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Sláinte Scottish Style Ale - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Sláinte Scottish Style AleSláinte Scottish Style Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

188 Ratings
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Ratings: 188
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 15
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Central Waters Brewing Co. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Scottish Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mobius387 on 12-17-2011)
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Reviews by MaximalC:
Photo of MaximalC
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark chestnut in color with ruby highlights and a moderate cap of khaki froth with good retention. Broad sheets of lacing linger along the periphery as the beer descends. Complex aroma smells of dark fruit, molasses, dark chocolate, caramel, and a hint of peat and cherry cough syrup. The presentation is pretty much exemplary for the style.

The taste features toasted bread, plums, currants, dates, and a hint of molasses. A dash of herbal hops lend contrast and a slightly medicinal twinge, manifesting mostly in toward middle. Hints of milk chocolate begin to appear as the beer warms. Residual sweetness lingers on the lips. The complex malt profile reminds me of O'So Night Train, though they're technically different styles. The body is on the thin side, giving it a loose mouthfeel that doesn't quite lend the taste the support it deserves.

Overall, this is a fine Scottish ale, one of the best I've tried. The presentation and complexity are both excellent. A more robust body would really elevate this brew to the next level.

MaximalC, Mar 18, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of DanGeo
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

DanGeo, Aug 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

lionnusmb, Mar 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

fenlop54, May 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

bpfrush, Dec 21, 2011
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5/5  rDev +30.5%

tyleeis, Dec 19, 2012
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a dimple mug)
bottled in Dec.
A- This beer has a deep dense walnut brown body that is opaque with a thin film of tan and a strong carbonation trailing up the side.

S- There is a clean slightly tart hint with some brown malt aroma and a touch of dark caramel but overall pretty soft aroma.

T- The pot caramel and dark toasted malt has a slight sweetness to it with a overcooked dark toffee note to follow. There is a bitter green finish with a hop and black roasted barley quality to the bitterness.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a gentle fizz and no alcohol heat noticed.

O- The nice malt flavor is not real rich but nice and it would be nice to have more of it in the nose. The bitterness is a bit too strong but not offensive by any means.

rhoadsrage, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of weonfire
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

weonfire, Apr 11, 2014
Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from 2011 summer trip. This style is hit and miss for me. This version is a winner. Dark brown with a small consistent off-white head, and some lace. A rich yeast malted aroma. Medium mouthfeel, however it is smooth. The chocolate, the smoke, the malt, all nicely integrated.

Sammy, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of WoodBrew
3.54/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The Central Waters Scottish Ale is decent and worth a try. The beer poured a deep amber....almost opaque with thin head that left a little lacing. The scent carried earth, peat and some malt. The taste had a nice malt base with a slight roast and earth. The mouthfeel was fuller in body with smooth carbonation. Overall this is a decent scotch ale.

WoodBrew, Dec 30, 2013
Photo of mobius387
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a pint glass, bottled on date of December

appearance: pours a chocolate brown with a thin brown head

aroma: slight malty nose, but not a very strong smell

palate: nice smooth feel to it with a medium body. flavor runs up the sides of the mouth as well as hitting the tongue.

taste: definitely the strong part of this beer, which is good cause its the most important. its a nice balance between barely flavors, a hint of chocolate and enough hoppy feel to it to really give it a robust offering.

overall: a pretty good beer by central waters. ive never seen this one before, but its definitely worth a try. its got more flavor than most scottish ales ive had before, and its more smooth as well.

mobius387, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of Omensetter
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Omensetter, Dec 28, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

falconxman, Feb 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

Beertracker, Jan 16, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

wmobley, Mar 13, 2013
Photo of oso
3/5  rDev -21.7%

oso, Mar 18, 2014
Photo of Kunstman
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Kunstman, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of jdkitchi
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter glass, dark brown, one finger head, left a nice creamy froth in the middle and around the rim of the glass.

This started out kind of weak because it was right out of the fridge and too cold. After it warmed up a little it was much better. The sensations are of sweet dark malts, bread, earthy, smoke, nice complexity, dry finish. The 7.5 % ABV is barely perceived.

This is an enjoyable Scottish ale. It's a little less intense than the Scotch ales I enjoy but still very good. I had the Bourbon barrel aged Scotch Ale at the Central Waters tap room back in October and it was outstanding. I think that is supposed to be released next month.

jdkitchi, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of tourdot
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

tourdot, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of emerge077
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Fresh seasonal from Central Waters, yes please...

Poured into a tulip, it's a dark mahoghany color, transparent in the light, but then appears opaque in the glass with the yeast poured in. A sticky, 3-D halo of foam juts out slightly from the rim of the glass, dripping in a stalagtite formation. Tan foam has a creamy smooth texture to it.

Rich aroma that seems to ebb over time a little, malted milk balls, chalky dark chocolate, toasted grain husks, something slightly raw and minerally.

Velvety smooth feel, wisps of peat smoke, and woody bitterness in the aftertaste, with some light malt sweetness up front. Some fruity yeast lends indistinct grape or currant notes. Finishes fairly dry and woody, not too sweet overall. Really enjoyable stuff, will look for more while it's in season.

emerge077, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of MrTana
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

MrTana, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.51/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Central Waters tulip.
7.5% ABV, Bottled On: OCT notched on the label.

A - Even held up to light Sláinte's deep copper mahogany color almost looks black. The tall but quiet pour rouses up a thin but full layer of tan foam which sinks back into the beer slowly, creating a halo of bubbles around the tulip.

S - Central Waters has a fantastic way of generating really chocolaty aromas from malt, usually in their stouts, but also in Sláinte. Milk chocolate and dry cocoa both blend for a smooth opening that's quickly confronted by peat smoked malt notes of gritty earth. Deep caramelization of the malt leaves undertones of caramel cube and toffee in the background of this hop-less aroma.

T - Caramelization of the wort is evident through the lingering sweetness and malty flavor that this beer offers; gooey caramel and toffee melted with soft milk chocolate and dusted with a pinch of cocoa. Again, peat smoked malt pokes through, gently overtaking the sweetness with a finish of dry earthiness.

M - Medium-full bodied, this savory and rich beer has a total lack of hops (perception) but it's not without balance. It's light smokiness aids in creating a dry, almost lightly bitter finish that suppresses the sweetness a bit for a superb finish!

O - Central Waters Sláinte is another generously malty beer that exceeds expectations across the board. It's deep and complex malt aroma is the perfect usher into the flavor of similar malt complexity and depth all while remaining balanced and smooth-drinking. Alcohol, while higher in content, is almost undetectable in this smooth beer making it a lovely winter warmer!

BeerFMAndy, Dec 09, 2013
Photo of enelson
4.25/5  rDev +11%

enelson, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of jegross2
2.9/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewing the Slainte Scottish Style Ale from Central Waters Brewing Company.
Score: 70

December 2011 vintage bottle served in a Surly Darkness snifter and enjoyed in the wee hours of 01/28/12.

Appearance: Deep, dark mahogency color with brown highlights at the top and ruby highlights in the lower half of the beer. Pours three-quarters of a finger of creamy khaki colored head. Settles almost entirely. Average lacing with solid cling. 3.5/5

Smell: Creamy malts and tiramissu. Hint of caramel, hint of vanilla, and some bready malt. Touch of rye? 3.5/5

Taste: Bready malts, nondescript malts and a little spice. Hints of vanilla. Stainless steel sweetness towards the finish. 2.5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied, light carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel. 3/5

Overall: A below average Scottish Ale. Very disappointed given the mild hype behind this beer.

Recommendation: Skip this one. There are plenty of better beers in this style wherever you'll be able to find this one (e.g., Robert The Bruce)

Pairings: Caramel popcorn or a pastrami sandwich.

Cost: $8.99 for a six pack

jegross2, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of tfidler
3/5  rDev -21.7%

tfidler, Jan 21, 2012
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Sláinte Scottish Style Ale from Central Waters Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 188 ratings.