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RATINGS: 77   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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This rich malty ale is best when shared among friends. So let us offer you a traditional Scottish toast.


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3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sleuthdogg (31) - Illinois, USA - AUG 20, 2012
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.


3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mnmike (1031) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 8, 2014
Picked up a bottle in a mix six in WI. Average beer - light on complexity and nothing noteworthy to remember after finishing the bottle.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rondphoto (1951) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - AUG 5, 2014
bottle @ John’s Grocery / Iowa City IA --- Opaque dark brown color, 2" tan head that slowly drops, bubbly curtain of lace. Taste is rich roasted caramel malt that stays true to itself, the flavor intensifying as it moves through the palate to a lightly bittered finish with the malt lingering for a long time. Really big and fantastic for 5.2%, a terrificly executed brew.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jefcon (1382) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - APR 11, 2014
Reddish, rusty scotch ale with lots of malt, sharp yeast and hops. Some bitterness in fine tuned balance with the roasted chocolate malt.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AWISLguy (1263) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 5, 2014
Bottle from Sonoma Cellars, picking up at 6 for my other brother. Pours a root beer color with a bit of a brown head. No lacing. Aroma has sweet caramelly malts, brown sugar, some peat and some cherry. Taste is of sweet caramel, some light sweet berries - mostly cherry - and peat. Medium bodied. Finishes sweetly and somewhat sticky. Reasonable for style; not terrific overall.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CanIHave4Beers (3233) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - APR 1, 2014
Pours a dark reddish brown, not too far from black color with a small but well retained head that leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

The aroma is malty, it’s got a nice toasty character, some red apple & some nice caramel. It’s got a touch of booziness to the nose, but never really comes across as a terribly sweet smelling.

The flavor is big on the malt & booze in a similar way to how the aroma is. It’s got a tastiness, some rich caramel, & some lightly tart fruit most particularly red apple. It pulls off the malt forward thing while staying far away from cloying sweetness, which is a charming touch. For a beer of 5.2% alcohol this one really comes across considerably boozier than it is, which is a real pity as it sort of throws off the balance of an otherwise very pleasant beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bbrock81 (304) - Le Mars, Iowa, USA - MAR 25, 2014
12 oz. bottle. Pretty good. Aroma is fairly sweet, very malty, earthy, cereally, and caramel/toffee. Flavor is similar, very malty sweet, caramel again, but a bit of dryness does show up here. Finish is fairly short and again, sweet. Palate is very nice, a very light and fine carbonation that fits with the style. Overall a good beer for the style, even if that style is a bit sweet for my tastes.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerInHeaven (135) - Brillion, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 14, 2014
pours dark brown with a medium tan head. heavy lacing. strong thick aroma of malt and spice. Taste is rich with creamy mouth feel. Some definite coffee tones. Long slightly sweet warming finish. A pretty damn good beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beastiefan2k (2412) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - MAR 7, 2014
12oz bottle poured into an thin Allagash tulip. No date on bottle. Label different than the current picture on this site. Has a small but strong long lasting head, never fully fades. Body is dark brown, cannot see through it. Aroma is strong: earthy yeast notes surrounded by dry and bitter brown malts. Smells as a Scottish should: strong but earthy with just a wee bit of toffee/butterscotch. Flavor blows my mind: the right kind of caramel with a present bitter malt character. Not sugary but sweet caramel that is powerful and absolutely counteracted by a dry, well attenuated flavor and malt bitterness. The bitterness sticks around as the drying aftertaste of earth, bark, and soil mix with a nicely lean body. I can taste the beer for minutes on in after a sip. Just amazingly well made and one of the best Scottish-style ales I have ever had. Filtered beer as I see nothing at the bottom of the bottle. Would love to try a cask version or at least an unfiltered version. Kudos Central Waters, kudos. I will need to pick up a sixer one day soon.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fidelis83 (1932) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - MAR 4, 2014
Dark brown pour with a 1 finger caramel tan head. Aroma is full of toffee and toast, a little butterscotch, toasty, sweet woody notes, light cooked tree fruit and light fruity, floral and spicy hops. Flavor is toast, dark caramel, fallen leafy green wood tannins, toasty wood, toffee and malt sweetness, light nutty notes and a little tartness to the finish. Medium body, syrupy, slightly creamy entry, chewy middle, medium, slightly sharp carbonation and off dry, syrupy and lightly metallic finish. Pretty tasty, a little buttery and sour toward the end of the glass, but I found that an interesting development.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Maverick34 (2220) - New York, USA - MAR 1, 2014
Bottled from decicco dark pour and Scotch malts. Slight hints of vinegar. Pretty decent.


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