McEwan's Scotch Ale | The Caledonian Brewing Company

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McEwan's Scotch AleMcEwan's Scotch Ale
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3.8/5
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McEwan's Scotch AleMcEwan's Scotch Ale
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Brewed by:
The Caledonian Brewing Company
Scotland, United Kingdom
caledonian-brewery.co.uk

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by UnionMade on 08-17-2001

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469
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pDev:
13.68%
 
 
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Photo of Blasphemus-Maximus
3.64/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jkblr
3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle bb 7/31/18 (Whoops) poured into a thistle glass at fridge temp 8% ABV. The beer pours dark brown with ruby highlights and light tan colored head. The head recedes to a thin ring and leaves a little lacing. The aroma is smoked malt and a hint of alcohol. The taste is light smoke over chocolate, cherry and raisin flavored malts. No real bitterness, but not really sweet either. Mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied with medium to low carbonation. The finish is mostly dry. Overall, very good. Thin mouthfeel and lack of genuine peat smoke flavor are the only thing keeping the score down for me. Really enjoyable beer though.

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Photo of ozaft
4.72/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Truly delicious! Easy to drink, nothing overwhelming stopping me from another sio, and the lingering taste is good too

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Photo of heysuz
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brittanylicious
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Briggsy43
4.36/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Prometheus75
4.37/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had my first one about 15 years ago and confirmed my love for Scotch Ales.

Has been harder to come by lately. Was happy to grab one and flash back to the business trip that led me to the first one.

To me, it's the standard-bearer for a Scotch Ale. Not the best-in-class, not a "must-have" to be sought by collectors. Just exactly what it says on the label - an 8% Scotch Ale that's as malty and delicious as it should be. So refreshing to get this flavor without the heaviness of a stout or quad.

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Photo of kootenays88
4.75/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Marzen_Fan
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of travelguy
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bobstockwell
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Raime
3.64/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer has become increasingly rare as the years have gone by according to my father. He used to drink these up decades ago. Never had one but found a sixer at a gas station tonight and since I have a rare weekday off work tomorrow and a few straggler beers laying around to supplement I figured I'd give it a whirl.

Look - Deep garnet with a finger of off white head that rapidly dies down to cloud formations amongst the top of the glass. Clarity is clear when held to the light and carbonation appears quite low. No lacing or stick amongst a finished glass.

Smell - Kind of a cherry robitussin thing that happens immediately upon a whiff but luckily the other malty aspects show up rapidly and put that into the back of your mind.

Taste - Cherry at the forefront though not medicinal thankfully. Burnt bread aspects are all apparent with a hop bite showing up around the end.

Feel - Cold and slightly creamy with a low carbonation. Exceptionally sweet and swallows a touch sticky.

Overall - Pretty solid scotch ale without a lot of off the wall frills. The scent is a bit of a whirl but everything else is pretty nice. Won't have a problem tossing back the rest of the sixer. Could definitely take these on a hunting trip.

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Photo of Stoutmaster9
3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of teslagod6
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of faatcase
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Premo88
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into snifter
(5/15/18 best-by date printed on bottle neck)

L: pours dark brown, looks black in glass until you hold it up to the sun and see the deepest, darkest, clearest claret/crimson ... stunningly beautiful; pushes up thick 1-inch head of beige foam; only a little sticking and lacing, does keep a big-bubbled soapy-looking collar and a piece of skin on top

S: can smell a little roasted wood as you pour, then sweet dark dried fruits, figs, dates as it settles in glass; plum; fruitcake ... and the aroma has a smokiness in the "after" aroma if such a thing exists, not sure I've ever run across it like this

T: almost quadrupel-level dark-malt fruitiness, candied dates, sugar-coated figs ... quite sweet but a subtle-yet-strong earthy something entrenches itself in the background and sorta just sits there, balancing it out; yeasty dustiness ... in fact some of that earthy flavor is just yeast, not hops or charred/burnt/roasted malt

F: light middleweight, arguably watery for the style but the carbonation gives it a body; I could see aficionados of the style hating the lighter weight but it does make for easy drinking

O: count me as a big fan of McEwan's ... while this beer arguably lacks the complexity and body of the world's great wee heavies, it still delivers a good amount of roasted malt flavor with enough balancing earthiness to keep the sweet notes in check; I can't remember the price, but whatever it is, I'll not hesitate to grab some more of this in the future

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Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of OzmanBey
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kkmiller76
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Tstromer
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A little different then the scott(ish) ales. I thought it was much darker like a mahogany, with a quick dissolving head. Had a wonderful malty taste. Couldn't tell that it was 8% abv which most likely helped the flavor of peated malts and something sweet that I couldn't quite distinguish. A-/B+

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Photo of dertyd
3.59/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The pour is a dark brown color that leaves the same colored body. Two fingered white foamy head that once it dies a nice spider web lacing sticks around the sides of the glass. The aroma has peat, light chocolate, deep malts, just a touch of caramel all coming through smokey and sweet The taste is sweet through the malts, chocolate and caramel. Sticky sweet aftertaste with a long dark sweet finish. On the palate, it sits about a medium, shows that its more of a sipper and has a smooth carbonation to it. Overall, I’d say this is some pretty good stuff that I would have again.

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Photo of trllte
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

yum, and darn import taxes

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McEwan's Scotch Ale from The Caledonian Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 737 ratings