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McEwan’s Scotch Ale

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


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RATINGS: 978   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Deep brown colour. A chocolate and caramel body with a lingering sweet finish.
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
martjoobolut (2921) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - AUG 16, 2016
Bottle (from tallinna kaubamaja). Pours dark ruby-brown. Aroma is sweet, malt, caramel. Flavor is sweet and malt, caramel, slightly bitter, some metallic notes. Finish is caramel bitter. Alcohol is well covered, drinkability is good. Overall: good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mmather (175) - Colorado, USA - AUG 11, 2016
Thick brown and smooth. Easily drinkable. Aroma of plums and caramel. Easily reminiscent of the original I had years ago. A classic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lotsalaughs (157) - Alberta, CANADA - AUG 11, 2016
Dark brown pour with beige head. Caramel/cocoa/roasted malt aromas. Bitter sweet with a hint of alcohol heat. Creamy mouthfeel with lingering bitter sweet aftertaste. Maybe a slight hint of diacytal giving a buttery impression. Really liked this beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Iznogud (2397) - CROATIA - JUL 27, 2016
Bottle, 330 ml courtesy of Miro B. shared with him and JFK10000. Pours dark brown, beige head. Roasted malts, some fruity notes, spices, caramel. Sweet. some bitterness in finish. Light to medium bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brettsky06 (150) - Manitoba, CANADA - JUL 25, 2016
Pours a very dark brown with some beige head. Toffee in the aroma, taste has some caramel and chocolate. Long lasting finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Marduk (6165) - Reval, ESTONIA - JUN 29, 2016
330ml bottle (thanks Vambola). Very dark brown color. Small size, off-white head, stays. Yeasty, yarrow, sweet, faint caramel in aroma. Sweet, dark chocolate, roast, chunky in taste. Sweet dark chocolate in aftertaste. Soft carbonation. Covers alcohol well. Drinkable brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
VamboladeTolly (1483) - Tartu, ESTONIA - JUN 22, 2016
Bottle. Pours brown with minimum beige head. Aroma: caramel, smoke, malty, toffee, hay. Taste: sweet, caramel, malty. A bit boring. Medium + body. Warming alcohol is the good thing.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
I_LUV_BEER (172) - - APR 27, 2016
Served in a snifter from a 330ml bottle. Deep ruby-brown colour with a thick tan head, leaving nice thick lacing behind. Aroma is of scotch, red berries, bread, roasted malts and molasses. Taste is moderately sweet with dark fruits, caramel and clear scotch notes present. Medium very smooth body with subtle carbonation, finishing off with a long sweet finish. Very nice ale and is worth having again, and again, and again!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sinte (499) - Udine, ITALY - APR 25, 2016
Bottle 0.33L. Brown body with ruby nuances; average, frothy, tan head, mostly diminishing with some lacing, though. Moderate malty (caramel, a bit roasted) aroma with notes of red fruits (cherry liqueur), chocolate and light honey. Moderate sweet and light-to-moderate bitter flavour with a nice mild roasted note in the finish. Medium-to-full body with oily-to-creamy texture; soft carbonation. Nice one!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Douberd (4752) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - APR 25, 2016
(McEwan’s Scotch Ale) Bottle 330 ml at home, served into a shaker, ABV 8% Mahogany brown coloured body, clear, with a small and thin tan head on top, average retention. Aroma has light caramel, red fruits, faint spices. Taste is mildly sweet with ripe red fruits, light caramel, hints of spices,toasted malts. Medium body with soft carbonation. Good.

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