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Black Scottish Stout - Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.

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BA SCORE
82
good

140 Ratings
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Ratings: 140
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.91%
Wants: 0
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd. visit their website
United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
English Stout |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: EmperorBevis on 05-25-2012

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3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.22/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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3.12/5  rDev -14.3%

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3.8/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.62/5  rDev -0.5%

Nitro can poured into a pint glass, it’s pitch black color with cascading bubbles racing up to a creamy 1 finger cream colored head that faded extremely slowly and didn’t budge for well over a minute; then it left good spotty lacing and a creamy layer on top.

Smells light coffee grinds, roasted grains, charcoal, light cream, cocoa powder and some smoky notes mixed with a slight metallic whiff like a penny. Nose is very faint overall, especially for a stout, but what is there smells good.

Taste is just as timid as the nose, but has some decent flavors including roasted grains, charcoal, cold espresso, cocoa powder, coffee, and like the nose has smoky notes mixed with a slight metallic hints. After the swallow the bitterness washes away with a milky sweetness coming through along with a light leafy presence that seems like floral hops or tea leaf. Even with the late leafy addition the flavor is very basic and almost dull.

Mouthfeel is very thin and watery, with a light body and almost no carbonation. This is a light, easy drinking session stout with limited flavor but high drinkability. It was alright overall, with its looks being the most impressive part of this brew.

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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3.32/5  rDev -8.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.91/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

14.9 oz can coded L3207 03:31 at 40 degrees into shaker
Aroma of roasted malt and some chocolate
Head small (< 2 cm), light brown, creamy, very slowly diminishing to 3 mm layer
Lacing excellent - wide complete rings of tiny bubbles
Body dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor basically slightly sweet with weak roasted malt overtones. Ends slightly bitter. No hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light to medium, watery, soft carbonation (or more accurately, nitrogenation)

Appearance 4.5, Aroma 4, Flavor 3.75, Palate 3.75, Overall 4
A disappointingly weak stout, too sessionable.

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of BeerWithMike
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Sampling right now on 10/28/14 after bowling. Comes in a 440ml (14.9 ounce) can that was in the discount bin for $2.00 even. Can chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a 0.5l 'Warsteiner' handled glass stein.

Pours a solid pitch black in color with a good 1/2 finger creamy off-white head that actually lasts the whole drink. Pours like a Guinness, in layers from the nitro cap that is in the bottom of the can (does not move around though). A good amount of lacing is seen when sipped that sticks to the sides of the glass. The aroma is of dark roasted malts and black coffee. Bit more going on with the taste with a hint of dark chocolate in the mix as well. Finished with the roasted malts BUT isn't strong nor harsh at all. Very smooth finish actually as I wasn't sure of how this brew would end up. Lighter+ bodied with perfect carbonation. Overall, I really liked this brew.

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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3.4/5  rDev -6.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Think this is much better on draft than canned. Rich roasty malt, dark chocolate notes, becoming fairly bitter and lightly charred at the finish. Nutty malt forms the backbone, and that nitro mouthfeel is rich and velvety. Only detracting quality is a lightly metallic finish.

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2.25/5  rDev -38.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.53/5  rDev -3%

14.9 oz nitro-can into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a very dark ruby color. The head is a finger high, and mocha in shade. Typical of nitro-can beers, both the texture and retention are fantastic. A good amount of lacing is left behind, as well. (4.5)

Smell: Typical dry stout in a nitro-can: muted roasted malts with touches of coffee and chocolate. What makes this a bit different than, say, Guinness, is the smokiness I'm picking up - it's both woodsy, and slightly peaty as well. Even better, it doesn't have the hilariously bad mildness most nitro beers feature. (3.25)

Taste: Roasted notes are fairly defined, even more so than in Guinness or Murphy's. The smoky touches appear initially, ever-so-briefly transitioning into dark chocolate before roasted malt takes over the finish. There's definitely more to savor here than the usual dry stout suspects, even if it isn't quite as bold as a typical American stout. Still, it's quite good, especially for 4.2%. (3.5)

Mouthfeel: It's super light on the palate. With the subdued carbonation from its serving, it relies solely on its near-parching dryness to cleanse the palate. And it's successful. I can't help but shake the fact that it feels a bit more substantial than Guinness...oh wait, that's a good thing. Carrying on... (3.75)

Overall: Up there with Left Hand's Nitro Milk Stout as far as nitro'd beer goes. While not endlessly complex, it's deep enough to make Guinness look like the shallow wading pool it is. Yeah, I'd gladly kick back a few of these in a sitting. (3.5)

3.53/5: Semi-impressive session stout, easy to drink and easy to like

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4.04/5  rDev +11%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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4.32/5  rDev +18.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of thehyperduck
3.36/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

440 mL nitro-can from a 4-pack picked up at TBS; best before June 30 2015.

An aggressive pour reveals an opaque, brownish-black brew, topped with a half-finger of soapy, tan-coloured froth. The aroma is a marked improvement over that of most nitro beers, which I typically find to be very muted. There's nothing that interesting here, but the roasted malts, light coffee, and hint of chocolate are at least appropriate for the style.

This is a pretty straightforward pub stout. Roasted malts are (unsurprisingly) the dominant facet of the flavour profile, with minor accents of mocha coffee and a faint hint of cocoa toward the finish. The finish is mildly bitter, with vanilla vibes and some slight metallicity. Dry aftertaste, with no real lingering flavour. This is a medium-bodied beer, with a velvety-smooth mouthfeel from the nitro process/lack of carbonation. Say what you will about this beer... it is extraordinarily easy to session, and does not taste as bland as some of its competitors.

Final Grade: 3.36, a B-. Belhaven Black Scottish Stout is not an especially memorable beer, but as far as nitro stouts go it's nothing to shy away from. It has a nicely balanced flavour, and anyone who has had a nitro beer before will already know if they'll like the smooth mouthfeel of this one (or not). This sells for slightly less than a 4-pack of Guinness (in this market), and I'd certainly recommend it to any fans of that brew seeking out something similar.

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Black Scottish Stout from Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
82 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.