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


on tap

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RATINGS: 920   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
corpsuckle (101) - Washington, USA - FEB 3, 2014
Pretty good scotch... Not my favorite, but pretty good. Fairly sour and dry, malty and dark.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerandhockey8 (196) - Three Forks, Montana, USA - FEB 2, 2014
From 12oz bottle to shaker. Pour is a deep brown, almost black. Nose is heavy roasted malt, scotch, caramel, coffee. Taste is heavy bodied, bitter and sour. Finishes with the scotch bite to it, but smooth. Great beer, love the complexity. A lot of scotch ales don’t have a scotch taste, this is not the case here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rader58 (763) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - JAN 27, 2014
330ml (11.2oz) bottle. Pours dark, clear, cola-brown. Aroma of caramel, chocolate, peat. Flavor is chocolate, caramel, peat, roasted grain, with a sweetness that runs from beginning to end. The gold standard of scotch ales. Glad to see it is being distributed again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
poisoneddwarf (1622) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - JAN 14, 2014
11.2 oz bottle, thanks brenn79. Aroma is sweet, toasted marshmallow, fruity esters, minerals, very English. Pours clear mahogany with a one finger beige head with decent retention. Taste is sweet, finishing dry with a little tartness. A little oxidized. Oily texture, full body. A little too sweet for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bif (1303) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 11, 2014
Pours a clear dark mahogany color with a small tan head and random bits of lacing. Aroma of malt, dark fruit, bit of caramel and chocolate. Taste of dark fruit, a bit like raisins, bit of roasted malt, chocolate and caramel sweetness, Bitterness is quite mild with a light lingering sweetness. Medium body, smooth, with a rich texture and well balanced. No trace of the 8% ABV. Enjoyable beer that goes down easy. Nice beer to kick back and relax with.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DrSilverworm (5028) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 6, 2014
11.2oz bottle, from Party Source. Best by 23/04/14. Clear dark red brown color. Thin khaki head. Leaves some thicker lace. Kind of a stronger sweet taste, light bite in the finish. Lots of caramel malt, and some dark fruitiness. Medium to bigger body. Kind of slick texture. Smooth, lighter carbonation, if not a little watery. OK scotch ale. Too sweet, one dimensional to really be something special.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dmac (3754) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JAN 2, 2014
11.2oz bottle from Crossroads. Poured a clear deep chestnut brown with a smaller creamy deep beige head that leaves a little long lasting slick on the outer edges. Aroma of figs and raisins, nuts, peat, earth, English toffee. Fuller bodied with average carbonation of small tight bubbles, a lingering aftertaste that has some suprising sweetness compared to the earthy aromas. Flavor isn’t quite as good as the aroma, notes of dark raisin skins, earth, peat, buttered well done toast. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Deu (668) - Nantes, FRANCE - DEC 27, 2013
Poured a finger of head on a brown colored body. The aroma has a heavy dose of malt, caramel and brown sugar. There’s a moderate brown sugar sweetness that mellows out towards the end. It has the mild pine bitterness that brings a good balance. The texture is soft with low to moderate carbonation. Overall OK.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chudwick (1790) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - DEC 12, 2013
12oz bottle - can’t believe I’ve never rated this before. Two or three winters ago, that’s all I drank. Nose is dead up caramel and chocolate. Earthy aromas in the mouth with old-man candy. Why did I ever stop drinking this? oh yeah, the price and I rarely buy beers I’ve already rated.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
EddieG1 (11) - Louisiana, USA - DEC 12, 2013
Dark brown to cola color with very little tan foam. Sweet, mild caramel with malt flavor.

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