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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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very good

57 Reviews
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Reviews: 57
Hads: 241
Avg: 3.91
pDev: 21.99%
Wants: 18
Gots: 25 | 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:
Beer added by: mobius387 on 12-17-2011

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Reviews: 57 | Hads: 241
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 wiscokid920
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
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

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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 jdkitchi
3.83/5  rDev -2%
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.

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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 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 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 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 sleuthdog
3.08/5  rDev -21.2%
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.

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Photo of jeremy13586
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one from GarlicJosh

Deep mahogany with some amber hues that pop out when the light hits. Formed a one-finger tan head that stuck around for a bit, but then settled in to a thin layer of foam.

Some roasted malt, caramel and toffee. Also has notes of prune and an earthiness of wet leaves.

Roasted malts and smoke are up front. It is then followed by a blend of earthiness and rich caramel. There is also a little bit of chocolate at the end. Finish was very clean.

Decently carbonated and very creamy. Medium bodied.

This thing was pretty awesome. It didn't offer more than any other beers of the same style, but it was very solid and clean.

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Photo of WankelEngine
3.64/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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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 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 pschul4
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into 4oz snifter to make me happy. Thats all I want out of beer

A- Pours a dark caramel with a 2 finger tan head that recedes rather quickly to a light lacing

S- Lots of malty sweetness and some peated aromas as well. Some sharp scent that I can't put my finger on

T- Big caramel sweetness and some roast in the background. Liking this way more than the smell forsure. The roastiness balances this amazingly

M- A bit thin but with enough umph to keep me interseted

O- This flavor in a thicker, better smelling beer would be amazing. As it stands still solid

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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 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 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 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 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 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 doucmehu
3.86/5  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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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 sacrelicio
4.42/5  rDev +13%
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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Photo of brewmudgeon
4.41/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

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Photo of joefeidt
3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
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!

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