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


on tap

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RATINGS: 228   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   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.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sammy (9197) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 7, 2006
Nice head w/soap bubbles..not much aroma bleachy..alcholicy and Dark color. Well carbonated, Full mouthfeel Enoz salts. Marginally harsh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
turg (156) - Quebec, CANADA - JAN 30, 2006
Bottle 341ml. Appearance: Dark brown color with a beige small head. Aroma: sweet malt . Flavor: malt, sweet caramel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
destroye7 (312) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 22, 2006
341 ml bottle. Fruit aroma (light). Good carbonation. Excellent scotch ale taste (not light but not strong also). I usually don’t like scotch ale but this one I recommend. I bit expensive but worth it once in a while !!

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (10700) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pootzboy (1609) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boutip (4995) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Eructoblaster (3216) - 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.

   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.

   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.

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