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McEwan's Export - The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited

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63 Ratings
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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 18.71%
Wants: 3
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited visit their website
United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
Scottish Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-14-2002)
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Reviews by Rifrafboy:
Photo of Rifrafboy
3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours thick with a medium head. Good hops and malt in the smell. Very good physical appearance. Taste is stronger than a lot of IPA's, this being more full bodied and darker. Slight peet character? Overall, this is great India Pale Ale. This is on par with mcewan's Scotch Ale. I will drink this again, cost permitting.

More User Reviews:
Photo of beerhunter13
3.25/5  rDev -5%

Photo of DarrellK
4.95/5  rDev +44.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Read through some of the reviews and you can tell who the beer advocates are and who are the wannabes. Scottish ALes are one of my favorite styles and McEwens is tops on the list. The difference in this brew is that, while excellent ales, they are a bit too polished for the style, while McEwans looks and tastes as if it were brewed on the highlands in a cottage by a kilted Scot.

Have had the brew draft and bottled, both here and over there. The pour is a dense reddish brown with a remarkable craggy head, unlike most any other brew. The aroma is quite strong and features the malt and some alcohol despite it's average gravity. The bubbles are seen through the dense opaque brew.

To less experienced advocates the taste and mouthfeel is likely too much. I believe that the malty, somewhat buttery taste with a port like finish is a lot to handle but that much taste in a brew low enough in gravity to have a few makes it perfect for a long sessions with good friends.

In my database it is a 9.3 out of 10 and in my top ten out of a little over 500 beers. It's also a decent value compared to most of the other Scottish Ales.

Photo of Iaido
3.25/5  rDev -5%

Photo of redmagik99
3.2/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured dark amber, translucent brown. Small head that recedes pretty quickly.

Smells like butterscotch with some corny adjuncts

Taste has the buttery diactyl (sp?) and hop flavor of english bitters that are almost as sweet as they are bitter (how I miss my cascades..) same caramel/butterscotch flavor as in the smell. Similar to that of the champion ale but about 1/3 of the power. gets a little better as it warms. Mouthfeel has some decent carbonation..nothing else really notable..

Despite its low alcohol content I'm not sure how much I could drink. Probably because of the sweetness and the fact that it doesn't taste great. I mean, its not terrible - about on par with the majority of english ales I've had. But decent at best.

Photo of tommy5
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of irishkyle21
3.93/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A friend brought this one back from Scotland. This beer is underrated IMO. Pours with a fluffy off white head, excellent retention and lacing. A nice brown color.

Smells of caramel malts, toffee, very little hop presence and fruits. There is a faint metallic scent but its still pleasant.

The malts jump my taste buds, caramel, brown sugar, bread and faint fruitiness. A great malty (most are) Scottish beer.

Photo of felipesegundo
4.05/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first introduction to Scottish style ales, and got me hooked. Definitely smoother with a little more kick than what passes for beer from American mainstream breweries. I still like it, even though I have expanded my exposure to Scotch ales. A little thin on pouring and when it first hit the mouth, but makes it extremely drinkable on all kinds of weather. If you want to introduce a friend to this particular style, this is the one you want.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.26/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

500ml Bottle: BBD 26 July 2013, poured into an Abbot Ale glass tankard on 7 June 2013. This is an old friend re-visited after a long absence.

Looked good in the tankard: brown with a russet red hue, on top a full and lasting white foaming head.

Semi-sweet malty molasses in the nose and taste with a crisp bitterness throughout. I remember it being richer and maltier back in the 'good old days' but it still has a pleasant feel to it, if a little calmer in character.

OK, but with reservations.

Photo of importguy
3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour a nice dark ruby colour with no head and a little lace.

Nice and smooth with little alcohol. I thought it was quit nice, sweet but not ove rpowering. It went down nicely and was very drinkable although this is not as stong as I would like it to be.

Not much else to say althouhg it was very drinakble and was priced wher eit should be in quality.

Photo of joecast
3.73/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

enormous, stable, foamy head. deep, deep purple color. clear with little noticeable carbonation.
thought this was nitro and was disappointed when i saw it wasnt (just before opening the can). however, after pouring, i was pleasantly surprised.
sweet malty, toffee aroma.
first sip gets some foam on the nose, heh.
ok, this is either pretty one dimensional, or too complex for me to figure out. picking up some smokiness in the flavor, unless im mistaking sometihng else. wait!! raisiny, nuttiness?? a real thickness about the malt in the mouth.
yeah, im not so great at picking out the subtleties of malt heavy beers. so sue me.

Photo of Fatbagpiper
2.4/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A rather unimpressive beer that lacks any real taste at all. Simply one of the cheapest beers available on-tap in Scotland. It lacks any flavour notes or character. Fine as a beer when you have already had a few, but not something you want to start your night out on.

Photo of WhatANicePub
1.68/5  rDev -50.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is a very, very, very bad beer.

On opening the can you get a whiff of fermentation by-products.

The colour is an attractive deep amber and it's sparklingly clear.

The aroma is mostly of diacetyl, with a little caramel and possibly a slightly roastiness. Dry finish. It is actually reasonably bitter, but has no hop aroma or flavour. Possibly this is why people think it a sweet beer.

Avoid like the plague.

Photo of Reidrover
3.95/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass at the Commercial Hotel, Dufftown, Scotland.
A quite handsome beer from the tap.Clear chesnut brown with a nice frothy white head. Copious laceing left down the edges of the glass as it is drained.
Very malty aroma so typical of Scottish beers.
The tase is pleasing, well balanced of course the sweetness of the malts dominate but there are obvious signs of hops too near the end of the mouthful.Also a soft nuttiness, reminiscent of a brown ale.
Pretty good on the palate, though on the thin side.
A most drinkable session ale, fresh from the tap..I think this beer is underrated.

Photo of Mustard
2.38/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: $5.50 pint from Ye Olde King's Head in Santa Monica.

Appearance: Pours a fairly clear, ruddy brown with a small, macro-bubbled, one-fingered head; pour retention with little-to-no lacing.

Aroma: Light malts with perhaps a touch of grain.

Taste: Disappointingly mild Caramel malt profile; light hop bitterness in the finish; secondary notes of grain and wood. Thin-to-moderate body; slightly overcarbonated.

Notes: Wasn't expecting much ... didn't get much. Subpar taste dragged down this brew's drinkability.

Photo of marcellaproust
3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This ale is all about toffee. I like my Scots less sweet, a little more herby/peaty and even-tempered. That said, this is a delightful ale. Smells like pungent toffee - as if toffee could spoil. Tastes sweet and toffee-ish which gives way to a modest sour, bitter carbonation finish, redeeming the ale which *would* otherwise strikes a cloying, syrupy mouthfeel. Note the conditional. At any rate, the beer ranks somewhere this side of the line toward "very good."

Photo of cdwil
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of champ103
3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear ruby red color. A two finger white head forms with good retention. Sticky lace is left behind.
S: Toasted malt with some light ceral and grain aromas. A light sweetness and diacetyl lingers.
T: Toasted malt and grains again. Caramel sweetness with a light lingering bitterness. Simple and enjoyable.
M/D: A light to medium body. Crisp carbonation. Easy to dirnk, a little high for a traditional session, but I can quaff several with no problem.

I enjoyed this. There is nothing sepcial here, just easy to drink with a little more going on than normal macros (UK or American). Most places I have been to in Scotland carry this, and is a good standby if no quality cask is available.

Photo of endless1408
3.25/5  rDev -5%

Photo of ecoboy
4.3/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The color of a caramel someone has made at home, that dark brown cooked sugar look I love.

Here it is: that great non-American style of making a not-cloying, non-sweet malt-dominant rich-yet-still-subtly-varied ale. Hops indeed surround the central delivery, but a wonderful raisiny brown bread middle makes this an exemplary "scottish" ale.

The ale to serve when your friends claim that beer ain't food.

Photo of magpieken
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A terrific starter beer for th evening. Looks richly copper and moderately carbonated. Just off from white head with good retention and lacing. Smells sweet with malt, caramel, and slight bitter and sour. Tastes of caramel and malt sweetness. Underlined toffee, toastedness, butter pop corn, and mild fruitiness. Fruits of plumbs and peaches, although mild. Also a bit nutty. An also buttery coat to the mouth with a medium body. Thins through the finish, revealing more nutty and hop flavor.

Photo of IchLiebeBier
2/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Amber; clear; huge head; long lasting; good lacing

Aroma: Roasted grain; slightly hoppy; butterscotch; slight grass

Taste: Very thin; not much flavour to talk about; pretty unimpressive

Remarks: From can

Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

Photo of tbeer40
3/5  rDev -12.3%

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McEwan's Export from The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
79 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.