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

bottled
common

on tap
available

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RATINGS: 941   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MOboy (505) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - FEB 23, 2002
Absolutely wonderful. No doubt one of the better scotch ales. Very malty (damn, I love those malts) and delicious.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopshead (24) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - FEB 22, 2002
Really flavorful, chocolaty, roasted and smooth.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
I.C.suds (189) - Da U.P. eh?, Michigan, USA - FEB 22, 2002
Yum. Best consumed early in the morning before coffee. Set your alarms. Chewy. Has secret ingredient that involves Scottish women watching Brad Pitt movies. Much better than their export IPA.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2002
Caramel/spicy, with little in the flavor to suggest the alcohol content. Better near room temp.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - FEB 16, 2002
Kind of thin on flavor for such a dark beer. Some sweet, almost cloying maltiness, only a slight hop bitterness. Odd buttery flavor (diacetyl?) was a little out of place.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shorlin (692) - St. John’s, Newfoundland, CANADA - FEB 8, 2002
Deep brown, almost purple in the light. Decent head which does die somewhat. Sweet, fruity notes in the nose. Not a strong taste. Fairly simple. I think I was expecting a bigger beer, especially for Robbie Burns Day when I cracked this open.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RedEft (155) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - FEB 5, 2002
I came across this stuff before I really knew what good beer was, and I was hooked. Smooth, malty, and potent, one of my favorite beers for sipping.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dougan (93) - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - FEB 5, 2002
I think this is one of my favorites too bad they only sell it in 6 packs.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
crazydiamond (48) - Michigan, USA - FEB 4, 2002
One of my favorites for sitting & sipping. Malty, warming & sweet. This beer is the beer that I’ve patterned my personal favorite recipe against.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - FEB 3, 2002
An old favorite, and I’m glad to see that it hasn’t changed. Very dark, very malty, and with a pronounced Scotch whiskey finish. Just about the best beer that can be had for under $8 a six-pack.


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