Black Scottish Stout - Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
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5/5 rDev +37.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Obviously I like this stuff. From hearing the widget releasing its contents to watching the head build in the 18 oz glass it is a wonderful and beautiful experience. Regarding taste it is much the same as similar products from Guinness and Murphy's, typical good quality Irish style dry stout that just taste wonderful from start to finish. Everytime I open one I say to myself on the last drink, "Damn I'm gonna miss this brew." It may be my imagination but I think Belhaven Black pours with more action and the head and lacing holds up till the last drop.
Serving type: nitro-can
03-04-2014 01:17:06 | More by lechap
3.6/5 rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
The Scottish evidently brew a stout every bit as handsome as the Irish - and do so without the cheap trick of nitrogen dispensing widgets. There's no mistaking Belhaven Black for anything but a classic English stout: coal black body, glints of brown and ruby along the edges, creamy head.
The aroma showcases moderately roasted malts as well as distinguishing hints of dark fruit and black licorice. It's not without elements of coffee or fudge but they're no more present than the former two flavours. True to its strength (4.2%), this smells light and approachable.
The stout is very mild, especially on the roast front. The impression of coffee is far more that of the oils than the roasted beans. There's no threat of astringency here. Mind you, it isn't very rich or bittersweet either; the only semblance of chocolate comes via a dusting of cocoa powder. There is, however, a definite sensation of vanilla.
American-styled stouts - which typically double up the malt and brim with hops - no doubt offer a more forward and forceful flavour profile but simpler, more traditional stouts such as these can be a refreshing change of pace. Belhaven Black provides an insight to beer's most fundamental ingredients; one can appreciate beer at its most basic.
When it comes to the stouts of the British Isles, Ireland still wins my vote. That being said, I would certainly take Belhaven Black 'Scottish Stout' over that most famous (but awfully overrated) export, Guinness. This offering is far more flavourful and a much better option for a night of continuous pints - the Scottish can drink as well as the Irish after all.
Serving type: bottle
01-06-2014 04:33:14 | More by biegaman
Black Scottish Stout from Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
83 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.