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Belhaven Scottish Stout - Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.

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very good

522 Ratings
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Ratings: 522
Reviews: 255
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 36
Gots: 31 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd. visit their website
United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
English Stout |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: John_M on 02-28-2009)
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5/5  rDev +26.9%

12-06-2011 02:21:13 | More by SAxDRC5
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5/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Super dark, espresso coffee, black, rich.

S: Espresso, dark, chocolate, mild hop aroma.

T: Dark chocolaty, full body, smooth on the tongue, smooth finish, slight coffee finish.

MF: Superb, smooth, makes you want more, rich, dark.

D: A one beer session, very rich, a beer to savor, a late night beer with chocolate cake.

This stout is by far one of a classic. The super dark chocolate notes and espresso coffee taste really shines with this winner. A+ for sure!!

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2010 01:30:54 | More by faroutadventure
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5/5  rDev +26.9%

02-01-2012 07:50:30 | More by EddieG28
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5/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have been a big fan of Belhaven Scottish Ale for a long time, when I found this on the shelf I was quite excited. I wasn't disappointed. It poured very dark garnet/black. Good off-white head and nice malty aroma. From the first sip I was impressed. Nice mouthfeel, not too chewy but nice body. The flavor was chocolate, vanilla and slight roastiness. Truly, even though the bottle says Belhaven Scottish Stout, it is a Porter, a strong porter, but still a porter. They even say so on their website. It does not have the coffee overtones associated with stouts. This one of my favorites. Slainte!

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2012 05:01:49 | More by WildHighlander
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5/5  rDev +26.9%

07-08-2012 01:54:58 | More by RockinRob925
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5/5  rDev +26.9%

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5/5  rDev +26.9%

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5/5  rDev +26.9%

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5/5  rDev +26.9%

11-26-2011 05:12:48 | More by AApparel
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Ontario (Canada)

5/5  rDev +26.9%

11-29-2011 06:45:06 | More by bigox420
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4.93/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I'm a huge Guinness lover and this was like a Guinness but with more flavor. I would highly recommend this beer. Sweet, not bitter, not hoppy. Very smooth, fairly heavy drink. I'm going to start hunting around for these bad boys to have at the house.

Serving type: on-tap

05-30-2013 18:09:39 | More by HomrQT
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4.9/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

When I saw this listed as limited I grabbed up as much as I could. Something told me I was really going to like this. I had been leaning away from English Pale Ale as my favorite into this range and BSS solidified the move.

Not jet black but very black with very little light even in the brightest space. Brownish foamy head that settled into a small 1/3" dense head that laced cleanly down the glass. There was one sticky area where I think the glass might have had the slightest residue.

Nosed nice burned chocolate, coffee, bit of sweetness, sauteed caramel or something that I would think that would smell like. These was the tiniest metallic odor present which prevented me from the 5. Just as well on the tongue without the metal. VERY smooth and develops through the glass. You wouldn't be able to tell the ABV if you weren't told. At the end/back it was very slightly more burned and bitter and the pleasant tastes lingered through a great meal. It is just creamy enough and very drinkable. I'm going to have to keep a full page and try it over and over. Using the back of business cards for notes can't do this good of a beer right.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2009 17:03:27 | More by packetknife
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4.88/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This was my first foray into Belhaven's line of beer and i have to say, it was WELL WORTH IT.

Pours a dark, almost black with very little brownish head that has no lacing and dissapears very quickly.

The smell is fantastic. A bit of hops, malt and lots of cocoa.

The taste is also fantastic. It delivers what the label says, chocolate but not overly. The malt and hops bring the chocolate flavor down a notch and add a bitterness that offsets the sweet perfectly.

I would buy this again in a heartbeat. I just wish beer this good did not only sell in singles.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2009 01:14:14 | More by blatherbeard
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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

08-09-2012 02:43:34 | More by leagr
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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

04-12-2012 21:35:03 | More by BelgianDark86
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New York

4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

03-17-2012 22:49:42 | More by prisdefer
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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

To clear a few things up: Bellhaven's own site lists this as 4.1%, not 7, and I believe them. To me the body wasn't "too light" but plentiful, chewy: a bit Scottish 80 like with a stout twist. Hops way in the background but with so much going on here, that's expected. Chocolate malt, dextrinous malt, roasted malt of various types and, of course, tons of pale. Mouthfeel so silky sweet, grainy and just a tad sour too.

Obsidian black with a deep tan head that holds for a moderate amount of time.

No way is this meant to be American, or English, or Irish. (An "English" would most likely vary with a Scottish take on the style.) The bottle lists it as Scottish and, once again, on the mark. A bit of peated malt, or smoked, in the background and even more so: sweet unfermentables. Even further back: just a slight hint of traditional sour like the major brewer of stout uses.

It is what it is: a Scottish version of a stout.

Have it for desert or an after meal, by the fire, luxurious quaff.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2011 23:06:03 | More by kencarman
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4.7/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

very delicious. rich and hearty, with a good mouthfeel and pleasingly burnt aftertaste, but does leave the tongue a little flat.

Nice caramelly overtone and chocolate.

Color is deep coffee brown, with a low, foamy brown top.

This is a definite "try" if you like a hearty stout with tons of flavor and character.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2012 00:44:53 | More by Larry18
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Ontario (Canada)

4.65/5  rDev +18%
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!

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2010 01:23:36 | More by mintjellie
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New Jersey

4.65/5  rDev +18%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2010 13:40:07 | More by njmoons
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4.63/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-Pours a pitch black color with two fingers of mocha foam-colored head.

S-Smells strongly of robust coffee with some caramel undertones with some fruity hop notes.

T-A bit of roasted notes, with some caramel and big chocolate notes with some crisp, cleanly bitter, fruity hop finish.

M-Thick and luxuriously creamy with low carbonation and a slick,
slightly oily mouthfeel.

D-Insanely drinkable for 7%, and just a ridiculously delicious, solid beer for a pretty low price tag.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2010 02:40:38 | More by samie85
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Belhaven Scottish Stout from Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
88 out of 100 based on 522 ratings.