Belhaven Scottish Stout - Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
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Reviews by erz316:
4.08/5 rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
1pt .9floz bottle into guinness tulip pint glass
A - looks good. dark brown body, two finger brown head, lots of lacing. the body could be a bit darker, not to say it is diaphanous in anyway, it could just be a bit more black, though this is no detriment really, just aesthetics. the head eventually goes down to about a 1cm layer. some ruby (actually) tinges come through at the bottom of the glass.
S - a good roasted, creamy nose. malty chocolate and toffee, coupled with notes of nuttiness. not very potent, which is something I have come to expect from this style.
A - initial taste are of the malty backbone and some slight chocolaty bitterness; if the flavour is pushed through the nose by rolling the beer to the back of the throat the chocolate presence becomes coupled with a caramel note that includes some vanilla. the finish is almost clean except for some chocolate bitterness which comes and goes very quickly into the aftertaste. the aftertaste is of lingering slightly sweet malt, and maybe a smidgen of the once potent coffee. all in all this beer is a definite keeper and a nice, strong selection from belhaven; but it lacks the overwhelming punch that other stouts have.
MF&D - the feel sis completey smooth and silky; carbonation wraps around the tongue and the beer coats the mouth entirely. goes down easy and is a real easy drinker, but I would have liked the carbonation to be less of the body's build up and instead have the brew be thicker.
Serving type: bottle
07-24-2009 23:30:52 | More by erz316
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4.09/5 rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Bottle purchased at AJ's Beer Warehouse in Henrietta, NY.
Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with a 3/4 inch head, and a solid amount of soapy lacing.
Smells like chocolate, dark roasted malt, vanilla, and a little bit of smoke.
The taste is pretty similar, but better. This is unbelievably creamy- there's some heavy cream and vanilla flavors, with cocoa powder, ash and smoke, dark fruits, and espresso bitterness.
As mentioned above, this one has a very creamy mouthfeel, almost milky, with a low amount of carbonation. Very drinkable!
This, along with Magic Hat Heart of Darkness, is probably the best English stout I've ever had. Just wish it didn't come in a clear glass bottle- it doesn't seem to have affected the taste, though.
Serving type: bottle
07-22-2014 18:04:22 | More by GreesyFizeek
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
Belhaven Scottish Stout from Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
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