Belhaven Scottish Stout - Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.

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Ratings: 612
Reviews: 271
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 58
Gots: 84 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd. visit their website
United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
English Stout |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: John_M on 02-28-2009

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Reviews by Foxtrot:
Photo of Foxtrot
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a total "shot in the dark buy". Saw it on the shelves of my local BevMo and couldn't pass it up.

Pours from 500ml bottle into Duval tulip a exceptionally dark body with little to no hints on showing any light penetration. The initial pour produced a big two finger head, with long lasting retention, but modest lacing.

Aroma is all things chocolate and roasted. Overtones of chocolate, toffee and caramel. Pretty straight forward in the nose.

Taste was much bigger than I was anticipating. If I had known English Stouts where of this quality, I would have given this style a try. Stouts is on the fruity side, with raisins and dates punctuated by dark chocolate that borders on the edge of creamy. Light hints of vanilla and molasses in the finish and brown sugar being the primary aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is the same as I stated earlier, big and creamy. Just skirting on the edge of full.

Drinkabilitiy is good. Pretty easy drinker, with the alcohol being well hidden throughout the session. If the ABV where lower, it would be a great regular beer. A few of these can easily sneak up on an unsuspecting aficionado.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of RoyalT
3.41/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of newk340
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of chinchill
4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of RickyS
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I have to admit, I set my expectations quite low for this one, just by looking at the clear bottle. Couldn't be more wrong! The beer looks pitch black with small head after the pour, though with great retention. Nice. Smells quite interesting: the usual roasted malt and chocolate tones are supported by some kind of acidic aroma, which is reminding me of dark fruits, which I find quite pleasant. In the mouth feels very creamy with small amount of bubbles. The taste is pretty unusual for a stout. Usual coffee and a hint of chocolate are there but the backbone is still sweet, acidic, dark fruity. Lasts vey long revealing some small amount of bitterness. Would buy this again!

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(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.

Photo of PatrickG
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice flavor, more sweet than roasty. Easy drinking for 7% abv.

Photo of mintjellie
4.6/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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!

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.69/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Photo of Magpie14
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: the pour is a dingy brown with some burnt tangerine and red. Looks dark brown in the glass, close to black. The head formed quickly and monstrously. Its color is of light brown sugar and started with chunky craters slowly melting away to a soft fizzy ring. As far as lacing goes; spotty. A 3/4 ring of foam sits up top

S: smoky and sweet at first whiff. Smokiness has malt backing with a hickory scent to it. The sweetness has some caramel coffee in the mix as well as chocolate and cola. The smells have sparked my taste buds as to what it entails, a unique nose and it has me intrigued

T: the flavor profile is nice. First off, the maltiness and smoked flavors, overall, mingle nicely. The smokiness, after a few sips, fuses with a lightly burnt toasted caramel crusted malt flavor. Just a bit of nuttiness can be roused as a result. The sweet side enhances everything with a light vanilla, earthy, flaky hop thing. Wildly enough the chocolate spirit within reminds me of, as crazy as it sounds, a tootsie roll. I also might venture to say a type of lactose sugar is involved to help with chocolate flavors.
For what tastes are present this brew is nicely balanced and keeps the tongue involved in flavor exploration. I like the fact that the malts never loose footing, well blended. The flavors enhance as it warms

M: the body is a little on the thin side for a stout. However with these flavors I can hardly complain. I like chewy stouts and this far from chewy, but not far from creamy
And another thing, as I continue enjoying, a delectable creamed coffee, more creamed than anything, flavor hangs in the back. It also finishes a bit bitter and dry as well, with more emphasis on the latter

D: interesting beer and a must try for any stout sipper, I was gulping more than anything. Across the board this one has good marks in my book. Very drinkable

Photo of Sammy
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, surprisingly, from LCBO. Pours blackish with lots of fast disapearing brown foam. Some thick lacing. Inviting roast and malt aroma. The taste is a good roasting, well balanced between a dry stout, just short of a slight sourness in the finish, and nicely malted. Flavourful and good drinkability.

Photo of brewerburgundy
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On nitro-tap at Brewskis in Fayetteville, AR. Served in a nonic.

The nitro does wonders and this is no exception. Eggshell khaki head on ruby tinted at the extreme edges but otherwise opaque black bodied beer.

The distinctive metallic nitro smell and immense red berry and vinous red wine make this a nose with presence. Twig and berries. Leathery, quite smokey with some alcohol.

Dry stout with cherry and rich wine soaked fruit. Smokey and satisfying and way better than Guinness draft (of course, not the same style).

If you don't already know the nitro stout mouthfeel, get acquainted.

A good, nay great nitro or normal stout if you're in the mood.

Photo of ElGordo
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 500ml bottle into a pint glass. Body is a midnight black topped by a nice, thick tan head that holds for a minute or two before receding to a thinner, wispy crown. Aroma of roasted malt, a hint of chocolate, and just a touch of prune.
Palate is mildly sweet roasted malt up front, with notes of chocolate, toffee, and maybe some lactose. A somewhat fruity character comes through on the finish, with prune or maybe Turkish apricot peeking through. Body is thick, creamy, and luxurious, highly enjoyable. Goes down very well for a big, thick stout, and pairs quite well with dark chocolate. Well done.

Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a $5 half liter at Best Yet. Cool beer, poured black with brown highlights. I might call this a foreign export stout for the lighter body. There are sweet caramel cocoa notes up front, then a dry smoky and roasted finish cleans out the beer. There are hints of toffee and cola mixed in for an unusual (and delicious) stout. Give this a stout.

Photo of nickd717
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle at BBC in Menlo Park.

Darkest brown with a one-finger tan head and some lacing.

Aroma is somewhat suppressed but very pleasant, with roast, chocolate, and dark fruits.

Flavor is very roasty with coffee, dark chocolate, and dark fruits, maybe blueberry.

Medium-full bodied and fairly smooth on the palate. Just a tiny bit of astringency.

Overall highly drinkable and enjoyable. I never tried anything from Belhaven til recently, and now that I have I'm starting to like them.

Photo of russpowell
4.46/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an effervescent chestnut-tinged mahogany with a rocky finger of mocha head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Plummy & figgy notes merge with oakyness & a whisper of vanilla, the strength of this beer is the aroma, plus much peattyness

T: Follows the nose along with brown sugar & molasses, plus iron & leafy hops. Figgyness & Baker's chocolate & more leafy hops as this warms, plus dryness & charred grains & a kiss boozey warmth& peaty smokeyness. Finishes dry, smokey & fruitty with nice charred grain notes

MF: Fairly smooth, medium bodied, starts to become almost prickly as this warms, but also becomes a bit sticky

Nice drinkability, easily one of the best bottled beers I've had out of Britain in the last 12-18 months & a top flight example of this style on the upper edge of ABV, yum

Photo of Gmann
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very deep brown color with a tight light brown head that settles into a nice puffy cap. The aroma is a touch fruity; I am picking up some dark fruit notes as well as a woody oak aroma. A bit of a chocolatey roasted malt as well. The taste is big on the chocolatey malt, some coffee, an underlying tart fruit perhaps lemon, copper, not much hops. Has a fairly dry like tea flavor. The feel is a bit chewy with very soft carbonation; malty sweet but finishes dry and lightly bitter. A very solid and flavorful stout, though nothing extreme. Everything is kept in check which makes this quite drinkable.

Photo of Mandrake
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very deep brownish-red which you can actually see through and has a fairly small off-white head that mostly dissipates quickly, though it leaves a very substantial ring and reasonably good lacing. Quite good for a brown ale, but not quite on style for a stout. Smell is mild coffee and caramel, with a minor chocolate note and a hoppy hint. Rather sweet, which diminishes the complexity and makes it seem a touch muddled. Taste is a bit on the thin side, coffee taking the lead. Less sweet than the aroma, but retains a touch of caramel. Finish is short and slightly earthy. Mouthfeel is a bit watery and lacks body, but isn't too bad, and drinkability is reasonably good. Not too bad, but not all that good either.

Photo of eat
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almost black in colour with a decent beige head, leaving some good lacing behind.

Smells of brown bread, light molasses, earthy hops, slightly-toasty dark malt, caramel, cocoa, minerals. Everything you'd want to find in such a stout, though it's a bit on the weak side.

Very flavourful and well-balanced. Lightly-toasty dark malt and caramel up front followed by some great soily hops and minerals. Cocoa leaves a drying finish. Some definite similarities to Samuel Smith's oatmeal stout. The extra alcohol is noticeable but incorporated very well. I'd actually miss the taste of it here if it were to be removed. Really good stuff.

For a relatively big stout, this one holds a lively feel quite well. The minerals blend in with an active carbonation, creating an interesting mouth feel. Medium-bodied.

For a 7% stout this is extremely drinkable. The flavour is big while being kept light by the feel. I would totally pick this up again; impressive. One of the top stouts currently available here in Ontario.

Photo of njmoons
4.62/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a great, and unique beer. I really enjoyed all aspects of this stout, and would not change a thing

A - Dark Black, slightly opaque. Thin head with light lacing.

S - Fruits, Roast, Nobel Hops. Extremely complex as I took in the aroma for a long time. The balance in the smell was surprising, and the aroma hopping was not expected.

T - Balanced, complex, delicious. The taste followed the aroma balanced and complex, with a lot going on in each sip. As good as any beer I have tasted. A 5!

M - Perhaps a little thin for a stout, but still pleasant and well made.

D - The 7% ABV is surprising for an overall mild and balanced stout. I could easily drink these all night.

Photo of philipquarles
3.05/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On nitrogen (the 4.5%, pasteurized version). Pours clear red-brown with a typical off-white nitro head. Kind of underwhelming. Smells heavily sweet, with strong honey and caramel and only the slightest bit of roastiness. Tastes similarly sweet, but with heavy, heavy tobacco. Honey here as well, with hints of dark roasted malt. Medium body. This is one sweet stout; so much so that it's hard to drink.

Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle. SA pint.

A: It looks black but lets light in. It has a finger of very frothy khaki head with great lacing.

S: Roasty nuts, coffee, and dark chocolate.

T: Strong roasted malts, no hops present, chocolate, some dark fruits, and lots of smoke.

M: Medium-thick creamy body.

O: Delicious. It is more Americanized than I expected.

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Belhaven Scottish Stout from Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
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