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

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Added by mobius387 on 12-17-2011

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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
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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Photo of mjpolzin
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An obvious comparison to me even before I had this beer was to Lake Louie's Scotch Ales with both breweries being local to me. Now I know technically this is a Scottish Style Ale and LL's are Scotch Ales but as far as I can tell the styles are basically the same.

This beer had a nice dark pour and the bitter, slightly sour taste that I expected (and like) from a Scotch Ale. There was also a subtle sweet aftertaste that I enjoyed. This one seemed to lack a little bit of the kick that I like from the Lake Louie offerings so hopefully my score reflects that I like this beer but not as much as it's competitor.

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Photo of wschmit
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. into a Duvel tulip.

A: A nice brown pour yields a thick, opaque body sporting a just-tan head with pretty good retention. Pretty.

S: Spot-on nose. A bit musty, malty, and earthy English hops. A touch of citrus, maybe some Maris Otter.

T: Again, spot-on. Good, slightly sweet malt with a clean profile. Mild citrusy-earthy hops reek of EKG. Straightforward, but thoughtful. Almost like Earl Grey, but with alcohol.

M: Full-bodied with thin carbonation. Perhaps it's a bit too filling, but I like it. Not boozy in the least.

O: For a much-debated style, it's pretty good. A maltier, boozier bitter, it scratches the itch, and is a very, very drinkable beer for a very, very agreeable price.

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Photo of RoamingGnome
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A) This is a deep brown, just a shade darker than a cola. There was about a half finger of tan head, that had a creamy look to it. The head dissipates quickly, leaving a thin collar. There was just a little lacing.

S) Not a powerful aroma, but some nice malt sweetness. There was something here that reminded me a bit of making smores.

T) This was not as sweet as the nose indicated, and really not as sweet as any Scottish Ale I've consumed in recent memory. There was certainly a deep roasted malt, but the flavor was only a little caramel. There was some smoke and kind woody/earthy flavor. The backend was a bit burnt and boozy.

M) It was lighter in body than the appearance would lead you to believe. It was a medium body with about the same in regards to carbonation. It was fairly smooth.

O) Admittedly, Scottish Ales are not one of my favorite styles, but I tend to enjoy most Central Waters offerings. Having said all of that, I still found this to be just okay. I would not likely seek this one out again.

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Photo of emerge077
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Fresh seasonal from Central Waters, yes please...

Poured into a tulip, it's a dark mahoghany color, transparent in the light, but then appears opaque in the glass with the yeast poured in. A sticky, 3-D halo of foam juts out slightly from the rim of the glass, dripping in a stalagtite formation. Tan foam has a creamy smooth texture to it.

Rich aroma that seems to ebb over time a little, malted milk balls, chalky dark chocolate, toasted grain husks, something slightly raw and minerally.

Velvety smooth feel, wisps of peat smoke, and woody bitterness in the aftertaste, with some light malt sweetness up front. Some fruity yeast lends indistinct grape or currant notes. Finishes fairly dry and woody, not too sweet overall. Really enjoyable stuff, will look for more while it's in season.

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Photo of cdkrenz
4.36/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thank you Mr. Mike Krenz for this great Christmas gift! A growler of Central Waters' latest release.

A - Deep dark brown body with a solid light tan head displaying excellent stamina. It started out at an inch and its still standing long after the pour. Very nice display.

S - A slight roasted aroma with a sharpened smokiness. Nothing overwhelming in the scent but rather just enough to make me want to take a drink.

T - Roasted caramel malts with a very nice presence of smoke. This is a very well done beer that I look forward to finishing.

M - Medium bodied with minimal carbonation to note makes for a smooth almost silky feel that might be better described as creamy.

~ This is another fine addition to an already proven line-up of brews offered by the crew at CW. This is one I hope they keep putting up on the shelves here in Central Wisconsin.

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Photo of adman08
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a deep dark ruby red with thick off-white head that leaves very good lacing on the glass.
S-Smoke is the first thing I notice. There is a bit of malty sweetness, a bit of a yeasty/bready smell, a slight brown sugar aroma. Almost zero hop aroma.
T-Very nice blend of smokey and sweet malt flavors. There is a small flavor of herbal hops. The sweetness amd smoke are by far most obvious.
M-Fairly sticky, full bodied but not something that will weigh you down. Moderate carbonation.
Overall, I was surprised by how much scotch ale type flavor this beer has. With the low alcohol I expected a much lighter beer but this has tons of flavor. It could use a bit more hop flavor but it's such a small issue. This is a sessionable beer with a huge amount of flavor, I'm a huge fan. I'm hoping Central Waters decides to turn this up a couple notches and make a full on scotch ale, maybe even something bourbon barrel aged.

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Photo of mobius387
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a pint glass, bottled on date of December

appearance: pours a chocolate brown with a thin brown head

aroma: slight malty nose, but not a very strong smell

palate: nice smooth feel to it with a medium body. flavor runs up the sides of the mouth as well as hitting the tongue.

taste: definitely the strong part of this beer, which is good cause its the most important. its a nice balance between barely flavors, a hint of chocolate and enough hoppy feel to it to really give it a robust offering.

overall: a pretty good beer by central waters. ive never seen this one before, but its definitely worth a try. its got more flavor than most scottish ales ive had before, and its more smooth as well.

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