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


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RATINGS: 965   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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thirstyrabbit (1851) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAR 4, 2017
Bottle. Dark copper body, small head. Toffee and dark malts in aroma. Sweet caramelly body with plain malts and some cola. Mildly raisiny and toasty finish with medium level hoppiness. A touch too watery. Close to being bland and rather uncomplex. The booze is well covered. It’s drinkable but mostly uninspiring.

bbbeer (880) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 8, 2017
Golden brown with medium small tan head. Caramel and malt aroma, brown sugar. Medium body, a bit sticky mouthfeel but no alcohol really. Sweet up front, caramel and molasses, finish a touch drier. Ok.

floydslip (422) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 6, 2017
Dark reddish brown beer with a thin light tan head and decent lacing. Nose of cocoa, nuts, and vanilla. Flavor is a bit dryer with unsweetened cocoa, molasses, and almonds finished with a mild bitterness and a lingering underlying sweetness. Solid beer.

madmitch76 (25568) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 6, 2017
5th November 2016
High Wycombe House Warming. Thanks to Scopey. Almost clear amber beer, no head. Palate is light and semi dry, modest carbonation. Very oxidised caramel malts. Some paper. Floralness into more caramel. Smooth semi dry finish. Always a kick to try old beers but sometimes they.are just plain knackered like this one.

The_Osprey (9163) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 11, 2016
November 2016 - Bottle share at Theydon’s High Wycombe Tasting. Thanks to Scopey for this aged example! As ’McEwan’s Scots Ale’, 80s vintage. Amber orange brown, translucent with a foamy beige head, dotted lacing. Aroma is toffee, slight orange. Body is smooth with low-ish carbonation. Taste is sweet sugary malts, toffee, gloopy sugars with some apple. Sweet stewed vibe. OK. (3.0)

JDBaker11058 (2351) - 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 (4737) - SPAIN - NOV 17, 2016
Bottle 33cl @ Cervezorama 2.0, Madrid, Spain. A: Dark amber. T: Malt, caramel, spices, alcohol.

Theydon_Bois (20646) - 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 (22329) - 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 (13523) - 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.

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