Belhaven Scottish Stout - Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
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Reviews by Foxtrot:
4.22/5 rDev +7.4%
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.
Serving type: bottle
09-12-2010 06:24:06 | More by Foxtrot
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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 481 ratings.