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


on tap

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RATINGS: 983   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (44144) - VestJylland, DENMARK - OCT 6, 2006
Bottle. Dark brown color with small white head. Malty aroma, rather sweet, burnt, caramel. Smouth palate, little sweet. Finish is light sweet-bitter, roasted. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (40811) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - NOV 29, 2008
12 fl oz bottle. Pours dakr brown and clear with a slowly collapsing light tan head. Mild spiced, breadish and light fruity aroma. Flavour is dark fruity and roasted malty. Light fruity and roasted malty finish. Nice and smooth.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ungstrup (34634) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAR 28, 2003
A dark nutbrown beer with a fine but fast diappearing lightbrown head. The aroma is very sweet with no complexity. The flavor is malty sweet with notes of roasted malt but no bitterness. It is very strong and very sweet for a Schottish ale. Too sweet and simple for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 16, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2005 (Bottle 33 cl) Version found in Sweden. Very dark brown, sweet and very malty. Lovely full body. A beer for long winter nights. 260801

(Bottle 25 cl) Version for John Martin in Belgium at 7,2% ABV. Pitch black stout-like appearance, brownish head. Very roasted - almost burned - malt. Sweet with a licorice-like sharp finish. Very full-bodied, but far from as refined as Belgian strong, dark ales. 6/3/5/3/12=2,9 311097

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
omhper (23678) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JUN 24, 2002
Dark amber. Thick, rich and malty and flavourful strong Scottish ale. Perhaps not the most complex example of the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (19337) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 18, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2012
2012-06-24, draught at Cockney Pub, Århus, 7.2% ABV, 7-4-7-3-14=35
Brown color, with small compact beige head. Light caramel and malt aroma, sweet, with notes of apple brandy and chestnut honey. The flavor is quite sweet, with malt and caramel, light fruity touch and low bitterness; good round mouthfeel. Sweet caramel final.
Probably judged too sweet by many, and not complex, but pleasant.

2003-12-15, bottle, 5 years old, 8% ABV, 8-4-8-4-15=39
This beer has probably been the starter of my crazy beer adventure, 14 years ago; thanks Gaia!
Tan color; thin head. Strong aroma: malt, liquorice, tar, phenol, roasted malts. Good malt flavor, light liquorice, caramel, maybe too much phenol, still quite sweet in the front. Sweet final dominated by some caramel and a more hidden bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rasmus40 (17786) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - SEP 17, 2011
Clear reddish brown with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel and a little roasted malt. Flavor is quite sweet and moderate bitter. Dry and moderate bitter finish. 160911

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
saxo (16960) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 9, 2010
Tap at Cockney pub. Nice head with good duration. Color is brown. Aroma and taste are roast malt, fruits, hops and caramel.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
yngwie (16517) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 27, 2007
Bottled. Deep red with a small beige head. Weak nose with malt and beef-stock. Weak flavor as well, with a sweetish, caramel-like twist. Medium body and a finish with alcohol and sugar. A weak beer, not overly impressive, yet it is not bad. (070302)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Oakes (15796) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 20, 2002
I guess this one got aliased backwards. D’oh! Anyway, I gave up on this stuff years ago but decided to re-visit it, just for Gusler. It starts off right - dark chestnut colour, richly malty aroma with peat, treacle, plums....but then it falls apart. The palate is overly sweet, one-dimensional, clearly too much corn used in this one, and then it gets watery. Watery palates and unbalanced sugariness just don’t work for me. Sorry, Gus, it’s just not for me.

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