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

bottled
available

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RATINGS: 1001   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle: Filtered
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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2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Linc (739) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - SEP 28, 2002
I cannot find the words to explain the weirdness of this beer but it certainly is schizofrenic. You get aromas of coffee, chocolate, carbon-dioxide and wine. It has a decent palate but the flavour is quite sweet and buttery, with some slight chocolate notes. It has hints of being good and hints of bad but just ends up being mediocre (and weird).

1.2
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
knickerbocker (13) - USA - SEP 26, 2002
I used to drink this ale often, but left it for a few years. When returning to taste it I couldn’t believe that a product could go down the tubes in quality. I used to love it’s sweet scotch richness and satisfying aftertaste, but now I would rank it next to Doblers Ale if they still made it.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Slovak34 (99) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - SEP 24, 2002
This is a great tasting scottish ale. While many beer aftertastes leave you gagging, you’ll want to drink this beer simply for the amazing aftertaste.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 16, 2002
Beautiful ruby brown hue. Tannish brown head, with nice lacing. Malt aromas, slight smokiness? This is a great scotch ale, no doubt about it. Alcohol is hidden. Sweet first, caramel coffee and chocolate, medium bodied, nice carbonation, with a sweet finish, lingering maple. Not super spectacular, but definately decent and worth drinking. If u can get it on tap, then do it. Its creamier, and packs a friggin mean punch.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - SEP 15, 2002
Beautiful deep red color, not cloudy. Sweet, bready malty aroma and taste. I didn’t taste the alcohol until about half-way through the bottle. Light carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - SEP 15, 2002
Yeah. This is a nice Scotch Ale. The color is extremely dark red. It looks brown until you hold it up to a light. Very bready, sweet, malty aroma and flavor. It has a slight alcohol finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
morty99 (371) - Maryland, USA - SEP 15, 2002

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - SEP 9, 2002
Sweet smell; taste is caramel and burnt molasses, with alchohol presence. A bit salty like red wine. Full and heavy at first, but melds into a rather light finish and aftertaste. Nice cloying.

1.4
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
benzim (36) - USA - SEP 9, 2002
Quite watery. Malt aroma present but not too pleasent. Not a good representative of the style , in my opinion.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nate (4279) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 2, 2002
Red wine alcoholic aroma. Some sour malts. Lacing foamy white head on root beer brown colored beer. Smooth medium carb and medium-heavy watery body. Vapory, alcohol, dark fruit, sweet malt, and a little hops in the flavor. Touch of sourness. Sweet nutty after. Watery taste.


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