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


on tap

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RATINGS: 293   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
keepersj12 (2846) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - FEB 26, 2012
Fruity sweet aroma with some caramel and roast malt. The flavor is similar to the aroma with a little bit more roastiness. nice lively feel and a dry finish. The best part of this beer is holding it to the light and seeing the red hue, beautiful.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
fiveacestx (713) - Texas, USA - FEB 10, 2012
Bottle - pours dark brown with a dissipating head. Has a light malty aroma and a taste of toast. The finish was a little on the thin (watery) side.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
robgibbens (419) - Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA - JAN 22, 2012
Very dark drown amber color. Head is short and provides some lacing. Malty aroma with scotch and alcohol notes. The taste is somewhat sweet and dry with a nice crisp finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
caralkaline87 (435) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 27, 2011
Pours very dark red-brown with a slight light brown head, fading to weak lacing. Nose is fairly weak and typical of the style, with raisins and brown sugar balanced against very floral hops and a touch of wood. Flavor follows suit and is more bland than I expected; none of the "strength of this great Knight" showed up in the beer, it seems. Flavor is standard weak ESB with a little extra caramel and on the short side with the hops. Finish is virtually nothing. Snooze fest.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bullit (4106) - Burgos, SPAIN - DEC 10, 2011
Bottle from Tesco. Dark ruby red colour, off-white head. Nose is brown sugar, caramel, bit of fruits. Flavour is sour fruits, caramel malts, bit of brown sugar, slight toastiness. Medium carbonation. Slightly dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Elwood (3336) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vignale (2382) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
JDBaker11058 (1446) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Scopey (8365) - 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.

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