McEwan's Scotch Ale | The Caledonian Brewing Company

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85
very good
715 Ratings
THE BROS
75
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McEwan's Scotch AleMcEwan's Scotch Ale
BEER INFO

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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by UnionMade on 08-17-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
715
Reviews:
464
Avg:
3.79
pDev:
13.98%
 
 
Wants:
46
Gots:
61
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 715 |  Reviews: 464
Photo of dertyd
3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
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 +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

yum, and darn import taxes

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Photo of Cristoph
2.69/5  rDev -29%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Photo of JSG18
3.05/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Decent.

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Photo of monk2021
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dfconnor
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As scotch ales go, this one is OK, but nothing special. It has a somewhat sweetish bland flavor that actually improves once you let the beer warm up a little bit. The texture was a little too flat for my taste.

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Photo of chinchill
3.66/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml brown bottle.
Pours clear but very dark reddish-brown. A weak head soon becomes a partial coat and a thin ring. Minimal lacing.

Lightly sweet with partially hidden alcohol. High ABV is particularly well hidden in the feel. Hints of dried plums and raisins.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: [3.75] The bottle lists the ABV (8.0%) there is also a date code (04/11/17). Obviously a best by date but I am not sure if it is April 11 or Nov 4. Either way it is in the future at least by a little. The beer is a cola color and very transparent. It produces 1 1/2 fingers of thick tan head.

S: [3.75] Peat, leather, cherries, rust, maple syrup, cocoa.

T: [4.00] Mellow flavors of maple syrup (sweet), peat, cherries, cocoa. The cherry is more pronounced as it warms.

M: [3.50] A little thin for 8% with lower carbonation.

O: [3.75] This is a nice overall Scotch Ale. The flavor of cherry is a bit unique. Normally I do not like cherries but it works in this flavor combination. The biggest detraction was the body. It was kind of watery for an 8%.

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Photo of VoxRationis
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decanted into a conical pint glass. Pour a dark copper which is translucent yielding a garnet color in light; khaki head that dissipates with modest lacing. Nose rich with roasted malt with a tobacco note; tastes remarkably mild with little complexity. Light to medium body. Refreshing without much distinctive character.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: pours ruby highlighted deep dark brown with streams of fine bubbles rapidly rising to join a thin, light tan foam collar.

S: Rich malt and caramel aromas rise from the glass with traces of spice, earth, and faint smoke. Fruit and hop aromas are low.

T: The flavors start rich and creamy showcasing rich malt, slight roast, a hint of smoke, light fruit and nuts. Malt and nuts dominate a slightly sweet finish balanced by a medium low bitterness. There are traces of plum and raisin in the background.

F: McEwan's Scotch ale has a medium full to full body and medium low carbonation.

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Photo of Reef
3.54/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle that probably took the slow boat from Edinburgh. Scores probably suffer from the age and handling by the time I got it.

Appearance: Dark brown not quite opaque. Can't think of another beer this shade darker than Amber, lighter than mahogany. Scant head despite a vigorous pour. Narrow ribbons of lacing.

Scent: Gingerbready malt, fig, prune, stone fruits, spice cake.

Taste: Follows nose, starting with the spices and stone fruits, and a hint of peat and cinnamon following. Taste seems more subdued than I remember, perhaps due to age. Not much change as glass warms.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation, fairly flat, a little aqueous.

Overall: This was the first wee heavy In my drinking career. I guess the term je ne sais quoi is applicable as it has some quality that I don't find in others. I wished the flavors had a little more pop. Maybe I'll have to go to Edinburgh to try it fresh.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.41/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the 330 ml. Bottle. Sampled on March 18, 2017.

Brown pour with a short lasting off-white head and some selected lacing.

The aroma has a kind of barnyard shed malty note with a touch of moss, butterscotch, and tobacco. Low hop profile.

The body is around medium. I might've preferred heavier.

The taste is most definitely malt forward with a slight molasses note and generally sweet. It is easy to drink at 8% and the liquor is muted.

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Photo of Satorn
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Irrationalist
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rickklein9
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Yoann
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Urk1127
2.57/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a single $4.25 Liquor Collection
Dark black color
Medium-heavy mouthfeel
Medium-light carbonation
Chocolate, malty flavor, sweet molasses, hides high alcohol well
Overall an ok beer. Probably won't buy again

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Photo of NeoClassicist
4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mikr
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dmecca
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A personal favorite from the bottle in a pint glass. This fine scotch ale
pours a dark brownish mahogany with a nice head of off white foam that
settle to a thick ring and layer with excellent lacing. Nose of toasted malts,
light grain notes, and dark dried fruit notes with brown sugars. Flavors as
always impress with prune and fig notes surrounded by brown sugars and toffee
with light grain flavors on the back finishing sweet and perfect for the style.
A legend in the scotch ale category and readily available, this is a classic that should
not be missed.....although I DO MISS THE 6 PACKS FOR THE SAME PRICE AS THE 4
a few years back.

Cheers

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Photo of prisdefer
2.75/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Sexmortus
4.65/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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McEwan's Scotch Ale from The Caledonian Brewing Company
3.79 out of 5 based on 715 ratings.
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