Belhaven Scottish Stout - Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.

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Reviews: 272
Hads: 626
Avg: 3.93
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 60
Gots: 89 | FT: 1
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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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Photo of D-HopSupreme
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a near amber tinge, with thick creamy head forming one inch above the top. The scent is very strong of toffee and coffee and lacks the ferrous scent of such other macro stouts as Guinness. The taste is faintly coffee-like and otherwise provides a deep, slightly nutty flavour. The mouthfeel is very smooth and velvety as well. This is a very good stout beer, I enjoy it very much.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this on draft and really enjoyed it. Poured from pint bottle into snifter. The color is jet black with a creamy tan head and lacing. The smell is dark raisin, plum, and dark roasted malt and coffee. I taste the burnt coffee right away but I'm missing the fruit. Fairly bitter at the finish. I agree with other reviewers comparison to a nitro stout. The carbonation and mouth feel are pleasant but I prefer a chewier stout. Not surprisingly, I also found that the taste improves as the stout assumes room temperature. Overall, it's a very good English Stout. On draft in a restaurant, I prefer it to Guinness. Given the choice, however, I'd prefer a RIS any time.

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Photo of Catracho5
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle poured into a tulip glass

A: Pitch, jet black, very little light comes through when held up, tan colored head, creamy, but dissipated pretty quick, looks a little thin.

A: Roasted malts, dry dark coffee aroma, no alcohol, picking up a nitro stout creamy aroma, smells pretty good.

T: Not as roast forward as the nose, slight dark coffee flavor, dry chocolate, getting some hop presence in the middle, there is a cream flavor that reminds of a nitro stout present as well, finishes dry.

M: It's thin, especially for a 7% ABV stout, slight creamy smooth, easy on the palate.

O: First English stout I've taste, leans more on the sweet than American stouts I've tasted, easy drinking, decent amount of flavor, middle of the road beer for me, doesn't disappoint, but doesn't overwhelm either, very good.

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Photo of morris786
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours black with a small cream colored head and light lacing. Smell is roasted malts coffee and some chocolate aromas. This beer didn't smell near as good as the taste. It isn't overly complex but what it does it does right. Taste of coffee rich dark chocolate and light earthy hops. Very good beer and remarkably smooth.

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Photo of Dentist666
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into english pint.
Pours opaque dark brown/black beer with soft tan head, good retention. Smell - creamy, somewhat oxidized & stale (due to transparent bottle?), licorice, coffee. Taste -roasted malts, licorice, coffee, chocolate, Chewy and silky body. Medium carbonation.
Pros - nice body and drinkability.
Contras - weak smell, lack of character, transparent bottle.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.6/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled last night on 6/21/15. Comes in a 500ml (16.9 ounce) bottle. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a "STORZ" snifter glass.

Brew pours really close to a pitch-black in color with close to a 1-finger foamy beige head. Lots of 'ring-like' lacing is seen when sipped. Aroma is of dark malts and a hint of black licorice. The taste follows the nose with a hint of chocolate also. Very tasty and goes down easy. A very minor bitter finish was noted but didn't last more than a few seconds and doesn't take anything away from this fantastic brew.

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very dark brown with small tan head. Nose is not there...just the slightest wiff of dark malt and wet cardboard. Taste is better but very one-dimentional, some residual sweetness and a black patent malt flavor which becomes more pronounced with a bitter finish. Mouthfeel was a little weak compared to other stouts. Overall, not special but not bad.

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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!

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Photo of vikinggary28
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a chilled glass. Malt aroma with cocoa influence. Very pleasant. Colour is black with tan head, and I mean "no light gets through the glass" black. Taste has very little bitterness. Sweet malt flavour with a definite chocolate presence. Mouthfeel is medium-light and very smooth. A stout this sweet is a pleasant surprise.

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Photo of JLSIV
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a clear bottle into an imperial pint glass, midnight black with a one finger head that dissipates to a constant film of off white sample did not lace very much, but that could have been the glass

Aroma is mostly malt, hint of smokiness, some cocoa.

Taste is very fine and pleasant, with a cocoa bitterness that balances the malty sweetness very well.

Mouthfeel is a solid medium, probably would be a little fuller on tap, but a very good bottled stout. There was very good carbonation, and this might have given a different feel than the tap.

Overall, I have been pleased by the two Belhaven products that I have tried, I enjoy Stouts, and I wouldn't hesitate to pull this one again.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours black as a starless night. World Class head volume, outstanding lacing and retention. Light nose of roast and chocolate over a slight mineral note. Heavy light body with just a hint of smooth texture. Above average carbonation level with a bit of effervescence in the middle and finish. The outstanding flavor profile is reasonably intense, a bit complex and very well balanced. It begins with chocolate sweetness which is a blend of bittersweet dark and milk characteristics. The middle has a very subtle bitterness from roast and hops over a distinct classic mineral note (think chocolate soda). The finish is a slow fade of rich sweet chocolate with hints of vanilla. This is an excellent choice to introduce someone to stouts.

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Photo of seedyone
4/5  rDev +1.8%

04/05/13 At Rattle N Hum on tap (nitro). Usual smoothness from most nitro pours. Extremely light body but not watery. Aroma is subtle & indicative of the shy flavor profile. Nice balance of sweet & bitter. No hint of the contemporary adds of vanilla/coffee/chocolate, etc. Listings show conflicting ABV but this tastes shy so I'll assume it's @ 4.5%. If that's the case I could see this as a pleasant session companion.

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Photo of Jeffsta1
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

Tolerable, drinkable, but nothing to get excited about, and there are many better choices.
A bit sweet on the attack. Some nice maltiness. Deep black color.
Mouthfeel isn't as rich as I like in a stout.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.85/5  rDev -2%

Served from tap in a shaker pint glass at Duke of Perth.

Bachelor Party-Palooza 2014 (Part 1) concludes, still believing that when in a Scottish-style pub, do as the Scots do and drink up some Belhaven, especially the Stout. This stuff pours a slightly murky midnight sienna topped by a finger of sandstone foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, dark cocoa powder, light treacle, and a hint of vanilla. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a bit of mild charcoal smoke and a healthy amount of straight-up toffee. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly creamy feel. Overall, a nice, enjoyable stout, a fitting punctuation mark on this delightful meal and visit.

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Photo of Daredevil
4.46/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

pours a clean dark liquid, with a brownish not very firm foam

nose: peaty, banana-bread, some hops

palate: generous toffee like sweetness, strawberries, light bitterness in the aftertaste

despite the sweetness a nicely balanced brew - well worth a try

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Photo of lou50rp
4.56/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Color is black with a tan head
Strong smell of sweet strong coffee
Taste is strong, sweet malt, with a touch of charred malt. Touch of hops at the end.
Mouthfeel is heavy, almost syrupy.
Very good brew for a midwinter drink. A good sipping beer. Reminds me of a Russian Imperial Stout.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. Thistle glass. Black color headed by tan, creamy & wide crown. Oat, chocolate, toasted & caramel malt aromas rounded by earthy, woody & smoked notes. Roasted, creamy & flavorful maltiness is pierced by thin stream of chocolate. Medium to full body. Moderate carbonation. Silky & velvety palate. Gentle bitterness & very subtle licorice hues in the middle balance creamy & sweet flavors. Long sweet finish & dark cocoa on the aftertaste. Smooth & sunctuous beer for a paused & long drink. Well integrated ABV.

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Photo of mhmalaska
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Deep, rich brown color. Good Head retention.

Smell: Chocolate with hints of raspberry.

Taste: Burnt espresso. Hints of caramel and raspberry. Slightly sour finish.

Mouthfeel: Heavy. Smooth. Thick.

Overall: I enjoyed drinking this beer and recommend it as a moderately priced crowd pleaser. Not too big, but still a firm stout.

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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.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle from 2009, poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: A hard pour is required to produce an inch of fine tan head atop a black body with clear brown highlights. Retention is pretty solid, and there's some spotty lace. Quite nice for a vintage brew.

S: Brownie, cocoa, coconut, toasted bread, and faint coffee. No oxidation at all. Really pleasant.

T: There is a touch of sherry-like dark fruit oxidation here, but it blends quite well with the rich, creamy chocolate maltiness. Brownie batter, cocoa powder, and mild bitterness on the finish. Tasty.

M: Smooth, creamy medium body with low carbonation. Pretty good.

O: I bought this one years ago in order to tick the English Stout style, but then lost track of it in the cellar after finding another one on tap. I didn't expect it to be worthwhile after all this time, but it's been quite the treat. Really rich, smooth, and tasty. Good stuff.


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Photo of jayhass
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Color is black with a little amber light coming through the top of the glass. Slight tan head that that keeps a light cover over the top of the beer. Smell - light chocolate with a good amount of nuttiness and very light roasted malt. Taste - Semi sweet chocolate with good amount of nuttiness just like the aroma. Some earthiness or wood from the hops. A different take on a stout that is well done.

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Photo of artoolemomo
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours up a good amount of head which is currently dissipating rather quickly. It has slowed down somewhat with minimal amounts of lacing left. The head is a weak and pale beige while the body is a dark chocolate brown which shows some garnet when held up to the light.

Nose- Very nice and well integrated. Coffee (with sweet and some sour notes) is the most dominant aspects followed by chocolate and cherries (light). Lots of roasted malt notes with a lot of nuttiness as well. If the profile follows the nose, this will be a solid beer. What it might lack in the complexity, it makes up with presence. There is caramel on the nose as well.

Taste- Roasted and coffee notes start to appear at first followed by some nuttiness, slight hint of cherry. There's a bit of chocolate matched with caramel. If the flavor was as strong as the nose was, the caramel would hint at vanilla and toffee as well. There is some toffee as well. At the moment, this beer has a weak finish (somewhat watery and thin). However, a second taste shows this not to be case and this is simply what I have come to expect from beers from the United Kingdom- the beer is complex but so well integrated, individual notes tend to become lost. This is a very solid beer that appears to be slightly underrated by reviewers. Touches of honey exist in the flavor profile. All the sour, sweet, and bitter notes of the coffee are subdued to the point of sublimity. All the notes on the flavor profile seem to suggest coconut at times. This is a must for fans of well blended malts.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with a touch of silkiness. A touch of carbonation but this beer would be fine without it. Not exactly rich and smooth but close.

Drinkability- Very easygoing. Great balance and no heat present at all. At around 5 bucks, this could be a repurchase.

Overall- A little surprised. Lots of structure and balance. This is close to a 4.25.

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Photo of hackmann
3.33/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: black body with a thin tan head

Aroma: moderate-mild nose with dark roasted malts, toffee, sour oak,

Flavors: dark roasted grains, mild bitter dark chocolate, sweet toasted toffee, smoky oak note, light sour and/or green bottle funk on the finish

Mouthfeel: light fizzy feel, smooth, mild bitter note on the mid and finish, deep roasted notes;

To the Point: it’s good, nothing memorable, can’t say I would look for it again

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Belhaven Scottish Stout from Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
88 out of 100 based on 272 ratings.