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


on tap

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RATINGS: 973   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.

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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Marduk (6004) - Reval, ESTONIA - JUN 29, 2016
330ml bottle (thanks Vambola). Very dark brown color. Small size, off-white head, stays. Yeasty, yarrow, sweet, faint caramel in aroma. Sweet, dark chocolate, roast, chunky in taste. Sweet dark chocolate in aftertaste. Soft carbonation. Covers alcohol well. Drinkable brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
VamboladeTolly (1400) - Tartu, ESTONIA - JUN 22, 2016
Bottle. Pours brown with minimum beige head. Aroma: caramel, smoke, malty, toffee, hay. Taste: sweet, caramel, malty. A bit boring. Medium + body. Warming alcohol is the good thing.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
I_LUV_BEER (140) - - APR 27, 2016
Served in a snifter from a 330ml bottle. Deep ruby-brown colour with a thick tan head, leaving nice thick lacing behind. Aroma is of scotch, red berries, bread, roasted malts and molasses. Taste is moderately sweet with dark fruits, caramel and clear scotch notes present. Medium very smooth body with subtle carbonation, finishing off with a long sweet finish. Very nice ale and is worth having again, and again, and again!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sinte (499) - Udine, ITALY - APR 25, 2016
Bottle 0.33L. Brown body with ruby nuances; average, frothy, tan head, mostly diminishing with some lacing, though. Moderate malty (caramel, a bit roasted) aroma with notes of red fruits (cherry liqueur), chocolate and light honey. Moderate sweet and light-to-moderate bitter flavour with a nice mild roasted note in the finish. Medium-to-full body with oily-to-creamy texture; soft carbonation. Nice one!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Douberd (4622) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - APR 25, 2016
(McEwan’s Scotch Ale) Bottle 330 ml at home, served into a shaker, ABV 8% Mahogany brown coloured body, clear, with a small and thin tan head on top, average retention. Aroma has light caramel, red fruits, faint spices. Taste is mildly sweet with ripe red fruits, light caramel, hints of spices,toasted malts. Medium body with soft carbonation. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerRenter76 (719) - Texas, USA - MAR 19, 2016
Originally rated on 8/13/08. McEwans scotch ale poured a deep brown body, when held to light a nice amber color appears, lightly carbonated the is a thin head. Aroma of sweet bread and malt. Flavors of the fore mentioned along with hints of chocolate, and brown sugar. Creamy mouthfeel smooth despite the 8% alc. Overall a pretty good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fukito (1016) - Santiago, CHILE - FEB 19, 2016
Pours a very dark opaque brown with some ruby hues. Aroma is some treacle with burnt sugar. Flavor is very dark crystal malt with some molasses and a slight tobacco note. Medium to heavy palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sawyerpc15 (54) - Bowser, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 6, 2016
One of my Favorite ales and like the rich tastes and choc slaty smoky smell. Has an 8% alcohol content and fills you up very quickly. Great winter ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
klm1 (849) - - JAN 27, 2016
Pours muddy reddish dark brown color, with creamy off-white stable head. Visually medium carbonation. Aroma: prevails aroma of malts, which takes on toffee, with hint of hop aroma in the background, which takes on dark fruits. Flavor: rich malt flavor, which takes on biscuit, toffee, with hints of honey, very well balanced with hop flavors, which takes on dark fruits like plums, prunes, blueberries, etc. Body is medium to full, texture is soft, carbonation is medium. Overall: very good, but still somehow onedimensional palate-typical for that style.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MiamiBarman (59) - Miami, Florida, USA - JAN 17, 2016
Brown color with an off-white head that lingers on and forms lacing pretty well. The aroma is very faint and not intense at all, some caramel and a hint of raisins, but that’s about all. Where this beer shines is in the flavor and after taste. Very lush and thick, rich mouthfeel, medium-full body with a pretty well-attenuated finish. Only thing to complain a little about here is the relatively weak aroma.

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