Sláinte Scottish Style Ale - Central Waters Brewing Co.
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3.85/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
11-29-2012 03:05:05 | More by Sammy
3.81/5 rDev -0.3%
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.
04-21-2014 02:39:00 | More by metter98
4/5 rDev +4.7%
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.
02-02-2013 01:26:52 | More by TMoney2591
3.98/5 rDev +4.2%
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.
12-30-2011 23:53:50 | More by emerge077
3.9/5 rDev +2.1%
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.
02-04-2012 00:02:01 | More by MasterSki
3.9/5 rDev +2.1%
(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.
02-21-2012 16:10:13 | More by rhoadsrage
4.03/5 rDev +5.5%
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!!! :)
05-12-2012 19:02:09 | More by scruffwhor
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
3.54/5 rDev -7.3%
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.
12-30-2013 03:00:21 | More by WoodBrew
4.06/5 rDev +6.3%
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.
04-09-2013 01:13:04 | More by DrDemento456
4.15/5 rDev +8.6%
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.
10-10-2012 01:11:07 | More by Duff27
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
Sláinte Scottish Style Ale from Central Waters Brewing Co.
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