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


on tap

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RATINGS: 951   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
budedou (541) - 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 (1638) - 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 (774) - 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 (1214) - 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jksipa (513) - Newmarket, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 18, 2014
Bottle from the Beer Store. Dark reddish brown pour with a small tan head that fades quickly. Nose is dark fruits, caramel with some vanilla and peat. Quite sweet throughout with raisin, cherry and molasses with only a very light bitterness in the background. Medium full creamy body and a long sweet finish. Nice and sweet but not cloying.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - MAY 31, 2014
Best by 23SEP14 Pours dark brown with a central dome and ring connected with thin sheet of light tan foam. Smells of fruit, caramel, artificial grape, some metal, some soil and raisin. Flavor is roasty with sweet, caramel, some tomato and metal. Medium on full bodied with light, but sharp carb and a dry finish. Nice beer, I actually think this would do great with some extra oxidation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
gripweed57 (946) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - MAY 17, 2014
12 ounce bottle. Dark reddish brown color topped by a small beige head. Toasted malt aroma with notes of toffee and cocoa. Sweet caramel malt flavor has a nutty character with hints of vanilla and an underlying smokiness. Finishes sweet with a cocoa maltiness. As I remember, this is a slighter version of the McEwan’s Scotch Ale available some years ago.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mfp13jr (152) - Glenville, New York, USA - MAY 12, 2014
Wish I had a bottle from 2008 to rate because the brew has changed since it came back to the U.S. The older brew was far more complex. This is a bit more simple. Sweet malt with notes of caramel and vanilla and some peat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ljthiessen (698) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAY 5, 2014
Bottle. Dark brown pour with a small head. Grapes, cherries, raisins, liquorice and malt on the nose. Flavour is raisins, plums, a little bit of grains and a touch of liquorice. Nice mouthfeel with a boozy, dry finish. I quite liked this - one of the better scotch ales I've tried.

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