Belhaven Scottish Stout - Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.

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Ratings: 578
Reviews: 263
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 46
Gots: 53 | FT: 0
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Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd. visit their website
United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
English Stout |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: John_M on 02-28-2009)
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Photo of biglite351
2.3/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - nice and dark. Large lasting head.

S - mild and malty, but that is about all. It does not instill confident drinking.

T - bland. There ate a few flavors here but nothing all that familiar.

M - mild coating with some tingle behind the bottom lip.

D - I would pass on this one . I am somewhat not happy that I accidentally bought two.

Photo of vdread
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Belhaven Scottish Stout is solid black with a tiny bit of red around the edges and a thick tan head that holds for a while before becoming a collar.

smells of roasted malt, slightly sour milk, and some sweetness.

tastes creamy and sweet with a dry bitter cocoa and chalky charred malt profile. perfect example of a stout. rounded, strong roasted taste, evenly bitter, and satisfying. there is also a slight buttery note similar to what i've tasted in other Belhaven beers.

creamy mouthfeel, ending dry

a delightful stout that i've been looking at for a while but never picking up. im glad i did, though.

Photo of TheJollyHop
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Aroma of baker's yeast, cocoa, pears and peaches, freshly baked brioche. As beer warms, aroma of burnt sugar becomes more noticeable. Pours an opaque black with a small amount of head with faint lacing.

Slightly fruity flavor (peaches) followed by nuttiness and bittersweet chocolate, ending with a touch of caramel, bread, and some a tinge of bitterness.

Tongue coating with a sweet grain finish, medium bodied and medium carbonated. A very pleasant light mouthfeel and very drinkable; leaves a longing for another taste.

This stout was very flavorful and very well balanced with a bitterness that kept the malt profile in check, but didn't overtake it. Alcohol heat is not even noticeable and this brew is dangerously drinkable. A great dessert pairing due to the supporting hops role. Highly recommended. I had to restrain myself from gulping this beer!

Photo of mrasskicktastic
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A very dark reddish black. Moderate head, but it doesn't quit. Thick and billowy rings of lacing.

S - Cherries, chocolate, elderberries, char and forest floor! A great aroma!

T - Initially there is a melange of cherries, peat, plums, chocolate and char. The fruit disappears quickly to leave peat and char. The pair lingers long in to a moderately bitter aftertaste. A really nice flavor.

M - Smooth, thin, refreshing.

D - Good. I will have again. This is a fantastic brew.

Photo of brewerburgundy
4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On nitro-tap at Brewskis in Fayetteville, AR. Served in a nonic.

The nitro does wonders and this is no exception. Eggshell khaki head on ruby tinted at the extreme edges but otherwise opaque black bodied beer.

The distinctive metallic nitro smell and immense red berry and vinous red wine make this a nose with presence. Twig and berries. Leathery, quite smokey with some alcohol.

Dry stout with cherry and rich wine soaked fruit. Smokey and satisfying and way better than Guinness draft (of course, not the same style).

If you don't already know the nitro stout mouthfeel, get acquainted.

A good, nay great nitro or normal stout if you're in the mood.

Photo of colts9016
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From Notes: Poured into a pint glass at 47 degrees.

Appearance: A nice frothy dark tan head that has over a one finger head. The color of the beer is a very dark brown to opaque color. The clarity of the beer is opaque also. The head leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

Nose: A nice rich roasted dark malt, strong dark coffee, bittersweet chocolate, peat, and earth encompass the main aromas. Other undertones are some floral, fruity esters, wood, anise, and phenols.

Taste: A very richly roasted dark malt, espresso, dark coffee, dark chocolate, earth, peat and some sea are the main flavors. The other subtle flavors are some floral, dark fruit, oak, anise, and phenols

Overall: The mouth feel is rich, complex, creamy and smooth. The body of the beer is thick and chewy with a medium full finish. This beer is wonderful. deep rich aromas, flavor and consistency. All around a damn good beer.

Photo of morebeergood
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On nitro at the Horseshoe Pub, Hudson. Served in a standard pint glass. Ordered it because I don't normally see any other Belhaven beer on tap other than the Scottish Ale. Tons of surging carbonation due to the nitro. Dark brown color, with an off-white head. Smell was of roasted coffee. Taste was good, but seems a bit muted. Toned down coffee flavors mostly. Pretty one dimensional. Mouthfeel was aided due to the nitro, and since it's only 4% abv, it's pretty easy to drink. A nice stout, nothing to rave about, but a quality brew.

Photo of nickd717
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle at BBC in Menlo Park.

Darkest brown with a one-finger tan head and some lacing.

Aroma is somewhat suppressed but very pleasant, with roast, chocolate, and dark fruits.

Flavor is very roasty with coffee, dark chocolate, and dark fruits, maybe blueberry.

Medium-full bodied and fairly smooth on the palate. Just a tiny bit of astringency.

Overall highly drinkable and enjoyable. I never tried anything from Belhaven til recently, and now that I have I'm starting to like them.

Photo of russpowell
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
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

Photo of jmbranum
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Photo of jwillcourt
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of Offa
4.6/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

Photo of hoplover82
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Photo of northaustin
2.4/5  rDev -39.1%
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.

Photo of Freethyhops
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
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


Photo of bret27
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Photo of flagmantho
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

Photo of bump8628
3.15/5  rDev -20.1%
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.

Photo of projectflam86
2.23/5  rDev -43.4%
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.

Photo of lackenhauser
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Photo of beertunes
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of DNICE555
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of jlindros
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Photo of albern
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Belhaven Scottish Stout from Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
88 out of 100 based on 578 ratings.