wimpyjoe (2295) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 22, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sweet flavoured and pleasant brew from McEwans, Slightly dry in its texture.
Glouglouburp (5883) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 9, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
In short: A rich, toasted, smooth and relative dry well malted scotch ale.
How: Bottle 355ml. Consumed approximately 3 months after purchase
The look: Dark brown body topped by a medium beige head quickly receding to a small persistent layer of foam
In long: Nose forecasts a rich malty body with toasted tobacco and toasted wood. Interesting nose. Taste is creamy rich nutty toasted malts, dry toffee, multigrain brown bread, lots of fresh tobacco leafs, a bit of smoke, notes of black coffee, commercial chocolate bar, tree bark and toasted wood, some coconut. The flavor elements along with the toastiness make for a beer that feels kind of dry even if it isn’t, and that’s a plus for me. No alcohol presence whatsoever. I could almost session this beer, something I almost never say about a Scotch Ale. A superior example of a style I’m not very fond of. Drinking and rating this old classic beer was a fun walk down memory lane, this is a beer I used to drink before I got into the craftbeer movement. I don’t even remember how many years ago I last drank a McEwans Scotch Ale, either it was many many years ago or I have a bad memory, I don’t know, because I can’t remember if I have a bad memory or not.
Bricktop86 (475) - Moore, Oklahoma, USA - APR 6, 2012
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A very nice unique beer. I liked it most of the way through but the finish was a little too sweet imo
kerenmk (1589) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 6, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at the Dublin pub in Herzliya. Thanks beerandbeyond for the sip. Pours dark hazy brown, minimal head. Doppelbock aroma: malt, wine. Sweet, lingering taste, light body and more carbonated than doppelbock. Quite nice actually.
Jimthechap (1331) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 3, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
When I tried this for the first time as an apprentice drinker aged about 18 or 19, I thought it was vile: horse shit and old tram tickets. Now I’m older and wiser and have some semblance of experience I recognise the almost complete lack of hops and strong caramel, chocolate aromas and flavours in a beer that is viscous and creamy as a good thing.
MarkSachon (435) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 3, 2011
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
So many good things to say about this ale. The strong flavors and sweetness are perfectly balanced and this rises easily into the pedigree of Scotch Ales. Flavors reminiscent of molasses, brown sugar and a million others I find hard to describe.
Rasmus40 (8922) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - SEP 17, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear reddish brown with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel and a little roasted malt. Flavor is quite sweet and moderate bitter. Dry and moderate bitter finish. 160911
blm225 (7) - Texas, USA - SEP 3, 2011 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is my favorite Scotch Ale of all time. I still have on six pack left. Slight smokey earthy aroma. Excellent head on a pour of this ale. Nice dark color. One thing about this ale is consistency. Bottle after bottle, six pack after six pack, year after year for the last 8 years I’ve enjoyed this ale, the brew has been consistent. This ale is much more bold or "heavy" than a most its peers but without an overpowering aftertaste. Indeed it has a aromatic smokey caramelized flavor and a complex bold slightly sweet finish. It’s best flavor seems to be around 55 degrees f.
If you can find it, get it. This ale is what got me interested in craft ales in the first place. It is a shame they stopped exporting this ale just when the demand for heavy ales was starting to increase. There certainly is a huge demand for it in the United States and recently craft brewers here are attempting to mimic the flavor and the style of the lost Scottish heavies such as Lorimer’s and or course, the standard bearer McEwan’s Scotch Ale.
ThreeCats (488) - ISRAEL - AUG 25, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A nice, heavy, malty beer. Hints of smokiness in the aroma, nice head that sinks fairly quickly but leaves beautiful lacing. Good mouthfeel and body. Malty and nutty notes. A hint of bitterness at the end just to round out the flavor
northropfrye (1722) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - AUG 8, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. A nice scotch ale. Dark and brown. A little sweet, but not too much. Very nice.