McEwan's No.1 Champion - The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
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United Kingdom (England)
3.84/5 rDev +3.8%
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.
07-09-2014 00:01:19 | More by Leeham991
4.44/5 rDev +20%
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As a side note, the photo posted is out of date (or perhaps for export bottles).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
05-20-2014 19:27:59 | More by utfiero
3.1/5 rDev -16.2%
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.
03-12-2013 18:34:12 | More by mick303
United Kingdom (England)
4.08/5 rDev +10.3%
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!...
01-26-2013 21:23:26 | More by coltsr2
1.73/5 rDev -53.2%
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
10-02-2012 23:57:43 | More by BeerGogglesReviews
McEwan's No.1 Champion from The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
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