking great beer. Recently the name changed form solstice to solitude, but either way it's the same beer, and if you come over to my house and can't find one in the refrigerator, then I'm probably at the store picking up some more.

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Photo of Benish
4.11/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Poured into snifter glass. Very thick foam, more white than dark brown. It took over half of the glass and as it slowly dissipated there were layers and layers of lacings around the glass. The beer is black, maybe just a tiny shade lighter than other imperial stouts.

Smell: notes of chocolate, vanilla, and toffee

Taste: starts sweet with chocolate and carmel notes from the malt and ends with a slightly hoppy burnt finish. No alcohol or warmth noted; very smooth. Almost sessionable. The sweetness makes me think of a milk stout.

Mouthfeel: full-bodied, smooth and very creamy. Fantastic!

Overall: not a complex imperial stout but still lots of flavor with a fantastic mouthfeel. It comes in 6 packs and less than 10 bucks as opposed to other imperial stouts. Its great to have an imperial stout not overwhelming so that you can have another.

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Photo of Ryan_Graham
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours opaque black with a small head with good lacing. The smell is strange. It smells like wheat mixed with coffee. The coffee notes come through heavily in the taste. Very malty. Goes down smooth. Not too boozy. I like it. It's certainly a winter time brew. It's full bodied but not too heavy. It doesn't kill you with its aftertaste. Overall, I'd recommend this to a friend.

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Satin Solitude Imperial Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
3.86 out of 5 based on 995 ratings.
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