Belhaven Scottish Stout - Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.

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89
very good

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Reviews: 269
Hads: 618
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 7.83%
Wants: 57
Gots: 86 | 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 rarbring
3.36/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer is black with a red hue, a tan firm head, little lacing and some curtains.

A dry smell, burned wood, roasted malt. Not very distinct.

Good chocolate sweetness, a fruity sweet freshness, slightly smokey.

Little carbonation, soft and smooth, a fresh feeling with a light dry finish.

A nice *porter*, not the stoutish dryness. (336 characters)

Photo of mynie
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

REVIEW #1500

Sniffed it before I poured it, and was quite surprised that it was neither skunked nor stale, seeing as it comes in a perfectly translucent, clear bottle. And, thank goodness, but I don't think Europeans have realized the extent to which the US beer scene has become gentrified, because this was reasonably priced.

Nice, medium-opaque pour. It's clearly dark red, when held up to lamplight, but it looks black enough from arm's length, and it's got a nice, fluffy brown head.

Smells dry, medium hoppy and acidic, with no real barley nodes. Where's the burniness I so enjoy in an English stout? I know this isn't dry, but there should at least be bit 'o bitterness, if not something sweet.

Tastes much more robust--dry hops, acidic yeast, and a sweet chocolately malt. It begins with a surprisingly nice node of pasteurization which moves into chocolate, then a blend of sour and dry. Very nicely balanced. (923 characters)

Photo of AmericanGothic
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a Sam Adams pint.

A: Pours a nearly opaque, dark brown color with two fingers of khaki head. Good retention and some scant lace.

S: Deep, mellow roasted malts, some chocolate as well.

T: Roasted, slightly smoky malts up front, then a transition to chocolate in the middle, with some surprise hop bitterness on the end. Quite nice. Smoke is subtle but lingers on the aftertaste. Halfway through the glass, the hops begin to emerge with the chocolate and also take on a slightly floral quality.

M: Not too heavy, slightly oily.

O: Good stout, the balanced smokiness sets it apart. Well worth a try. (635 characters)

Photo of BeerDocT
4.14/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

-Appearance 3.0: Another off-black British stout with very little head. After my experience with Ridgeway Export Stout, this has me frightened. However, a small head does form, but I just can't get past a stout that isn't jet, onyx black.

-Smell 4.0: Very nice. I smell chocolate, toasted grains and coffee. Slight vanilla bouquet as well. I'm hopeful again.

-Taste 4.5: Slight sweetness upfront quickly followed by a subtle taste of toasted grains. Middle is a smoky chocolate and then a smooth finish with a vanilla and oaky resin flavor. Aftertaste is all hoppy goodness.

-Mouthfeel 4.0: Slightly characteristic of other stouts in its "big" initial feel, but this quickly fades into a lighter feel similar to an ale. Carbonation balance is good.

-Overall 4.0: Unexpectedly excellent stout. Smooth and drinkable, without the heaviness one usually expects from a stout. However, all the excellent stout characteristics are present and are very rewarding. Recommended. (973 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into Portsmouth snifter. Interesting that the bottle is clear.

A: Pours black with a large, thick, dark coffee brown head that faded into a bubbly film that a great network of lace down the glass.
S: Roasted and smoky smelling, a bit meaty. Something sweet in there as well, maybe fruit. Toasted malts all around and earthy.
T: Follows the nose. I get roasted and earthy flavors of earth, peat, smoke, chocolate malt and roasted grains. Great sweet and lightly fruity taste in the finish, and the aftertaste is quick and easy with light flavors of brown sugar and caramel.
M: Fluffy carbonation with a clean mouthfeel and thickish body. Goes down chewy but smooth.
O: My first English Stout, and a good one at that. I thoroughly enjoyed this one. Light but complex flavors, great mouthfeel. (808 characters)

Photo of Adamostella
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Was pleasantly surprised by this one. I typically stick towards the heavier, boozier American stouts, so I wasnt expecting much out of this one.

Pours a very shiny and shimmery black with little head. A very good appearance.

The taste while most definitely constrained compared to what I normally like, still had enough of that roasted stout character and a nice overall amount of malty taste. Drank extremely smooth too which was a plus.

Not something I'd ever seek out specifically again, but wasnt regretting the order by any means! (541 characters)

Photo of angelogarcia3
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Has this beer at the Pub in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. It was served in the traditional stout pint glass with a one inch tan head. The head is thick and foamy guaranteed to leave a stout mustache. The color of this stout reminds me of pitch and has the thickness and consistency of molasses. All of this leads to my first quaff of beer that is very smooth with flavors of chocolate, vanilla, and a hint of licorice. This beer is much more intense and creamy tha Guinness. Really love this beer. (487 characters)

Photo of tylerss20
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle @ Pearl in Peterborough, NH. Dark, red-tinged pour. One knuckle oatmeal tan crown. Roasty aroma, w/ a little chocolate. Taste is rich, slightly dry in the traditional stout sensibility. Woody, earthy, dark chocolate taste, and somewhat thin on the tongue.

This is a pretty good example of a simpler, rounded european-style stout, although it's hop presence could step forward more than it does. Solid effort from Belhaven. (430 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is smoky, like a good stout, with a floral hint and tones of coffee and wood. It pours a deep warm sable that is a little translucent at the very edges and has a thick, fine-bubbled, fairly persistent light tan head that "pillows" in the middle after a bit. Smoky flavor has woody, unsweet chocolate and fruity tones. Firm-bodied texture has a fair amount of fizz and leaves a burnt wood finish. Overall, not too shabby. (426 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (442 characters)

Photo of bljebd
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

not real experinced on stouts...but this beer was really smooth...good hopiness...good bit of smoke/nutty smell...chocolate flavor prevelant...not much head though...alcohol taste not a factor, (which is good in my book)...overall one of the top stouts i have had... (266 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A little lighter bodied than I'd like, but nice flavors nevertheless in this stout. I'm also not a fan of the clear glass bottle. I'd prefer my beers not to be light struck, thank you very much. Pours very dark brown, approaching black with a somewhat thin head and no real lacing to speak of. Nicely balanced aromas of roasted grain, cocoa, some vinous notes, and perhaps a touch of smoke. The taste adds a creamy note and a touch of malt to the whole gentle package. Quite quaffable, and fairly surprising that this is as strong as it is. Very pleasant. (555 characters)

Photo of Ungertaker
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- black with light penetration at the surface only. A one-finger frothy head slowly fades to 1/16" and leaves a sticky lacing in its tracks.

S- chocolate, coffee, peat malt, faint vanilla

T- a very balanced blend of coffee, chocolate, a light alcohol-like flavor and subtle coffee

M- medium-bodied, thin for a stout. The carbonation lightens up the mouthfeel, but is not overpowering.

O- I received this beer from my father-in-law after he picked it up on a trip. I don't know how much he paid for the bottle, but I could definitely drink more of this if the price is not outrageous. It had a great balance of smoky peat and chocolate flavors. (648 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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App- A medium/dark brown with a fast receding 1-1/2 finger head. A ring of bubbles settles at about 1/8”. Wasn’t the prettiest stout but still looked good.

Smell- A lot of roast with a lot of chocolatey notes and a bit of small bubbly hop notes. Malty driven nose just paired well with accenting flavors.

Taste- A roasted medium density flavor profile of chocolate with the balance malts was quite flavorful. Adding in the creamy notes was a good balance and it was a just a little bitter to round it out. Not as big and bold as night stalker but still good. A little smoother.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonated. Chocolate with a little small bitter.

Drink- I have been trying to track down some styles and this was another one I had missed. This was quite good with a lot of chocolate coming through. The hops add a nice note and depth. Overall a really nice beer. (946 characters)

Photo of StJamesGate
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Black with muddy brown-red highlights and a lumpy tan head that fades to film and trails. Crystalized brown sugar, smoke, cafe au lait and meat juice nose.
Malted milk ball malts, a slight lactic center with root beer hops. Caramel finish and a cough drop linger.
Medium, some chew, no burn, smooth.

Soft and chocolatey. Understated for 7%. Great body, but too sweet with milk stout characteristics; it could really use some roast or hops for balance. (453 characters)

Photo of rtaps
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber color, with big tan head. leave very little lacing behind.

Smells almost like a red wine, with hints of chocolate

Mouth feel was very smooth, very little carbonation to it.

It has a mild bitter taste at first but leaves behind a sweet chocolaty after taste.

I'm giving this beer a B+ its good. but not the best stout I've had. (352 characters)

Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured absolutely pitch black from a clear 500 mL bottle, with ABV on the label.
Massive tan colored head from a mildly aggressive pour that dissipates very slowly and leaves behind some really nice lacing.
Visually this stout is very appealing.
Aroma is oh so malty and pleasing. Caramel, cocoa, roasted coffee and some milk chocolate in the nose.
Medium bodied stout that is very dry with a mild astringent finish.
Roasted malts are evident upfront with a hint of sweetness towards the finish, just before the dry, astringent finish takes over. Surprisingly easy to drink in spite of the relatively high ABV.
This is a very good stout, and definitely worth trying. I would go as far as saying that it is a 'must-try' for every stout lover. (744 characters)

Photo of HardTarget
3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black body shows a bit of clarity at the edges when back lit. Holds a finger of tight tan head that leaves thick lace.

Smell: First whiff: skunk. That quickly gave way to a smoky peat and roasted barley.

Taste: Mild peat in a classic stout, a bit of Guinness sour in the sweetish malt.

Mouthfeel: Oily with a lingering finish. Medium heavy body with a moderate carbonation level.

Overall: Easy drinking. Full flavors don't go overboard, has that Scottish peat in a sweet malt base. Nice stuff. (510 characters)

Photo of bnes09
4.41/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Raven black brew with a huge, light bronze colored head that will not give up. Leaves rich, creamy lacing all over the glass.

Robust, roasted aroma tickles the olfactory receptors. Also a fairly assertive hop aroma. Hint of skunk.

Rich roasted malt flavor yet not overpowering. Mild coffee, wheat toast and licorice come to mind. Smooth molasses in the middle provides a mellow sweetness along with black currants and prunes. Robust herbal hop bite provides a nice level of bitterness to compliment the roasted character. Finishes dry overall with all of those wonderful roasted flavors lingering into the aftertaste.

Smooth and creamy medium bodied brew. Moderate carbonation keeps things interesting while allowing for a high drinkability.

Wow! This is why I love stouts. Such rich and complex flavors that satisfy like no other beer will. Bellhaven delivers and then some with this exceptional offering. (910 characters)

Photo of EnJeiBee
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - It poured a deep, dark chocolate brown with a nice tan head that dissipated quickly leaving little lacing behind.

S - Sweet deep chocolate and coffee notes as expected.

T - Similar to the nose, but slightly more complex. The chocolate and coffee notes certainly take the lead with a slight bitterness upon finish.

M - A little too thin for my preference, but enjoyable none-the-less.

O - A solid middle of the road stout that gave me what I expected to get. There wasn't anything overly complex or different about it, but I enjoyed it thoroughly. (554 characters)

Photo of aasher
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer style 101/104. This one pours a light to medium in body Coca Cola brown that turns to black when it fills my glass. It has a beautiful and sudsy beige, two finger head that sits atop the beer for sometime. The head looks really nice. The aromas featured are smooth dark roasted malts, soft chocolate, and a sharp hop like bitterness. After awhile the subtle chocolaty aromas prevail, and in almost a milky manner. It is initially sweet and bitter, milky, chocolaty with a nice light, light roast finish. The flavors blend well together and make for a nice, light drinking stout. The body is pretty light for a stout but it drinks very smoothly. I'm a fan. Overall this is a fine beer and worth the $4.50 or so per bottle. (726 characters)

Photo of JayQue
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first English Stout. I can't tell the difference from an American Stout, but that's o.k....still a good solid beer. Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a pint glass. Big dark tan head, good retention and patchy rings of lacing. Dense body, light comes through only at the bottom of the glass.

Mild malty and coffee aroma..nothing spectacular

Taste is pretty good. Roasted malts and coffee predominate. A little chocolate in there too. There is a slight bitterness at the end that I don't find in most American stouts.

Mouthfeel is about right for a stout that is not a Double or RIS. Rich enough, smooth and the bitterness at the end is nice.

Overall this is a good stout, well worth trying again. (702 characters)

Photo of notchucknorris
2.91/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Black with a dark tan head.

S: Skunk! My first skunked stout. Smells an awful lot like a Heineken with a touch of coffee in the background.

T: Smoke, ash, roasted coffee and skunk. I'd be interested in trying this one again if I knew it wasn't going to be skunked. (269 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (651 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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! (1,027 characters)

Belhaven Scottish Stout from Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
89 out of 100 based on 269 ratings.