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Belhaven Scottish Stout - Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.

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570 Ratings
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Ratings: 570
Reviews: 259
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 44
Gots: 52 | 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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Photo of russpowell
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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

russpowell, Mar 23, 2010
Photo of jmbranum
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Super smooth stout but with some substance (unlike Guiness Draught from the can)

Gorgeous dark brown brew with a huge light tan head. Great toasty aroma. Flavor is chocolaty, maybe a little bit of dr pepper (not kidding you) but with a nice bitter toasty backbone.

On the negative, this stout isn't as complex as many of my favorites. And besides the smoothness, there wasn't a dominant characterization. It almost is like this stout is too balanced.

The bottle says it is 7% alcohol but you don't feel it. Very drinkable.

jmbranum, Mar 17, 2010
Photo of jwillcourt
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap into a pint glass.

A - Poured off the tap, it starts out as muddy, chocolate brown, turbulent with fine bubbles, that settles into an opaque black color. There is a thick, creamy, ivory head that leaves sheets of lace on the other side of the glass. The head never goes away. I am not sure what more you could ask from a stout.

S - Very faint smell. Roasted malt, coffee, and milk.

T - Roasted malt and cocoa flavors up front, giving way to coffee and cream. As it warms, a caramel sweetness joins the coffee and cream flavors. It has a dry finish and little aftertaste.

M - Medium bodied with very soft carbonation. It is an overall dry feel and slightly chalky in the finish.

D - This is an easy drinker. It has low alcohol. It is very smooth, pleasantly creamy, and very dry in the finish.

jwillcourt, Mar 17, 2010
Photo of Offa
4.6/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is an excellent, characterful yet very smooth stout.

Black, it has a dark tan head slowly shrinking to a thin foamy top and leaves nice, sticky foamy lace.

Aroma is rich chocolate, prunes, toasted brown bread, light mocha coffee, currants, lightly burnt bread, barley, brown sugar.

Taste is nice and characterful. It is lightly on the sweet side up front and sweetness just dominates a light spicey-leafy-raisiny bitterness. It has rich prunes, earthy roots and leaves, hints of licorice and toast, hint of bittersweet chocolate. It has a leafy dryish finish with earth and hint of bittersweet chocolate, with the other elements lingering afterwards. The feel is nice, silky, a hint of oily fullness but not really oily and not viscous.

Offa, Mar 12, 2010
Photo of hoplover82
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black, when held up to a light, I can see clear brown highlights. It has a small creamy tan head that has great retention and lacing. Very appealing visually.

Then the smell was what was lacking here. It was very faint to not existant. I was smelling the heck out of this like I was trying to et high or something, and barely got some chocolate and coffee notes. Such a bland aroma for such a big beer. I truly am confused.

But the flavor really made up for the lacking aroma. Full of a balanced chocolate and roasted barley and coffee notes, with a very soft earthy hoppiness in the backdrop.

This beer has a full, creamy, sweet, almost viscous body, with a long lasting bittersweet chocolate finish.

And this beer is very smooth for being so big. I highly suggest trying this if you haven't.

hoplover82, Mar 06, 2010
Photo of northaustin
2.4/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

pours a thick black with minimal white head which disappears quickly and leaves almost no lacing.

smells bad. all roasted malts are overdone and it smells like nothing mixed with burnt syrup.

taste: things are lookin up but not much. very watery and bland. there is a bang of syrup and dry malts at the end though.

mouthfeel: drinks like a thick water but leaves your cheeks and throat very dry.

i usually like belhaven but this is a miss for me.

northaustin, Mar 04, 2010
Photo of Freethyhops
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into a Hobgoblin pint

A- pours dark brown/black in color with light seeping in at the edges of the glass. a health finger of creamy cream colored head. nice head retention and decent lacing. looks right on par with a nice stout here

S- sweet caramel and roasted malts coming through on the nose. a bit bready...the roasted character is the strongest of the aromas

T- bittersweet chocolate mixes with light roasted characters up front. lingers into a dry bready almost sour finish I always associate with english/irish stouts. the chocolate and roastiness are the stars of the show and make this a tasty example of a style I'm really not a huge fan of.

M- light/medium in body, which is expected for the style. the carbonation is obviously present but stays on the subtle side. a bit of creaminess but not exceptional for the style.

D- finishing the bottle is no problem. I probably won't revisit just because it isn't my cup of tea but I could certainly drink a substantial amount of this beer with ease and there is no sign of the 7%, which is on the high side for the style


Freethyhops, Mar 01, 2010
Photo of bret27
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle with about a year on it.

Bottle states, "This deluxe stout is brewed for a full roasted chocolate flavour with a hop character that complements a blend of triple malts."

Yeah I can see that.

S: Bittering hops, smoke, malt, dirt

A: Pretty black, ok head

T: There is an interesting malt blend w/their special well water probably contributing. Very unique taste, complex chocolatey/smoky w/peat. Hop bitterness as well.

M/D: Not all that thick, fairly drinkable. 7% and not claiming imperial status. works for me.

bret27, Feb 27, 2010
Photo of flagmantho
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 500mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: entirely black but for a nice ruby tinge when held up to a light source. Head is half a finger of dense tan foam. It's appealing.

Smell: slightly sweet, slightly acrid roasty aromas. Coffee is present but way in the background; chocolate is a little more forward but not much. Roastiness is subtle and quite nicely proportioned.

Taste: slightly sweet; some fruity flavors come through. Bitterness is quite low but there is a little hop character toward the end; a floral or vegetabley quality. Coffee is all but nonexistent at this point, but a little chocolate complements the alcoholey fruitiness. It's almost like a slightly lighter version of a Baltic porter. I like this quite a lot, indeed.

Mouthfeel: mouthfeel is silky smooth. Body is medium with relatively low carbonation, but something in there is making for a very pleasing experience.

Drinkability: I was quite pleasantly surprised when I had the Belhaven Wee Heavy recently, and I am once again so with the Scottish Stout. I don't know why I should underestimate Belhaven; they consistently blow me away with high-quality, tasty and very drinkable brews.

flagmantho, Feb 26, 2010
Photo of bump8628
3.15/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pitch black with a creamy nitro-pour light tan head.

Nitro nearly kills the aroma. All I really get is a faint chocolate note.

Taste has dominant musty roasted characted and a little nutty cocoa. Some caramel gives it a creamed (cheap) coffee feel.

This is a far cry from the bottled version. Why must perfectly good/great stouts be ruined by nitro? Sure, its fine for a Guinness, but a stout like this deserves better.

bump8628, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of projectflam86
2.23/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A- I must say that the nitro pour for this brew looks amazing. Deep black color with a huge silky cream head that leaves sheets of lacing all the way down.

S- Muted aroma of roasted malt and metal. Very dissapointing.

T- Sharp biting iron flavor with the slightest hint of roast. Some musty hops and alcohol round out the finish. The "off" flavors seemed to dominate.

M- Creamy and smooth with very little carbonation.

D- I was really unimpressed by this brew. Overall a huge letdown.

projectflam86, Feb 18, 2010
Photo of lackenhauser
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep black in color-slight ruby reddish highlights around the edges. Nice tan head. Low, somewhat sharp and metallic aroma. Some mild roasted notes. Nice smooth roasted flavor. Somewhat of a dried fruit taste. Slight "sooty" or smokey tinge. Decent enough body-could use a bit more umph for me. Very drinkable and enjoyable. Once of the better UK stouts I have had.

lackenhauser, Feb 15, 2010
Photo of beertunes
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a slightly translucent black with a very thick, rich, creamy light brown head that had very good retention and moderate lacing.

A strong bread yeast aroma was the scent I noticed, followed by a hint of malt sweetness. The flavors were also a blend of bread and malt with a somewhat surprising sharpness on the finish.

The body was smooth and well rounded. Drinkability was very good, this beer just glides down your throat. Overall, a very good beer, worth your time to try when you see it.

beertunes, Feb 08, 2010
Photo of DNICE555
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Eli's on the way back from the casino. Time for a little taste of my heritage.

A - It's pretty dark in here but it looks like a dark brown with a creamy off white head. Body also appears very smooth. Almost looks like a heartier Guiness.

S - Malty, Tofee, slightly smoky, faint hops, vanilla

T - Creamy malty taste. Mostly chocolate, malt, and a minor hop presence.

M - Thin creamy mouthfeel. Low carbonation.

D - Thin body without the presence of anything too overpowering allows this to be a very drikable english style stout. Big fan of this one.

DNICE555, Feb 02, 2010
Photo of jlindros
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

jlindros, Jan 31, 2010
Photo of albern
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a nice old fashioned type English stout. It pours an inky black color with a small tan head, some retention, not much lacing. The nose is indicative of the taste. There are loads of dark malts, chocolate malts, toffee flavors, caramels, and crystal malts. This is a pretty malted up brew. There is a touch of ABV in the nose as well.

The beer is quite creamy, a bit oily on the tongue, not much carbonation, and a fairly thick and full bodied affair. The caramels, toffee flavors, chocolates, dark malts, some roasted malts, and crystal malts are pretty laid on. There is a touch of leafy hop in the finish that adds a bit of bittering zest and dries things up just a tad. There is plenty of nice roasted malts that play off nicely with the hop, making this a nice thick, malty, fairly balanced stout. There is a touch of smoked peatiness in the malts that gives it some Scottish character, but the smoked flavors are pretty subtle and get balanced out with the leafy hop. There is a touch of ABV in the finish, but for a 7% beer, it is pretty well hidden. This is a nice beer that I'm glad I found. L'Chaim.

albern, Jan 31, 2010
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle served in a pub pint glass.

Black with a foamy tan head that thinned to a layer leaving a good amount of lacing.
Molases and butter toffee fill the aroma.
Brown sugar sweetness upfront with some toffee and hints of chocolate truffle, tasty brew.
Full bodied with a creamy smooth feel.
This brew is very drinkable.

JoeyBeerBelly, Jan 29, 2010
Photo of johnnnniee
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a solid dark brown with faint garnet highlights and a creamy almost fluffy khaki head that leaves mad lace on the sides. Smells of chocolate and caramel up front, brown sugar, vanilla, toffee and a bit of mineral water in there as well. Taste is chocolate and coffee, followed by a some sweetness of brown sugar, toffee, and dark fruits. Finish is rather dry with a lingering roast and sweetness on the palette. Creamy almost bubbly mouthfeel, medium to high level of carbonation for the style, medium to thick body. I enjoyed this one. Its a bit sweet but I find myself really enjoying sweet stouts as of late.

johnnnniee, Jan 25, 2010
Photo of scruffwhor
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

500 ml bottle.

Pours a medium black to super thick brownie mix brown hue. Nice mild nrown head o one finger that eventually dissipated away to the angels of froth. The aroma was a dry yet sweet brownie mix of chocolate, powdered milk, and coffee thats been on the hot plate just a little too long. Still very enticing to any black coffee and stout lover. The taste is a rich roasted and sweet malted barley that make you think of baked chocolate in any various incantation. Smooth, just the right amount of dryness, and the well incorporated abv. makes this a great offering from this well known Scottish brewery. Highly recommended to any stout lover out there!!!

scruffwhor, Jan 24, 2010
Photo of puboflyons
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the 500 ml. bottle. Sampled on January 16, 2010. The pour is a thick dark brown with about an inch of silky, frothy tan head that remains resilient for most of the sampling. There is a nice dose of roasted chocolate malts in the aroma but the aroma overall is rather subtle and unopposing. Not much in the way of hops but to me that is the way it should be for a stout. Tastewise there is a wonderful bitterness along with a background of chocolate malts. This is incredibly smooth and relaxing to drink. This is a topnotch stout.

puboflyons, Jan 16, 2010
Photo of plaid75
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On draft at The Atlantic Chip Shop, Brooklyn, New York.

Poured a deep brown hue with amber highlights and a one and a half finger frothy off white head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured balmy chocolate malts, earthy smoke and some lactose.

The taste consisted of a full chocolate malt, peat smoke, milk sugar and roasted malts.

The mouthfeel was full and smooth.

Overall a very good stout.

plaid75, Jan 08, 2010
Photo of DoubleJ
3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On nitro at The Beer Hunter in a 16 ounce shaker. On to the beer:

As expected, the body is black. The creamy, lightly tanned head on top does no surprise given it is served on niro. Head retention is a little worse for a nitro-beer; the head doesn't last all the way until the end. Its aroma is sweet, almost milky. Almost like a sweet stout.

For someone growing up on American-made stouts and stouts from Ireland, the profile fo a stout from the UK takes some time getting used to. Molasses and a touch of charred flavor start things up. More molasses. Caramel added to it all. Roasted. It's a smooth liquid, but not a very creamy one as I've come to expect from beers on nitro. Lightly astringent in the aftertaste.

A bit on the sweet side for me. Somewhat enjoyable in the end, but a smaller serving size would be better for me.

DoubleJ, Jan 04, 2010
Photo of oberon
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

oberon, Dec 24, 2009
Photo of sprucetip
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes. Just started seeing this everywhere a couple months ago, and am glad to have become acquainted with it.

Pours almost black, very active, with thick persistent head that leaves patchy lacing.

SMELL complex and rich maltiness leads and lingers. Low key booze and roasty notes add depth. Really rich and fairly complex. I like it alot.

TASTE Richly sweet and malty with chocolate, booze, and medium roast. It is smooth and balanced, with mild bitterness. Nicely done.

FEEL medium fully body, viscous, alc warming, clean finish.

OVERALL Delicious, smooth, rich, and bold. I'd never noticed this until recently and look forward to more of it. Should be savored, but drinks pretty easy for the size.

sprucetip, Dec 24, 2009
Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: This beer pours dark brown, almost black, with a large even brown rich head that leaves nice lacings after it dissipates.

S: This smells both of roasted malt with a smoky touch as well as of smoked ham. Some floral hops and lots of dark dried fruit. Some chocolate and coffee at the end of the smell.

T: Smoke and bitter hops. Rich light roasted malt. Very complex, almost flowery.

M: Long bitter, dry after-taste in this full-bodied light carbonated beer.

D: A very nice beer. A bit less "heavy" than other american doubles I've tried, but not in a bad way. I could buy a whole case of this beer.

Evil_Pidde, Dec 20, 2009
Belhaven Scottish Stout from Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
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