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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by mobius387 on 12-17-2011

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Reviews: 63 | Ratings: 266
Photo of jimmah120
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle with no date into a pint glass

look is a dark ruby with translucent edges. smell is light; chocolate and butterscotch malts. taste is similar to the smell with butterscotch and chocolate but mostly sweet malts with a touch of dark fruit. the hops are English and bitter

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Photo of onefmatt
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Deep brown, mostly opaque due to the darkness of the color

S: Mild smokiness and peat is the noticeable aroma. A bit of a bready-chocolate smell exists. Slight raisin undertone

T: Smokiness is forward, but not overpowering. Chocolate is present in the taste, bitterness that pairs well with the peat flavor

M: Medium bodied, carbonation is light

O: Overall this is a very good Scotch ale, maybe it is a matter of preference, but I find I enjoy more of the dark fruit flavors in my Scotch ales. All said, this at 7.5% ABV the booze is not immediately present.

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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 kevanb
3.56/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Galway Arms in Chicago, poured into a shaker pint.

Pours a deep brown color, nearly black color with a tan colored head, about a finger high, very creamy, looks like it was poured from a nitro tap, but I was assured it wasn't, retention is good, light lacing. The aroma is heavy on coffee, dark fruit, brown sugar and rich smooth grain. Flavors are similar, pungent coffee and light bitter chocolate, dark fruit, caramel malt, brown sugar, molasses and a bit of raisin, had to make sure I was drinking a Scottish Ale at first, it really drinks like a stout, almost no hop character to speak of. The body is nice and rich, coats the mouth well, very smooth but the finish is a bit lack luster and watery.

Verdict: A decent enough beer, not sure it's a decent enough Scottish Ale. Either way, I enjoyed my pint, but I doubt I'd ask for another.

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Photo of TheSSG
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice, dense, tan head that collapses into a nice, light layer. Aroma is sweet malt with a slight note of floral hops, which combines to an almost berry-like quality. DEEP burnt umber color. Starts tart and toasted, with a touch of hops. Moves into a sweetness that blends with floral hops, then gives way to toasted malt and hop bitterness.
The start is almost like a Schwarzbier, but the finish is reminiscent of coffee.

I'm not HUGE on the start of this, but the finish is quite nice, indeed. Overall, not bad. I prefer my Scottish styles a touch more malty.

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Photo of Jfriz25
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Gorgeous cascading mocha colored head. Very dark brown with hints of red at the edges when held to the light.

Smell- I dont get much on the nose. Light maltyness but that is about it.

Taste- Heavy roasted flavor that falls into bitterness and even some coffee notes.

Mouthfeel- This is the highlight of the beer for me. Rich and creamy without being heavy. Light carbonation with a dry finish.

Overall- I'm not a huge fan of scotch ales but this is a good one. Too bad they ran out of the barrel aged version before the anniversary party becuase I would have loved to try it.

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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 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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Sláinte Scottish Style Ale from Central Waters Brewing Co.
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