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

McEwan's No.1 ChampionMcEwan's No.1 Champion

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49 Ratings
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Ratings: 49
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.67%

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:
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(Beer added by: bditty187 on 08-24-2003)
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Photo of mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle bought from Tesco

Poured a dark mahogany red / brown colour... Slightly off white head poured quite thick and foamy and faded to nice layer...

Aroma - Sweet caramel / bready maltiness with light toasted notes, treacle, dark fruits (raisins, dates), lemony sharpness...

Taste – Quite sweet toasted maltiness, fairly strong hop bitterness, raisins, coffee, brown sugar...

Feel - Quite smooth and slightly oily.. Medium / full bodied. Pretty drinkable..

Overall - A pretty good beer....Well worth a try...

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2006 10:22:36 | More by mdagnew
Photo of wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

BB 31 AUG 2006. Served cool in a goblet.

A: dark mahogany hue; a tight, creamy+frothy pale-beige head comes with good retention, leaving even sheets of lacing~~
S: deeply toffee-ish and creamy malts come in full force... along with malt-syrup, molasses, caramel, preserved dark fruits (like plums), light licorice, and more cream to follow... It's so creamy rich and round, a bit like thick, strong Belgian dark ale without the yeasty and exotic fruity edge.
T: thickly-textured lightly-sugary and toasted maltiness prevails upfront, gradually settling to a bed of rich semi-sweet dark fruits; the mouthfeel undergoes a slow transformation, into a lightly spicy/"stimulating" touch of licorice on top of a magnifying herbal+woody bitter aftertaste... that creeps into every corner deep down the palate and lingers for a great long time. The creamy malty overtone supports the ever-evolving flavour profile, making the experience of this beer a vertical, or "3D", one.
M&D: ultra-soft and creamy on the mouthfeel while the spiciness provides a constant stimulation as does the lingering bitterness. This beer, being as strong as 7.3%abv., is very successful in hiding its alc. under the guise of great smoothness and creamy texture. Very satisfying for a late-night digestif or a winter warmer~~

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2005 05:23:50 | More by wl0307
Photo of avylover


4.28/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a lighter shade of clear mahogony. Had this in the U.K. very nice creamy & malty aroma,which goes right along with the caramel & ever so slightly fruity taste,. Nice carbonation creates a nice full and creamy mouthfeel with nice drinkability. The sweet caramel maltiness flows across my tongue all the way home. This almost heads into barleywine teritory, at least with the sweet maltiness. Most excellent, and a must for a malt monster wanting a strong ale. Once again, a very drinkable strong ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2005 00:07:39 | More by avylover
Photo of bark


3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The colour is dark copper with a tint of brown. The pale beige foam is thick, firm and three fingers high.

The smell is generous with sweet flavours of diacetyl, nuts, dark rye bread, nuts and a somewhat smoky touch.

The carbonation is soft and pleasant.

The taste is quite complex with notes of rye bread, smoked ham, diacetyl, treacle, cream and a gentle bitterness. The taste develops into an almost sherry-like taste of sweetness and alcohol with a hint of salt.

The only drawback to this fine ale is its alcoholic strength – I got pretty tipsy after 500 ml of this 7.5% brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2004 13:47:33 | More by bark
Photo of GreenCard


3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: dark brown, great clarity, nice spongey layer of tan foam with good retention, lace

Aroma: syrupy sweetness, dark honey, hint of smoke, hazelnuts, hint of chocolate, roast alcohol

Flavor: initially quite sweet with a rounded malt backbone, then a twinge of roast starts the counterpoint while peppery alcohol comes in; licorice, toast, a bit woody; balances out nicely with a somewhat sharp bitterness on the back of my tongue, just before it finishes semi-sweet with an aftertaste of brown sugar and a lingering bitterness

Mouthfeel: full body, smooth/silky texture, mild carbonation

Other comments: "No. 1 Champion" is not an overstatement since, of the McEwan's beers I've tried, this is the best by far. But because of the richness, a full pint of this stuff is a lot for one sitting. Not that I didn't thoroughly enjoy it!

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2004 13:01:33 | More by GreenCard
Photo of cypressbob

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle

Pours with a dark ruby body, slightly hazy. Fluffy tan head, decent retention, thick and almost syrupy

Smell, sweet maltly aromas, toasted malt, nutty fragrance also

Taste, dry malty body, very thick and heavy , almost stout like, sweet aftertaste with a dry hop finish on the palette

Overall not a bad brew, but a little too sweet and unbalanced, very boozy, i swirlled a mouthfeel and it left my palette with a real alcoholic flavour, like vodka, Its only 7.3 aswell, i've had stuff like storm king stout etc that hide alcohol soooo much better

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2004 21:30:47 | More by cypressbob
Photo of Doiv

United Kingdom (England)

3.15/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark ruby colour. Off white to tan head that is thick, creamy and lasts well.
The nose is ever so slightly fruity, but altogether is disappointing and lacking. Thw taste is incredibly sweet - perhaps too sweet. Very intense, malty with a little cinnamon back-bite in the aftertaste. Slightly yeasty also.

Mouthfeel is smooth and it is very quaffable, but the taste and smell let it down. That said, I was pleasantly surprised by this ale compared to the rest of the Mc Ewan's range, but I would certainly not consider this a 'champion'.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2004 18:01:10 | More by Doiv
Photo of bditty187


3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brought back from Ipswich, England by my girlfriend’s parents…

Darkish ruby-brown hue, translucent, light beige head, slightly more than a finger’s worth, excellent retention. Thick rings of lace were produced. The nose is weak… light hints of malt, nuts, and butter. Disappointing. The palate is malty with very little hops influences, the alcohol is discernible… slight spiciness and licorice hints… the sweetness (and butteriness) grows as the beer warms, bready. The body is a touch thin, watery in spots… very drinkable, easy to quaff. Low carbonation… silky mouthfeel. Sweet/spiced aftertaste. This beer has its moments of greatness… the bouquet does lack in potency and it is somewhat simplistic but overall it’s a damn nice brew. Try one.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2003 22:15:47 | More by bditty187
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McEwan's No.1 Champion from The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
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