McEwan's Export | The Caledonian Brewing Company

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McEwan's ExportMcEwan's Export

Brewed by:
The Caledonian Brewing Company
Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-14-2002

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Reviews: 33 | Ratings: 74
Photo of BeckHardy
2.76/5  rDev -20%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I have had this twice. Once on tap at Dirty Nelly's Irish pub and once from the can. For this review I will focus on the draft version. It was served in a proper 20 ounce pint glass. The appearance was copper and the head was two fingers. A decent amount of lacing I might add. I detected that usual bready aroma like biscuits. Maybe some bread crust. Heck it smelled like beer. Upon my first sip I noted some sweetness and what could have been some hop oil. It wasn't overly bitter at all. Just the right amount to make it refreshing. The mouth feel was a little heavy but again not overwhelmingly. I found McEwan's Export to be very drinkable. Over all I was pleased.

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Photo of FLima
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Copper color with a one finger thin head with short retention.
Aroma of caramels, spices, earthy hops, butterscotch and red fruits.
English flavor with notes of caramels, slightly toasted malts, soap, floral and earthy hops, ginger, tea leaves, nuts and red fruit citrusy. Dry aftertaste with a low to medium bitterness.
Light towards medium body with appropriate carbonation.
Mild Scottish ale and very easy to drink. Nothing exceptional though.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

rich brown body body with good coverage of white head
toffee & carbolic soap aroma
That soap goes through to the flavour in a very traditional beer taste with nice malty wheat and mid strength bitter finish
good mouthfeel, nice carbonation
decent stuff

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Photo of vinicole
3.41/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Rich deep copper colour. Slight frothy head.
Hoppy aroma.
Light bitterness with earthy notes. Some distant malt.
Insubstantial mouthful.
Nowhere near what I remember from years ago which was a much richer Scotch Ale.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.56/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown tea colour with no carbonation, filtered and topped with 2 fingers of creamy beige head.

Dried grass, tea, caramel, very light.

Tea, caramel, grass.

Smooth, creamy light body, little carbonation.

Really smooth brew. Got in Chiang Mai, drank May 20th, 2014. Really creamy thought there is no strong flavor, just a light delicious feel to a hint of caramel malty goodness.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
2/5  rDev -42%
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

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.27/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of flyingpig
2.1/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Caramel red copper a foamy white head that has outstanding retention & remains for upwards of five minutes, is perfectly straight and is about two-fingers width tall.

A very mild smelling one. Very clean & I initially struggled to detect much in the way of an aroma although once it was left to open up slightly there was a faint metallic smell, some grain and a tiny amount of caramel with some sweetness.

Faint caramel with the metallic taste that I detected in the smell. There is a mildy bitter finish but to be honest there isn't that much else to mention.

Fairly smooth beer on the palate with a medium body and a moderately bitter finish.

Not quite as bad as I had been expecting, but by no means a good beer either. This one should have disappeared along with the eighties in my opinion. Very few redeeming qualities and not one I would have again.

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Photo of Fatbagpiper
2.39/5  rDev -30.7%
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.

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Photo of salvo
2.22/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bought on the train from Aberdeen to Inverness. At best, a party beer: mass produced with all the industrial smells from the popped can opening, soda-like carbonation popping out the top like a coke. In a plastic cup, the yellow liquid is limp and sad as the carbonation fizzes out, leaving little head--or flavor--behind. I'm happy the company was good: oil riggers back on dry land after two weeks in the North Sea. Order something else if you can.

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Photo of champ103
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of WhatANicePub
1.68/5  rDev -51.3%
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.

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Photo of choyhosoi
3.31/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a glass

A- has a nice brown pour with a good white head. Looks to be an inviting beer so far.

S- Has a faint sweet scent but is taken over by the wheat and barley smell. Not too impressive.

T-Very interesting reminds me of Guinness looks to be more than its going to give you then it finishes a little different. In a good way. It has a smooth taste that is not bitter.

M/D- This was brought to me from Scotland and I was told it is very popular. I would have preferred a bottle but oh well. This is definitely a session brew that has a smooth mouthfeel.

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Photo of irishkyle21
3.91/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

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Photo of redmagik99
3.21/5  rDev -7%
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.

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Photo of crwills
3.3/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500mL can purchased at ScotMid in Edinburgh.

Poured a crystal clear amber into a pint glass, with a slim fluffy head that sticks around a little. Decent lacing all the way down.

Aroma is a bit adjuncty at first, with hints of sulphur. As it warms, caramel malts and light grassy hops make an appearance.

Flavour is, again, a little corny and adjuncty. Mildly refreshing and not as sweet as some others in this style, although it gets sweeter as it warms up. Light mouthfeel, but not too bad. I think this beer would be significantly better on tap or especially on cask.

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Photo of jarmby1711
3.81/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This looks pretty much as good as an ale can expect to look.
A cloud like frothy head adorns the deep teak coloured liquid.
There is the tiniests bead (in size) imaginable that just keeps effervescing from the bottom of the glass.
The aroma is treacle like malts the reeks of dour low country industriosness.
The taste is workmanlike , without fancy as it is allthick maltiness .There is as expected scant bitterness or any hoppy traits.
This is a no frills alethis is designed for drinking on a cold wet misty Scottish afternoon(after a day in the pits perhaps)
Quite a pleasant experience.

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Photo of belias
3.98/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark copper, with a half inch off-white head, good lacing. The beer has a really inviting hops aroma coupled with nutty/caramel malts. I really enjoyed the taste, it had elements of burnt toffee, caramel,a toasted wheat flavour, slight nuttyness and just a little hops. Very well balanced. Mouthfeel was quite good as well. The beer is light/medium bodied, and ends somewhat dry. Overall, i really enjoy this ale and would drink it anytime, either as a session or just to enjoy one.

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Photo of kmacphail
4.58/5  rDev +32.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An excellent choice for any beer drinker coming to Scotland for a days drinking as it is widely available in many bars.

It pours a beautiful dark copper-bronze colour with a creamy off white head, get a good pint of this and the head will last all the way down the glass.

There is an inviting aroma of roasted hops and barley and a hint of nuttyness.

The taste is where this beer stands out, it is a lovely, typically scottish ale. A roasted hops and barley taste, but yet it swirls round the mouth just lovely, not too thick as you may expect from appearance.

This is very drinkable, but be careful, it can sneak up on you at the end of the night. One minute your fine the next think you see is the bedroom ceiling, although it is only 4.5% this beer behaves like it is a lot stronger.

A great all round beer, readily available in Scotland, except Edinburgh (don't know why).

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Photo of arizcards
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a 500 ml can from the local Tesco in Aviemore the last week of April.

Beer was a dark copper with a white bubbly-fluffy head that was good initially. Nose was a hint of the malts and not much else. Has my nose gone bad in the UK? I am not sure why this is called a scottish ale as this was very hoppy. There was a light to medium mouthfeel but lively on the palate. At 4.5 abv this was a very sessionable beer.

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Photo of charlatan
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This came in a can as pictured above. It is one of the widely available canned beers here in Scotland. I believe it isn't as commonly found in England. This is definitely one of the superior canned beers. Most of them aren't worthy of your consideration though.

It looked bery dark when I poured it with an extensive head, but now it looks a relatively dark tan. Decent grainy smell but the hops don't smell too fresh. There is a hint of something darker, a little molasses perhaps.

There is a slightly smoky, roasted somewhat creamy caramel malt flavour here which coupled with refreshing carbonation makes more impact than one expects from the wrong section of the supermarket aisle. There seem to be just enough hops here to give it some bite. If I have to buy a can for less than a quid this will probably be the one.

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Photo of Rifrafboy
3.82/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.93/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

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Photo of joecast
3.76/5  rDev +9%
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.

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