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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


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
ralphdot (982) - Billingham, Durham, ENGLAND - NOV 3, 2011
5.5% black with a thin head, fruity roast malt aroma, sweet porter like taste, quite nice

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mikkopen (813) - Oulu, FINLAND - OCT 26, 2008
500 ml bottle. Dark reddish brown colour, medium-sized light brown head. Aroma is rather sweet, with roasted malts and dark fruits. Sweet roasted malts and some fruitiness in the flavour. OK, but there’s room for improvement.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Martin243 (741) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
dj (520) - Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 13, 2007
Bottle, 500ml. A dark black colour with a large brown head. Aroma is malty with cherry and floral hops. Taste is roasted malt with cocoa, a little floral hop and some hint of coriander. A burnt, citric, herbal finish. Nice, but not outstanding.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
HarryFlashman (469) - Chatham, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 13, 2007
UPDATED: APR 2, 2007 Pretty good for a Jock ale (sweaties usually brew up a load of auld shit!) Dark brown, come black colour, described as a porter on the bottle (along with some old twaddle about some Scotch knights thatís probably all made up), but tasted more stouty to me. A touch malty and sweet, but quite a bit of bitter dryness with some carbonation, all of which I hence approve. Overall, pretty good and a pleasant surprise.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jvhemert (328) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 23, 2010
AROMA: hay, citrus, leather, APPEARANCE: brown, clear, poors with a frothy head, which dissappears in seconds TASTE: medium sweetness, medium bitterness, lightly sour PALATE: full body, sticky, lively, long finish, bitter Not a bad beer, but just not to my taste. Strange combination of chocolate sweetness with bitterness.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rmasa (324) - Vantaa, FINLAND - APR 14, 2010
Pours reddish black with big beige head; aroma of roasted malt, hints of chocolate and coffee with strong sweet baked notes and touch of berries; medium body, quite a low carbonation; flavor is slightly roasted with touch of caramel sweetness and sourness of berries, mild bitterness in the finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TC2642 (265) - Worcester, Worcestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 19, 2007
Inky black colour, a slightly off white head, lots of blackcurrant and some caramel with some roast malts in the background, quite tangy and very smooth.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
spporras (259) - FINLAND - APR 13, 2007
(Bottle BBE 02/2008; Thanks Paavo!) Roasted malty, chocolate and slightly licorice aroma. Dark brown red colour and average size, brownish, very slightly lasting head with fair/good lacing. Chocolate, roasted malty, slightly bitter and licorice flavour. Softly carbonated, dry and medium-bodied palate. Smooth and well balanced ale! 05/04/07

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
beervis (243) - Taylorís Country, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 6, 2007
Looks great - deep, deep red with thick cream head, Aroma roast malt, dried fruit. Definitely porterish but with a distinctly aged character, smooth and slightly smoky. Like dark toffee with fruit and nuts in it. Good stuff.


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