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

bottled
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RATINGS: 996   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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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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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bbbeer (787) - 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 (373) - 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 (23681) - , 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 (7340) - 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 (2022) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
melush (3448) - SPAIN - NOV 17, 2016
Bottle 33cl @ Cervezorama 2.0, Madrid, Spain. A: Dark amber. T: Malt, caramel, spices, alcohol.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Theydon_Bois (18189) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Leighton (19825) - 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.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mR_fr0g (10612) - 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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Scopey (13557) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 5, 2016
Late 80s bottle as McEwan’s Scots Ale. It pours clear rich mahogany brown with a small beig head. The aroma is rich, meaty, earthy maltage, dried berry, fruit cake, plum skin and date. The taste is dry, bitter, earthy, brown bread, wood, dried fruits, plum, date, prune and some musty spice with a dry finish. Medium body and fine carbonation. Not bad for age.


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