Belhaven Scottish Ale - Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
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2.65/5 rDev -30.4%
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
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