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


on tap

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RATINGS: 271   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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Britales (56) - Cape Charles, Virginia, USA - MAR 22, 2006
Big beer pours dark, light tan head1 doesn’t strike me as a Barleywine more like a Wee Heavy! Nice aroma, breadiness, plums and prune goin’ on, sweet lingering finish! Very nice surprise!!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Garrold (4759) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 8, 2017
Bottle. Asda. Clear, deep copper colour. Messy, sticky, beige head. Nose has cake mix. Acetone. Some unripe berrry fruit. Taste is cakey, fruity sweet, before turning boozy, woody and metallic bitter. Medium body. A bit claggy. Pretty harsh bitterness on the finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
meldorf75 (76) - - JAN 5, 2017
Ladna cino czerwona.Aromat barwa. Piana srednia grubo pechezykowa szybko sie redukuje. Aromat ze slodu pszeniczniaka czuc chleb I w tle owoce. W smaku slodowy z dosc wysoka goryczka. Ale przeszkadza troszke wysokie nasycenie.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
twiddle (1) - Lincoln, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 2, 2017 does not count
Great taste for such a hard hitter, warm smooth and takes ya legs before ya head.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jzi (310) - POLAND - DEC 24, 2016
Backlog, ocena przepisana z untappd, w ramach uzupełniania profilu na ratebeer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
ROSE1962 (280) - POLAND - DEC 1, 2016
A deep mahogany brown coloured beer with a frothy white head. The aroma starts off with a trace of banana, reminiscent of a wheat beer, but this soon disappears to leave a heavily burnt caramel aroma, fruit cake, in essence - treacle sponge in a glass! Medium mouthfeel, not as heavy as the ABV might suggest. Bittersweet caramel flavours comes though, raisiny dried fruit and a certain nuttiness brough on through malt. There is a touch of alcohol bite in the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
janubio (761) - SPAIN - NOV 29, 2016
Poor s a ruby colour, with a big head that remains all the while, compact irregular lace. ARoma of prunes, caramel, spices (kind of a Christmas beer), I find something like fish, acetone, I guess is not well preserved, all in all not really that bad. Creamy paalate, medium to full body, good carbonation. Taste of chocolate, prunes, brown sugar. Guess I’ll have to give another try.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
adasko (2100) - Poznan, POLAND - NOV 24, 2016
Beautiful copper, ruby color. Cristal clear, nice head and lacing. Sweet malty, biscuity, bit estery aroma. It’s not super intense but really pleasant. Taste is much more intense, much more malty, lot of caramel notes, even a bit of tanned ones. Nice roasted caramel-ish bitterness in the end. Taste is very solid and strict, it has some character. Alcohol is nicely hidden, but you can feel it. One thing that I would fix is mouth feel. Was expecting something more dense and thick, with bigger body. It’s also a bit over carbonated. Very pleasant beer in overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stew41 (1964) - Phuket, THAILAND - NOV 23, 2016
Pretty good. Good depth of cola & malts, funky fruit aromas and low fizz. Def old school flavours here but works a treat even in the topic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rugamu (169) - SPAIN - NOV 16, 2016
Buena cerveza ale, con buen sabor y fácil de beber y con un aroma muy agradable, oscura y de espuma persistente. Adolece de un poco más de presencia en boca, pero repetiría sin problemas.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Antzrhere (140) - Blackpool, Lancashire, ENGLAND - NOV 13, 2016
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2016 Pours clear brown with white lacing. Caramel aroma. Taste is bitter burnt caramel, nutty and earthy hops. Slight phenolic taste reminiscent of peat smoked malt. Body is thin. Not bad, interesting, better than your average shop bought British ale nowadays, but not the best

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