Belhaven Scottish Stout - Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
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4.05/5 rDev +2.8%
Bottle, surprisingly, from LCBO. Pours blackish with lots of fast disapearing brown foam. Some thick lacing. Inviting roast and malt aroma. The taste is a good roasting, well balanced between a dry stout, just short of a slight sourness in the finish, and nicely malted. Flavourful and good drinkability.
11-17-2010 23:09:41 | More by Sammy
4.22/5 rDev +7.1%
Pours an almost opaque super dark ruby brown with a 2 inch khaki head that fades to an oily film. Nice latticework of lace forms around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of coffee grounds, cocoa powder, dark malt, and slight soy sauce. Taste is of dark roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, and slight coffee. A slight roast bitterness lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that I have always seen on the shelf but never picked up until now. My first English stout and a very good one to start with. I will be drinking more of these for sure.
07-13-2011 03:44:59 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.03/5 rDev +2.3%
A: It poured very dark amber (near black) with a thin, beige head. A medium level of carbonation in the rising bubbles is barely visible near the edges of the glass. There is a good amount of head retention.
S: There aren't too many aromas radiating from the nose, but I can pick up some smells of roasted malts and a bit of sweetness.
T: The overall taste is very well balanced and is somewhat sweet. It shares a lot of similarities with the aroma.
M: It feels light-bodied and very creamy and smooth on the palate.
D: This beer goes down quite easy and is very much sessionable.
05-04-2010 02:40:56 | More by metter98
3.85/5 rDev -2.3%
Potting soil darkest brown with meager red clay highlights along the edges. An expansive and lightly creamy chunk of brown sugar colored foam is beginning to grace the glass with shredded sheets of suds that stick.
The nose needs to have more roasted maltiness. It's midway between brown and black in olfactory hue, is earthy and is somewhat phenolic. More overall power would be good as well. There's some work to be done on the taste buds if this is going to be a enjoyable version of the style.
Scottish Stout tastes Scottish. English, at the very least. An American brew would be bolder and darker and more chocolate-like, without the range of flavors present here. However, more flavors does not always equal a better flavor profile.
This brew almost tastes like a 50:50 mixture of English stout and Scottish ale... which is fine as far as it goes. Specifics include well-toasted brown bread, steely caramel, cocoa powder, tea leaves, and an earthiness that isn't quite smoked peat-like. Looks like I've decided to reward complexity and uniqueness after all.
Keeping style and ABV in mind, the mouthfeel would never pass muster in the U.S. It's thinnish and the bubbles are a little too laid back. Nevertheless, it fits pretty well with what else the beer is attempting to do.
Belhaven Scottish Stout has won multiple awards for excellence around the globe. My relative lack of enthusiasm probably has more to do with my preference for American-style stouts than with any shortcomings of this ale per se. Since it's too expensive for regular consumption, the choice is even easier.
04-22-2011 12:36:23 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.98/5 rDev +1%
A Scottish specialty of a Stout: should be robust with roast character but should also showcase the earthy/peaty character of Scottish Ales, shouldn't it?
The Stout pours a very dark mohogany with crimson highlights. Not exactly black, but very dark nevertheless. Top knotch clarity gives a garnet or onyx-like appearance. A loosely knit head forms on the beer but falls apart before long leaving the beer with a sill appearance and only a slim ring of foam around the glass. No lacing or legging.
Aromas of heavy toast, medium roast coffee, and cocoa powder starts the malty scent. A follow-up of estery licorice, burnt currants and berries adds to the complexity. Still earthy with a mild smoky, peaty scent, the beer turns decidedly Scottish.
Balanced and complex flavors of strong coffee, cocoa, molasass, walnuts, charred cherries, anise, and blackberries all play into the malty/estery mix. Still, the yeasty brine of fruits with mild smoke, earthy/mossy taste and a deeply earthened brown character plays manly yet delicate on the palate. Something in the beer gives me the impression of scotch-soaked walnut brownies.
Moderately full and creamy at first, the beer ushers in a light mid palate in comparison, for a finish that is palatable and drinkable.
Scotch flavors definately play on every aspect of this beer. That smokey peaty flavor and aroma is all over this session. But so are English-like Stout flavor although the roast is moderate and the molasass flavor is robust. This is just how you'd expect a Scottish Stout to go.
01-30-2011 08:14:01 | More by BEERchitect
4.15/5 rDev +5.3%
500ml bottle - $3.99 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours near black body with a rather tall, excitable, tan-colored head. Light dabs of lace on the descent.
Smell: Fairly sweet-scented nose with some scents of roasty coffee grinds, sweet chocolate, and caramel coming together to provide an aroma of a generously-topped ice cream sundae.
Taste: Sweet toothsome residual sugars leisurely resting atop the roasty malts yielding tones of well-sweetened coffee, dulce de leche, and a tangy-esque taste of Hershey's chocolate. Maybe a hint of vanilla pod as well. Faint touch of dark fruit. Low hop character and bitterness, with a bit of grain astringency helping to provide some earthy hints. Sweet, creamyish, lightly roasty finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-light carbonation. Smooth, slightly silken mouthfeel.
Overall: A fairly sweet Scottish stout with a great mouthfeel. A nice surprise, as I wasn't really expecting too much out of this one. I'm Belhaving a hoot over here!
07-11-2011 18:35:33 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.5/5 rDev -11.2%
This poured out as a nice deep blackish brown color with a decent tan head on top. The smell of the beer has some light chocolate aromas along with some earthy roasted aromas too. The taste of the beer is on the sweeter side, not much bitterness in here at all. The mouthfeel isn't overly heavy at all, it's probably medium bodied and has a light amount of carbonation. Overall this beer is decent. I would drink it again if I came across it.
11-03-2011 01:40:29 | More by Knapp85
3.95/5 rDev +0.3%
Poured more of a deep brown than black,when held up to the light light it did show thru the whole glass,a thinner light mocha colored head atop.Aromas were very light wich suprised me a little,a bit of iron and chocolate mainly.The moufeel was execellent though,full and creamy almost like a marshmellow in my mind.Full on chocolate on the palate with a tinge of earth,the alcohol is well hidden,the creamy feel and well hidden alcohol makes for a very easy drinker.A very nice "bigger" stout,it lacks a little but is nice to drink.
12-24-2009 23:15:14 | More by oberon
3.85/5 rDev -2.3%
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.
08-16-2014 18:59:16 | More by TMoney2591
3.7/5 rDev -6.1%
On-tap at Duke of Perth. I'm deducing this is the "Belhaven Stout" since the list didn't mention "Scottish Stout" or "McCallum's".
Black body, it was dim in the bar, the candlelight did nothing for it. Very creamy foam, similar to a Guinness on nitro. It left a solid sheet of lacing down the opposite side I was drinking from. Compact head of foam with a creamy feel. Nose was mellow, possibly it was too cold, but didn't get much besides faint roast. The feel was light and creamy, almost a milk stout minus the sweetness. Dry unsweetened chocolate and tobacco. Thin bodied with a light creaminess. Miles ahead of Guinness, still fairly simple and sessionable.
03-31-2009 14:04:18 | More by emerge077
4.1/5 rDev +4.1%
A - Poured out a dark, dark brown color with rub highlights. It had a reddish, brown colored, two-finger head of thick foam with big bubbles.
S - It smelled of chocolate and molasses. There is a subtle floral aroma, too.
T - It tasted of sweet chocolate and molasses. It had a strong roasty quality as it warmed up.
M - It was crisp, yet smooth with a dry finish. A medium-bodied beer.
D - This is a very nice stout. The label says it's Scottish. This website says it's American. I don't really care, because it is very good.
11-07-2009 03:15:24 | More by zeff80
4.45/5 rDev +12.9%
Pours an effervescent chestnut-tinged mahogany with a rocky finger of mocha head. Above average head retention & lacing
S: Plummy & figgy notes merge with oakyness & a whisper of vanilla, the strength of this beer is the aroma, plus much peattyness
T: Follows the nose along with brown sugar & molasses, plus iron & leafy hops. Figgyness & Baker's chocolate & more leafy hops as this warms, plus dryness & charred grains & a kiss boozey warmth& peaty smokeyness. Finishes dry, smokey & fruitty with nice charred grain notes
MF: Fairly smooth, medium bodied, starts to become almost prickly as this warms, but also becomes a bit sticky
Nice drinkability, easily one of the best bottled beers I've had out of Britain in the last 12-18 months & a top flight example of this style on the upper edge of ABV, yum
03-23-2010 05:02:13 | More by russpowell
3.93/5 rDev -0.3%
Picked this up at the local store - served in a Pisgah pint glass.
A - Pours with three fingers of medium tan foam that dissipates quite slowly and leaves a good amount of glass-coating lacing and a thick cap. Very dark brown body that reveals some reddish glow and transparency when held to the light.
S - Smoke, peat, and dirt over top of a malted milk chocolate, raisin, and caramel backdrop. There's a touch of floral hops. It gets a little bit better as it warms up, but the dirtiness is kind of off-putting.
T - Taste is pretty similar, caramel, roasted malts, milk chocolate, and some light smoke character. Thankfully the dirtiness in the nose seems to have dissipated. There's some mild bitterness in the finish the seems to come from the smokiness, rather than the light hopping. It's definitely different from typical "American" Imperial Stouts, and has more in common with the Harviestoun old ales in some ways.
M - Chewy, medium body. Appropriate for a 7% brew, but a little lighter than I'd want from an actual American Imperial Stout. Smooth, mild carbonation tingle, and some solid residual stickiness. Not much heat at all.
D - The 500ml bottle was fine, but it's not something I'd rush out and get again. Maybe I'd do it on-tap at an authentic UK-themed pub.
11-10-2009 03:36:47 | More by MasterSki
4.28/5 rDev +8.6%
Dark, dusky hue, big, creamy, cocoa head holds court on top.
Sweet, creamy, lightly roasty aroma, toffee, caramel, some nuttiness, ending dry. Hints of cola. Nice.
In the mouth:tasty and smooth, sweet then dry...dark fruits mingled with cocoa and caramel...raisins, dates...figgy...but overall, a malty delight here, Tasty on taste, yum on yum.
Is this the first stout I've had from Scotland?
Maybe ...but not the first thoroughly satisfying Belhaven brew. Mmmm, mmm, I'm just likin'this...Great stuff.
05-08-2009 09:57:56 | More by feloniousmonk
4.1/5 rDev +4.1%
I've had this on draught before at BBC and enjoyed it. Now it's time to review it and try the bottled version. It's a heavy high abv stout to be from U.K.
A: Pours a dark colored rich creamy 1 finger head. It's super pitch black with no color getting through. The creamy head slowly fades to a light covering.
N: Has a nice stout like roasted nose, with dark rich malts, some sweet dark dried fruits, some chocolate, and more of that earthy bitter stout like nose. Raisin also comes through quite a bit.
T: Starts rich and creamy, thick but not syrupy. Lots of dark malt flavors as well. It has some of that earthy bitter stout taste, but not as much as the nose. Some creamy chocolate milk is also lightly coming through. A little dark sweet fruit flavor with a bit of raisin. More chocolate, but still light. A little roast also rounds off the taste. Hints of a little sweet sugary boozy flavor that adds a little brown sugar, but very light. The roasted malt flavor seems to build the more I drink and the more the beer warms. The flavors really shine more while it warms. Recommend letting this warm up a bit before drinking.
M: Very rich and creamy, pretty thick but not syrupy. Decent carbonation but that is expected for the style.
F: Still a little on the sweet side, but not too bad. Its creamy rich goodness seems to linger the longest, with a little bit of that stouty earthy bitter flavor really shining through on the finish now that the rich creamy chocolate milk is gone. The roasty flavor comes through a bit on the finish but also fades pretty quickly as it gives way to the earthy bitter flavor. I think there's a bit of lactose sugar in it that gives it the creamy flavor, and a lingering almost milky flavor on the tongue.
01-31-2010 19:03:25 | More by jlindros
4/5 rDev +1.5%
Poured from a 500 ML bottle into a pint glass.
a - Pours a dark black color with light carbonation and one finger of tan head with nice lacing.
s - Smells of roasted malts, chocolate, and a little bit of sweetness.
t - Tastes of coffee, roasted malts, chocolate, and maybe a hint of vanilla?
m - Medium to full body and low carbonation.
d - A pretty good stout. Nothing really jumped out at me about this stout, but it had a very nice chocolate and roasted smell and flavor. Would try again.
05-15-2010 23:40:40 | More by mdfb79
4.3/5 rDev +9.1%
On nitro-tap at Beachwood BBQ,
A: Pours black with a firm 1.5 finger tan nitro head, great lacing as to be expected from this serving type.
S: Peaty scotch notes, chocolate, smoke.
T: Nice to see such a rich and full-flavoured beer come out of a nitro-tap. Great notes of peat, whisky, baker's chocolate, iodine. Like a mix of a milk stout with a shot of whisky.
M: Smooth, somewhat thin and metallic at times, but it has a richness about it.
D: A real nice beer from Belhaven, they consistently produce excellent ales. Great drinkablity, drinks like a 4% brew.
05-03-2009 21:25:26 | More by Halcyondays
4.15/5 rDev +5.3%
Picked up a $5 half liter at Best Yet. Cool beer, poured black with brown highlights. I might call this a foreign export stout for the lighter body. There are sweet caramel cocoa notes up front, then a dry smoky and roasted finish cleans out the beer. There are hints of toffee and cola mixed in for an unusual (and delicious) stout. Give this a stout.
04-14-2012 22:53:02 | More by tempest
Belhaven Scottish Stout from Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
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