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

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RATINGS: 212   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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

3.6
   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!!


2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
McTapps (3879) - Ruhrcity, North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - AUG 6, 2014
Bottle bought at the local Tesco in Eastbourne. Pours out in a hazy amber-brown colour with low ehad and medium body. Aroma of barley and torf with some peaty hints. Taste of light malt, barley, wheat, raisins, torf, mild hops and light whiskey. Easy drinkable but got better the more temperature and air it got.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MichaelAwesome (3871) - Wanne-Eickel, North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - AUG 6, 2014
Bottle from Tesco, Eastbourne shared with McTapps. Pouring in clear brown with medium head. Nose of malt, barley, some nuts and leaves. Easily drinkable with some ripe fruits and and nuts in the dominance. Surprising bitter end. Quality piwo with a high abv which you will taste.

1.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
christhoel (46) - chesterfield, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - AUG 1, 2014
roasty, kind of cinnamon warmth to it maybe better in winter than on hot days .brown, clear, tan foam, medium bitterness, medium sweetness, full body, thick feel, average carbonation, astringent, i see quite a lot of people have enjoyed this but not my kind of thing sorry if i offend

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ambrosemac (7) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 27, 2014 does not count
Good, solid, reliable beer. Plenty of malty flavour, but not as ’thick’ flavoured as some dark/stout beers. A regular in my ale cupboard..

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
olsvammel (3027) - Örebro, SWEDEN - JUL 18, 2014
Bottle from Millets Farm Store. Chocolate and dried fruit on the nose. Similar taste. Light body. Almost like a barley wine.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cybion (60) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - JUL 1, 2014
Bottle, 500 ml. Pours clear golden brown with a fair amount of thick tan head. Aroma of caramel malts dominates, with some vanilla, citrus and something like blackcurrent also present. Aroma is quite weak in general though. Very fruity taste, with the blackcurrent notes becoming more prominent along with dabs of strawberry, raspberry and a bit more citrus. Quite a syrupy nature to the taste as well, with some honey and perhaps spices on the top. Smooth and oily texture though perhaps a little over-carbonated. Still, highly recommended for those into sweeter beers.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Holmen2 (781) - NORWAY - MAY 18, 2014
Dark amber. Persistent off-white head and lacing. Soft aroma of caramel and plum jam. Similar taste, also with dried fruits. Full mouthfeel.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrJamesMcEwan (35) - SCOTLAND - MAY 4, 2014
Bottle. Pours very dark ruby brown, with a very thick tan head that settles thin & holds. Full bodied, high carbonation. Aroma is good, of malts, toast, wood, berries, apples. Taste is rich, very sweet, fruity, nutty, toffee & apple. Mouthfeel, soft but spoiled very slightly by high carbonation. Finish is smooth and bitter. Best of McEwan range.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jacekziegler (23) - 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.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mjp12 (310) - 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.


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