Sláinte Scottish Style Ale - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Sláinte Scottish Style AleSláinte Scottish Style Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

209 Ratings
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Ratings: 209
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.23%
Wants: 15
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Central Waters Brewing Co. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Scottish Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: mobius387 on 12-17-2011)
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of KarlHungus
4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
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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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of kawilliams81
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Photo of MasterSki
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
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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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of jegross2
2.9/5  rDev -24.3%
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

Photo of doucmehu
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3/5  rDev -21.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of sacrelicio
4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Sláinte Scottish Style Ale from Central Waters Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 209 ratings.