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Sláinte Scottish Style Ale | Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Sláinte Scottish Style AleSláinte Scottish Style Ale

Brewed by:
Central Waters Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by mobius387 on 12-17-2011

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Reviews: 63 | Ratings: 266
Photo of tigg924
3.54/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear, dark brown in color, with 1/4 inch head. Taste is milk chocolate, peat, husk, and Tootsie Roll. Sweet and medium bodied. True to style and a good drinker although I prefer other Scotch ales. Not a beer to pass over but not one to rush out for either.

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Photo of Cannibalgasm
3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz. bottle.

A: Pours a hazy deep ruby reddish brown with one finger of creamy khaki colored head. The head retains for a few minutes and leaves behind some nice lacing.

S: Aromas of dark roasted malts, and sweet caramel malts, as well as dark fruits, toffee, and rye. You also get some slight alcohol and some earthy hops. Very pleasant aromas.

T: Roasted malts, and sweet caramel malts initially, then you get some toffee, dark fruits, berries, and rye bread. Their is a prevalence of earthy hops from beginning to end as well as some slight alcohol warmth. Finishes with toffee, and cocoa like sweetness, balanced by a slight hop bitterness. A great tasting ale.

M: Medium bodied, with a low-to-mid level of carbonation. Very smooth and slightly creamy feel with just a touch of alcohol warmth.

O: This is a very good Scottish ale, a style that is often overlooked but that I thoroughly enjoy. A very pleasantly poured brew with great aromas and flavor that has some warmth to it, but is incredibly approachable and has great drinkability. Overall this makes a great easy going companion for these cold Minnesota winters, and I would recommend giving it a try.

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Photo of Tone
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, dark brown color. 1/2 inch head of a tan color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of strong sweet malt, hint of peat, hint of roasted malt, slight alcohol, slight yeast, and a hint of smoke. Fits the style of a Scottish Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, peat, hint of caramel malt, hint of roasted malt, slight alcohol, hint of wood, and slight smoke. Overall, decent appearance, good aroma, body, and blend.

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Photo of scaliasux
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

L - Very dark redddish-brown. Clarity hard to discern, but appears mostly clear. Short light brown head.

S - Sweet and rich. Medium roasted malts. Dark fruit, molasses, caramel.

T - Sweet and malty. Dark fruit and brown sugar, substantial smoke.

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Photo of manfromanotherplace
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a great Scottish ale, no surprise as everything central waters make seems to be top class. This is really subtle on both smell and taste, really smooth and clean, a very good beer.

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Photo of notAlexWalker
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Overall it's a great tasting scotch ale. It's a little darker than other scotch ales I've had which may be a little misleading to how it drinks. Sláinte feels a little lighter compared to other scotch ales, but in my opinion it enhances it's drinkability.

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Photo of KellyScottMad
4.73/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer is in my top three scotch ales. I love this beer and the refreshment that it brings. I wish it would finish off a little smoother at times. All depends on the batch that was brewed. Excellent beer!

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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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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Found a six-pack of 12 oz bottles at the local market. No bottled on date, but the fact that this is a winter release leads me to believe that this was likely bottled over four months ago. Poured at slightly below room temperature (about 60 degrees) into a pint glass.

L: Pours a deep cola brown with reddish edges. An inch of khaki head dissipates fairly quickly to a film that leaves nice lacing on the glass.

S: Deep roasty malts and sweeter caramel malts in the nose. A bit of earthiness is present, along with what seems to be a touch of herbal hops. Perhaps a touch of rye bread in the mix, as well.

T: Sweet caramel malts and more earthy undertones in the front, surpassed by some more roasted malts and a bit of herbal hop punch. There's a hint of black licorice in the middle, mingling with some sweetbread. This one stays relatively sweet until the back, where there's an introduction of more clear alcohol notes and an underlying and lingering hop bitterness. No single taste stands out a great deal--it's fairly well-balanced in that regard.

F: This one has a nice feel to it. It's medium-to-heavy-bodied and somewhat creamy, with just a slight bit of carbonation to keep it lively. The bitterness at the back end is not especially assertive, and there's no syrupy quality to the finish.

O: I'm not a huge fan of this style, but I do appreciate when it's done well. I wish I could have gotten my hands on a fresher pack because I think some of the flavors would have been more pronounced. Overall, though, this is a solid beer that offers up some nice flavor and body, without making me feel like I couldn't reach for another.

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Photo of ARoman
3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap, poured into a shaker. The dark brown beer is topped by a light, yet dense, tan colored head that only retains a light amount and leaves no lace. The aroma is dark and smokey with notes of caramel, grains, fig, bread crust, and some more subtle notes of chocolate and coffee - the coffee strengthens by the end of the glass. The medium bodied beer is a nice balance between a moderate sweetness upfront with a slightly stronger, moderate bitter finish. It's thin and smooth with a buzzy carbonation. Flavors of fig and roasted coffee dominate up front and it finishes with a pepper touch, caramel, and a light bitter wax. The aftertaste is mild with a light cloying wax and fig quality.

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Photo of HawbakerBrewery
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark brown, almost black. Tan head, leaves generous lacing. I never like the aroma of Scottish styled ales, but like all others, there is a strong malty...butterscotch-like scent. The flavor is malty, caramel and butterscotch-like as well. The carbonation is light and the body is heavy. I like these attributes in stronger beers. Enjoyable. I'm not a huge fan of Scottish ales (except Founders' Dirty Bastard) but this is not bad. I only wish it had a little more strength than 7.5% ABV.

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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 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 martyl1000
3.34/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Hmm. An oddly coffee-forward Scotch Ale. A good deal of leather, too, which I detest in beer.

I'm a big fan of Central Waters, especially for their barrel-aged program. And I have friends who rave about Slainte. But I do not like this brew.

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Photo of seedyone
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. At first glance the head has mostly fine foam with rather lively looking large bubbles that leave a solid trace for lacing as the level recedes. The aroma is mildly toffee-ish with a wisp of molasses. The texture is airly robust even for a Scottish ale. A sip can be a mouthful. The overall taste has both the sweet & bitter of burnt sugar with a solid malty background. In a word substantial. I had to look twice when I saw a mere 5.2% as the ABV. It has all the character of the bigger bolder choices out there. Pretty unique, in a good way.

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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 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 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 MaximalC
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark chestnut in color with ruby highlights and a moderate cap of khaki froth with good retention. Broad sheets of lacing linger along the periphery as the beer descends. Complex aroma smells of dark fruit, molasses, dark chocolate, caramel, and a hint of peat and cherry cough syrup. The presentation is pretty much exemplary for the style.

The taste features toasted bread, plums, currants, dates, and a hint of molasses. A dash of herbal hops lend contrast and a slightly medicinal twinge, manifesting mostly in toward middle. Hints of milk chocolate begin to appear as the beer warms. Residual sweetness lingers on the lips. The complex malt profile reminds me of O'So Night Train, though they're technically different styles. The body is on the thin side, giving it a loose mouthfeel that doesn't quite lend the taste the support it deserves.

Overall, this is a fine Scottish ale, one of the best I've tried. The presentation and complexity are both excellent. A more robust body would really elevate this brew to the next level.

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Photo of t2thebro
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A- pours dark brown with reddish orange highlights.
tight head that dissipates quickly into a small layer on top.

S- malty, raisin, toasty toffee, dates, some earth hop in the faint background.

T- starts sweet smooth and hints of dark caramel, hazelnut. Then nice dry bitterness moves in and a bit of alcohol flavor not off putting though. Finishes dry with a smokey, chocolate hazelnut flavor which lingers paired with a slight alcohol aftertaste.

M- smooth medium bitterness and carb.

O- amazing balance. These beers are often to sweet with nothing to balance.
This beer I could recognise three facets to the flavor, sweet to start, nice bite to dry the sweetness in the middle and a huge flavor in the end that gains clarity from the dry middle. Best Scottish ale I've had.

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Photo of Jparker37
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a pokal glass.

A - Dark brown with good clarity. Tan head holds a solid cap for the style. Tons of lacing.

S - Rich caramel and chocolate malt. Hinting at some ripe red fruit. Mild roasty notes. Grassy hops.

T - A very even flavor profile throughout. Munich malts with a touch of some caramel. Sweetness perceived early with a fruity yeast quality but dries out on the backend nicely from some bitterness. Little bit of acidity in there. Earthy hop flavors on the backend leave this beer perfectly balanced for the style. Lingering roast replicating swallowed coffee grounds.

M - Medium to medium-full body, light carbonation, semi-dry.

O - Quite a memorable scottish ale. Well-crafted balance that lets the traditionally malty beer give way to some bitterness and delicate hop aroma and flavor. Some strange acidity threw me off a bit but doesn't ruin my experience. Many breweries carry a scottish ale that is truly Americanized but this is modern yet traditional.

Recommendation - One more for the malt lover and much fresher than any import you can find on the shelf at any liquor store. If you see it, grab it.

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Photo of ksimons
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-pours a dark chestnut with light ruby highlights and a thing layer of creamy head that sticks to the glass

S-sticky caramel malt, rum soaked raisins, toffee, and brown sugar

T-taste is similar to the smell but with a bit more bitterness and smoke to the taste. Getting a light cola taste.

M-very light medium body with light to medium carbonation

Overall one of the better Scottish ale's I've had as it is not cloyingly sweet. The bitterness helps to balance out the sweet malt

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Photo of MrGraybeard
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured at cellar temperature from a bottle into a tulip glass. Coffee-colored liquid builds a velvety head that lingers for a minute before receding into a thin, rocky layer, leaving a coating of lace on the glass. Nose is heavy on caramel with a hint of creosote.

Taste is malt-forward but a citric tang mediates it at midpalate. Peaty presence dominates in the lingering, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is velvety with delicate carbonation. Lighter than many Scotch ales I've tasted. Nicely balanced. This isn't a malt hammer.

I'm a fan of CW's Satin Solstice/Solitude imperial stout, but I like this even more. Excellent effort.

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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 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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Sláinte Scottish Style Ale from Central Waters Brewing Co.
3.91 out of 5 based on 266 ratings.
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