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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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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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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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1459th Review on BA
Bottle to Great Lakes Snifter

2012 vintage

CA Gang Bang BIF

App- Its a nice looking stout. Dark browns and almost touches black at points. A bit of amber/crimson edges. A small one finger head with a couple dots of cling.

Smell- Good aromatics on the nose with a small roasty aroma first and followed up with strong coffee, small hop bitter, thick chocolate malts.

Taste- Much like the nose with a strong coffee but a creamy chocolate malt balances it all out. No abv was detecable and had some good pockets of flavor.

Mouth- A lush medium body with a low medium carbonation. Quite smooth and rich. Residual coffee and cream flavors.

Drink- Its a nice little beer. Good flavors and rich smooth chocolate balance. Would like another bottle.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Parkbrau Pils glass on 8/12/12

Bottled on: The line is notched between Mar and Apr

Medium brown on the pour; what a refreshingly light change of pace for a style dominated by inky near-black beer. Sure, it's darker in the glass; what are ya gonna do? The one finger head doesn't last long, being reduced to only a skimmed layer.

Straight-forward, no nonsense aroma; it's pretty bold overall. Notes of molasses, anise, smoke, roasty dark chocolate, sweet chocolate fudge and hints of fresh coffee beans.

While full-flavored, the taste is quite as rich as the aroma; no worries, it's easier to drink this way. Dark roast is the main feature, bolstered by deep chocolate layers with coffee trailing off on the finish. Simple, but good.

The feel is medium-full, but maintains a smooth heft to it. Carbonation starts off on the higher side of average, but tapers off as the beer opens up. Some roasty residuals linger; otherwise, it's a fairly clean finish for an imperial stout.

Satin Solstice is a fine-drinking imperial stout that doesn't go overboard. Aside from a bit too much carbonation, it's well-proportioned all the way through. Not the most amazing thing, but certainly worth a shot.

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Satin Solitude Imperial Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
3.86 out of 5 based on 1,001 ratings.
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