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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: 403 | Ratings: 975
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.

Ratebeer.com 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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Photo of BMMillsy
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle with yellow label as Satin Solstice. Not sure when this name got changed. Pours black with very small cream colored head. Smells of black currant, anise/licorice, and very rich sweet molasses along with a hint of chocolate. Sweet molasses and licorice up front finishing into chocolate that lingers a bit, with a nice sweetness and body. Thick and chewey with low carbonation. Pretty sweet, but a nice beer.

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

Poured into snifter; jet black with a medium-thin brown head from a vigorous pour that sits as a thin disc of foam. Very fine lacing. Smell is burnt sugar, coffee and chocolate, booze and dark fruit. Taste isn't huge, but there's coffee and chocolate and very slight warming alcohol, with a smooth full mouthfeel. Probably the easiest-drinking imperial stout I've had in recent memory. Overall I was hoping for a bigger flavor from this after smelling it; but at 7.5% this rides the line between a stronger stout and a weaker imperial stout.

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

Bottled in October.

A: Pours a rich dark brown with a good sized and thick light brown head. Head fades at a moderate pace. Decent thin streaks of lacing. Good retention too.

S: An interesting earthy sort of coffee aroma. Mild smoke too with some chocolate. Hint of umami.

T: More coffee, not sharp like a lot are. More of a mellow, integrated flavor. Quite a bit of decent chocolate up front and throughout. Mild, mild, mild smoke and umami in the finish with more chocolate backing it up.

M: Medium bodied, smooth and creamy.

O: Interesting beer. Decent coffee but pretty mellow. So mellow that I feel the chocolate is stronger. More of a chocolate stout than a coffee stout. Nice balance of flavors and good dark chocolate character. I enjoyed it quite a bit.

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Photo of davey101
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

April 2012. 12 oz bottle into a teku glass. Pours a near black body, some light gets through the edges showing a dark brown body. One finger of khaki foam. Decent lacing. Loads of chocolate and some subtle vanilla on the nose. Light char and some alcohol. Pretty basic but it does smell quite hefty. Taste is of rich chocolate, chalky cocoa powder and some bitter roasted malts. Mouth feel is a bit thin but creamy enough. A pretty average but tasty stout that has held up quite well with some age on it.

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Photo of MaximalC
4.09/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours seal brown with a moderate mocha head. Broad sheets of lacing cling to the glass as the beer recedes. Roasted malt aroma favors dark chocolate with a touch of coffee. The flavor is a suitable match to the aroma, with dark chocolate, burnt toast, and some coffee. The bitterness of the roasted malt is augmented by a modest dose of resinous hops--just enough to add some contrast. A touch of alcoholic warmth is discernible as well, even though 7.5% ABV isn't terribly significant for the style. The mouthfeel is creamy and of appropriate thickness for a stout, though not exceptional.

The complexity of the roasted malt is quite enjoyable, with a dark chocolate backbone that I always savor in a stout. With heavier body and a little more sweetness, this stout could be close to ideal. As is, it remains a very good stout with great drinkability for the style.

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Photo of Brewasaurus
4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

August 2012 bottle, tasted April 2013

A: Very dark brown, almost black, with a two fingered tan head that quickly recedes.

S: Roasted malts, chocolate with hints of vanilla. There's also some hints of alcohol.

T: Initially it's strong with chocolate and caramel, but that ends pretty quickly and you get very strong roasted malt flavors with just a hint of the prior sweetness remaining.

M: Nice carbonation, it feels very light for being a stout.

O: Overall I like it quite a bit. If the finish wasn't quite so roasty, I'd like it even more, but it's a very good beer that I'll certainly look for when the winter comes around.

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Photo of KBomb
2.97/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Dark brown color, but ever so slightly translucent. There appears to be light visible through the top and edges. Not as dark as most imperial stouts. Little head nor lacing.

Aromas are of heavily roasted malt, lots of coffee type smells. A little bit of a "raw" barley smell in there too.

Taste is dominated by bitterly dark roasted malts. Negligible sweetness that one expects from what is billed as an Imperial stout. Not much complexity to the flavor.

Mouthfeel is fairly light and dry, not much chewyness or stickyness as is frequent with this style. Not unpleasant, but not what I expected.

I was curious what a Imperial Stout at this fairly economical pricepoint would taste like.' Perhaps you get what you pay for, a somewhat plain kind of beer. Simply average.

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Satin Solitude Imperial Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
3.86 out of 5 based on 975 ratings.
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