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


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RATINGS: 1001   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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JDBaker11058 (2153) - Maryland, USA - DEC 2, 2016
appearance: clear dark cola brown (ruby when backlit), with a short soapy off-white collar. aroma: raisin and toffee, with some plummy, molasses, and wood notes. taste: malty sweet, with lots of toffee, caramel, some vanilla, a hint of root beer/cream soda, maybe just a bit of smoke. finish: lingering sweetness, relatively full-bodied, but with decent carb to liven it up. notes: Definitely on the better side of the scotch ales I’ve had. Nice drinking here. Bottle from the Craft Beer of the Month Club.

melush (3964) - SPAIN - NOV 17, 2016
Bottle 33cl @ Cervezorama 2.0, Madrid, Spain. A: Dark amber. T: Malt, caramel, spices, alcohol.

Theydon_Bois (19198) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - NOV 5, 2016
Bottle at The High WyCum tasting, Chez Bois, thanks to Scoopy 05/11/16. Rich chestnut brown with a decent light beige cap. Nose is earthy, musty, dark fruits, oxidised notes. Taste comprises soy sauce, spice, brown bread, molasses, dark fruits. Medium bodied, fine carbonatiom, semi drying close. Ok for age.

Leighton (21085) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 5, 2016
Bottle shared in High Wycombe - thanks to Scopey. Vintage late ’80s. Pours clear copper with a frothy, off-white topping. The nose has faded fruitcake, caramel, toasty malts. Medium sweet flavour with creamy ripe fruits, more caramel. Medium to full bodied with fine carbonation. Sweet finish with notable oxidation, gooey caramel, over-ripe berries. Has aged pretty well.

mR_fr0g (11904) - 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.

Scopey (14511) - 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.

nordic (630) - 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.

phfyysik (1251) - 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!

Travlr (24307) - 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.

Bierdimpfe (640) - 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.

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