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


on tap

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RATINGS: 251   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24/5   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.

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 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beeard (4) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAY 6, 2016 does not count
A powerful beer, it’s boozy, malty and hoppy and will knock your socks off. I absolutely love it, can’t get enough of its spicy, dark flavours.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
melush (2421) - SPAIN - APR 9, 2016
Bottle 50cl / Botella 50cl. @ El Corte Ingles, Sevilla, España. A: Dark brown / Marron oscuro. T/S: Malt, sweet, alcohol / Malta, dulce, alcohol.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
CofradiaMCarlosV (26) - SPAIN - APR 4, 2016
This beer has a smoky aroma, and it’s well crafted. However, it was not the taste we were expecting.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jamaty (1749) - Madrid, SPAIN - MAR 20, 2016
Marrón caoba, clara. No mucha espuma. Aroma tostado, madera. En boca tono licórico, malteada, miel, madera.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ndburns (68) - Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 14, 2016
500ml bottle from Asda. Pours dark brown with cream coloured foamy head. Strong malt and caramel, sweet with a balancing dryness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LazyPyro (366) - Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 8, 2016
500ml bottle. Pours a dark brown with a decent fluffy off-white head, reducing slowly, lots of lacing. Rich malty aroma and flavour, caramel, fruity, sweet. You notice the higher ABV but it’s nicely balanced. Very smooth. Didn’t think I’d like this but thought it was very nice.

Just to note... Still brewed and bottled in Edinburgh according to the label. From what I’ve read it seems the bottled version of McEwan’s Scotch Ale was the one that moved to Bedford, not this one, Ratebeer seems to think otherwise.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
dirtydan_uk1 (1) - Gateshead, Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - MAR 7, 2016 does not count
Best Beer I;ve tasted since they ruined Newcastle Brown Ale by making it too weak. Beautiful

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
BeerNinjaUK (163) - Wiltshire, ENGLAND - MAR 6, 2016
Bottle from Co-op. Pours deep brown with watery beige head. Aroma malty biscuits. Taste very strong with alcohol, heavy maltiness. Bit overpowering for bottle this size, but decent enough.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
LED40 (94) - 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 (149) - 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.

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