highlandlad (1434) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - FEB 27, 2005
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thin-bodied malty Scottish session ale. Poured the colour of toffee with a skinny head. The classic Scottish nose has plenty of toasted malt and nuts. The light body seems insubstantial for the abv and style. Sweet malt is the dominant flavour, with some raisins in the middle. Echoes of some of the sweeter light English stouts. A good quaffer but a little skinny. (Bottle)
Commodore (112) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 30, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
First time I had a half pint in Edinburgh..it was like dirty water. Then I had a pint in Glasgow..super-duper! It still had a watery palate, but the malts finally came through. I’d drink again, but not number one on my list.
jerohen (2067) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - AUG 23, 2004
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
This was like the quadrillionth bitter a had in the few weeks i was in the UK. And i’m not even a big fan of the style... The things a ratebeerian does to boost his ratings... Anyway, smooth and malty for a bitter, but i nevertheless think i prefer the 70 shilling.
caesar (5794) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - AUG 19, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear dark orange color, short creamy lasting head. Smooth, creamy and soft caramel malty bitter.
Boystout (1000) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - AUG 16, 2004
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Not the beer to dine and die for. Lovely amber colour, medium head, neutral malty aroma, not much character in the palate. Not bitter at all.
Earlier Rating: 1/5/2004 Total Score: 2.8
Slightly muddy brown with classic creamy head. The taste reminds English PDC bitters but without their bitterness: sweet soft maltiness only.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 22, 2004
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Glenalbyn, Inverness. Nutty. Caramel. Malt. MUCH better over the 70. Slightly heavy.
bierkoning (11111) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - AUG 31, 2003
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2004 Tap. Slight malty aroma. Light amber color. The barmaid has some trouble pouring this beer. Rather sweet and sticky with some mango fruit. Only very slight bitter aftertaste. A bit bland and fizzy with a somewhat watery aftertaste.
badgerben (4610) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - AUG 22, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Glenalbyn, Inverness. Typical aroma from a scottish ale, nutty with a bit of caramel. Heavy on the malt taste. A good heavy.
Voivod (304) - Como, ITALY - JUL 29, 2003
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Copper colour, no head to talk about. Caramel and nuts in the aroma. The flavour is smooth and malty with traces of caramel liquorice, with a smoked finish. A nice Scottish Ale.
alimcb (23) - ENGLAND - JUL 11, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
I can't comment on the bottled variety, but a few pints on draught in Edinburgh were enough to convice me that this is one of the best heavies available on draught in Scottish pubs. Pints of draught McEwan's 80/- are a quick and pleasant way to get drunk. On a calmer drinking session, this 80/- deserves a certain respect because frankly it's about the best pint you'll get in Scotland. Don't let the fact it's gas-powered rather than hand-pumped put you off. It's like Caffrey's Irish ale, but with an injection of depth, life and soul. I love McEwans 80 on draught!