Belhaven Scottish Stout - Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
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Reviews by IPA4LIFE:
United Kingdom (England)
3.63/5 rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5
A- Deep, deep dark brown that pretends to be black, but decides to let just a tiny bit of color in at the edged when held to light. Really dark. Big, bold fluffy dark brown head looks like it could hold a bottle cap. But then the head resides a bit too abruptly. It still leaves nice, clingy lacing on the sides of the glass, but the head is a bit underwhelming. Still not a bad appearance.
S- Lots of standard stout stuff: chocolate and coffee beans are big and there is also some light vanilla oaky flavors. A little oak at the end, but mostly chocolate on the nose.
T- Like you might expect, chocolate and coffee are found throughout on the taste. There is some oak that can be faintly detected as well. Just a wee bit of acid (think cold coffee). Not bad, but the greatest stout ever.
M- Too light-bodied for my taste.
O- Solid offering. Not amazing, but it is quite a long way north of "ok".
Serving type: bottle
05-08-2012 17:59:36 | More by IPA4LIFE
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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.