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Belhaven Scottish Ale - Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.

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Belhaven Scottish AleBelhaven Scottish Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,587 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,587
Reviews: 810
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 13.61%
Wants: 34
Gots: 91 | FT: 1
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Mitchster on 08-07-2001)
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Photo of bultrey
4.53/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Damn... this is like Scotland in a glass! It pours a beautiful maple-syrup color, with a very thin head and nice lacing. The nose contains a buttery, biscuity smell, like shortbread. There's also some toffee and slightly herbal notes.The first sip reveals a peaty, ever-so-slightly smoky toffes-ish malt, and a nice crisp, clean finsish that almost carries a slight saltiness with it. The mouthfeel is smooth, but not incredibly rich, as the smell might indicate. Drinkability is off the charts... alcohol is so low. A fine session brew -- I keep wanting to go back for more. Overall, this is a much more complex brew than given credit for. I suspect scotch whiskey lovers will like this beer. Unique.

bultrey, Jan 22, 2005
Photo of BDTyre
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not bad. I prefer their Wee Heavy over this...this is almost a "Wee Heavy lite."

Ruby-coppery, but lighter than the Wee Heavy. Smells somewhat of hoppy roasted malts. Not dominant on the malt scent.

Taste is vaguely similar to the Wee Heavy. Distinct malt flavour, but far hoppier. A bit of nuttiness, and a bitter taste on the tounge. Decent, but nothing out of the ordinary.

Good drinking, not too heavy or light. Low alcohol combined with a good flavour make this one worth repeating.

BDTyre, Jan 22, 2005
Photo of MuddyFeet
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not particularly complex, but strangely satisfying. It was a great looking pour. two inches of thick, creamy head and it looked like a just poured Guiness the way the carbonation settled. There was not much to the taste, the hops were extremely smooth, and the beer came off as over-all creamy. The malts were a bit heavy on the tongue at first, but as I drank a bit more I started to like the mouthfeel

MuddyFeet, Jan 13, 2005
Photo of Sammy
1.98/5  rDev -48.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Not much taste, didn't like it, couldn't finish it. Rich scotch colour. Tried to warm it up to room temperature, but didn't help. No aroma. Mettalic and other off-tastes, and aggressive carbonation. Taste could have faded with age, though we don't think so. Thanks Radek, originally from OKbeer.

Sammy, Jan 09, 2005
Photo of beerceller99
4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle. Pours a clear rusty sunset hue. Nice off white head. Has an earthy, smokey, spicy hop smell... Scottish all the way.Medium bodied with a creamy mouthfeel, nicely carbonated. Beautiful lacing. Has a nice grainy malt, slightly smoked flavor. Slightly bitter to finish.
Not sweet, perfumy, nor tart; a real beer drinkers beer.

beerceller99, Jan 09, 2005
Photo of LarryKemp
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very dark clear, copper with an abundant creamy white head that is slow to settle and leaves a nice lace on the glass as it recedes.

The aroma is mild with a definate earthy take. There is a little maltiness hiding behind the peaty smell.

The flavor starts out sweet but a smokiness winds its way through the taste. It is a crips clean taste with no hop bitterness. And the sweetness is moderated with every sip by the hops. It is balanced more toward the malt but not as much as I had thought on the first couple sips.

The mouthfeel is more than light and there is a creaminess that was not expected. The carbonation was at least moderate and played with my tongue.

This beer is quite nice and I would recommend it to anyone who wanted to experience a classic Scottish Ale. It makes a tasty session beer. It is interesting but does not overwork the palatte.

LarryKemp, Jan 07, 2005
Photo of mickeymac
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a nitro can, it pours in typical nitro can fashion with loads of foam and bubbles swirling about. It winds up a nice golden-brown. The smell is a bit on the light side with hints of caramel and nut. Behind the caramel and nut tastes is just a bit of hop bitterness to balance things nicely. Mouthfeel is nice, as is drinkability. It's certainly a nice session beer.

mickeymac, Dec 30, 2004
Photo of RushLimbmalt
3.05/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice copper color and has a creamy nitro head. Hey, all nitro beers look good. It smells like caramel and burnt sugar. The taste is a bit thin, with a touch of sweetness and a decent hop bite that carries through the finish. I liked it for the first sip and then it got boring towards the end. It's not a horrible beer, but it is not one of my favorites.

RushLimbmalt, Dec 28, 2004
Photo of NEhophead
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle.

Foamy off white head that fades to a sheet after a moment. Some condensed lacing with average strength. Clear and bright light brown in color.

Light coffee tones with a semi-sweet toasted maltiness. Faint caramel and butterscotch as well.

Slight caramel and butterscotch flavored malt character. The maltiness is thinner than in others of the style. A low hop bitterness followed by a faint diacetyl filled aftertaste.

A shade thinner than medium bodied; mild, smooth, yet thin on the palate.

Highly drinkable given its mildness and low abv%. Nothing special with this ale, just a slightly above average Scottish Ale that doesn't quite peak my interest.

NEhophead, Dec 13, 2004
Photo of heidelbeerg
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This 500ml bottle poured a nice rich looking brew with a firm tan head. Color of brew was deep brown with a hint of red color. Nice lacing down the glass. The smell was toasty sweet malt. The taste was sweet malt and caramel wath just a hint of hop bitterness. The mouthfeel was good but a little thinner than expected. The drinkability is very good. Great session beer.

heidelbeerg, Dec 09, 2004
Photo of shippos
2.4/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

poured with the typical dense nitro head and a clear brillant amber color. has a faint peated malt almost sour or acidic. aromas are very faint, either from bieng exceptionally balanced or just old. light body with an average mouthfeel. the sour/acidic character makes it's was through to the taste and is discouraging. you can drink the stuff but it tastes like it's a bad batch or just old, even though the can had a freshness date on of 2005. probably won't get it again, good thing it was free.

shippos, Dec 09, 2004
Photo of dgallina
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brassy translucent brown with a creamy light tan head. The head dissipates slowly and leaves a good amount of persistent lace on the glass. The aroma is moderately strong toasted malts, light coffee malts, and caramel. Initial sweet toasted caramel flavors give way to stronger roasted malt and light coffee malt flavors with a hint of smokiness and minimal hop bitterness at the finish. Body is creamy and well carbonated, if a bit insubstantial for a Scottish ale. A tasty, but light session brew for malt-heads like me.

dgallina, Nov 17, 2004
Photo of mgdeth
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Clear, medium nut-brown color Initial head was okay, butdid not last on this one. Some head lingered, and I even got a little bit of beer lace.

Smell - Very sweet aroma. Wow! This is a new one on me. I want to say that I also detect vanilla as well. Pretty nifty.

Taste - I detect roasty, smokey, and nutty flavors, and even a slight vanilla taste. Very good malty sweet flavor is present as well.

Mouthfeel - When I think Scottish Ale, I think big mouthfeel. This beer lacks that mouthfeel. The rest of the beer adequately covers for anything it may lack in mouthfeel.

Drinkability - Outstanding flavor combined with low alcohol make this beer a winner. This beer packs a load of flavor. Get your macro swillin' buddies to try this one. They'll think that they are drinking something really "heavy."

Comments - This beer is certainly not what I expected, but I was pleasntly surprised. This beer is on my list of "need to buy agains."

mgdeth, Nov 15, 2004
Photo of clvand0
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this one in a bottle, not can as the picture shows. Pours a dark red color with a very small head that doesn't stay long and doesn't leave much lacing on the edges of the glass. The aroma is of slight smokiness and a caramel malt. Not too strong aroma. The flavor is of a roasted and caramel malt with a tiny bit of smokiness. Slightly thin body.

clvand0, Nov 10, 2004
Photo of n8tron
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was a very flavorful ale. It was highly drinkable, though I didn't not like it with a meal, its taste was overbearing and not complimentary. However by itself this beer is really good. Its got a slightly sharper initial taste but then mellows out in the end after awhile.

n8tron, Oct 27, 2004
Photo of TastyTaste
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear dark brown color, with slight orange highlights. Pours with a big 1" of offwhite head. Smells mainly of carmel and grassy malts. I don't think i would session this, as the taste would get annoying after one or two. The taste is very robust, with hints of chocolate and carmel, that is finished off with a big hops kick. I like the beer, i like the style, only if it had a decent abv... Still, a very good beer.

TastyTaste, Oct 20, 2004
Photo of BarrelBrother
3.15/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I found this beer to be good, but nothing special. I like my Scottish Ales to be big, bold, smoky, complex and have a solid alcohol kick. This one just doesn't deliver compared to one of my favorites, Robert the Bruce, by Three Floyds.

Nice carmel, nutty flavor with no aftertaste. No discernable aroma compared to other Scottish ales I've tried. Appearence is disappointing in that it is more like an amber ale (very Bass Ale like) in color. Mouthfeel is rather watery with the absence character. It is quite drinkable and smooth, but again not very memorable. Try Robert the Bruce or Dirty Bastard for a much more memorable Scottish Ale experience.

BarrelBrother, Sep 26, 2004
Photo of watermelonman
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This poured to a dark red and brown color without much head or lace.

The smell is primarily of malts and almost reminds me of one of those flat fruit-roll things. The taste is pretty good, full-bodied but relatively balanced.

This beer seems much more heavy that it is, lending it a nice mouthfeel but taking away from its drinkability.

watermelonman, Sep 05, 2004
Photo of Rio
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Charlie Hoopers in the Brookside area. Reviewed from notes.

Dark reddish color, almost bordering on brown. Nice, thick, creamy head with good retention. Grainy aroma, like a fresh loaf of bread almost, with a tiny bit of a floral scent.

Bit of a smokey flavor to it, heavy with malt it seemed like, but with some very light hop flavor in it. Crisp mouthfeel, seemed a bit bitter at the end.

A good beer, worth having again, but not a new standby. Also kinda hard to find around here.

Rio, Aug 31, 2004
Photo of Truh
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Climbed Ben Nevis with this one on 6/25/2004. 16-oz. pour in a shaker glass at the Burren.

Half inch cream head that was just a shade off white. Crystal clear mahogany hue verging on rose. Soapy malt is the first thing noticeable to the bouquet, which simply lingers and mellows as the pour warms and diminishes. To taste, burnt umber and some slight licorice to start, which settles into a full malt profile. Creamy mouthfeel sticks to every corner of the mouth.

My first experience with this was in the parking lot of Great Woods in Mansfield, MA for the first Lollapaloooza. I had to grab a bomber of it from my friend John from Maine as he giggled and fell out of the door of his truck, cracker in hand.

Truh, Aug 27, 2004
Photo of TongoRad
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Simply gorgeous- clear dark copper with a thick long lasting slightly amber head.

Mild aroma- some caramel and smoky elements- it takes a bit of searching, though.

Caramel and toasty malt dominate the flavor, which is slightly sweet, and features just the right touch of peat. Thinnish body is not inappropriate for the style. Lingering malt finish.

TongoRad, Aug 23, 2004
Photo of pootz
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the judge. Tapped a dark golden color with a creamy head. Well pronounced aromas of sweet malt, some spice and grassy hopping. Nice caramel hit of malts right up front then the hops add some lime tastes near the finish...finish is medium and malt accented...a sweet spicy ale...very enjoyable

pootz, Aug 17, 2004
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

In comparison to both nitro can and nitro tap offerings the bottle is so much better, much more flavorful and mouthfeel improves ten fold. Appearance: Ruby caramel transluscent brown forms a white bubbly head looks good to me leaves behind scatterd lacing. Aroma: Slightly smokey with peated malts ripened fruit very pleasant toasted malt profile sort of nutty slightly vinous. Taste: Sweet fruit possibly plum gives this excellent Scottish ale a great upfront sweetness, peated malts and toasted character mellow the flavor out hops are bearly evident overshadowed by sweetness but no complaints this is supposed to be a malty ale. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied much better than the nitrogen offerings even carbonation that flows just right down my palate. Drinkability: Excellent staple for the style a must try, I would stay away from it on draft and can.

WVbeergeek, Aug 11, 2004
Photo of ramrod666
2.5/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

belhaven scottish ale pours a translucent goldenrod color with a nice thick, compact nitro head. smell is smokey-woody with a slightly acrid hint in the back. taste is similar to the smell. the smokey-woody flavor of this ale was pungent, almost annoyingly so. the further i got through this pint the less i liked it. mouthfeel want bad with small carbonation and medium thick heaviness. this beer is like liquid forest fire. may sample again after a few months. just thinking of it now makes me kinda ill.

ramrod666, Aug 10, 2004
Photo of Gagnonsux
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is my first Scotch ale so I have nothing to compare to. Appearance is a nice, dark copper. Head is one-finger and creamy. Smell is a mild nutty aroma with a hint of chocolate. Taste is nutty, very mild. I wish the flavors were more assertive. This is tasty enough, but lacks a strong enough flavor for me to highly recomend. Mildness may have actually increased the long-term drinkability of Belhaven Scotch Ale.

Gagnonsux, Aug 03, 2004
Belhaven Scottish Ale from Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
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