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Belhaven Scottish Stout | Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.

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Belhaven Scottish StoutBelhaven Scottish Stout
BA SCORE
3.92/5
Very Good
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:
#6,460
Reviews:
286
Ratings:
664
pDev:
12.76%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
71
Gots:
105
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Photo of djwhit24
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of exodus1369
3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a very dark beer. I couldn't even see threw the drops the dripped on the counter. Had to really get my noise in to it to get the smell of coffee and malt. The taste was a bit better got some chocolate, and roast flavors, good beer but not much to have it really stand out from other Stouts, really didn't get that "Scottish" style from this one. But as I said not bad.

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Photo of WeckBrew
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of poopsmitherson
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of ummswimmin
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I got this beer on Half Time’s website. I recommend checking it out. The pricing was pretty reasonable and I liked the selection. I took advantage of this selection to knock off another style from the 104 (only 16 left).

I poured the Scottish Stout into a pint glass, and this is a very dark, black beer. There was a thin tan head that dissipated pretty quickly.

Off the top I get chocolate, malt, coffee, and some roast. I get a little bitterness as well. I didn’t pick up any off the hops as listed on the label.

The flavor was complicated and balanced. There was a good presence of coffee, and behind it you get some of the chocolate. I liked the malt and roast. The hops don’t come in the taste as well.

The only downside was the bitterness present at the end of each drink. What starts with a very good look and smell; ends with a pretty strong dose of bitter. I know that this is typical to the style, but it hurts what is otherwise a very good beer.

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Photo of harrymel
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled: unk

Pours a dark ale with two fingers of latte foam, this falls slowly to a quilt of the same leaving lots of cobwebs. Very roasty nose; plenty of dark, coffee, charcoal malts and even nearly a savory, almost salty smell. Really a rich nose. Very roasty flavor as well with stone fruit, umami, coffee, oatmeal, some catty hops and even a little thyme flavor. I like this beer so far, really crushable as a stout. A little short of full bodied with moderate, but short lived carb and a semi dry finish. This is a really nice beer with hi potential for being paired with fire broiled red meats, taters, and some veggies. Good stuff.

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle. SA pint.

A: It looks black but lets light in. It has a finger of very frothy khaki head with great lacing.

S: Roasty nuts, coffee, and dark chocolate.

T: Strong roasted malts, no hops present, chocolate, some dark fruits, and lots of smoke.

M: Medium-thick creamy body.

O: Delicious. It is more Americanized than I expected.

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Photo of titosupertramp
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed while watching Scotland v. England 6 Nations match.

A: Pours a cola brown with nice red highlights. Less than a finger of khaki head that fades quickly, leaving behind little lacing and foamy ring.

S: Good roasted and chocolate smell. Has a slight dark fruit tinge as well.

T: Everything from the nose. Roasted malts, dark chocolate and fruits. Has a bitterness to it as well from the grassy hops.

M: Medium bodied and creamy.

O: This isn't a bad beer at all. At $5 a 22oz, it's a good value as well.

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Photo of NightINgale
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of EddieG28
5/5  rDev +27.6%

Photo of FanofHefe
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle poured into a tulip; no freshness dating on the bottle or label. Dark, nearly black, body with no real amount of light getting through. A good two-finger creamy tan head that has decent retention and a little sticky lacing.

Not overpowering in the aroma but solid notes of roasted malt, coffee, and dark chocolate.

The flavor starts out clearly in the roasted malt camp, with a distinct smokiness following. Coffee, molasses, and a light nutty flavor round out the blend very well.

Lighter in the mouthfeel than most of this brew's American cousins, but it does not detract. Unusual to have a good beer out of a clear bottle, but I didn't detect any skunkiness. A solid stout that I would gladly have again.

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Photo of jjfancybeers
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of BeerHownd
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Sarunas7
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of mattyrubes
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of SLeffler27
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A one-inch, creamy, chestnut head presides over a barely translucent black walnut beer. As the head dissipates, it leaves a creamy veil of lacing.

The aroma is that of rich, dark chocolate, with fumes of coffee liqueur and roasted malt.

The flavor follows the nose with an emphasis on the black coffee, vanilla and pumpernickel. Sweet molasses is present as well. Finishes with bitterness in the back of the throat that lasts a long time.

This is a full-bodied stout with light carbonation and a creamy texture. Despite the aroma, alcohol plays a small role.

An easy drinking sipper for a Dogfish Head snifter, Belhaven Scottish Stout would also stand up to a meal.

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Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of cycoduck
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of bef126
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of rarbring
3.36/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer is black with a red hue, a tan firm head, little lacing and some curtains.

A dry smell, burned wood, roasted malt. Not very distinct.

Good chocolate sweetness, a fruity sweet freshness, slightly smokey.

Little carbonation, soft and smooth, a fresh feeling with a light dry finish.

A nice *porter*, not the stoutish dryness.

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Photo of mynie
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

REVIEW #1500

Sniffed it before I poured it, and was quite surprised that it was neither skunked nor stale, seeing as it comes in a perfectly translucent, clear bottle. And, thank goodness, but I don't think Europeans have realized the extent to which the US beer scene has become gentrified, because this was reasonably priced.

Nice, medium-opaque pour. It's clearly dark red, when held up to lamplight, but it looks black enough from arm's length, and it's got a nice, fluffy brown head.

Smells dry, medium hoppy and acidic, with no real barley nodes. Where's the burniness I so enjoy in an English stout? I know this isn't dry, but there should at least be bit 'o bitterness, if not something sweet.

Tastes much more robust--dry hops, acidic yeast, and a sweet chocolately malt. It begins with a surprisingly nice node of pasteurization which moves into chocolate, then a blend of sour and dry. Very nicely balanced.

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Photo of AmericanGothic
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a Sam Adams pint.

A: Pours a nearly opaque, dark brown color with two fingers of khaki head. Good retention and some scant lace.

S: Deep, mellow roasted malts, some chocolate as well.

T: Roasted, slightly smoky malts up front, then a transition to chocolate in the middle, with some surprise hop bitterness on the end. Quite nice. Smoke is subtle but lingers on the aftertaste. Halfway through the glass, the hops begin to emerge with the chocolate and also take on a slightly floral quality.

M: Not too heavy, slightly oily.

O: Good stout, the balanced smokiness sets it apart. Well worth a try.

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of animal69
4/5  rDev +2%

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