Scottish Ale
Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.

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From:
Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
 
Scotland, United Kingdom
Style:
Scottish Ale
Ranked #16
ABV:
5.2%
Score:
86
Ranked #20,174
Avg:
3.82 | pDev: 13.09%
Reviews:
982
Ratings:
1,328
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jan 14, 2023
Added:
Aug 07, 2001
Wants:
  89
Gots:
  432
SCORE
86
Very Good
Scottish AleScottish Ale
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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Rated: 3.75 by Shenk87 from Pennsylvania

Jan 14, 2023
 
Rated: 3.67 by WDJersey from Colorado

Dec 25, 2022
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Reviewed by jvgoor3786 from Arkansas

2.5/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
Can't find a date so wondering if I got an old one. Pours a light tan with minimal head and no lacing.

The smell is similar to an AAL with a bit of sweetness but none of the strong caramel toastiness I expected.

The taste is thin, a hint of sweetness but very little flavor. The finish tasted like an old ashtray smells. Just not good.

Thin mouth feel with lingering finish.

This is pretty bad. Maybe a hint of decent flavor at the beginning. Maybe it's old?
Dec 06, 2022
 
Rated: 4 by Robertas from Lithuania

Nov 22, 2022
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Reviewed by JayDubTrub from California

3.21/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
Had the bottle -high price point and likely stale because flavors so subdued, even the malt. Couple centimeter head at pour quickly dissipated to flat with little lacing. Sippable but quite boring - I wish I could have had the can. Bottle not worth it (least not in West Coast distribution) - I'm sure this does not do the real beer justice.
Nov 16, 2022
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Reviewed by 1BrewBacca from Georgia

3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pours the color of clear/polished Topaz. Has a tall thick dense white creamy head. It doesn't mention it on the can it on the can but it must be a Nitro to produce a head like that.
Biscuit, malt smell and taste.
Very smooth and extremely easy to drink.
Just prefer somewhat higher ABV in a brew.
Nov 06, 2022
 
Rated: 4.23 by Highlonesome1 from Texas

Oct 12, 2022
 
Rated: 4.4 by Beecham from California

Sep 24, 2022
 
Rated: 4 by ajdemma from New York

Sep 20, 2022
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Reviewed by BubbleBobble from New York

3.59/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5
Pours a nice, clear amber from the nitro can, half-inch creamy head, good lacing. Nose is brackish, light caramel, light malt, barley. Taste is barley tea, mild sweetness, light earthy bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel is super smooth and creamy from the widget can. Not too complex, but still satisfying.
Sep 18, 2022
 
Rated: 3.81 by 2beerdogs from California

Sep 08, 2022
 
Rated: 3.77 by KT3418 from Colorado

Aug 30, 2022
 
Rated: 4.62 by Corkykab from New Jersey

Aug 18, 2022
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Reviewed by Franziskaner from Missouri

3.49/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Dark copper colored with an inch of densely packed creamy beige on top. The aroma is of caramel and toasted nuts. I’m tasting a nutty to caramel flavor. The mouth is very smooth and creamy.
Jun 26, 2022
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Reviewed by JZH1000 from Colorado

3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Technically I think this posting covers 2 different beers. The 330mL carbonated bottles and 500mL nitro cans available in the US, I have a nitro can. Poured into a weizen glass, best by Nov 30th 2022

On the pour a beautiful nitro cascade leaving a rich foamy 2 finger off white head. Some lazy fine nitro left floating in the beer but seemingly little to no carbonation. Color is a rich dark brown/amber. Not a very red beer, but rather a dark woody, unpolished brass color. No haze. Wonderful head retention.

Aroma is dampened by the nitro head it seems, but what I can pick up is malty and soft with a fair dose of british ale yeast. Some hops detected but not a lot. It's nice and laid back.

Taste follows the smell but bringing in much more maltiness. Very soft and smooth to drink and the malty finish is exactly what I'm looking for in a malty beer. The ale yeast is much less pronounced in the taste, which is good for the style. Some nice nuttiness that misses with the mild hop bitterness (very mild) to make an almost hazelnutty malty roasty flavor.

Feel is very decadent and smooth thanks to the nitro. Almost no co2 bite unfortunately leaving it a little flat feeling. Other than that though it is very easy to drink and creamy, while maintaining a refreshing lightness that is easy to put down.

Overall a good nitro scottish, but I wish they either used a little more co2 in the mix or sold both nitro and co2 in all markets instead of one or the other, which is an odd distributing strategy. Not the biggest flavors out there but true to style flavor wise and easy to drink. Quite enjoyable with only a few minor flaws in feel and marketing.
May 05, 2022
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Reviewed by aleigator from Germany

4.24/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Pours a clear hazelnut brown color with a huge eggshell white head.

The aromas are of apple peel, dried grass and bakers chocolate, entangled into spicy molasses.

Has a light and refreshing body with a well developed, mineralic effervescence, creating a very refreshing beer.

Tastes of toffee malts, a note of smoky, toasty grains, as well as a drop of honey. The beer develops a lighter, yet fitting herbal hop dryness with a notable mineral quality from the carbonation in this. Finishes with a rustic maltiness, together with a maintaining smoky- and dryness, creating a smooth and crisp finish,

This works utmost well on my palate, showcasing a complex and intriguing maltiness, tied together by the hops.
Feb 27, 2022
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
"Best by 9/30/22"; drank 2/8/22 @ the Yarchives.

See-through orange/red appearance.

A violent pour yielded a nice khaki nitro head; a thick curtain of lace.

Creamed corn & faint caramel notes in the nose.

Creamy nitro mouthfeel.

Creamed corn & mild caramel flavors; pretty one-note, but the nitro smooths it over with the pleasant mouthfeel. It will do in a pinch, but it's not great.
Feb 09, 2022
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Reviewed by chum_husk from Minnesota

3.51/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
12oz bottle

Crystal clear amber color, smell is warm malt and slight booze. Crisp, clean, yet sweet, lots of caramel malt with a sugary finish, featuring peat, some dark fruit, and a hint of weed
Feb 02, 2022
 
Rated: 4.23 by Danzifer from Ohio

Jan 29, 2022
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Reviewed by Byron28 from Texas

4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
This is a good Scottish ale. It had been a while since I had a Belhaven, but it didn’t disappoint. It’s smooth, biscuity, nutty, and almond tasting. Slight taste of raisins and grain. Overall, good ale.
Jan 24, 2022
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Reviewed by gvickery from Texas

4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Beautiful reddish copper color, mostly clear. Nitro head from a hard pour is white.
It has a nutty caramel smell. The taste is caramel, slight earthy citrus hop, peat smoke (perhaps). The finish is light medium, quite drinkable.
As an American drinker, i had to get used to the nitro instead of co2, when I first tried the style I thought it was flat. We Americans love our carbonation.
If you try it, it’s not flat, enjoy the flavors.
Dec 29, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by jarmby1711 from Australia

Dec 24, 2021
 
Rated: 4.29 by safphoto from Ohio

Dec 20, 2021
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Reviewed by stosh66 from Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
This review-Poured from Nitro can. Also had in Scotland on tap 2 years ago.
A: Clear reddish Brown nice creamy white head.
S: Carmel sweetness, biscuit malt
T: Carmel, slight nuttiness, biscuit, slight hops to make it not too sweet
M: Light-Medium body, creamy head due to the nitro
O: Very drinkable. Not too heavy, bitter,or strong. Fells like it was made to have a few down at the pub.
Dec 20, 2021
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Reviewed by cjgiant from District of Columbia

4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25
Well, damn! This was a lot more enjoyable than expected. If it were all malt, I wouldn't be surprised, though I doubt it. It isn't overly sweet, but is very malty. I am getting honey, light brown sugar, and golden raisin with a bit of fig jam. Taste is toasted malt reminiscent of brew day, a nutty middle, and a lightly husky and mineral ending. I had a nitro can, and though the feel wasn't bad, it was a tad flat (would six months of age matter?), and I am left wondering if a little more action from trapped gas might improve it.
Dec 17, 2021
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Reviewed by robwired from Kansas

3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
I should have read the instructions on the pint can, especially the part about letting the head rise, then pour. In this case, into a tulip glass. (I don't have a thistle glass lying around the house.)
Poured an egg-white head, thin but pesistent. I like the dark red opaque hue. (It did have a widget in it, the better to enjoy from the can.)
Right off, the mouthfeel is creamy. Interestingly, the flavor is light on the malt, but it does have a fresh nuttiness to it. (Enjoy by Jun 30 22.)
With its light ABV, this one is for sitting back and enjoying a ... Scottish ale.
And that thin head is still there.
Oct 05, 2021
 
Rated: 3.93 by magikbagel from Wisconsin

Sep 26, 2021
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Reviewed by Mugman8 from New York

3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Looks great on the pour, reddish hue and bright white fluffy head. Aroma is light malt. Has a buttery smooth taste with a little nuttiness coming through. A well-crafted brew, but looking for more taste to rate it higher.
Sep 25, 2021
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Rated by LukeGude from Iowa

3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5
Can in Oktoberfest box. Creamy from the nitro (?) can widget. Slow pour like Guinness, but red/brown. Okay ale.
Sep 19, 2021
 
Rated: 4.08 by faraday326 from California

Sep 12, 2021
 
Rated: 3.43 by AustinRT from Texas

Aug 21, 2021
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Reviewed by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
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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Reviewed by hof_1991 from Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
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
 
Rated: 4.21 by Aoyoc from Nebraska

Jun 29, 2021
 
Rated: 4.1 by cwd from Kentucky

Jun 17, 2021
 
Rated: 3.64 by Jsalz21 from New Jersey

Jun 01, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by EdmundBlackadder from Ohio

May 30, 2021
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Reviewed by simonrgilbert57 from California

3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
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
Scottish Ale from Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
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