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Belhaven Scottish Ale - Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.

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Belhaven Scottish AleBelhaven Scottish Ale

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1,627 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,627
Reviews: 813
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 34
Gots: 102 | 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 shippos
2.4/5  rDev -37%
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 +8.4%
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 +10.2%
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 -2.1%
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 -3.4%
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 +10.8%
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 -17.3%
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 -8.7%
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 -4.7%
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 -7.3%
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 +5%
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 -4.7%
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 +10.2%
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 -34.4%
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 -5.5%
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
Photo of moulefrite
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep mahogany and sports an ultra lush, creamy nitro head that can easily produce stiff, egg white like peaks in the form of choice per user. Caramel and woodsy aromas followed by a luxurious creamy nitro mouthfeel, and flavors of grain, butter and caramel/chocolate candy. The finish is long and kicked up a bit with a supple dose of hop bitter. This is a decent can o suds.

moulefrite, Aug 02, 2004
Photo of tjd25
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer might have travelled a lot. It has the American labels, but I bought it in Switzerland. Anyway. The body is of a transparent mahogany color. The head's foamy and not really regular. It fades slowly, but not as slowly as I expected. The smell is malty and reminds me mostly of nuts and chestnuts. The taste is enjoyably malty, almost burnt. It really is nutty and chestnutty with some viscosity from the hops. Some sweet citric notes, but very light. Quite woody, showing hints of dark chocolate too. Maybe a light hint of blackberries. Mouthfeel is smooth but kind of weak at first, gets chewy with hops and a dark chocolate-like feeling in the mouth. Soft hot chestnuts, that's what it reminds me of.

tjd25, Jul 28, 2004
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lucent reddish bronze capped by an ecru head that is impressively creamy and will, no doubt, persist for as long as there's beer in the glass; as is usually the case with a nitro pour. A short collar of lace can be seen with pseudopods extending farther up the glass. The nose is interesting and consists of orchard fruit and somewhat spicy English hops. It's difficult to appreciate nuances through the dense cap of foam.

The flavor profile contains lightly sweet toasted malt and spicy fruity hops. In other words, the aroma in liquid form. It's also tea-like, as are many English ales in my experience. Further mouthfuls reveal a pecan nuttiness and hint of smoky peat. The body is light without being thin and is nitro creamery .

Belhaven Scottish Ale is a straightforward (in a good way), balanced, drinkable, enjoyable version of the style. I've never had it in any other form, but I have to say that it's one of the best nitro can British ales that I've run across.

BuckeyeNation, Jul 28, 2004
Photo of canucklehead
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

wow, this is one tasty beer considering the low ABV. The colour is lighter than its bigger cousins but the full malty flavour is definetely in the beer. It's all about balance and this one has in spades. A truly great session beer that tastes bigger than its bite.

canucklehead, Jul 24, 2004
Photo of joecast
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

deep clear copper color with a large foamy white head.
admiring the intensely sweet, malty, floral aroma gives the head time to settle to a drinkably thin layer.
malty flavors dominate with any hop contribution relegated to the bench. smooth, toasty, chocolate and caramel are all over the tongue at soon as the beer gets a chance. unfortunately, these similar flavors need some opposition and leave the mouth all too quickly. this leaves the taste buds feeling empty from a finish that is a bit too bland.
overall, not too bad. makes a pretty good impact for 3.9%.

joecast, Jul 17, 2004
Photo of niknar
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a deep, dark, ruby tinted amber with a white head that settles down to a nice collar in a few minutes. Exceptional clarity for such a darkly tinted beer. Smell was hard for me to place, but definitely had some hints of dark malts and some fruity and nutty undertones. Taste is excellent. Nutty, fruity, malty, and balanced with a bit of hops. Finishes with some chocolate malt undertones and a bit more bitterness. Mouthfeel is a little thin compared to the malty flavor, but still quite pleasant. This beer is quite drinkable and definitely worth a try!

niknar, Jul 04, 2004
Photo of kbub6f
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nitro can reviewed in a side-by-side with the 12oz bottle.

Head is thick cream, cream-colored (almost white, with slight hints of coffee). Clear, dark, amber-brown liquid. Thick, foamy lacing. Ink in the nose, with faint (faint) nuts. Inky front. Maybe some malted milk. Smooth, creamy, watery-tasting middle. Some faint, dark malt. Finish is somewhat bitter, with some tangy malt. A little boring. Not nearly as flavorful as the non-nitro bottle. There's almost no peat or nuts. And just a hint of caramel. But it's a decent, nitro-creamy malt.

kbub6f, Jul 02, 2004
Photo of SilentSabre
4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This was a magnificent ale. rust/amber in colour, but clear. Nice off-white head with tightly knit bubbles, which deteriorated in about 45 seconds or so leaving a very sticky ring around the glass which resulted in nice lacing. The smell is very pleasant. I found it a bit bready and very nutty with a bit of smoke. Slightly sweet. The taste is quite nutty, as well, which I like quite alot. It leaves a slight nutty/very slight hoppy taste in ones mouth about 3 seconds after the first breath you take after having had a sip. The limited hops is good in that I am not a big fan of hoppy/grassy brews. The mouthfeel is very impressive.(to me anyway) Very smooth. A negligible or non-existant amount of carbonation "sting"; very easy to drink. This has been one of my favourites for years. Brilliant!

SilentSabre, Jun 26, 2004
Photo of smcolw
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful head--thick and tight-bubbled, gorgeous sticky lace. Dark, dark amber in color. Clear when placed in front of light.

Dark malts dominate the aroma--slight cream, carmelized brown sugar, although it is not sweet. The taste has a slight "band-aid" flavor suggesting that this can may have been exposed to chlorophenol. Thin in body, the dark malts seemed watered down. Hop is present, providing balance, but little complexity. The aftertaste is largely chocolate malt. Tastes good, less filling.

smcolw, Jun 25, 2004
Photo of Reidrover
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Been a long time since i had this beer( 7 years ago in Atlanta)
Got in the 500ml brown old style brown bottle.
Very handsome beer poured into my glass, dark chesnut colour..with a good sized off white head..great laceing.
Nice peaty, almost smoky malt aroma..liked it.
again the taste is all malts..lightly smoked..somewhat woody..kinda fizzles out near the end though.
Ok on the palte for 2 thirds of the time then watery in the end.
This has to be the ultimate session brew..tasty and low alcohol..exceptional drinkability.

Reidrover, Jun 13, 2004
Belhaven Scottish Ale from Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
86 out of 100 based on 1,627 ratings.