Belhaven Scottish Stout - Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
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Reviews by BobbyBeerman:
4.4/5 rDev +11.7%
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.
04-03-2009 12:01:27 | More by BobbyBeerman
More User Reviews:
3.95/5 rDev +0.3%
Poured more of a deep brown than black,when held up to the light light it did show thru the whole glass,a thinner light mocha colored head atop.Aromas were very light wich suprised me a little,a bit of iron and chocolate mainly.The moufeel was execellent though,full and creamy almost like a marshmellow in my mind.Full on chocolate on the palate with a tinge of earth,the alcohol is well hidden,the creamy feel and well hidden alcohol makes for a very easy drinker.A very nice "bigger" stout,it lacks a little but is nice to drink.
12-24-2009 23:15:14 | More by oberon
3.43/5 rDev -12.9%
Appearance - The liquid is extremely dark yet clear and the head is a dark brown that leaves a nice film.
Smell - The nose is light and finely roasted with some sweetened coffee.
Taste - The sugars come out more at the taste. It's now like an overly-sweetened cup of coffee with maybe even some rich cream added.
Mouthfeel - This is medium-bodied with little bitterness. It is very rich and creamy in the mouth.
Drinkability - This is a great one to break a newbie into the style. It's not big and harsh like some others can be and is almost like a milk stout in its body and feel.
11-27-2010 02:29:22 | More by RoyalT
4.3/5 rDev +9.1%
A: a thick black pour, opaque with a thin foam ring that leaves minimal lacing (shared with hu5om and e11a627).
S: a mild sweet chocolate with hints of coffee grounds lace the nostrils. a superb aroma!
T: buzz of chocolate and sweet malts permeate the tastebuds briefly, leaving the palate wanting more with a slight coffee aftertaste. a great dessert beer.
MF/D: a slight initial sizzle that fades to a silky smooth cascade down the throat. an amazing stout that leaves a cacophony of sensations in the mouth.
07-14-2010 23:15:21 | More by newk340
3.68/5 rDev -6.6%
Another late addition to the LCBO's fall (winter?) lineup. Picked up at the Uptown Waterloo LCBO.
Poured into a nonic glass. Nearly-black, with only the faintest hints of chocolate brown when held to the light. Solid mocha head, recedes into a sturdy ring. Packets of lacing grace the glass throughout the tasting session.
Nose is cream, roasted grain, coffee, chocolate, figs, cherry, spice. Very delectable.
A fairly tasty stout, lots going on here. Coffee and roasted malts at the forefront. Finishes with a slightly sour bite, but this is challenged with a long chocolate-caramel finish. Admittedly, the flavor gets somewhat weaker as the beer is allowed to sit and ponder its own diminishing existence. Slightly watery, in fact. Nevertheless, this is a sweet, flavorful stout.
Mouthfeel is thin for a stout, decent carbonation at first, but things flatten considerably over time. Somewhat gritty near the finish.
Despite any detractions I might have said about the mouthfeel and such, I'm very much enjoying Belhaven Scottish Stout. There's so much flavor here that, even after things weaken after a while, there's still enough going on to satisfy the discerning beer palate. To avoid this problem in the future, I might have to drink this one faster next time. Fine by me.
Worth a pickup. Good addition by the LCBO.
11-22-2010 01:33:56 | More by JohnnyBarman
4.1/5 rDev +4.1%
Undated 500ml clear(!) bottle served in a Belgian snifter.
A: Pours with a dark tan head over a pitch black, opaque body. The head slowly fades to a light covering and ring, leaving
Aroma: Medium and dark roasted malts with some raisins, other dark dried fruits, toffee and chocolate. Sweet and inviting.
T: Lots of dark malt flavors with a strong suggestion of chocolate and a hint of coffee. Starts sweet and is very mildly bitter by the mid-aftertaste. A little dark sweet fruit flavor with a faint touch of smoke and peat.
M: Full and somewhat thick but not syrupy; Smooth; Medium carbonation is a bit lively for the style.
O: Exceptional and highly recommended. 7% ABV is partially hidden. Don't drink this too cold.
05-20-2013 22:25:49 | More by chinchill
3.53/5 rDev -10.4%
(Served in a nonic)
A- This beer has an obsidian black dense body with a creamy light tan head that last a good bit then fades to a thin ring of bubbles. It is a too dense to see any carbonation.
S- The aroma of chocolate malt and peat smoke blend together with some more roasted malt notes and diacetyl buttery hints in the finish.
T- The thin chocolate malt taste has some caramel malt notes and a peat smoke flavor underneath. There are some melanoidin chocolate nougat flavor with some cola notes in the finish.
M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a watery texture and a bit of a fizzy finish. There is no alcohol heat noted.
D- This beer was interesting and sounded very promising on the label. However it was a bit thin and water but the flavor that was there was nice. The melanoidin character was a bit to strong and the hops bosed about on the label didn't show up in the beer.
01-04-2011 03:56:08 | More by rhoadsrage
4.65/5 rDev +18%
Inky black in colour, topped by an inch of fairly well-retained mocha head that sticks to the walls of my tulip in small splotches. It smells of dried fruit, like raisins or cherries, and brown sugar; hints of chocolate and coffee also linger in the background. It has a wonderful bittersweet and tangy flavour reminiscent of sweetened black coffee. That dried fruit character is there as well, along with notes of chocolate, caramel, and a hint of smoke. That tangy taste starts to take on a life of its own as it approaches room temperature, becoming vinuous and vaguely reminiscent of madeira. The potency of this strong stout is very well hidden, the alcohol is barely noticeable to the palate.
Medium bodied with velvety carbonation, it feels smooth yet also relatively light for something so richly flavoured. A little bit more heft wouldn't hurt it, but it's pretty hard to nitpick when something tastes so damned good. This is fine just the way it is. I like it a lot just the way it is. Full flavoured yet mellow. Great beer!
12-10-2010 01:23:36 | More by mintjellie
3.98/5 rDev +1%
It's dark stuff alright, not opaque blackness but pretty close. 2" igh thick brown and tan colored head, sticks around forever.
Roastie toffee, roasted almonds, flax seeds, creamy vanilla, subtle and dark chocolate...good aroma overall with a slightly sweet 'n sour malty edge, slighlty like soured cream.
The malty complexity is this brew is huge, roastie notes of chocolate and assorted nuts hits the spot. Herbal musty hops and yeast combo, creamy vanilla on the downside of the sip with a hardly noticable 7% heat. Musty leathery notes from the hops and the chocolate edge becomes grainy and thick in the feel with some slight chalky, oak-choco flavor left over. The feel is full, chalky and slow.
This one was much like a beefy Guiness from the nitro can.
05-28-2010 16:55:14 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
3.7/5 rDev -6.1%
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.
01-24-2014 05:39:55 | More by TheSixthRing
Belhaven Scottish Stout from Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
88 out of 100 based on 540 ratings.