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

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RATINGS: 951   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   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.


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3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
corpsuckle (101) - Washington, USA - FEB 3, 2014
Pretty good scotch... Not my favorite, but pretty good. Fairly sour and dry, malty and dark.


3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MarkoNm (1308) - Novo mesto, SLOVENIA - MAY 29, 2015
Pours a very dark coppery almost dark brown color, topped with a small and quickly settling off-white head. Malty aroma, caramel and some roasted notes, with easily picked up strong liquer aromas. Taste is sweet with nice chocolate presence, alcohol is very well hidden. Didn’t expect such a nice and surprisingly gentle taste after such aroma. Great taste.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Mafia (4) - Rovigo, ITALY - MAY 18, 2015 does not count
č la MIA birra in assoluto! odori, aromi, colore e l’alto grado alcolico la rendono una vera birra da meditazione. Purtroppo da parecchi anni in italia č diventata introvabile e me la sogno ancora di notte :D

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Belgrave (30) - Truro, Nova Scotia, CANADA - APR 22, 2015
Pours a dark ruby black with a large diminishing tan head. Sweet aroma of alcohol, caramel malt and roasted nuts. Taste is also sweet and malty with some alcohol, chocolate and dark fruit.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
geologyguy (949) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - MAR 28, 2015
Smells dark and alcoholly, black color, taste is smooth malty and slightly sweet with a very slightly hot finish

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
willisread (724) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 8, 2015
Old rating. Bottle from Old Town. Nice aromas of cacao, coffee and butterscotch with a slightly boozy aroma present. Tastes more of the same with the malts standing strong. Alcohol does show a bit as it warms up. Bits of vanilla and oak come out as well. Nice smooth finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jannick13 (139) - Quebec, CANADA - FEB 1, 2015
Nice Scotch ale, but the alcohol taste is a bit too sharp in my book; it gets a bit overbearing compared to the other flavors. Still good thought.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rondphoto (2786) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - JAN 16, 2015
bottle @ Party Source / Bellevue KY --- Clear dark brown, beige head cover, mottled wall of lace. Aroma of toasted malt and chocolate. Taste is toasted malt with a light touch of chocolate that grows significantly on its way through the palate, turning a little bitter in the finish. A clean, solid, full-bodied, tasty brew. Recommended.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MadRobin (2343) - Silver Spring, USA - JAN 8, 2015
Poured from 330ml bottle. Opaque, near black with a very thin khaki head and good lacing. Aroma of caramel, chocolate, molasses, toffee and toast. Taste of chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, toffee, toast and dark fruit. Medium body and high/medium carbonization. Quite good. Much better than I remember. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RRistow12 (421) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - JAN 2, 2015
Tasted from bottle. Pours a very dark brown with off white head that quickly fades. Not a strong aroma but mostly caramel, toffee and dark fruits. Taste is similar to aroma. Faint coffee taste along with the caramel, toffee and dark fruits. I think it's a little more thin than I would like but still pretty good. Above average for style. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beardbeerman (251) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 1, 2015
Pours a clear deep mohagany topped by two fingers of tanned head showing good retention. Lacing is coarse and appealing, carbonation is fine and subtle. The nose is caramel, toasted walnuts, good bread and alcohol. The taste is spot on of the style with roasted notes, nutty and bready malts paired with some balanced earthy hops. The alcohol comes through nicely, offering a warm and liquorish finish. Excellent scotch ale, by far the best I had so far in my 6 years of beer tasting. Enjoy it on its own or with grilled meats and stews.


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