Musselburgh Broke | Knops Beer Company

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Brewed by:
Knops Beer Company
Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Zimbo on 11-12-2011

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Ratings: 8 |  Reviews: 4
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the Knops Beer Company website:

Excerpt from "The Scottish Ale Brewer and Practical Maltster".
3rd edition, published 1847 by W.H. Roberts

"If we may believe a tradition current in Scotland, this method of rendering table-beer brisk by the addition of cold water arose from accident. A brewer's drayman going his usual round one day, accidently spilt a cosiderable quantity of beer contained in one of the casks. To prevent his master becoming acquainted with his carelessness, he filled up the cask with water, at the first stream he passed, on the road to Musselburgh, and left it at the nearest public-house, which was kept by an old woman, a regular customer, and a person whom he thought was less likely than others
to dicover the inferiority of the beer, Going some time afterwards to Musselburgh, he called for the old woman, expecting a severe rebuke for leaving her such sour, weak trash and dreading its being reurned. He was as much pleased as astonished to be informed, that it was the best beer she ever had, and that she hoped his aster would always brew such, as her customers were much pleased with it-in fact, she never had had beer that took the bottle so soon, and was so fine, sharp and brisk.
Upon his return home, the drayman told his master all the particulas of the accident and the consequences, who improved upon the hint for his future advance. From this story smallbeer, when it is was very brisk, is often designated by the vulgar 'Musselburgh Broke.'

This beer looked good coming ouf of the bottle showing a rish luscious reddy brown though there was almost no head at any time. Tastes of a slightly dilute toffee with dark and dry malt dominating and a sharp short end. A bit spritzy for my liking but there is also some smoothness there which supports a beer of modest body. The nose is also short and sweet.
An interesting beer though I am pretty sure the bottle was n't in the best condition.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of hdtrice
3.36/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Foley67
3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of EmperorBevis
3.56/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottled and part of a postal service ale delivery package prepacked set
Looks like cola
smells & tastes like burned sugar that leaves a a slightly smokey bitter tang
a bit thin for me
reminds me of some dark Belgian brews

worth a go

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Photo of mmapes
4.02/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours light coffee brown. Light head. Smells of dried fruit and grain. Tastes very fresh, clean. A scotch ale style - maybe not so sweet for the style. Lots of prominent grain, a hint of dried fruit (raisin currant prune) on the finish. Third Knops we've tried and all are amazingly clean, fresh, crisp.

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Photo of louislouis91
3.71/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Spike
3.01/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

On draught in 'The Queens Arms' in Kensington, London.
L: Dark red/brown. Thin, open head that lasts. Flat.
S: Hints of dark sugar.
T: Soft & sweet. Dark sugar but not molasses.
F: Very smooth but also watery.
O: Refreshing but ultimately disappointing because of the thin body.

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Photo of ygolordned
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Musselburgh Broke from Knops Beer Company
Beer rating: 3.55 out of 5 with 8 ratings