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


on tap

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RATINGS: 229   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24   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.

Britales' rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Britales (56) - Cape Charles, Virginia, USA - MAR 22, 2006
Big beer pours dark, light tan head1 doesn’t strike me as a Barleywine more like a Wee Heavy! Nice aroma, breadiness, plums and prune goin’ on, sweet lingering finish! Very nice surprise!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bail (11) - Staffordshire, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 9, 2015
Bought from Tesco £1.50 a bottle. A lovely dark warming ale with a slight bitter sweet taste. Full of deep rich flavour and 7.3% so not for the faint hearted. One of my favourites.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nihtila (1727) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 16, 2015
Bottle at home. Very dark ruby, white head. Aroma is caramel malts, red berries, bready malts. Flavour is earthy, malty, caramel sweet, dried fruits but unfortunately also boozy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmgreenuk (5804) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - JUN 18, 2015
Bottle from Tesco. Poured a clear dark brown with a frothy white head. The aroma is woody hop, raisins, rich fruit. The flavour is moderate sweet with a big over ripe fruit, woody resin hop, light spice, alcoholic palate. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
princepurple (22) - wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - APR 15, 2015
Scotch Ale? I personally find this rather stout. A deceivingly mellow aroma, and mildly roasted barley. Pours a very dark, stout like colour with a Nice, foamy defining head. In the mouth it is heavy and bitter, mild carbonation, creamy and full bodied. An amazing burst of flavour, Mighty Strong malty, very toasty, burn’t sugar, and espresso coffee. Finishes almost overpowering and a little sickly, but with a good measure of warmth which lasts long.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cokemonkey11 (181) - - FEB 15, 2015
Dark Bottle, Scotland. Pours very dark caramel with a medium head, diminishing slowly. Scent at the bottlecap is distinctly ethanol. Taste is licorice, stout. Palette is average, slightly lingering ethanol. Worth a try!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
SangreSani (203) - Głowienka, POLAND - MAY 17, 2015
Dark copper colored beer with very nice head. Phenolic aroma from the bottle. Slight cardboard. Hints of honey and cookies. Medium bitterness. Quite high sweetness. Great dry aftertaste. Very smooth texture, full body. Very warm of throat.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
chinchill (3000) - South Carolina, USA - APR 19, 2015
500 ml bottle consumed in Fife, Scotland. Looks great, with a clear red-brown body and a durable, light tan head that leaves patterned sticky lacing behind. High ABV is evident in the aroma, taste and feel. The aroma also harbors hints of toffee. Flavor: A tad too bitter in the finish and aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mabuzzer (295) - SCOTLAND - JUN 24, 2015
500ml bottle. Pours a deep ruby red colour with white head. Sweet aroma of dried fruit and alcohol. Toffee, dark fruit flavour. Not bad

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
redders1974 (345) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - FEB 19, 2015
Earthy aroma pours golden drown nice head that dissapears quickly tastes sweet and treacley a very nice strongush ale one for a winter night very warming and satisfying. I’m think they used to brew this slightly stronger and it was nice but benefits from the slight reduction in abv.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
The_Osprey (3241) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2015
500ml bottle, 7.3%, BB Oct 2015. Very dark ruby red, clear, lightly sparkling, decent foamy cream head, light lacing. Aroma is red berry, toffee, a little musty and gluey. Body is medium, foamy, low-ish carbonation. Taste is toffee, paper, resinous, fairly alcoholic, sharp and a bit drying. Unbalanced, but drinkable, fine.

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