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McEwan's No.1 Champion - The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited

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55 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.75%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited visit their website
United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
Scottish Ale |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: bditty187 on 08-24-2003)
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mjgarrett2

Maryland

4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Deep, dark mahogany with almost no light permeating the glass. An almost ruby/violet hue like the color of red grapes.

S-Tart fruits, maybe fig or apricot. Bit of raisin as well almost like fortified wines.

T-Slightly sour grape/raisin bolstered by sweet roasted malts and some bitterness. Really does tread between a malty scottish ale and a rich port.

M-Dry and robust. It avoids being too sweet through the depth of the fruity characteristics rather than the sugar content.

D-Good on it's own but it seems to fill a role, like port, as an after dinner drink or something I would want with an appetizer spread or a cheese course.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2010 21:02:16 | More by mjgarrett2
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Leeham991

United Kingdom (England)

3.84/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep, deep copper with a very thick head. At first very little aroma got through that thick head, but when it down down and started coming through it was what I can only describe as sweet and with a lot of spirit.
As for the taste it starts of very sweet, going along with a syrupy mouth feel. It dies down into a soft carbonated burn then off into an aftertaste of spirits. Very pleasant overall, soft and malty, a hint of hops.

Overall it is very pleasant. A very warming beer I would imagine would be perfect for winter evenings, and with a flavour which is strong, but not overpowering.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2014 00:01:19 | More by Leeham991
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beerinabottle

Ireland

3/5  rDev -19.1%

07-07-2014 21:27:20 | More by beerinabottle
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endless1408

United Kingdom (England)

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

06-02-2014 21:31:38 | More by endless1408
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utfiero

Texas

4.44/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color- rich Spanish oak brown. Medium head.

Aroma- mild hops, caramel, roasted malt, hint of Christmas cake. An excellent strong Scotch ale! Starts with a mild roastiness, moves quickly to Christmas cake, raisins, and spices, finishing with a linger cake, fruit, and coffee roastiness. Beautiful experience. Poured from 500 ml bottle into a small drinking glass while in Huntly, Scotland. Procured from a local store in Huntly.

As a side note, the photo posted is out of date (or perhaps for export bottles).

Mfg website www.mcewans.co.uk

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2014 19:27:59 | More by utfiero
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MisledTitan

United Kingdom (England)

3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

05-17-2014 15:12:52 | More by MisledTitan
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mizx

United Kingdom (England)

3/5  rDev -19.1%

04-26-2014 15:03:22 | More by mizx
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SimonTHGolfer

United Kingdom (England)

4/5  rDev +7.8%

01-03-2014 18:53:36 | More by SimonTHGolfer
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WGO

United Kingdom (England)

4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

12-06-2013 02:28:28 | More by WGO
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vauxhaulastra

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

11-08-2013 21:52:16 | More by vauxhaulastra
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abeeronthebeach

Washington

4/5  rDev +7.8%

10-03-2013 09:07:42 | More by abeeronthebeach
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Brewer1980

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3/5  rDev -19.1%

09-29-2013 12:45:13 | More by Brewer1980
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vinicole

United Kingdom (England)

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

09-13-2013 16:44:35 | More by vinicole
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windypete

United Kingdom (England)

3/5  rDev -19.1%

06-22-2013 20:42:28 | More by windypete
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Miha

Slovenia

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

06-01-2013 23:56:21 | More by Miha
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cfalovo97

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -19.1%

05-09-2013 13:40:54 | More by cfalovo97
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mick303

Ontario (Canada)

3.1/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a really large creamy off-white head. Colour is a dark ruddy brown. Shows nice retention and pretty good lacing.

Smell has a pleasant earthy roastiness, burnt sugar, cooked apples, a light earthy spice, some pleasant hop bitterness. A bit candy-like but also warming, not especially deep though.

Taste has a surge of coffee roastiness, then some burnt roasty character, bitter cocoa powder, coffee bean, heavy malt. A lot of residual sugar sweetness comes through in the mid-point, almost bubblegum like. Finishes dry, earthy, with spice and alcohol.

Mouthfeel is big, quite roasty and malty with quite a bit of boozy alcohol toward the end, moderate carbonation. Why am I left feeling like someone poured vodka into this beer?, more alcohol astringency on finish, dry bitterness.

The alcohol phenols on the finish seem a bit offensive and this suffers from balance issues in places. I did think the flavour was quite good at points, but it never seemed to balance and join together. It became hard to drink honestly, with the high strength they might have bitten off more than they can chew. The last time I had this I remember it being better, so much raw alcohol coming through. This is really bad on the end as it warms, no complexity and tastes increasingly like discount vodka, avoid.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2013 18:34:12 | More by mick303
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coltsr2

United Kingdom (England)

4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured a dark chestnut brown with a cream-coloured half inch head...aroma wise it was pure malt surrounded by sweet chestnuts and sultanas....
On the first taste its soon apparent that this is a quite a sweet and strong-ish, warming ale, mildly carbonated and full bodied, with toffee, fudge and caramel notes launching at you!....the lack of initial hopped bitterness to calm the sweetness down seems a bit odd at first, but then it eventually makes its slow appearance under all that sweet caramelised toffee apple exterior, subtle and subdued..but enough to make the overall experience a pleasant one...i find this beer a nice easy to drink sweet and strong ale, ideal for those cold winter nights in...and at 4 bottles for only £5 at my local asda its a real bargain too!...

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 21:23:26 | More by coltsr2
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His_Royal_Hoppiness

United Kingdom (England)

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

11-18-2012 22:48:31 | More by His_Royal_Hoppiness
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BeerGogglesReviews


1.73/5  rDev -53.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 1

Full bodied could describe Jordan's Physique, Basil Brush's brush or even this beer. This syrupy sticky sicky substance has all the subtlety of a drunken Mike Tyson on the pull. Mix some liquorice, and antifreeze together and you've got an idea of how this tastes. 'Champion!' Of what?!? A fairground prize-fighting brawl maybe.
Drink it if you wanna get drunker after a greasy Saturday night kebab or if you measure a beers quality by its ABV. If it were cheaper, painters would love it.
B G Score 08/100
http://youtu.be/FMTI9oXA09w

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2012 23:57:43 | More by BeerGogglesReviews
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jhm


4/5  rDev +7.8%

08-20-2012 16:01:48 | More by jhm
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pin

Australia

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

06-05-2012 04:13:04 | More by pin
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MEP


4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

05-20-2012 18:57:12 | More by MEP
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jakea

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

05-08-2012 20:57:06 | More by jakea
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Hanglow

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

04-17-2012 19:31:10 | More by Hanglow
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McEwan's No.1 Champion from The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
84 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.