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Belhaven Scottish Oat Stout | Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.

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BEER INFO

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

Style: English Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#9,410
Reviews:
40
Ratings:
121
pDev:
8.25%
 
 
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7
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Ratings: 121 |  Reviews: 40
Photo of Eric_Standard
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of snaotheus
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2019-02-28
330ml bottle served in a snifter. This has been hanging around for some time. 17052 0104 is printed (very lightly) on the bottle -- so it might be two years old or so.

Looks nice -- black with a medium sized head, moderate to low carbonation. Smell is very roasty. Mostly the smell of roasted malt, a little chocolate and coffee.

Taste is surprisingly sweet, chocolatey, coffee and roastedness more in the background.

Mouthfeel is light and effervescent. Overall, this is a quite good stout.

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Photo of Brian_Pheiffer
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BirdsandHops
4.29/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bruno74200
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark with a small beige head.

A nose on the blueberry and the roasted malts.
The taste follows with a big sweetness.
The oat brings a certain roundness.
Okay stout

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Photo of TheHammer
3.35/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Black as black can be, as a good stout should be, but the half finger of head, complete lack of lace and zero retention does it no favors here.

Smell: Strong dark chocolate with pleasant smokiness and a hint of grassy peat. There also is a sweet toffee malt presence, but it's very subdued. Potency is quite good and warming brings it out even more.

Taste: Starts with a nice toffee malt note with a backing of dark chocolate that builds with a newly introduced smokiness with a touch of earth that then ends on a less then desirable swamp water snap. I suspect that is what is making that peaty note and it's not a good way to end the experience.

Mouthfeel: There is a smoothness to this beer which I've come to expect from Oatmeal stout, which I like. What I don't like is that smoothness gives that swampy flavor and almost, slithering quality over my tongue. Thankfully once it passes the dark chocolate aftertaste and bitter earth stays and thankfully never gets out of control. The carbonation is really low on this one, which is also another con I would say.

Drinkability: On the heavier end of medium bodied, which is a perfectly fine place for a milder stout to set up shop, but maybe not a 7% offering. It does have more a refreshing quality and a liquid meal quality of the style, but I'm ok with that. The lower carbonation lets it settle down well.

Final Thoughts: It's a passable oatmeal stout, that's the best I can say. The lower carbonation makes this offering very sedate, and the swamp touch makes in less then desirable. It's not outright bad, or offensive, and I'm sure someone's palate agrees with that note more then me. However, as it stands, I just wasn't impressed by this one.

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Photo of Pmicdee
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EmperorBevis
4.01/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled and poured into a handled half pint glass and topped up
pours a jet black body with decent tan head
aroma of treacle porridge
charcoal and turnip flavour
good body

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Photo of desint
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of eafowler7
5/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Delicious!!! Malty with a slight peaty flavor. Rich and complex flavor, texture, and aroma. Perfect for a winter night. ABV is also ideal. One of my favorite stouts. No complaints and nothing I would change. CHEERS!

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Photo of mizx
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of patre_tim
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown with a copper tinge when held to the light. Topped with a finger of beige head.

Smells of chocolate, black liquorice and coffee.

Tastes of chocolate, coffee, dark toasted notes, with a light sweetness.

Medium body, moderate carbonation.

Got with the Christmas pack from LCBO. Drinking in Muskoka, Feb 8th, 2018.

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Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Massive, coarse dark tan head crowns and utterly opaque, dark brown body, little indistinguishable from black. Soon, the head collapses to a modest layer, befitting a lager. A thick, broken ring of lacing adorns the glass wall.

Aroma: Very prominent notes of earth, coffee, smoke, bitter cocoa, roasted malt, and caramel.

Taste: Upon tasting, caramel and roasted oats present, soon followed by sweet coffee, earth, bitter cocoa, and bitter apple rind. A little smoke seems to be present as well. Very little hop presence is notable, just a slight bitterness in the back ground. The alcohol, with an ABV of 7%, is quite subtle, being more notable for warmth, rather than any taste. A sweet coffee note brings the taste to a close.

Mouth feel: Very smooth, very full, quite gracious.

Drinkability/notes: A fine rendition of a classic style, by a time-honored brewery. More than worthy of a try, especially on a winters day, or night.

Presentation: Packaged in a 330 ml (11.2 ounce) brown glass longneck bottle, with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of 1971bernat
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AGoodStout
3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

This one pours a dark-ish black, with a small white foamy head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like lactose, dark fruit, sweet chocolate, smoke, and roast.

This is fairly light bodied, but the flavors are super creamy and deceptively rich. There may be lactose in here, because I definitely get that sort of flavor. There's also creamy milk chocolate, very light wispy ashy smoke, and light roast. I could drink a lot of this.

This is very creamy, but light bodied, with a good level of carbonation.

This is a neat little stout, but I wish the body was a bit heftier.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

(11.2 oz bottle, code 17052... left out 1 hr, poured into Belhaven pint glass)

L: deep brown liquid; inch-high, bouncy khaki-colored foam... leaves a messy collar, but absolutely no lacing

S: ground (slightly oxidized) coffee aroma most prominent, certainly a fair amount of underlying sweetness as well... roasted barley quite apparent; subtle charcoal... dark brown bread undertone

T: roasted barley and base malt up front, bold... lingering roasty (approaching burnt), grainy, soft bitterness... underlying brown sugar sweetness... flavors are fantastic, but not so popping fresh

F: medium-bodied; dry enough finish without much residual slickness despite oily, rounded, viscous core... carbonation seems a touch too mellow, but otherwise very much on point for my taste with this style

O: relatively old bottle it would seem, but its sumptuous, brawny maltiness will bring me back (for a newer bottle, I hope)

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Photo of AlarmClock314
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

11oz bottle, no date. Pours somewhat transparent reddish brown with a medium sized light khaki head. Smells and tastes of lightly roasted malt, caramel, and oats with a hint of licorice, dark fruit, and earthy hops. Decent intensity and balance with a pleasant aftertaste. Light bitterness and medium sweetness throughout. No noticeable alcohol. Slightly thin body and average carbonation for the style. Overall, it's balanced, sweet, and enjoyable. Would pick up again.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Belhaven Brewery "Belhaven Scottish Oat Stout"
11.2 fl. oz. brown glass bottle without freshness dating
$2.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Belhaven's Scottish Oat Stout pours an opaque brown-black body that reveals only a slim edge of glimmering mahogany brown at the base of the glass. Atop a majestic head of frothy tan rises and then slowly falls to become creamy, and then densely creamy as a thin cap that covers the entire surface. The head holds well and it leaves some very nice lacing behind.

The aroma is softly roasty, lightly toasty, and mildly chocolatey with just a hint of sweetish caramel.

Flavors of brown sugar, light caramel, milk chocolate, a soft roastiness, and a light fruitiness (apple and light red cherry) greet you in the mouth. It's not particularly bitter, and somewhat sweetish, lingering gently in the finish with a subtle spritz of alcohol that helps to dry it.

In the mouth it's creamy smooth with a medium-light body and soft but tingling, fine-bubbled carbonation.

Overall it's an impressive oatmeal stout that despite it's sweetness never really builds on the palate and leaves you satisfied sip after sip. The Scottish character in its caramelish maltiness is a nice change from the usual more straightforward and roasty English versions and gives it a greater depth of character. It works easily as an after dinner sipper, dessert beer, or nightcap, but it could also serve well as a more flavorful and full pint (mind the alcohol content) while out with the lads.

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Photo of BoodahMoogle
4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Poured like coffee. Very little head. Really smooth, great mouth feel, slightly oily. Mild sweetness, oatmeal in the foreground, with a hint of dark chocolate and plum in the aftertaste. Great carbonation and really drinkable.

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Photo of bnes09
3.71/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hreb
3.72/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

I seem to recall, long ago, being quite fond of Belhaven on nitro tap. Is there normal brew not an oatmeal stout? Apparently it's been a while but I don't remember this one. 7%? That doesn't sound like a traditional Scottish stout.

11.2 oz. served in a curved stout glass. Pours black, thick, and oily, with moderate brown head formation. Aroma is boozy, with a bit of the bourbon / molasses / roasted malt note that is familiar especially to RIS. Very bold flavor -- the tartness of the fruity malt flavors puckers the sides of my mouth on contact. But there's good roasty barley flavors in here too. The mouthfeel is smooth, but not nearly as creamy as I'd expect from a beer that gives "Scottich" first and "Oat" second billing in the title. Carbonation cuts through it directly, though not overpoweringly so. I would absolutely order this on nitro if I saw it -- the bottle is clearly gassed with CO2. But no, in this form I'm not loving the mouthfeel -- nor the hefty alcohol convent. Still good flavors and and impressive offering from what is essentially a macro.

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Photo of Voss
4.68/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I love this stout, rich, with character, but still easy and so much enjoyable.
Bread, butter, salmon and Belhaven Oat Stout is a perfect match.
Very recommended, one of my favourite, one of the best.

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Photo of drmeto
3.35/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

L:
-pours the darkest of brown with no light coming through and a medium,frothy,beige head
S:
-Cafe Crema,Soy sauce,licorice,milk chocolate,oats,cherries,acidic
T:
-Cherries,metallic,cafe crema,toast,acidic
F:
-medium carbonation
-light to medium body
O:
I'm not into overly acidic Stouts, though this is one of the better variety

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Belhaven Scottish Oat Stout from Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 121 ratings