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Belhaven Scottish Stout - Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.

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Belhaven Scottish StoutBelhaven Scottish Stout

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558 Ratings
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Ratings: 558
Reviews: 259
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 43
Gots: 45 | 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 tavernjef
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
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 +8.6%
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 +6.6%
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 +0.3%
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 -5.3%
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 +8.6%
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 +9.9%
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 +4.1%
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 +8.6%
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 +6.6%
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 +1.5%
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 +12.4%
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 +8.6%
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
Photo of Halcyondays
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On nitro-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours black with a firm 1.5 finger tan nitro head, great lacing as to be expected from this serving type.

S: Peaty scotch notes, chocolate, smoke.

T: Nice to see such a rich and full-flavoured beer come out of a nitro-tap. Great notes of peat, whisky, baker's chocolate, iodine. Like a mix of a milk stout with a shot of whisky.

M: Smooth, somewhat thin and metallic at times, but it has a richness about it.

D: A real nice beer from Belhaven, they consistently produce excellent ales. Great drinkablity, drinks like a 4% brew.

Halcyondays, May 03, 2009
Photo of natelocc787
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance-Black with a smidgen of dark brown. Head looks nice at first but fades away rather quickly like a cola.

Smell-raspberry, cocoa, a little caramel and licorice. Roasted grains and maple malt. Kind of hard to detect, aromas seem watery and faint indicating a cream soda character.

Taste-Is better than the smell. Cocoa nibs, fudgy espresso. Definitely chocolaty with a subdued but noticeable hop character. Tastes like a porter or milk stout aged on dark, bitter chocolate. Vanilla bourbon in the finish. Reminds me of the Shakespeare Stout.

Feel-Somewhat oily but very chewy. Like chewing on a coffee Charleston Chew with dark chocolate.

Drinkability-Good. Nothing spectacular. Not sure how the rating will equate but this is a quality offering, a B+ in my book.

natelocc787, Apr 28, 2009
Photo of Zorro
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear deeply brown colored beer, I can just barely pass light through it. Tall brown head that doesn't last.

Smell is malty and chocolate with toffee and Vanilla. Faint carrot aroma from hops. Mild patent malt aroma and very slightly smoky.

Starts out malty and creamy in the mouth with a patent malt flavor a lot like a Milk Stout. Sweeter than most very much a milk stout taste. Mild bitterness but this is mostly chocolate in flavor. Caramel and toffee with a slight amount of butter. Not a terribly complex flavor but it is a tasty one.

Mouthfeel is pretty much Velvet in the mouth.

This is super drinkable and if it didn't cost $5+ a bottle I would buy a case of this stuff.

Zorro, Apr 28, 2009
Photo of BeerSox
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap into pint glass.

Pitch black. Even with an aggressive pour from the bartender, it's still a very thin eggshell colored head. Very light roasty aromas but mixed with a lot of caramel. Same with the flavor, with a lot of very burnt and sweet caramel. Full bodied, almost oily.

An enjoyable stout, a nice twist on the style. Lots of caramel in this one.

BeerSox, Apr 26, 2009
Photo of Hautacam
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very deep brown with a huge tan head that laces and craters. Smell is floury and husky.
Tastes sweet and creamy, with subdued hops, a bit of smoke,tobacco, chocolate, roasty malts and coffee.
Mouthfeel is medium and carbonation is on the light side.
Pretty drinkable stuff.

Hautacam, Apr 23, 2009
Photo of AChamberlain
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This is listed as a wee heavy, but I would call it a sweet stout or a milk stout. Sturdy tan head. Black body. Sitting, untouched by the world around it. Malty aroma. Also some dry stout aroma, I guess the malt. Sweet milky flavor. Some quiet hop bitterness in the back. Super smooth and silky. A lush stout, deserving of the name "stout". Definitely not a porter. Very good, maybe a bit sweet to be too drinkable. But the body is perfect. A one to stick with.

AChamberlain, Apr 10, 2009
Photo of BobbyBeerman
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This poured black with a thick, creamy, off-white head that persisted. I couldn't see any light through this one. It was hard to see any brown edge as I tilted the glass against the light (maybe because of the thick head).

S: Not at all what I expected. I thought there would be more of the typical stout aromas here. However, they were subdued. Mostly what I smelled was... cream.

T: There is the chocolate. What doesn't come through in the nose shows up on the palate. The roasty chocolaty flavors lead the charge. Bringing up the rear is hop crispness. In between them is a creamy smooth transition.

M: Medium body, creamy smooth, balanced carbonation. I didn't really feel the alcohol. I would have thought there would have been a little more of an alcohol feel at 7%.

D: I liked this one. It's drinkable with an unusual nose. Goes down smooth without harshness. I would recommend this one.

BobbyBeerman, Apr 03, 2009
Photo of emerge077
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Duke of Perth. I'm deducing this is the "Belhaven Stout" since the list didn't mention "Scottish Stout" or "McCallum's".

Black body, it was dim in the bar, the candlelight did nothing for it. Very creamy foam, similar to a Guinness on nitro. It left a solid sheet of lacing down the opposite side I was drinking from. Compact head of foam with a creamy feel. Nose was mellow, possibly it was too cold, but didn't get much besides faint roast. The feel was light and creamy, almost a milk stout minus the sweetness. Dry unsweetened chocolate and tobacco. Thin bodied with a light creaminess. Miles ahead of Guinness, still fairly simple and sessionable.

emerge077, Mar 31, 2009
Photo of BARFLYB
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz serving in a pint glass at Union Jacks Glenside off the nitro tap.

A- Belhaven Scottish Stout came to me with a cascading body like a Guinness. Once that was done working it's magic a charcoal black body was seen and a 1/2 inch creamy head. The bubbles were so tightly packed it basically looked like a topping of vanilla yogurt. Beautiful!

S- Maybe it's the appearance but i'm getting mostly a creamy smell like your average dairy product. Milky, with a bit of caramel from the roasted malts used. More chocolate than vanilla but both pretty sparse. A bit of roasty coffee with a touch of licorice with warming.

T- The taste on this is magnificent probably aided by the nitro, but im impressed. The chocolate and vanilla are more pronounced while this is overall creamy. Roasted malts giving off caramel are there and on par for style. Some coffee and just a cameo for any hop presense. I know the hops are there, it's just not this beers focus.

M- This goes down like a Guinness only with a great taste. Medium bodied with carbonation and a creamy appeal. The roasted malts stayed on my palette for a bit while there is barely any bitterness to this. The 7% is invisible.

D- I would drink this all night and love it. I'm sure the nitro tap is helping immensley so I wonder how this fares in a bottle. The flavor profile does not scream stout IMO so i'm guessing that this is just a trumped up version of their regular wee-heavy. Either way it's brilliant and everybody should try this. Top notch stuff.

BARFLYB, Mar 20, 2009
Photo of vurt
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle poured into a nonic pint glass.

Very dark cola-brown, nearly opaque, with deep amber highlights. The pour raises a gorgeous, creamy, tan-colored head which shrinks down to a long-lasting, one-finger tall cap of rich foam. This stuff looks like it's the consistency of shaving cream. A great start for this beer.

Dark roasted malts and coffee with plenty of heavy cream. Touches of bittersweet chocolate and caramel provide an appetizing sweetness. There's also a little licorice at the end. Overall, the smell is pretty mild but tempting.

The beer starts out semi-sweet with plenty of roasted malt and soft dark chocolate notes. The chocolate gives way to creamy caramel in the middle as the roasty flavors crank up a notch. By the finish, the caramel becomes coffee and cream, and the full bitter edge of the malts comes through. Mild earthy hop flavors put in a brief appearance ahead of the aftertaste, which has a delicate smoky note. Some light and welcome acidity cuts through the richness and lets the bitterness linger.

Medium-bodied and velvety smooth. Good level of carbonation, with small bubbles. I would love to try this on a nitro tap someday.

Belhaven Scottish Stout is a terrific double stout. The light sweetness and roasty flavors are very well balanced, and the medium body and smooth texture make for a beer that is very easy to drink. There is nothing in the nose, taste, or mouthfeel that suggests that this is a 7% brew. Quite nicely done.

vurt, Mar 18, 2009
Photo of scottoale
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml stout brown embossed bottle with a skinny neck and a nice looking set of three labels on it. It pours a very dark hazelnut brown with a finger of creamy dark tan head. Some lace sticks behind as the head eventually recedes. Carbonation looks too be mild and the body is light to medium.

The nose is pleasantly sweet and roasty malts with note of oak and a wee bit of alcohol. Very good smelling ale, nice and roasty and woody.

The flavor is semi-sweet and full of roast. Very malty upfront with oaky and toastiness throughout. It's got a good balance with the hops bring up the tail end too clean the finish. A little bitterness is left on the tongue.

Overall quite tasty with a smooth and fluffy feel to it. The alcohol is just right for this style and is more than drinkable. I was pleasantly surprised at how good this brew is and will definetly buy it again.

scottoale, Mar 08, 2009
Photo of warnecj
4.55/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What a fantastic beer. Very easy to drink; even session-able. This stout surprised me in its light body and SMOOTH easiness to drink. It is roasty and chocolately in the taste and it was more than I was expecting. The main characteristic that I keep thinking about is the smooth, soft, easy drinkability. Dangerously easy to drink. Also, it showed a super-thick pale creamy head through the whole glass.

I had started the night on other drinks and tried this on a whim actually but I wish I'd started the night on this one. A few would have made me really happy. ;-)

warnecj, Mar 07, 2009
Belhaven Scottish Stout from Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
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