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McEwan's Scotch Ale - The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited

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McEwan's Scotch AleMcEwan's Scotch Ale

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very good

618 Ratings

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Ratings: 618
Reviews: 441
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.95%
Wants: 34
Gots: 17 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited visit their website
United Kingdom (Scotland)

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No longer exported to the US.

(Beer added by: UnionMade on 08-17-2001)
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Photo of jackndan
2.85/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

McEwan’s Scotch Ale: nice looking, deep garnet color, with little head. Nice understated aroma, black cherry? First taste, whoa, who put the booze in my beer? Shockingly sweet, with overwhelming malt and alcohol. Highly carbonated. If this what Scotch Ale is supposed to taste like, I’ll have to pass.

Photo of Duhast500
2.85/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

The color is dark brown with a light foamy white head. With no lacing.

The smell is a bit caramel, with a small fruit flavor in the background.

The taste is a bit sweet with a roasted malt feel and a nice brown sugar flavor.

The feel of this beer is a nice and even. The beer is a strong but not too overwhelming is really drinkable.

Photo of Sammy
2.9/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lots of alcohol. Beats your run-of-the-mill beer and Ok in a session. Some syrup sweetness or medicinal and carbonation like your no-name micro on-tap. A subtle nutty plumness. Pleasant tan color and head. Best with food or to complement some single malt scotches.

Photo of misternebbie
2.92/5  rDev -23.2%

Photo of ahking
2.93/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured with little to no head and there was no lacing. A very nice mahogany brown color, deep and rich looking. Heavy toffee flavors with a little bit of smoke, coffee, and toasted malt. Hops are not present in the aroma. It smells husky (like grain husks). Fairly sweet. Slightly bittered. Mouthfeel is rather thin for a Scotch ale. I am not so much a fan of this, nor McEwans IPA. There are a lot of better beers out there for your money.

Photo of Ricochet
2.93/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Complex and un-beer like. This is a different kind of drink, but not my kind of taste. I think I've only had one or two scottish ales, so I'll try to keep this fair. If you love these, cheers.

Smell. At first, I almost thought this beer had gone south. It smells like a wine but really really sweet , almost like wine that has gone back to grape juice rather than going to vinegar. It appears dark brown and with little head and fizzes quite a bit. Mouth was thick, not much alcohol, but that sour-grape aftertaste took control and finished as if it was champaign. So, it tastes... Malt and hops, but heavy on the prune and pungent alcohol lingers. Deep licorace notes in the back also. There are a lot of flavors in this beer, but nothing really to rave about.

One and done for me. Having just had a double IPA, then switching to this after dinner, I can see why I appreciate the Pale, Porter and Stout over all else. Nice to challenge with different flavors.

Photo of beeroclock
2.93/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This pours dark, looks more like a coke than a beer, not much head to it if any. It smells sweet, but I can't make out any particular odors. Tastes sweet, more like a cream stout or something, probably be better as a dessert than a beer. I can't really explain the mouthfeel, kinda carbonated and light w/ some chocolate like aftertaste. It's not like a beer at all to me, but it's not terrible, just decent.

Photo of NiceGuyMike
2.95/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Very dark with fine yet small head. Very little lacing.
Smells of earthy alcohol slightly metalic.
Earthy sweet caramel malts. Very strong heavy after taste that includes heavy alcohol.
Heavy mouth feel
Too strong on all fronts to drink much of.

Perhaps I'm not a fan of this style.

Photo of twiggamortis420
2.95/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a medium brown color with some reddish tinting around the edges. Very pillowy, creamy tan head and provides sticky lacing and good retention. A nice looking beer.

Somewhat mild nose of peat, malt, earthy sweet moss and hints of dark chocolate. Maybe a touch of dark fruits (prunes) in there as well.

A bit too sweet and fruity for me. Has some astringent qualities in the flavor. Seems a bit thin and does not have enough roastiness, leaves me wanting a bit more body and creaminess for a scotch ale. Hides the ABV well, never would have guessed this is above 6 or 6.5. Could not see myself buying a whole six pack of this.

Photo of Seanstoppable
2.95/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured out into a mug a jet black. Even holding it toward a light maintains this inky darkness. Decent amount of head - with lacing - also present. Smells of toffee. Taste is a syrupy brown sugar-molasses-scotch flavor. Very sweet, somewhat heavy. Not something I particularly care for drinking over a prolonged period of time.

Photo of bpfrush
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of tempest
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't know about this one, maybe it was a bad bottle. It looked ok to start with. The smell, however, was way off. It might have been skunked but it smelled kind of like an old sneaker with beer spilled in it. Yeah, the flavor was mellow and alright with caramel grains, nothing too nutty. I don't think I'd try this again.

Photo of klimoja
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of goochpunch
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep ruby cherrywood with a tan creamy head. Leaves some sheeted lacing. Smells of malt, sweet, some dark dried fruits, and a not so pleasant yeastiness. Flavor is just up front malt sweetness, some light roasted character, slight smoke, raisins, and a slightly astringent finish. Again, not too crazy about the yeast here. Mouthfeel is thick, heavy, and slightly slick. Little carbonation. This is a decent enough beer, but it just doesn't do it for me enough to compel me to keep on drinking.

Photo of GratefulNole
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of daliandragon
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Attractive mahogany color with only a thin cap of head but respectable lacing. Nose is malty with alcohol and coffee tones but somewhat nondescript. Taste is somewhat bitter in the finish although it hides the alcohol well. There is some initial fruityness followed by a chemical tasting sweetness that finishes similar to sawdust. Also, the mouthfeel is flat and has something of a cola texture to it, although overcarbonation isn't really a problem. Too bad, as I was really looking forward to this but it's not on the upper side of the wee heavies I've sampled so far.

Photo of Zachariah1978
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of bigred89
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of zenwatts
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of macrosmatic
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of oneturbucfan
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of JakeDebus
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of Svendozen
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of bzach
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of BeerLover99
3/5  rDev -21.1%

McEwan's Scotch Ale from The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
86 out of 100 based on 618 ratings.