Broughton Black Douglas

Broughton Black Douglas

Rated 3.652 by BeerPals

Brewed by Broughton Ales Limited

Broughton Village, Biggar, Scotland, United Kingdom

Style:  Extra Special Bitter

5.2% Alcohol by Volume

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Black Douglas is a dark bruby traditional ale with a soft full crystal malt flavour named after Sir James Douglas, trusted friend of Robert the Bruce.<br><br> Black Douglas, a powerufl knight and one of Scotland's heroes whose daring exploits often brought him to the border country of Scotland, home of Broughton Ales, is famous for carrying the Bruce's heart into battle on the Crusades.<br><br> We believe that this distinctive full bodied ale reflects the power and character of Black Douglas.

ID: 607 Last updated 3 years ago Added to database 23 years ago

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Overall Rank1410
Overall Percentile97.4
Style Rank7 of 735
Style Percentile99
Lowest Score3.0
Highest Score4.3
Average Score3.741
Weighted Score3.652
Standard Deviation0.336

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  • BLUESANDBARBQ 2568 reviews
    rated 3.7 12 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Deep clear ruby amber pour with a near perfect head and substantial lacing. Earthy aroma of subdued malts, tinge of peat and smoke, more malts, light sweet tea-like presence. Flavor is lightly malted sweet, earthy hops, but little of that, very, very drinkable. Love the history behind the namesake of this beer. Recommended to me by a long-time friend; glad he did. Good stuff.

  • LENUSIK 2067 reviews
    rated 4.1 12 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    This is one great tasting beer, and the bottle I had was 8 momths old! This beer pours a very dark cherry red colour with a thin tan head. Lots of floral hops and caramel in the aroma. Flavour is nicely balanced to perfection. The hops provide a nice bitter finish without being completely overpowering.

  • HONKEYMOFO 1000 reviews
    rated 3.6 14 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    It pours a very dark brown with hints of orange and red and has a thin light-tan head and excellent lace. Spicy aroma of caramel malts, hops, black cherry, citrus, raisins, and spices. The mouthfeel is smooth, silky, and rich. Flavors of caramel/chocolate malt, light molasses, hops, limes/citrus, raisin, and light black cherry. Leave it to the Scots ... excellent!!!

  • OH6GDX 8392 reviews
    rated 3.0 16 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    Bottled@Poirotti's Skotoberfest 2007. Very much ruby red colour with a beigeish mediumsized creamy head. Aroma is sweet malts along with some flowery hops and grass. Flavour is grassy hops along with some wood and slight nectary notes for the sweetness. A very mouthdrying beer.

  • FOAMDOME 505 reviews
    rated 4.1 16 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Picked up a bottle at Wegmans in Princeton for a beverage to accompany some delectable victuales. Named after Sir James Douglas, friend of Scottsman Robert the Bruce. Sir Douglas is said to have carried the Bruce's heart with him into battle during the Crusades. Pours clear, garnet-tinged brown under a rich, dense foam. Aroma is faintly fruity over a base reminicent of sour mash. Taste is faintly smokey and powerful. Full bodied. Mouthfeel is tingly at first, but quickly softens on the palate. Complex and full of character, Black Douglas is a noble brew.

  • BEERGUY101 5022 reviews
    rated 3.1 17 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 6

    This ESB pours a deep copper red color from a 500 ml bottle. Large sized white foamy head. Aroma is malty, nutty, earthy and sweet. A medium bodied ESB/bitter. Malts are caramel. nutty and sweet. Hops are herbal and earthy. Lively carbonation. Nice balance. Kind of a cross between a scotch ale and an ESB. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

  • KINGER 2328 reviews
    rated 3.7 17 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    Best before Nov. of '07, enjoyable ale but I got a bit of a metallic hint in the aroma and flavor. Dark ruby pour nice frothy light tan head, moderate lacing. Rich malty aroma, a touch of sweet and bitter then that metallic effect. Rich and full this has a nice creamy feel to it. Flavor is nice and heavy on the malt. A slight hint of sweet fruits backed by a real nice hop bitterness. A touch of smoke and dark malt in the end. Pretty wide spectrum in the flavor, this is good but for the cash I'll most likely look elsewhere.

  • POPPOPGOD 27 reviews
    rated 4.3 17 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    I couldnt see how this was an ESB. It was too smooth. Excellent dark ruby in color with excellent lacing and a fairly good head. Lots of malt and fruit with a nice, smooth finish. When I bought it I took it for a Scottish Ale and it seemed that. Very heavy, couldnt drink more than the one I had. An outstanding beer! Now I have to go look for more from Broughton Brewery.

  • THOMASSOVA4 1037 reviews
    rated 4.2 17 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    This beer gets tremendous marks from me. This beer was really heavy and the head was HUGE. On top of that, this beer was creamy and tasted like a chocolate milkshake. This beer was really good. I recommend this beer to everyone. Thanks for sharing mdsmith!

  • MDSMITH 222 reviews
    rated 4.1 17 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    I really enjoyed this beer. To me it tasted alot like a stout, but I'm by no means a stout drinker. The color and head of this beer make it very appealing. There was a little bit of a chocolate taste to it. and it was very smooth. Overasll a really good beer

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