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Belhaven Scottish Stout - Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.

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Belhaven Scottish StoutBelhaven Scottish Stout

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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 LordAdmNelson
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A nice dark black with chocolate milk colored head. Good retention and lacing.

S- A little lacking, some dark fruit and roasted malt. Some coffee.

T- Not too bad, but not tremendous, IMO. Roasted malt, coffee, some sweeter notes (like black cherries?), slightly boozy even at 7%. It's not bad individually, but the flavors don't blend that well to me. Each one sticks out--no synthesis here.

M- A little thin, but smooth and creamy.

D- The flavor conflicts are somewhat off-putting. A good brew, but I preferred Twisted Thistle.

LordAdmNelson, Jul 19, 2009
Photo of jujubeast6000
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed 6/14/2009 (Bottle):

Pours a dark dark reddish brownish color body. Big foamy tan colored head. Very lasting. Roasted coffee aroma. Some sweet chocolate notes too. Some dark fruitiness. Roasted flavor, light coffee too. Some chocolate notes. Slightly watery body. Pretty tasty, but a little alcoholy. Warming up, more subdued flavors, smoother, less alcohol.

jujubeast6000, Jul 12, 2009
Photo of bluejacket74
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours black with about an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. It smells like roasted malt, chocolate, smoke and coffee. This brew is definitely full of flavor, it tastes pretty much just like the aroma, but with the addition of some caramel and licorice. Also, the taste is stronger than the aroma would indicate. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's creamy and has good carbonation. Drinkability is good too, it's smooth and enjoyable to drink. Overall I think this is a pretty good beer, it's a fine stout. I'll certainly buy this again when I get the chance.

bluejacket74, Jul 11, 2009
Photo of JamesS
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had on-tap at Sonka's Irish Pub, Terre Haute, IN.

Poured a fantastic pitch black stout with some very nice head and good lacing. Good scent, nice and malty with good burnt grains and a little bit of cocoa; a little weaker than I like, though. Excellent taste, a deep dark stout with excellent roasted barley, with a really nice bit of peated malt thrown in to give it a Scottish flair. Goes down very smooth and rich, I had no idea it was 7% by drinking it.

JamesS, Jul 07, 2009
Photo of ADZA
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I dont know why this beer is called a stout/wee heavy on this website as it purely is a good old fashioned scottish stout absoulutely beautiful it pours a dark jet black which does not let any light in at all and it leaves a real frothy two finger cappicino laced head which leaves lacing all down the glass,on smelling this beer you can smell the aromas of roasted chocolate,coffee and malt and the taste doesnt dissapoint you can taste beautiful chocolate,coffee and malt notes not much hops or bitterness just a wonderful full mouth feel and definately a wonderful good old fashioned stout that exceeded my expectations,this is the beer you drink on cold windy rainy nights well done Belhaven on a beautiful stout.

ADZA, Jun 29, 2009
Photo of bmwats
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 500 ml bottle into an imperial nonic.

A: Dark brown or black. Low carbonation. Pours into a 2 finger, frothy, off-white head. Head slowly disintegrates leaving thick, sticky, spider-web lacing as it does. More spotty lacing remains as you drink it down.

S: Dark roasted coffee malt, bittersweet chocolate and almonds.

T: Roasted malt. Coffee flavor and a hint of sweetness. Has the strong licorice flavor you generally find with a wee heavy.

M: Thick and robust. Really "fills" the whole mouth for lack of a better way of putting it. A little bite. Light lingering alcohol aftertaste.

D: Very good sipping beer.

Great atmosphere on this one. Really solid appearance. Full, pleasing nose. Balanced, and a little complexity in the palette. Heavy filling feel. Overall, great quaff.

bmwats, Jun 27, 2009
Photo of MillRat
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint at FFF brewpub from a guest tap. Deep brown, almost black, with a creamy, not-quite-white rolling nitro-tap serve. Aroma of roasted malts and dark fruity ale yeast. Hops not really discernible yet. Flavor is a great combination of the fuller-bodied, yeasty complexity of a good scottish ale with the clean bitterness of roasted barley. Teamed with a subtle hop bitterness, the roasty flavors cleaned up nicely after the fuller body, lightening the presence of this brew considerably. An inspired combination that has put this beer on my wife's "you gotta brew one like this" list.

MillRat, Jun 27, 2009
Photo of packetknife
4.9/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

When I saw this listed as limited I grabbed up as much as I could. Something told me I was really going to like this. I had been leaning away from English Pale Ale as my favorite into this range and BSS solidified the move.

Not jet black but very black with very little light even in the brightest space. Brownish foamy head that settled into a small 1/3" dense head that laced cleanly down the glass. There was one sticky area where I think the glass might have had the slightest residue.

Nosed nice burned chocolate, coffee, bit of sweetness, sauteed caramel or something that I would think that would smell like. These was the tiniest metallic odor present which prevented me from the 5. Just as well on the tongue without the metal. VERY smooth and develops through the glass. You wouldn't be able to tell the ABV if you weren't told. At the end/back it was very slightly more burned and bitter and the pleasant tastes lingered through a great meal. It is just creamy enough and very drinkable. I'm going to have to keep a full page and try it over and over. Using the back of business cards for notes can't do this good of a beer right.

packetknife, Jun 26, 2009
Photo of Magpie14
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: the pour is a dingy brown with some burnt tangerine and red. Looks dark brown in the glass, close to black. The head formed quickly and monstrously. Its color is of light brown sugar and started with chunky craters slowly melting away to a soft fizzy ring. As far as lacing goes; spotty. A 3/4 ring of foam sits up top

S: smoky and sweet at first whiff. Smokiness has malt backing with a hickory scent to it. The sweetness has some caramel coffee in the mix as well as chocolate and cola. The smells have sparked my taste buds as to what it entails, a unique nose and it has me intrigued

T: the flavor profile is nice. First off, the maltiness and smoked flavors, overall, mingle nicely. The smokiness, after a few sips, fuses with a lightly burnt toasted caramel crusted malt flavor. Just a bit of nuttiness can be roused as a result. The sweet side enhances everything with a light vanilla, earthy, flaky hop thing. Wildly enough the chocolate spirit within reminds me of, as crazy as it sounds, a tootsie roll. I also might venture to say a type of lactose sugar is involved to help with chocolate flavors.
For what tastes are present this brew is nicely balanced and keeps the tongue involved in flavor exploration. I like the fact that the malts never loose footing, well blended. The flavors enhance as it warms

M: the body is a little on the thin side for a stout. However with these flavors I can hardly complain. I like chewy stouts and this far from chewy, but not far from creamy
And another thing, as I continue enjoying, a delectable creamed coffee, more creamed than anything, flavor hangs in the back. It also finishes a bit bitter and dry as well, with more emphasis on the latter

D: interesting beer and a must try for any stout sipper, I was gulping more than anything. Across the board this one has good marks in my book. Very drinkable

Magpie14, Jun 22, 2009
Photo of TexIndy
3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a pint glass. No dating info. It was a very dark brown, almost black in color. It had a large tan head that slowly settled into a collar and partial film. Some quick sliding lace.

The aroma was subdued - really not much there. Some choc malts. The taste was also weak as well. I thought it was too cold so let it warm for awhile and still didn't improve. Got some roasted and choc malts towards the end. Mouthfeel was a little watery.

Overall, not real impressed with this one. Didn't have much aroma or flavor to it. May try again to see if I had a bad one but unless it vastly improved this one would be one and done.


TexIndy, Jun 19, 2009
Photo of twiggamortis420
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lighter shade of black with a nicely deep hued brown head. Fades a bit fast and does not leave much lacing.

Nose is slightly British with a bit of minerality and (E. Kent Goldings?) hoppiness. Has a thistly, pithy smell to it.

Mineraly, creamy stout that delivers a more-than-decent amount of roast and chocolate flavors. Nice amount of light berry fruits - strawberries and maybe even some cranberry tartness. This is a very good lighter style stout that can even classify as sessionable. Good, good beer, I enjoyed it tremendously.

twiggamortis420, Jun 13, 2009
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
2.2/5  rDev -44%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Reviewed on 4/16/09. Bottle. Pours black with a small light tan head. Aroma is quite odd--slight roasted malt and also some vegetal notes I think Flavor is rather salty with a vague malt backbone. This is one of the oddest stouts I've had and I don't like it.

LilBeerDoctor, Jun 09, 2009
Photo of tavernjef
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dull black in the glass and very opaque as no light penetrates its darkness. Moonscaped and rocky topping of light cocoa colored foam poofs up quickly and settles slowly to a firm bubbly skim and collar always present. Lacing patterns out in inticate thick webbings and inky blobs.

Aroma is dry of cocoa, slighty burnt husks, chocolate creamed coffee, and very tender and delicate chocolate cookie sweetness underneath. Quite nice. Not big and booming like a top notch RIS, but its very appetizing.

Flavors are just as nice with great subtlity and brings a incredibly delicate, smooth, soft, developing character of choco/chocolatey tones. Takes on a chocolate muffin or cookie likeness with slight burnt edges way off in the back notes as are super tender little notes of dryness along with a nutty sweetness. It grows slowly with a smoother dryness as it empties with very complexing cocoa stuff and creamed coffee. Bitterness is rounded and easy to handle within semi roasted tender chocolate and light burntness. Very solid taster with a great texture, character, and taste.

Body is well established within a nice medium tone with a smooth, soft, tender texture, semi creamy, dry, and sweet with a complexing as hell finish that leaves a lasting impression of chocolate bitterings and light burnt crispness.

Very solid and quite impressively yummy! And @ $4.50 for the 500ml bottle its well worth grabbing a few. I know I'm gonna stock up on more next time I see it...

tavernjef, Jun 09, 2009
Photo of champ103
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark, almost opaque brown color. A large beige head of over two fingers forms with great retention. Lots of sticky lace clings all the way down the glass.
S: Roasted malt, peat, chocolate, coffee, and smoke. A little bit of an odd musky aroma that detracts a bit.
T: Lots of roasted malt with chocolate up front. Coffee and smoke. Plenty of peat that I love for the style.
M/D: A medium to full body with good carbonation. Very smooth and creamy. The 7% ABV is not noticeable. I can do more than sip on this.

A great Wee Heavy/Stout. It is really a cross between the two, and I love it. Another hit from Belhaven. Highly recommended.

champ103, Jun 09, 2009
Photo of spointon
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on-tap last night at the Three Floyds brewpub. Poured into an imperial pint glass.

A= This stout poured a deep black/brown color with a 1" creamy dense head. The head showed incredible retention and left some decent lace down my glass.

S= Fairly muted aromas of sweet malts, caramel, chocolate, and some earthy fruity notes.

T= The flavor profile was a nice blend of sweet and roasty. Some nice caramel and chocolate sweetness followed by slight coffee and roasted grain bitterness. Finished very balanced and light.

MF= Medium bodied with a creamy and smooth feel. Soft carbonation level.

D= Not the best stout I have ever had but it was a super damn delicious one! Very smooth and easily sessionable despite the abv.

spointon, Jun 06, 2009
Photo of roadhouse
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on-tap tonight at Three Floyds into an imperial pint glass.

Pours black in color with a half inch tan head. That retained for the entire time but it didn't leave any lacing.

Aroma was of chocolate, a good amount of fruit, some sweetness.

Taste was similar, some chocolaty sweetness with a good amount of fruitiness, light coffee in the finish.

Mouthfeel was medium, very smooth and creamy with the nitro tap.

Pretty tasty stout, but not really all that amazing. Worth a try though if you see it. For being 7% it's pretty damn light.

roadhouse, May 28, 2009
Photo of froghop
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a jet black with a medium dark beige head, and good lacing.

smell is of cocoa, roasted malt, vanilla, and slightly coffee.

taste is creamy, roasted nuts, bakers chocolate, weak coffee, malt, and some vanilla, ends a little dry and a touch of bitter.

froghop, May 27, 2009
Photo of Kromes
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a thick tan head. Good lacing down the glass. Burnt malt and chocolate/caramel aromas. A slight woody hop aroma is also in there. A very nice sweet chocolate, roasted malt, carmel flavor. A bit of hop in the finish, but there isn't really any bitterness in the finish, maybe a little. It is very delicious. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy and I could definitely have quite a few of these.

Kromes, May 24, 2009
Photo of jjboesen
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

When first hearing that Belhaven had a stout out, I knew that it must be made mine - or at least my greedy palates'. During a recent trip to NYC, I had this chance at a wonderful pub called Puck Fair (See My Reveiw).

A slow pull begins its slow rise in the imperial pint glass; give it time to settle. There is an inch of beige head topping an opaque darkness that is impervious to natural light. At first sip, there is a U-shape lacing suggesting a slobbering clingage ahead.

There are toasty chocolate notes among a banana and raisin ester; a veritable fruit salad in a glass. The body screams creaminess and offers a sweet yet subtle texture that can only mean a sessional quaff - it is that smooth. Strangely enough, this wonderful stout boasts a 7% abv!

A vivacious and delicious stout. Seek it. Find it. Drink it.

jjboesen, May 23, 2009
Photo of illidurit
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very very dark mahogany color with a large tan head. Great retention and lacing. Nutty cocoa aroma with accents of light peat and some sweetened coffee. Nice black malt flavor, notes of coffee beans and dark chocolate. A bit of caramel sweetness along with a slight acidity. Body is nice and full yet airy. Carbonation is a little too high. Very drinkable and tasty.

illidurit, May 22, 2009
Photo of lonestar1836
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: DARK! almost black hardly any ligh comes through, with a heavy brown head with great retention

S: sweet fruity malty aroma with a backing of coffee with hardly any hopps in there

T: deep fruity flavors with strong warm coffee and a little dryness, none overpowering though

M: smooth and a little syrupy with mild carbonation

D: pretty good, i love scotland and i like this beer

lonestar1836, May 22, 2009
Photo of allengarvin
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This dark, ruby-tinted beer features a small tan head and some slight lacing. The aroma is light but pleasant, with some moderately roasted grain and sweet caramel. Excellent taste, with the primary flavors being smoothly roasted malt and a goodly amount of bitterness. Good chocolate flavor, with a toasty finish. Surprisingly light bodied for the strength.

Good offering from Belhaven. It's been a few years since they introduced anything new in this market.

allengarvin, May 22, 2009
Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nose is dark and malty, deeply roasted, with a sugary sweetness and lots of grape-like fruit. Creamy and sour. Smells quite good.

Pours a deep mostly opaque dark, dark brown. Nice creamy head. Looks good.

Tart, sharply woody, creamy, sweet, chocolaty, and fruity. Smooth and soft, yet full of flavor. A nice trifecta of sweetness, tartness, and roasted malt. Tastes good. Feels good. Good drinkability.

A nice strong Dry Stout, not a Scotch Ale.

I'm always proud to drink Belhaven as a descendant of Micum McIntire from Dunbar.

MrHungryMonkey, May 18, 2009
Photo of wagenvolks
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle into a Delirium Tremens chalice.

Belhaven's Scottish Stout pours with a translucent, mahogany color, but sits in the glass with a hue of seal brown. A well-retained khaki head retreats to a ring of large bubbles and a thin veil of foam. Nice lacing, too. Exceptional aroma of milk chocolate nibs, caramel syrup, espresso, and a hint of floral hops. Peaty, earthen malts linger in the background.

Very nice flavor profile here. Starts off with notes of slightly roasted espresso and peat, backed by a semi-sweet chocolate backbone. Quick burst of earthen hops hits mid-palate before a boozy finish of Scotch and bitter roast. Medium mouthfeel with a nicely carbonated body and a semi-dry finish. Was not expecting this degree of complexity from Belhaven...VERY pleasantly surprised by this beer! Goes down smooth for the 7% ABV and is refreshing to boot. Highly recommended.

wagenvolks, May 16, 2009
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

feloniousmonk, May 08, 2009
Belhaven Scottish Stout from Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
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