Brewed by McAuslan Brewing (Brasseurs RJ)
Style: Scotch Ale
Montreal, Canada
Serve in Thistle


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RATINGS: 231   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Eructoblaster (3479) - 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 (3488) - 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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GonZoBeeR (2987) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 8, 2005
Aroma:sugar,caramel,alcohol... Appearance:redish- head... Flavor:caramel,a lot of alcohol flavor.......

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Paskal (146) - La Prairie, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 7, 2005
Bouteille-Brune aux reflets de rousse, odeur très sucré de caramel. Mousse jaunâtre dissipante. Goût très marqué de caramel, butterscotch et de malte.--Bottle-A brown ale with red reflections. Sweet smell of caramel. Fast dissiping yellowish foam. Strong taste of caramel, butterscotch and malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 17, 2004
Dark brown with a nice ruby colouring as well and very thin white head. Very rich malty aroma, caramel, butterscotch, brown sugar, nuttiness and some dark currants as well. Flavour is similar and quite tasty. Malty sweetness, caramel, nuttiness, and a bit of licorice followed by a kiss of hop bitterness to round it off.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 13, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2006 Original Rating refers to the original version (7-3-8-2-15=3.5): Caramel malt aroma with a whiff of peat smoke. Dark brown body with thin, white, fully-diminishing head. Sweet malty flavour, a touch of peat and a hint of alcohol. Decent bitterness in the finish. Body perhaps a bit light for style and mouthfeel slightly sticky. A well-done example of the style. It’s a shame it was never more widely available. Bottle.
Rerate (7-2-8-4-16=3.7): Cherry and bubblegum esters are notable in the malty sweet aroma. Clear mahogany brown coloured body is topped by a low, fine bubbled, tan head that recedes rapidly to ring. Sweet round, brown malt flavour has notes of chocolate, cherries, marzipan. Some pleasant crunchy, bready base malt is apparent. Sweetness is never cloying but is longlasting. Medium body with very lively effervescence that engages the tongue and leaves it feeling fresh in the mouth despite the residual sweetness. Mild alcohol warming. Tulip glass. Just a bove fridge temperature. Bottle (BB M015 08:46 QC?, Rahman, Dec-05).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rastacouere (6162) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 26, 2004
Dark brown hue with a small head. This is probably 2 years old or so though so I didn't expect much head. Aroma is fairly typical to the style. Quite sweet full on the malt, caramelic with vanilla undertones and good earthy peat notes. More of the same in mouth with a restrained alcohol feel. A rounder body would make it a top example, but as it stands now, it's just a pleasant and well-made beer. Still in decent shape and just a slight hint of acidity indicates this is certainly not going to improve anymore. RIP.

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