lesag002 (5) - - OCT 23, 2015 does not count
The best bourbon ale I've ever had. Granted I haven't had many, but the bourbon overtones in this are clear, and a perfect compliment to the rest of the recipe. Maybe there're using a better barrel source than others, barrels that had really good bourbon in them.
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UPDATED: FEB 4, 2015 A beautiful Scotch with the right combination of malt and raisin, bolstered by a strong bourbon presence on the back of the palate. RRG991981 (9) - Menominee, Michigan, USA - NOV 3, 2016 does not count
Rich malty and sweet, smooth as silk, an exceptional beer. The bourbon barrel aging really brings a caramel flavor forward.
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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. jstraw (1967) - 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.
Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - FEB 18, 2017
Poured into a thistle, the appearance was a dark brown close to black in color with a thin off white foamy head that dissipated at a nice pace. Filmy lace graces the sides nicely.
The aroma takes on big sweet malty cues of caramel, toffee, butterscotch, milk chocolate, smoke, peat, vanilla, dry woodiness all coming together eloquently and so smooth.
The flavor melds all of those previously mentioned aromas in sweet dry fashion leading with the vanilla, wood and peat. Subtle woody to earthy to peaty aftertaste. Herbal/peaty and vanilla to woody sticky finish.
On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a pure peaty stickiness as it should be and without any cloying-ness. Low carbonation with an exceptional herbal/peaty smoothness rolling over my tongue.
Overall, scotch ale, damn straight! Barrel aged, well damn well it is! Perfect for a cold winter’s night in Vermont. zebra (2139) - Illinois, 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. kkleu357 (634) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 18, 2015
On tap at the Brewery. Seems more thick and rich this year. Poured medium dark with a small head. Aroma of sweet caramel and bourbon. Rich malty caramel taste. Good touch of oak and bourbon. Never really enjoyed this one until this glass. spatenfan (61) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 25, 2015
Poured from a 12 oz bottle.
Wow, what w well balanced Scotch ale. Absolutely delicious. fuzzcro (295) - Illinois, USA - AUG 12, 2016
Quite excellent. High ABV is very recognizable but not in an overbearing way. Nice dark coloration pours a beautiful tan head. Carbonation level is acceptable and aroma is fantastic. Smooth drinking even with the high ABV It’s a sipper and a very enjoyable one.