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Black Douglas Ale - Broughton Ales Ltd

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Black Douglas AleBlack Douglas Ale

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BA SCORE
88
very good

115 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 115
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 9.39%
Wants: 16
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Broughton Ales Ltd visit their website
United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
Scottish Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 11-07-2001)
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Photo of MarkoNm
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a light brown color, completely clear, with some reddish undertone. About two fingers of white head quickly settles to just a miniature brim around the edge.
The aroma is extremely pleasant - chocolatey smell is complemented by some roasted malts and just a little coffee.
The creamy taste has the initial bitter kick, but is followed by moderate bitterness and some roastiness as well.
There is another bitter kick in the finish.

Photo of scotorum
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the 16.9 oz. bottle into a Samuel Smith English tulip glass.

a: Clear dark ruby topped by a two inch tan head which receded slowly tro heavy surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Caramel malt with slight dark ripe fruit undertones.

t: Mild dark fruit sourness over caramel malt base. Sour aftertaste lingers. Had I drunk this blindfolded without knowing what it was supposed to be I might have thought it was a Belgian Dubbel or some sort of weak barleywine.

m: Surprisingly light body.

o: Sourness masks some of the malt flavor. Admittedly an old bottle bought on sale last summer and saved for colder weather. In my experience there is no guarantee any particular style will age well, and this is another instance where perhaps it did not.

Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -23.9%

Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Slatetank
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Bill235
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of mick303
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- a caramel ruby colour, slight head with some decent lacing.

S- sweet toffee, caramel malt, fruity apple note, quite a bit of barley malt, mildly roasty.

T- sweet caramel, vegetal notes, toasty malt, cinnamon and some spice, and some zesty citrus but there doesn't seem to be much holding it all together. Finish has some caramel sugar, dry barley finish.

M- mild body, soft carbonation, a bit watery then dry and a bit bitter tannic tannic on finish, drinkable.

Not a particularly remarkable or memorable ale, easy enough to drink, and some decent malty notes coming through, but not much complexity. Develops nicely though, good session ale.

Photo of harpus
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of matjack85
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of Thunderballroom
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of cliff1066
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of BYOFB
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of Minkybut
3.2/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this okay beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was co-cola colored pouring a pretty big head that had really bid bubbles. I guess that is why they did not last very long either. The beer smelled really good. It had a rich caramelly hazel nut smell that I thought was going to be yummy. It was not though and in fact the beer was fruity tasting with a bitter finish. I will not buy again.

Photo of bzach
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Bryfind
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of Aml42000
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark brown body with a beautiful ruby tint at the bottom of the glass. Thick off white head with excellent lacing.

S- Roasted malts expressing caramel and hazelnuts. Very subtle, but quite elegant aromatics.

T- Almonds on entry with hints of chocolate and caramel on the mid palate. Some light fruit and hops on the finish.

M- Medium to full bodied with light carbonation. Drying finish. Very soft in the mouth. Elegant.

O- A good effort here. It takes a little coaxing, but some good complexity both aromatically and in the mouth comes through. The pint bottle is a good serving considering the low alcohol and easy approachability.

Photo of kaelingirl
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of obywan59
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The ale pours a dark ruby with a light tan head leaving copius lacing.

The aroma is of ripe apples and butterscotch.

There's fruitiness in the taste as well, sweet-tart apple with caramel.

Medium-bodied with light carbonation and warming alcohol in the throat.

This is an easy drinker, very good for a cool spring evening.

Photo of buckyp
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pub pint. Appearance is clear, dark amber with a nice fluffy white head. Head retention is about average. The nose has notes of biscuits, dried fruits, nuts, and toasted malt.

The beer has a mild sweet flavor and a bit of a hop bite at mid-palate. The hops give it a somewhat woody kind of taste, making it slightly tart. The beer is nicely carbonated and is medium bodied. The hop profile makes it a somewhat unique Scottish Ale, but I honestly prefer examples with more malty sweetness. This one strikes me as a bit unbalanced. Perhaps I have had too many American-made Scottish Ales and not enough Scottish Scottish Ales.

Photo of HumanParaquat
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of tasteisking
5/5  rDev +26.9%

Photo of JAHMUR
3/5  rDev -23.9%

Photo of Kromes
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Clear dark brown with a thin line of tan bubbles on top.

S: Chocolate, caramel, peat, and port wine.

T: The dominant flavor is dark cherry with a little bit of peat and a touch of caramel.

M: Thin beer with low carbonation makes it is bordering on soda-like feel, but has just enough body to fill it out.

O: The flavors in this beer are good. It's a nice little scotch ale. Not bad for $1.25 on sale.

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Black Douglas Ale from Broughton Ales Ltd
88 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.