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This rich, malty ale has been aged to perfection in our barrel house. Subtle and smooth, this is a decadent display of patience and process. Join us in a toast to good health. Slainte!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mcjay (463) - Neenah, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 2, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2008 Central Waters has an impressive lineup of different beers and this one is my favorite. Very smooth and slightly sweet taste. Not really like any other scotch ales but it’s probably the best I’ve had. Smooth, Dark and potent. I also recommend the CW Loch Ness Scotch Ale.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jstraw (1937) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 26, 2013
Dark mahogany with big, foamy, tan head, decent legs / Rich nose of caramel, dark fruit, tobacco, coconut, bourbon, chocolate . . . / Medium to full body, chewy, sweet, excellent balance, lightly bitter / Flavors of chocolate, caramel, date, raisin, coconut, bourbon barrel / Monsterous for a scotch ale. A beauty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rhsiung (826) - USA - AUG 13, 2013
on tap @ local option. scotch and bourbon, what a combo. creamy vanilla. darkly fruity. thought this might be the Central Waters Bourbon Barrel Aged Slainte Scotch Ale http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/182143/ but alexi said the keg collar didn’t say Slainte.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocLock (8054) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 25, 2013
Bottle from Capone’s, Pours thick and turbid dark brown toward mahogany with minimal tan head. Nose is a great beer/spirit hybrid mix of oaky bourbon, earthy dusty malts, molasses, vanilla, tannins. Tastes of huge oak, bourbon, molasses, earthy caramel, with a rich finish and well hidden alcohol. This one is delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
beerbaaron (1337) - Arizona, USA - SEP 7, 2013
2013. bottle. Pours very dark walnut brown, almost black. Small tan head, ring around glass, some lace. Very malty, caramel, bourbon, roasty, peat, smoke, vanilla, marshmallow?, sweet and bourbony. Medium body. Sweet malty, super smooth bourbon. Soft and creamy; appropriate alcohol presence. Extremely smooth and balanced. Very tasty. Very very good. A textbook example of bourbon barrel aging.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
davey101 (696) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 3, 2013
2013 vintage, 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Thanks obiwankushnobi! Pours a dark, nearly black-brown body with a fingers worth of light khaki foam. Sticky lacing. Aroma is strong vanilla, smoky peat, oak, bourbon drenched raisins, and caramel. Smells amazing. Taste is similar with strong vanilla, oak, and caramel with a slight brown sugar/dark fruit element. Finishes with a dry smokey peat finish. Insanely delicious and well integrated. Thick and coating mouth feel. Booze is hardly noticeable. This is a close second to Backwoods Bastard. Really amazing vanilla and bourbon aspect.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
VIBhunter (25) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 17, 2013
Poured from a bottle into a snifter tasting glass. Aroma- Caramel, nuts, wheat, chocolate, wood, and whiskey/bourbon. Appearance- Dark reddish amber color with a two finger head. Nice lacing at the top. Taste- Dark chocolate, oak, bourbon. Palate- Smooth, oak wood, chocolate, bourbon. Overall- Deliciously well blend hops and malts. Bourbon not very potent which I like it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CaveSpider (26) - - DEC 10, 2013
Aroma is bourbon, vanilla, toffee, figs. Pours reddish black with proper tan head. Nice bourbon flavor, well balanced, and delicious. Try This!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Scipio (719) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - AUG 20, 2013
Pours a very deep brown with a medium, creamy, long lasting, light tan head. The aroma consists a high degree of vanilla and whiskey, some coconut, with caramel and mild butterscotch undertones. Its really intriguing. The taste is a bit sweet, but not much. This one is still big on whiskey and vanilla. Some lighter caramel as well. Aftertaste remains the same as the taste, although it is short. Medium to full in body, creamy in texture, with soft carbonation. I get the feeling this is stronger, as the alcohol seems to be getting noticeable after just a few sips. The impressions of vanilla and whiskey are very extreme in here. This one is very easy to enjoy if you like both of these flavors. I do, and this is a great beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BVery (6939) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 20, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2014 Bottle. Opaque dark brown pour with a frothy brown head. Malty and sweet. Bold bourbon and vanilla. Outstanding brew!

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