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RATINGS: 987   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   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.

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3.7
Slipstream (3391) - USA - NOV 18, 2021
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2021 There is a big, persistent head on the pour. I tasted compote and plum. it is pretty rich, but not over the top. A well-balanced brew.

3.8
max317 (25) - - AUG 1, 2021
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2021 Very good - not too heavy, a bitter taste at first but finishes malty and clean. I like it!

3.7
MNAle (618) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 30, 2021
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2021 Sweet aroma. Toffee and figs. Clear dark ruby with bubbles (visible with a backlight) rising to a 1/2 inch off-white-to-tan head with relatively short retention. Thick lacing lines the glass. The taste does repeat the flavors from the aroma, toffee and figs, but more assertively and with more complexity. There's an earthiness, a peatiness, a very slight bittering in the initial taste that retains throughout, but fades in the aftertaste. Bready malts make their contribution. The beer is a bit on the sweet side, but not overly so. Mouth feel has a moderate body with a restrained carbonation. Creamy. Overall, this is an easy-drinking, tasty scotch ale. Perhaps not as substantial in the body as some of the more modern examples of the style, but a nice traditional example. I only just this evening had this beer for the first time, so I can't comment on whether it has changed. I can say, though, that it seems to have come through the jumble of owners and brewing locations as a very nice scotch ale.

3.4
Gerbeer (5888) - Nanoose Bay, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 15, 2021
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2021 330 ml bottle. Pours a reddish brown with moderate bubbly head. Aromas of metallic toasted malts, dry caramel, and grass. Flavors follow same, with additional raisins and more metallic malts. Some sweetness. Nice for the style

2.5
DruncanVeasey (10318) - Nr NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - JUN 24, 2020
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2020 330ml from that offie next to GF Isabel, Areja, Tenerife- drank back home, 08/04/20. Honey amber with a low head. Unprepossessing caramel, disinfectant and tissue paper aroma. Industrial, thin and disinfectant flavoured with salvaging attempts at toffee and liquorice. Some vegetables on the nose. Not terrible but rudimentary, old school, cheap and crap.

3.8
voyageurmike (1000) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 27, 2020
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2020 12 oz bottle pours dark brown with tan head. Full bodied. Aroma of roasted malts with touch of sweet booze. Caramel and dark fruits taste, raisin finish.

3.2
Mortlach (4350) - Rome, ITALY - DEC 19, 2019
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2019 On tap @Lochness Pub (Rome). Bruna con riflessi rossastri, schiuma avorio/beige media. Al naso toffee, caramello, leggero tostato, quindi scaldandosi esce un bel po' di mela grattuggiata. In bocca è dolce, toffee, caramello, finale appena amaro, corta. Corpo medio, carbonazione media. Senza carattere.

3.6
Drake (18797) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 10, 2019
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2019 11.2 ounce bottle from Festival Foods College Ave East Appleton, 12/9/19. Dark brown, large foamy tan head, good retention. Aroma of toffee and raisin. Taste is cherry, strawberry, chocolate, caramel, toffee, vanilla. Medium bodied, low bitterness, low carb. Booze hidden well. Solid.

3.9
tightslice (2622) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 8, 2019
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2019 Bottle from Total Wine in San Jose, CA. Aroma is caramel malts, treacle. Taste is smooth caramel, mild boozy caramel. Extremely balanced and smooth...very classic tasting Scotch Ale and surprised this doesn't have a higher score.

3.5
drpimento (6009) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 16, 2019
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2019 This is really getting to be irritating. I've reviewed this beer a number of times before and they keep forgetting or losing the reviews. I hate to have to renounce this great sight but I don't understand why they're messing with me. This is a great beer by the way, real classic, although not quite as outstanding as my memory serves me


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