Campbell's Scotch Ale | Whitbread PLC

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Campbell's Scotch AleCampbell's Scotch Ale
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Campbell's Scotch AleCampbell's Scotch Ale

Brewed by:
Whitbread PLC
England, United Kingdom

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Bierschenker on 06-26-2006

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Ratings: 9 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by benfons:
Photo of benfons
3.15/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: brown cola colour, nice descent amber head, slightly haze.

S: caramel, rock candy sugar, malts, vanilla and a hint of petit-beurre biscuits

T: loads of malts, hints of biscuits and dark forest fruits like prunes

M: too flat, some alcoholic warmth

O: really pretty average, a bit too sweet, but slightly warming as a scotch should be

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More User Reviews:
Photo of mattfancett
2.95/5  rDev -3%

Photo of Bierschenker
2.12/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The airy brownish head covers an intense ruby red beer. Not really the biggest and most beautiful head. A very thin layer remains.
Held against the light, the colour is very warm. Vivid carbonation brings the beer to life.
There is hardly any odour: bit of malt and sweet caramel.
Strong carbonation up front, quickly followed by a soft burned peat taste and thick caramel. Slight alcohol at the end. Then the taste evaporates.
No aftertaste thus or maybe some very minute malt under the tongue.

Very disappointing.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.82/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very surprised to find this beer has hardly been reviewed on this site, it is available everywhere in Belgium, well almost everywhere.

This is a review of a brown 25cl bottle, best before 02 Oct 2008, drank on a cold and very wet Jan evening 2008, in Shropshire England.

Poured into one of my Gordon's thistle shaped glasses, well it is a Scotch Ale.

It looks grand, a clear and deep ruby red body with a full light brown foaming head. The head soon however fell away.

The aroma was of raisins and slightly burnt malty biscuits, very interesting.

The flavours were interesting too, again raisins, but this time soaked in alcohol with plums (not a plumb weight), the malty biscuit smell is transfered into a sweeter burnt caramel taste.

The beer is a little to carbonated for me and the alcohol tang fills the mouth in the aftertaste a little to much, otherwise it is fine.

If the head had stayed and the beer wasn't so 'fizzy' I would have scored this really high. The alcohol doesn't have enough body to work with, it isn't watery but it just doesn't sit right, good but not great.

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Photo of ThaCreep
2.75/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Strong yeasty nose and quite pronounced when one feels ripe fruit or mushy in the middle of maceration. And a smell of musty cellar and strong enough. The mouth, in addition to these red and black fruit is soaked enough alcohol and you may receive some form of liquor in the finish. No presence spicy or bitter, just a warm body in which alcohol plays a significant role. Can quickly become too cloying, too yeasted and a little too sweet. No foul to drink, just not as compelling model....

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Photo of weissbierdrinker
3.08/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is the third of three scotch ales I'm drinking tonight.

Pours a dark brown with a creamy tan head from a 25cl bottle

Smell is sweet.

Taste is malty sweet with some roasted notes in there not as sweet as the other ales I've had.

One of the better Scotch ales I've had because it's not as sweet. Although I guess that's what most look for in this style and what makes Gordon's so good.

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Photo of Johnq1964
2.25/5  rDev -26%

Photo of HardTarget
3.98/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle Inspection: Best by 04/05/07, sampled late on 01/12/07. 7.7% abv., serving suggestion of 5 degrees C

Aroma: Perfumed element, dark malt and mild oxidation, with a toffee note.

Appearance: Nice creamy tan head on a deep brown glass with great clarity. Thick lace left behind.

Flavor: Grape skins, purple and bruised, malty, sugary, mild peat note.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, low carbonation, clean finish, mild warmth.

Overall Impression: Easy drinking, malty, perfumed, sugary. Not classic Scottish, but a good beer!

Big thanks to Bierschenker for the bottle, sorry it took me so long to get to it!

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beer bottle (33cl), tasted in 2003.
Appearance : brown color with a tan foam head.
Smell : Aroma is malty and roasted
Taste and mouthfeel : Flavor is moderate sweet, complex and well balanced, alcohol presence.
Drinkability : an average beer in the style Scotch ale (too strong)

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Campbell's Scotch Ale from Whitbread PLC
Beer rating: 3.04 out of 5 with 9 ratings