Belhaven Scottish Stout | Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.

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Belhaven Scottish StoutBelhaven Scottish Stout

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

Style: English Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by John_M on 02-28-2009

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Photo of dar482
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nitro on draft.

Medium roasted quality, bit of creamy, dark fruit, dry, medium minus bitterness. Depth of coffee flavor. Medium mouthfeel. Hints of cocoa and milk chocolate. Restrained sweetness. With its ABV and flavor profile, quite close to an

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Photo of MaltyPythonsHopCircus
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nitro can doesn't do this beer justice. Little aroma but great chocolate and vanilla flavour, almost marshmallow like. Not much roast but finishes slightly on the sweet side

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Photo of drmeto
2.72/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

-pours the darkest of brown with no light coming through and a medium,quickly dissipating ,sand-coloured head
-grainy,spicy,pilsener malt,licorice,syrup,rye bread,cooked potatoes,raisins
-finishes dry
-medium carbonation
-light to medium body
-alcohol detectable
Even aside from the skunk (bright Idea using clear bottles), this isn't all that good.

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Photo of bbtkd
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Belhaven Scottish Stout. As I drink it, I'm picking up a lot of flavors - some coffee bitterness, some sweetness, roasted malt, and other things I can't identify. Not bad, would get it again.

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Photo of tykechandler
1/5  rDev -74.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

from a clear bottle:

i knew this would be a mistake. horribly, horribly skunked. awful. why on earth would any brewery, especially one doing something other than AAL, put their beer in a glass bottle? this is downright despicable behavior. three sips, then down the drain...

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Photo of Act25
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Comes in a 16oz can. Good looking color. Enjoyed. Try 6

A - Pours a dark brown body with red highlights. Sports a one-finger head of thick foam with big bubbles, but not enough lace.

S - It smells of flowers, chocolate and molasses. Nice.

T - Tastes of flowers, fire, semi-sweet chocolate and molasses. Gets roastier as it warmed up.

M - Crisp, smooth with a dry finish. A light-to-medium-bodied beer. Thinner than I like.

D - Reliable Stout. Try 6.

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Photo of stevoj
3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Head is foamy, unlike the famous Irish brew, but the body, aroma and taste are full on stout. Strong roast grain flavor with nice lingering aftertaste. Burnt toast, molasses, coffee and chocolate all come to mind. delicious....

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Photo of Gear54
3.26/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

From a bottle into a tulip glass

Pour is deep black with 1/2 finger of thick kaki foam.

Smell is creamy dark roasted malts. No alcohol or hops to speak of. Perhaps some dark chocolate is present as well

Taste is exactly like the nose. Dark chocolate and roasted malts dominate the tongue. A touch of sweetness and no bitterness at all. Really smooth

Not heavy or thick like some stouts. Very easy to drink.

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Photo of hardy008
3.32/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours dark brown, almost black, with a one finger tan head, which has good retention. The aroma has roasted malt and some earthiness. Is somewhat subdued.

The taste has roasted malt, somewhat charred, with some sweetness. The taste is also somewhat subdued.

Light to medium bodied with decent carbonation. Not a bad beer, buit nothing special either.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Undated bottle at 42 degrees into snifter; allowed to warm to 50 degrees
$ 4.69/500 mL bottle at the Lager Mill
Aroma of roasted malt, slightly oily; lasts but markedly weakens
Head large (Five cm, aggressive pour), light brown, frothy, slowly diminishing to irregular three to five mm ring and frothy layer
Lacing good – complete rings of tiny bubbles which slowly slide back down to rejoin the ring
Body medium brown, clear
Flavor very much lightly roasted malt with slight caramel overtones; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 4.25, Aroma 4, Flavor 4, Palate 4, Overall 4

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Photo of D-HopSupreme
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a near amber tinge, with thick creamy head forming one inch above the top. The scent is very strong of toffee and coffee and lacks the ferrous scent of such other macro stouts as Guinness. The taste is faintly coffee-like and otherwise provides a deep, slightly nutty flavour. The mouthfeel is very smooth and velvety as well. This is a very good stout beer, I enjoy it very much.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this on draft and really enjoyed it. Poured from pint bottle into snifter. The color is jet black with a creamy tan head and lacing. The smell is dark raisin, plum, and dark roasted malt and coffee. I taste the burnt coffee right away but I'm missing the fruit. Fairly bitter at the finish. I agree with other reviewers comparison to a nitro stout. The carbonation and mouth feel are pleasant but I prefer a chewier stout. Not surprisingly, I also found that the taste improves as the stout assumes room temperature. Overall, it's a very good English Stout. On draft in a restaurant, I prefer it to Guinness. Given the choice, however, I'd prefer a RIS any time.

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Photo of Catracho5
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle poured into a tulip glass

A: Pitch, jet black, very little light comes through when held up, tan colored head, creamy, but dissipated pretty quick, looks a little thin.

A: Roasted malts, dry dark coffee aroma, no alcohol, picking up a nitro stout creamy aroma, smells pretty good.

T: Not as roast forward as the nose, slight dark coffee flavor, dry chocolate, getting some hop presence in the middle, there is a cream flavor that reminds of a nitro stout present as well, finishes dry.

M: It's thin, especially for a 7% ABV stout, slight creamy smooth, easy on the palate.

O: First English stout I've taste, leans more on the sweet than American stouts I've tasted, easy drinking, decent amount of flavor, middle of the road beer for me, doesn't disappoint, but doesn't overwhelm either, very good.

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Photo of morris786
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours black with a small cream colored head and light lacing. Smell is roasted malts coffee and some chocolate aromas. This beer didn't smell near as good as the taste. It isn't overly complex but what it does it does right. Taste of coffee rich dark chocolate and light earthy hops. Very good beer and remarkably smooth.

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Photo of Dentist666
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into english pint.
Pours opaque dark brown/black beer with soft tan head, good retention. Smell - creamy, somewhat oxidized & stale (due to transparent bottle?), licorice, coffee. Taste -roasted malts, licorice, coffee, chocolate, Chewy and silky body. Medium carbonation.
Pros - nice body and drinkability.
Contras - weak smell, lack of character, transparent bottle.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.6/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled last night on 6/21/15. Comes in a 500ml (16.9 ounce) bottle. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a "STORZ" snifter glass.

Brew pours really close to a pitch-black in color with close to a 1-finger foamy beige head. Lots of 'ring-like' lacing is seen when sipped. Aroma is of dark malts and a hint of black licorice. The taste follows the nose with a hint of chocolate also. Very tasty and goes down easy. A very minor bitter finish was noted but didn't last more than a few seconds and doesn't take anything away from this fantastic brew.

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very dark brown with small tan head. Nose is not there...just the slightest wiff of dark malt and wet cardboard. Taste is better but very one-dimentional, some residual sweetness and a black patent malt flavor which becomes more pronounced with a bitter finish. Mouthfeel was a little weak compared to other stouts. Overall, not special but not bad.

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Photo of RickyS
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I have to admit, I set my expectations quite low for this one, just by looking at the clear bottle. Couldn't be more wrong! The beer looks pitch black with small head after the pour, though with great retention. Nice. Smells quite interesting: the usual roasted malt and chocolate tones are supported by some kind of acidic aroma, which is reminding me of dark fruits, which I find quite pleasant. In the mouth feels very creamy with small amount of bubbles. The taste is pretty unusual for a stout. Usual coffee and a hint of chocolate are there but the backbone is still sweet, acidic, dark fruity. Lasts vey long revealing some small amount of bitterness. Would buy this again!

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Photo of vikinggary28
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a chilled glass. Malt aroma with cocoa influence. Very pleasant. Colour is black with tan head, and I mean "no light gets through the glass" black. Taste has very little bitterness. Sweet malt flavour with a definite chocolate presence. Mouthfeel is medium-light and very smooth. A stout this sweet is a pleasant surprise.

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Photo of JLSIV
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a clear bottle into an imperial pint glass, midnight black with a one finger head that dissipates to a constant film of off white sample did not lace very much, but that could have been the glass

Aroma is mostly malt, hint of smokiness, some cocoa.

Taste is very fine and pleasant, with a cocoa bitterness that balances the malty sweetness very well.

Mouthfeel is a solid medium, probably would be a little fuller on tap, but a very good bottled stout. There was very good carbonation, and this might have given a different feel than the tap.

Overall, I have been pleased by the two Belhaven products that I have tried, I enjoy Stouts, and I wouldn't hesitate to pull this one again.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours black as a starless night. World Class head volume, outstanding lacing and retention. Light nose of roast and chocolate over a slight mineral note. Heavy light body with just a hint of smooth texture. Above average carbonation level with a bit of effervescence in the middle and finish. The outstanding flavor profile is reasonably intense, a bit complex and very well balanced. It begins with chocolate sweetness which is a blend of bittersweet dark and milk characteristics. The middle has a very subtle bitterness from roast and hops over a distinct classic mineral note (think chocolate soda). The finish is a slow fade of rich sweet chocolate with hints of vanilla. This is an excellent choice to introduce someone to stouts.

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Photo of seedyone
4/5  rDev +2%

04/05/13 At Rattle N Hum on tap (nitro). Usual smoothness from most nitro pours. Extremely light body but not watery. Aroma is subtle & indicative of the shy flavor profile. Nice balance of sweet & bitter. No hint of the contemporary adds of vanilla/coffee/chocolate, etc. Listings show conflicting ABV but this tastes shy so I'll assume it's @ 4.5%. If that's the case I could see this as a pleasant session companion.

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Photo of Jeffsta1
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Tolerable, drinkable, but nothing to get excited about, and there are many better choices.
A bit sweet on the attack. Some nice maltiness. Deep black color.
Mouthfeel isn't as rich as I like in a stout.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%

Served from tap in a shaker pint glass at Duke of Perth.

Bachelor Party-Palooza 2014 (Part 1) concludes, still believing that when in a Scottish-style pub, do as the Scots do and drink up some Belhaven, especially the Stout. This stuff pours a slightly murky midnight sienna topped by a finger of sandstone foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, dark cocoa powder, light treacle, and a hint of vanilla. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a bit of mild charcoal smoke and a healthy amount of straight-up toffee. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly creamy feel. Overall, a nice, enjoyable stout, a fitting punctuation mark on this delightful meal and visit.

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Photo of Daredevil
4.46/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

pours a clean dark liquid, with a brownish not very firm foam

nose: peaty, banana-bread, some hops

palate: generous toffee like sweetness, strawberries, light bitterness in the aftertaste

despite the sweetness a nicely balanced brew - well worth a try

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