Brewed by Broughton
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Biggar, Scotland
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 50   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.93   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 138   ABV: 4.6%
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Bottle; Pasteurised.
A traditional 80/- Specially brewed to mark 25 Years of Brewing at Broughton Ales. Typical of classic Scottish 80/- ales, Exciseman’s 80/- is dark and slightly sweet. Full drinking with a good hop aftertaste. Just the sort of ale Burns would have savoured during his time as an officer of the Excise.
Major ingredients are:-
Optic Pale Ale Malt, Black Malt, Crystal Malt. Hops used are English grown Challenger, Fuggles and first Gold.

ianwelby's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ianwelby (602) - - DEC 23, 2013
Clear dark caramel beer with a mild malt aroma. Flavour is malt, caramel, fruit and mild hop too. Finish was slightly watery but it’s a drinkable enough beer.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shoestring (297) - larkhall, SCOTLAND - FEB 3, 2015
Okay. Fruit and malt. Bit weak finish? Would take again though as a bit rushed! Red hue and head okay but then dissipated fast

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
JaKeAFC (645) - ITALY - FEB 1, 2015
Deep red color, one finger bubbly offwhite head, quiet nose. Light pale malts and roasted malts with soft english hops. Taste is light bitter. Body is thin, carbonation is soft, dry mineral finish. Simple bitter.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
MrJamesMcEwan (92) - SCOTLAND - FEB 8, 2014
"A classic example of a Scottish 80/-, bittersweet blend of flavours from crystal, black and pale ale malts, and fresh aromatic hops". Rich & strong malty aroma, dark brown colour, very strong coffee, toast & licorice taste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
themightyjag (217) - - DEC 27, 2013
500ml bottle, thanks to Rev. Frothy off white head, good lacing. Clear dark amber body. Nose is grass, apple, straw. Flavour is crisp, malty, a little citrus, grassy slightly bitter finish. Clean mouthfeel, light carbonation. Good 80. ---Rated via Beer Buddy

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mr_h (3334) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - OCT 12, 2013
500ml bottle from Morrisons, Ayr - clear brown with a reddish tint, good bubbly beige head, sweet malty fruity aroma, very poor lacing, flavours as aroma, bittersweet hop finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Stuartyboy (771) - SCOTLAND - OCT 12, 2013
Bottle courtesy of Mr_H reddy Brown ale with soft fruit and malts flavours of carmel and toffee nice beer

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
JohnRMurdoch (3563) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - OCT 12, 2013
500ml bottle from mr_h. Rich dark red brown, big foamy head. Sour grassy toffee malt aroma. Oaty toffee malt flavour with bitter aftertaste. Watery and not a great bitter. Just drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tombyars (1434) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - FEB 9, 2013
500ml bottle. Tasted this in December 2012. Pours clear pale garnet in colour with a white foam head. Damp raisins in a small box aroma. Thin mouthfeel and poor lacing. Pale malt gives a digestive biscuit base with raisins present. Slight hoppy prickle noted in the short aftertaste. Finish is malty and fruity with syrupy dates in the mouth. A decent Scottish export style ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BlackHaddock (4435) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - JAN 2, 2013
500ml bottle: BBD Apr 2013. Poured into two half-pint glasses on 2013’s New Years Eve @ home. Dark brown with a red hue: on top a biege foam, looked fine. Caramel malty nose and taste, some fruitiness in there too. inbetween the sweetness there is a hop presence that just sits nicely preventing the brew to be just a sweet malty tasting sickly beer. Easy drinking with a good body feel to it: leaning towards rich and creamy but not quite getting there. This was an ideal start to our ’Drinking around Europe’ New Years Eve.

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