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McEwan’s Champion

Brewed by Wells & Youngs
Style: Scotch Ale
Bedford, England
Serve in Thistle


on tap

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RATINGS: 204   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
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Available filtered in 500ml bottles.
Used to be known as No 1; then in 1997 it was re-named No 1 Champion Ale after winning a Tesco bottled beer competition; renamed in 2004 to Champion.
Production moved from Fountain to John Smiths in Dec 2004. Also see Gordon Highland Scotch.
Production moved to Bedford in late 2011 following the acquisition of the McEwan’s and Younger’s brands by Wells & Youngs from Heineken.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jacekziegler (16) - Plymouth, Devon, ENGLAND - APR 13, 2014
Fruity, malty aroma. Noticeable alcohol. Not an easy drinker due to alcohol apparent in the taste as well. Medium to full body.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mjp12 (154) - York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 10, 2014
Roasted malt of scotch ales, which I’m not really a fan of. Sweet taste, and thick mouthfeel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
edsspoon (141) - Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - APR 10, 2014
Dark copper with a light brown head, bit of thin lacing. Aroma of fruit, roasted malt, molasses with hints of vanilla and alcohol. Taste of dark fruit, brown sugar, caramel, roasted malt with nice bitterness. Very sweet. Very nice beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mr_Pink_152 (274) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - MAR 13, 2014
500ml bottle from coop supermarket. A Scotish branded Scotch Ale from Bedford, which is very much in England. Colour is dark brown with a small head. Aroma has sweet malts. With a fruit, malty and a very sweet taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beeebon (139) - Cornwall, ENGLAND - FEB 4, 2014
A fine ale! Strong and with rich flavours of rich malt, fruit, oak and alcohol. I’ve had lots of this over the years and I always come back for more :)

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sdmmb (501) - USA - JAN 29, 2014
Drunk from 50 cl bottle. Dark, strong scotch ale. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ABT_S54 (92) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 25, 2014
50cl bottle in a pint glass. Pours a thinnish dark brown liquid with little head but quite lively carbonation. Flavours are typical Scottish ale with fruits and yeast leading to a fairly bitter finish. Seems to vary quite a bit from batch to batch. A reasonable example.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jamestulloch (1051) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 11, 2014
Bottle from Asda. Hazy mahogany body with a thick off-white head that holds well. Lively carbonation. Excellent lacing. Aroma of toffee and wood. Nutty flavour with toffee apple, raisin and prune. Medium body with an oily texture. Almost flat carbonation. A fine Scotch Ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
s_hartshorne (625) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 9, 2014
Bottle asda. Clear ruby brown colour good beige head with great lacing. Aroma is berries, raisins, malts and alcohol. Taste is sweet red fruits, raisins a good amount of hops and great malts nice bitter finish. Good body smooth feel and just the right amount of carbonation. I really like this definatley a champion!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beersiveknown (2473) - NORTHERN IRELAND - DEC 31, 2013
had this last year bu just found my notes!
Bottle at home from asda
Darkest ruby brown, big fluffy brown tinged head, toffee apples, banoffee, burnt toast, stewed plums nose. very soft mouthfeel, sweet, heavy malt, alcohol kick, slight carbonic bite on side of tongue. As with all scotch ales...maltled.

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