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


on tap

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RATINGS: 978   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
geologyguy (1295) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - MAR 28, 2015
Smells dark and alcoholly, black color, taste is smooth malty and slightly sweet with a very slightly hot finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
willisread (2269) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 8, 2015
Old rating. Bottle from Old Town. Nice aromas of cacao, coffee and butterscotch with a slightly boozy aroma present. Tastes more of the same with the malts standing strong. Alcohol does show a bit as it warms up. Bits of vanilla and oak come out as well. Nice smooth finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jannick13 (142) - Quebec, CANADA - FEB 1, 2015
Nice Scotch ale, but the alcohol taste is a bit too sharp in my book; it gets a bit overbearing compared to the other flavors. Still good thought.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rondphoto (3962) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - JAN 16, 2015
bottle @ Party Source / Bellevue KY --- Clear dark brown, beige head cover, mottled wall of lace. Aroma of toasted malt and chocolate. Taste is toasted malt with a light touch of chocolate that grows significantly on its way through the palate, turning a little bitter in the finish. A clean, solid, full-bodied, tasty brew. Recommended.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MadRobin (2793) - Silver Spring, Alabama, USA - JAN 8, 2015
Poured from 330ml bottle. Opaque, near black with a very thin khaki head and good lacing. Aroma of caramel, chocolate, molasses, toffee and toast. Taste of chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, toffee, toast and dark fruit. Medium body and high/medium carbonization. Quite good. Much better than I remember. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RRistow12 (692) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - JAN 2, 2015
Tasted from bottle. Pours a very dark brown with off white head that quickly fades. Not a strong aroma but mostly caramel, toffee and dark fruits. Taste is similar to aroma. Faint coffee taste along with the caramel, toffee and dark fruits. I think it's a little more thin than I would like but still pretty good. Above average for style. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beardbeerman (338) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 1, 2015
Pours a clear deep mohagany topped by two fingers of tanned head showing good retention. Lacing is coarse and appealing, carbonation is fine and subtle. The nose is caramel, toasted walnuts, good bread and alcohol. The taste is spot on of the style with roasted notes, nutty and bready malts paired with some balanced earthy hops. The alcohol comes through nicely, offering a warm and liquorish finish. Excellent scotch ale, by far the best I had so far in my 6 years of beer tasting. Enjoy it on its own or with grilled meats and stews.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
shdougan (48) - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - DEC 23, 2014
Pours very dark, almost black but shows its ruby color when held up to light and has a creamy tan head. Aromas of bread, molasses, caramel, and plum. Its very full bodied with a bit of an oily mouthfeel. Taste is very malt forward, as is expected in a Scotch. Light booze flavor but it hides its strength fairly well. Good Scotch Ale, one of my favorite styles.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
crossovert (11105) - Illinois, USA - OCT 24, 2014
33cl bttle. Tawny port color. Smell is toffe with hints of cocoa nad coffee. Flavor is rich toffee, dark fruits, candied stone fruit, some oxidization. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
slowrunner77 (9922) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 18, 2014
"classic to the style. sometimes, this one can have a little too strong of a metallic/copper/astringent taste, but only sometimes. it’s a solid, smooth, smokey/malty effort. recommended."

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