Old Jock Ale | Broughton Ales Ltd

very good
147 Ratings
Old Jock AleOld Jock Ale

Brewed by:
Broughton Ales Ltd
Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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Reviews: 114 | Ratings: 147
Photo of drmeto
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

-pours a clear copper-red with a medium frothy,offwhite head
-low to medium carbonation visible
-Follows the nose plus roasty coffee & Nutty notes with a slight spicy bitterniss
-low to medium,soft carbonation
-light to medium body
-slight alcohol note as it warms
Advice for this Beer: Do not drink it cold.This really opens up at Room temp.
great overall.

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Photo of scotorum
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4


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

a: Clear ruby/copper with an inch and a half thick offwhite head which receded slowly to even surface foam and dense to spotty lacing.

s; Strong and slightly musty caramel malt.

t: Follows the nose sans the must and with some subtle dark fruit notes. Some bitterness towards the otherwise mainly sweet finish.

m; Moderate, pretty good body and carbonation tingle.

o; A bit lighter than anticipated but tasty enough. Self-served below the recommended temp of 55-60 degrees at about 50 but warmed and became even more caramel malty.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lovely rich deep mahogany brown body with massive cream coloured multi sized but mostly tiny bubbled head
Smells like tiramisu
the taste is more like a really good (better than most) Belgian tripel with that toffee edged scotch ale edge
solid mouthfeel
lacking that sugary edge that I associate but great stuff never the less

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Photo of chinchill
3.59/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

500 ml brown bottle with a BB date stamp of july 2016. Enjoyed May 1st 2015 in Largoward, Fife, Scotland.
6.7% ABV has limited impact on the aroma but does show clearly in the taste and feel. Nicely malty but with enough hops to keep an even sweet/bitter balance. Initially served too cold; improved dramatically with some warming.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle, 1 year old. Pours light brown with short lived, small white head. Aroma is of sherry, caramel, chocolate and hint of hops. Body is medium and tangy. Caramel malt, herbal hops ripe cherries, pepper mint and wood fill the mouth. Finish is long, woody, peppery and dry. Very nice, complex brew.

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Photo of Hanglow
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Review for the bottled version. Cask is a bit better, less effect of pasteurisation but also less carbonic bite meaning a half is probably the best serving size due to the sweetness and strength.

Pours clear light reddish brown, medium head.

Sweet sticky malts, dundee cake, tablet (a scottish sweet, google it and get diabetes over the internet :) ) touch of toffeeand some restrained floral hop.

Taste is similar but with a bit of bitterness cutting through the sweetness and a touch of alcohol. Bitterness drops off for the finish replaced with a bit of dryness.. Med carb, full body.

very good, great value, available from most supermarkets etc

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Photo of obywan59
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky deep amber to near mahogany depending on the background. A 3 finger light tan head fills my Duvel tulip. It recedes rather quickly leaving light lacing.

The aroma is of spiced dark fruits and light caramel.

Sweet upfront but with a substantial twang and a bitternes from the hope and burnt malt. As the beer warms, the twang disappears and the bitterness mellows leaving a nicely sweet and grainy brew.

Medium full bodied and smoooth if drunk at room temperature as the Broughton website suggests.

Decent straight out of the fridge, but let it warm and as been said before, it is "bliss in a bottle".

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Dan.

A: Pours slightly hazy, but nearly clear brown with a 1/4" white head which fades to the edge of the glass.

N: Caramel, dark fruits, brown sugar/molasses.

T: Malty grains, some faint roast and char. Nice peaty earth notes.

M: A bit light bodied with light carbonation.

O: Just O.K. and pretty standard.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the 500 ml. bottle stamped BBE NOV 12 - L1132-14:09. Sampled on March 24, 2012. It pours dark amber chestnut brown with a largem, fluffy tan head that lingers. The aroma has some obvious sweet dark malts, raisins, and mild hops on the nose but it is also very subdued all in all. The body is medium to bold. This does not have quite as much oomph as the typical Scottish stiong ale but all of the characteristics are there is a mellow sort of way including sweet dark malts and moderate bitterness. This beer tasted beeter with each sip as it warmed up.

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Photo of horshack7
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Apperance: A very dark mahogany with garnet hues around the edges. On top is a head around an inch high that has a creamy texture.

Aroma: Dark roasted malts, toffee, faint scotch, a touch of butterscotch, tart fruit in the end.

Taste: Lots of malt in the begining. Bicuity texture, toffee, scotch notes in the middle. In the end is a very smooth finish with a faint fruity tartness.

Notes: A dam tasty beer nicely drinkable. The malts in it do very well. Cheers.

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

Poured from 500mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich amber-brown hue with crystal clarity and a nice effervescence. Head poured a thick finger of frothy tan foam. A good looking beer!

Smell: nice malt aroma which is lightly fruity and lightly grainy. Normally I don't like a raw grain character, but with the light fruitiness of this beer it works well.

Taste: rich malty flavor with a pretty strong bitterness coming in right at the very end. There's a bit of an acidic twang to the mix which, like the grain in the aroma, I wouldn't normally like; here, it feels at home. Good!

Mouthfeel: medium body, perhaps a tad light for a wee heavy. Big carbonation leads to big creaminess, though, and I like it.

Overall: this is a very solid wee heavy. It's got some flavor characteristics of which I'm not normally a fan, but here they work; it's just a harmonious beer.

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Photo of maxk
3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500mL bottle into a snifter dated best before Dec 2012. Well chilled.

A: Dark red/brown. Cream colored, 2 finger head, good lacing, good head retention.

S: Raisin, toffee, it has some smell which reminds me of scotch (maybe peat, not smokey).

T: Dates, raisins, prunes, a lot of fruity sweetness. A little bit of hop and malt in the aftertaste. The flavor is definitely dominated by the sweetness.

M: A great amount of carbonation, no astringency whatsoever, nice mouthfeel.

Overall, it's a very interesting beer, not so common of the style, but tasty. There's a slight hint of alcohol but it fits in well with the flavor profile.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.36/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mahogany brown colour with a finger sized, light tanned colour head that has a frothy, bubbly texture. Good head retention on this one, leaving a half centimetre thick foamy head throughout.

Caramel, toffee and some solid earthy hops and malts make up the majority of this drinks aroma along with some background dark fruits and berries. It is very sweet and has a subtle burnt sugar note.

Sweet and malty in taste with brown sugar, toffee and caramel flavours all blending together well. There is some nice fruity notes at the tail end of the drink as well.

Medium to full bodied and mild carbonation with this beer. It has a quite creamy texture to it and a warm, bittersweet finish.

A rather nice, well balanced beer that goes down quite well that has a nice bittersweet finish to it. It is quite malty and as such probably not a beer that I’ll have all that often but certainly one that I did enjoy.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bottle was about 6 months old - fridge-stored the entire time, yet most of the guts were left intact. Rich, murky burgundy (sediment suspended) with copious head on the pour, soft collar all that remained. Port comes to mind on first snuff, but it's soon apparent that the centerpiece of its nasal experience is its ripe estery love handles, glistening with caramel musk. A ton of fruity malt flavor carried along with a wafery, subtle brown sugar essence. Everything the way it should be. Just a wee bit surprised by the minute deficit of full-bodied viscosity. With glass un-cool to the touch, this tenuous feel goes away slightly, as flavor and a delicate chewiness develops.

All-around, this is a solid strong Scottish ale. Quite tasty and easy to quaff. Curious how this matches up with their Black Douglas, which I remember having a more pronounced caramel flavor and body...

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Photo of ummswimmin
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was a gift from a friend. He made a pretty good choice in sharing this beer with me.

I poured this bottle into a pint glass. It left about a finger of head from the pear. I like the pleasant earthiness in the aroma. I also smell some caramel.

I really like the coloring of the beer. It is a nice auburn color.

The caramel and earthiness come through in the first drink, and they continue after each drink. I like the way this plays across the pallatte, and it works very differently than the American ales.

This was a nice dark beer for later in the evening. It had the dark flavor, but the texture was nicely light.

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Photo of trevorjn06
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark copper/brown color with one finger of tan head that sticks around for a long time, leaves some lacing on the glass. When held to the light it's a deep burnished copper color that is crystal clear.

Aroma is fairly mild but there is caramel and toffee up front with subtle, dark fruits.

Taste is a bit surprising, much more fruitiness than anticipated. Begins with dark fruits and caramel, moves into light toffee and a hint of crisp bitterness. The finish is dryer than expected, leaving very light roast, tobacco dark fruits and some astringency. Overall thinner tasting than I had expected.

Mouthfeel is medium with medium carbonation. Carbonation is too high for me on this beer.

Overall this beer leaves me wanting, it strikes most of the flavors I was hoping for but it just didn't come together right... until it warmed up and I started drinking it faster. Then it tasted more balanced and smooth, I came to enjoy it but I wouldn't call it great.

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Notes from 05/31/2010:

500 mL bottle at 50 degrees into a nonic pint.

A: It pours a dark red/mahogany color with a very small white head that doesn't last.

S: Peat, caramel, burnt sugar, and toffee.

T: Lots of caramel, peatiness, toffee, hazelnut, biscuit, and some smoke.

M: It is medium-thick with plenty of creaminess and a relatively clean finish.

D: It's more like wee light than wee heavy. This style is usually much more flavorful and at $4.99 for this, I can't consider it very drinkable.

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Photo of ramseye4
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A= Aggressive pour yields a thick 2 finger head, with the beer a nice dark amber color.

S=Smells of a bit of toffee with some nice caramel malts, it's hard to describe but it almost smells sticky with its sweetness, and a very very faint bit of floral hops squeaks through.

T- Sweet caramel malts dominate the taste, sweet and smooth, with a faint amount of fruit coming through. Grainy barley taste comes to the forefront of the palate midway through the tasting. Alcohol comes faintly through in the end.

M-Excellent, rides a perfect balance between bitterness and carbonated pop.

D=Outstanding. This is the kind of beer I nurse, but happily sip on one or two throughout two or three hour drinking spell.

Overall a very nice beer, the taste is well done, and I could easily be placated having only one or two of these throughout the course of an evening.

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Photo of gfreed
3.18/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Maybe something was lost in the shipping, but I didn't find this to be the wowie-zowie that others have. The decent tarnished-copper color and souffle-like head are attractive; the aroma has the expected raisins, molasses and graham-crackery malt to identify this as a Scotch Ale, but it all seemed a bit weak. The taste was similar: there was enough fruit and malt but still it all came up short, even though there was little enough carbonation to fit with the style-- which is to say, I found it watery by comparison. Not bad, but there are any number of better Scotch Ales to be had for the money from both the UK and America.

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Photo of donniecuffs
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Into a pint glass, it poured a cloudy maple brown with one finger of beige head, average retention, and decent lacing. The nose revealed maple syrup, brown sugar, molasses, and nuts. The flavor revealed molasses/brown sugar/syrup through to the midpalate, followed by a nutty/soy finish. Thick yet smooth, with little carbonation. A little too thick to session, and needing a little less sweetness. Otherwise a nice Scotch-style ale.

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Photo of jlindros
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A nice 1.5 finger head rises up and fades at a medium pace, leaving large bubbles as it pops. For how dark it is, the beer is very clear, with a dark brown color and turns mahogany maroon red when the light shines through it.

N: Nice scotch ale nose, lots of sweet malts, tons of brown sugar, caramel, dark malts, lots of various crystal malts, even a touch of smoked malt. The various sweets and malty aromas just rain out of this thing.

T: Starts somewhat sweet, but not as sweet as I thought it would be from the nose. It has quite a bit of brown sugar taste though, with more molasses, sweet syrups, sticky at that. Lots of malts too, with various caramel/crystal malts, a little smoked malt again, touch of roasted and toasted malts, and chewy overall. A slight bitterness comes through, but very slight, could be from roasty malts more than hops, but perhaps there are hops too.

M: Medium to slightly heavier body with decent carbonation.

F: Finishes still slightly sweet, with a slight creamy feel to it. It does seem to get a little drier though. More lingering smoked flavors, and lots of brown sugar and molasses. A lingering sticky sweetness too, and chewy malt flavors. More lingering malts, and a hint of bitterness round it off. not really any booze to speak of but being only 6.7% it drinks well, but the sticky sweetness makes it a little tougher.

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Photo of damndirtyape
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single bottle (best by Feb 2011) poured into a Nonic glass.

Appearance: Clear coppery orange when held up to the light, more of a darker brown on the table. Persistent light tan foam all across the top of the beer with some lacing noted - but the lacing didn't stick much to the glass.

Smell: When cold - it's like sweet white grapes, but upon warming up, the grapes go away and I got toffee/butter smells from this beer. It's very appealing and very unusual at the same time.

Taste: When cold it tastes just like it smells - strongly of sweet white grapes, but all of that goes away when it warms up. The flavors upon warming up are butter toffee with a mild bitter finish that you can taste some hops in right at the end.

Mouthfeel: Mild carbonation spiciness on the tongue, followed by a beer that is thick enough to be described as chewy, with some lingering sensation on the teeth.

Drinkability: An all around solid good beer, but well on the sweet side of a malt bomb. I had it with a meal (BLT and corn on the cob) which it did not go well with at all, so this beer really probably is better with meat and cheese as recommended on the guide. Still, I enjoyed it and the alcohol is not at all noticeable, but with a bottle this big, it's only one a night for me with this one.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

0.5l bottle poured in a chalice.

A: Beautiful dark amber color. Thin beige head with small retention.
S: Delicious perfume. Malt is quite strong. Honey and fruits. Yeasts in the end. Reminds a scotch whiskey in the nose.
T: Delicious taste. Bitter-sweet. Toasted malts, citric fruits (mainly grapes). Earthy yeasts and, if I'm not wrong, also some oak can be felt.
M: Medium body. Medium carbonation. bitter-sweet taste. Molasses sensation.
D: Good.

Terrific experience. That's most probably a type of beer that could not be easily repeated outside of Scotland. I mean, it has a strong Scottish personality...

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Photo of dahlen22
4.85/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: A copper color with decent head.

Smell: Caramel, hops, some nutty aromas, and fruit (pears and apples).

Taste: A smooth ale with malty flavors, toffee, nice fruits and a well-balanced hoppiness and sweetness.

I have had many of the Broughton Ales and I have never been disappointed with any of them (which includes Merlin's Ale, Black Douglas, and now Old Jock ale). I would not really consider this a true Scotch Ale/Wee Heavy, but since it comes from Scotland, I guess it gets placed in that category. All things being said, this beer is really tasty, is very easy to drink, and has 6.7 ABV. Go get one...Cheers!!!

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Photo of Rayek
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Thistle.

A: Deep burnished copper with nice clarity. A dense, soapy and rocky cream cap refuses to go away and leaves lots of lace. A most excellent look.

S: Deeply caramelized sugar is the theme here. Lots of toffee, caramel and molasses are at work. A light smokiness, plus some raw earth add extra depth. I light alcohol tingle rounds things out.

T: Pretty much exactly what a beer of this style should taste like. Starts out with a lot of bittersweet toffee and sweet caramel. Smoke is light but ever present in the background. A mild black tea bitterness provides just the right balance. A little toasted grain finishes the picture. Gets even better as it warms.

M: The syrupy body possesses a bit too much carbonation.

D: I'm a sucker for a good Scotch Ale, and this one is great. A wonderful pickup, that I wish wasn't quite so cost prohibitive to buy. Hopefully I'll be revisiting this one.

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Old Jock Ale from Broughton Ales Ltd
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