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Belhaven Scottish Stout | Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.

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3.92/5
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664 Ratings
Belhaven Scottish StoutBelhaven Scottish Stout
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
Ranking:
#6,493
Reviews:
286
Ratings:
664
pDev:
12.76%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
71
Gots:
105
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 664 |  Reviews: 286
Photo of saburky
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Akeah
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Saviour
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 Zazzi82
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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 Heeenrik
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 Curt_rowe
4.54/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Very good interpretation of a stout.

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Photo of Zanth
3.47/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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 Tapioju
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 123321123321
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 Kelp
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 soullego
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Brolo75
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 schiltron
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of der_meister
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

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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Belhaven Scottish Stout from Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 664 ratings
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