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McEwan's Scotch Ale - The Caledonian Brewing Company

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McEwan's Scotch AleMcEwan's Scotch Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

628 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

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Ratings: 628
Reviews: 445
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.95%
Wants: 35
Gots: 20 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
The Caledonian Brewing Company visit their website
United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: UnionMade on 08-17-2001

No longer exported to the US.
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Ratings: 628 | Reviews: 445 | Display Reviews Only:
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3.59/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.24/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of vulcan1429
4.42/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great for cold weather climates.

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LordofthePings
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12 oz bottle into mug, new version from 2014.

I seem to remember this beer being maltier with less alcohol flavor before they discontinued it and began rebrewing. Maybe thats just nostalgia though. Dark brown, lots of smokey malt. Alcohol comes through in flavor and smell. Oak and whiskey notes. One of my favorite examples of the style with lots of good memories. Glad they brought it back even though I have to drive 5 hours to buy it. Prefer it just under room temp, fridge temp takes away a lot of the flavor.

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4.29/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Skyjmpr
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.54/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.46/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, deep, dark, almost opaque , black color with an eighth of a finger of oatmeal-colored head that quickly dissolved into a thin lacing of foam that partially covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Roasty, toasty, malty! Lots of freshly baked dark bread, comingling with some brown sugar-like sweetness and a hit of alcohol.

Taste: Jesus, that’s good! Malt bomb to the max!! Strong notes of both toasted and roasted malt, imparting both breadiness and smoke, followed by some brown sugar-like sweetness. Delicious!

Mouthfeel: Slightly chewy, with some pretty good carbonation. With an ABV of 8.0%, there’s a very pleasant alcohol warmth on the palate.

Overall: This is the granddaddy of Scotch ales, and it’s absolutely delicious! I’ll always have some of this on hand…as long as I can find it. Highly recommended!

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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

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3.8/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4.2/5  rDev +10.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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4.44/5  rDev +16.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Act25
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I ended up with overall 4 for this one because I preferred it over most domestic Scotch Ales I have tried including Oskar's Old Chub.

A: Pours a clear, porter, cola color with a medium creamy head that leaves a good bit of lacing and islands of mocha.

S: Too modest, caramel malt, biscuit, peat, grain, and a bit of pine sap shellac.

T: Kept coming back to this for its sweet, inviting malty caramel with complex pine, grass, peat, and nice peaty, scotch alcohol finish.

F: Like Scotch whiskey, rich, silky mouthfeel, smooth.

Great example of the style, easy drinking, let it warm of course.

Photo of Amalak
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%

A very deep dark brown with a huge, foamy white head and great lacing. Metallic, lemon, malt scent. Bready. With a dark fruit grape undertone. Lemon a bit of metallic, like the scent. Full bodied and smooth. Nutmeg.

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of HarveyK
5/5  rDev +31.6%

This beer taste just like heaven. I wish it was in the states still.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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McEwan's Scotch Ale from The Caledonian Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 628 ratings.