Scottish Ale
Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.

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Scottish Ale
Ranked #13
Ranked #22,685
3.84 | pDev: 13.28%
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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Keepnitrl from Washington

3.37/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had it in a 14.9 can. Upon opening made unusual fizzing sounds. Upon tasting beer was flat

Mar 05, 2017
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Wiely from Idaho

5/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The first time a had this beer was on tap and the Nitro Can is just as amazing. This beer is just awesome, it is hands down one of the best beers I have ever had.

The pour is perfect, the foam is perfect, the taste is slightly creamy yet full of unique flavor that is difficult to describe. The aftertaste is clean and perfect. I am so glad they have this in the Nitro Can. Highly recommend!

May 07, 2014
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KellyBelukusBeers from Texas

5/5  rDev +30.2%

Dark Copper Color with substantial head due to nitro cone. Drier, malty, biscuity, subtle smokiness and light nutty flavor. Slight bite with creamy finish.

Aug 21, 2014
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JetFeather22 from Colorado

5/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

There are two differant versions of this beer, One is a normal carbonated version that comes only in bottles, And a Nitro version that comes only in cans.. There both 5 star beers but i feel like there should be separate ratings for both, some people are reviewing the nitro version and some the carbonated.. Personal i like the Nitro caned version more, Both very sweet caramel malt forward..

Aug 31, 2015
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KirkBuchanan from Texas

4.95/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is, by far, my favorite ale. Except for the feel, it's the standard to which I compare all others.

Feb 14, 2015
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HomrQT from Illinois

5/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer of my house is now under the Belhaven flag. I'm a big fan of this beer and couldn't speak more highly of it. It's a sweet, smooth ale that doesn't get disgusting as you drink more of it. I would recommend this beer to anyone. It's quality through and through!

Jun 08, 2013
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BOSMECH from Washington

5/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my favorit beer, I always go back to it for flavor.

A it has a nice amber color that is great to see.

S it has a lite hope malt smell that has a carmel smell to it.

T Has that barrel aged taste that is just great to the palet.

M the mouthful is full and robust with the flavor of the hops and malts with the carmel barrel taste : )

O this to me is just one great beer that I alwys go back to, I bring it to my co-workers when we get of work at night and it is the first gone and they all agree tht it is one great beer.

Sep 04, 2012
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HerbGuy42 from Washington

5/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the benchmark by which I judge all other beers in the same category, and one of the best examples of a balanced beer I have ever come across.

The clarity of this beer is excellent, its light caramel-brown appearance attractive. Pours a worthy head with decent staying power.

Malty, slightly biscuity & caramel notes greet the nose and, after a bold hop blast of flavor to the tongue, one is reintroduced to the same malt, biscuit, & caramel notes on the palate. Maybe even the slightest hints of toastiness. Nice, smooth mouthfeel. Such perfect balance. So drinkable.

Feb 02, 2016
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feuematt from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer looks good in a glass. Bread,nuts and caramel malts make up the taste. Overall a very good beer that I think should be tried at least once in a man's lifetime.

Jul 10, 2017
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Gorski1974 from Canada (BC)

4.77/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What is Vienna for lagers, that is Scottish ale among ales!
That flavor of roasted hazelnuts...OMG,Ferrero Rocher can only dream of having it!!!
To fully apreciate this beer, one has to have a broad knowledge of beers.
Had before 100+ good or great Scottish ales, but this one is closest to perfect beer.
Commercial descriptin said it all, but I would underline it's nutty flavor and spicines comming from fresh noble ale hops.
No shortcuts were taken in brewing this beer.
Wish i could get it on tap or as nitro can.That would be for all 5s!

Apr 17, 2018
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bebbcorp from Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Was at Phil's Liqour and the owner suggested this beer after I told him what I was looking for in a beer this warm Sunday afternoon. The guy never steered me wrong before, so this is what I got. It was a copper colored ale in a stout looking clear bottle. Poured into a Sierra Nevada hop tulip it poured with a very creamy looking 1'' head which steadily receded to about a quarter inch. Smells for the glass are nuts, bread dough and a smell I cannot identify. First impressions on taste are exactly as it smells. Pleasant, pleasing, and leaving a very slight sourness that lingers on the palate, with just a touch of bitterness balancing it out. Halfway down the beer I come to a conclusion. This beer is lower in alcohol, not a ton of flavors, and nothing fancy about it, but in a good way. Like an old tree that has taken ages to attain a good form, it reflects simplistic beauty. These beers subtly lull you into spending an afternoon drinking and enjoying good beers without getting hammered. A beer that could appeal to even those who are not beer enthusiasts as well. A solid B+ to the folks who made this beer. If it wasn't 12 a six pack, I would put it into the regular rotation, but this will be a once in a while relaxing Sunday beer from now on.

Oct 26, 2014
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Gasp100 from Delaware

3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Beautiful dark amber / copper color and extremely clear even at cold temps; thin wispy lacing and a quickly receding head.
S - Bready, malty, slight smokiness - no other beers smell like Scottish brews. This one has that heavy on the malt, light on the floral hop aroma... nice.
T - Sweet toffee, biscuit, bready with a great malt backbone. The hops cut through nicely and add a sharp, bright bitterness to the finish.
M - Good carbonation, slightly slick and a nice pallete cleanser in the finish.
D - This is very sessionable with the emphasis on malt. It's not cloyingly sweet because the hops do balance the malt nicely. This is pretty full bodied for a mid-level Ale but I think it offers a nice change of pace from your standard XPA's and English Bitter's/PA's.

May 16, 2007
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nebula1999 from Connecticut

4/5  rDev +4.2%

Aug 11, 2014
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Buggies from Pennsylvania

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

I got this from a Giant Eagle. What a nice find!

Aromas of chocolate and roasted grains. A little fruitiness hiding in there. Also some nice earthy aromas from the hops.

The taste follows the nose. The chocolate, roasted grains, slightly fruity/citrus flavors, and a slight bitter bite from the hops and the roasted grains.

This beer was just good. Well balance I thought with nothing really competing against each other. Highly drinkable too... it's a shame I only have one of these.

Jul 12, 2011
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kmanjohnson from California

3/5  rDev -21.9%

Jul 23, 2014
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troyvar from Minnesota

4.41/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a 16oz SA glass at about 45 degrees F. Very clear, dark orange/copper with a cream color head. Surprised that it comes in at 5.2% ABV but certainly not disappointed. Oddly, I see no tiny carbonation bubbles, the head didn't last very long but lacing on the glass stays the course. Rich, malty taste and the mouthfeel is very smooth, smells earthy. Definitely happy with this one, was a pick six member and will be on my short list of Scotch Ales.

Jan 09, 2016
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KYGunner from Kentucky

3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I really like the coloring of the ale as it holds so many different hues. Brown in low light to cherry reddish in higher light it is highly carbonated with a bubbly head. No lacing was left after the head retreated quickly.

Caramel malted with a tinge of hop bitterness the aroma is pleasant but not overly pronounced. Some nuttiness but the malt is dominate.

The scent and taste fall rightly aligned as caramel malt leads the way. Some of a Nut Brown Ale like quality comes out in a nutty, malty yet dry taste. A touch of graininess ends with chocolate malts.

I like a good Scottish Ale and this is in line with the model for the style.

Jun 19, 2013
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tommy5 from Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Oct 31, 2013
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AaronK01 from Florida

3.24/5  rDev -15.6%

Nov 29, 2014
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Mustela_Man from Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Jan 15, 2019
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DagFishHead from New York

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

Appearance: Clear burnt-amber body. Generous vanilla milkshake head has superb retention and thick creamy lace. Pretty.
Smell: Crystal malt, bready, earthty-mustiness, an appropriate old/staleness, smokey/peaty notes. Whiff of floral hop.
Taste: Smokey, peaty, grainy, semi-dry malt to start. Top is medium with a grassy, nutty, burnt huskiness. Finish dries with bitter hop and burned/woodiness. Long semi-dry grain aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, somewhat thin for the style. Carbonation is crisp, tight and complementary.
Drinkability: A crisper, drier, lighter scottish ale. Very drinkable, but my preference is for the full-blown versions, which, I admit, are less drinkable for me.

Jan 02, 2004
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srrn from North Carolina

3.44/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a clear garnet color with pillowy head that reduces to lacing, nice

S: a hint of carmel malt not much going on here

T: Malt, a bit of earthiness which is nice then maybe some fruit, plumlike, hop bittering in the finish which lingers nicely

M: kind of thin I think,

D: quite good, I just think there are better beers out there

Aug 02, 2009
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OtherShoe2 from Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear amber with a nice creamy head and good substantial lacing.

Smells of soft sweet malt, some floral hops, and a whiff of burnt toast.

Nice toasty elements here combined with the malti-sweetness and a touch of smoke. Hops are present, but not up front and not distinctive to the other flavors. Some buttery notes as well. Funky complexities here.

These go down a bit too good. Have had this on tap in the Boston area before, as well as in the bottle --- first foray into the nitro can. Not bad. Was afraid of overcarbonation, but you get the trade off of the creamy head. Decent brew.

Oct 28, 2008
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NefariousR from Texas

3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. glass bottle into a pint glass.

A - Pours a deep mahogany with a thinnish, creamy-white head. The head leaves a lacy webbing down the glass.

S - Lots of sweet malt with some dark fruit aromas, like fig or raisin. Maybe some plum as well.

T - An immediate hit of sweet, fruity flavors rounded out by a malty aftertaste. Virtually no bitterness to be detected.

M - Medium-bodied with a slightly sticky aftertaste. Carbonation is not particularly assertive.

D - A solid ale with full flavor and nice drinkability. The beer itself is not too heavy, but the fairly strong malt character may not appeal to some.

Oct 20, 2010
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Vylo from New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Feb 26, 2016
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