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


on tap

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RATINGS: 934   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dmac (3983) - 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 (681) - 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 (2072) - 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 (12) - Louisiana, USA - DEC 12, 2013
Dark brown to cola color with very little tan foam. Sweet, mild caramel with malt flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
rangerred (914) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - DEC 5, 2013
330ml bottle into a nonic. Pours pitch black with a one finger medium tan head. Very good head retention, almost nitro-like, with ok lacing. The aroma is very malty and sweet smelling with lots of caramel along with some toast and coffee notes. Some fruityness sneaks through from the yeast. Immense sweetness upon tasting. This is an extremely malt-forward beer with an almost candy-like sweetness. Fruity, yeasty notes along with loads of caramel and toffee with some coffee in the background. The bitterness sneaks up gradually throughout the taste but it is still not enough to offset the sweetness. Silky and very sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this beer is just too sweet for me. There is too much malt and not enough in the way of hops to balance out the sweetness. It becomes cloying after awhile.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DavidWoodruff (390) - Windsor, California, USA - DEC 1, 2013
Dark brown with a small light brwon head. Aroma of nuts, marzipan and raisins. Full bodied, A sweet malty flavor with lots of dark dried fruit. This is my standard of what a Scotch Ale should be.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Patrickctenchi (3556) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - NOV 13, 2013
Bottle: Pours deep, almost see-thru brown with a craggy, tan head. Caramel and chocolate scent. Taste is thickly sweet caramel.....a little dark fruit note, chocolate syrup. Creamy. Very sweet....dessert worthy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tnkw01 (1078) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 10, 2013
Bottle. Looks like cola in color. Not much head. Aroma is fruit cake slight sweetness. Taste is a caramel, candy corn taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Shot (129) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - NOV 9, 2013
Pours dark brown with a massive head. Aromas of chocolate and caramel. Tastes are sweet chocolate, caramel and coffee with notes of raisin and plum. Boozy, alcohol warmth in the finish. Creamy and rich, but with a surprisingly light mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very enjoyable Scotch Ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Elwood (3046) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - OCT 19, 2013
Serving: Bottle from State Line Liquors. It pours a lighter brown with a creamy light tan head. Caramel and butterscotch in the nose. Slightly earthy bitterness on the tongue with a good bit of caramel, slight fruit, and butterscotch. Warming but not boozy at 8%. Full bodied and really rather tasty. A great choice for any malt fan.

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