Brewed by Charles Wells (Marston’s)
Style: Scotch Ale
Bedford, England
Serve in Thistle


on tap

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RATINGS: 278   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25/5   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
Available filtered in 500ml bottles.
Used to be known as No 1; then in 1997 it was re-named No 1 Champion Ale after winning a Tesco bottled beer competition; renamed in 2004 to Champion.
Production moved from Fountain to John Smiths in Dec 2004. Also see Gordon Highland Scotch.
Production moved to Bedford in late 2011 following the acquisition of the McEwan’s and Younger’s brands by Wells & Youngs from Heineken.

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Piepenhenrich (1195) - Steinbach, GERMANY - OCT 8, 2017
From bottle. Transfer of an earlier rating without text recorded, rating only.

john44 (3331) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 25, 2017
01 – Bottle. Bought Sept 2017; BBE May 2018; Drank Sept 2017 - Clear dark reddish brown in colour. Good creamy off-white head. Very malty; heavily malted, dry roast malts, grainy, caramel, chocolate notes, bit nutty. Mildly spicy. Fruity; dark fruits, raisins, prunes. Hoppy; moderate balancing hop bitterness. Sweet-bitter heavily malted dry roasty throughout with a slightly sour edge. Very dry fairly bitter malty finish. (2017-09)

Grumbo (3827) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - SEP 4, 2017
Bottle. Backlog rating from bottle collection and historic scoring. Source not recorded. No tasting notes kept, just rating.

k0mpsa (3042) - Tuusula, FINLAND - JUL 28, 2017
Bottle. Dark copper color, white head. Aroma has sweet caramel notes, some burnt sugar, some plum notes. Rich body has oak notes, burnt sugar, some caramel and hint of fruits.

Dbcwi88 (28) - Loughton, ENGLAND - JUN 22, 2017
Malty dried fruit smell and toffee, red berry taste. Smooth verging on creamy. Bit too thick and stouty for the style

VamboladeTolly (2174) - Tartu, ESTONIA - JUN 13, 2017
Bottle. Pours clear dark amber/mahagon with sticky white head. Aroma; raw fish, caramel, paper, spirit. Taste: caramel, chestnut, wet paper, Medium body. Sweet finish.

Marduk (8219) - Reval, ESTONIA - JUN 9, 2017
500ml bottle. Dark brown color. Small size, beige head, stays. Dirty, milky, woody, milky and sweet in aroma. Caramel, herbal, woody, sweetish in taste. Twiggy and herbal caramel in aftertaste. Soft carbonation. Drinkable brew.

FatPhil (16930) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUN 9, 2017
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2017 500ml bottle (Highlander, Tallinn)
Nice rich malty aroma, caramelly, but not too sugary. Deep red, nice persistent tight off-white head. Full smooth sweet palate. Good roast, good breadiness, caramelly and sweet, some fruity esters. Not saying 7+%, not surprising - a great malty body. Don’t care about brewery ownership - like the malty brew.

Grumpelmies (331) - GERMANY - JUN 5, 2017
Bottle. Ruby/mahagony with a small but lasting head. Aroma is malty and boozy. Wood, vanilla and raisins. Taste is malty, fruity (red berries), spicy-alcoholic, caramel, bitter hops and a wee bit of salty liquorice. Finishes with an almost aggressive and long lasting dry hoppy bitterness. Sherry. Alcoholic warmth. Low carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel. Nice.

zacgillbanks (5441) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - MAY 29, 2017
Bottle from Co-op, Kirkbymoorside, North Yorkshire. Dark copper coloured with a thick white head. It has a sweet, rich dried fruity flavour with plum, currants and slight tart red fruit on the smooth vanilla, almond and sherry-like finish. Good.

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