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Belhaven Scottish Stout - Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.

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Ratings: 590
Reviews: 267
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 48
Gots: 64 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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 newk340
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: a thick black pour, opaque with a thin foam ring that leaves minimal lacing (shared with hu5om and e11a627).

S: a mild sweet chocolate with hints of coffee grounds lace the nostrils. a superb aroma!

T: buzz of chocolate and sweet malts permeate the tastebuds briefly, leaving the palate wanting more with a slight coffee aftertaste. a great dessert beer.

MF/D: a slight initial sizzle that fades to a silky smooth cascade down the throat. an amazing stout that leaves a cacophony of sensations in the mouth.

Photo of e11a627
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared with hu5om and newk320 at Bodega.

A: Very dark. Brown/black with a hint of red. Thick, opaque.

S: Mild, chocolate.

T: A yummy campfire smokiness with chocolate syrup.

M: Very smooth. Goes down nicely and perfectly. Tiny Tingle with swallow but most enjoyable.

D: I could have it for dessert. Perfect end to a perfect 3-beer tasting. I could pour this over icecream. It's such a treat!

Photo of njmoons
4.62/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

Photo of 2DaMtns
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured slowly from a bottle into a brandy glass, a nice tan head developed. The aroma was nothing different than most stouts I've tried. Mouthfeel was good, but not overwhleming. The taste was very good, less bitter than I anticipated, and this is one of the smoother stouts I've had. I will keep this one on the list of ones to have again, for sure.

Photo of Preston
4.36/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at Nicholson's pub in Cincinnati. Spectacular (and surprisingly high alcohol) stout in a spectacular pub. Mild chocolate taste and very smooth and lightly sweet and creamy stout. Wonderful!!

If you get a chance, also try the Belhaven Scottish Ale, a really fine and also very creamy and rich beer from that great brewery.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's dark stuff alright, not opaque blackness but pretty close. 2" igh thick brown and tan colored head, sticks around forever.

Roastie toffee, roasted almonds, flax seeds, creamy vanilla, subtle and dark chocolate...good aroma overall with a slightly sweet 'n sour malty edge, slighlty like soured cream.

The malty complexity is this brew is huge, roastie notes of chocolate and assorted nuts hits the spot. Herbal musty hops and yeast combo, creamy vanilla on the downside of the sip with a hardly noticable 7% heat. Musty leathery notes from the hops and the chocolate edge becomes grainy and thick in the feel with some slight chalky, oak-choco flavor left over. The feel is full, chalky and slow.

This one was much like a beefy Guiness from the nitro can.

Photo of Redrover
3.41/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was excited to see this offered at the Flying Saucer in Fort Worth. Poured on Nitro in to a standard pint with the proper pause in the pour. It is jet black with a massive tan head and that great cascade effect.

The aroma is of dark roasted malts, a hint of wood smoke and brown sugar.

The taste is of dark roasted malts, a bit of toffee and something a bit sour in the finish. The tastes are a bit washed out and that sourness does the beer no service. It could be an old keg, but the FS seems to be pretty good about rotating out old beers.

The mouth is soft and creamy from the nitro, but it thins a bit in the end.

Drinakbility is just average. I love their Scottish Ale, but this does not live up to the family lineage. Maybe would be better on co2??

Photo of Contagion
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

In a pint glass it has a dark mahogany coloring with a touch of ruby to it. It's so dark that light doesn't pass through. A thick foamy tan head formed when poured. It lasted for quite a while before it faded to a film on the top of the beer. There was little to no lacing on the glass.

The beer has a sweet dark fruit scent to it, like prunes or dates. There are undertones of vanilla, coffee and chocolate. A nice roasted malt scent permeates the beer as well as a hint of peat. The flavor starts with a nice malt and cream with chocolate and molasses. There is a touch of peat smoke to it. The aftertaste has a slight coffee and cream flavor to it.

This is a full bodied beer that leaves a creamy coating in the mouth. There is not a lot of carbonation in the beer making it easy to drink.

This is the first Scottish Stout that I've had. I'm a huge fan of Scotch Ales so when my wife found this one for me, I was intrigued. Needless to say I was most impressed with what I had. This is a great evening beer to sit back and enjoy while letting the day unwind. The 7% Alcohol by Volume gives it just enough kick that you don't want to drink it too fast.

Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured real dark with an ashen/brown, nutty, chocolaty head that stuck around past the first few sips.

The description on the bottle pretty accurately describes the aroma and flavor - "full-roasted" and "chocolate". Once tasted, robust hit of hops and malt, nicely balanced, and almost no hint of alcohol.

The feel was smooth and slightly creamy, which richly enhanced the chocolatude - not too thin, far from syrupy. Dry and bitter in the aftertaste. Couldn't help holding each sip in my mouth.

What a great stout.

Photo of metter98
4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of wxjunkie
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance dark, but not motor oil dark like the excellent Kentucky Breakfast Stout by Founders.

Smell was toasty, sweet and chocolatey with hints of earth.

Taste had a distinct coffee quality.

While espresso in taste, on the palette it had coffee characteristics but carbonation washed over the coffee in a good way. A hint of caramel also came through on mouthfeel.

Drinkability: two more!

Photo of biglite351
2.34/5  rDev -40.5%
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
4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
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
4.49/5  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 +10.7%
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 +12.7%
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
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
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 -6.4%
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
3.93/5  rDev 0%
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
4.46/5  rDev +13.5%
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
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
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
4.01/5  rDev +2%
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 +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.

Photo of hoplover82
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Belhaven Scottish Stout from Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
88 out of 100 based on 590 ratings.