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McEwan's Scotch Ale - Wells & Young's Ltd

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McEwan's Scotch AleMcEwan's Scotch Ale

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59 Ratings
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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Wells & Young's Ltd visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: UCLABrewN84 on 09-06-2013)
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Reviews by TempeBeerMan:
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Whoa. An old favorite from like ten years ago, and now it is finally back! Let's see if it is as good as I remember.

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

A - Pours a clear, dark-reddish mahogany with a three finger beige head of big soapy looking bubbles. Patches of sticky lacing.

S - Powerful aroma of sweetness. Prunes, caramel, milk chocolate, and toffee odors.

T - Taste matches the nose, as this is basically a big, sweet, malt bomb. Toffee, caramel, and crème brulee style candied sugar upfront. Some smokiness in the mid-palate. Not as much peat as I would expect from a scotch ale. Dextrine-y, but in a good way versus an artificial by product type taste. ABV noticeable.

M - Extremely full bodied and chewy. Medium carbonation. The big body goes well with the sweetness.

O - I really like this beer; great flavor and presentation, and I have many fond memories of drinking these as I was first getting into craft. Overall it's held up pretty well, but I do expect a little more "scotch" in my scotch ale these days. However, lets say the label said "brown ale" instead of "scotch ale"; it would be probably the best brown ale on the market.

11-03-2013 00:23:37 | More by TempeBeerMan
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3.55/5  rDev -7.8%

330 ml bottle poured into a NB snifter.

A - Pours a rich brown with golden highlights. A two-finger head of eggnog fluffy, sudsy foam dissipates at a moderate pace, leaving a generous and thick ring of Swiss cheese lace around the glass. Eventually, the surface is a sea of very fine lace with islands of bubbles. Held to a full-spectrum light, the beer is a deep, dried blood red, like dark cherry wood, and clear, other than with how much light this beer absorbs, which is substantial. Columns of bubbles can be detected rising from the bottom of the glass.

S - Initial nose is very muted - the beer needs to warm to present. Eventually, caramel meekly appears along with toasted malts. Malts reveal a roasted edge in the background along with some chocolate nibs and a hint of a meat smokehouse. A trace of the ABV introduces hints of dark, dried fruit, like raisins. Overall, though, the nose is MIA, and it's a struggle to pull components out of the glass.

T - Toasted malts of moist pumpernickel bread, darker sugars with a touch of bitterness, and background notes of a charcoaled roast. Some dark caramel, but more molasses. No trace of the ABV. Echos of dark sugars play against a smoked, almost bitter flavor after the finish.

M - Leans toward the creamy side with a bit of fiz in the finish. Carbonation is a bit light. Thinner body, but not watery; a bit slick. Components are properly integrated with a moderately tight structure. Finish is pretty clean, and nicely balanced. It's relatively short, but echos linger on the tongue.

O - This is a pretty tasty darker take on the style, where the malts are toasted toward a roast, there's post-fire smoke in the background, and darker sugars follow along in support. This is a good cigar Scotch ale. My one disappointment is with the nose, which even after an hour at the end of the glass never really opened up.

11-01-2013 07:32:16 | More by BuckeyeSlim
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

01-18-2014 23:16:21 | More by kwkdmk
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Alberta (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -3.1%

330ml bottle. New brewer, new beer? Not entirely sure, but a few of these fell to me recently as party leftovers, so I thought I'd see how this brand has kept up, as such.

This beer pours a clear, very dark mahogany brown hue, with three lazy fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and eventually bubbly beige head, which leaves some broadly spectral swaths of splattered lace around the glass as it genially sinks away.

It smells of strangely thin, but at least complicated caramel malt (treacle, toffee, and nougat all represented, if not wholly respectable), wet dark bread, a more rounded black fruitiness - plum, dried cherry, and sultana raisin - a subtle hint of ashy char, warm red wine notes, and earthy, grassy, and leafy hops, sedated all. The taste is bready caramel malt, dime-store toffee candies, a fading chocolate bar sugary character, straining at the tether peaty notes, muddled bruised fruit - maybe a bit of banana and overripe cherries prevailing - and leafy, weedy, and slightly perfumed (courtesy of you-know-whooo) hops.

The bubbles are generally understated, and mostly just playfully frothy, the body a decent medium weight (neither wee, nor heavy), and pretty smooth, in the not quite fulfilled version of each term's intended meaning. It finishes off-dry, and much less sweet than I might be remembering, but, there it is.

It's been a real while, but I have to say that age and distraction aren't the only things messing with my recollection of the most recent ex-brewer's version vis-à-vis this current one. Sweet and malty, sure. A bit Scotchy in its vegetal astringency? You bet. Ok, so this does well enough by McEwen's legacy, but you won't see me rushing out late next January to sweep up more of this, I'm afraid.

07-29-2014 03:22:31 | More by biboergosum
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3.76/5  rDev -2.3%

Poured a finger of head on a brown colored body.
The aroma has a heavy dose of malt, caramel and brown sugar.
The taste is quite nice. There's a moderate brown sugar sweetness that mellows out towards the end. It has the mild pine bitterness that brings a good balance.
The texture is soft with low to moderate carbonation.
It's one of the more drinkable Scotch ales.

10-05-2013 02:31:16 | More by Fatehunter
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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

10-27-2013 15:47:27 | More by tourdot
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3.58/5  rDev -7%

Poured from a 330 mL bottle into a Samuel Smith pint glass. Moderately aggressive hand. Best by 27/03/14.

A: Dark amber with mostly clear body. 1/2 finger of off-white head that rapidly fizzled to a light coating. Decent lacing.

S: Very sweet, fruity malt. Quite full in the nose. Caramel and toffee. Grape. Light peat.

T: Very sweet, roasted malt bomb with strong fruit notes. Mostly grape, raisin. A light hop bitterness develops to assist the semi-dry finish. Nice chocolate, toasty notes in the aftertaste. Little alcohol presence. Definitely on the sweeter side of things and does get a bit cloying.

M: Moderate to low carbonation. Moderately full body. Very smooth and well suited to the style.

O: The flavors are nice, but it comes across a bit unbalanced. A bit more hop to offset the sweetness would definitely ratchet this one up a notch. A little more smokiness would be welcome, as well. Admittedly, this goes down with dangerous ease given the ABV. You could certainly do worse with a Wee Heavy, but it has its flaws.


11-26-2013 04:30:07 | More by fourstringer
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3/5  rDev -22.1%

10-16-2013 03:44:25 | More by EgadBananas
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.9%

11-24-2013 21:46:47 | More by Chugs13
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New York

4/5  rDev +3.9%

12-10-2013 15:37:04 | More by civicm87
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

09-28-2013 18:18:41 | More by mfgreene
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Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

12-14-2013 15:42:23 | More by DamageCase76
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

12-05-2013 17:57:21 | More by Dougwillhike
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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

03-04-2014 04:24:55 | More by caverog
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

07-04-2014 15:10:15 | More by JohnK17
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United Kingdom (England)

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

11-01-2013 15:21:43 | More by EmperorBevis
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

03-23-2014 15:34:28 | More by ZCW
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3/5  rDev -22.1%

11-19-2013 03:17:53 | More by Tertullian007
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

07-06-2014 14:53:48 | More by speedvagen
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3.76/5  rDev -2.3%

Poured from a 33 cl bottle into a nonic.

A: Very dark brown. Pours a half finger, foamy, white head. Settles slowly. Slight spider web lacing.

S: .Pecans, molasses, tea, and cola.

T: Roasted malt grains, molasses, tea leaves, pecan shells.

M: Roasty, slightly sweet, slight pungent. A little syrupy and thick feeling.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Dark hue, decent head, and fair lacing. Nose is sweet and nutty. Roasted malt, accentuated with sweet and bitter tones, but very well-balanced. Syrupy and hearty. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

11-14-2013 03:20:01 | More by bmwats
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4.05/5  rDev +5.2%

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Yeah, it's a different brewery, and it's been several years since my last "original" McEwan's, but I'm still excited to finally pour this stuff into a glass again. It pours a clear midnight garnet topped by a finger or so of baked khaki foam. The nose comprises rich caramel, dark greens, mild dark fruits, light brown sugar, and a hint of what may or may not be peat smoke. The taste brings in more of the same, the spiced caramel and dark fruits really coming together to support the greenery and vice-versa. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, it may not necessarily live up to my romanticized memory of the original stuff, but it's some damn tasty beer regardless. Good times.

05-01-2014 22:43:36 | More by TMoney2591
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

02-28-2014 11:49:39 | More by WesMantooth
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3/5  rDev -22.1%

02-26-2014 12:35:50 | More by luckyirishman
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

02-05-2014 03:54:26 | More by DrunkinYogi
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

03-19-2014 18:45:17 | More by CreekyJarls
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McEwan's Scotch Ale from Wells & Young's Ltd
86 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.