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 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....

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
2cool4U99 (2) - iowa, Louisiana, USA - OCT 27, 2001 does not count
great beer overall. pretty smeat.Scotch is cuuuhh!!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - OCT 22, 2001
A deep brown/red color. Decent head and lacing. Nose is full of scottish malts, caramel, some smoke and chocolate as well. This is pretty tasty. Thick and chewy. Nice malts with maybe a too much caramel sweetness, a somewhat smoke like/roasty character along with the a nice dose of alcohol and some hops hiding out combine to make this a pretty enjoyable brew. Needs a little more of something to balance it out a bit more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhenry76 (101) - Landenberg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 16, 2001
Took getting used to but well worth it. Hearty ale with a kick. Great up front with nice finish. Drink it sitting down.

   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.

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