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


on tap

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RATINGS: 992   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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

FastEddie (230) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 27, 2002
Nice sweet maltiness, but perhaps a bit too far on the sweet side but still good. Skullsplitter Orkney Ale is a preferred Scottish Ale, when available.

zborgerd (187) - Illinois, USA - AUG 21, 2002
Perhaps this was too sweet for me. I loved its strength, but I found it too hard to enjoy because of its weird flavor. The brew had a very hard berry-ish flavor, and goes down like bitter cola. It really warms the body though. I don’t personally like it a lot, but it is certainly unique. Perhaps I should serve it in a different manner? I think that it was too cold. It had too much of a bitter-sweet bite in the aftertaste. Tastes like candied rubber. I like the absence of hoppieness in some ales, but it works best in Belgians. This doesn’t cut it.

JPDIPSO (6223) - Wauwatosa, USA - AUG 20, 2002
Nice dark amber color with a interesting head, Big bubbles on the bottom with real small creamy ones on the top. Burnt toffee and mild earth aroma. Quite sweet to start. Flavors of dark cherries and blackberries. Quite spicy in the finish with mild allspice and white pepper. I can remember this is one beer I could keep in the refrigerator 20 years ago in college and no one else would touch it. As it warms the malt flavors and alcohol comes to along with a mild peat flavor. Still an enjoyable brew. Make sure you let this warm a bit to really catch all the flavors.

jamrun (137) - Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA - AUG 18, 2002
Nice cremy head, very little aroma maybe some malt aroma, small malt flavor very little hoppiness. I would expect more maltiness from a scotch ale

hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - AUG 16, 2002
Roasted cherries? What is that aftertaste? In any event this beer comes on boldly and beautifully, but without enough hop pressence for my taste. Unable to finish a bottle, I poured it into some chili I was making (for the record I love maple syrup in chili) and the result was heavenly.

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