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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 jegross2
2.95/5  rDev -24.9%
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 (1,081 characters)

Photo of sleuthdog
3.08/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into pint glass

Appearance: Sláinte pours a dark brown with some blood red at the edges, especially when held to the light. It had an awesome three fingers worth of head that is khaki brown and is retained a fairly long time before it settles to a film on the beer. Lacing is light to moderate and carbonation does seem evident.

Smell: Upfront I smell a sweet malty beer. I am getting toasted bread, caramel and some smoke in there, too.

Taste: A bready toasted note with a sweet malty taste is the prominent flavors here. I'm also getting molasses and a brown sugar mixed with a finish of smoke and a slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Creamy feel to this one. It does go down easy and has a nice amount of carbonation that seems to help cut some of the sweetness. There is no note of the alcohol.

Overall: Not my favorite style I must admit but this one is enjoyable if you're in the mood for a rich, sweet, malty beer. (933 characters)

Photo of martyl1000
3.34/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Hmm. An oddly coffee-forward Scotch Ale. A good deal of leather, too, which I detest in beer.

I'm a big fan of Central Waters, especially for their barrel-aged program. And I have friends who rave about Slainte. But I do not like this brew. (247 characters)

Photo of seedyone
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. At first glance the head has mostly fine foam with rather lively looking large bubbles that leave a solid trace for lacing as the level recedes. The aroma is mildly toffee-ish with a wisp of molasses. The texture is airly robust even for a Scottish ale. A sip can be a mouthful. The overall taste has both the sweet & bitter of burnt sugar with a solid malty background. In a word substantial. I had to look twice when I saw a mere 5.2% as the ABV. It has all the character of the bigger bolder choices out there. Pretty unique, in a good way. (572 characters)

Photo of zeledonia
3.52/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Enjoyed 20 May 2012, reviewed from notes. Bottled December 2011, if I can read the label notching right.

Pours very dark reddish brown. With light behind it, it's still a dark coppery coffee brown. One finger of medium tan head, decent retention, relaxes to a cap with little lacing. Pretty dark for a Scottish ale.

Smells fairly malty and slightly fruity, but with a leafy tobacco bite. In general, it's mild, with not a whole lot to it.

Taste is quite malty and sweet, fruity with a bit of a twang. In the smell, that twang struck me as tobacco. Here, it's more earthy and tarry, like molasses with the sweetness turned down.

Mouthfeel is pretty heavy and thick, with medium-low carbonation.

A decent beer, but nothing about it impresses me. I can drink it, and enjoy it, but it's not whispering (or shouting) to me that I need to drink more of it. So I probably won't. (876 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
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. (348 characters)

Photo of TheSSG
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice, dense, tan head that collapses into a nice, light layer. Aroma is sweet malt with a slight note of floral hops, which combines to an almost berry-like quality. DEEP burnt umber color. Starts tart and toasted, with a touch of hops. Moves into a sweetness that blends with floral hops, then gives way to toasted malt and hop bitterness.
The start is almost like a Schwarzbier, but the finish is reminiscent of coffee.

I'm not HUGE on the start of this, but the finish is quite nice, indeed. Overall, not bad. I prefer my Scottish styles a touch more malty. (570 characters)

Photo of kevanb
3.56/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Galway Arms in Chicago, poured into a shaker pint.

Pours a deep brown color, nearly black color with a tan colored head, about a finger high, very creamy, looks like it was poured from a nitro tap, but I was assured it wasn't, retention is good, light lacing. The aroma is heavy on coffee, dark fruit, brown sugar and rich smooth grain. Flavors are similar, pungent coffee and light bitter chocolate, dark fruit, caramel malt, brown sugar, molasses and a bit of raisin, had to make sure I was drinking a Scottish Ale at first, it really drinks like a stout, almost no hop character to speak of. The body is nice and rich, coats the mouth well, very smooth but the finish is a bit lack luster and watery.

Verdict: A decent enough beer, not sure it's a decent enough Scottish Ale. Either way, I enjoyed my pint, but I doubt I'd ask for another. (862 characters)

Photo of RoamingGnome
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A) This is a deep brown, just a shade darker than a cola. There was about a half finger of tan head, that had a creamy look to it. The head dissipates quickly, leaving a thin collar. There was just a little lacing.

S) Not a powerful aroma, but some nice malt sweetness. There was something here that reminded me a bit of making smores.

T) This was not as sweet as the nose indicated, and really not as sweet as any Scottish Ale I've consumed in recent memory. There was certainly a deep roasted malt, but the flavor was only a little caramel. There was some smoke and kind woody/earthy flavor. The backend was a bit burnt and boozy.

M) It was lighter in body than the appearance would lead you to believe. It was a medium body with about the same in regards to carbonation. It was fairly smooth.

O) Admittedly, Scottish Ales are not one of my favorite styles, but I tend to enjoy most Central Waters offerings. Having said all of that, I still found this to be just okay. I would not likely seek this one out again. (1,065 characters)

Photo of jimmah120
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle with no date into a pint glass

look is a dark ruby with translucent edges. smell is light; chocolate and butterscotch malts. taste is similar to the smell with butterscotch and chocolate but mostly sweet malts with a touch of dark fruit. the hops are English and bitter (282 characters)

Photo of ARoman
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap, poured into a shaker. The dark brown beer is topped by a light, yet dense, tan colored head that only retains a light amount and leaves no lace. The aroma is dark and smokey with notes of caramel, grains, fig, bread crust, and some more subtle notes of chocolate and coffee - the coffee strengthens by the end of the glass. The medium bodied beer is a nice balance between a moderate sweetness upfront with a slightly stronger, moderate bitter finish. It's thin and smooth with a buzzy carbonation. Flavors of fig and roasted coffee dominate up front and it finishes with a pepper touch, caramel, and a light bitter wax. The aftertaste is mild with a light cloying wax and fig quality. (693 characters)

Photo of joefeidt
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep brown pours a frothy cream-color head.

S - Malt and honey prepares you for the sweet blast to come.

T - Yummy. I'm getting chocolate, oatmeal, heather, and peat.

M - A malty punch in the mouth. It coats my tongue and lingers there more than a wee bit.

O - Another terrific offering from this sleeper 'Sconnie brewery. I'm a confirmed hophead but thought I'd try a Scotch Ale on a chilly Wisconsin night, and I'm glad I did. This is one big sweet malty complex beverage and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Thank you, Central Waters and Slainte to you! (556 characters)

Photo of WankelEngine
3.64/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a dark brown/copper color. There is a nice tan head with excellent retention that leaves very nice layers of lace.

S: Fairly mild malty notes, a little tartness.

T: Sweet brown malt is the centerpiece. Caramel, molasses, toffee comprise the sweet flavors while some toasted dark malt contributes a little smokiness and some peaty flavors. There are some fruit flavors, raisin and apple. Finish has just a tiny touch of pine hops and alcohol, but those are mitigated by the malt.

M: Medium-thick and very sticky.

O: Not the most potent or flavorful beer, but nicely drinkable for a malty beer. (650 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is black when viewed from afar; closer inspection reveals traces of dark red near the bottom of the glass when it is held up to a bright light. It poured with a half finger high tan head.
S: Moderate aromas of caramel malts and smoked malts are present in the nose—peat seems to stand out in particular.
T: Like the smell, the overall taste is rather malty and has both flavors of caramel and smoke. Only faint hints of bitterness are perceptible, although there's just enough hops in this from keeping it from becoming a malt bomb.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seems to be very easy to drink for a Scottish Ale but is rather easy to drink. I found it to be enjoyable. (748 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (282 characters)

Photo of jdkitchi
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (664 characters)

Photo of mjpolzin
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An obvious comparison to me even before I had this beer was to Lake Louie's Scotch Ales with both breweries being local to me. Now I know technically this is a Scottish Style Ale and LL's are Scotch Ales but as far as I can tell the styles are basically the same.

This beer had a nice dark pour and the bitter, slightly sour taste that I expected (and like) from a Scotch Ale. There was also a subtle sweet aftertaste that I enjoyed. This one seemed to lack a little bit of the kick that I like from the Lake Louie offerings so hopefully my score reflects that I like this beer but not as much as it's competitor. (614 characters)

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured by the bartender at the central water 14th anniversary party.

reviewed from notes taken on 1/28/2012.

Appearance: Murky brown to a light black colored beer. A tanish to light mocha colored head that pours just shy of 2 fingers head.

Smell: Malty, bready, fruity and smoky.

Taste: Dark fruits are really present upfront and in your face with the scottish ale. It then settles down into the more traditonal flavors of a scottish ale; the smoke and rich sweet malt notes are midpalate. Almost like it transitioned from dark fruits then into a traditional scottish ale. Little spicy kick is noted in the end of the beer which is probably impartent by the yeast.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Drinks really easily.

Overall: Nice smooth scottish ale with almost a belgian dark ale twist on the front end of the beer. Enjoyable and a great offering! (883 characters)

Photo of doucmehu
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled December '11. Poured into 12oz. tulip. Enjoyed at cellar temp with a home-baked double chocolate brownie cookie (thanks babe).

A: Pours very deep ruby caramel with a minimal head. The baby bubbles float on quickly, and I am left with a completely flat looking syrup in my glass. Not even a trace of co2 left after 60 seconds. No cling or lacing whatsoever.

S: Smells of sweet caramel, molasses, burnt sugar and some dates/raisins . Reminds me a bit of Brownberry brown sugar bread. I get just a hint of a cinnamon/nutmeg as well.

T: Vanilla bean, a bit of molasses, dark brown sugar, finishing with some earthy bitterness. There are some dark fruits present as well, along with a hint of unrisen bread - almost reminiscent of a BSDA, but sweeter. A hint of smokiness finishes things off.

M: Despite the flat appearance, it has a nice fine carbonation overlaying the fairly heavy body, which creates a rich and silky mouthfeel. Alcohol is nonexistent.

O: I enjoyed this beer, it reminds me of a "double" marzen. Lacking the smokiness I like with some scotch ales, but not a bad thing with this one. (1,110 characters)

Photo of Phigg1102
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark with hints of amber and burnt caramel. Moderate tan head. Aroma of plum, cherry, molasses, and bread. More stone fruits and molasses in the taste as well as hints of chocolate and coffee. Medium bodied with a light to fair amount of carbonation. Very drinkable, one of my favorites of the style. (311 characters)

Photo of HawbakerBrewery
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark brown, almost black. Tan head, leaves generous lacing. I never like the aroma of Scottish styled ales, but like all others, there is a strong malty...butterscotch-like scent. The flavor is malty, caramel and butterscotch-like as well. The carbonation is light and the body is heavy. I like these attributes in stronger beers. Enjoyable. I'm not a huge fan of Scottish ales (except Founders' Dirty Bastard) but this is not bad. I only wish it had a little more strength than 7.5% ABV. (496 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (767 characters)

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. (1,042 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Binny's. Served in a Goose Island Black Friday glass.

A - Finger of tan foam settles to a thin cap, thicker collar, and a few specks of lacework. Body is a dark chocolate color with a hint of transparency visible.

S - Toasted bread, chocolate, caramel, a touch of dark roast coffee, and some peat and smoke as well. Perhaps a hint of earthy hops. Faint alcohol presence when warm.

T - Taste has lots of sweet caramel and milk chocolate flavors mid-palate, but yields to a slightly charred and bitter finish. Sweetness grows a touch as the beer warms up, yielding some jammy fruits and Sultana raisin flavors.

M - Chewy texture, medium body, sticky finish, and a bit of residual smokiness. Carbonation is a tad higher than I was expecting, and tingles a bit.

D - A solidly executed Scottish Ale - I had no problem finishing a 12oz bottle on my own and I'd gladly drink another. Love the affordable Wisconsin price point too. Probably not a big enough beer to benefit from barrel-aging though. (1,016 characters)

Photo of ksimons
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-pours a dark chestnut with light ruby highlights and a thing layer of creamy head that sticks to the glass

S-sticky caramel malt, rum soaked raisins, toffee, and brown sugar

T-taste is similar to the smell but with a bit more bitterness and smoke to the taste. Getting a light cola taste.

M-very light medium body with light to medium carbonation

Overall one of the better Scottish ale's I've had as it is not cloyingly sweet. The bitterness helps to balance out the sweet malt (483 characters)

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