Brewed by Broughton
Style: English Strong Ale
Biggar, Scotland


on tap


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RATINGS: 86   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

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - AUG 22, 2011
A rating from an old notebook. Bottle. Dark brown with a thin off-white head. A sweet and malty old ale with plenty of dark fruits and chocolate. Not as richly flavoured as some other similar beers but still a very tasty beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (13801) - 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.

   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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
anders37 (25217) - Malm, SWEDEN - MAR 27, 2011
Bottle. Pours a clear dark amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty chocolate and caramel aroma. Fruity malty caramel flavor with hints of chocolate. Has a fruit malty caramel finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
lusikka (7793) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 26, 2010
500 ml bottle @ home. Rated @ 25.4.2009.
Pours a brown colour with a large, frothy, white head. Aroma of mild hops, malts and oak. Flavour of roasted malts, caramel and oak. Hoppy finish. Medium bodied with not so pleasant carbonation. Average.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Archibaldo de la Cruz (1120) - FINLAND - SEP 23, 2010
50cl bottle. Dark brown colour with a medium-sized beige head. Roasted aroma with notes of dark chocolate. Flavour is roasted malt, caramel, some sweetness, dark chocolate and fruits.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JohnRMurdoch (4679) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - SEP 9, 2010
Bottle from Tesco. Sour malty aroma. dark brown colour with bubbly beige head. Grassy treacle caramel malt flavour, quite smooth. Tastes better than it smells.

   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 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
muffel (150) - Lower Saxony, GERMANY - MAR 11, 2010
Bottle 500ml. Pours a dark brown color with a small beige head that leaves lacing. Low carbonation. Aroma of roasted malts, dark bitter chocolate. Taste is malty, coffee, dark fruits and some hops. A little bitterness in the aftertaste.

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