Black Douglas Ale | Broughton Ales Ltd

very good
118 Ratings
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 11-07-2001

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Ratings: 118 |  Reviews: 96
Photo of tasteisking
5/5  rDev +27.2%

Photo of Kwak
4.83/5  rDev +22.9%
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!

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Photo of mattmaples
4.64/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

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Photo of SilentSabre
4.62/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic! Poured a dark red burgundy colour with a beautiful craggy off white head that dissipated in about 30 seconds or so. Nice sticky lacing. The smell is just fantastic. A little sweet, a lot like oatmeat, this actual smelled almost like a little debbie oatmeal cream snack cake. The taste was a bit sweet as well with a slightly pronounced oatmeal taste. A little bit of a bitter hop bite on the finish. Just delicious. The mouthfeel was very smooth and easy to drink. Carbonation was mild; just the right level. This stuff is extremley good and a wonderful example of the style. Simply Smashing!!

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Photo of clickpush
4.61/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pour: 500ml bottle to pint glass. Light brown body transforms to amazing ruby hue when held to light. One finger of off-white head reduces to thorough cap of lace. Super sticky lacing along walls of glass all the way down.

Nose: Light aroma, unfortunately. Some chocolate note, sweetish.. Malty

Mouth: Great body, creamy yet bubbly. Light flavor of malt & hop, super well balanced. Some biscuit-like flavors, almost like soda biscuits. Unbelievably easy to drink. I could drink this all day, everyday.

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Photo of dahlen22
4.6/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Amber color with a decent amount of head.

Aroma: Definitely apple, caramel, and perhaps figs.

Taste: Medium bodied and crisp with a toasted malt flavor. A nice balance of ripe fruit, malt sweetness and some toasted bread. A nice Scottish beer with decent ABV at 5.20%

Drinkability: I can easily put back several of these beers. Like the Merlin's Ale, the Broughton Ales has another winner here. Not your traditional Scotch Ale, but nevertheless, an enjoyable ale that I could have all year round. Cheers!!!

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.59/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After just having poured out by the far the most infected beer that's ever entered my oral cavity, this ale calmly came to my rescue. With the sting of microbes still setting my mouth on fire, every nuance here in this beer had the power to cut through and provide me with sexy smooth satisfaction.

A lively blanket of dense foam for sure on the pour, swelling up maybe an inch and settling out into a swirl and collar. Had to tilt this glass against the light to make sure there was color - super deep burgundy.

Dipping my nose to the foam I can't help think "Goddamn, they caramelized the living shit out of this wort!" I don't think I've ever come across a Scottish Ale that has quite this extreme degree of a caramel quality to the aroma. It smells like a 3D caramel candy chew - and it's awesome! It's supplemented with a touch of fruitiness and some peat smoke. Stunning.

The flavors, like the aroma, feature a very rich caramel maltiness, touch of floral hops, and a subtle smokiness late and lingering in the aftertaste. Fairly concentrated in their intensity, boosted no doubt by a soft, smooth, creamy, moderate (nearly full) body. Substantial, but not cloying and hardly filling. Surprisingly clean finish. Sessionable? - oh my, you bet.

Probably the most ideal 80/- I've encountered, or remember (I drank my fair share of shilling ales in Scotland a couple years back). Favorite Broughton ale so far - thank heavens I found a fresh bottle. If I could have one of these just about every day I'd just about be happy.

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Photo of matjack85
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of Bryfind
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of damndirtyape
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single bottle (best by 03/11) poured into a nonic glass.

Appearance: The beer is a cola brown on the table and a dark ruby red when held up to the light with very tiny bubbles moving up very slowly through the beer. The foam is a dense light tan color (about 1/8" thick) and is persistent the whole way down the glass. Islands and walls of lacing all over the glass. A very nice looking beer.

Smell: When first poured and cold, there is strong dark fruits, but as it warms up, this goes away completely and is replaced with roasted malt/caramel flavors and a hint of molasses. The molasses gets stronger as the beer warms up.

Taste: When cold there is a lot more sweetness and malt with a mild bitter finish....this beer only gets better as it warms up so wait a bit. Upon warming the roasted malts with a blended caramel / molasses flavor comes through along with some dark fruits and a mild English bitter finish. A really tasty and outstanding Scottish ale.

Mouthfeel: Very mild carbonation and goes down very easily. The beer is slick and chewy at the same time.

Drinkability: I think this would be outstanding in cask form, and I'd love to have another bottle of this right now. It's a bit heavy, so I could see myself stopping at two, but it's a great beer by itself or with a meal (beef + bacon + tomato sauce pasta). I've had this before and it's just as good now as it was the first time I've had it. A great beer.

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Photo of Monsteruss
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The foam was a rich dark wheat color and feel. The color of this Scot beer was deep red and beautiful with a simple but pungent aroma. The taste at first had acute feel followed by a deep malty full-bodied flavor. Very hearty and great drinkibility feel.

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Photo of WesWes
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark amber/brown color with a thick off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is excellent. It has a rich and creamy malt scent that boasts of crystal and roasted barley. It has lots of toasted smells; awesome. The taste is great also. It has a rich, toasted malt complexity that goes down easy and finishes dry and slightly bitter. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn good beer. I love the aroma and flavor; very nice.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a very impressive beer. The best Scottish ale I have had thus far.
Pours a beautiful dark ruby with a geyser of tiny bubbles erupting from the center of the glass. A perfect coffee with lots of cream colored head sits atop and remains for the entire session. Lacing is commonplace all the way down with glass with a ring for each tug.
A great fruity malty smell. Extremely pleasant. A tiny bit of smokiness with tones of raisins and prunes. No hop smell present which is what I expect of a Scottish. A sweet smell that actually puts me in the mood for to sit by a fireplace with a book and a gallon of this stuff.
Tons of complexity is the taste. Grapes and raisins. Fruity esters. Apples and pears. Peat and wet soil. Perfect hop balance. A very fruity hop with a touch of bite that is in complete balance with the fruity malt.
Perfect mouthfeel but just a tiny tiny bit too much of hop. Otherwise a 5. I would drink this beer all day everyday.

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Photo of 86MonteSS
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
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

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Photo of JamesS
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An excellent Scottish Ale! It has a great dark copper color, nearly opaque, with nice head and excellent lacing. A very nice sweet/malty scent, with hints of lavender/heather in it. A wonderfully malty flavor with hints of peat. It's thick but very smooth and very refreshing. An excellent near-session scottish ale.

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Photo of metallistout
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz bottle bought at The Andersons in Columbus Ohio. Go Bucks!

Deep, dark red with a nice thick head. This head has lasting power.
I have found this with other Scottish brews also.

Smell very malty, fruity and a nice hop scent.

Tastes of sweet caramel and fruity malt. A nice hop balance and a refreshing mouthfeel.

This beer is pretty damn good. Sometimes I wish I live in the UK so I wouldn't have to pay all of the damn import taxes or fees on these fine brews.

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Photo of Gumbafish
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice rich color, with little head or carbonation. Definate malty tastes especially at the beginning and towards the end more fruity tastes. Very smooth to drink, with no bad aftertaste. Less bitter then other scottish ales, and personally my favorite. All in all a very drinkable beer, especially relaxing after a meal.

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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 BYOFB
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of DESTRO
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this pours out a deep ruby with a frothy pillow of a head (think cappuccino). leaves a very nice lacing. aromas are just mouth watering. fruits and spices, toasted/sweet malt....just really nice. creamy in the mouth, smooth but not heavy, it goes down oh so easy. flavors are all over. big toasted sweet malt backbone, fruits and spices are plentiful, caramel and toffee...just damn flavorful. this was a suprise to me, i didnt expect to enjoy this as much as i did. overall a more than solid, drinkable scottish ale. hella!

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Photo of Gagnonsux
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance is fantastic. Color is a hazy dark brown with a thick light brown head. Carbonation is fairly high and head retention is excellent. Aroma is of sweet earthy malts with a bit of spice. The taste primarily consists of sweet earthy malts with a mild nutty character. A light roast flavor also makes it's presence felt. The English hops give the beer a nice spice kick which imparts balance and depth of flavor. Overall the taste is nicely layered and pretty highly complex. This is great stuff and is helping the Scottish ale become one of my new favorite styles.

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Photo of McClungbrew2
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Deep amber color with garnet highlights. 1/4" tan head. Lacing to the end of the beer.

Smell - Malty, peaty, woody nose. No hop aroma

Taste - Sweet malt up front, No hop flavor, but balanced by bitterness. Faint smoke, and toffee notes.

Mouthfeel - Rich ,clean, medium body. No heavy aftertase or cloying sweetnes.

Overall - Very good beer. Excellent balance of flavor and mouthfeel.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark crimson-bronze with orange peel highlights. The beer is capped by a wonderful looking head the color of golden brown sugar that resembles a scoop of ice cream as it slowly melts. The surface is riddled with bumps and pits and the glass is an intricate maze of interlocking fingers of lace that resemble Celtic runes. I have divined their secret message, and it is... 'a great looking beer stands before you'.

Now why did the nose have to go and let me down? Many of the usual Scottish aromas are present, but aren't very aromatic. I can appreciate dark fruit, caramel and weak molasses. Alas, there's almost no peat and no smoke. Black Douglas was supposed to be a badass warrior. What would he have thought of such a cowardly nose?

The flavor explodes on the palate and signals its intentions to wreak a little havoc and do a little violent bloodletting. I got a little carried away there (Black Douglas isn't Braveheart on steroids), but still, this is one of the more flavorful Scottish ales that I've ever run across and should give a few of the weaker wee heavies a fright.

The malt portion of the flavor profile tastes mega-toasted and derives a little added gravitas from the use of black malt. A tangy dark fruitiness stands up to the malt with head unbowed. There's also a pinch of cocoa powder, a lovely earthy-herbal hoppiness and the merest hint of sour peatiness.

The mouthfeel hits the style target. That is, it's solidly medium with a restrained amount of carbonation that makes delivering the beer to its rightful place a lead pipe cinch. Thick sheets of lace at midglass have now given way to thick, chunky rings of caramel-colored crust.

I was beginning to think Broughton Ales brewed nothing but mediocre beer (Kinmount Willie was a disaster). This offering is definitely a beer of a different color. It's a fabulous example of the Scottish ale style and has flavor to burn. Let loose the dogs of war! But first, drink up.

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Photo of tugdriver7
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bit pricey, but well worth trying. The clerk at Perfect Pour recommended it. Good advice. Gorgeous dark amber in the glass, with a soft foamy head that fell slightly but never really left. Slight, sweet malt in the nose and the initial taste. Very enjoyable caramel malt with subtle hops bitterness to round out the flavor profile. Nicely balanced, not too sweet, and an incredibly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. I enjoyed this beer last night with some friends at La Cav Du Vin. Pours a dark brown color with ruby highlights when held up to the light. Tan head is about 1/4 inch when poured before settling to a decent surface layer with decent lace. Aromas of roasted caramel and malt are present along with hints of dark fruit and a trace of hops. Tastewise this beer is dominated by the roasted malt and caramel upfront and is followed by some fairly subtle hop flavors and some nuttiness. A good session beer indeed. Has a crisp and full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Easy to drink in the way a well crafted beer should be.


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Black Douglas Ale from Broughton Ales Ltd
3.93 out of 5 based on 118 ratings.
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