Satin Solitude Imperial Stout | Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Satin Solitude Imperial StoutSatin Solitude Imperial Stout
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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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Added by Bierman9 on 02-19-2002

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Ratings: 1,015 |  Reviews: 418
Photo of Erish
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured this 12 oz. bottle into a nonic pint glass. Bottled in July, presumably 2011.

A: opaque blackish-brown with reddish highlights peeking through the bottom of the glass, it pours a very nice dark tan head that falls into a thick cap with very good lacing.

S: dark & milk chocolate, coffee, toffee, candied plum, molasses, vanilla, oak.

T: up front there is lots of chocolate, coffee, and dried fruit, the middle brings forth earthiness, vanilla, and a woodsy backbone, the finish is moderately roasted, off-dry, and has just a whisper of earthy hop presence.

M: medium-bodied, silky to slightly oily texture, moderately carbonated.

O: a wonderfully balanced and delicious beer, and proof that you don't need 10%+ ABV to make a tasty RIS.

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Photo of BeerNutz324
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ap- deep dark brown color with an .5 inch cappucino colored head. Pretty good retention and not much lacing.

Ar- smells sweet, like raisins or figs. Little bit of chocolate at the end of the nose.

T- a little bit of coffee towards the front and the end. The fruit comes through at the end. There is also a slight chocolate flavor and the alcohol comes thru a little at the end as well.

M- medium bodied and creamy. great carbonation for this style.

O- An above average stout in my book. Not quite as good as something like a FBS but it tastes pretty close. For the price not a bad deal at all. I was pleasantly surprised.

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Photo of Lillie1128
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a beautiful deep espresso with a small mocha colored head

S - I don't detect very much. Maybe a hint of coffee beans.

T - Yum. Really smooth with the tiniest hint of roasted coffee blended throughout. Small note of hops.

M - Satisfying, has a really great body.

D - medium

A solid, well-rounded stout. Thanks to Sweetwillyrolbar for this one!

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Photo of xnicknj
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into snifter

Pours an opaque black color with a layering of slightly tanned head. Wispy clouds of retention float on top, with a bunch of spotty lacing left behind.

Plenty of cocoa and raw chocolate in the nose, powdery and dark, but sweet. Roasted malts with a touch of licorice, barely any alcohol.

Roasty malts with a slight touch of hop bitterness up front. Dark chocolate, vanilla bean, and cocoa powder create a decent, but under control sense of sweetness. Light touch of licorice and dark fruit towards the middle. Finishes with another touch of cocoa and some lingering dryness.

Fuller body, decent carbonation, sticky and chewy on the tongue. A pretty solid imperial stout, although I definitely prefer the barrel aged version.

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Photo of CHADMC3
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown to black with a one inch, creamy tan head that dissipates to leave a sticky yet thing lacing behind.

Aromas of smooth coffee, roasted malt, and cream float from the glass.

Similar to the aroma, the flavor offers coffee and roasted malt, with hints of a sweet booziness, as it warms, there are also hints of something resembling tobacco leaves as well.

Medium to full in body with medium carbonation and a pleasant hint of booziness.

Overall this is a very nice, straightforward example of the style without too much emphasis on one particular flavor or trait, just all around good.

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Standard fare for a stout. Dark brown, almost black color with a cinnamon colored head.

Smell is dark roasted coffee and bitter bakers chocolate.

Taste is predominantly bitter coffee grounds and cocoa. I get a faint touch of black licorice. The finish goes back to coffee.

Creamy and smooth mouthfeel. Low carbonation. The alcohol is warming in the mouth and throat.

A very good IS that I'll definitely revisit.

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Photo of brew3crew
1.91/5  rDev -50.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Bottle dated Feb. Drank in September.

A dark body with a tan head that quickly disapates

S-watered down coffee. I think it may be past its prime

T-kind of a metallic, old coffee taste. Really bad, wow I'm glad I didn't buy more and pisse I bought this one

M-very rustic. Ew

O-wtf happened to this beer. Not happy

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.34/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a - opened and filled my snifter. beer poured a watery brown that settled much darker in the glass with a thin beige bubbly head. no lacing to speak of and the head was pretty unimpressive for an imperial stout.

s - very nice roasted malt. some vanilla and caramel. a bit like a coffee dessert drink. really nice smelling. has a bit of a porter-like vibe. nuts.

t - delicious. baker's chocolate offset by a nice roast and a vanilla/whip cream desserty coffee. frappicino-ish.

m - fairly creamy, but very light bodied, like a really great porter, kind of thin for a stout.

o - overall, this is a beer i would buy regularly if it was local. very nice and enjoyable. i'm surprised that this isn't as well received as i found it to be.

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Photo of AleWatcher
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The pouring liquid looks red and translucent as it falls into my snifter. After the glass is filled, the body looks dark, bet still very light and transparent around the edges. Thin and watery legs leave only freckles of lacing. Slightly below average retention.

The smell and taste remind me of a caramel sundae-- the caramel and vanilla ice cream (milk?) are big parts of the profile-- along with roasted malt and a coffee bit in the finish. Moderate bitterness.

Body feels decent- medium with slightly too much carbonation. It feels oily.

Overall-- not bad. Not great, but not bad. This is better than average, but no where the top of the style.

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Photo of plfahey
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Deep brown-black in color, with faint, deep ruby highlights when held up to a light. Moderately tall brown head is dense and creamy, with good retention.

Aroma-Very heavy roast up front, with some acrid, burnt qualities. Underneath burnt espresso lies dark, bittersweet chocolate, and a light touch of green hops and extremely faint fruity (plum) esters.

Flavor-Dark chocolate and just a hint of sweetness up front are quickly overtaken by deep espresso, roasted malt, and burnt coffee grounds. Finishes with moderate to moderately low hop bitterness, but relatively high roast bitterness. Burnt flavors play through the finish, and linger long on the plate, with a slight impression of alcohol.

Mouthfeel-Medium to medium full body with moderate carbonation. Not astringent, but somewhat bitter on the palate from the roast malt. Moderately low alcohol warmth.

SUPER roasty RIS, with few other characters standing up to the onslaught of burnt malt flavors. Hardly any fruity esters or hop flavor to speak of. It's not bad, but not my favorite. For a beverage this roasty though, it does manage to keep from being astringent, and is not unpleasant. Could be a good counterpoint to the right dessert, but it's not my favorite.

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Photo of Tballz420
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Satin Solstice Imperial Stout is a black bodied brew, small tan head leaves a ring on the glass after each sip. A lot of times for Imperial Stouts you want to see a complete opaque body, but this one lets light through the edges at all times, and the entire body emits a ruby glow when held up to the light. The scent is full of big chocolate malts, some roast maybe some hints of coffee. The flavor is nice and full too, so I think my concerns about the light showing through were misplaced in this instance. Big chocolate malt start, fairly roasty, with some coffee tones, a touch of vanilla, somewhat fruity, dark fruits that is. Actually when it warms up a bit these fruit tones are coming through more, its almost got a bit of a tartness to it. Ever so slight spice from the alcohol. Medium bodied.

They did a good job with this.

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Photo of Retail1LO
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Got this as an extra in a trade I received today. Poured into the glass with but a fleeting crown. The nose was pretty muted. It exuded very little of the taste to come. This is a decent stout. Hints of cherries, some smokiness, bitter chocolate. After an evening wrought with half-assed beers received as extras, this one's done mostly right. I don't think I'd necessarily seek this out, but I wouldn't turn my nose up if it was offered to me.

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Photo of Pencible
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured a nearly clear dark mahogany with a little light tan head.
S: It smelled like mocha and brown sugar, with a little cream and dark fruit.
T: It tasted like day old coffee and bitter dark chocolate, with some brown sugar and dark fruit. It had a mostly clean and bitter aftertaste.
M: It was fairly thick with some carbonation. Nice and fully body.
D: This was a decent stout, but the scent and taste weren't anything special. The body was respectable, and the alcohol wasn't noticeable, so it was easy to drink. Not bad, but really nothing special or memorable after the Brewhouse Coffee Stout.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black with a fantastic cap of dense khaki foam, would trick anyone into thinking this was a nitro pour. Scent is firm yet mild, notes of roasted grain with solid amounts of bitter cocoa and roasted coffee, as the nose adjusts to strong roast notes, a nice berry fruitiness and creamy sweetness present themselves. Taste is bolder then scent dictates and strikes a perfect balance amongst many of my favorite flavor notes from stouts... bitter cocoa, roasted coffee beans, cherry and berry, vanilla, sweet cream, roasted grain are all present in one way or another. Perfectly creamy, smooth and silky on the palate with carbonation at moderate levels, a kiss of dryness and not sweet. Was blown away by this beer... in an age where everyone feels bigger is better, Central Waters takes a good old school stout and makes it great without making it too big. Nothing overpowers.

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Photo of Gushue3
3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Awesome extra from Surlytwinsfan i believe. Big thanks!

A- Dark brown/ black from the bottle and can barely see through the body when in the glass. Large 1+ finger head with really nice retention. Not really much lacing but looks good.

S- Really nice roast sweetness, like a nice sweet iced coffee with a subtle bitterness. Some alcohol on the nose and small ammount of dark fruit.

T- solid malt taste thats smoky to start off with nice coffee bean taste carried through. Very subtle chocolate hint.

M- has about a medium/light feel with a good amount of carbonation to tingle the tongue.

O- nice stout, wish it was a little thicker but nice taste.

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Photo of jnn4v
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: I'll invent a newish color name and call it "Marooburgunbrown". Very little head, and what little there was seemed to be a reddish tan color. No visible sediment or haze. Slightly translucent.

S: Coffee is the dominant scent. Black currant is subtly in the background. Very coffee-forward, but it's a much more subdued coffee than their coffee stouts.

T: Sort of a vinous coffee flavor, if such a beast could exist. Roasty, but also some dark fruits. Hints of chocolate, but they're rather subdued.

M: Good overall mouthfeel for a standard stout, but seems a bit thin for an imperial stout. Moderate to high level of carbonation for the style.

O: Not a bad imperial stout if you don't think of it as an imperial stout. It's not the motor oil texture or silky smooth, rich chocolatey coffee stout that so many others are, but it does have good flavors and overall elements that are more true to the classic definition of the style.

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Photo of Soonami
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Satin Solstice Imperial Stout recently became available in the Philadelphia market and although it's taken awhile, this is my first taste from the brewery. This beer smelled pretty good when I opened it, like burnt sugar, dark roasted coffee, and bitter chocolate. However, the pour told me this was a beer that I wasn't going to love. The beer was practically transparent and very brown. When I get an American Imperial Stout, I was beer that could be mistaken for motor oil, this looked more like an imperial porter. The beer tasted like it too. Although there were good caramel, toasted pumpernickel bread, and coffee flavors it doesn't have the deep roast and charred flavors the best stouts have. The sweetness is just perfect for me and really complements The mouthfeel and carbonation were nice and not-surprisingly the alcohol was not evident (it's only 7.5% abv). Overall, this is a beer I had no problem finishing, but it definitely falls short of the best in the style.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Notes from 7/27/11. Enjoyed on tap at the Wisconsin Cheese Mart in Milwaukee.

A - Dark brown/black with a small amount of very ligt brown head

S - Sweet dark chocolate, roasted malts, some hop bitterness

T - Dark chocolate, coffee, toasted hazelnut, some bitterness. A bitter finish

M - Medium body, light carbonation.

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Photo of orangesol
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a globe.

A - Pours deep, dark, brown; bordering on black; with a nice one finger tall khaki colored head leaving light lacing down the glass.

S - Smells of rich coffee, sweet chocolate, dark roasted caramel malt, light smoke, and some dark fruit. A very faint hoppyness creeps in as it warms but it is gone before you know it.

T - Starts off with a nice chocolaty sweetness quickly giving way to a mix of dark roasted caramel malt, coffee grounds, and some dark fruits. A bit of smoke and a very dull hop bite come through as it warms up. The finish is a mix of sweetness and dark roast, lingering for a short period of time.

M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Smooth feel with a good amount of lingering roast.

O - I enjoyed this one. It had just enough going on to keep me interested in it. Glad I got to try it.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thick black, opague oil like liquid. A nice small tan colored head was present at the start, which hung around for a decent amount of time.

Lots of coffee and chocolate tones set the stage here. Hints of french vanilla and sugar swirled around Great consistency. Big flavors of roasted dark chocolate and coffee. Big suprise was the huge hop presence here. Very dry finish, but also in the taste. Hints of pine and rich molasses and bakers chocolate in the finish, very complex.

overall a great beer to end the night with

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Photo of Arenbeer
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Beerwolf77 for this brew

12oz bottle into a Tulip Glass

Review #250

A- Pours a nice dark dark brown that appears black with a thin 1 finger khaki head. Splotchy lacing and slight alcohol legs on there but nothing crazy.

S- Dark roasted malts, coffee or espresso, dark chocolate, and a slight bit of alcohol in the finish.

T- Strong burnt coffee up font, toasted dark malts, unsweetened dark chocolate, and a slight hop presence in there. Pretty standard stout, nothing crazy.

M- Medium body with moderate carbonation and a nice bitter finish.


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Photo of tapman
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark, dark ruby. Not black. Head is 2 fingers and milk chocolate brown. Head goes down quickly to leave a thick lace.

Sweet fig, a small amount of astringent roast-like aroma and earthy hops.

Taste is like drinking a dark chocolate martini; smooth dark chocolate, earthy and minty hops and a moderate bitterness gives this brew 2 legs to stand on.

Smooth, rich, creamy, and a little spritzy.

Nice and hoppy and earns the moniker of "American" imperial stout. I find the balance to be very well done and this is perhaps my favorite of the Central Waters beers I've tasted.

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Photo of drewba
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - deep brown, two finger fluffy mocha head with fair retention. Lacing hangs in layers as I continue to drink.

S - This absolutely stinks of fresh roasted coffee, mocha and tootsie roll. Decent roast and dark fruit in the back end. This has a serious aroma though, you can smell it as soon as the cap comes off and even if the glass is a few feet away.

T - Lots going on here; the smell is quite close to the flavor; lots of tootsie roll, creamy milk chocolate, molasses, super sweet caramel, balanced dark fruit. An overwhelming sweetness in the start quickly turns to bitter by a substantial roast, bitter coffee grounds, cocoa powder. The sweet goes straight to sharp and bitter; little balance.

M - body is nice and hefty, carbonation is low but satisfying. This does finish fairly astringent; quite mouth drying.

O - The sweet/bitter polarity rounds out as the beer warms, but still lacks a real balance. Despite the bitterness in the finish, the sweetness is king. That said, this is tasty and the flavors are huge.

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Photo of Thickfreakness
2.46/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Got in a trade from EricCioe

A- Deep dark cocoa rich color, Two finger creamy tan head that fades away gently and leaves nice lacing dripping all over the glass. A lot of carbonation for an Imperial Stout.

S- Charred wood and black coffee, Maybe a little chocolate. Not very refined on the nose. No complexity, no dried fruits, vanilla, caramel, or depth.

T- Bitter coffee... that's about it! Burnt wood and nasty coffee.

M- Really thin for an Imperial Stout. The only thing that sticks to your mouth is the bitterness of roasted coffee.

O- Reminds me of a coffee version of Harpoon Chocolate Stout... which is absolutely horrible! Not as bad as that, but I was really expecting alot more.

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Photo of Yesac
3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- dark brown color, quickly fading small thin tan colored head. Lots of derbies in the glass.

S- big chocolate nose, burnt malts, hint of caramel and brown sugar.

T- Right off the bat it doesn't remind me of an "imperial stout". Roasted malts, slight black coffee, brown sugar. Nothing impressive.

M- thin/medium body. Light carbonation.

O- Decent stout, however I wouldn't consider it "imperial". There isn't much of an impression made here overall. I'm not a fan of thin bodied stouts anyhow.

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Satin Solitude Imperial Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
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