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


on tap

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RATINGS: 948   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
wildsteed (1) - Aztec, New Mexico, USA - APR 2, 2014 does not count
Caramel, roasty, resin, leather, earthy, licorice, raisin, woody, caramel, coffee, roasty

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
YigSvartka (170) - Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 25, 2014
Opaque dark brown with minimal head. Mild aroma of vanilla, caramel, scotch. Little carbonation, fairly thick, very smooth and creamy. Vanilla/caramel taste is particularly potent to begin, finishing with a high abv/scotch finish. Quite good, but a wee too sweet for my liking.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joeyplush (648) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 8, 2014
If it's not Scottish it's .... This beer is very good - dark color, tan head, earthy aroma, hints of licorice. Taste is rich, with molasses and brown sugar followed by some hop bitterness. Look forward to having this one again! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bulk_Carrier (2500) - Temporarily, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 27, 2014
The pour is a dark brown color that leaves the same colored body. Two fingered white foamy head that once it dies a nice spider web lacing sticks around the sides of the glass. The aroma has peat, light chocolate, deep malts, just a touch of caramel all coming through smokey and sweet The taste is sweet through the malts, chocolate and caramel. Sticky sweet aftertaste with a long dark sweet finish. On the palate, it sits about a medium, shows that its more of a sipper and has a smooth carbonation to it. Overall, I’d say this is some pretty good stuff that I would have again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
exeter (439) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 21, 2014
The first Scotch ale I ever had back in the 80’s, this is a re-try. Pours a very dark brownish ruby colour with a creamy white head that dissipates into a nice sticky lace. Smells of sweet roasted malts with notes of dark candied fruits and a bit of alcohol. Taste is a malty sweetness with notes of fresh coffee and buttery caramel. Smooth and creamy in the mouth and quite enjoyable overall. A very nice Scotch ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tillmac62 (353) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - FEB 21, 2014
BBD 9/23/14. Very dark amber pour with a dark ruby cast. Nice head that laces well but diminishes in 3 minutes. Light nose of malt with hints of fig and other dark fruit. Outstanding medium body with a texture that approaches slick. Normal carbonation level. The well balanced and complex flavor profile is a blend of dark fruit that completely masks the 8.0% alcohol, set against a subtle caramel sweetness that is blessed with a touch of smoke. The finish is smooth with a short lived burst of smoke. Glad this outstanding ale is back.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
OldAsU (3) - - FEB 18, 2014 does not count
This is a beautiful beer. A creamy head and wonderful aroma that reminds you of the great British beers. Really great malty flavor and very drinkable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
stantheman (689) - British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 14, 2014
Small bottle from a 6-pack bought at BC Liquor Store in North Burnaby. A very darl ale with a bit of light colored head. Not getting much nose here. Very pleasant, but too thin and sweet for my liking. 3.3.

   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 (239) - 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.

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