Review by Rob
You’ll have heard that looks can be deceiving. Well, McEwan’s Champion Ale is Exhibit A in proving that statement true.
First impressions are of a sweet and fruity beer. But this delicate taste belies its power. As you fully get to know its intense flavours you’ll realise this is a very strong, dark and traditional ale.
William McEwan would have been proud of it.
Champion Ale is a true highlight in the McEwan’s range. It possesses a rich, strong flavour with a uniquely sweet and fruity character it’s distinctly smooth finish makes it the ultimate Scottish ale.
Initial thoughts are it’s deep dark mahogany colour, with a large head reminisce to a smooth bitter. Smells of red fruits. Taste quite a complex depth to this one, full bodied, good character, hint of chocolate not akin to a stout or porter, but more refined, the smooth body pulls it back in to a fruity beer. The fruit is finally toned down by the strength, a respectable 7.3% ensures this is a serious drink to contend with.
This one ticks all my personal preferences. This is a very good beer and one I’d recommend, I won’t go as far as to say it’s the perfect beer in my eyes, I can think of a couple that are higher up the lap time list. But this beer definitely gets onto the list and that is very high praise indeed.