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

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RATINGS: 966   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brian (145) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 19, 2002
Nice head, though not substantial. Nice aroma of spices, which continues as one drinks the beer. Very sweet, yet smooth for 8% alcohol. Although I’m not one for ’spicier’ beer, this ale has the right stuff.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 17, 2002
Re-Rate 01/16/02: This is a ’Staple’ beer, one I keep on hand at all times, as I do Optimator, and a few others. Pours a nice deep brown, generous beige head, and fair lace. The nose is malt, slightly sweet, perfumey? Front is sweet, the middle medium, the carbonation is moderate, the finish is hop spicy and a tad dry. Not the best Scotch Ale I’ve tasted, but a good one none the lace.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HarmonKill-a-Brew (407) - Wilmar, Arkansas, USA - JAN 16, 2002
Amazing aroma... when you pop a top on one of these, the whole room fills up with the scent of beer! Nice sweet, malty flavor. I have also found that many of my friends who usually drink the big 3, like this beer. Very good.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Andrew196 (1204) - Katy, Texas, USA - JAN 14, 2002
Very good brew. Lots of alcohol, but it was very smooth. Probably an excellent gateway beer if you are moving from shitty beer to the good stuff. Very drinkable.

0.5
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
labattblueleaf (225) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 12, 2002
I will never drink this garbage again.

0.5
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
RyanD99 (7) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 3, 2002 does not count
The worst beer I have ever had. Maybe I just don’t like scotch ales.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 1, 2002
Excellent color, very sweet and malty with an aggressive alcohol presence. Decent.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Dragonblaze99 (353) - Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2001
A very nice, molassey and STRONG Scottish ale, definitely a standalone. The alcohol tint balances the molassey sweetness well. Perfect for chilly winter nights. Will not accompany food well.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pablo McStouthead (69) - L.A, California, USA - DEC 22, 2001
Too syrupy for normal drinking, but my pick for cold rainy nights.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
All4Grog99 (22) - Albany, New York, USA - DEC 21, 2001
nicely flavored from start to finish, a pronounced molasses flavor nicely balanced with the high alcohol content and a reasonably full body with a sweat (prune)afteraste. overall a good beer.


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