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

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RATINGS: 48   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.94   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 138   ABV: 4.6%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ianwelby (405) - - 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.


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   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
MrJamesMcEwan (35) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
themightyjag (155) - - 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

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mr_h (2711) - 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

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Stuartyboy (597) - SCOTLAND - OCT 12, 2013
Bottle courtesy of Mr_H reddy Brown ale with soft fruit and malts flavours of carmel and toffee nice beer

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
JohnRMurdoch (3169) - 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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tombyars (1328) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BlackHaddock (3479) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
WeissGary (285) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - MAY 22, 2012
Quite a thick yet medium bodied ale with a redish-black appearance and a wonderfully thick creamy and frothy yellowing head. Biscuit-like aroma, soft and creamy tasting sensation. - This is not a bad ale, it’s quite an easy and soft drink and is worth trying out if you see it.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerCast_Rich (1847) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 14, 2012
[500ml bottle] Pours a clear nut-brown with a large slightly off-white head. Gentle aroma of sweet, malted milk biscuits and caramel toffee. On the flavour, it begins quite sweet but quickly a faint bitterness arrives. Very drinkable – tastes like toasted caramel, nuts, some brown sugar but with a bitter, slightly earthy finish [13052012]


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