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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Tranquillity (1878) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 31, 2008
Bottled. Warm spiciness and some herbs in the sour chocolate aroma. Taste sour, a good balance and some licorice. Very enjoyable indeed, but the finish could be longer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
liinis (1766) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 27, 2008
Deep amber and clear, light brown head.Very tasty. sweet and medium/full bodied. easy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - FEB 21, 2010
(on bottle) Soft cake/bread sweet aroma. Very low carbonation, gerts dryer until a chocolateish finish. Coffeebean to the finish, lingers nicely.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
tlind2 (1605) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 30, 2008
500 ml bottle. Opaque brown color, low tan head. Metallic aroma with some roasted malts. Chocolaty flavor with some sour notes. Low carbonation, medium-light body. Quite boring and watery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JK54B (1539) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 27, 2008
A bottle from Alko shop. Beige head. Dark reddish black colour. Syropy nose. Malty taste. Slight hoppiness at the end.. Some hints of prunes and raisins. Slightly sour not sweet taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 28, 2010
from old notes Deep brown-black hue, clear; light tan foam. Toasty, roasty and lightly nutty aroma with figs, plums and rum lollipops in a fruity-sweet combination; dry tobacco leaf. Blueberry-like tannins and acidity are offset by a table sugar sweetness; very jammy, almost overripe; minimal roastiness and just a little puckering. Creamy texture, fullish, soft carbonation. 50 cl bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
swooper (1247) - Cambridge and Kladno(Czech Rep.), Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - MAY 5, 2011
bottle, chocolate, bread, coffee, very strong nice aroma, red to dark colour, clear, brown foam, medium sweetness, medium bitterness, medium body, slick feel, average carbonation, long finish, awesome beer

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RoyceH (1198) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
scotty (1157) - 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. Itís 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...Iím pretty sure itís a 50/50 blend of Old Jock and Black Douglas....donít 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 itís a pretty good one.

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