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Black Douglas Ale - Broughton Ales Ltd

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Black Douglas AleBlack Douglas Ale

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very good

114 Ratings

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Ratings: 114
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 9.39%
Wants: 17
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

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Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 11-07-2001

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Photo of Southernbrew
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown color, big bubbly head, thick lacing the whole way down.

Strong fruit aroma, like apples with a slight sweetness and a touch of hops.

Medium body, good crispness. Toasted malts with a light fruitiness and a touch of hops. Finishes with a nice sweetness.

Very good drinkability, could definitely put a few down.

A fine scottish ale I will buy again.

Photo of Crosling
3.23/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Brownish/Orange in color. Head is light tan. Some lacing.

Caramel, Toasted malts, cherries and clove lead up to a very sweet but not hearty smelling nose.

Caramel in the flavor profile with some fruity characteristics. Medium bodied but lacking complexity and depth. Seems very mild for the style but still provides a lot of malty sweetness.
Not bad but not good either.

Photo of StevieW
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550 ml big brown Euro shaped bottle with raised hop leafs below the neck. Label depicts the menacing Sir James Douglas, the trusted friend of Robert the Bruce. The brave knight is flanked by two Scottish fllags. Cool.
Nice toasty dark carmel color, with small ruby hints along the edge. Head is a bubbly dense beige pillow. Very pleasing to the eye. Smell has some hints of traditional Scotch ales. Some faintly discernable peat flavors, hints of smoke, and toasted bread. Taste is much of the same. Nice toasty malt through and through. Malty sweetness is followed up with the slightest hints of oily chocolate and peat to finish. Medium to light bodied, moderatly carbonated. A very good beer. Bought on my Scotland trip last summer and kept in my fridge until dinner tonight.

Photo of Suds
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a very attractive beer served out of a thistle glass…big, puffy, cream-colored head atop a deep brown liquid. The aroma is what I would call medium-strength malt. It’s not as intense as a lot of strong Scottish ales, but presents nice thick layering of malt notes. The beer is a little grainy, with toasted and caramel notes as well. Again, foremost sensation is maltiness, with a medium-intensity. Smooth mouthfeel and medium body: the beer finishes with a hint of bitterness. Easy drinking, but not really very challenging.

Photo of BeerResearcher
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a dark rootbeer/teak color with a smallish beige head. A toasty malt nose is upfront while a mild hoppy aroma lies in the background. The malt is the driving force behind this brew. Lots of toffee and deep roasted barley make for substantially malty ale. Apples, pears, and limes make up an interesting fruity combo. A slight metallic tang and mild tea-like bitterness produce a bit of an edge to an otherwise sweet and malty brew.

Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid beer in every attribute. Hefty malt, a bit on the sweet side with vague apple notes and some caramel malt to carry things along. A little lingering bittersweetness at the finish which is quite pleasant and not cloying. Although neither the flavor or body are heavy, the beer nonetheless manages to come across as quite substantial in profile. A nice quaffer.

Photo of 86MonteSS
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The head was an antique white falling upon a dark mahogany body. It smelled of a floral maltiness that metamorphorsoed into a fragrant fruit. The taste certainly delivered on behalf of the Scottish ales, and also provided a fresh yet sour finish. Mouthfeel was perfectly adequate. It'll be one of those once-in-a-while beers, but not something I'll worship.

-JG & MP

Photo of nomad
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer looked like a dark mud, but actually a nice shade of brown. Had a light tan colored frothy head, some good carbonation, and little lace. Nose was very nutty and of roasted malt. Taste was light nut and hops, the malt was restrained. Solid body for a low-alcohol brew, and some fruit taste came through with time. Short finish, and the mouthfeel was quite dry, goes down pretty watery. A decent session ale, had better Scottish ales.

Photo of Winter
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1 pint, 9 oz bottle. Best By 12 | 02 notched on the side-- a little past date. Poured a clear dark copper in appearance with a tan fluffy head. Aroma consisted of malt, raisin, dark fruit, along with a metallic/mineral water scent. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and smooth, yet somewhat fizzy. Delicious rich malt sweetness. Raisin with hints of caramel and butterscotch. Sweetness gives way to a burnt oak and smokey peat finish which vacates with a mild dryness. There's a lot going on here.

Photo of oberon
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Real nice beer,poured a dark reddish/brown with nice caramel color head.Smelled of fruit cake and caramel.Taste was right on with aroma nice sweetish warming brew,I really liked the texture of this one.A perfect beer for winter in my opinion.A true Scottish ale.

Photo of Kwak
4.83/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Head: Nice off white with a creamy texture, with a dried fruit aroma.
Body: Strong shiny red color.
Taste: Very malty with a Burnt flavor and a hint of raisins.

Great Scottish imports I recommend highly!

Photo of mattmaples
4.64/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

Photo of John
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle. Dark brown, good head that maintains a thin layer of foam. Aroma is biscuity with caramel, peat and trace smoke. A few swirls regenerates the head nicely. A very smooth brew. The sweetness is offset by the peat and subdued hop flavors. Not as big and bold as the name suggests, but solid nonetheless. Enjoyable brew.

Photo of Jason
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: One pint, .9oz brown bottle with raised glass of hop vines below the neck of the bottle. Brief history about Black Douglas, a very powerful and heroic knight of Scotland. Freshness date clearly scored.

Appearance: Richly ruby hued with a adorning crown of sticky off white lace. Head retention is well above par.

Smell: Deep aromas of ripe fruit(apple) and over caramelized sugar with hints of hop and buttery diacetyl.

Taste: Medium bodied and crisp with an assertive toasted malt flavour that lingers with a cookie like dry finish. Hops are a little restrained yet still help to balance perfectly, a touch of ripe fruit, malt sweetness and the smallest hint of chocolate are also upon the palate. Quite clean in the end with some residual sweetness.

Notes: This is a product of brewing excellence, big on drinkablity for a medium bodied brew and packed with flavour and lots of malt complexity. By far one of the best Scottish Ales imported to the states.

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Black Douglas Ale from Broughton Ales Ltd
88 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.