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Brewed by Broughton
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Biggar, Scotland
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 288   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle; Pasteurised.
NOTE: The Cask version has a separate listing.
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.
Major ingredients are:-
Optic Pale Ale Malt, Crystal Malt and Black Malt. Hops used are English grown Challenger, and First Gold


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Elwood (3318) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - OCT 29, 2011
Serving: 22 oz. bottle from Molly MacPhersons. It pours a nice brown color with a small tan head. The nose has some nice roasty notes. The flavor has light roasted malt, stewed fruit, molasses, and leather. Very drinkable with a light to medium body. Quite nice.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vignale (2112) - Malmö, SWEDEN - OCT 2, 2011
En mörk mahognyfärgad öl med stora dofter och smaker av torkad frukt, fikon, päron, sirap utan att bli för söt och med en bra lätt beska som förlänger eftersmaken. Riktigt god.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
POLK (2219) - Hørning, DENMARK - SEP 18, 2011
Dark amber color with good creamy lasting off-white head. Sweet malty flavor with good bitter end.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
JDBaker11058 (1322) - Maryland, USA - AUG 3, 2011
Appearance: deep ruby red, short off-white head shrinking to a collar, medium lacing. Aroma: brown sugar, molasses, caramel, brown bread, leather, raisins, plums, and hints of cherries and red wine (when first opened and at its coldest) . Taste: caramel, oatmeal raisin cookies, brown sugar, leather and wood, with notes of chocolate. Finish: smooth, mellow, slightly bitter, with lingering notes of roasty chocolate and caramel. Notes: Doesn’t really feel like an ESB. More like a traditional ale in the vein of Harviestoun Old Engine Oil, but not as dark and strong. Eminently drinkable, with a lovely soft palate. Nice flavors, which are sweetish in character without being too sweet in actuality. Nice mellow finish, and prett to look at. Bought it based on Michael Jackson’s beer book, and glad I did.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Scopey (7100) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 25, 2011
Bottle from Tesco Danestone, Aberdeen. It pours dark mahogany, with a medium beige head and moderate carbonation. The nose is chocolate, roasted malt, wood, starch and currant. The taste is metal, raisin, currant, red grape, wood, chocolate, cardboard, earth, light spice and lots of roasted malt, with a dry finish. A decent ESB.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 7, 2011
Bottle from Sainsbury’s. Pours a deep reddish-brown colour with a thin light tan head that dies away early. Aromas of dried fruits, raisons, currants, toffee and treacle. Tastes of Christmas cake with toffee, raisons and some chocolate also. Nice chewy mouthfeel.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dantheman278 (1361) - SCOTLAND - MAY 13, 2011
Pour is deep, dark ruby black with a moderate beige head. Thick malt, caramel, chocolate on the nose. Similar taste but with a nice roasty hop finish. Not bad.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerfest5 (1148) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAR 13, 2011
not sure about the esb/bitter classification here, this is more like a traditional ale in the flavor and color. very well balanced in the roasted malts and a nice hop bitterness in the finish. one of michael jacksons 500 classic brews, and this one stands up to the hype.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
shoestring (271) - larkhall, SCOTLAND - MAR 2, 2011
nice dark appearance. tan head. the smoke is there and the deep deep taste that teh appearance promises. A nice one indeed. One more please?

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
MrGGen (312) - ITALY - OCT 7, 2010
Versa un colore ambra scuro con una schiuma beige aderente e abbastanza cremosa e persistente. Molto piacevole l’aroma di malto con sentore di fumo. Il gusto è ragionevole maltato ,caramello ben distinto, l’amarezza è corretta, qualche sentore di liquirizia nel finale.Tutto sommato gustosa e beverina.


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