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Belhaven Scottish Stout - Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.

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Belhaven Scottish StoutBelhaven Scottish Stout

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584 Ratings
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Ratings: 584
Reviews: 265
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 48
Gots: 63 | 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 jnezda
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tried this beer since it was one of the only singles I had not tried at the local beer store. Poured from a 500ml bottle into an imperial pint glass. Poured dark brown/black with full tan head. The head left good lacing all the way down and stuck around to the finish. Smells of malt and a touch of yeast and chocolate. Smooth drinking stout with no bite at all. Tastes of malt and chocolate with a touch of coffee and little no no roast. Subtle but perceptible alcohol tone at the finish after the light carbonation fades from your tongue. Overall this was a good stout that I will try again soon. Would be a great pairing beer for a meal rather than just a night cap.

Photo of drpimento
3.3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

got this bottle a couple of months ago at Surdyk's in Minneapolis. Poured with a big, foamy, fine frothy, tan head that lasted a while and a little lace. Color is an opaque brownish black. Aroma is chocolate, malty, and sweet, but not much roastiness. Flavor is very similar. Not a lot of depth. Mouth is very soft with good carbonatioin. A little alcohol in the finish. Easy drinking beer. Little too sweet for me though

Photo of Rayek
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a Thistle, because it's Scottish.

A: Pitch black with dark walnut highlights. A rocky tan head has very nice retention and leaves a fair amount of lace.

S: Smells heavily of dark chocolate coated currents and raisins. There's a slight smokiness, plus a hint of oak.

T: Dark chocolate dominates. The dried fruits from the nose are there, but subdued. A mild roasted wood flavor adds extra complexity. There's a hint of smoke, plus a touch of lemon in the background.

M: The medium heavy body is slightly syrupy. The carbonation felt on the high side to me.

D: I thoroughly enjoyed this. A little less carbonation is the only change I would make. A very nice pickup.

Photo of aubuc1
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle poured in to a snifter.

Pours black with a thick tan head.

Smell is lightly roasty with rich malt base.

Taste is a smooth milk chocolate. Different than what I expected but very good.

The slightly sweet taste is very drinkable.

I was glad to find this today.

Photo of atis
4.57/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours beautiful black with thin brownish creamy head with excellent retention and dense lacing, simply beautiful. Aroma is slightly subtle, but complex smoked wood, roasted malt, dark fruit.

Taste is dominated by smoke, bits of nuts, caramel, later bitterness comes up, reminds of coffee and bitter chocolate. Mouthfeel is smooth medium with light carbonation.

I had not had Stouts in a while and this immediately made me want to go back to Ireland. This one is somewhat strong though, but perfect for a relaxing evening after the work.

Photo of ralree
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours beautifully into a pitch black substance with a dark tan head of 2+ fingers. Head is fluffy, small bubbles, lots of retention and perfect lacing.

S: Lighter smell than most stouts, caramel, spices, barley, chocolate. Very interesting malt.

T: Smokey malt flavor - lots of barley kick but with a high-sugar background to deaden the bitterness. Chocolate detectable and good. Aftertaste is sweet and light, like the smell. A good stout if you're not looking for a flavor explosion.

M: Thick and creamy, pretty oily, good carbonation. Non-astringent.

D: Drinks well, but will fill you up fast. Don't drink it if you're not hungry!

Photo of blatherbeard
4.87/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This was my first foray into Belhaven's line of beer and i have to say, it was WELL WORTH IT.

Pours a dark, almost black with very little brownish head that has no lacing and dissapears very quickly.

The smell is fantastic. A bit of hops, malt and lots of cocoa.

The taste is also fantastic. It delivers what the label says, chocolate but not overly. The malt and hops bring the chocolate flavor down a notch and add a bitterness that offsets the sweet perfectly.

I would buy this again in a heartbeat. I just wish beer this good did not only sell in singles.

Photo of ElGordo
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 500ml bottle into a pint glass. Body is a midnight black topped by a nice, thick tan head that holds for a minute or two before receding to a thinner, wispy crown. Aroma of roasted malt, a hint of chocolate, and just a touch of prune.
Palate is mildly sweet roasted malt up front, with notes of chocolate, toffee, and maybe some lactose. A somewhat fruity character comes through on the finish, with prune or maybe Turkish apricot peeking through. Body is thick, creamy, and luxurious, highly enjoyable. Goes down very well for a big, thick stout, and pairs quite well with dark chocolate. Well done.

Photo of philipquarles
3.05/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On nitrogen (the 4.5%, pasteurized version). Pours clear red-brown with a typical off-white nitro head. Kind of underwhelming. Smells heavily sweet, with strong honey and caramel and only the slightest bit of roastiness. Tastes similarly sweet, but with heavy, heavy tobacco. Honey here as well, with hints of dark roasted malt. Medium body. This is one sweet stout; so much so that it's hard to drink.

Photo of fropones
4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Please bear with me as this is my first review.

A - Poured black with a 1 finger amber head.

S - Smelled of dark chocolate and roasted malts

T - Hints of chocolate and caramel and coffee. Leaves a bit of an acrid note on the tongue, like stale coffee.

M - Light and creamy. Somewhat bubbly.

D - Goes down very nicely. Could easily drink a couple more.

Photo of WYVYRN527
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

At only 7% ABV, I wouln't exactly call this a double or imperial stout, but ok... This beer is almost black in color, as no light shines through. After settling, the head retained is about four millimeters thick and is cream-colored. Carbonation is subtle. The smell consists of roasted malt, chocolate, and a bit of coffee. There are almost no hops present on the nose. Flavors are similar, but much more profound. Espresso, chocolate, and toast dominate the palate, and the finish is slightly dry. A well-balanced brew. Mouthfeel is creamy, with a viscosity that would make other stouts seem thin. This beer is very easy to drink, and is very easy to put down more than one of in a session.

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

I split this bottle with my friend Pete.

Poured at room temp into a pint glass the beer pours a cola brown with a tan creamy head of 2 cm foaming up and fading gradually to a soft surface layer.
Aroma is chocolate and caramel and hits of roasted malt. No hops to detect anywhere. The first sip is creamy in texture and fine carbonation.
Flavor is sweet malt that the nose advertised with caramel and chocolate again no hops to be found. Almost like a sweet hard candy. Very easy and tasty to drink no hint of the 7.0% abv.
Definitely a malt lovers beer!

Photo of erz316
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

1pt .9floz bottle into guinness tulip pint glass

A - looks good. dark brown body, two finger brown head, lots of lacing. the body could be a bit darker, not to say it is diaphanous in anyway, it could just be a bit more black, though this is no detriment really, just aesthetics. the head eventually goes down to about a 1cm layer. some ruby (actually) tinges come through at the bottom of the glass.

S - a good roasted, creamy nose. malty chocolate and toffee, coupled with notes of nuttiness. not very potent, which is something I have come to expect from this style.

A - initial taste are of the malty backbone and some slight chocolaty bitterness; if the flavour is pushed through the nose by rolling the beer to the back of the throat the chocolate presence becomes coupled with a caramel note that includes some vanilla. the finish is almost clean except for some chocolate bitterness which comes and goes very quickly into the aftertaste. the aftertaste is of lingering slightly sweet malt, and maybe a smidgen of the once potent coffee. all in all this beer is a definite keeper and a nice, strong selection from belhaven; but it lacks the overwhelming punch that other stouts have.

MF&D - the feel sis completey smooth and silky; carbonation wraps around the tongue and the beer coats the mouth entirely. goes down easy and is a real easy drinker, but I would have liked the carbonation to be less of the body's build up and instead have the brew be thicker.

Photo of popery
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A good sweet stout. I guess this beer is supposed to be a cross between a scotch ale and a stout. It's a tad sweet but still very good. The beer pours dark brown with nice, off-white lacing. The malt flavor is a bit nutty with a good caramelized flavor. The aroma is a bit weak and generally less interesting than the flavor. The roasted malt character is light but very good. I wouldn't necessarily want one every night, but it's an interesting take on a stout.

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.

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Photo of JamesS
4.36/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of MillRat
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Photo of packetknife
4.88/5  rDev +24.2%
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.

Photo of Magpie14
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
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

Photo of TexIndy
3.41/5  rDev -13.2%
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.


Photo of twiggamortis420
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Belhaven Scottish Stout from Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
88 out of 100 based on 584 ratings.