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


on tap

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RATINGS: 972   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Bottle: Filtered
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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - JUN 7, 2002
I had this several years ago whilst at the start of my beer snobbery and really didn’t care for it. Apparently, at the time, I was a complete and utter tasteless moron. This is absolutely lovely. Deep brownish read, with a big head that fades after a bit. Huge nose, big enough that while drinking it next to my almost-sleeping wife on the couch, she opened her eyes to say ’man, that beer’s got a strong smell’. Aroma is full of scotch, butterscotch, toffee, caramel, peat, and a strong, lingering mustiness. Flavor is very strong, loads of the expected scotch. Is very malty, hints of breadiness, toast, and milk chocolate. Definitely not a brew to drink too cold, greatly improves as it warms. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ron (3467) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUN 4, 2002
A creamy smooth flavorfull ale. Nice finish, I enjoyed it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 29, 2002
Dark red in color with a strong head. Hides the alcohol well, and is easy to drink! A subtle sweetness that makes you come back for more; toffee, brown sugar flavors. Very complex and a joy to sip. Slightly watery, but I didn’t feel like this detracted from the experience.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - MAY 24, 2002
sequoia red brown, clear, and with it’s modest tan head, gives little indication of what awaits the nose: near perfection in an indescribably robust harmony of leathery notes, dates, brown sugar, whiskey, even buttery slightly carmelized carrot cake. like mackeson stout however, my issue is with the added sugar. like cutting the bitterness of espresso with a lump of sugar, this terrifically balanced concoction may benefit by leaning toward the sweetness of a nice port. i would sweeten it less, but that’s like criticizing dickens for verbosity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Albert (39) - Miramar, Florida, USA - MAY 22, 2002
This beer finishes a little sweet. Otherwise good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
brownalegirl (199) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - MAY 22, 2002
I generally find Scottish ales to be way too much of a good thing. The excess is the problem, not the taste. McEwan’s graphically illustrates this tendency.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SJP (483) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 13, 2002
Tatstes a bit much like alcohol and is kind of thin. It has nice buttery/toffee flavors to it that I enjoyed. Well worth a try.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Bolt (117) - Boulder Creek, California, USA - MAY 10, 2002
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2006 Strong, flavorful, smooth ale with a wonderful aroma. Expensive but worth it. An ale that tastes good at room temperature. Have been introduced to this fine Ale since 1990,,, My absolute favorite! This is my number one Ale with my highest points,, AAA+++

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - MAY 5, 2002
i’ve been looking forward to trying this one for a long time. malty with lots of carmel. a few hops, winey and slightly watery on the palate. a nice beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gerdy555 (163) - Ohio, USA - APR 24, 2002
very dark almost looked like a stout. very flavorful and drinkable considering the high alcohol

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