Belhaven Scottish 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 Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by John_M on 02-28-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
655
Reviews:
284
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
12.5%
 
 
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67
Gots:
99
For Trade:
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5/5  rDev +27.6%

Photo of faroutadventure
5/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Super dark, espresso coffee, black, rich.

S: Espresso, dark, chocolate, mild hop aroma.

T: Dark chocolaty, full body, smooth on the tongue, smooth finish, slight coffee finish.

MF: Superb, smooth, makes you want more, rich, dark.

D: A one beer session, very rich, a beer to savor, a late night beer with chocolate cake.

This stout is by far one of a classic. The super dark chocolate notes and espresso coffee taste really shines with this winner. A+ for sure!!

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5/5  rDev +27.6%

Photo of WildHighlander
5/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have been a big fan of Belhaven Scottish Ale for a long time, when I found this on the shelf I was quite excited. I wasn't disappointed. It poured very dark garnet/black. Good off-white head and nice malty aroma. From the first sip I was impressed. Nice mouthfeel, not too chewy but nice body. The flavor was chocolate, vanilla and slight roastiness. Truly, even though the bottle says Belhaven Scottish Stout, it is a Porter, a strong porter, but still a porter. They even say so on their website. It does not have the coffee overtones associated with stouts. This one of my favorites. Slainte!

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5/5  rDev +27.6%

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5/5  rDev +27.6%

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5/5  rDev +27.6%

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5/5  rDev +27.6%

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5/5  rDev +27.6%

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5/5  rDev +27.6%

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5/5  rDev +27.6%

Photo of HomrQT
4.92/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I'm a huge Guinness lover and this was like a Guinness but with more flavor. I would highly recommend this beer. Sweet, not bitter, not hoppy. Very smooth, fairly heavy drink. I'm going to start hunting around for these bad boys to have at the house.

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4.88/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

When I saw this listed as limited I grabbed up as much as I could. Something told me I was really going to like this. I had been leaning away from English Pale Ale as my favorite into this range and BSS solidified the move.

Not jet black but very black with very little light even in the brightest space. Brownish foamy head that settled into a small 1/3" dense head that laced cleanly down the glass. There was one sticky area where I think the glass might have had the slightest residue.

Nosed nice burned chocolate, coffee, bit of sweetness, sauteed caramel or something that I would think that would smell like. These was the tiniest metallic odor present which prevented me from the 5. Just as well on the tongue without the metal. VERY smooth and develops through the glass. You wouldn't be able to tell the ABV if you weren't told. At the end/back it was very slightly more burned and bitter and the pleasant tastes lingered through a great meal. It is just creamy enough and very drinkable. I'm going to have to keep a full page and try it over and over. Using the back of business cards for notes can't do this good of a beer right.

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4.87/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of blatherbeard
4.87/5  rDev +24.2%
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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4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of kencarman
4.73/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

To clear a few things up: Bellhaven's own site lists this as 4.1%, not 7, and I believe them. To me the body wasn't "too light" but plentiful, chewy: a bit Scottish 80 like with a stout twist. Hops way in the background but with so much going on here, that's expected. Chocolate malt, dextrinous malt, roasted malt of various types and, of course, tons of pale. Mouthfeel so silky sweet, grainy and just a tad sour too.

Obsidian black with a deep tan head that holds for a moderate amount of time.

No way is this meant to be American, or English, or Irish. (An "English" would most likely vary with a Scottish take on the style.) The bottle lists it as Scottish and, once again, on the mark. A bit of peated malt, or smoked, in the background and even more so: sweet unfermentables. Even further back: just a slight hint of traditional sour like the major brewer of stout uses.

It is what it is: a Scottish version of a stout.

Have it for desert or an after meal, by the fire, luxurious quaff.

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4.69/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.69/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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3.92 out of 5 based on 655 ratings.
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