Satin Solitude Imperial Stout | Central Waters Brewing Co.

Satin Solitude Imperial StoutSatin Solitude Imperial Stout
1,003 Ratings
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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Added by Bierman9 on 02-19-2002

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Photo of TheSSG
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
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 bwarren82
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of TheBrokenRec
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of Ascender
3.38/5  rDev -12%
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 -10.9%
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 -17.2%
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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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Satan70
3/5  rDev -21.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of smogfood
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of MattyG85
4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
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 guytyping
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.67/5  rDev +21.6%
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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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Satin Solitude Imperial Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 1,003 ratings
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