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Belhaven Scottish Ale - Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.

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Belhaven Scottish AleBelhaven Scottish Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

855 Reviews

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Reviews: 855
Hads: 1,879
Avg: 3.79
pDev: 20.05%
Wants: 60
Gots: 239 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd. visit their website
United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
Scottish Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Mitchster on 08-07-2001

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This was poured into an English pub styled glass.
The appearance was a hazy burnt dark orange to ruddy brown color with a thick creamy foamy head that sat atop of the beer for a good minute and a half. Lingering sticky lace eventually slides down into the beer.
The smell started off with earthy sweet caramel and toffee malts. Light raisins and bread bounce together underneath my nose.
The taste copied the smell nicely. Light peat, smoke and toast come in for the balance. Lingers in the aftertaste and slides into the finish.
The mouthfeel was about a light to medium in body with a sly sessionably malty sweet stickiness, not cloying but nice.
Overall, to me, I say this was a wonderful interpretation of a Scottish ale, true to style and good to me. Definitely would have with some fish n'chips.

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Photo of MrIncognito
3.54/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Deep mahagony body with a tan head. Muted aromas of sweet bready malt and raisins.

Taste is sweet and malty with a light hop bitterness. Slight raisin flavor

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Photo of mrjez
3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From a 500ml bottle.
L: Pours a reddish brown, clear, small off-white head.
S: plenty of nutty, earthy malt, some ale yeast mustiness.
T: very nice, full-flavoured malt base, tinges of dry fruit, nutty, low sweetness. Straightforward and clean.
F: a little lively fizz up front and a warming maltiness across the palate.
O: very tasty traditional style British ale. I love a good malty brew.

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Photo of Goulart
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Stein at a cool temp. Typical Nitro head; well-formed, substantial, appealing but kind of artificial--a lot like fake tits. Color of medium caramel, nitro head lingers longer than most and traces the glass nicely; visually appealing in the glass. Aromas of sweet malt and barley, simple, not complex. Medium body of creamy malt with some stick on the finish. Not bad but not overly impressive on initial tasting. The story changes when used as a compliment to a single malt though. Poured a neat Balvenie 12-year old and found that this is a superb beer to compliment a good bourbon barrel aged scotch. Not surprising considering its sweet, malty and bready construct.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.34/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Dark ruby/copper, short lived head.
Molasses on nose.
Taste sweet, but dry at end. Molasses, caramels.
Quite well carbonated - not sure if too much.
Solid effort

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Photo of muffiewolf
5/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Rich, nutty & smooth just like the label says. I bought this while searching for some stouts. This was a stunning surprise. I bought a six pack of bottles. I'm going to try the cans next.

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Photo of T100Mark
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A 11.2 ounce Euro bottle poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance - A nice copper color. Amazing clarity. Big, dense, white, foamy head. Minimal lacing.

Smell - Sweet nose.

Taste - Mild malt/carmel flavor. Sweet. A touch nutty (just like the label says). The hops are there (but only just).

Mouth - Smooth.

Overall - A nice, mild, amber ale. My only knock on this ale is that it has an ever-so-slight metallically taste. A nice beer all the same.

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Photo of JetFeather22
5/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

There are two differant versions of this beer, One is a normal carbonated version that comes only in bottles, And a Nitro version that comes only in cans.. There both 5 star beers but i feel like there should be separate ratings for both, some people are reviewing the nitro version and some the carbonated.. Personal i like the Nitro caned version more, Both very sweet caramel malt forward..

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Photo of mrcharlie
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

My favorite thing about this one is the appearance, just beautiful. Very drinkable and I can see this one working it's way into my fridge regularly. Great balance overall, nothing really overpowering anything else.

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: crystal clear; amber colored; 1 finger off white head that receded quickly to a thin collar; no lacing;

S: a touch of smoke; earthy; a little malt sweetness;

T: malt sweetness for a moment, then smoky and pumpernickel bread; moderate bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate to high carbonation; dry finish;

O: really enjoyed this;

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Red-brown in color with great clarity. Off-white head settles into a thin crown after a time. Thin and wispy lacing.

S: Caramel and molasses, nutty, hard caramel candy. Light whiffs of stewed plums. Some grassy/earthy hop character.

T: Brown molasses and caramel, nutty, cocoa powder. Some candied sweetness. Stewed plums. Earthy and grassy hops pull up middle to end and play a balancing role. Toasty grainy and molasses finish.

M: Medium-thick body. Ultra creamy and smooth. Gently tingling carbonation.

O: One of the prototypical Scottish ales in my mind. Malt forward, sweet, decadent and smooth body, and easily drinkable. The nitro version is quite good too.

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Photo of Dualscar
4.49/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had from their nitro can. Has a beautiful cascade and rich creamy look and feel about it. Lovely colour especially in a nicely chilled glass. Creamy, a good feel of malt and sweetness all about it and a faint taste of caramel to the body. Really would suggest having it with the widget as without it seems to lose a lot of the great body and mouthfeel. Overall super drinkable, easy to down a few without realizing where they went.

Pair it with some Corn beef and cabbage for a great treat!

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.28/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I will admit that this particular bottle that I'm having seems a bit skunky. I can't find any sort of date on it, but it reeks. Fortunately, it's mostly just affecting the aroma, as the flavor seems pretty normal. It has a nice nutiness, and a little bit of malt. It's pretty decent, but not great. I'm most definitely willing to give it another shot some time later, though, as I'm sure it's better than this under more better situations.

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Photo of Wobbly
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Excellent Scottish ale, and a real delight on tap in a real pub. I had it often in Britain but rarely see it on tap in the States. Not quite as special out of the can but still very tasty.

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Photo of sjccmd
4.63/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rich nutty aroma. Burnt sugar, Slightly steely mineral character. Toast, biscuits, a tad bit of cinnamon. Slightest hint of raisiny dark fruits, giving the impression of oatmeal raisin cookies. No real hop aroma.

Pours beautiful dark copper amber. Medium sized off white/tan head that recedes quickly but leaves a solid ring around the glass. Not much head retention.

Big rich flavor without being heavy on the palate. Dark caramel, toffee, rich pumpernickel bread. Some dark fruits, somewhat pruney. Big mineral character, steely and earthy. Complex and full flavor.

Medium bodied with medium carbonation. A bit high carbonation for the style. Nice lingering mineral character.

Very rich and pleasant. Lots of flavor without being heavy.

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Photo of Act25
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bargain at my beer bodega at 38 + 2nd Av on way to ferry. $2.5 for pint. best deal!

A: Pours a very murky brown w amber highlights, super muddy, with an abundant foamy head w great retention all the way down as a stout should, but no Guiness. Good lacing.

S: Lovely nose. The best part. The malts are first with an earthy aroma. Hay, peat, charcoal, toasted bread crust in a Scottish candy shop.

T: Very malty with with nice balance of sweet and bitter, then the flavors offer an earthy, smoky flavor.

F: I experienced this as light (as stouts are) and not thick. Prefer more density. The finish offers just the right amount of bitter linger.

D: Complex flavors match the smokey peat of other 'Scottish Ales'. An earthy flavor and texture that certainly makes authentically Scotland. Good; recommended, best buy!

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Photo of E-McFarden
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Amber brown in color with a coarse egg white head. Caramel, raisins, molasses, and some nutty scents come through. Deep prune and raisin flavors backed by a nutty and very slight metallic finish. This brew has medium to low carbonation and finishes wet and buttery on the palate. Overall a good brew with many complexities to offer.

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Photo of bwood06
3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - creamy, nitro, white head. clear reddish amber in color. no visible carbonation. 4.25/5

S - caramel malt. no real hop aroma. 3.25/5

T - caramel malt, just like nose. cereal. grass. 3.5/5

M - very smooth and creamy. very filling. 4/5

O - great beer with food. very heavy. 3.75/5

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Photo of DragonXero
4.59/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Absolutely drinkable in a bottle. I picked up a 500ml at a local liquor store that stocks the good stuff, and for $4, this is easily worth the entry fee.

The comparisons to Newcastle Brown Ale are impossible to ignore. I was expecting something incredibly hoppy with almost no flavor otherwise, but I was very pleasantly surprised when I popped the top and smelled it, thinking "wait, this smells like Newcastle".

I'm only recommending the bottle as I've not tried the can variety, and with all the reports of nitrogenated, I'm not sure I want to. This has a *very* subtle hop taste to it, but overall it's a mildly sweet, somewhat-bubbly beer. It's actually really good for a hot day (105F here right now), and it's extremely refreshing. More-so than a light lager, in fact. It has a rich, fairly complex flavor, with some nutty notes, a carmelized malt flavor right up front, and as with Newcastle, has an almost tea-like taste to it overall.

For the price, I'd still go with the Newcastle, but this is a great brew.

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Photo of ScaryEd
4.72/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

There's just something about Nitro pours that make me giddy like a schoolboy.

Once the head settles, the pour is a deep, clear copper color with a beautiful creamy head that refuses to leave. The lacing is a thing of beauty.

The smell is fruity and nutty with some faint notes of caramel. Not overpowering and very pleasant.

The taste is sweet, malty caramel with some faint tartness on the back end. As the beer warms I definitely get a more nutty, almost almond-like flavor.

As with all nitro cans and bottles, the mouthfeel is completely flat and relatively light. By no means unpleasant as it was expected.

Overall I love this beer. This is the first Scottish Ale I've had and I'm definitely interested in trying more. I paid less than $6 for a 4 pack so you really can't beat the price either.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: poured from a 440 mL nitro can into a pint glass, lovely amber brown with a creamy Guiness-like head that dissipates leaving a lasting thick layer, clear

S: heavy malt, very bready, a little caramel, slight wood

T: slightly sweet up front with huge malt flavors, toast, nutty, finish has a nice balance of spicy English style hops

M: very creamy, coats the mouth nicely

O: a very nice version of this relatively under-represented style

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Photo of Decker
2.83/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.75

Perhaps it was out of date, but it was very bland. I have never had a beer with a texture like this one though, thick and creamy like Shaq. Overall, this was an extremely disappointing Scottish ale considering its high price amongst other things.

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Photo of GerryPendry
4.53/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle. Nice deep amber color, not much head. Aroma of cherries and candy sugar. Flavor is sweet malt, with a tiny bit of hop bitterness and a fair amount of butterscotch. Complex character, maybe just a little thin, but there's a lot going on here.

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Photo of RABaxter
4.88/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Brilliant color. One of my favorites since getting into beer. Smooth, flavorful, complex, and just beautiful to look at in a glass. Makes me proud to be Scottish!

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.34/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

What a treat. Deep amber pour with thin off-white head. Smells of toast, fresh baked bread, and caramelizing sugar. Nose translates directly to tastes. Some nutty flavor joins the caramel, but finishes so cleanly with barely a residual sweetness lingering.

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Belhaven Scottish Ale from Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
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