Belhaven Scottish Stout - Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
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Reviews by BobbyBeerman:
4.4/5 rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
A: This poured black with a thick, creamy, off-white head that persisted. I couldn't see any light through this one. It was hard to see any brown edge as I tilted the glass against the light (maybe because of the thick head).
S: Not at all what I expected. I thought there would be more of the typical stout aromas here. However, they were subdued. Mostly what I smelled was... cream.
T: There is the chocolate. What doesn't come through in the nose shows up on the palate. The roasty chocolaty flavors lead the charge. Bringing up the rear is hop crispness. In between them is a creamy smooth transition.
M: Medium body, creamy smooth, balanced carbonation. I didn't really feel the alcohol. I would have thought there would have been a little more of an alcohol feel at 7%.
D: I liked this one. It's drinkable with an unusual nose. Goes down smooth without harshness. I would recommend this one.
Serving type: bottle
04-03-2009 12:01:27 | More by BobbyBeerman
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3.7/5 rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5
Appearance - Pours black in color with a near 2 finger, light tan head. Good retention results in a thin but consistent layer of suds across the surface. Fair lacing all around the glass with decent stick.
Smell - Not especially pungent, but what's there hits with notes of dark, semi-sweet chocolate, faint roastiness and a touch of earth and smokiness.
Taste - Follows the nose, but with more abundance Dark, semi-sweet chocolate is predominant, and backed by moderate notes of smoky character. Slight sourness. Roasty, coffee-like bitterness can be found faintly in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel - On the lighter side of medium bodied, a bit thin for the style, and with low to moderate carbonation. Not much going on with the mouthfeel.
Overall - Solid flavor that's right up my alley, but let down by a fairly lifeless and thin mouthfeel. In all, a good beer, but for the price I'd likely look elsewhere for my stout kick.
Serving type: bottle
01-24-2014 05:39:55 | More by TheSixthRing
Belhaven Scottish Stout from Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
88 out of 100 based on 482 ratings.