Black Douglas Ale | Broughton Ales Ltd

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Black Douglas AleBlack Douglas Ale

Brewed by:
Broughton Ales Ltd
Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.21/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Comes in the earthy mixture of red and brown tones. Head in the 1/5" range. Off white. Doesn't provide much in terms of lace or retention. The aroma is fairly muted.

Taste was a blend of all those earthy genre styles. Brown ale, scotch ale, red ale, amber ale. All those things, brown malt, peat, minimal bitterness or hops, woodiness, smoke, dirt, earth, moss.

Weird format and seemingly a marketing novelty for its artwork.

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Photo of drmeto
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

-pours a clear ruby with a medium,foamy,beige head
-medium carbonation visible
-very spicy,grassy,pine,caramel,blueberries,coffee
-high,lingering bitterniss for the style
-medium carbonation
-light to medium body
Another winner from Broughton

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Photo of Jeffo
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this one from the wine shop down the road. First beer bought in Maarssen at our new place.

From a 50cl bottle into a pint glass.

APPEARANCE: Pours a large, three finger, medium looking, fluffy, creamy, off-white head with great retention. Dark copper red color, perfectly clear, with robust carbonation. Head slowly fades to a thick, creamy, cap and clings to the sides of the glass. Full cap remains leaving some good lacing down the glass. Looks really good.

SMELL: Caramel, some toffee notes, floral hops and light grassy notes. Nice but a little too mild to be memorable.

TASTE: Caramel and light melon flavors up front with a nice dose of toffee, butterscotch, melon flavors, floral hops and some bubble gum at the finish. Bold and lingering aftertaste of bitter hops, melon, butterscotch and toffee sweetness. Very flavorful and enjoyable; much more impressive than the nose had lead on.

PALATE: Medium-full body and a touch lower levels of carbonation. Quite creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes just a touch dry. Some bitterness lingers.

OVERALL: Really good brew. Scotch ales are usually a preferred style of mine and this one did not disappoint. Lots of sweet malt flavor with a good dose of bitter, floral hops to balance it out. Plenty flavorful and a nice feel to boot. If the nose were a little more forthcoming, this would have been a real winner. In any case, this is definitely one worth visiting again. Happy to see the wine store down the road branching out to find beers like this. Recommended.

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Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of MarkoNm
3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of scotorum
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -23.7%

Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Slatetank
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Bill235
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of mick303
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of harpus
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of matjack85
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of Thunderballroom
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of cliff1066
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of BYOFB
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Minkybut
3.24/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

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Photo of bzach
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of Bryfind
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of Aml42000
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

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Photo of kaelingirl
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of obywan59
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of buckyp
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Black Douglas Ale from Broughton Ales Ltd
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 118 ratings