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


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RATINGS: 233   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 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiggmtl (4544) - 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 (6166) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kåstå (1273) - Mol, BELGIUM - SEP 26, 2003
Amber coloured with a small head. The taste is sweet, malt and alcohol. A good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Radek Kliber (6937) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - AUG 24, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2011 Bottle 341 ml as S Ambroise Aroma: sweet caramel, alcohol with alcoholic woody overtones. Solid. Appearance: Bohemian garnet with medium dark beige top. 4- Body , Flavour , Palate and Final Notes: full bodied. Strong malty bready character. rather flat in mid , more bready malts than Scotch in character. I can hide that I felt somewhat letdown by this brew. Its decent but not very to style.... try Founders instead for example.
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Mostly malty aroma. Medium brown look, small white head. Malty , bready flavours . Not bad but nothing special either.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 20, 2003
Rich amber. Light tan head. Malty (caramel) aroma w/ light smoke. Medium, syrupy feel. Sweet, malty flavour of caramel, licorice, smoke (peat) & alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 19, 2003
deep reddish brown. strong maple, malt and slightly woddy aroma. marshmallowy sweetness with some brown sugar, slight smoke and alcohol. finishes malty sweet with a little roasty bitterness. very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 10, 2003
Deep amber in colour. Aroma of caramel, malt, alcohol. Flavour is creamy, alcohol, sweet, malty. Finishes smooth, slightly sweet, slight hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (12858) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
muzzlehatch (4420) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Crit (3738) - 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

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