Brewed by Broughton
Style: English Strong Ale
Biggar, Scotland


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RATINGS: 85   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jaid6 (26) - Ohio, USA - FEB 9, 2007
bottle. dark brown pour with tan Mostly diminishing head creamy texture with a long finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JAN 9, 2007
Bottled. A black beer with a beige thin head. The aroma is dusty chocolate and fruity berries and a nice hop level. The taste is porterish to begin with and there are more chocolate notes. Thena hoppy fruitiness kicks in. A very similar and equally as good beer as Old Peculier. Good work.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RoyceH (1197) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - DEC 29, 2006
Bottle, Tesco. Pours dark brown, ruby hints - huge tan head, hardly fits in the glass with the beer. Bubbly in appearance. Nose smells soapy, with some sweet roasted malt, hinting at some sour hops there too. Mouth is carbonated, coating, sweet toffee and malts, some sourness and a touch of coriander there too. Some hickory smoke. Too sweet really, but mouth filling, slightly bitter finishes balances out the sweetness a little, but not completely. All in all, very easily drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rauchbier (3699) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - DEC 24, 2006
Bottle from Tesco. Deep ruby brown, good lasting pale beige head and gentle condition. Pleasant sweet toffee roasted notes and smokiness in the nose, gentle sweet burnt toffee and low smokiness in the mouth but becoming oversweet and slightly cloying with time, sweet roasted earthiness and faint bitter edge in the finish but ultimately a little over balanced towards sweetness.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
SilkTork (5450) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - DEC 22, 2006
Pasteurised bottle from Tesco. A caramel sweet dark beer with roasted notes, but little bitterness. Quite pleasant in that quite pleasant sweet old ale manner reminiscent of Old Peculier. Indeed, it is very much like the bottled Old Peculier. Lacking in character, if not in fizzy cola type flavour, this is nevertheless a drinkable beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RichardGretton (4471) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 19, 2006
Bottle. Pitch black beer with a light head. The aroma is chocolate and coffee and the flavour is dry, roasted and slightly milky. Overall a nice beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
scotty (1107) - SCOTLAND - DEC 18, 2006
A fine looking beer! Deep in colour with a superb, thick off white head, lasting very well. A touch lighter on the nose than I expected, but still has a noticable roasted malt character. It’s a well flavoured brew with loads of fruity notes and a lingering sweet crunchy malt palate. Well balanced and a long finish too! Another fine brew from the Borders...I’m pretty sure it’s a 50/50 blend of Old Jock and Black Douglas....don’t quote me tho! Available exclusively ( at the moment! ) from Tesco!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
johninmelb (1127) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 5, 2006
Nice toasted chestnut nose. Pours deep deep deep ruddy brown with a fluffy, persistant off-white head and generally looks brilliant. Flavour is rich, raisiny and plummy with a slight sourness around the edges. This sourness develops into the finish and prevents this being a truly great beer, but nevertheless it’s a pretty good one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MesandSim (7118) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 1, 2006
A Mes rate: 50cl bottle from Tesco. A lovely smelling beer. Overflowing with dark chocolate malt and some coffee notes. Reasonable looks, dark chestnut brown with just a slight head. The flavour is just not as good as the nose. More of the same dark cocoa with plenty of malt and some biscuity character but something just doesnt sit right for me. Nice bitter finish saves the day a little. Not bad overall if a slightly sickly.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 1, 2006
Dark brown with a small head. Lovely fruit and malt aroma and a chocolate taste with good bitterness. Liked this a lot.

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