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


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RATINGS: 940   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   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.

joesvendsen's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joesvendsen (29) - USA - APR 19, 2008
bottle. very dark, pours smooth and has a nice head that doesn’t stick around. definitely can taste the maltiness. some spices and a hint of chocolate. aroma is subtly spicy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
crossovert (7866) - Illinois, USA - OCT 24, 2014
33cl bttle. Tawny port color. Smell is toffe with hints of cocoa nad coffee. Flavor is rich toffee, dark fruits, candied stone fruit, some oxidization. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
slowrunner77 (6077) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 18, 2014
"classic to the style. sometimes, this one can have a little too strong of a metallic/copper/astringent taste, but only sometimes. it’s a solid, smooth, smokey/malty effort. recommended."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Arcanor (86) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 9, 2014
355ml bottle from IGA. Pour clear dark amber. Nice midium head. Floral malt, strong scotch and caramel aroma. Light body for a Scotch Ale. Long caramel and sweet finish. Nice and easy beer for everyone.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
seymour (1471) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - SEP 9, 2014
11.7oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. It poured a dark reddish brown colour, near opaque with thin but persistent beige foam. Intensely malty with strong caramel and toffee notes, a little toasty, subtle fruity esters from the exquisite McEwans Scottish ale yeast, the result reminiscent of Boston Brown Bread or holiday fruit cake. A nice bittersweet balance, but virtually no hops aroma. Medium-heavy body, smooth and well-rounded mouthfeel, average carbonation, invisible 8% alcohol, complex long-lasting aftertaste. Perfectly true to style Scotch Ale. Delicious, no wonder it’s a timeless classic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Alengrin (2425) - BELGIUM - AUG 24, 2014
Tasted from draught. Creamy, dark chestnut coloured, chocolatey, fruity Scotch with warming alcohol in the finish and some roasted bitter; bit one-dimensional, but okay. It’s a pity Belgians don’t use the term Scotch anymore, because even though typical for the style, this would come out a bit poorly if compared with the many Scotch-style winter ales still produced here, but not named as such.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jsnicholas (239) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - AUG 23, 2014
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2014 Bottle(330ml or 11.2oz): dark brown with tan head. Toasted malts. Some sweetness. Very nice scotch ale

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Spab (2559) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 9, 2014
330 ml bottle from Oromocto ANBL. Pours a cola-esque dark brown with hints of orange and a modest-sized eggshell-coloured head. Aroma is dark fruit, caramel and chocolate. Flavour is quite rich with ripe dark fruit, toffee, some chocolate and hints of nuts. Lighter body than might be expected. Nice scotch ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jdobbs (408) - New Brunswick, CANADA - JUL 28, 2014
The nose started with a fleeting scent of ripened dark fruit, then malt & toast, and a mellow combo of caramel, toffee, and brown sugar sweetness. The taste added a moderate, somewhat lingering, earthy hop bitterness that was nicely tempered by a malt creaminess that also contributed some fullness to the medium+ body

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrewGoblin (461) - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - JUL 17, 2014
Now she all boils down to personal opinion lads. Greasy? Yes, this beer is oily as they come. Buttery texture like a liquid croissant. I don’t mind a bit o’ the ol’ grease now and then, especially when it’s Scottish grease, which I am told is quite magic. Dark brown with ruby tints, smell of toffee, hay, brown bread and tart cherries. Tastes like a boozey fruitcake that sat on a horse blanket in the hay. Oily and low carbonation.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
budedou (427) - Saint Etienne, FRANCE - JUL 12, 2014
Pours dark brown. Sugary sweet. Good kick of alcohol there too. Interesting flavours, but it’s too cloying for my taste.

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