Brewed by Charles Wells
Style: Bitter
Bedford, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 214   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.53   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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Available filtered and pasteurised in keg, can & bottle.
Originally brewed by McEwan’s at the Fountain brewery in Edinburgh. Production moved from Fountain to the Caledonian Brewery in 2004. The McEwan’s brand passed to Heineken in 2008 after their purchase of Scottish & Newcastle’s British operations. Heineken sold the brand to Wells & Youngs in 2011. Packaged (bottle & can) McEwan’s beers are produced at Wells & Youngs brewery in Bedford.
Amber colour with a notably thick head. A sweet, spicy aroma with a hoppy finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Eructoblaster (3143) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 15, 2005
On tap at Highlander Pub, Ottawa. Dark copper body with light carbonation and thin off-white creamy head. Light malty aroma that lacks complexity. Fair malty/hoppy taste with light bready and roasty notes. Ends with a decent bitter finish.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
yngwie (14338) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 11, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2007 Can. Distinct metal aroma. Copper colour with beige head. A slightly burned maltyness in flavor, but both flavor and finish is dominated by metal. Light bitterness in the end. (051011)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nekronos (3658) - Xalapa, MEXICO - SEP 29, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2006 Am little, aromaless too, but the taste is a little spiciy and sweet at the same time. I like it, but the foam was not that yumi.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
scotty (1064) - SCOTLAND - AUG 23, 2005
Haven’t tasted this for YEARS! Still a run of the mill malty/grainy beer, I suppose I’ve had worse, but that’s not much of a recommendation, is it? Probably be years before I taste this again.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 14, 2005
far better than expected actually, thopugh a stupidly big head on it. aroma is not to bad for a canned ale though im not sure what it smelled of. taste is a bit sweet but is an easy drink.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
HenrikSoegaard (10980) - Randers, DENMARK - JUL 12, 2005
Golden brown colour, head mostly lasting, a bit metallic in taste, not a particually good beer.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
highlandlad (1424) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - MAY 19, 2005
(Can) Ah, the famous red tin. Back in the 1980s, if you were offered a beer in a Scottish house, chances were the choice would be this or Tennants Lager. And in the remote Shetland Islands north of Scotland, they served cans of this in bars in place of draught beer. Thankfully, the local beer scene has improved considerably since then. Can’t say the same for the beer... It pours a handsome bronze colour with a tall pillowy head. Good head retention and lashings of lace. However, the aroma is metallic and off-putting. There’s some malt in there somewhere but it’s obscured by wet cardboard and tin. Nicely carbonated - smooth mouthfeel. Medium-bodied but desperately thin in flavour. Generally sweet and malty but with a harsh metallic finish. Bizarrely, the can features the words, "To copy it is forgery". Er, I wouldn’t worry too much about that, lads...

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 12, 2005
Amber color with some mustiness and slightly metallic. very bland and off putting. some lite malt notes with a touch of oxidation.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
GarethYoung (1109) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - MAR 8, 2005
head lasted too long, it doesnt smell of much to begin with, but you have to spatula the head away or you wont get anything at all, a little sweet , melted sugar. little on the thin side and leaves a slightly nasty tingle on the tongue. Not something i would want to buy , but if you get it free from your parents like i did , take it to a party, its easy to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Reid (1968) - Salem, Oregon, USA - MAR 4, 2005
Served in a pint glass at the Commercial Hotel, Dufftown, Scotland. A quite handsome beer from the tap.Clear chesnut brown with a nice frothy white head. Copious laceing left down the edges of the glass as it is drained. Very malty aroma so typical of Scottish beers. The tase is pleasing, well balanced of course the sweetness of the malts dominate but there are obvious signs of hops too near the end of the mouthful.Also a soft nuttiness, reminiscent of a brown ale. Pretty good on the palate, though on the thin side. A most drinkable session ale, fresh from the tap..I think this beer is underrated.

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