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


on tap

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RATINGS: 945   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jstu9 (402) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 6, 2001
I rated this 2.5 on 4/12/01. Umm... ok, I have no idea where that rating came from. I didn’t write anything about the beer that day. This is quite yummy. Thick, rich, nice dark color. I gave this beer a 4 on flavor before... I’m wondering if I had a bad bottle or something then.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jpm8920 (152) - Park Ridge, New Jersey, USA - OCT 6, 2001
what a great beer. VERY different taste. they’ll also give you a kick in the ass.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
MMM...Beer (385) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - SEP 23, 2001
A wonderful beer. Nice fragrant floral aroma accompanie the deep copper color and thick head. Also, decent brussels lace decorates your glass as your stomach fills with this fine libation. The flavor is very sweet and almost port-like but not overbearing, and also had a decent mouthfeel. Overall a wonderfull beer, and one to drink slowly for appreciation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bipolar1 (268) - Hancock, Michigan, USA - SEP 21, 2001
Very potent, yet balanced. The alcohol flavor is hidden well.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
tourette (217) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 21, 2001
Very strange, interesting beer. Its good, but very different. Also overpriced here at $12 a 6 pack.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BeerNazi (169) - winnetka, California, USA - SEP 20, 2001
decent,highly over priced here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
johnson2020 (79) - Canton, Michigan, USA - SEP 11, 2001
A very tasty Scottish ale. Sweetens as it warms up. Nice chocolate flavor, especially in the head. A little more hops would go a long way in this beer, but still very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joet (2245) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - SEP 7, 2001
Without the peaty, power and spice of great Scotch ales but still a fun and interestign Scotch ale. My first and I was very pleasantly surprised.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 7, 2001
Huge caramel maltiness with some roasted overtones. The winey-fruit alcohol bite and aftertaste was strange and lingered for a while. Thick and rich but not as ’Scotch Ale’ like in character as I prefer. A good one, just not a great one. Was way (4x) too sweet once it reached cellar temp.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
21iceman40 (1732) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 2, 2001
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2003 One of the best scottish ales around. Very boldly flavored while remaining tasteful. They really know how to make this stuff right over there. I believed this until I had some much better scottish ales. I still cant complain about this one, A nice roasted malt combo of caramel and chocolate.

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