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


on tap

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RATINGS: 973   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RRistow12 (635) - 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 (329) - 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 (10909) - 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 (9428) - 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."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Arcanor (141) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 9, 2014
355ml bottle from IGA. Pour clear dark amber. Nice midium head. Floral malt, strong scotch and caramel aroma. Light body for a Scotch Ale. Long caramel and sweet finish. Nice and easy beer for everyone.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
seymour (1847) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - SEP 9, 2014
11.7oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. It poured a dark reddish brown colour, near opaque with thin but persistent beige foam. Intensely malty with strong caramel and toffee notes, a little toasty, subtle fruity esters from the exquisite McEwans Scottish ale yeast, the result reminiscent of Boston Brown Bread or holiday fruit cake. A nice bittersweet balance, but virtually no hops aroma. Medium-heavy body, smooth and well-rounded mouthfeel, average carbonation, invisible 8% alcohol, complex long-lasting aftertaste. Perfectly true to style Scotch Ale. Delicious, no wonder it’s a timeless classic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Alengrin (4262) - 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 (503) - 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 (3234) - 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.

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