Belhaven Scottish Ale | Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.

Belhaven Scottish AleBelhaven Scottish Ale
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Belhaven Scottish AleBelhaven Scottish Ale

Brewed by:
Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by Mitchster on 08-07-2001

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

ya know, i read the last guy's review on this and TOTALLY get what he meant by the 'butterscotch' aromas....
nice color (orange-y, brown), nice head, beautiful beer when poured.
smell is ... typically english/scotch with that curious 'butterscotch' aroma....
taste is... awesome. i love this stuff. when england (or scotland) does it right, it is GOOD! too many funky, weird ones out there from those regions, but i really like this distinct style and blend. i cant describe it, but it is the german equivalent to the sweetness of a dopplebock yet not as sweet, but very satisfying and tasty. this ought to be the offical style of the 'little countries'....

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

I had this beer in nitro can format before and this is quite different (and better) then standard carbonation format in my opinion.

Appearance – Pours a deep copper-amber color with a two finger white head. The head fades over a moderate amount of time to give a nice level of lacing.

Smell – The smell is of a bready and caramel nature mixed with some butterscotch aromas.

Taste – A bready and sweet caramel flavor greet the tongue. These flavors create a base for the taste in which other flavors then enter upon. A butterscotch and buttery flavor come to the tongue giving it a more “savory” taste. These flavors are met with some slightly roasted malt flavors more toward the end of the taste and leave a rather caramel and butterscotch sweet and roasted flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is just below average in terms of thickness/creaminess with a carbonation level that is average. As I predicted in my previous review, this carbonation and feel suits the flavors of the beer much better than the nitro driven can. Quite nice.

Overall – This is the way in which this beer should be enjoyed. The “standard carbonation” really is much nicer for the blend of sweet, buttery, and roasted flavors of the brew the nitro. If you go for a Belhaven Scottish ale I say go for the non nitro. Quite nice (odd as I normally prefer the nitro driven body).

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Pour/Appearance: Chestnut brown hue with a thin head and slightly below average retention/lacing. Large chunks of yeast were floating in the bottle, mostly towards the bottom.

Smell: The smell is mostly mash/wort with a hint of caramel.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, moderate carbonation.

Taste: Smoked peat, caramel.

Overall: The character is what one would expect a scottish ale to be. It tastes of the earth and the malts that make it up. The bottle describes a mix of malt and nutty flavor. Nutty did not come to mind, but I suppose I could get there.

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Beautiful, full 2-finger head and the body is one of the most beautiful amber / copper colors I've seen.

Hints of caramel, malt, and toffee in the smell and taste.

Perfect light creamy feel. This stuff goes down smoothly.

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Belhaven Scottish Ale from Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
Beer rating: 65.4% out of 100 with 2,104 ratings
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