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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MesandSim (7117) - 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Hermod (6535) - Vantaa, FINLAND - OCT 8, 2009
50cl bottle, Alko. Pours quite dark color, thin head. Fruity aroma, smooth taste. Average ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BlackHaddock (6404) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Finn (6291) - Tromsø, NORWAY - FEB 20, 2008
Bottle 0,5l bought at Tesco Kensington Feb 08. Dark brown - almost black colored. A large creamy head when poured from a distance. Pleasant aroma of roasted malt & coffee. Well rounded roasted impression. Sweet bitter finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
berkshirejohn (6088) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 10, 2007
500ml bottle from Tesco, Camberley. Reddish chestnut body with a short-lived beige head; toffe aromas; and a toffee flavour with malts and nuts present; a warming aftertaste; smooth and well-balanced.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 29, 2007
Bottle. A dark red brown beer with a medium beige head. The aroma is of chocolate and carame. The taste is sweet light roasted, chocolate, caramel and raisins, light hoped. Medium body with a light sweet finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DonMagi (5593) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 16, 2007
STBF07. This was labeled as Kilnmount Willie however it was defo 5.5% and tasted like an old ale. Vinous wood, hints of age and spice. Taste is blackberry tart, paistry, fruity and current tartness.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
SilkTork (5569) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
AshtonMcCobb (5408) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thebeertourist (5187) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 18, 2008
Bottle. Dark brown with a beige head. Great roasted aroma. Bread, burnt caramel. Sweetish flavours, burnt malts. Body could be more substantial for all the flavours. Quite nice if somewhat on the sweet side.

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