Scottish Oat Stout
Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.

Scottish Oat StoutScottish Oat Stout
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Style:
English Oatmeal Stout
Ranked #81
ABV:
7%
Score:
88
Ranked #10,432
Avg:
3.97 | pDev: 8.31%
Reviews:
41
Ratings:
128
From:
Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
 
Scotland, United Kingdom
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  9
Gots
  32
SCORE
88
Very Good
Scottish Oat StoutScottish Oat Stout
Notes: This deluxe stout is brewed for a full roasted chocolate flavour with a hop character that complements a blend of triple malts. Drink, savour and enjoy.

32 IBU
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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almost solid black with medium light carbonation. Just above average body with a slight creamy feel.
Aroma is roasted oats and grain,roasted malts,black coffee
Taste is roasted malt forward and black coffee. The roasted oats are very noticeable and really have an affect on the flavor.

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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey, Oct 13, 2019
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4/5  rDev +0.8%
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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snaotheus from Washington, Mar 01, 2019
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3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
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 -15.6%
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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TheHammer from Ontario (Canada), Nov 12, 2018
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4.01/5  rDev +1%
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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EmperorBevis from United Kingdom (England), Oct 28, 2018
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5/5  rDev +25.9%
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 patre_tim
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
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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patre_tim from Thailand, Feb 09, 2018
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4/5  rDev +0.8%
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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Pegasus from Texas, Jan 07, 2018
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3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
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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GreesyFizeek from New York, Nov 18, 2017
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4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
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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Bouleboubier from New Jersey, Oct 30, 2017
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4.13/5  rDev +4%
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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AlarmClock314 from Wisconsin, Oct 28, 2017
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4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
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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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania, Oct 17, 2017
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4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
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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BoodahMoogle from Arkansas, Sep 24, 2017
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3.72/5  rDev -6.3%
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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hreb from Washington, Sep 08, 2017
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4.68/5  rDev +17.9%
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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Voss from Italy, Jun 17, 2017
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3.35/5  rDev -15.6%
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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drmeto from Germany, Jun 07, 2017
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4.58/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Nearly black, brown around edges in sunlight. 1/4 inch tan head. Seriously complex lacing.
S: Dark malts, with bitter hop fragrance initially with more anise later
T: Cane sugar overlying dark malts and early (bitter) hops.
M: Medium to full bodied with persistent light effervescence (like a quality sparking wine); maybe a tiny syrupiness.
O: Really a treat. Full disclosure: I like a good stout, but am nondenominational as to style.

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VoxRationis from New York, Apr 16, 2017
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3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a quarter finger high light tan head.
S: Light to moderate aromas of dark malts and a bit of licorice are present in the nose.
T: The taste has lots of flavors of dark malts along with some notes of peat.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: With the peaty flavors, this is definitely a Scottish Oatmeal Stout. It might not be as smooth compared to other beers in the style but the peat-smoked taste is a nice Scottish touch.

Serving type: bottle

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metter98 from New York, Jan 08, 2017
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3.62/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours as it should

low aroma of rummy figs, treacle, touch of cola

Fairly mild in taste too for a 7%er, but good. Taste is much the same, touch of roast there. Very smooth beer, low bitterness. Slightly dry.

The best beer that Belhaven does, it's decent enough albeit punches well under its weight.

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Hanglow from United Kingdom (Scotland), Dec 18, 2016
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3.71/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Belhaven Scottish Oat Stout pours with its own soundtrack! Its loud, symphonic head fizzled and crackled until almost every last bubbles was gone. It balded like a human - eventually all that's left is a smooth round surface and thin strands of gray that barely hang off the outsides. The liquid, however, has a strong, hardy black tone that looks invincible.

Though not overly pronounced or aromatic, there's enough of a gooey chocolate pudding smell to make you go fetch a spoon. This doesn't have the intensity one might expect from a 7% stout. It's a curiously subtle profile, absent of any big roasty notes. There's actually a faint hint of bread pudding (think dark syrup, raisin, a splash of heavy cream).

The taste certainly isn't flashy either. The oats have provided a superlatively velvety-rich mouthfeel but there isn't quite the profundity of flavours to match. Sure, there's definitely some gooey chocolate fudge and milky coffee but it's not exactly the deluxe package. There's also a breakfast tea-like bitterness on the finish that's a little astringent.

Despite the alcohol content (which is undetectable anyhow), this is not the kind of stout to open if you're in the mood to kick it up a notch. It's not terribly big on flavour and wholly opposed to intensity; this is clean, carefree and uncomplicated. Let's put it this way: if smooth and simple drinkability is your thing - you're in the right place!

I loved Belhaven Scottish Stout (7%) and could take-or-leave their Black Stout (4.2%). Scottish Oat Stout falls somewhere between the two, with glimpses of the chocolate syrup and fruit reduction flavours of the former but also possessing the underwhelming mildness of the latter. It's a decent offering but not a standout in Belhaven's expansive, impressive portfolio.

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biegaman from Ontario (Canada), Dec 14, 2016
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4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Opaque black color with a faint copper hue. Light creamy and foamy beige 2 finger head, lasting around 5 minutes, with moderate lacing, faint legs, no reconstruction from a swirl. Flavors of cherries, plum, oysters, dark roasted grains, chocolate, coffee, molasses, walnuts, wood, herbal spices. Sharp weedy bitterness, softened by burned sugars. Slick oily medium body with prickly and crispy carbonation. Strong finish, slightly dry and chalky, earthy burnt malts and hops, oak barrel aged feel, and slightly leathery. Packed with flavors, rich and tasty, nice complexity. Although the body is a bit dull, the freshness takes a hit, while the sharp crispiness saves the day. Robust but well balanced and intensified. Feels almost like a Scotch Ale. Overall high quality craft.

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TheBierdimpfe from Quebec (Canada), Dec 14, 2016
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4.36/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Aromas of dark raisins, licorice, coffee, chocolate. Flavour mirrors the aromas with a hint of almost peaty smokiness. Appearance is very dark and initially had some nice froth but it didn't last very long. This tasted more like a porter to me than a stout but definitely enjoyable either way.

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sherillc from Ontario (Canada), Nov 13, 2016
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3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a jet black brown with a two finger, rocky, beige colored head. No retention or lacing.

Aroma is of milk chocolate, currants, raisins, creamy oatmeal and a little bit of black licorice and caramel.

The body is medium in weight, smooth and silky, but not overtly heavy, giving the beer a creamy mouthfeel while still remaining crisp. This feels seriously velvety and sexy.

Starts off with flavors of creamy malted oats, sweet milk chocolate and slightly bitter light roast coffee. Notes of caramel and custard. A slightly tart, sugarplum flavor creeps in on the finish with more notes of milk chocolate towards the tail end. Faint notions of black licorice throughout the background.

My overall thoughts are mostly positive. This is a very easy drinking, silky and creamy oatmeal stout that leans towards the sweeter side of the style spectrum with flavors predominantly of milk chocolate, sugary oatmeal and dark fruit balanced out by mild notions of coffee and black licorice.

If it came in six packs I could see this being a staple in my fridge.

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3.81/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

330ml bottle served cold into a goblet. Beer #2 from the Merry Craftmas holiday pack. Cost was about $2.65 CDN for the bottle.

Appearance - very dark, near black. A small film of a head is poured and recedes to nothingness almost instantly. No lacing to speak of either.

Smell - heavy grain, likely oats and plenty of malt. Some milk chocolate. Cherries and some orchard fruits with prunes involved. Fruitier than expected. A splash of honey.

Taste - butterscotch and toffee before turning bitter with roasty flavours and some coffee and unsweetened chocolate.

Mouthfeel - super smooth and velvet-like going down. Heavy body but booze is imperceptible except for the fire in the pit of my belly.

Overall - A very nice oatmeal stout with plenty of flavor and more chocolate than most in the style. Ridiculously smooth and creamy, easy to drink despite a heavier body. Very good beer that is greater than the sum of its parts as it comes together in a cohesive manner.

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taxandbeerguy from Ontario (Canada), Oct 30, 2016
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3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown color with tan head. Aroma has sweet malt and roasted notes. Taste starts also sweet, malty, some cola, sweetened coffee, slightly bitter on the finish with coffee notes. Body is quite light with medium carbonation. A bit sweet for my taste but not bad overall.

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Ciocanelu from Romania, Oct 28, 2016
Scottish Oat Stout from Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 128 ratings