sound67 (570) - Offenbach, GERMANY - SEP 24, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Maker: Broughton Ales, Biggar, Scotland ***
Beer: Broughton Black Douglas (bottled, 500ml) ***
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB ***
ALC.VOL.: 5.2% ***
"Black Douglas was a famous Scottish Knight and trusted friend of Robert the Bruce. The Bruce and Black Douglas first met only a few miles from the site of Broughton Ales in the Scottish Borders. We like to think that the dark ruby colour and the full bodied malt flavour of this ale reflect the power and strength of this great Knight." [brewery notes] ***
Colour: Dark mahogany, reddish tint. Medium-sized, fluffy light beige head.
Nose: Caramel, mild roasted malts, some flowery hops, dark fruit.
Texture: Medium body, hardly watery at all. Medium carbonation.
Taste: Surprisingly bitter at the start, with bittering hops balancing the caramel, licorice and roasted malt notes. Hoppier still in the middle, together with chocolate malts. Finish is bitter, hoppy, again set against roasted malts. Dry. Aftertaste of hops, even pine, some coffee.
Impressions: More like a Schwarzbier/black lager than a Premium ESB, this surprisingly hoppy dark beer delivers powerful bitter notes, only muted caramel and roasted malts. Highly quaffable, fresh, the third winner in a row from Broughton Ales.
Rasmus40 (14423) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 5, 2015
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
DØE. Clear brown with a beige head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel and dark fruit. Flavor is medium sweet and light bitter. Sweet and light bitter finish. 290515
Borup (8532) - Albertslund, DENMARK - JUL 2, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at KØ15. Dark amber colour with an off-white head. Aroma and flavour of malt, caramel, hops, fruit with a dry finish.
Beerhunter111 (11579) - Hasborn, GERMANY - JUN 25, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Klare rötlichbraune Farbe, große leicht beige Schaumkrone. Geruch sehr malzig, rote Früchte, ordentlich gehopft. Geschmack karamellig, sehr hopfig, rote Früchte, Pinien, trocken.
mathieuc (2355) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - APR 3, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
50cl bottle (brown) at Pub Edward. Pours a clear brown with a rapidly disappearing offwhite head that leaves some lacing. Nose is of caramel, light fruits and earthy hops. Taste is moderately sweet and moderately bitter. Flavors are of caramel and some red berries. Light husk. Body is light to medium and carbonation medium-high. Overall a fair ESB, not world-class at all.
Cokemonkey11 (241) - - FEB 21, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark Bottle, Scotland. Pours dark ruby, caramel with medium head. Scent is clearly Rye, which I am personally a fan of. Taste is fresh, light, slightly citrus. Mouthfeel is clean, inviting. Good.
JaKeAFC (781) - ITALY - FEB 15, 2015
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
50 cl bottle, 5.2%, 2.90€ - EDB - Scotland.
Deep ruby red color, light beige bubbly head, winey nose.
Roasted malt, with sublte caramel and cookies notes, bittering hops. Taste is bitter, simple. Medium body, carbonated, sourish dry finish. Good yet not outstanding ESB.
mahkus (84) - Aberdeen, SCOTLAND - JAN 30, 2015
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from co op. Thin brown head. Looks like flat coca cola, smells a bit like it too. Malty taste like whisky going down.
mighty_meadow (304) - Kilwinning, SCOTLAND - JAN 21, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
500ml bottle from the Co-Op in Brodick, Arran.
Pours clear, dark red with a foamy head which dies down to leave nice lacing and a small off white head,
Tastes of creamy dark fruits and a bit of dark pepper. Strangely then takes a turn to the hoppy side before finishing up creamy sweet.
An absolute delight in a glass.
jamestulloch (2334) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 16, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Vino Wines. Hazy ruby body with a medium beige head. No visible carbonation. Excellent lacing. Aroma of black currant, bramble jelly and stewed tea. Flavour of salted caramel, earth, treacle and a light, peppery finish. Thin body with an oily texture. Light fizz. A tasty Bitter.