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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

114 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 114
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 9.39%
Wants: 14
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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Reviews by mattmaples:
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mattmaples

Oregon

4.65/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I loved this beer. I am a malt man (instead of a hop head) and this is what I think a real Scottish should be. Admittedly it could have a much bigger body on it but at least it is well attenuated. Most of the Scottish I have tried has been too damn sweet. This beer has a big malty / caramel nose to it and an enormous, complex malty flavor and finishes dry (not sweet). A hop might have passed by the brew kettle but if it did, it didn’t stay long. This is my kind of beer and I regret not stocking up on more. Definitely give this one a try.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2002 11:51:40 | More by mattmaples
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MarkoNm

Slovenia

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2014 12:23:15 | More by MarkoNm
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scotorum

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2013 03:47:30 | More by scotorum
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BillRoth

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

12-07-2013 17:48:24 | More by BillRoth
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3/5  rDev -23.9%

09-05-2013 01:04:56 | More by ygtbsm94
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GraduatedCashew

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

08-28-2013 16:09:38 | More by GraduatedCashew
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.5%

05-25-2013 14:25:22 | More by Slatetank
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Bill235

Ohio

4/5  rDev +1.5%

05-13-2013 11:41:18 | More by Bill235
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mick303

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2013 10:12:33 | More by mick303
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harpus

Alabama

4/5  rDev +1.5%

03-27-2013 13:56:29 | More by harpus
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matjack85

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

02-02-2013 06:38:00 | More by matjack85
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Thunderballroom

New York

4/5  rDev +1.5%

12-25-2012 05:21:50 | More by Thunderballroom
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cliff1066

Virginia

4/5  rDev +1.5%

12-09-2012 18:54:19 | More by cliff1066
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BYOFB

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

11-24-2012 21:56:28 | More by BYOFB
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Minkybut

Virginia

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2012 23:11:07 | More by Minkybut
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bzach

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

10-16-2012 06:57:50 | More by bzach
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Bryfind

Louisiana

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

07-11-2012 13:26:53 | More by Bryfind
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Aml42000

Washington

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2012 22:41:24 | More by Aml42000
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kaelingirl

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

05-08-2012 01:46:02 | More by kaelingirl
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obywan59

Virginia

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2012 02:19:45 | More by obywan59
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buckyp

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

04-02-2012 23:20:43 | More by buckyp
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deadonhisfeet

Kentucky

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2012 23:08:34 | More by deadonhisfeet
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HumanParaquat

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

02-07-2012 17:02:58 | More by HumanParaquat
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tasteisking

Michigan

5/5  rDev +26.9%

02-04-2012 22:03:40 | More by tasteisking
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -23.9%

01-22-2012 18:15:58 | More by JAHMUR
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Black Douglas Ale from Broughton Ales Ltd
88 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.