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


on tap

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RATINGS: 222   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
CapFlu (4616) - 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bov (9799) - 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (8135) - 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

Patience is a noble virtue.

   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.

   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.

   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!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gooner (136) - Chatham, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 23, 2001
This is an excellent Scotch Ale. Very similar to Neustadt Scotch Ale. A bit stronger in the alcohol department, and a bit sweeter compared to the Neustadt. I enjoyed this a lot. I will buy it again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiulijn (15310) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 13, 2001
Cloudy dark amber ale, creamy head. Nice malt aroma, strong malt flavour, like a barley wine, full bodied. Good final.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rutzicka (102) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 22, 2001
It has a beautiful red-brown colour with a superb creamy head. The aroma is rather discreet, slightly fruity and a little bit medicine-like. The taste is slightly sweet, not unpleasant but a little bit flat. The finish is quite short and frustrating.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 12, 2001
Too sweet. Overall not a great scotch ale.

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