Scottish Stout
Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.

Scottish StoutScottish Stout
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Style:
English Stout
Ranked #6
ABV:
7%
Score:
89
Ranked #8,853
Avg:
3.96 | pDev: 12.37%
Reviews:
290
Ratings:
677
From:
Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
 
Scotland, United Kingdom
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  72
Gots
  108
SCORE
89
Very Good
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Reviews by Curt_rowe:
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4.54/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Very good interpretation of a stout.

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4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a slightly translucent black with a very thick, rich, creamy light brown head that had very good retention and moderate lacing.

A strong bread yeast aroma was the scent I noticed, followed by a hint of malt sweetness. The flavors were also a blend of bread and malt with a somewhat surprising sharpness on the finish.

The body was smooth and well rounded. Drinkability was very good, this beer just glides down your throat. Overall, a very good beer, worth your time to try when you see it.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4.87/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This was my first foray into Belhaven's line of beer and i have to say, it was WELL WORTH IT.

Pours a dark, almost black with very little brownish head that has no lacing and dissapears very quickly.

The smell is fantastic. A bit of hops, malt and lots of cocoa.

The taste is also fantastic. It delivers what the label says, chocolate but not overly. The malt and hops bring the chocolate flavor down a notch and add a bitterness that offsets the sweet perfectly.

I would buy this again in a heartbeat. I just wish beer this good did not only sell in singles.

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3.25/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is an English stout, and therefore sweeter; bottle poured into shaker pint.

This is a stereotypical stout in appearance: jet black, light red hue in appearance. Coca-Cola head that disappears rather fast. It looks good!!

Smells like roast malt, and a little floral hop

Tastes: grassy malt, molasses, and lastly chocolate finish with a hop bite

Mouthfeel: average

Overall, this is a good beer, but I'd choose something different. Perhaps another example of the style first...

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this on draught before at BBC and enjoyed it. Now it's time to review it and try the bottled version. It's a heavy high abv stout to be from U.K.

A: Pours a dark colored rich creamy 1 finger head. It's super pitch black with no color getting through. The creamy head slowly fades to a light covering.

N: Has a nice stout like roasted nose, with dark rich malts, some sweet dark dried fruits, some chocolate, and more of that earthy bitter stout like nose. Raisin also comes through quite a bit.

T: Starts rich and creamy, thick but not syrupy. Lots of dark malt flavors as well. It has some of that earthy bitter stout taste, but not as much as the nose. Some creamy chocolate milk is also lightly coming through. A little dark sweet fruit flavor with a bit of raisin. More chocolate, but still light. A little roast also rounds off the taste. Hints of a little sweet sugary boozy flavor that adds a little brown sugar, but very light. The roasted malt flavor seems to build the more I drink and the more the beer warms. The flavors really shine more while it warms. Recommend letting this warm up a bit before drinking.

M: Very rich and creamy, pretty thick but not syrupy. Decent carbonation but that is expected for the style.

F: Still a little on the sweet side, but not too bad. Its creamy rich goodness seems to linger the longest, with a little bit of that stouty earthy bitter flavor really shining through on the finish now that the rich creamy chocolate milk is gone. The roasty flavor comes through a bit on the finish but also fades pretty quickly as it gives way to the earthy bitter flavor. I think there's a bit of lactose sugar in it that gives it the creamy flavor, and a lingering almost milky flavor on the tongue.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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4.34/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Black with muddy brown-red highlights and a lumpy tan head that fades to film and trails. Crystalized brown sugar, smoke, cafe au lait and meat juice nose.
Malted milk ball malts, a slight lactic center with root beer hops. Caramel finish and a cough drop linger.
Medium, some chew, no burn, smooth.

Soft and chocolatey. Understated for 7%. Great body, but too sweet with milk stout characteristics; it could really use some roast or hops for balance.

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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3.43/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On nitro at The Beer Hunter in a 16 ounce shaker. On to the beer:

As expected, the body is black. The creamy, lightly tanned head on top does no surprise given it is served on niro. Head retention is a little worse for a nitro-beer; the head doesn't last all the way until the end. Its aroma is sweet, almost milky. Almost like a sweet stout.

For someone growing up on American-made stouts and stouts from Ireland, the profile fo a stout from the UK takes some time getting used to. Molasses and a touch of charred flavor start things up. More molasses. Caramel added to it all. Roasted. It's a smooth liquid, but not a very creamy one as I've come to expect from beers on nitro. Lightly astringent in the aftertaste.

A bit on the sweet side for me. Somewhat enjoyable in the end, but a smaller serving size would be better for me.

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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.82/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml clear glass bottle into a tulip. pours strikingly near-black in the glass with crimson and garnet highlights glistening from the depths of hades around the edges. A robust two-finger roanish mocha head lingers with ample spongy lacing.

dark roasted malt in the aroma. bittersweet cocoa, blackstrap molasses. pepper. a hint of clove. chocolate. lactose. Oaky and earthy. Peat and scotch barrels? I think so. maybe it's just the scottish moniker. Either way, it's a potent and complex aroma.

plum. figs. sweet. bitter cocoa tartness. almost like a strong milk stout. Port and a bit of earthy, almost metallic bitterness. Dare I say, Iron and Wine? A hint overpowering, almost unbalanced. Hoppy, smoky and peaty. One sip I love, the next is almost too much. maybe that's a good thing.

Mouth is creamy and full. Exactly what I'd hope for from a good english stout, although not what I've come to expect. Ample, almost overzealous carbonation keeps the flavors in check and helps me forget I'm drinking a 7% stout.

Powerful. Pungent. Formidable. And insanely drinkable. One of the best stouts I've had in a while. Complex and delicious... and frighteningly drinkable.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Scottish Stout from Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 677 ratings