McEwans Scotch Ale

McEwans Scotch Ale

Rated 3.559 by BeerPals

Brewed by John Smiths

Tadcaster, Yorkshire, United Kingdom

Style:  Scottish Ale

8% Alcohol by Volume

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ID: 842 Last updated 1 year ago Added to database 21 years ago

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Overall Rank2352
Overall Percentile95.3
Style Rank41 of 654
Style Percentile93.7
Lowest Score1.0
Highest Score5.0
Average Score3.579
Weighted Score3.559
Standard Deviation0.782

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84 Member Reviews

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  • MIKET 200 reviews
    rated 4.0 12 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Ahhh McEwans, we've met before but that was then, and this is now. I bought a couple sixes of this last winter for my neighbor (who is from Scotland) after he helped me out with some snow removal, I kept one for myself and gave it a try, and, well I didn't like it at all (I also didn't like Guinness then and wow did that change). Almost a full year later I have learned to appreciate good, flavourful beer so I figured I'd grab a six and give it another go. Pours a deep brown with red hues and a huge light brown head. I think I may have poured this one too vigorously as the head will not go away to allow me to sip the beer. Needless to say it has great retention and good chunky lacing. After 5 minutes or so the head has settled down to a couple inches or so. Aroma is slightly sweet with dark fruits, earthy, malty. Flavour is smooth and mellow, sweet malt, raisins or some other dark fruit,roasted, the alcohol is well hidden warming after you swallow. Mmm some coffee in the aftertaste pleases my taste buds. Mouthfeel is full with low carbonation. Solid brew, I'm happy to say my second tasting was much better than the first. I'll probably buy again sometime.

  • QUATERNIO 68 reviews
    rated 4.4 13 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 10 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    Dates and raisins all the way, the aroma bears daubs of white chocolate and the occasional tinge of soy sauce. This is among my favorite beers. Dark reddish-brown with pretty head and lacing. I've had other good offerings in the style, but the consistent quality of this brew leads me back to the same shelf time and time again.

  • PHILBERTGODPHRY 142 reviews
    rated 4.1 13 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    This is one of my favorites so I'm surprised I haven't reviewed it until now. Pours a dark reddish-brown with a medium off-white head. Soft yet complex aroma of sweet malts, mocha, caramel and some fruits. Tastes of sweet malts and dried fruits with a subtle smoky finish and a hint of alcohol.

  • BLUESANDBARBQ 2568 reviews
    rated 4.0 13 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    Courtesy of philbertgodphry. Pours a deep brown with a nice creamy head and tons of very nice lacing. Some carbonation. Aromas of roasted and slightly smoky malts, a bit of the peat, a wee hint of nuts, and Scottish sea air. Taste is smooth and creamy with a great sweet malty base that hints of the peat and smoke style is known for - this is a great beer.

  • FARGINGBASTIGE6 1476 reviews
    rated 4.6 13 years ago

    Aroma: 10 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    Smooth, creamy, smokey, malty - I could go on, but you get the idea. This is a great beer - best with hearty fare if you're having a meal - Sheperd's Pie comes to mind.

  • SLOWRUNNER77 5682 reviews
    rated 3.7 13 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    classic to the style. sometimes, this one can have a little too strong of a metallic/copper/astringent taste, but only sometimes. it's a solid, smooth, smokey/malty effort. recomended.

  • LENUSIK 2067 reviews
    rated 4.2 14 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 9

    This beer is a mahogany coloured beer with a nice sized tan coloured head. The aroma is sweet malt, brown sugar, and some hops. The flavour is very sweet but is rounded out nicely by the hops.

  • JERRYMORRISON 2130 reviews
    rated 3.5 14 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 8

    McEwans scotch ale poured a deep brown body, when held to light a nice amber color appears, lightly carbonated the is a thin head. Aroma of sweet bread and malt. Flavors of the forementioned along with hints of chocolate, and brown sugar. Creamy mouthfeel smooth despite the 8% alc. Overall a pretty good beer.

  • RJA 2975 reviews
    rated 4.2 14 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    I really like this one. Pours with a deep brown body with a really good tannish head on pour. Eventually settles into a gentle foamy ring. The nose detects a sour hint of bread. The flavor supports that impression with an added hint of coffee.

  • ACOHRS02 149 reviews
    rated 3.8 14 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Nice beer. Pours very dark brown with light tan head. Aroma is ok . It almost has a sugary smell to it. Mouthfeel is very soft and the taste is of brown sugar with a little scotch but you can barely taste it. The alcohol is concealed very nicely.

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