Belhaven Scottish Ale - Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
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Reviews by MaximalC:
3.05/5 rDev -19.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25
Pours translucent caramel in color with an ample off-white head. Aroma is considerably skunked, no doubt on account of the clear glass used for bottling. Some trace sugars can be found lurking behind the skunky smell if you look. Pleasant, frothy lacing clings to the glass as the beer descends.
Taste comes on mild and balanced at first, but overt sweetness sets in in the finish. We're not talking complex or subtle sweetness, either; this is more like raw sugar with a dose of caramel. Hops are difficult to detect until after the cloying sweetness has subsided. The best thing this brew has going for it is the mouthfeel, which is semi-creamy, with a carbonation level that lends some vitality on the tongue. Any more carbonation and it might be a bit much, but I think it works as is.
Overall, this Scottish ale is alright if you can tolerate the sweetness, but it can be readily bypassed for superior alternatives.
Serving type: bottle
01-11-2013 01:57:44 | More by MaximalC
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3.96/5 rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A: Very clear deep amber color with a moderate creamy white head that settles to a layer of bubbles. Great lacing on the glass as you drink.
S: Bready, nutty, some toffee and other roasted barley sweetness. Light fruit esters as well.
T: Fresh brown bread, toffee, caramel, light esters of cherry like flavor, mild hop bitterness to keep the sweetness from totally running away. Mild earthy hop flavor as well. The finish is on the dry side and sweet.
M: Medium body with tiny crisp carbonation and a dry finish. No warming from alcohol.
O: Very clean and fresh tasting with some slight estery flavors and low on the smoky flavors with this Scottish Ale. Well done and easy to drink! I would get this again.
Serving type: bottle
02-22-2014 01:04:14 | More by scottbrew4u
Belhaven Scottish Ale from Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
86 out of 100 based on 1,397 ratings.