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


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RATINGS: 958   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 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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ernest (6911) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 18, 2001
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2013 Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly lasting. Body is medium to dark brown. Aroma is moderately malty (molasses, caramel, bread, nuts), with notes of brown sugar, prune. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium to full body, syrupy/watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. Pretty well-hidden alcohol, but otherwise totally forgettable. Simple and sugary.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
lovibond (115) - New York, USA - NOV 29, 2001
Something wonderful to curl up with on a winter’s night. Full-bodied, malty, and with a lucious molasses presence.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ZDogg99 (14) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 28, 2001
Pretty good. I’d swear there was some Scocth in there!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Saad (104) - Jacksonville, North Carolina, USA - NOV 27, 2001
A very strong and tasty brew. It definately has some kick to it, but I really enjoyed drinking it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aurelius (4781) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 24, 2001
Aroma: Nice Blackberry/Currant/Molasses notes. Appearance: Dark cola coloring with a gritty head. Flavor: (Rating within the style.) Very (a little too) sweet and fruity. Has a distinct berry overtone, and high ABV. Palate: An almost ideal viscosity with trailing hops. Not clingy despite its sweetness. This is a good sippin’ beer, but I wouldn’t want more than two due to the sweetness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hoss (607) - Florida, USA - NOV 15, 2001
There are better Scottish Ales without the pronounced alchol taste.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Bob Cotter99 (32) - Regina, Saskatchewan, CANADA - NOV 14, 2001
Just didn’t like this beer at all, I think it was a personal dislike to the alround taste of the beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
delacerveza (166) - Florida, USA - NOV 2, 2001
tasty, but not as much of a thick mouthfeel as i had expected from the reviews here. sort of watery, actually. and i didn’t really think that the alcohol taste was as hidden as some others here noted. a fairly strong beer that tasted strong; vinaceous. BUT...that said, i sorta liked it....

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