Belikin Stout - Belize Brewing Co., Ltd.
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3/5 rDev -12%
Pecan shell brown that becomes dark cherry when sunlight is allowed entry. The upper half of the pint glass is filled with a golden beige cap that sports big, sticky bubbles on its surface and lays down a more than respectable amount of lace. So far, so good for my first Belizian beer.
What the hell happened to the nose? Not only don't the contents of the glass smell like a stout, they barely smell like beer. In fact, they don't smell like much of anything at all. I'll give it time to warm a little, but there's no way it's going to make that big of a comeback (it does, a little). Only a lack of offensiveness keeps the score from falling even further.
I was hoping that Belikin Stout would be a great, undiscovered example of a light stout from the most unlikely of countries. Actually, that sentence applies if we go back and remove the word 'great'. It's far from horrible, but it isn't a good stout no matter how one chooses to define 'stout' or 'good'.
To me, it most resembles a schwarzbier or a Euro dark lager. For starters, there's very little malt present. It tastes like extract of roasted barley was used, complete with a considerable amount of bitter char. Strangely enough, there's about half as much flavor as there ought to be. It's as if beer and taste buds get close to one another, without actually meeting. Warming helps enough to bump the flavor score, but I'm still not bowled over by excellence.
The mouthfeel is on the light end of the style curve. It allows me to grant an above average score only by being lightly (very lightly) creamy and by being perfectly carbonated.
Belikin Stout has to be classified as a disappointment. Having said that, and given what else is available in Central America, it's probably one of the more drinkable beers in that region of the world. Don't expect much and you'll be fine. Thanks to T. for being kind enough to give me the final bottle from the case she brought back from her recent honeymoon to Belize.
08-19-2007 13:21:56 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.5/5 rDev +2.6%
The second of the beers my mother brought back from her trip to Belize for me. Served chilled and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 04/07/2009.
The pour was nice, light brown in color with a decent darkness to it though it was easy to see through to the other side of the glass. Nice thin tan layer of foam up and over the top before settling down into a thin film that settled out nicely. The aroma was light, caramel, nuts, hints of light coffee maybe, better then I would have thought. The flavor was a bit of the same. A complex macro stout would be the best way to put it. Rich caramel notes, smooth, subtle hints of coffee and roasted nuts mixed in. Light in body for a stout with adequate carbonation and an easy, smooth drinkability,
Overall a sold little beer from Belize. Much better then i would have thought it was going to be and I revisit this one.
04-08-2009 01:38:53 | More by mikesgroove
3.51/5 rDev +2.9%
Belikin Stout is one of those beers we'd call "dark-ish". Its colour may not be light per se but its appearance is still considerably bright; glowing cherrywood highlights lite up and reveal a pretty high degree of clarity in this brown coloured beer. The surface is flat - not surprising considering this bottle failed to register even a simple 'hiss' upon opening.
As the Foreign Export Stout style often prescribes, the aroma bears a remarkable resemblance to a malt-based chocolate - if, like me, you're the type to chose Maltesers over popcorn at the movie theater concessions it's a safe bet you'll enjoy this style. There's also a light brush of general roastiness that's familiar to stouts of all stripes.
Belikin Stout has very eccentric tasting notes that include molasses, black licorice, root beer, plum jam, and maybe just a drop of coffee. I wouldn't go so sweet as to say 'dried fruits' but this bottle's slight oxidization does give the flavour a raisin-y note. The lack of carbonation is a bit disconcerting but this profile is terribly interesting.
The presence of lactose is not as felt as it can be with some Caribbean stouts; this texture falls more in the realm of syrupy (like blackstrap molasses) as opposed to creamy, and the finish is marked by a coffee-like roastiness. There's also no alcohol presence whatsoever despite the relatively sizable 6.5%. This is definitely not the kind of dark beer to scare people away.
Belikin Stout has a good deal to offer but unfortunately true satiation is not among those things. Though a pretty good representation of the export stout style, it lacks the body and backbone and, as result, comes across as too wispy or, though it's not a term I like to use, 'watered-down' even. But hey, nice to see this option alongside the lager.
06-12-2014 01:49:36 | More by biegaman
3.3/5 rDev -3.2%
I searched all over when I was in Belize for this brew and could not find it. My wife however surprised me with a six pack of this upon my arrival on board the Carnival Valor.
Pours a dark brown with the faintest of garnet highlights when held to light. A stingy almost tan head recedes entirely to quickly. I get very little out of the nose. Corn masa is very prominent with hints of dark fruit if I stare at the glass and imagine a bit. Taste hits me with toffee and caramel up front then leads into hints of dark fruit and maybe some chocolate if I close my eyes and think of willy wonka a bit. Slightly bitter aftertaste. This is a really light "stout" maybe it's appropriate for the scorching heat they normally see in Belize. I found it rather pedestrian while sampling from NH in the 65 degree heat. Medium body and carbonation level, thin watery mouthfeel. I hate to hate on this, but as a stout this is not all that great. Compared to the light lagers available in Belize I would naturally chose this one as I am a stout head I love the dark malts. Compared to other stouts this one would rank pretty low in my book.
06-05-2010 02:29:34 | More by johnnnniee
3.43/5 rDev +0.6%
Reviewed from notes. Served in a tumbler at duPlooy's Jungle Lodge in the Cayo district of Belize. Pours a deep brown with red highlights and the edges and a half inch, loose, khaki-colored head that dissipates into a consistent, sudsy skim embedded with tiny ringlets. Nose expresses a light roast and a slight char and perhaps a little nuttiness. Aromas of something slightly metallic also come out in the nose. Taste follows nose - nutty, roasty and a trace of lactose. There's also a faint metallic quality and trace of artificial sweetener at the finish and a slightly bitter, charred aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium-light (but closer to light) with an even carbonation that culminates in a slight prickle at the back of the throat. All and all, a decent dry stout - not something I would readily seek out, but a respectable example of the style.
03-17-2011 00:21:44 | More by Jwale73
3.5/5 rDev +2.6%
Just got back from Belize, and this turned out to be my beer of choice while down there.
Pours a dark brown color, with a decent white head on top.
Aromas are kind of non existent. Not a bad smelling beer at all, but there is really nothing here.
Taste is not bad. Doesn't really taste like a stout to me. More like a dark brown ale, or a Swartzbeer. But it does have some nice subtle roasted malt flavors, and a touch of chocolate. Finish is nice, with a crisp zing.
Mouthfeel is good. Has a decent feel for a lighter tasting stout beer.
Drinkability is this beers strong suit. This beer is flavorful enough, but doesn't bog you down with lots of alcohol or a big huge thick mouthfeel. A nice option for the warm Belize climate.
01-28-2008 19:46:07 | More by flexabull
3.73/5 rDev +9.4%
Enjoyed this on a dock in Ambergris Cay after a dive trip, amongst other places. Poured from a 284 ml. bottle into a clear plastic cup. Pours a deep brown in color with a half inch of off white head. Offers decent retention and lacing(or is that the ribs in the cup?).
Roasted barley on the nose, touch of chocolate in the background. Not very robust, but it's 90 outside.
Taste follows and reminds me of a brown ale actually. A rather light stout and likely quite appropriate for the climate. This beer drinks easily and has enough body to take a bit of warming, yet is a bit thin for the style, per se. Yet English Stouts are rare, so I give it its due.
An enjoyable warm weather stout that easily trumps other offerings from the brewery, particularly in the evening or with dinner.
As for clarification, Blue cap is indeed the stout and it says so on that very cap. Green is the standard beer and Lighthouse has its own packaging.
05-27-2009 05:43:06 | More by HalfFull
3.7/5 rDev +8.5%
Got this from my parents when they went on a cruise to visit the islands.
Poured from a 284ml. bottle, best before 15 May 08
Appearance: Dark opaque brown body with a thick 3 finger brown (really brown) head that clings to glass. Looks good.
Smell: Not much, very light malt-like aroma.
Taste: Not aggressive at all, nutty character with slight bitter aftertaste. Almost light in taste (for a stout that is).
Mouthfeel: Slight chocolate overtones, nut-like character remains. Though light in taste, it has that nice stout aftertaste. Finishes a bit roasted.
Drinkability: Alcohol content well hidden, easily could have a few of those.
Overall: Everything about this brew is subdued but not in a bad way. I like the fact that it's a light stout that i would have again.
02-13-2008 17:52:07 | More by papat444
3.65/5 rDev +7%
Pours inky black with a foamy coffee colored head that quickly shrinks to a small ring on the glass. Moderate lacing sticks around. The aroma is of coffee and dark chocolate with slightly tart, vinous element. The taste follows suit with lots of black malt coffee and cocoa flavors and also some more grapey, vinous notes. Hops are low in bitterness and flavor throughout. Booze heat is immodest for the relatively low gravity. The mouthfeel is almost oily in texture and well carbonated with tiny bubbles. The finish is chocolatey and off dry.
This is a nice Stout, refreshing and balanced. Its not as hoppy or rich as Guinness Foreign Export, but its very decent. A must try if you're ever in Belize.
04-13-2011 01:07:30 | More by CAMRAhardliner
3.03/5 rDev -11.1%
284 ml. bottle with blue cap into a hotel drinking glass where we stayed in San Pedro.
Appearance: Definitely lighter than I'd imagined, with red coming through when light hits it. A mocha-colored head's present that dissipates fairly quickly but there's still a nice ring around the edge of the body of the brew.
Smell: Initial faint fruitiness like berry jam, mild roastiness, some mild chocolate, and maybe a hint of coffee there also. The fruit notes, though, remain fairly dominant throughout.
Taste: Again, initial fruit, backed by some mild char, a bit of roastiness, and moderate bitterness. Finishes initially with some dark fruit, then char and mild bitterness, but the finish really doesn't linger at all.
Mouthfeel: On the lighter, more watered-down side of the things for a stout, with a slight burst of carbonation at the finish. Lighter to medium-bodied overall.
Overall: Not bad for the other Belikin, especially at 6.5%, but don't look for something heavy on the roasted and charred malt if that's what you're after.
05-13-2012 20:43:13 | More by asabreed
2.88/5 rDev -15.5%
not quite black, some mahogany tones in the light. clear with a minimal, diminishing light tan head. faint aromas of dark caramel, dark dried fruit, and maybe some nuttiness. pretty big dark malt sweetness is not quite balanced by a lack of roasty or hop bitterness. roundish and full-bodied. lightly carbonated.
02-01-2010 22:58:25 | More by MrMcGibblets
3.53/5 rDev +3.5%
Pours a pitch black color with a big tan head. Head falls slow leaving decent lacing.
Deep fruit aroma. Plums. This is not a stout aroma. Does have a bitter smell in the background.
Rather thin taste. Nice malts. Odd for a stout but somewhat common I'm finding for a Caribbean stout. Reminds me of Dragon from Jamaica but milder. Slight bitter aftertaste.
Thinner than I would have thought in the mouth. Still, slightly chewy.
Average drinking. Interesting for a stout and to be honest maybe more my style.
09-27-2009 14:39:33 | More by dstc
Belikin Stout from Belize Brewing Co., Ltd.
79 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.