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McEwan’s Champion

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


on tap

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RATINGS: 243   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25/5   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
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 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
LED40 (91) - SCOTLAND - JAN 15, 2016
500 ml bottle. Pours dark brown with a thin white head and a faint biscuit like aroma. The taste is malt forward with caramel and apricot most noticeable. The body is thick and rich with a pleasant after taste where you can taste the high abv. Overall, I’ve had this a few times and would continue to buy but it is quite heavy going.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
scottm2588 (95) - Dumbarton, SCOTLAND - JAN 9, 2016
Bottle at home after a satisfying Dumbarton victory in freezing conditions. Pours dark brown with a small off-white head. Aroma is boozy and malty with not much else going on. Taste is sweet liquorice, dark malts, boozy with a slightly dry finish. Not my preferred style but this was a bit better than I expected.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Finn (5563) - Tromsø, NORWAY - DEC 5, 2015
Flaske 500 ml på rom 426 Premier Inn Croydon Town Center 27 Nov 11. Mørkebrun. Bra maltaroma. Filmskum med litt farge. Smaken lett syrlig malt. Blir litt tungdrikkelig. Alkoholen skinner gjennom.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ArtificialCyst (220) - Szczecin, POLAND - DEC 2, 2015
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2015 Bottle thanks to Beersiveknown, cheers! Aroma: Caramel, barley and wheat malts, nuts, medium intensive, light alcohol, banana, green apple. Appearance: Creamy high head, deep brown color. Taste: Caramel, light alcohol, a lot of toast, nuts, light esters, bread, medium-light herbal bitterness getting stronger with time, some perfumy notes. Palate: fiinish is sweet, carbonation is low to medium, body is full.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fombe89 (1392) - Asturias, SPAIN - NOV 30, 2015
Botella, Regalo. 29/11/2015 Color marron, sabor maltoso, caramelo cuerpo medio.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hatzer (67) - Nuneaton, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - NOV 24, 2015
Deep brown tarry colour but like varnish not bad head strong flavour ok i guess but not a favourite

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Halfling_4132 (41) - Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 21, 2015
Aromas- walnut and banana bread, Appearance- deep toffee, cream foam, Taste- yeasty, alcohol, and malt, Overall- strong

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
lokis333 (218) - Biržai, LITHUANIA - OCT 21, 2015
Clear chestnut color with offwhite foam. Aroma of malt, banana, wheat and aged beer? Like suttle alcohol aroma and heavy? Palete, very smooth and dense, thick and heavy with long lasting finish. Tastes of malt, yeast and alcohol mainly. Overall interesting one, has nice full taste to it, does taste quite strong though but definatly worth a try.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dutchbeerpages (2012) - Wilnis, NETHERLANDS - OCT 4, 2015
Caramal and nuts. Interesting flavor. English palate, deceptively high percentage. Gift from uckelman

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
sarauckelman (327) - Durham, Durham, ENGLAND - AUG 22, 2015
Dark amber with moderate head. Not much aroma. Flavor is malty with a bit of crystal sugar, tapering to a moderately bitter finish. It would be better if the sweetness/heaviness didn’t clash with the bitterness so much.

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