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

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RATINGS: 216   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (11556) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 10, 2003
(WCC2003) Clear copper body with small tan head. Aroma is caramel, malty, peaty. Taste is malty, light caramel, light sweet, peaty, finishing light smoky. Medium body.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 31, 2003
Dark port, with a medium head that does a slow decay into a stable cream ring. Strong nose of whisky, vanilla, and wood; bit too much alcohol there. Wonderful complex flavor, extremely malty and smooth/flat with just some hints off piney hops at the end, butterscotch alcohol vanilla and bark within. Very smooth but long finish. I loved this and it seems seriously underrated to me.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Crit (3350) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 22, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2005 Brown,thick tan head.rich malt/alcohol nose.Bland malt flavor with medium alcohol heat. This was a very old bottle, would like to re rate Re Rate Aug 29/05:Sparkling amber,small fast fading beige head.Malt and alcohol nose.Complex malt flavor. Great body, chewy

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 15, 2003
Malty aroma, very dark in color. Mouthfeel is buttery and bubbly. Not much of a finish, I was expecting a little more of malty sweet finish. Pretty good beer, not notable.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
CapFlu (4538) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 11, 2003
Pours a big head and deep red body. Scent of toffee and roasted malt. Taste of sweet malt and alcohol, but not too much. Very Nice!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bov (9552) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - NOV 4, 2002
red-amber colour, big head, deep licorice and rum aroma, prune, alcohol, very smooth, sweet with a late robust bitterness

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (7860) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 5, 2002
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2005 New 2005 bottling:

The Lure:
Roasted malt decorates baccate fruitiness. Alcohol heat is present but subdued, warming up the peppery berries.

The Festivities:
A full, slick body is nagged by low yet pinching carbonation. Black grape vanilla and fieldberry sweetness gives most of the flavors here, with a low caramel presence for the style. Some roasted malt roams around, but doesn’t play an important role. A very good beer, but too expensive because of the (quite nice) whisky tube packaging. It also needs some polishing before reaching excellence, some more caramel malt depth and more gentle carbonation, amongst other things. This isn’t that different from the older version though, as I came to the exact same points and very similar comments after all these years without checking my notes on it

Transcendence:
Patience is a noble virtue.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SimonPatrice (312) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 11, 2002
Nice mahogany color with a big head. Roasted malt and toffee aroma. A full bodied beer with butterscotch, malt and alcohol flavors. A really nice beer in my book.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 2, 2002
Sweet smelling. Auburn, huge head. Malty flavour, sweet after taste. Great mouthfeel, tongue tingle. Really good.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - MAR 4, 2002
The best of the three McAuslans I had recently, but that miay not be saying much. Aside from some odd cough syrupy notes, its a pleasant enough scotch ale but, well, there are just so many better ones out there!


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