Old Jock Ale | Broughton Ales Ltd

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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

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Added by Bierman9 on 02-01-2002

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Ratings: 150 |  Reviews: 116
Reviews by damndirtyape:
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a brilliant rich amber with a creamy-like off white head that settles slowely leaving a trace amount of lace behind,fruity esters abound in the nose along with a touch of caramel.A pretty complex malt bomb here alot of fruit mainly grape with brown suger and caramel showing up with a light sominess in the finish wich a good Wee Heavy should have.Well rounded flavorful and it warms the insides a beer true to style and form,well done.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – This Scotch Ale is a dark, pondy brown in color with a nice head that went down quickly, as is typical of the style.

Smell – The malts are very complex at the nose and dominate 60/40 the beautiful, juicy sweet compliment. There’s no smoke in the nose but we do have a light presence of peat that certified the Scotch Ale pedigree.

Taste – The taste is much bigger than the nose. The malts are very complex and slightly dominate the big sugars. The malts are toasty and laden with peat. The sugars are raw and slightly bitter like pure cane.

Mouthfeel – This ale is medium-bodied with some very moderate carbonation. I missed the light alcohol warmth found in most other examples of the style but otherwise this felt good in the mouth.

Drinkability – This went down really well. It is nicely balanced, somewhat refreshing, and not so big that you need a knife and fork.

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Photo of Jason
4.52/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: One pint, .9oz brown bottle with raised glass of hop vines below the neck of the bottle. Brief history of where the term "jock" came from ... Jocks - powerful fighting men. Freshness date clearly scored.

Appearance: Tarnished copper in colour with a pillowy textured head that slowly dissipates into a fine sticky lace.

Smell: Wonderful toffee and caramel with some vague hop aroma, mild alcoholic esters and ripe tropical fruit.

Taste: An oh so smooth malty mouthfeel rolls off the tongue with a complex mix of many malt flavours ... a mild toffee sweetness, grain and biscuit with a hint of buttery diacetyl. Then quickly comes the fruitiness which is mild but evident with its warming alcoholic esters. Hop bitterness is on par with a touch of spice and leafy flavour.

Notes: Quite pleasing to the nose and a warming feeling from the alcohol help make this an exceptional brew. Bliss in a bottle, make sure to serve at cellar temp (55-60*F). Goes great with a fine pork or lamb loin with roasted root vegetables.

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Photo of merlin48
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served at cellar temperature, Old Jock pours a clear, copper body with a light tan, tightknit, head that rises to 3 cm, eventually falling into vibrant, patchy lace.
Toffee and caramel maltiness dominate the aroma, with some smoky peat, and flowery hops.
Mouthfeel has moderate carbonation and a medium body.
Taste is divine. Complexity is apparent at first sip, with the expected maltiness complimented by a pronounced, and difficult to identify, herbal hoppiness. I could swear there's heather in this. Some apple and pear fruitiness add to the pleasant character, and a slight, smokiness distinguish this as one of the finest Scottish ales I've sampled.
This is an extraordinary ale, excellent taste with superlative complexity, and great drinkability.

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Photo of olradetbalder
2/5  rDev -48.8%

Photo of ADR
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear dark copper color, nice 3/4 inch head of milk-colored foam. Laces slip down the glass without sticking much. Slight astringent aroma, almost reminiscent of dill pickles. Mouthfeel is lightish for a full Scotch Ale, carbonation about average. The flavor shows up as somewhat odd, but with lots of things going on. Molasses maltiness, verging slightly on motor oil in some properties. Bitter snap is nice, unsweetened gingerbread qualities by the finish. Also shows some fortified wine-like tastes with accompanying alcohol. A little different, seems to come off as a sturdy Ale at warmer temperatures, despite the average body.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Copper amber hue with a nice full sized tan bubbly head, which leaves nice partial uneven rings of lacing. Aroma: Contains rich malty layers of caramel blended with prune and plum brandy like fruit tones, mainly a malty monster here hops are there for balancing but no real noticeable hop aroma. Taste: Juicy blend of bready malts and caramel notes that are followed by a sharp hint of syrupy fruit. Mouthfeel: Is rather lackluster solid medium body with a slightly sticky texture just nothing spectacular. Drinkability: A tasty malt treat just a bit one sided for me I am quite the hophead but this one is dead on as far as a Scotch wee heavy just prefer inventive hopped up versions similar to this style.

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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 stereosforgeeks
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy brown with ruby highlights. Light tan head.

Smell: Notes of plums, toffee, raisins, and some brandy.

Taste: A nice malt backbone with toffee a bit of hops. The alcohol is present in the dark fruit flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with active carbonation. A little creamy.

Drinkability: A nice example of the style.

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Photo of foamer
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried a bottle of this in Glasgow. CAMRA says that Broughton does casks of it...must investigate that.

Appearance: brown with a ruby hue, one finger of head which diminishes in about a minute to traces, little lacing on the glass

Aroma: sweet malts with a hint of alchohol and hops

Mouthfeel: most enjoyable, little carbonation, very smooth

Taste: sweet complex malts, with a hint of alcohol coming through toward the finish

Drinkability: a wonderful Scottish strong ale, and it makes an excellent antidote for the lovely Glasgow weather


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Photo of ltdantheman
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of cokes
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ruby topped with dirty ivory.
Nose full of plums, leather, raisins, brandy and peat.
A slight toastedness arrives first. Touchs of seared green raisins and apples skins. The rest of the profile is dominated by an immense black cherry sweet tartness. Huge and mouth encompassing. Peaty pangs echo against the cherry hues, helping to add a quelling earthiness and stale smoke. Hopping is only noteworthy for the dryness provided.
As this warms to room temp, the cherry relinquishes partial control, and the peat is allowed a larger foothold. Buttered Toffee appears as well.
Just shy of medium-bodied with light carbonation. A little more heft would make this more intergrated along its malt axis. Probably overly tart and fruity for the style. But I'm not holding that grudge.
This is a likely a polarizing brew. I happen like it.

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Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Simple in that it's more of an old ale, the taste is built around lciorice molasses, and it's drinkable in small amounts shared with the boys over smoked fish. Bubbly head and brown colour, a bit of peatiness in with the locorice molasses in the aroma. Smooth and easy middle mouthfeel.

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

Pours brown with a good sized, bubbly head.

Nice sweetness in the nose as well as fruits and caramel.

Full bodied with plenty of carbonation. A nice sweetness shows up first as well as some caramel and earthy flavors. There is plenty of malt here as well as some buttery flavors. A mild hop bitterness shows up and borders on spicy in the finish.

This is a very easy drinking ale that is quite enjoyable. I would consider this a "session" scotch ale.

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Photo of StrongandSmooth
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: I drank it from the bottle like a heathen so I can not tell you what the color was like
Smell: I loved smells coming of this beer. I noticed fruit. This was the first thing that struck me. As it went further the fruit gave way to a smokier sent. It was feint but I detected it.

Taste: With the fruit still on my mind. I picked up a malt flavor upon the first touch on the tongue. This flowed to a nutty flavor with gave way to a nice fruit which I enjoyed thoroghly. As the flavors gave way I picked up an earthiness as it finished off.

Mouth: In my mouth this beer is not heavy but it does a nice job of filling your mouth. It covers the tongue and leads to picking up several of the flavors at once as it does.

Drinkability: I would not drink it everyday, but definitely would break it out on special occasions like holidays and birthdays.

I recommend

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

1 pint .9 oz bottle

A: Clear, dark brown, but when held up to light, hints of red are noticeable. The beer poured a pretty big off-white, maybe tan color head that was retained well. The beer had very nice lacing throughout the beer.

S: Sweet malt, maybe some slight hints of fruit, but not much else. The aroma was thinner than expected.

T: The taste followed the nose; it was mainly a sweet roasted malt flavor, no noticeable hop flavor. Also detected some spices, but not really discernable. Very simple, but very good.

M/D: The body was medium with the carbonation just right. The beer was very smooth, as when I got to the end, I was amazed that it was in fact gone. Overall, a good beer and one that I will pick up again.

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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 WastedYouth
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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 beerthulhu
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a rustic copper-red with a soft creamy slight white head.

S: On the nose was a light fruitiness (cherries), some fresh raisins, and buttery toast malting.

T: For flavor there was a rich caramel malt, ripe fruit and a light smokiness and residual sugar sweetness. There was some rich chocolate notes as well.

M: a rich, deep caramel flavor providing a sweet creamy mouthful.

D: Moderately enjoyable.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9 ounce bottle. Served in the new Sam Adams BL glass, the beer pours a reddish/brown color with a half inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. It smells like caramel, toffee, peat and roasted malt. It tastes pretty similar to the way it smells, but there's also some molasses in the taste. Starts sweet, and finishes bitter. Mouthfeel/body is medium, with it being a little bit slick and creamy. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and the moderate carbonation makes is easy to drink. Overall I think this is a pretty decent beer, if I'm in the mood for a Scotch Ale I'd look into picking up this again.

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Photo of Darkale
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big and juicy malt aroma, like sweet, deep, dark fruit. Body of the beer is red-brown and clear with a thick tan head and very good lacing. Appearance and aroma are both very good -- they whet your appetite for more.

Mouthfeel is chewy and brisk at the edges. Nice and bitter taste. Sour but not too sour. Malt and fruit mixed in with the bitterness; nicely balanced.

Very nice. Recommended highly.

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Photo of CPditka
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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Old Jock Ale from Broughton Ales Ltd
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