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


on tap

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RATINGS: 196   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 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Cantabrian (762) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 3, 2013
The poor presentation probably tells me what to expect. And it tells me well!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
ALLOVATE (2281) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 19, 2013
Burnished copper in the pint with a few adhesive, soda-like bubbles and a lapsing, sudsy off-white head. Caramel and burnt sugar, roasted peanuts, Marmite, sweaty sock and kelp on the nose. Rather flaccid, soapy in feel and watery yet instantly heavy in the stomach. Burnt sugar, burnt toast, peanut skins, overbrewed tea giving a light astringency. Such a light floral note it might well not be there at all. Don’t feel like finishing this one. As bad now as it was 7 years ago. (50cL bottle, BB 12/06/13, Liquor Baron’s Ocean Reef)

Draught, swan-neck @ the Station, Whitley Bay, Tyne and Wear, Aug’ 2006.
Bright copper, no carbonation and a tight pad of beige atop that was lasting. Aroma of caramel, roasted nuts, wood, butter. Sickly, filmy mouthfeel with dominant burnt toast and peanut skin flavour before a woody finish that dies off quickly. Caramel here as well; hops non-existent. Pass me a decent bitter, I’m done with this one!!

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
dEnk (3484) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - APR 12, 2013
Can @ jim is john tasting. Aroma is murky malt, some spice. Flavour is light bitter, herbs and some metal. Meh.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jmgreenuk (3578) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 12, 2013
Bottle at the John=Jim Den Haag tasting, Den Haag. Poured a clear dark chestnut brown colour with a bubbly off white head. The aroma is big malt leading to a medium bitter, malty taste. The aftertaste isn’t good.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Benzai (6432) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - APR 12, 2013
Can shared by Vaiz @ Jim is John tasting. Clear rusty orange color, small good lacing white head. Aroma is bad: malts and lots of butter. Taste malts and buttery. Slightly bitter but no, I really don’t like it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Vaiz (3148) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - APR 12, 2013
Can @ ABC Beers Jim=John tasting. Clear amber pour, thin white head. Aroma is buttery, English hops, malts and creamy. Flavor is sweaty murky, buttery creamy very English bitter.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
kermis (4289) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 12, 2013
Can shared from Vaiz. Pours clear amber with a small off white head. Aroma of caramel, malt, fruit and metal. Flavour is light moderate sweet and bitter. Light bodied with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
deanso (4677) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 12, 2013
50cl can shared courtesy of Vaiz. Thick creamy white head. Clear amber pour. Not much flavour. Malty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
ralphdot (973) - Billingham, Durham, ENGLAND - APR 1, 2013
4.5%, amber colour with a good head, fruity aroma and a slightly sweet fruity malt taste, at one time, in my younger days, this was the only caned beer I would drink (I would usually only drink draught beer) but now I am a grownup, sometimes.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Shaney (2429) - Köln / Cologne, GERMANY - MAR 30, 2013
Dunkelbraun mit minimaler Schaumkrone. Popcorn artige Süße im Aroma. Dünner Antrunk. Ein fast neutrales Geschmackserlebnis - kaum süß, kaum bitter, nicht gut.

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