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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
harrisoni (17352) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 12, 2006
500ml bottle from Tesco. Very deep ruby with lasting tan head. A very lovely intense vinous fruit and chocolate aroma. Bit of cream too. Starts very carbonated, but then calms down into a smooth fruity choccy porter. Fruits are blackberry based and then this tremendous hit of chocolate. Choc lasts into the finish with a bit of tingly hop on the tongue. Impressive and very tasty with well defined and intense flavours. A beer for a winter night.

   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.

   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.

   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 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DruncanVeasey (8012) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - MAR 26, 2007
Encouragingly stouty deep ruby pour with well-retained beige suds. More than a sniff of bitter chocolate and sappy beechwood smokiness. Silky smoked malt roastiness and a hint of hop. Carries its ABV with smoothness and poise. Stirs dewy-eyed reminiscences of both Aecht Shlenkerla Rauchbier Marzen and Theakston Old Peculiar. And you canít ask for more than that.

   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 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sm89walt (1972) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - OCT 23, 2007
From the bottle this pours a dark brown with no head and a cola-like carbonation in the beginning, although this gradually subsides. Creamy, sweet caramel and tobacco aromas with roasted, dark chocolate notes. None of these are too obvious at the start but come across well once it beer has aired slightly. Rich burnt malt and chocolate flavours coat the palate. These flavours are comitted to the tongue with a creamy texture. All of these qualities make for a delicious ale thatís varied and especially pleasant on a cool night.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (12711) - 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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