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Belikin Stout - Belize Brewing Co., Ltd.

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BA SCORE
79
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43 Ratings
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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 12.02%


Brewed by:
Belize Brewing Co., Ltd.
Belize

Style | ABV
English Stout |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: SeanChouffe on 08-28-2003)
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2007 13:21:56 | More by BuckeyeNation
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2009 01:38:53 | More by mikesgroove
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2010 02:29:34 | More by johnnnniee
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.43/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2011 00:21:44 | More by Jwale73
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flexabull

California

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2008 19:46:07 | More by flexabull
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HalfFull

California

3.73/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2009 05:43:06 | More by HalfFull
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CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2011 01:07:30 | More by CAMRAhardliner
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asabreed

New York

3.03/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2012 20:43:13 | More by asabreed
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papat444

Quebec (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2008 17:52:07 | More by papat444
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MrMcGibblets

Illinois

2.88/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2010 22:58:25 | More by MrMcGibblets
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dstc

Florida

3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2009 14:39:33 | More by dstc
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SeanChouffe

New Mexico

3.03/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: Brown recycled bottle with a “Mayan Temple” on the label. Bottle cap is blue indicating it is a stout.
The color is a very deep red (black), and it has a nice full brown head that maintains some presence throughout. Some lace that is not very sticky. A malty, roasted aroma that is fairly one-dimensional. The flavor is sweet with a dry biting finish that lingers. The mouth feel is well balanced --has a descent amount of carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2003 03:38:51 | More by SeanChouffe
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Mancer

New York

3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So I got this beer from my sister, who went to Belize for a week. This stout poured a dark brown/black color with a light brown head. The head was weak and diminished rapidly. The initial smell of the beer was nothing...after swirling and smelling for a good minute or two, I decided on a light roasted caramel, with a very subtle hint of coffee. The initial taste of the beer was burnt caramel and finished with a more pronounced bitter roastiness. The brew has a medium to full body, with light carbonation.

I had this beer with some fresh home grilled burgers, and I have to say it tasted excellent when paired with a food. For the most part, (pre-food) it lacked a bit in flavor. It had the english stout feel, but not the taste. Overall, it's a nice beer to try, and it is also not a full pint. If I had another bottle, I'd definately drink it, so unless I'm in Belize I won't be hungering for more.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2010 23:54:17 | More by Mancer
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BasementBer

Manitoba (Canada)

3.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Great treat this was, and was consistently shocked with how good a dark beer would be from the carribean. Red Stripe's Dragon Stout should have tipped me off that it was possible.

A: Great porter like syrup character. The head was a little small, but the color was very appetizing.

S: nothing stood out to me here excpet the faint sweetness.

T: Great taste of burnt cane sugar with chocolate/caramel notes. The taste could have lasted longer and had a stronger finish of bitterness either from a chocolate or hop, but beggars cant be choosers.

M: syrupy texture making think it was a porter due to the thinness of the body. Washes well and makes a nice finish.

O: Excellent beer, best from the region I have had while in the region. This should be imported!

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2012 22:35:56 | More by BasementBer
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BierManVA

Virginia

3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I enjoyed this on my recent cruise and was somewhat surprised to find it. This IS Belize you know. While being hassled by third world peddlers of everything from Marijuana to cheap carvings I came across this on a very hot and humid day.

Very dark with a fine head that lased even in the heavy humidity and heat. The taste is some what one-dimensional..I find mostly coffee notes. That's about it though...

The bottle is a VERY heavy and thick specimen. Also, only 284ml....but "buy one get one free" at the bar I was at for just over a buck wasn't bad.

John

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2004 00:52:13 | More by BierManVA
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EspressoGuy

British Columbia (Canada)

3.23/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

284ml bottle
A: opaque black with tan head (small)
S:black molasses with sweet liquorice ... but not clean or fresh as could be.
T: very complex: dark liquorice candy, root beer, dark roast coffee, dark fruit cake. Slightly sticky and bitter at the end. Warm alcoholic finish. Not big and bold but definitely full flavoured. Quite interesting actually.
M: medium full bodied.
O: Lots of flavours going on but I just wish it tasted fresher and more "alive". It's dark and brooding and that liquorice/root beer taste sticks with me. Interesting and worth tasting just to experience it.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2013 02:04:57 | More by EspressoGuy
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friendofthedevil

California

4.35/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What a find, especially after time in the land of Gallo. Lounging on a warm beach sipping a Belikin Stout in the hot Caribbean sun...ah, memories. Excellent Stout, and cheap to boot. A thick feel (although not too thick to be refreshing) and a coffee-esque taste make this one to enjoy slowly. Contrary to other reviews, you can tell the difference between the styles from this Brewery - The stout, if I recall, has a Green cap and label.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2007 09:39:59 | More by friendofthedevil
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debaniel

Iowa

4.22/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

After going cave-tubing in the lush tropical rainforest of Belize, our travel companions decided to stop at a little pub (pretty much in the middle of the jungle) ironically, called "Cheers"...

at Cheers on TV, they say that "everybody knows your name"... Our guide, Dennis, remarked, "Don't worry - nobody HERE gives a HELL who you are!"

$2 U.S. got me a bottle of Belikin Stout... they actually use the same exact bottle for both the Lager and the Stout... so the only way to tell which one is the Stout is by holding it up to the hot caribbean sun - if there's no light coming through, you got your stout.

Smell was a bit fruitier than I expected, taste was like a good solid-drinking stout - maltier than most, not too complex, very little coffee or cocoa, but with a very satisfying mouthfeel and perfect amount of carbonation. i loved it.

It was so good that when we got back to Belize City, the first thing on my agenda was to find another one... this time it was $3 and it was a bottle poured into a plastic cup. This gave me a chance to check out the visuals...

dark brown in color, with a beautiful light-cocoa colored head, very rich looking... very beautiful beer to behold!

at 6.5%, 2 of 'em will have you speaking in the local accent...

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2006 21:06:05 | More by debaniel
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dustinness22

Indiana

3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brought back to the states from my sister and poured into my green lantern pint glass. Pours with minimal foam along with the typical malty smell. Not really out of the ordinary from this English stout. While I expected some great scores from my sister this wasn't exactly what I had in mind. Still this beer is desirable and tastes quite great.Who knew the Mayans made English stouts???

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2012 04:46:41 | More by dustinness22
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chimneyjim

Oregon

3.95/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Belikin stout is probably the # 2 beer in Belize, after "regular" Belikin. Invariably served in the same brown bottle as its lighter bwudda, with 6.5% alcohol vs. 4.8% for regular. Distinguished by the blue cap vs. the green cap.

Aroma from the bottle is negligible.

Malts and hops are well blended for an uncomplicated but delicious flavor.

Mouthfeel is delightfully smooth, with enough body to distinguish it as a stout without being at all chewy. It goes down astonishingly easy. Drinkability is exceptional.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2006 00:48:50 | More by chimneyjim
Belikin Stout from Belize Brewing Co., Ltd.
79 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.