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 charlzm
2.97/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Consumed October 12th, 2010 at Tony's Darts Away, Burbank, CA.

The color of this brew splits the difference between mahogany and black. Minimal head.

Sweet caramel and toffee candy aromas.

Flavor is sweet and reminds me of a Heath bar - toffee and chocolate. Finish so clean it's like you didn't even have a sip of beer. Very odd for a stout; tastes more like a Scotch ale.

Mouthfeel is average for the style.

Odd brew, this one. Didn't particularly enjoy it.

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Photo of taigor
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into traditional Belhaven glass.

A - Poured black non-transparent color with medium head that slowly dissipated leaving lots of lacing around the glass.

S - Malts, dark fruits, slight coffee and chocolate scents.

T - Slightly sweet malts to start with followed by chocolate, coffee, figs, raisins and a slightly dry finish.

M - Full bodied with medium carbonation.

D - Very well balanced and enjoyable stout. Would definitely recommend it.

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Photo of samie85
4.62/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-Pours a pitch black color with two fingers of mocha foam-colored head.

S-Smells strongly of robust coffee with some caramel undertones with some fruity hop notes.

T-A bit of roasted notes, with some caramel and big chocolate notes with some crisp, cleanly bitter, fruity hop finish.

M-Thick and luxuriously creamy with low carbonation and a slick,
slightly oily mouthfeel.

D-Insanely drinkable for 7%, and just a ridiculously delicious, solid beer for a pretty low price tag.

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Photo of readbaron
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - a bit thin, but as dark as you'd expect with a nice tan creamy head.

Smells malty - rather subtle, not as potent as I expected

Taste - more complex than I expected from the smell. Deliciously malty and creamy with a hints of chocolate coffee and dark fruit. Finishes smooth.

M - A bit thin, but nicely carbonated.

D - Superb, I could drink this all night.

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Photo of YouSkeete
3.47/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Closer to brown than black, bubbly, not much of a head, moderate lacing

S: Roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, and dark fruits. figs and plums especially. Doesn't smell very boozy, doesn't smell very strong, but a well balanced aroma nonetheless.

T: Full of flavor. This all threw me off at first: dark fruits are the first taste, followed by the roasted coffee and malts, and finishes with a milky/chocolaty aftertaste.

M: Not as thick as i'd like, almost feels watered down. The carbonation, the alcohol and the initial flavor balance eachother out well.

D: Easy drinker, goes down smooth. The flavor is light and the body is light. In my opinion, this deserves a pint glass, not a snifter.

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in an oversized pint glass at Duke of Devon pub.

A: Pitch black pour, two solid fingers of vanilla hued head, Spectacular retention, thick lace rings left behind

S: sweet dark fruits, light coffee and dark chocolate, the nose is mild as usual with the style

T: rather complex flavor, sweet dark fruit, coffee, cocoa, light bitterness finishes with each sip

M: smooth medium to full body, very light carbonation

D: overall very nice English stout. Easy drinker for sure.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - bubbly beer, a deep ruby hue. Three fingers of light mocha, thick and cakey. Slow to recede, leaving a few stray legs behind.

Aroma - roasty, doughy, a light soy impression.

Taste - sweet, slightly chewy malts. Smokiness is light to moderate, complementing nicely. The swallow brings on more roastiness and some light abv. Finishes warm and toasty, with some occasional chocolate.

Mouthfeel - smooth feeling, medium carbonation, proper smothness.

Drinkability - a great fireside Scottish stout.

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Photo of LairdChisholm
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours almost black with a ruby tint when held up to light. An one finger, mocha head has very good retention and sticks around through the whole drink. There is some decent lacing that clings to the side of my pint glass.

S - Not as much of a nose that I had envisioned. There are defiantly some dark fruits, fig, raisin, maybe a hint of plum. There is also a little bit of chocolate with a very slight touch of espresso and alcohol. A complex, balanced, nose. It's just not very strong.

T - A very rich tasting brew. Dark fruits upfront with notes coinciding with the smell along with heavy roasted malts. This is followed by a creamy chocolate after taste. Nice.

M - Very smooth. My only complaint is that I would like the body to be a wee bit heavier.

D - This stout goes down sweet and smooth. Considering the ABV, I could have a few of these with ease.

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

500ml bottle poured in a chalice

Lovely classic Stout.

A: Beautiful bottle art. Pours a deep black color with a big tan head. Good retention and nice lacings left
S: Good perfume of roasted malts. Brown bread. A bit sweet. Coffee and some yeasts
T: Delicious taste of roasted malts. Smoky. Reminds coffee and dark chocolate. No alcohol. Excellent bitterness
M: Medium body and carbonation
D: High. For the lovers of "black beers", this is a must!

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Photo of LacquerHead
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It poured practically pitch black with a dark tan head of foam.

The smell was mix of coffee and earth.
The taste was similar to the aroma. There was a smoky characteristic underlining the flavors. The malt profile tasted very roasted - coffee and bittersweet chocolate. It had subtle sweetness to it - I'm thinking fig or prunes. The hops also lent a hand and provided a slight paleness to the backdrop.

Interesting drinkability. I could easily drink this all night, or sip-n-savor. The ABV was not an issue.

This is now a definite go-to stout for me. This is a great beer for the price. Highly recommend it.

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Photo of gfreed
4.52/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Deep ruby red with black edges and an oaky-colored head that bubbled heavily and never really went away. Loads of smoke in the aroma; peaches, leather and moss as well. A bit salty in the taste but very dry all around, with smoke and some light bitterness at the end. The label says 7% ABV but it felt more like something under 6%. Does that mean I can have two?

Well worth hunting this one down; buy three and store two for later. An excellent stout, nearly at the level of a Sam Smith porter.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle purchased somewhere local in MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a minimal tan head over the almost opaque dark brown brew. Head is quickly an uneven swirl, with lasting lace. Aroma is richly of dark malts.

Taste is sweet upfront, almost a milk stout sweetness, pleasantly chewy in the middle, with a lightly bitter close. Mouthfeel is wow smooth, and drinkability is excellent. Session stout, anyone?

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Delaney's in New Haven, Conn. in a 16-oz Guinness pint glass.

A: A deep, black color with a bit of a creamy build into a one-finger head of tan foam which held fairly good retention before settling to a thin ring of lace.

S: Roasted barley, charred caramel malts and a little floral, spicy hop aroma in the nose as well.

T: Sweet, dry, but still somewhat milky roasted malt character with lots of bittersweet chocolate, subtle burnt malts and malty sweetness. Becomes a bit watery mid-palate, but maintains a lot of its sweet maltiness. Only a slightly bitter, balancing herbal hop bite, but it finishes sweet and smooth.

M: Medium-full bodied mostly throughout with only lingering moments of wateriness and often sweet and milky.

D: A pretty nice English stout with a very well-masked 7% ABV. A good sipper for a cooler, late-summer evening out on the patio such as it was. The ABV is deceptive, as the stout drinker s a bit like a slightly heavier, sweeter dry Irish stout. Gives a little extra kick in the flavor and adds to your glow as well.

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Photo of Foxtrot
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a total "shot in the dark buy". Saw it on the shelves of my local BevMo and couldn't pass it up.

Pours from 500ml bottle into Duval tulip a exceptionally dark body with little to no hints on showing any light penetration. The initial pour produced a big two finger head, with long lasting retention, but modest lacing.

Aroma is all things chocolate and roasted. Overtones of chocolate, toffee and caramel. Pretty straight forward in the nose.

Taste was much bigger than I was anticipating. If I had known English Stouts where of this quality, I would have given this style a try. Stouts is on the fruity side, with raisins and dates punctuated by dark chocolate that borders on the edge of creamy. Light hints of vanilla and molasses in the finish and brown sugar being the primary aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is the same as I stated earlier, big and creamy. Just skirting on the edge of full.

Drinkabilitiy is good. Pretty easy drinker, with the alcohol being well hidden throughout the session. If the ABV where lower, it would be a great regular beer. A few of these can easily sneak up on an unsuspecting aficionado.

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Photo of SolomonGrundy
3.19/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, almost totally opaque brown that shimmers blood red in the right light...Cool...'Bout a finger of deep, creamy brown head settles into a wisp and leaves good lacing. Lots of carbonation for a stout. Tangy, sour like aroma - some coffee notes and oatmeal. Maybe black cherry deep in there also. Flavor is a mixed bag. A lot similar to Guinness, but creamier and roastier, without the noticeable thin tanginess of the Irish counterpart. A little thin in its own right, but still drinkable. Average price at $3.99/bottle, so it's worth trying if you see it but neither unique nor elite.

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Photo of scarfield
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a (clear) bottle to a standard pint glass.

A - The pour is black, with faint hints of brown/mahogany in the light. The beer has a 1 finger head which dissipates quickly, much like a soda. No lacing.

S - Smell is predominately malty, but also can sense a bitter and slightly sour smell. The smell seems subdued for a stout.

T - At first taste I get a malty taste. After swallowing a more roasted/caramelized/burnt chocolate flavor lingers.

M - Hops provide a bit of a bitter and crisp feel to it. Not as smooth as many other stouts. The beer has a crisp "fresh" feeling, which I don't typically associate with stouts, particularly those which have traveled overseas.

D - With its moderately high ABV (7%) it's not quite sessionable, however the alcohol does not show up much in the taste. A nice beer for an evening at home.

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Photo of nasty15108
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Guinness mug.

A - Poured black with slight mahogany hues around the edges. The pour produced a 1" head of slightly off-white foam the slowly dissapated into a bubbly film.

S - Roasted malts, chocolate, oak and a slightly smokey peat aroma.

T - Dark bitter chocolate with slight hints of vanilla. Finishes with a slightly medicinal hop bitterness.

MF&D - Well balanced and highly drinkable. I would seek this one out again.

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Photo of beer2day
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear glass bottle. Dark black pour with 1-finger dark cream head. Good retention. Weak lacing.

Sweet dry roast malt greets the nose. Coffee, but very little chocolate. Slight cookie dough aroma.

Slighty sweet and milky presence. Nice bitters in the finish with dark roast malt and toffee underneath. Very rich.

Excellent body stands up to the rich flavor. Very creamy with the slightest hint of fizz.

Easy to drink, but very thick.

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Photo of Hibernator
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Belhaven Scottish Stout
16.9 clear bottle
Served in a 20 oz tulip glass

Pours a jet black with a khaki colored head on top that leaves little great trails of sticky lacings on the side of the glassware. Opaque. Super dark black. Looks really good.

Whiffs of malts and dark chocolates, maybe some fruit too.

Flavors of dark chocolate and toffee. Dark roasted malts with additional flavors of chocolate syrup, prunes and brown sugar sweetness. Tasty with big time flavors of dark chocolates and figs.

Nice hop snap on the finish too with a bitter punch. A flavorful and hearty stout. Better than expected.

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Photo of WJVII
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a sampling glass this brew was a dark chocolate color with a nice 2 finger milk chocolate head that settled into a foamy cap. The aroma was of molasses some burnt malts, slight chocolate and caramel. The taste was subtle up front with a little burnt caramel and some slight sweetness. The finish was well balanced with a decent hop presence. I was expecting some smoke as in a scottish ale but there was none present so that threw me off. The body was full and creamy with minimal carbonation making it nice and smooth. Good brew worth a try.

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Photo of Flightoficarus
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving type - Bottle

A - Pours a very dark, almost black brown, with a minimal sepia head that quickly dissipates to a creamy lacing.

S - Smell is of molasses, caramel, chocolate, butterscotch, and black licorice. Not a whole lot of roasty character like I was expecting, but very inviting nonetheless.

T - Taste is of caramel, chocolate, molasses, and slight black licorice notes of front, with a slightly roasty coffee and earthy hop presence at the end. Very good!

M - Mouthfeel is full-bodied, smooth, and creamy, with mild carbonation.

D - The body and 7% ABV prevent it from being a session beer, but a pint or so of it is quite enjoyable.

Overall - This was a lot less of a roasty, bitter stout like I was expecting, and much more of a dark malt bomb overall. It almost comes off to me as a cross between a scotch wee heavy and a stout. A different, and very good take on this style. Worth seeking out!

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Photo of Fladder
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very dark brown, but retains some transparency. Poured with only a little bit of head, which was moderately thick. Low carbonation.

Not a lot of dark roast character to the smell like I was initially expecting. It contains a nice foundation of darker malt flavors, but no big bite of roast barley. A bit of alcohol in the smell.

Deep full bodied flavor without much hop character. The hops sit well in the background giving some earthy tone to the beer. There's a bit of alcohol in the flavor but it's rounded out and supported by the darker carmel and mildly roasted flavors. The beer is slightly sweet. True to the Scottish label!

After drinking it, I wouldn't label it a stout. It presents the qualities of the Scottish ales in a more concentrated form than they are usually found and still sits well afterwards. There wasn't much stickiness and it faded away gently without any change in the flavor through the aftertaste.

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Photo of Landfill21
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Color is rich and dark. Pours into a small head that leaves mark on glass as you drink it. Smells of chocolate and malt. Nice chocolate taste with hints of malt.

Overall good beer, can't drink more than a pint at a time but very tasty.

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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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Photo of Fish113d
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

*poured chilled into a large snifter glass

Pours a dark brown dirty motor oil color with a loosely appearing tannish cream head that sticks to the glass a bit. Very hard to see any light through the glass.

Roasty choco malts hit my nose right away followed by some dry bitter hop aroma. A bit of coffee bean also comes through on the nose.

Very roasty chocolate maltiness on the sip. Some alcohol comes through on the tip of my tongue. Some dry oak at the finish and a nice bitter chocolate aftertaste that seems to stick around for quite some time.

Medium-to-full body brew with SOME alcohol coming through to help dry it out a bit. Fairly chewy.

Pretty solid brew. Probably not drinking this at the right time of year, but overall, not a bad brew from a brewery I've never tried anything from...not bad for $5 and a whim.

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Belhaven Scottish Stout from Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 668 ratings