Scottish Ale
Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.

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Scottish Ale
Ranked #13
Ranked #24,070
3.84 | pDev: 13.02%
Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
Scotland, United Kingdom
Very Good
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Notes: Our signature Scottish Ale is the beer we've brewed the longest and is our best-selling bottle world-wide. We brew it from 100% Scottish Optic and Crystal barley malts for a nutty, biscuit character, balanced with a subtle spiciness from Challenger and Goldings hops for an all-around satisfying beer.

George Howell - Master Brewer, Belhaven
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a pint glass. From January 11th 2020, last of the Untapped transfers. Apologies for the clogging.

Clear reddish body with a small off white head. This shrinks to a ring quite quickly, no lacing.

malty aroma.

On tasting, mostly clean, sweet malts, a little earthy bitterness toward the end.

Mouth medium, finish a touch off.

Overall, not bad, just not much going for it.

Aug 17, 2021
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hof_1991 from Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at a local gastropub. A little lighter than I expected but very drinkable. Everything’s in the right place so it’s a good example of the style without bitterness or heaviness. I’d have another but I’m doing carry out.

Jul 16, 2021
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realJohnnyHobo from Maryland

3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Can condition, SRM 19 nitro draught can. Smells of mainly malts.

Tastes very nutty, buttery mouthfeel from the nitrogen, balance of hops in the rears but aren't a huge player in the overall presentation. A bit like toffee, creaminess from the nitrogen really makes the drinkability exquisite at chilled temperatures. Caramel maltiness with bittering hops. Very well made.

Jun 22, 2021
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simonrgilbert57 from California

3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Overall a pretty great beer. Look is okay but has a great head. Not much smell going for it except for a bit of nuttiness in the back. Taste has just the right amount nuttiness and caramel in it. But the best part of this beer is by far its feel: very low carbonation with an extremely frothy head. Would recommend and definitely want to try more from this style.

May 24, 2021
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barneyrubble from Colorado

3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Great pecan taste, not smoky and no peat notes

Mouthfeel is surprisingly on the lighter side of medium and smooth and creamy. Low carbonation.

Refreshing and comforting

Mar 12, 2021
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - A nice clear chestnut color with a deep. rich, creamy layer of off white foam sticking to the top of the glass from the Nitro pour.

S - Sweet caramel malt with a nice nutty, earthy aroma.

T - Some sweet caramel malt up front nips the tongue followed by a little bit of citrus, nutty earthy presence, and a mild pine bitterness on the very back side to balance the sweet malt. Nice lingering caramel malt with citrus and pine bitterness on the tongue.

M - Big medium body that's a little watery around the edges.

O - Very crushable and well balanced.

Feb 11, 2021
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bret27 from California

3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fresh can.
Sweet with no hop presence.
Little peaty/earthy & sweet. Little nutty. Little burnt.
Maybe not a big fan of the style.
Too thin, creamy, sweet, to be balanced and drinkable.

Jan 11, 2021
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Storm_Rryder from Iowa

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It is ok, but not very special. Some sweetness (light caramel or honey?), low bitterness. It is quite smooth, felt a bit light at times. Generally fine, easy to drink. Just nothing really out of ordinary.

Jan 04, 2021
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jwp777 from Oklahoma

4.44/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16 oz nitro can:

Pours a clear bronze color with a creamy white head that settles to about 1 finger in thickness, just like you’d expect from the nitro can.

Smell is a tad muted, but still very clear notes of bread, brown sugar, and malts. Maybe some caramel in there too but I could be mistaken.

Taste is mainly toasty biscuit with some nuts and malts. There’s a honey sweetness in there and just the slightest bit of a floral quality that comes from the hops. At first taste I was worried it would be too malty and toasty but it actually is quite balanced.

Feel is creamy and smooth, fairly light bodied. Very sessionable.

Overall - 4.5/5 for how it is out of the nitro can. I have not tried it in any other form, but I will when I get the chance. I’m gonna keep an eye out for this one on tap. If it’s anything like Guinness on tap compared to Guinness from the can, I’m sure it’s phenomenal. Either way, great Scottish ale.

Jan 03, 2021
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ChristopherCurtis from New York

4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Copper, thin pancake of off white foam.
Smell: Pumpkin bread, brown sugar, butter.
Taste: Light caramel, biscuits, toast, honey.
Feel: Good.
Overall: The bottle is better than the can. I can confirm this is some good shit.

Dec 07, 2020
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mothman from Minnesota

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap. White head. Lace. Clear copper bronze color.

Malty, bready, biscuit, toasted crackers, caramel, and some toffee. A bit of sweetness. Some earthy/grassy hops. Smooth, drinkable. Very nice to have on tap.

Nov 10, 2020
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hk117 from Hong Kong

3.54/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle - not sure what exactly to expect going into my first "Scottish" ale. Tasted very similar to a classic English ale like Old Speckled Hen or London Pride. No worse than the two mentioned but also no better. Solid but nothing special.

Nov 01, 2020
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.19/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear brown body, cream cap. Earth, slight peat, and caramel malt aromas. Taste adds subtle spices and slight biscuit, very clean and earthy tasting. Feel is clean too, sneaky crisp, smoky, slightly darker complexion and goes down very easy. Don't know why people are killing this one, it is a good scottish ale

Oct 30, 2020
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roubaix1 from Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Have loved this style for years. First had it when I was living in Seattle in the eighties and could get Grant's Scottish ale at the Comet Bar in the U-district.
Up front. there is a full rush of biscuity malt, with maybe a bit of caramel and toffee. Mouthfeel is medium full, with minimal carbonation. Clearly malts predominate, but there is enough hop presence to keep the taste from being one-dimensional. The finish is clean and crisp. Eminently sessionable. ABV not in the mind-numbing category.
A winner!

Oct 29, 2020
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BJB13 from Maryland

3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500 ml clear bottle poured into a nonic style pint glass.

My first glass of Scottish Ale. From what I could gather this seemed to be a good example to start with, not that I had many options available. It looks well enough in the glass, light brown and mostly clear with caramel highlights and a two finger off-white head. A straight forward but nice nose consisted mainly of caramel and some cola-like sweetness. Tasting was more interesting, starting with a nutty, almost almond-like malt flavor followed by a rising mild herbal bitterness before finishing malty and sweeter than it started, with caramel, cola and a light, candy-like sweetness that approaches butterscotch. The light-medium body is soft and frothy with moderate carbonation, this drinks fairly easy.

This was an enjoyable, drinkable beer with "English" character. The sweet finish was a standout, although by the end the bottle the overall sweetness became a little more than I would have liked.

Jul 06, 2020
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PathofChaos from Maryland

3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich, butterscotch brown with a cap of ultrafine, beige bubbles. It doesn’t lace far but its retention is eternal and has such serene, motionless geometry, a passerby might mistake it for a nitro. It sits stock-still like a layer of snow on a lake. Below, a crystalline lattice of glittering diamond dust gathers at the walls of the glass.

Chestnuts tossed with roasted malts and bathed in floral, lager-like sweetness.

Light. Ye gods, light! A quaffable puff of quenching air whose carbonation is altogether impalpable.

A buttery, airy, chestnut cream with a pinch of smokey peat that dashes by like it doesn’t wish to be noticed. Lackadaisically caramel malts lounge in a distant armchair with no intention of getting up to greet you.

Jun 26, 2020
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gary928 from Ohio

4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer!Some reviews say it is bland,But I say let’s just balanced.It has a soft feeling in your mouth and then that follows with just the right amount of Malt forward taste

Jun 18, 2020
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Rug from Massachusetts

3.42/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.25

Best by 12/31/20

Well I'm pretty sure this is my first beer from Scotland, and a first of the style. Ironic that it's my first beer of what is dubbed "American Craft Beer Week", but we owe so much to other countries beer-wise so it's only fitting that we start with an import

From the nitro can, it pours a dark amber with a deep ruby glow, a finger of infinite white head, no lacing

Aromas of caramel and crystal malts, peppery spice, and a bit of yeasty. Bready, warm, and nutty, this has a welcoming aroma

Sadly, the taste is really bland compared to the nose, and it's tied directly to the feel but we'll get to that. Not awful, but subdued notes of malt on the front of the palate before finishing with spice and slight fruity esters

Honestly man, fuck nitro cans. They made the beer look incredible, but this is extremely watery. I was expecting something with a full body, but with no carbonation and no body, it goes down like malty water. I'd pass on it because of the feel alone, but the taste isn't outstanding either

I do suppose it goes down easy and smells pretty good, but I don't think I'd be throwing these down if I wasn't already drunk. I wanted to like this, but maybe the style isn't my thing

May 12, 2020
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PaulyMcPauly from Australia

3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lovely copper colour, poured into a Headmaster glass from a 330ml brown bottle. Small head with no lace. Delicious thirst-quenching ale with a memorable dry, nutty flavour. Oddly perfect as a refresher on a hot and muggy Brisbane February afternoon. Enjoyed with some Jarlsberg slices and almonds. A favourite for sure!

Feb 16, 2020
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sjrider from California

3.66/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle - bright clear copper/caramel color with short off-white bubbly head leaving a bit of foamy lacing. Nose is mostly mild nutty malt with a hint of spice. Taste follows more or less. Not a whole lot going on ,rather bland and inoffensive.

Dec 29, 2019
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Lucular from Maryland

4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

5 oz nitro pour. Looks gorgeous, and it's nice to see a copper/brown colored ale getting nitro treatment. Nice colors from white to brown. Aroma and flavor are full-flavored for just 5.2% abv and mainly offer sweet malt with some vanilla and a hint of earthy hops. Mouthfeel is super smooth. Solid.

Nov 25, 2019
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barnzy78 from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

500mL nitro can, date stamped AUG 31 2019. Deep caramel colored ale with a smooth & foamy nitro beige head. Sweet & malty aroma of toffee, nutty grain, caramel, and mild spicy hops. Well balanced flavors consisting of nutty caramelized grain, toffee, spicy & earthy hops, and some modest peat. Exceptionally smooth nitro body, balanced with a dry finish. I have seen this one so many times and for some reason never pulled the trigger on it.

Nov 16, 2019
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chitoryu12 from Florida

3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

Look: Clear, dark orange. Distinctive off-white nitro head.

Smell: Very mild caramel malt. Not much else.

Taste: Mild, sweet caramel malt and that’s about it.

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy, with almost no carbonation.

Overall: Easy to drink at the cost of extreme blandness.

Oct 11, 2019
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Amendm from Rhode Island

3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An average pour from a 330-ml. bottle creates a finger of soft creamy beige froth with long retention and no lasting lace. Clear slightly tarnished penny color (copper-amber) with fine rising bubbles.

Smells like scotch whisky, a little boozy with sweet caramel malt and baking bread.

Big round malty taste, semi-sweet and low on bitterness that comes from lightly roasted malt instead of hops. Light pop-corn butter, roasted mixed nuts, faint smokey peat and baked stone fruits add to the taste. Caramel malty and bready like the smell, the alcohol backs off quite a bit. The finish is long yet the aftertaste is mild and lingers only briefly.

Medium body, soft and above averagely carbonated. Malty smooth and easy going down, true to style and just plane enjoyable.

Some may consider this beer to be an export style due to the higher ABV (5.2%).
Definitely not a Wee Heavy.

Sep 08, 2019
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Beer_Right_Back from Arizona

2.43/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Super sweet and malty flavor initially pairs with a dry finish. It tastes like most other Scottish style ales we've tasted before, but this one lacks any real originality, character, or craftsmanship.

Jul 15, 2019
Scottish Ale from Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 2281 ratings