Belhaven Scottish Ale - Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
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Reviews by damndirtyape:
2.65/5 rDev -30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2
Clear 12oz bottle (no date) poured into a shaker pint glass:
Appearance: Clear dark coppery orange color with an off-white head. Initial 1/2" foam died down to a thin skin across the top and a good ring. Good strands and islands of lacing noted.
Smell: Hmm....I wonder if this bottle had been out too long. Smell is predominantly skunked hops with a very faint hint of malt in the background. No, not good.
Taste: Skunked hops up front and at the end, with a malty middle. I can tell there is some sweetness and scotch ale trying to get out, but it's overwhelmed by the skunk flavor. It's not bad, but damn, it's not a good scotch ale either.
Mouthfeel: Mild carbonation but still spicy on the tongue. Beer really clings to the teeth. Thickness under the carbonation is slick and smooth though, but the skunked hop flavor smell I think is throwing off the mouthfeel also.
Overall / drinkability: This is now 2 for 2 in the past 3 months that I have been unable to get a good bottle of this beer that I had many years ago and loved. Either this stuff does not keep fresh or the clear glass is ruining it. I suspect it's the clear glass is ruining the beer in the store while it sits on the shelf. If I can find a bottle I know is really really fresh I'll buy it again and review again, but otherwise I think I'm going to skip this one.
Serving type: bottle
05-12-2011 22:59:32 | More by damndirtyape
More User Reviews:
4.35/5 rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
I think I found one of my new favourite beers.
Pours a clear coppery color with about a finger of two of solid just slightly off-colour head with a decent retention.
The aroma is extra nice. Some malts, some fruity smell but mostly biscuity and nutty notes, easily picked up by the nose.
The taste is likewise, amazing. Starts sweet and is followed by nice biscuity body, slight bitterness towards the end, and finishes with a nice spicy finish.
Easily drinkable, smooth, delicious. Just great.
Serving type: bottle
03-29-2014 11:49:15 | More by MarkoNm
3.25/5 rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75
Belhaven Scottish Ale brewed by Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.This brew pours out dark amber color or light brown. With 3 shades of brown as the brew sits.It like this brew has 2 heads one fades away. The head is thick, creamy, and white. The smell is rich with flavor. I smell
tobacco and raisins. I'm not saying that is a bad thing. The taste is sweet- but bitter. Nothing overpowering ,but it has a bitter aftertaste. This brew is something I would get again if I was having a nice dinner. I'm giving this brew a 3.75 out of 5.
Serving type: nitro-can
03-17-2014 03:35:42 | More by nicholas2121
Belhaven Scottish Ale from Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
86 out of 100 based on 1,423 ratings.