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


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RATINGS: 225   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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
lowg (148) - Scarborough, Ontario, - FEB 15, 2013
Bottle from last year, think its still good. Nice earthy woodsy aroma; beautiful deep copper colour & rich robust flavour. Yeah, I think its still good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Frothmeister (596) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 29, 2014
341ml bottle. Pours a clear dark garnet with a thin mocha head that diminishes quickly. On the nose, dark dried fruits take the spotlight with an odd minimal smell of artificial grape flavouring, and some domestic-like notes. As for taste, burnt sugar out of the gates with raisin, toffee, and light earthy notes that lead into lightly fruity burnt sugar meets molasses like notes with some citrus peel in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beardbeerman (138) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 28, 2014
341ml bottle (last bottle at the restaurant) served in its own custom tulip glass around 6 degrees: Pours a clear dark cherry wood with fiery ruby highlights topped by a finger of tanned foam. Lacing is rough and retention is low since the head shrinks to form a thick ring around the rim of the glass. The nose has a strong coffee attack decomposable into roasted malts, caramel (wee burnt), a touch of vanilla and a sting from the hops. The taste is very interesting with a sweet malty attack quickly expanding to huge hops delivering a great bitterness. This lets loose nice notes of espresso and leading the way to medium hoppy/vapory finish. Mouthfeel is clear, a bit oily but the ale is undoubtly robust and full-bodied. Overall this is a good scotch ale with a good bitter backbone. It could be mistaken for a mild Imperial Russian Stout but its a great winter ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Whatup14 (827) - Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 28, 2014
En fût. Couleur acajou foncée trouble, mousse beige crémeuse laissant une belle dentelle. Arôme de caramel, malt caramélisé, raisin, touche d’alcool. Goût de malt caramélisé, caramel, sucre d’érable, légère amertume. Carbonatation moyenne, corps moyen.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
plaugher (212) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - NOV 16, 2014
330ml into a tumbler. Pours a deep ruby-red with minimal head. Malty nose with a bit of vanilla, butterscotch, and light smokiness. A bit tart, with a little caramel; a bit boozy. Medium bodied. Warming.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrewGoblin (494) - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - NOV 15, 2014
A beautiful beer, a dusky rusty colour with a creamy light tan head. Sweet notes of caramel, raisin pudding, vanilla and toasty malts get on gregariously with subtle hints of leather, smoke and an earthy bitterness. Bittersweetness veering towards the sweeter side of things, this Scotsman has a lightly oily medium body with soft carbonation. Very tasty stuff here, dangerous too since you can’t taste the booze and it is rather mighty. Great stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HippyHop (298) - Quebec, CANADA - NOV 14, 2014
This is top notch stuff. Pour is reddish brown with a bit of tan cap. Nose is roasted nuts and grain, butterscotch, vanilla and some nice booziness. Taste follows almost to a T, though it’s surprisingly light and not overly sweet (can’t decide if that’s a complaint or not). There’s also that familiar St ambroise spiciness that seems to show up in all their beers. Overall this is good stuff

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ngejo (380) - Jakarta, INDONESIA - NOV 14, 2014
Bottle. Clear, amber, frothy, tan foam, medium bitterness, light sweetness, medium body, oily feel, soft carbonation, & abrupt finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shark_Pants (301) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 12, 2014
Deep red pour with nice big fluffy tan head. Definitely butterscotch in the sweet aroma, with some dried fruits, vanilla and booze. The butterscotch definitely follows through in the taste, along with cherries and vanilla. Some grassy hops and peppery finish help balance out what would otherwise be a quite cloying taste. Some aspects remind me more of a good quadrupel or belgian strong dark ale. Medium bodied. Enjoyable after dinner beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
remice2 (151) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 5, 2014
Très bonne scotch ale de St Ambroise. Arômes de caramel,légère vanille,noix,quelques traces de fumé sucré.En bouche pétillement moyen,Très goûteuse,quelque herbes fraiches,caramel,boisé un petit peut,grains frais , final sucré, bien malté.Crémeuse un petit peut.C’est bien

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fhoublon (316) - Lachine, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 29, 2014
Dégustée (bouteille) le 8 juin 2012 au Mondial de la Bière 2012 à Montréal (D11C3K?). Bière noire opaque. Col beige crémeux, mince et persistant. Odeur de café. Douce, assez sucrée, assez amère. Goûte un peu l’herbe chauffée, le grain de maïs chauffé.

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