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


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RATINGS: 946   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Alengrin (2742) - BELGIUM - AUG 24, 2014
Tasted from draught. Creamy, dark chestnut coloured, chocolatey, fruity Scotch with warming alcohol in the finish and some roasted bitter; bit one-dimensional, but okay. It’s a pity Belgians don’t use the term Scotch anymore, because even though typical for the style, this would come out a bit poorly if compared with the many Scotch-style winter ales still produced here, but not named as such.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jsnicholas (301) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - AUG 23, 2014
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2014 Bottle(330ml or 11.2oz): dark brown with tan head. Toasted malts. Some sweetness. Very nice scotch ale

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Spab (2634) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 9, 2014
330 ml bottle from Oromocto ANBL. Pours a cola-esque dark brown with hints of orange and a modest-sized eggshell-coloured head. Aroma is dark fruit, caramel and chocolate. Flavour is quite rich with ripe dark fruit, toffee, some chocolate and hints of nuts. Lighter body than might be expected. Nice scotch ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jdobbs (411) - New Brunswick, CANADA - JUL 28, 2014
The nose started with a fleeting scent of ripened dark fruit, then malt & toast, and a mellow combo of caramel, toffee, and brown sugar sweetness. The taste added a moderate, somewhat lingering, earthy hop bitterness that was nicely tempered by a malt creaminess that also contributed some fullness to the medium+ body

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrewGoblin (518) - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - JUL 17, 2014
Now she all boils down to personal opinion lads. Greasy? Yes, this beer is oily as they come. Buttery texture like a liquid croissant. I don’t mind a bit o’ the ol’ grease now and then, especially when it’s Scottish grease, which I am told is quite magic. Dark brown with ruby tints, smell of toffee, hay, brown bread and tart cherries. Tastes like a boozey fruitcake that sat on a horse blanket in the hay. Oily and low carbonation.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
budedou (467) - Saint Etienne, FRANCE - JUL 12, 2014
Pours dark brown. Sugary sweet. Good kick of alcohol there too. Interesting flavours, but it’s too cloying for my taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Hidden_Pooch (410) - Stratford, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - JUL 6, 2014
Poured a dark brown with a little off white head. Aroma was of toffee,caramel, honey, and biscuit. Tasted of butterscotch, biscuit, smoke, and booze. Had a slick medium body with a low carbonation and a bitter buttery mouth feel that wasn’t very pleasant. The butter feel was way too strong in this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tmongoose (1473) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUL 2, 2014
12oz bottle shared pours a medium to dark brown. Sweet malt aroma blended with some chocolate and hints of caramel. The flavor is quite smooth. Lots of sweet malts and hints of chocolate and toffee. Overall very good scotch ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ExpendableHero (770) - Florida, USA - JUN 24, 2014
This stuff is great. Cola colored beer with an off-white head. Aromas of toffee, caramel, and almonds. Tastes of toasted grains, sweet caramel/butterscotch, almonds, and some chocolate. Earthy flavors present too. Sweet, lactic finish. Boozy, oily mouth feel. Delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jrodooo5 (1120) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 21, 2014
Mmm, this is a good scotch! Dark brown pour w/ a thin head that leaves a good ring of lacing. The aroma has some good caramel notes & a hint of booziness. The taste is robust w/ semisweet caramel malt & alcohol. It’s a delight on the palate & quite smooth at 8%. Vey nice!

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