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Brewed by Broughton
Style: English Strong Ale
Biggar, Scotland

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RATINGS: 84   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle; Pasteurised.
This exciting beer is a blend of a strong ale and a porter style beer each brewed in their own way, but married together in a conditioning tank to produce an interesting mix of flavour and aroma.
Major ingredients are:-
Optic Pale Ale Malt, Crystal Malt, Black Malt and pinhead oats. Hops used are English grown Challenger, Fuggles and First Gold


3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Imaena (1823) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 8, 2013
Bottle. This is a nice straight forward brew with simple straightforward flavours you expect.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ration (1936) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 16, 2013
This review is exported from olutopas.info with no comment. Original rating date 29.4.2009

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
olio (6166) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 24, 2013
50 cl bottle.
Originally rated on 20090305.
Pours dark red color with a small head. Aroma of caramel, ripe fruits, some sweet malts and toffee. Flavor of caramel malts, ripe fruits and hay. Decent.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BlackHaddock (3759) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 9, 2012
500ml Bottle, best before the end of Dec 2011, poured into a vase shaped ’Old Speckled Hen’ badged pint glass on 29 Nov 2011. Dark cola coloured body, or a ruby red looking beer if you’d prefer. The head a thin covering of tight bubbles, off-white in colour. Chocolate malty aroma, no hops in the nose that I could find, some pine nut hints though. Strange taste combination, chocolate malts like the smell, with a fizzy pop (coke) flavour in the mix, I’m struggling to describe this too well: but it’s a blend of two brews which to me don’t go together as well as the brewery might have wanted it too. As mentioned above, not sure what the brewer wanted from this beer: interesting, different and drinkable, but just lacking something I can’t put my finger on.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tommann (2714) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 19, 2011
500ml bottle. Pours a dark brown with a medium head. Aroma is raisin malt. Taste Smoky, dark fruity finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Martin243 (767) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - NOV 5, 2011
Cool 500ml bottle, pours dark ruby with a tan head. Aroma of Caramac, (do they still make Caramac?) Well balanced christmas cake fruit flavour, with a hint of licquorice. Full bodied and chewy, I am reminded of Jennings Sneck Lifter with a bit more alcoholic depth. A lovely ale for a winter night.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
ralphdot (983) - Billingham, Durham, ENGLAND - NOV 3, 2011
5.5% black with a thin head, fruity roast malt aroma, sweet porter like taste, quite nice

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
AshtonMcCobb (2542) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 9, 2011
Pours opaque black with a decent cream head. The nose is a mixture of mild chocolate and biscuit flavours. The taste confirms that this is somewhere between a bitter and a stout. The palate is medium to rich in structure and texture and the finish is not bad - it kind of cleans. Overall, not bad but a bit ’caught between styles’ for me.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Joeh (2038) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - AUG 22, 2011
A rating from an old notebook. Bottle. Dark brown with a thin off-white head. A sweet and malty old ale with plenty of dark fruits and chocolate. Not as richly flavoured as some other similar beers but still a very tasty beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (6812) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 25, 2011
Bottle from Tesco Danestone, Aberdeen. It pours dark ruby-brown, with a thin foamy beige head and low carbonation. The nose is bitter chocolate, sweet dark fruit, apple and coffee beans. The taste is bitter chocolate, coffee, blackcurrant, blackberry, plum, currant, apple, toffee and burnt malt, with some dryness in the finish. Nice balance of flavours. A very tasty brew indeed.


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