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


on tap

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RATINGS: 998   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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mR_fr0g (10848) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 5, 2016
Bottle shared at the hi wy cum. Tasting, 5/11/2016. Many thanks to Paul for this one. A amber dark coloured pour with a fading head. Aroma is meaty umami, salty, toffee, little jammy fruits. . Flavour is composed of semi sweet salty jammy, . Chalky. Plate is semi sweet, aged. Ok carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Scopey (13736) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 5, 2016
Late 80s bottle as McEwan’s Scots Ale. It pours clear rich mahogany brown with a small beig head. The aroma is rich, meaty, earthy maltage, dried berry, fruit cake, plum skin and date. The taste is dry, bitter, earthy, brown bread, wood, dried fruits, plum, date, prune and some musty spice with a dry finish. Medium body and fine carbonation. Not bad for age.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nordic (587) - Tartu, ESTONIA - NOV 2, 2016
Bottle @ deTolly baar. Very dark. Aroma: toffee, warm caramel, plums, red wine. Taste: dark chocolate, caramel, not too sweet, medium bitter. ABV hidden. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
phfyysik (1141) - Tartu, ESTONIA - OCT 27, 2016
Pours nut brown with light off-white head. Aroma is toffee, grass, some earth, resin, some wood, cream, light smoke, rum, red wine. Taste is red grapes, fresh, wood, creamy, light sweet, some oak barrels, citrus. Abv is very well hidden. Superb beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (23314) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - OCT 24, 2016
Bottle. Clear brown color, medium white head. Aroma of malty toasted caramel. Taste has caramel and milk chocolate. Tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bierdimpfe (612) - Quebec, CANADA - OCT 6, 2016
Hazy dark brown color with a copper hue and a very weak head. Flavors of alcohol, dark malts, toffee, faint nuts and lemon, lots of herbal spices. Sweet smell but more of a bitter taste. Feels more like a stout/porter. Dominant alcohol feel. Creamy medium body with moderate carbonation. Strong finish that lingers for a moment with dry bitter spices, and a bit earthy. A little stale and not really balanced. Lacks some quality, overall above average stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JaKeAFC (1076) - ITALY - OCT 2, 2016
Dark brown color, clear, deep red hue, thick stable beige head. Aroma of roasted malts, cake, plum/cherry, caramel/sugar, solvent. Light bittering hops, resin. Taste is sweetish, sticky with a mild bitterness, relatively complex. Medium to full body, slow sipper, light warming. Creamy texture, smooth alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MetalNHopHead (1736) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - SEP 10, 2016
Nothing like a good Scotch Ale, even in the summertime. McEwan’s Scotch Ale has a mahogany pour and an eggshell head. Toffee, light hops, and mild fruit aromas. Caramel and chocolate flavor profile. Smooth feel. While a richer flavor and fuller feel would be welcome, it’s impossible to deny how tasty and drinkable this is. Great example of Scotch Ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
suurjuust (3256) - ESTONIA - SEP 9, 2016
Bottle. Dark brown beer, small tan head. Nose is mild caramel, some minerals, burned notes, dried fruit and roasted malt. Flavor is roasty, somewhat acidic, dried fruit. Bread crust acidity in the finish with more fruity notes. Smooth stuff, hides the booze rather well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kauge (1833) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 5, 2016
Bottle from SuperAlko (€ 1.99). BB 01.04.2017. Pours brown, seems clear, with a small, very light beige head. Sweetish sourish herbal and berry aroma with black tea and roasty-toasty hints, lactic even?, very difficult to adequately describe to be honest... Tastes nice. Dark fruits, malts, black tea kind of yeastiness? Slight creaminess on the palate, carbonation soft, body. Easy drinking despite the 8%. Nice, old-school stuff. Worth buying again.

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