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


on tap

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RATINGS: 996   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sawyerpc15 (75) - Bowser, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 6, 2016
One of my Favorite ales and like the rich tastes and choc slaty smoky smell. Has an 8% alcohol content and fills you up very quickly. Great winter ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
klm1 (1291) - Bled, SLOVENIA - JAN 27, 2016
Pours muddy reddish dark brown color, with creamy off-white stable head. Visually medium carbonation. Aroma: prevails aroma of malts, which takes on toffee, with hint of hop aroma in the background, which takes on dark fruits. Flavor: rich malt flavor, which takes on biscuit, toffee, with hints of honey, very well balanced with hop flavors, which takes on dark fruits like plums, prunes, blueberries, etc. Body is medium to full, texture is soft, carbonation is medium. Overall: very good, but still somehow onedimensional palate-typical for that style.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MiamiBarman (59) - Miami, Florida, USA - JAN 17, 2016
Brown color with an off-white head that lingers on and forms lacing pretty well. The aroma is very faint and not intense at all, some caramel and a hint of raisins, but that’s about all. Where this beer shines is in the flavor and after taste. Very lush and thick, rich mouthfeel, medium-full body with a pretty well-attenuated finish. Only thing to complain a little about here is the relatively weak aroma.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Frothmeister (758) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 14, 2016
330ml bottle. Pours a clear dark chestnut colour with a one finger creamy tan head. Raisin, dark rum, dates, brown sugar...well, basically everything in the realm of fruit cake on the nose with a light mineral note. As for taste, mildly sweet with mineral notes, molasses, light coffee, light plum, and raisin into dark bread-like notes, toffee, brown sugar, with some metallic bitterness in the finish. A favourite. An annual winter cellar staple.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zvsn (1803) - ISRAEL - JAN 7, 2016
Bottle. Deep brown with a small beige head. Smell of caramel, molasses, dried fruits and chocolate with light smoky notes. Sweet, caramel and roasted flavors, dry finish with some bitterness, quite boozy, medium bodied, decent sipping beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rayaron (1562) - Kfar Saba, ISRAEL - JAN 1, 2016
Bottle 330ml. Deep amber with big frothy beige head. Aroma of prune, dried fruits and chocolate. The flavor has notes of prune, dried fruits and hint of soy sauce and coffee, sourish, a bit alcoholic, semi-dry. Medium to full-bodied. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ElCapitan22 (360) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2015
Pours a rusty red color with nice lacing and excellent head retention. Has an aroma of tart cherries and malt. Tastes slightly fruity, very malty and has a finishing cocoa touch. A pretty nice drink here!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wxman (1773) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - DEC 18, 2015
Pours a dark clear garnet with a nice light tan head. Aroma is roasted malt. Taste is roasted malt, brown sugar, butter and caramel. Some minor hop bitterness at the end. Quite good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
canary dog (748) - Rutland, Vermont, USA - NOV 15, 2015
Excellent, smooth and malty. Deep and honest. Old world quality. It never seems too sweet. The 8% stays very well hidden throughout the entire session.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Canmoore (450) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 8, 2015
Pours a dark ruby red with virtually no head. Aroma notes include fig, plum, raisin, fiery malts, and booze. Tasting notes include fig, dates, plums, rich malts, brown sugar, and finishes on a spicy note. The mouth feel is warming, and slightly boozy. Not bad!

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