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

what would appear as a smokier export stout. this had all the qualities but a pretty loosely set head. a stout color with some bigger bubbles. a nose of coffee and tobacco earthiness. palate was coffe, mildly vanilla like the bean of a red wine... and a smoked mild astringent earthy malt. well versed but not much different that an export. maybe a tad less bitter.

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Photo of hu5om
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

split in Sam Smith glasses with newk340 and e11a627

a-dark brown/black, off white ring and spotty layer of foam.

s-mild english dark malts, oatmeal, fairly subdued

t-rich english malts, milk/dark chocolate mix, oats, sweet enough but not too sweet, exquisite sweet/bitter balance. sugar roasted nuts

m-round, very very light tingle, doesn't linger too long, but leaves a very pleasing chocolate oat taste in the mouth without being overbearing. medium carbonation

d-an excellent stout. can't touch the best imperials but damn it's good. one of the best stouts, i've ever had. good pick nick.

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Photo of mithrascruor
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a solid black color with a somewhat creamy tan head with some bubbles. Good retention and a bit of lacing.

Smell: Nice roasted malt aroma. Bits of coffee as well as some charred earthy notes. Nothing burnt; there's also a hint of sugar or cream.

Taste: Roasted malts with a bit of cream. Some caramel towards the finish. Hard to be much more specific here, but the flavor is very nice. Not monolithic either; there's subtle and nice things going on.

Mouthfeel: Really smooth with some light tingly carbonation. Medium- to full-bodied.

Drinkability: Stronger ABV than I expected, but I didn't taste it at all. Easy and tasty to drink.

Really impressed by this! Belhaven exporting one of their good-tasting beers?! Clear bottle = meh, but it seems to have held up fine. Might be the new go-to stout for me, when I don't want a six-pack or an imperial.

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Photo of newk340
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: a thick black pour, opaque with a thin foam ring that leaves minimal lacing (shared with hu5om and e11a627).

S: a mild sweet chocolate with hints of coffee grounds lace the nostrils. a superb aroma!

T: buzz of chocolate and sweet malts permeate the tastebuds briefly, leaving the palate wanting more with a slight coffee aftertaste. a great dessert beer.

MF/D: a slight initial sizzle that fades to a silky smooth cascade down the throat. an amazing stout that leaves a cacophony of sensations in the mouth.

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Photo of e11a627
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared with hu5om and newk320 at Bodega.

A: Very dark. Brown/black with a hint of red. Thick, opaque.

S: Mild, chocolate.

T: A yummy campfire smokiness with chocolate syrup.

M: Very smooth. Goes down nicely and perfectly. Tiny Tingle with swallow but most enjoyable.

D: I could have it for dessert. Perfect end to a perfect 3-beer tasting. I could pour this over icecream. It's such a treat!

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

This is a great, and unique beer. I really enjoyed all aspects of this stout, and would not change a thing

A - Dark Black, slightly opaque. Thin head with light lacing.

S - Fruits, Roast, Nobel Hops. Extremely complex as I took in the aroma for a long time. The balance in the smell was surprising, and the aroma hopping was not expected.

T - Balanced, complex, delicious. The taste followed the aroma balanced and complex, with a lot going on in each sip. As good as any beer I have tasted. A 5!

M - Perhaps a little thin for a stout, but still pleasant and well made.

D - The 7% ABV is surprising for an overall mild and balanced stout. I could easily drink these all night.

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Photo of 2DaMtns
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured slowly from a bottle into a brandy glass, a nice tan head developed. The aroma was nothing different than most stouts I've tried. Mouthfeel was good, but not overwhleming. The taste was very good, less bitter than I anticipated, and this is one of the smoother stouts I've had. I will keep this one on the list of ones to have again, for sure.

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Photo of Preston
4.36/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at Nicholson's pub in Cincinnati. Spectacular (and surprisingly high alcohol) stout in a spectacular pub. Mild chocolate taste and very smooth and lightly sweet and creamy stout. Wonderful!!

If you get a chance, also try the Belhaven Scottish Ale, a really fine and also very creamy and rich beer from that great brewery.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's dark stuff alright, not opaque blackness but pretty close. 2" igh thick brown and tan colored head, sticks around forever.

Roastie toffee, roasted almonds, flax seeds, creamy vanilla, subtle and dark chocolate...good aroma overall with a slightly sweet 'n sour malty edge, slighlty like soured cream.

The malty complexity is this brew is huge, roastie notes of chocolate and assorted nuts hits the spot. Herbal musty hops and yeast combo, creamy vanilla on the downside of the sip with a hardly noticable 7% heat. Musty leathery notes from the hops and the chocolate edge becomes grainy and thick in the feel with some slight chalky, oak-choco flavor left over. The feel is full, chalky and slow.

This one was much like a beefy Guiness from the nitro can.

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Photo of Redrover
3.41/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was excited to see this offered at the Flying Saucer in Fort Worth. Poured on Nitro in to a standard pint with the proper pause in the pour. It is jet black with a massive tan head and that great cascade effect.

The aroma is of dark roasted malts, a hint of wood smoke and brown sugar.

The taste is of dark roasted malts, a bit of toffee and something a bit sour in the finish. The tastes are a bit washed out and that sourness does the beer no service. It could be an old keg, but the FS seems to be pretty good about rotating out old beers.

The mouth is soft and creamy from the nitro, but it thins a bit in the end.

Drinakbility is just average. I love their Scottish Ale, but this does not live up to the family lineage. Maybe would be better on co2??

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

In a pint glass it has a dark mahogany coloring with a touch of ruby to it. It's so dark that light doesn't pass through. A thick foamy tan head formed when poured. It lasted for quite a while before it faded to a film on the top of the beer. There was little to no lacing on the glass.

The beer has a sweet dark fruit scent to it, like prunes or dates. There are undertones of vanilla, coffee and chocolate. A nice roasted malt scent permeates the beer as well as a hint of peat. The flavor starts with a nice malt and cream with chocolate and molasses. There is a touch of peat smoke to it. The aftertaste has a slight coffee and cream flavor to it.

This is a full bodied beer that leaves a creamy coating in the mouth. There is not a lot of carbonation in the beer making it easy to drink.

This is the first Scottish Stout that I've had. I'm a huge fan of Scotch Ales so when my wife found this one for me, I was intrigued. Needless to say I was most impressed with what I had. This is a great evening beer to sit back and enjoy while letting the day unwind. The 7% Alcohol by Volume gives it just enough kick that you don't want to drink it too fast.

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Belhaven Scottish Stout from Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
3.92 out of 5 based on 657 ratings.
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