Belhaven Scottish Stout - Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
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Reviews by BuckeyeNation:
3.85/5 rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Potting soil darkest brown with meager red clay highlights along the edges. An expansive and lightly creamy chunk of brown sugar colored foam is beginning to grace the glass with shredded sheets of suds that stick.
The nose needs to have more roasted maltiness. It's midway between brown and black in olfactory hue, is earthy and is somewhat phenolic. More overall power would be good as well. There's some work to be done on the taste buds if this is going to be a enjoyable version of the style.
Scottish Stout tastes Scottish. English, at the very least. An American brew would be bolder and darker and more chocolate-like, without the range of flavors present here. However, more flavors does not always equal a better flavor profile.
This brew almost tastes like a 50:50 mixture of English stout and Scottish ale... which is fine as far as it goes. Specifics include well-toasted brown bread, steely caramel, cocoa powder, tea leaves, and an earthiness that isn't quite smoked peat-like. Looks like I've decided to reward complexity and uniqueness after all.
Keeping style and ABV in mind, the mouthfeel would never pass muster in the U.S. It's thinnish and the bubbles are a little too laid back. Nevertheless, it fits pretty well with what else the beer is attempting to do.
Belhaven Scottish Stout has won multiple awards for excellence around the globe. My relative lack of enthusiasm probably has more to do with my preference for American-style stouts than with any shortcomings of this ale per se. Since it's too expensive for regular consumption, the choice is even easier.
Serving type: bottle
04-22-2011 12:36:23 | More by BuckeyeNation
More User Reviews:
4.23/5 rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
500 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 12/20/2011. Pours pitch black color with a 2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, molasses, toast, dark bread, toffee, herbal, raisin, plum, and roast/yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt and light-moderate yeast ester notes; with great strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, toast, molasses, dark bread, herbal, raisin, plum, and roast/yeast earthiness. Fair amount of herbal/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, roast, coffee, toast, molasses, dark bread, herbal, raisin, plum, and roast/yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic balance, complexity, and robustness of dark/roasted malt and light-moderate yeast ester flavors; with an awesome roasted malt bitterness/sweetness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, moderately creamy, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome English stout! All around great complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt and light-moderate yeast ester flavors; and extremely smooth to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.
Serving type: bottle
06-29-2014 03:02:29 | More by superspak
4.03/5 rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
330ml bottle. Thistle glass. Black color headed by tan, creamy & wide crown. Oat, chocolate, toasted & caramel malt aromas rounded by earthy, woody & smoked notes. Roasted, creamy & flavorful maltiness is pierced by thin stream of chocolate. Medium to full body. Moderate carbonation. Silky & velvety palate. Gentle bitterness & very subtle licorice hues in the middle balance creamy & sweet flavors. Long sweet finish & dark cocoa on the aftertaste. Smooth & sunctuous beer for a paused & long drink. Well integrated ABV.
Serving type: bottle
06-09-2014 06:18:38 | More by GONZALOYANNA
Belhaven Scottish Stout from Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
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