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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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Reviews: 57
Hads: 239
Avg: 3.91
pDev: 21.99%
Wants: 18
Gots: 20 | 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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Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of emerge077
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

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Photo of Duff27
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
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!!! :)

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Photo of pat61
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.51/5  rDev +15.3%
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!

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Photo of champ103
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
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!

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.41/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

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Photo of jera1350
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Bluephies' in Madison, Wisconsin. Served in a shaker pint 11/11/2014.

A- Dark cola-brown body, opaque but not quite black. Half finger white head, minimal retention time. Rings of lacing. [3.5]

S- Smooth toffee, earthy hops. Brown malt. Not too complicated, but balanced quite nicely. [3.75]

F- Toffee, caramel, earthy hops, sweet brown malt. Similar to the nose. There is a slight roast to it as well. Again, not particularly complex but everything comes together quite well. [4]

M- Medium bodied, on the thinner end of the spectrum. Fine carbonation, has a nice pop to it. Nice and reasonably sweet toffee finish that isn't cloying or off-putting. [3.75]

O- Very nice scottish ale. Straightforward flavours that are delicious, not as much complexity but certainly a nice shelf sixer if you enjoy Scottish ales. [4]

Final score: 3.90

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Photo of Chaney
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
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!

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Photo of jegross2
2.95/5  rDev -24.6%
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

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Photo of zeledonia
3.52/5  rDev -10%
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.

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Photo of Phigg1102
3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from tasting notes.

Pours out a rich dark mahogany color with a stable 1cm lid of tan foam, mediocre levels of lacing on the inside of the glass.
Smells a bit like prunes and pumpernickel bread, some green tobacco leaves as well. Tastes of the same, but with a much higher emphasis on the tobacco and a brief hint of peat garnish on the back end. Body is on the thicker side of medium, carbonation is on the lighter side of medium.

This one was memorable for all the tobacco notes in it.

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Photo of BrownAleMale
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of kawilliams81
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
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

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Sláinte Scottish Style Ale from Central Waters Brewing Co.
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