Brewed by Broughton
Style: English Strong Ale
Biggar, Scotland


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RATINGS: 87   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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Martin243 (1214) - 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.

RoyceH (1200) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - DEC 29, 2006
Bottle, Tesco. Pours dark brown, ruby hints - huge tan head, hardly fits in the glass with the beer. Bubbly in appearance. Nose smells soapy, with some sweet roasted malt, hinting at some sour hops there too. Mouth is carbonated, coating, sweet toffee and malts, some sourness and a touch of coriander there too. Some hickory smoke. Too sweet really, but mouth filling, slightly bitter finishes balances out the sweetness a little, but not completely. All in all, very easily drinkable.

mikkopen (1191) - Guelph, Ontario, CANADA - 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.

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 it’s a pretty good one.

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.

ralphdot (1092) - Billingham, Durham, ENGLAND - NOV 3, 2011
5.5% black with a thin head, fruity roast malt aroma, sweet porter like taste, quite nice

dj (625) - Greater London, 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.

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 that’s 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.

jvhemert (401) - 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.

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.

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