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


on tap

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RATINGS: 965   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
eraserhd10 (226) - new haven, Connecticut, USA - JAN 24, 2005
Scotch Ales always have a tendency to sneak up on me and f* me up pretty good. This is no exception. A well-disguised high alcohol content. Sweet, malty scotch flavors. Deep and roasted.

GoufCustom (2173) - HONG KONG - OCT 31, 2017

330 ml bottle bought at Manecy's Studio Restaurant booth during Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival 2017 at the Harbour Front, Central.

Looks: Clear, deep ruby red colour;One-quarter finger head and soapy off-white foam which fades in 40 seconds; Excellent sticky lacing and near zero carbonation.

Aroma: Fragrant and sweet dark malt, with strong cherries, caramel, light toffee, light cream, mustiness, floral ,brown sugar, bread and thin grass.

Taste: Mid to strong sweet dark malt, with strong caramel, toffee, cherry liquor, light floral, brown sugar, strong liquorices, light bread, lemon, medium bitter hops and grass.

Body: Medium body. Slick and quite oily palate.

Mouth Feel: Very good dark maltyness in a thinned but slightly viscous background. Strong cherry liquor upfront reminds me of Kasteel Rouge, followed by caramel and light toffee. Light flowery with strong brown sugar sweetness, light bready with lemon and liquorices to round. Pretty good!

Hoppiness: Floral and thin grass in nose. Lemon, light floral and grass in taste; Bitterness - liquorices and hops - is quite strong for a lasting, mid to high astringent sweet-bitter liquor finish.

After Taste: Quite dry. Sweet boozy and bitter to mouth.

Comments: The cherry liquor characters spread through the aroma and taste, which is nice enough but maybe not as vibrant as Kasteel Rouge. A bit light to the mouth but otherwise pretty easy to walk through. Decent.

rumproasts (6035) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 29, 2017
bottle. deep amber brown with small head. sweet with brown sugar, caramel, toffee, dark fruit, booze. no peatiness noted, which I think sometimes turns me off from this style.

hrabren (1529) - Zagreb, CROATIA - OCT 28, 2017
Bottle at Drunk Chiwawa, Belgrade. Shared with lovely Anja. Colour of Coca-cola, small tan head. Caramel, dry fruits, toasty, metallic, alcohol. Dry with some sweetness emerging. Medium body, moderate carbonation, dry finish. Not spectacular.

wlajwl (7064) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - OCT 9, 2017
Aroma is fruitcake and medium/big sweetness. The flavor is fruit, malts, medium sweetness and a slightly spicy/warming alcoholic finish.

Lowenbrau (4727) - Asturias, SPAIN - SEP 18, 2017
330ml bottle @Cimmeria, Oviedo. 18-09-2017.
BBD: 27-03-2018. Batch: L7086A.
In short: malty roasty ale.
Did I enjoy it: yes.
Pours dark amber with nice off white head. Moderate head retention, little lacing. Malty, nuts, roasty, caramel, toffee, licorice nose. Medium body, soft carbonation, oily texture. Taste is malt forward, roasty, caramel, nutty. Smooth and enjoyable.

Cajun (541) - Lafayette, Louisiana, USA - MAY 18, 2017
Bottle - Pours a deep ruby brown, hint of purple, with off-white head. Good smell, overall very malty, dark fruits, figs, yeast, some raisins, licorice, hops throughout, bit of oak and a little alcohol presence in the finish.

chinchill (5313) - 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.

ttoadee (1582) - 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.

vodka4blood (152) - 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: )

Maits (580) - 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.

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