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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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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Photo of 312HopBomb
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a nice medium head, tan foam and decent lacing.

A smokey aroma and slight oyster, dark roasted malts.

Robust flavor of dark roasted malts and espresso roast coffee. Some smoke and residual bitterness. Dry and slight dark berry on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium with some bite to it.

Not a strong imperial stout but full of flavor and a good value. Thanks for holding the price down and producing a good product Central Waters.

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Photo of wiscokid920
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into Snifter

A- Dark near black in color with reddish hues. Dense tan two finger with moderate retention that sticks to the glass.

S- Dark roasted malts combed with rich chocolate with vanilla undertones

T- Takes off from where the nose left off. Dark roasty malts with milk chocolate, dark creamy mocha coffee flavors.

M- Thick full bodied and creamy which coats the palate well. Finishes smooth, with some subtle bitterness, smoke, and warming alcohol.

O- This Stout hits the spot on a blustery Wisco Winter night. For an Imperial, it’s not as boozy as other I have had, but it is by all means a delicious take on the style. The alcohol is present, but masked fantastically by the balance of dark roasty malts, chocolate sweetness and dark coffee smokiness

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Photo of nickapalooza86
4.09/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Have had this one a literaly dozens of times, decided it is time for a review...

Pour is very light black/dark brow nice finger of a deep tanish head.

Smell is chocolate, espresso, bakers chocolate

taste is a lot of bakers chocolate up front, a good amount of bitter coffee, really nice bitter chocolate/toffee finish with a nice hop bite to let you know they are there.

Mouthfeel is a medium full, really silky and coats your mouth nicely.... Do not see what everyone else is talking about with thin, it is nice and full to me.

A great beer that I always have around so that when I want a stout I can have a nice accessible option... and at 6.99/6 for a beer like this it is not to be beat.

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Photo of BlueShirtMember
4.26/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Dark, dark brown with a thick tan head
S - Alcohol up front, malty coffee behind that
T - Awesome! Strong roasty malty flavor. There's coffee but it isn't overpowering, and chocolate notes.
M - Soft and satiny like the name suggests

Really impressed with this beer. I had not heard of the brewery before trying it and am glad I picked it up

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Photo of TWStandley
3.51/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into my 2012 KTG Snifter.

Appeared a dark brown/black color with a one finger light brown head.

Smell was a bit off-putting in my opinion. For an Imperial Stout that isn't THAT high in ABV, the alcohol was very present in the nose. I'm talking like $10 liter of vodka alcohol - not that enticing.

Taste, however, was actually quite good. When I poured it it was quite cold, so I let it warm up. Some chocolate and roasted malts came through with a slight hint of coffee and vanilla. Reminded me a bit of Ipswich Oatmeal Stout. Slight bitterness in the finish.

The mouth feel was decent. A bit oat-mealy (which I like), and despite the smell, the alcohol was well hidden.

Solid stout but there are definitely betters out there.

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Photo of TheSSG
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a huge, dense, tan head that is really persistent (like, becoming annoyingly persistent, haha) and has a surprising amount of resin and lacing. Bright, coffee notes with a similar acidity are in the nose, and hop floral aroma. Black. Starts off with a deep roasted malt, a flash of booze, and then floral hops blend to make a perfect coffee flavor into the finish, with a lingering acidity and floral hop. This is thick and viscous, to boot!

Wow. This is stunning. It is roasty, boozey, and hoppy in such a great balance. Everything you'd want in an imperial stout. The acidity is well controlled here, but I'd like to see just a tad less.
Central waters makes some of my favorite specialty stouts.

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Photo of Ascender
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's winter and snowing so I'm on a stout kick.

This beer comes to my local Chicago area beer sellers but I had it brought to me by my Wisconsin friends from Milwaukee.

It's an ebony pour with little head that quickly dissipates and very light lacing nothing spectacular but exactly as expected.

There is little smell, a bit of maltiness some coffee notes but nothing outrageous. I'm liking the little bits of sweetness, sugars and such probably from the higher alcohol levels.

The taste is pretty classic stout, nothing too dominant, nothing too out of balance. The coffee flavors are almost subdued and the maltiness is quite nice. Again, since it's an imperial stout, the alcohol gets a little heightened and a little sweeter than expected.

The mouthfeel is quite nice, not as velvety as a nitro beer, but rests fine on the tongue. A bit sticky, a bit slick, but otherwise it's good.

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Photo of Tomhet
3.42/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very slow, relaxed pour yields a one-finger mocha/tan head rife with clinging, creamy lacing. The color is pitch black and looks thick as all hell; pretty standard for an imperial stout. The aroma is surprisingly sweet beyond description; for though the regular coffee/roasted malt scent is overwhelmingly apparent, when one plunges beneath the surface, a massive layer of sweet aromas in the form of burnt sugar, cinnamon, oatmeal raisin (I swear), and molasses can be discerned. I'm hoping this translates to the taste, but I'm not confident that the complex nose profile with follow through to the tongue.

...And I was right. You're blasted with a very harsh roasted coffee flavor that lingers around after the finish for quite some time. Some dark chocolate comes through in the taste, but it's pretty faint. I'm still searching for those enticing sweet notes that the nose promised, but to no avail; what a shame. One saving grace is the absolutely refreshing nature of this beer; at 7.5% ABV this is relatively tame for an imperial stout. The body is pretty light relative to the style, and there's a hint of carbonation that gives this a nice crisp tinge to it. Overall, nothing too special, but certainly worth trying at least once.

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Photo of SerialHiker
3.18/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a deep, dark brown almost black color…some thin, mocha colored head did form, but doesn’t seem to want to stick around long…looks a little thin and watery in the corners, though there is some stickiness along the glass…(3.5/5)

Smell: Deep, dark roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, vanilla, & oatmeal…mild lactose cream smell, but certainly not a milk stout…some dark fruits (raisin and fig) and molasses notes subtly in the background…there’s an astringent, soapy smell (which actually might be the alcohol) that is kinda sharp and a bit off-putting…the more it warms, the more the alcohol heat becomes apparent and actually becomes the more dominant aroma…(3/5)

Taste: Rich roasted, chocolate malt upfront…a touch creamy, but again not milk stout like…definitely more smoky than the nose would have indicated…deep roasted coffee notes come out in the middle phase and does last a bit through the after taste…some dark fruit flavor in there as well…I’m getting the faintest earthy/piney hops hint…not overly complex flavor…(3.5/5)

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, pretty thin for an imperial stout…very light carbonation, also thin for the class…thin and watery…(2.75/5)

Overall: It’s got alright flavor, but it’s way too thin for me to rate this higher than okay to good…there is no sign of the 7.5% ABV, which is nice…Satin Solstice would go well with a hearty meal, but I wouldn’t call this a session beer…one is good, but that’s all I’d do, not because it’s bad, but because it’s not overwhelming and I just as easily find an IPA or something that I liked just as much…anyway, it’s good enough to recommend it for experimentation if you find this on a mix-a-six rack…but don’t expect to be wowed…(3.25/5)

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Photo of MattyG85
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
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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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.67/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic.
7.5% ABV, bottled on Aug. notched on label.

A - Satin Solstice is a pretty dark stout but seeing a light hazy through the blushing mahogany highlights is manageable. Short-lived cascading results from a tall pour but the dense tan head has moderate retention and retreats to a plump skim of foam leaving patches of lacing stuck to the glass Legs on the glass.

S - Satin Solstice's rich milk chocolate and cream-filled coffee aroma is quite breathtaking as it leads into gritty, dark roasted malts that compliment a smooth touch of sweet caramel, much like barrista-made French vanilla. The masterful balance created here is without compare.

T - Super-rich dark roasted malts chock-full of chocolate-covered coffee bean, vanilla, caramel, and creamy, smooth melted dark chocolate. A subtle blend of dark fruits emerges prior to the mildly warm, spicy alcohol flavor finishes this rich brew off. By no means does the alcohol deter from the beer like so many other imperial stouts. In fact, with how much maltiness there is in this beer, it almost boggles the mind the Satin Solstice isn't higher in alcohol.

M - Satin Solstice's body is perfectly created, gently suggesting a thicker syrup-like feel from it's full, voluptuous, and smooth body but balances that fullness with dry, gritty, and somewhat bitter roasted malts for a feel that avoids being cloying. Mellow warming alcohol that creeps in giving it that oh-so spectacular finish for a well-rounded stout.

O - It snowed today, finally. I wasn't sure what I was going to have when I got home, but I knew it was going to be some sort of winter beer. That's when the label's simplistic depiction of a dark winter snow scene called to me. This beer nails what a winter seasonal stout should be with poetic ease, taking the chocolate and coffee notes of dark malt and marrying them with a heavier, bitter roast for a balanced flavor and feel that glides over the tongue and satisfies with every sip. It may not be "rare". It may not be all "high in alcohol". But Satin Solstice is one exceptional beer, there's no denying that.

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3.59/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Central Waters Satin Solstice

Appearance: The first brew this reviewer has experienced from Central Waters (shocking for a native Wisconsinite that has been drinking beer for going on eight years now) pours a slightly disappointing, yet mostly typical imperial stout appearance. The beer is (somewhat atypically for the style) not entirely pitch black and oily looking, but rather a very dark brown, almost soda-like pour regarding viscosity. As expected, there is almost no head whatsoever. What was there was little more than a light tan crust not unlike espresso crema, which was gone almost before the pour finished. Yeast is visible at the bottom of the glass, letting the drinker know that this is an unfiltered beer and proud of it. There are definite alcohol legs present as well, but this is really a pretty run-of-the-mill looking imperial stout.

Aroma: That is more like it. This smells quite close to Founders exemplary Breakfast Stout. There are clear chocolate malt notes, an incredible abundance of coffee aromas, and an immense creaminess. Just a little bit of the alcohol is present along with the tiniest element of bittering hops. A somewhat medicinal smell is just hinted at as well, which has never been desirable to this reviewer. This is an impressive smelling beer; if the taste lives up to the smell this beer may serve as a holdover for the depressing months without FBS.

Taste: This almost directly follows the nose. Coffee, sweet maltiness, dark chocolate, and a strange note that can only be compared and attributed to the medicinal qualities noted in the nose are the prevailing flavors. There is a “beer” (read: adjunct lager) flavor there as well that is not usually prevalent in this style (or many craft beers at all, regardless of style) that really brings down what could have been an excellent, year-round stout. Some fig and tobacco notes are present as the drinker works through the glass. The flavors do not all appear at once, but rather fade in and out, making what would be a very complex stout seem as though it is having an identity crisis. Hops are completely absent. Nothing about the taste is overly offensive, but it does not quite live up to the promise of the nose or the general quality of the style.

Mouthfeel: This is where this beer really falls short of what is expected of this legendary style. The body is medium, but it seems to border on light due to the expectancy of the palate when drinking an imperial stout. Furthermore, the carbonation is just too much for the style, which not only really harms the drinkability (which sounds like an oxymoron), but also does not allow the good flavors the beer showcases to remain. There is little stickiness, and the finish is very dry. In a different style (perhaps porter?) these characteristics would not be undesirable, but in the storied imperial stout category they are strange and off-putting.

Overall: This beer is really all over the board. It is not enough for me to swear off Central Waters completely, but I will be skeptical of the next beer I purchase from them. It is not a bad beer by any means (which my final score will not reflect), but compared to other imperial stouts it really comes up short. This could be a decent introduction to the decadence that usually comes with this style, but seasoned veterans need not apply. Unfortunately, the search goes on for a year-round version of FBS. 13.5/20

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Photo of StoneTSR
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: Pours thinner than I expected with almost no head. The color is a deep, dark brown, but some light gets through.

SMELL: Nice, strong and roasty coffee flavor with chocolate lingering beneath. A little wood and earthiness as well.

TASTE: Following the nose, the taste has a ton of roasted malt and coffee in it right off the bat. Throughout the sip it mellows though and makes way for a couple other big flavors. First, the wood along with vanilla and dark chocolate. And second, it closes with an enormous nutty flavor. It's like tossing a handful of peanuts in your mouth. I mean I have tasted nutty, but this is intense. Good though. Chocolate comes through more as it warms as well and a hint of grassiness is noticeable as well.

MOUTHFEEL: A very light carbonation tickles the tongue more playfully than most big stouts do while the lighter body makes this a pretty easy-drinking beer. There is some sweetness up front, but it dries out throughout the sip.

OVERALL: This is a very complex and intensely flavored brew, not surprised after my first CW experience (Bourbon Barrel Barleywine). The coffee may be too heavy here for me, but I have a couple bottles in the cellar and we'll see what happens. Overall though, well done beer that I imagine a coffee drinker would love.

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Photo of Damayor
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pretty decent effort from Central Coast. Had it on tap at Rockwood Tap House and was pleasantly surprised. For an imperial stout it was very smooth and very drinkable. I got a little bit of a dark chocolate on the nose. Nice mix of chocolate, molasses, and coffee. Mouthfeel was a little thin and the finish was short and dry. Worth a try if you're a stout fan.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks goes out to MSquared2 for sharing this one at a recent tasting! Served from bottle into a Sweetwater 15th Anniversary snifter. Poured a massively dark brown (almost black) with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, chocolate, dark fruit, and chalk. The flavor was of roasted malt, chocolate, dark fruit, and chalk. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. Nothing really stood out on this one to me that made it overly memorable if I’m honest. There were quite a few flavors and aromas going on that were pretty spot on for the style, but it just lacked in complexity for me. The chalk aspect was a little off-putting as well. Worth trying if you get the chance, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to do so.

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Photo of JamesShoemaker
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery.

A - very standard, lots of head that receded quickly. Dark brown, penetrable by light.

S - probably the highlight. Barley, oats, nothing very sweet about it.

T - tastes just like it smells. Not a sweet stout.

M - not great. I didn't care for the way it dried out the sides of my mouth.

O - not my favorite stout. It was on special at the brewery ($3 / pint) and I had never had it before. Not a great offering from an otherwise solid brewery.

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Photo of PaulDSchneider
4.36/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured the bottle into a pint glass. This beer has a redish brown color, with very little head that has almost a fresh brewed espresso look to it, disappearing in about a minute. Leaving a smooth carbonized free falling look when rolling the glass.

The initial taste presented with a delicious chocolate flavor, followed by the warmth from this beers alcohol. Pleasantly balanced almost instantly by a wonderful balance of hops, and a fresh coffee finish.

Being a "stout snob" as I call myself, this is a warming delicious stout that goes great with cold weather comfort food. I had mine with a nice bowl of chili while watching a movie with my wife on the first of many below freezing nights of the year.

If you like Stout Beers I highly suggest this flavor rich, but yet very balanced Imperial Stout by Central Waters. I live in Wisconsin and can't wait to go to their brewery and try it on tap.

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Photo of nrbw23
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark brownish color with a really thin light tanish colored head. Head is gone in a flash and becomes a really thin ring of bubbles on the edge of the glass. Pretty much no lacing is left behind.

S- Smells of roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee, molasses, darker fruits, herbal and a very light booze.

T- Taste follows the nose really well. Chocolate, molasses and coffee leading the way. A good amount of bitterness comes through but nothing over powering.

M- Lighter side of medium in body and a nice amount of carbonation.

O- Very solid brew and easy to drink.

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Satin Solitude Imperial Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
3.86 out of 5 based on 997 ratings.
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