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

Notes / Commercial Description:
A liplickingly creamy stout prized for its drinkability, Satin Solitude is crafted with a mix of specialty malts, from caramel to chocolate to roasted barley, to achieve its deep dark appearance and satin-smooth finish. Best enjoyed by a crackling fire on a long winter's night.

Added by Bierman9 on 02-19-2002

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Photo of baldiegooner
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nicely balanced beer with coffee flavors up front, followed by a hint of smokeyness and then pleasant licorice and vanilla. The lack of a single overpowering flavor is a plus, and a lingering mouthcoating persists. Not overly carbonated. Lacks any sort of head, although a collar persists till the last sip.

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Photo of LaCoursiere
3.34/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz, bottled in February 2011. Poured into a NB globe.

A - Almost black, with reddish brown hues when the light gets through. It formed a 1/2-finger tan head when poured. The head dissipated quickly, but left a nice collar throughout. Very little lacing.

S - Very nice aroma on this one. Great roasted malt notes backed by molasses and coffee. There is a twinge of soy sauce in the aroma as well.

T - Nice flavor. Molasses and dark fruit up front with hints of cherry, raisin and dates. The flavor kind of washes out in the middle, but comes back with nice roasted malt and coffee notes.

M - To me this is the beer is lacking here. The mouthfeel is alot lighter than I like out of an imperial stout. The carbonation level was a little weak as well. Slight alcohol warmth grew as it warmed.

O/D - I had a sample of this at a liquor store a last spring and bought a six pack. I didn't drink one until now. I think that this stout is probably better off fresh.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass, the stout was a solid black color. Strong coffee notes awakened the sense of smell with promises of the caffeinated drink. A thick texture coated the tongued, making sure a thorough taste was possible. Satin Solstice was smooth with the bitterness of coffee and a mild sweetness. The bitter coffee flavor in the aftertaste is smoothed by the mouthfeel and hints of malt.

Perhaps what keeps this from being an elite imperial stout is the lack of a strong sweetness somewhere between the initial taste and the finish. All things considered, this is still a solid drink.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Satin Solstice pours a black color, with a nice sized tan head. The smell is a bit weak, but its malty with hints of coffee. The taste however is much more bold. Good bite, good strong coffee flavor, very nice malt undertone that is a bit smoked. Very nice to drink, a bit heavy, but you want that in a stout. Overall this is a really good stout, not as warm as soem other imperial stouts, but wont disapoint.

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

Served from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass, thanks Jim (Ratedz) for this one!

A – Pours a nice dark brown, almost black but not there yet. Pouring created a nice ½ inch head that dissipates pretty quickly.

S – Hints of chocolate, little coffee and some dark fruits, and in the far back of this one if you close your eyes and try hard, some Oak.

T – Decent amount of chocolate malt, and some coffee and the dark fruit again. Nothing more I can really say.

M – Medium, wanted a little more thickness but it wasn’t there, the carbonation might have taken some of that away.

O – I thought this was good, but not amazing. I think with a year on this it would enter a new world of complexity and just be so much more enjoyable. I am happy I got to try this though, it was better than some other Imperial Stouts I’ve had.

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

A: Poured jet black with good carbonation leaving a brownish cap

S: Silky smooth chocolate, roasted malt, light espresso and roasted malt

T: Silky smooth milk chocolate, roasted malt, light espresso, finshes with a little bit of bitter chcolate and light hop bite

M: Big body, smooth feel, silky

O: Good Impy stout

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

Bottle from O'Reilly's in Madison. Pours thick black body, little retained head after beige foam dissapears. Thick creamy buffeted mouthfeel, with chocolate and coffee. Dryish. Aroma of roasted malt and chocolate.Good drinkability. Seems higher than the abv stated.

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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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