Sláinte Scottish Style Ale - Central Waters Brewing Co.
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4.51/5 rDev +18.1%
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!
12-09-2013 23:24:02 | More by BeerFMAndy
4.43/5 rDev +16%
central waters scottish style ale
a 4.5-5 rather deep brown with orangy hues near the edges, not sure if it's hazy or not as my lighting is too dim at the moment; tightly bubbled tan head lasts for a long time in reduced form. lace in sheets. no reason to deduct points here.
s 4 at first i was not so sure about the nose; musty and a bit smokey, it revealed its secrets slowly and became bolder as the beer warmed. seems to be some peat in there: aww, yeah.
t 4.5-5 the character and balance of this beer are surprisingly great. the peat is there, as is an unusual sort of sweetness (english malt?) and herbal hoppyness. these elements play entertainingly and slowly subside in a long, satisfying finish. central waters is a hit or miss brewery in my eyes. although their BBS is considered a hit by most, and though i too liked it at first, i have now given it a multitude of chances after it went south for me, and it has let me down every time. and some of the everyday offerings are just lousy, like glacial trail ipa. but some of their stuff is quite good, and i absolutely love y2k and bbb--now this scottish ale is taking its place right up near the top.
m 4.5 it would be pretty hard to improve on the mouthfeel. fine, creamy carbonation, medium body ... perhaps it could be a touch chewier, but that's nit selecting.
o 4.5+ not always in the mood for a scottish ale, granted, but what a fine example this is. i might turn up the hops and peat the slightest fraction of a degree, and add some chew, but then perfection would be the result.
01-13-2012 03:04:29 | More by brewmudgeon
4.43/5 rDev +16%
This beer pours a dark brown color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes quickly into sparse lacing. The aroma is of caramel, toffee, perfume, and peat. The taste is a nice malty balance of toffee, caramel, and hints of peaty perfume. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with lively carbonation, and a velvety texture. Overall, this is one of the better Scottish Ales I've tasted. I can see myself drinking this beer regularly.
02-10-2012 03:49:04 | More by KarlHungus
4.43/5 rDev +16%
An excellent Scottish ale from one of new favorite breweries. It pours nice and black with a little head and a little lacing. The smell and taste are both rich and smoky, with chocolate and peat notes. An excellent sipper for a cold nice. Almost taste like a stout or extra rich porter.
01-13-2012 07:35:22 | More by sacrelicio
4.43/5 rDev +16%
12 oz. into a Duvel tulip.
A: A nice brown pour yields a thick, opaque body sporting a just-tan head with pretty good retention. Pretty.
S: Spot-on nose. A bit musty, malty, and earthy English hops. A touch of citrus, maybe some Maris Otter.
T: Again, spot-on. Good, slightly sweet malt with a clean profile. Mild citrusy-earthy hops reek of EKG. Straightforward, but thoughtful. Almost like Earl Grey, but with alcohol.
M: Full-bodied with thin carbonation. Perhaps it's a bit too filling, but I like it. Not boozy in the least.
O: For a much-debated style, it's pretty good. A maltier, boozier bitter, it scratches the itch, and is a very, very drinkable beer for a very, very agreeable price.
01-07-2012 02:46:20 | More by wschmit
4.39/5 rDev +14.9%
12oz bottle poured into pint glass.
A- pours dark brown with reddish orange highlights.
tight head that dissipates quickly into a small layer on top.
S- malty, raisin, toasty toffee, dates, some earth hop in the faint background.
T- starts sweet smooth and hints of dark caramel, hazelnut. Then nice dry bitterness moves in and a bit of alcohol flavor not off putting though. Finishes dry with a smokey, chocolate hazelnut flavor which lingers paired with a slight alcohol aftertaste.
M- smooth medium bitterness and carb.
O- amazing balance. These beers are often to sweet with nothing to balance.
This beer I could recognise three facets to the flavor, sweet to start, nice bite to dry the sweetness in the middle and a huge flavor in the end that gains clarity from the dry middle. Best Scottish ale I've had.
03-17-2014 00:48:23 | More by t2thebro
4.38/5 rDev +14.7%
Thank you Mr. Mike Krenz for this great Christmas gift! A growler of Central Waters' latest release.
A - Deep dark brown body with a solid light tan head displaying excellent stamina. It started out at an inch and its still standing long after the pour. Very nice display.
S - A slight roasted aroma with a sharpened smokiness. Nothing overwhelming in the scent but rather just enough to make me want to take a drink.
T - Roasted caramel malts with a very nice presence of smoke. This is a very well done beer that I look forward to finishing.
M - Medium bodied with minimal carbonation to note makes for a smooth almost silky feel that might be better described as creamy.
~ This is another fine addition to an already proven line-up of brews offered by the crew at CW. This is one I hope they keep putting up on the shelves here in Central Wisconsin.
12-25-2011 02:01:22 | More by cdkrenz
4.28/5 rDev +12%
Served in a pint glass.
A- Dark amber with a 2 finger tan head. Small amount of lacing sticks to the glass.
S- Sweet toasted malts, slight smoke, bready, a little dark fruit as well.
T- Roasted malts, sweet dark fruits, faint peat yields some smokiness, bready/biscuit taste. Almost no hop bitterness present consistent with the style.
M- Medium body and super creamy and drinkable. I would think this was a 5% beer!
O- Not very familiar with the style and wouldn't be a go to by any means, but this is a awesome beer! Will have to pick up more of this since its a seasonal.
02-04-2012 03:39:06 | More by kawilliams81
4.25/5 rDev +11.3%
12oz bottle poured into a pokal glass.
A - Dark brown with good clarity. Tan head holds a solid cap for the style. Tons of lacing.
S - Rich caramel and chocolate malt. Hinting at some ripe red fruit. Mild roasty notes. Grassy hops.
T - A very even flavor profile throughout. Munich malts with a touch of some caramel. Sweetness perceived early with a fruity yeast quality but dries out on the backend nicely from some bitterness. Little bit of acidity in there. Earthy hop flavors on the backend leave this beer perfectly balanced for the style. Lingering roast replicating swallowed coffee grounds.
M - Medium to medium-full body, light carbonation, semi-dry.
O - Quite a memorable scottish ale. Well-crafted balance that lets the traditionally malty beer give way to some bitterness and delicate hop aroma and flavor. Some strange acidity threw me off a bit but doesn't ruin my experience. Many breweries carry a scottish ale that is truly Americanized but this is modern yet traditional.
Recommendation - One more for the malt lover and much fresher than any import you can find on the shelf at any liquor store. If you see it, grab it.
03-12-2014 02:16:02 | More by Jparker37
Sláinte Scottish Style Ale from Central Waters Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 186 ratings.