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


on tap

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RATINGS: 951   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - MAR 22, 2002
Okay, but pretty light and watery, especially considering the alcohol content. I need to add that I’m at a friend’s place at an NCAA basketball-watching party, and I’m actually lame enough to be on his laptop rating brews. On an unrelated note, we opened up my first homebrew tonight. Unfortunately I screwed up the carbonation and it came out terrible. The next batch will be great though!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Merc (313) - Pullman, Washington, USA - MAR 19, 2002
Aroma and flavour reminded me of apple juice and red wind. A different from other scottishes I’ve tried, I wouldn’t get it again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Gregory (357) - Pullman, Washington, USA - MAR 19, 2002
Not bad. It has a nice aroma, and a somewhat rich flavor, but overalll I thought it was watery. Could be much more flavorful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Caton (160) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 14, 2002
Quite hot from the alcohol, still has lots of flavour like bitter chocolate and coffee with hints of fruit. A good winter warmer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - MAR 12, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2003 Re-rate 3/4/03: came back to this when I received a bottle as a gift. It is interesting how one's opinion's change over time. A fresh sample never hurts either. **Original rating on 3/12/02** - 8 4 7 4 15. A bottle of this was my introduction to Scottish Ale. This brew pours a murky medium hued ruby brown. The mostly lasting off-white head is average in size, creamy and has excellent lacing. The head could be larger. Like everything else about this fine brew, the aroma is complex if overpowering as it warms. There is moderate malty hits of grain and caramel, light hoppy hints of resin, and grapefruit, and lightly yeasty hints of earth tones. I also detected banana, cask wood, and of course no shortage of alcohol which is quite pronounced. Overall a complex spicy/fruity aroma. The initial flavor is moderate to heavily sweet with a moderate alcoholic middle, and a moderate sweetness, and light bitter finish of average duration. There could be more bitterness to balance the finish which could be longer. I taste too much alcohol. There is no way I could drink this other than very cold - as it warms it is almost like a rum and coke. The palate is complex, and rewarding. The body is medium with a creamy/oily texture that finishes dry. The carbonation is soft which I am fond of. The finish is chalky, lightly astringent, and quite alcoholic. Less alcohol, and no chalky texture on the finish would result in a score of 5. This brew packs quite a punch, a magnificent winter warmer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Radek Kliber (6675) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - MAR 10, 2002
warm with decent look , but c’mon is so over rated . Almost 4 tars for that drink ? Aroma is off , and does not give any positive impresions . It’s dark , so what ? Normal scottish ale that is mas produced ....

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drinkingdan (375) - East Norriton, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2002
Dark and very tasty. If you like a good sweet beer than this is it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
shintriad (700) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 27, 2002
Nothing wrong with this. Dark reddish-brown appearance, kind of like Pepsi, and a sweet red wine nose to it. Sweet malty flavour that’s not overpowering, a bit like toffee. Actually quite refreshing when cold, if you let it warm up a bit the sweetness is more apparent, as is the acidic aftertaste. Not as thick as some malts, either.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Terminus (3347) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - FEB 25, 2002
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2003 Strong beer here, very sweet. Better eat before this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alenightlong99 (70) - Lockport, Illinois, USA - FEB 25, 2002
I only have tasted this once, but it was pretty good. Typical scotch ale flavor with some great hops. I want to try this one again.

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