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Brewed by McAuslan Brewing
Style: Scotch Ale
Montreal, Canada
Serve in Thistle

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RATINGS: 215   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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McAuslan Scotch Ale is dark ruby red with a tawny head– sweet and malty, with hints of vanilla and butterscotch, and a long hop finish. With 7.2% alcohol, it is the ideal beer to fend off winter chills, but its full flavour makes it a favourite all year round.

After a few years off the market, this scotch ale was reinstated in the McAuslan lineup in late 2005.


2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Goldorak (439) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 21, 2006
Tiny columns of bubbles rising slowly through a sherry-like red ale. The head died off almost instantly and barely left any lace at all, even after considersble swirling.
Boozy nose, but with a strange atringency that reminded me of those first batches of homebrew kits I made. The vapors were some kind of weird fusel alcohol, not unlike acetonitrile.
Felt a little too tingly on my tongue, it had a bit of peated malt flavor but felt mostly oxidized. Yet another bad bottle? The two other previous times I’ve sampled this were worse than this, but still the alcoholic vapors would just hand around my throat and simply would not go down well.

This really sucks, because I’m usually a big fan of this brewery, and the old version of this Beer was probably the best example of the style I’ve ever had.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (9427) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 14, 2006
Bottle from Dumdum’s cave, 1999, tasted 28/01/05 at Institut Scotch Ale tasting. Red copper ale with barely any head. Sweet malt and cherry notes, with sherry notes and roasted chocolate. Sweet malt and wine taste, with leather notes, pungeant and complex. Alcohol warmth present dropping quickly. Rich and warm with a quick finnish. 8-3-8-4-15
2001 bottle. Orange brown ale with a good off white head. Vinous aroma with more burned sugar and some barnyard. Thinner than 1999, yet interesting. Scotch malt in mouth, with peaty notes. 8-3-7-3-14

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pootzboy (1572) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 11, 2006
bottle, 2005 edition: pour put a wonderful cola colored ale with ruby highlights in my leffe goblet. Nice 1 finger tight beige cap that goes to a ring quickly...not much lace on the glass. Aromas of caramelized malts light grassyness and a hint of smoke. Medium body, soapy mouth feel. Malts up front with some sweet toffee mingling with a prune cider and molasses...then a deep mustiness ensues and the hops break out in the middle giving the palate a figs and grass decernment...finishes wet and sweet with a kiss of licorice. A nice brew...age may improve it but it’s fairly smooth now.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boutip (4490) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 3, 2006
Bottle: Poured a clear dark brown color ale with a big head with limited retention. Aroma with hints of smoke and sweet malt. Taste is lighter then expected with some sweet malt and a light bitter finish. Body is defiantly too thin for the style and IMHO carbonation is too high for the style. Quite deceiving and not even close to my recollection of the original beer that was brewed years ago.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Eructoblaster (2851) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 29, 2005
Bottle. Dark brown body with good carbonation and a decent beige frothy head. Strong and very enjoyable caramel aroma with brown sugar, fruity, malty and hoppy notes. We can feel the presence of alcohol. Taste is hoppier that the aroma is. Unlike many average Scotch Ales, that one is not oversweetened. It ends with a well balanced bitter and warming finish. Pretty good! Thanks to PrimeMinister.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 28, 2005
2005 bottle. Clear brown color with a medium creamy beige head. Aroma of caramel and earthy malt. The flavor has the same elements, caramel and earthy malt and finishes bitter. The body has a light to medium thickness with a dry mouthfeel and soft carbonation. I don’t remember the previous version of the scotch ale but this one is good.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 20, 2005
Brassin 2005. Robe brune très claire aux reflets caramels surmontée d’une timide mousse blanche. Arômes de caramel, de malt torréfié et de boisé. Saveurs de caramel vanillé, de malt, de boisé et d’alcool.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rsans (125) - Pont-Rouge, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 20, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2007 (Bottle 341ml in a tube) . Although it says “best before mo 15 08:31qc” on the label this is the actual bottling date = Dec 01-2005 at 8:31 Beautiful red-amber colour and a small fast fading beige head. Malt and a strong rum alcohol nose which prevents me from smelling the vanilla. Faint caramel and possibly some liquorice presence and some ginger !!! Quite a tingle on the tongue. Like someone else mentioned I would like to see more caramel malt depth for a better balance achievement. Rather expensive at $6.99 can. Will re-rate again after my other bottles have aged a few months. 2007-05-13 Original rating 3.1 After aging for 16 months and tasting 4 differents bottles I must admit that I felt in love with this beer.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Siroy (220) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 9, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2005 [Bottle in a tube, 341ml, 14c, fresh, Best before M015 8:40 QC (?!)
** This is the reissue.

The beer has a nice deep mahogany color. Head builds up nice, with usual medium size bubble but it disappears quite quickly. Green apple + alcohol + toffee to the nose. I read on the back of the bottle that there is vanilla.. cool but I cant smell it since my nose is overwhelmed by the alcohol! No hop, which is consistent with the style. Taste is just fine. To the mouth, there is a very nice and warm alcohol feeling. Malt/Cereal attacks in the beginning, then leaves place to the real caramel stuff. Long soft bitter finish. It’s a nice beer, but it doesn’t worth the 7USD they want for it.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GonZoBeeR (2820) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 8, 2005
Aroma:sugar,caramel,alcohol... Appearance:redish- head... Flavor:caramel,a lot of alcohol flavor.......


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