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

bottled
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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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3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
corpsuckle (101) - Washington, USA - FEB 3, 2014
Pretty good scotch... Not my favorite, but pretty good. Fairly sour and dry, malty and dark.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
chinchill (4747) - South Carolina, USA - APR 21, 2017
330 ml bottle. Pours clear but very dark reddish-brown. A weak head soon becomes a partial coat and a thin ring. Minimal lacing. Lightly sweet with partially hidden alcohol. High ABV is particularly well hidden in the feel. Hints of dried plums and raisins.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ttoadee (1411) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 2, 2017
Deep brown/amber pour, diminishing tan head with a trail of lace. Nose is malt and pencil shavings. Bittersweet. Middle is roasted malt, showing a little stone fruit, touch of peat, and some woody undertones. Finish shows the ABV and more sweet malt.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
vodka4blood (144) - Miltonboro, Vermont, USA - MAR 30, 2017
Well I guess I’m still pretty disappointed that people either aren’t interested in this style of beer (one of my all-time favorites) very much, and if they are, those few don’t seem to recognize a classic when it’s right in front of them. This tastes exactly like what a proper Scotch ale should, looks & smell perfect also, so I’m left scratching my head on this one.... I’ll continue to love this brew until I’m an Old Sot, guaranteed! Respectfully, Rater #999 (666 inverted: )

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Maits (331) - ESTONIA - MAR 14, 2017
Dark amber or even brown beer with very tiny beige head. Aroma is weak malty and burnt sugar. Taste is light sour, mild sweet and light bitter. You can feel an alcohol a little bit, but it won´t disturb. Light body. Descent ale, but aroma was weak.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thirstyrabbit (1808) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bbbeer (799) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
floydslip (383) - 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.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
madmitch76 (24173) - , 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.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
The_Osprey (7729) - 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)

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JDBaker11058 (2061) - 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.


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