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McEwan's Scotch Ale - The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited

McEwan's Scotch AleMcEwan's Scotch Ale

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very good

557 Ratings

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Ratings: 557
Reviews: 434
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 14.25%

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 packetknife


4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Reddish-brown, thin head. Smells like maple syrup. Maly and maple, sweet and thick. Heavy but smooth. I really like this on its own, no food close to it.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2002 21:01:47 | More by packetknife
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4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like malt? Like Scotch? Try McEwan’s Scotch Ale. This Scotch Ale packs quite a punch and actually made me sweat while quaffing.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2002 17:32:29 | More by stoutman
Photo of ADR


3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep, clear chestnut brown appearance. Head settles at a thin 1/4 of an inch around 30 seconds after the pour. Sweet and powerful semi-molasses aroma. Malty, maple sugar taste, nice and coating in a full-bodied way. Notes of alcohol and raisins. A little orange rind flavor, maybe from the malts or maybe from the subtle English hops. Nice and flavorful, represents the style well but close to a Doppelbock in stickiness. A little heavy for high drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2002 08:01:24 | More by ADR
Photo of jackndan


2.85/5  rDev -24.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2002 19:52:50 | More by jackndan
Photo of marc77


3.2/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The tan head is persistant enough to leave a lace. Dark garnet in hue w/ a bit of chill haze. Lots of sweet toffee and sugary prune notes in the aroma. Slight roasted grain sharpness is there as well. The hop nose is secondary, but a hint of floral Kent Goldings can be perceived. Medium bodied, and the low carbonation provides a very smooth mouthfeel. Roasted barley bitterness hits the palette initially, and a strong sugary sweetness follows. Hop bitterness is far too low to offset the residual sweetness. Finishes w/ no surprises-- roasty, sweet and almost syrupy. It's a pretty good Scotch Ale, but the sweetness borderlines on being cloying, and malt complexity was a bit lacking. A good brew if you're in the mood for something sweet. This would make a great (albeit expensive) vanilla ice cream float!

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2002 18:18:52 | More by marc77
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United Kingdom (England)

2/5  rDev -47.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Thin, not even that malty, sweet, ever so slightly peaty and smokey, but hardly even. Really average, scotch ale has never been a favourite of mine, and this is among the worst examples i've had, distgustingly industrial and sweet, what other raters see in this beer, is beyond me, very nasty stuff. Scottish ghetto swill.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2002 17:05:57 | More by rastaman
Photo of Reverand


3.13/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

First off I love Scottish ales and was really excited to taste McEwans. Unfortunately I was somewhat disappointed with the over all tasting. First off the color is incredible, a deep mahogony color with a decent head. Taste wise, the high alcohol 8% certainly is predominent and not some of the other flavors. This brew is definitely a sipping beer not one to pound down with your friends.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2002 16:50:08 | More by Reverand
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3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer is very sweet, almost wine-like with a little spice (cinnamon) and maybe black cherry. Very interesting flavor for a beer. 8% abv was noticeable, adding to the wine-like flavor. Low hop flavor. I enjoyed it quite a lot, but be warned, it is strong and very fruity. If you really like a pronounced hop flavor in your brews, you may not care for this.

The only other scotch ale I have had was Sam Adam's, and they are quite different. Sam's was definitely less sweet and had a smoky peat character that McEwan's did not

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2002 12:32:34 | More by bmills1608
Photo of Brent


3.05/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark ruddy color with a tangy, alcohol aroma that hits you up front. Very assertive, tangy caramel and prune with a bittersweet finish. A little cloying in the end. You would have to really like Scotch ales to be completely taken with this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2001 23:16:47 | More by Brent
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McEwan's Scotch Ale from The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
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