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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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88
very good

57 Reviews
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Reviews: 57
Hads: 238
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 8.4%
Wants: 18
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
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Central Waters Brewing Co. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Scottish Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: mobius387 on 12-17-2011

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Reviews: 57 | Hads: 238
Photo of KellyScottMad
4.73/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer is in my top three scotch ales. I love this beer and the refreshment that it brings. I wish it would finish off a little smoother at times. All depends on the batch that was brewed. Excellent beer! (211 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.51/5  rDev +14.8%
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! (1,652 characters)

Photo of sacrelicio
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (286 characters)

Photo of wschmit
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (705 characters)

Photo of brewmudgeon
4.41/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (1,554 characters)

Photo of KarlHungus
4.41/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (438 characters)

Photo of cdkrenz
4.36/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (858 characters)

Photo of t2thebro
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (822 characters)

Photo of kawilliams81
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. (579 characters)

Photo of Jparker37
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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. (1,148 characters)

Photo of drdiesel9483
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - dark brown with a good tan head and lacing
Smell - sweet carmel with a goody roast maltiness
Taste - first thing I taste is the roasted malts followed by the sweet carmel and a little cocoa
Feel - medium full body with medium carbonation. Fairly smooth with slight bite.
Overall - great roasted sweet scotch ale (319 characters)

Photo of champ103
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a dark brown, near black color. A two finger beige head forms, and recedes to a ring in a minute. Light lace is left behind.
S: Toffee, dark fruits, a hint of roast. Just a touch of earthy hops, and a prevalent smoke malt aroma throughout.
T: Follows the nose with a toffee sweetness, just a hint of roast, dark fruits and earthy, tea like hops. Then a nice and balanced smokiness take over. Everything is really well balanced.
M/D: A medium body and moderate carbonation. Crisp and smooth at the same time. Not overly viscous or thick. Really enjoyable to drink. I can put a few away with ease.

Well made in my opinion. It is fairly simple, and has great balance. Nothing is dominate, and an all around joy to drink. I need to get some more. (768 characters)

Photo of MrGraybeard
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured at cellar temperature from a bottle into a tulip glass. Coffee-colored liquid builds a velvety head that lingers for a minute before receding into a thin, rocky layer, leaving a coating of lace on the glass. Nose is heavy on caramel with a hint of creosote.

Taste is malt-forward but a citric tang mediates it at midpalate. Peaty presence dominates in the lingering, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is velvety with delicate carbonation. Lighter than many Scotch ales I've tasted. Nicely balanced. This isn't a malt hammer.

I'm a fan of CW's Satin Solstice/Solitude imperial stout, but I like this even more. Excellent effort. (628 characters)

Photo of wiscokid920
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into snifter

A- Deep dark chocolate in color. With a one finger beige head that fades to a thin film of lace.

S- Malty sweet, toasted bread, dark chocolate, smoky coffee notes

T- Huge malt flavors, molasses sweetness, chestnut nuttyness, and dark roasted coffee bitterness and tobacco/peat smokiness

M- Medium body, chewy, that gives off a little heat

O- I have not had a whole lot of Scottish Ales, but this brew was delicious. Rich, sweet, malty, with enough smoke and heat to keep you warm in a Wisco December night (543 characters)

Photo of Duff27
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Short beige head on a dark brown body. Cap and collar left. Some lacing left hanging out.

Big maltiness. Peat, cola, some roasty notes.

Follows the nose almost to a tee. Slight smokiness on the backend. Nary a hop tinge here. 7.5% is about what I'd guess.

Medium mouthfeel with low to mid carbonation. Fits very well.

Not technically a sipper but one youll want to savor nonetheless. Fairly complex. Good Scotish ale Central Waters! Looking forward to the barrel aged version. (480 characters)

Photo of adman08
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a deep dark ruby red with thick off-white head that leaves very good lacing on the glass.
S-Smoke is the first thing I notice. There is a bit of malty sweetness, a bit of a yeasty/bready smell, a slight brown sugar aroma. Almost zero hop aroma.
T-Very nice blend of smokey and sweet malt flavors. There is a small flavor of herbal hops. The sweetness amd smoke are by far most obvious.
M-Fairly sticky, full bodied but not something that will weigh you down. Moderate carbonation.
Overall, I was surprised by how much scotch ale type flavor this beer has. With the low alcohol I expected a much lighter beer but this has tons of flavor. It could use a bit more hop flavor but it's such a small issue. This is a sessionable beer with a huge amount of flavor, I'm a huge fan. I'm hoping Central Waters decides to turn this up a couple notches and make a full on scotch ale, maybe even something bourbon barrel aged. (922 characters)

Photo of onefmatt
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Deep brown, mostly opaque due to the darkness of the color

S: Mild smokiness and peat is the noticeable aroma. A bit of a bready-chocolate smell exists. Slight raisin undertone

T: Smokiness is forward, but not overpowering. Chocolate is present in the taste, bitterness that pairs well with the peat flavor

M: Medium bodied, carbonation is light

O: Overall this is a very good Scotch ale, maybe it is a matter of preference, but I find I enjoy more of the dark fruit flavors in my Scotch ales. All said, this at 7.5% ABV the booze is not immediately present. (565 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very cool to find this brewed once beer at my bottle shop in the mix and match section.

A - Pours a hefty full inch of deep mocha head with a beer that is also equally as dark. Some sediment chunks at the base of my glass as thick as rice are kind of a turn off.
S - Very deep smoke and peat smells with a balance of caramel malts and citrus hops. Smell great!
T - Well it does a great job with the flavor I get smoke, some peat (minimal which is great) some dry rye comes into play with some citrus hops and a relatively clean finish with caramel malt. Tasty.
M - Medium and chewy, just like I like my malty ales!

Overall damn I can't believe this isn't a regular beer on the lineup, such a smooth malty scotch ale. Worth picking up if you find it. (751 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Bright dark brown with a touch of ruby under a tan tinted foam cap that mounds up over the rim of the glass. Smell: Fruit, touch cocoa, slight alcohol.Taste: The flavor is malty and dry with traces of grains and cardamom and chocolate. Mouthfeel: Thick and malty, not quite a scotch ale but good. Overall: One dimensional, slight smoke, not complex. (362 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark brown and garnet color mix. Great two finger, dark khaki head and strong residual foam.

Toasty, roasty, and dry overall. Dark chocolate cake batter before the sugar has been added. Lots of malt, can't pick up on any hop aromas at all.

Toasty, roasty, and dry, dark palate. Biscuits, pumpernikel crust, brownie powder, and faint coffee grounds. Theres a yeasty, fruity sweetness underneath everything. Maybe plums or prunes. Dry, but still oily palate overall. Very good, full flavor ale. I'm glad Central waters is available in IL!!! :) (549 characters)

Photo of Chaney
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The name translation means "health."

This one was sent to me by BeerFMAndy. Thanks Andy!

Served in an Olde Hickory glass.

A: Looked sort of like Welch's grape juice as it poured, but once the liquid collected in the glass, the purple color browned nicely. Very murky, with some visible carbonation, and only a slight ring around the brew posing as a head.

S: I could smell the warm booze a split second after I popped the cap. Once I dug in, I got a good bit of caramel and figs. Not extremely potent, but a nose was there.

T: Lots of butterscotch on the back end, candy-life overall, and without that sort of "Nut Brown" quality that I often get with Scottish Ales. This was more "Wee Heavy" in character. I would best describe this as "Candy Coke."

M: Slight prickle from the carbonation, sweet but not too for my tastes, a good bit of heat that wasn't distracting, and some mild splotchy lacing.

O: This style is a tough sell for me, but I enjoyed this immensely. Rich, malty, and perfect for a cold evening! (1,018 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Fun times at all those faux-Irish bars... Anyway, this stuff pours a dark garnet-brown topped by a finger of sandstone foam. The nose comprises mild molasses, brown sugar, light cola, light dark fruits, and a pinch of chocolate powder. The taste brings in more of the same, with a stronger contingent of fruits, definitely in the figgy vein. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a mildly grainy feel. Overall, a very nice Scottish ale, an entertaining and enjoyable beer all-around. (545 characters)

Photo of BrownAleMale
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Gulden Draak tulip glass

Appearance- A shoe leather dark brown with a finger of mocha head that dissipates into a thin layer and leaves decent spotty lacing.

Smell- Roasty, carmel, malt, and toffee are all present. As in most scotch ales, they are somewhat slight, but definitly there.

Taste- I get a nuttyness with some dark chocolate and dark fruits. Also a little scotch alcohol on the finish.

Mouthfeel- Lacking in this category for me. While there is a nice frothyness from the head, it is definitly on the watery side.

Overall- Another solid beer from Central Waters. Lots of complex smells and flavors done in a true scotch ale style. (672 characters)

Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Found a six-pack of 12 oz bottles at the local market. No bottled on date, but the fact that this is a winter release leads me to believe that this was likely bottled over four months ago. Poured at slightly below room temperature (about 60 degrees) into a pint glass.

L: Pours a deep cola brown with reddish edges. An inch of khaki head dissipates fairly quickly to a film that leaves nice lacing on the glass.

S: Deep roasty malts and sweeter caramel malts in the nose. A bit of earthiness is present, along with what seems to be a touch of herbal hops. Perhaps a touch of rye bread in the mix, as well.

T: Sweet caramel malts and more earthy undertones in the front, surpassed by some more roasted malts and a bit of herbal hop punch. There's a hint of black licorice in the middle, mingling with some sweetbread. This one stays relatively sweet until the back, where there's an introduction of more clear alcohol notes and an underlying and lingering hop bitterness. No single taste stands out a great deal--it's fairly well-balanced in that regard.

F: This one has a nice feel to it. It's medium-to-heavy-bodied and somewhat creamy, with just a slight bit of carbonation to keep it lively. The bitterness at the back end is not especially assertive, and there's no syrupy quality to the finish.

O: I'm not a huge fan of this style, but I do appreciate when it's done well. I wish I could have gotten my hands on a fresher pack because I think some of the flavors would have been more pronounced. Overall, though, this is a solid beer that offers up some nice flavor and body, without making me feel like I couldn't reach for another. (1,643 characters)

Photo of jera1350
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a semi-viscous deep brown. Minimal foam on top, just a dark khaki ring around the glass in fact. A little lacing though.

The nose isn't very strong, but it does smell really nice what is there. Very sweet with notes of caramelized sugar, toffee and maple syrup. Getting some vanilla bean also. Just too light overall to earn a better score.

Rich malty flavor with some strong molasses coming out. Some burnt sugar and roasted malt come in to play. Doesn't really remind me of a scottish ale, but it is malty and sweet.

Mildly chewy medium bodied brew. Pretty sticky feel to it.

I don't think this fits the style real well, but it is an enjoyable malt heavy beer. A real nice winter beer that isn't overly high in abv. I think this would be a nice candidate for CW barrel aging program. Could be a Backwoods Bastard type beer? I'll keep my fingers crossed. (866 characters)

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Sláinte Scottish Style Ale from Central Waters Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.