Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Central Waters Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States
Scottish Ale
3.85 | pDev: 11.17%
Apr 14, 2020
Dec 17, 2011
We have taken a traditional Scottish-style ale, with its rich malt characteristic reminiscent of dark fruits, and deepened its flavor with the addition of cherry wood smoked malt. This beer features a full body alongside drinkability - a rare commodity. We enjoy this seasonal throughout the long, snowy winters of Central Wisconsin. You should, too!
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Well color me shocked I haven't reviewed a Central Waters beer I've had for a decade or so! So right out the gate, not a huge Scotch/Scottish ale fan. Grew up in the 90s pounding McEwan's, but eventually got the hop bug and just cut that shit out of my consumption habit.

Anyways, brown pour, red towards the edge. Beige head 1/2" with great retention. Aroma was nice, hit the cherrywood note, dark breadiness, lesser than average peat and dirt effects.

Taste brings on a light tea note, light tobacco note to compliment the cherrywood smoked malt/wood. Mouth feel stays true, smooth, non bitter aspect going on. Carbonation above average, barely, nice. Any dark fruited note is minimal, like the bitterness. I guess part of the reason I dig on this more than the average scottish beer is it lacks some of those things that are bigger in the ones I'm not as keen on.

Still prefer the bourbon barrel version, but this is one of the best either way.
Apr 14, 2020
Rated: 4 by Old_Dead_Oak from Wisconsin

Oct 25, 2019
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Reviewed by wl2bill from Wisconsin

4.69/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
My favorite scotch ale to date. It is unfortunate that it is a seasonal offering. Oh well, it gives me a reason to look forward to winter,about the only reason...
Mar 03, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by a77cj7 from South Dakota

Feb 22, 2019
Rated: 3.71 by SpaethJam from New York

Jan 06, 2019
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Rated by LennyBound from Illinois

1/5  rDev -74%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1
Rated relative to style. Too much hops. Drain pour.
Nov 14, 2018
Rated: 4 by GreenBayBA from Wisconsin

Jun 20, 2018
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Reviewed by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from 12oz bottle into glass. Stamped on bottle neck is '29917'.
Ruby brown colored body, which really shows red when presented to light. Long lasting beige creamy cap and ring. No lacing.
Has a bready malt aroma, with a hint of smoke and dark fruits.
Taste is dark, smoky malts and dark fruits, with a middle flavor similar to a bran muffin, and then the end is more like tea and cocoa. No bitterness. Has a dark roasted malt, chocolaty after taste.
Medium to fuller mouth feel. Good carbonation level.
A malt driven beer, but quite involved with the tastes of bread, smoke, tea, and chocolate. A little sweet too. The spices involved are subtle but present, and allow the beer to be a very good winter warmer.
Mar 21, 2018
Rated: 3.92 by bigpoppa67 from Wisconsin

Mar 11, 2018
Rated: 4 by Stengelfoot from California

Feb 23, 2018
Rated: 3.25 by Dovers from Wisconsin

Feb 10, 2018
Rated: 4.38 by vol4life88 from Tennessee

Jan 14, 2018
Rated: 4.04 by thristybeing from Minnesota

Dec 08, 2017
Rated: 4.1 by LarrysDeerGut from Illinois

Nov 30, 2017
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Reviewed by RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

4.83/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75
Sláinte has a medium, beige head, a semi-clear, red (brown, with light shining on it) appearance, and no glass lacing. Aroma is of rich, spiced, brown, holiday breads, and the flavor is of the same, with cherry, brown sugar, a touch of chocolate, a touch of syrup, and essentially nonexistent bitterness. Mouthfeel is high medium, and Sláinte finishes midway wet/dry.

Nov 18, 2017
Rated: 4 by SteveTheBrit from Illinois

Aug 25, 2017
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Rated by craftaholic from New York

3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
Tasty and sessionable, full of roasted malts and not overpowering
Aug 06, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by tvenne from Minnesota

May 08, 2017
Rated: 3.86 by Krusader from Wisconsin

Apr 25, 2017
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
quality brew, a great and rather classic take on the style, but a beer that seems to me somewhat simple for how evolved and dramatic a lot of the central waters beers are, especially the barrel aged stuff, this is a much more everyday sort of beer than i have ever really known them to make. looks the part and smells great, not as smoke and earthy forward as i thought it would be, sort of sweeter, richer, more caramelized, and a little bigger, but not lacking for grain depth, with a serious dried fruit and even a mild spice element. the yeast is also kind of cool, bready and european, almost english, but real frothy and hearty, which i think is great with the malts all over this one. fig jam, toffee, bran muffin, and maple to this in the finish, and lots of thick body but a little carbonation keeping it moving. i have a barrel aged scotch ale in the basement, pretty sure thats not same base beer, but this has me mighty excited for that, if you can do this, you can do that too. always impressed by central waters, they somehow still seem to fly under the radar more often than not...
Apr 24, 2017
Sláinte from Central Waters Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 297 ratings