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


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RATINGS: 289   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

biggmike's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
biggmike (480) - Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA - JAN 31, 2009
This beer poured a clear dark amber color with decent white head that dissipated to a thin film along the top. Aroma was of roasted malt sweetness, peat, caramel. Flavor was the same and nicely balanced. Mouthfeel was pleasant, pretty full-bodied. I enjoyed this ale, and it would make a nice session beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mighty_meadow (270) - Kilwinning, SCOTLAND - JAN 21, 2015
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jamestulloch (1642) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 16, 2014
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Holmen2 (1275) - NORWAY - FEB 21, 2014
Clear brown / dark ruby. Foamy and persistent beige head. Sweet aroma of cherries, red grapes, caramel, sweet malt and fruit cake. Taste is fruity and sweetly refreshing, like Waldorf salad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Graham77 (282) - Cumbria, ENGLAND - JAN 25, 2014
500ml bottle. Dark, almost black ale but with a slight reddish hue. This is a terrific dark ale with a lovely dry finish. Smooth on the palate and well balanced in terms of flavour. I will definitely buy this one again.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MarkoNm (913) - Novo mesto, SLOVENIA - JAN 23, 2014
Pours a light brown color, completely clear, with some reddish undertone. About two fingers of white head quickly settles to just a miniature brim around the edge. The aroma is extremely pleasant - chocolatey smell is complemented by some roasted malts and just a little coffee. The creamy taste has the initial bitter kick, but is followed by moderate bitterness and some roastiness as well. There is another bitter kick in the finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
allmyvinyl (4442) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 9, 2013
500ml bottle at home. Pours a dark reddish brown, thin, short-lived white head. Aromas of iron and toffee. Taste is sweet. Chocolate at the end. Thin, but ok.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
BeerSkull (1325) - SWEDEN - DEC 7, 2013
(Bottle). Aroma of roasted malt and chocolate. The taste is malty with a hint of slightly sweet caramel. The taste is quite thin, a bit watery.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
themightyjag (205) - - NOV 11, 2013
500ml bottle, thanks to Rev. Large tan head, some nice lacing. Dark ruby body. Nose is grass and straw, a little fruit. Flavour of biscuit, dark fruit. Aftertaste not very bitter, almost tangy. Decent mouthfeel, medium carbonation. Tastes like it would go well with Christmas cake.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theydon_Bois (10351) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - NOV 3, 2013
Bottle on the train from Wick to Thurso, thanks to Big, 20/10/13. Chestnut brown with a good sized light beige covering. Nose is toffee, biscuit malt, dark fruit tang. Taste comprises toffee, biscuit, dark fruit tones, brown bread dough/cake mix. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation with malt lead bitterness in the finish. Ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mr_h (3163) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - OCT 12, 2013
500ml bottle from Morrisons, Ayr - dark brown with a reddish tint, good bubbly beige head, fruity malty aroma, sporadic lacing, sweet, malty and berry fruits flavour, cabonation just on the high side of moderate, slightly bitter finish

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