Black Scottish Stout | Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.

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Black Scottish StoutBlack Scottish Stout
BEER INFO

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

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by EmperorBevis on 05-25-2012

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#35,639
Reviews:
75
Ratings:
281
pDev:
14.25%
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Photo of mishi_d
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gorski1974
4.66/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

From a 500ml, clear bottle. Dark brown,medium thick,long lasting foam.
Smells peaches and plums.Full mouth sensation, as if drinking something out of this spoiled World!
Premium cocoa, vanila and already named fruits are mouth sensations.Exeptionaly comfoting drynes with hints of mocha coffe.
Perfectly clean, medium lasting finish.
Would drink as a desert drink or to replace meal.

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Photo of FBarber
3.37/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brownish black color. Velvety tan head lingers with great retention on the beer. Overall it looks exactly like you'd expect for a nitro stout.

Aroma is muted but has some notes of roasted malts, hint of cocoa powder with some earthy notes.

Taste is also muted but has some notes of roasted malts, cocoa, a hint of ashy tobacco, earthy hops with a noticeable touch of bitterness that lingers to the finish.

Feel is light, a tad too light. Velvety fuller bodied mouthfeel. Semi-dry finish.

Overall a solid albeit disappointing Irish dry stout.

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Photo of superspak
3.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

440 ml can into imperial pint glass, canned on 10/28/2016. Pours crystal clear very dark reddish brown color with a 1-2 finger dense and creamy light khaki head with amazing retention, that reduces to a large cap that lasts the whole glass. Thick creamy/soapy lacing clings down the glass. Amazing appearance. Aromas of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, nuttiness, and toasted dark/brown bread; with light notes of smoke, molasses, dark fruit, herbal, grass, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and light earthy hop/fruity yeast notes; with solid strength. Taste of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, nuttiness, and toasted dark/brown bread; with light notes of smoke, molasses, dark fruit, herbal, grass, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. Mild herbal/grassy hop and roast bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, nuttiness, toasted dark/brown bread, light smoke/molasses/dark fruit, herbal, grass, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; with a great roast/hop bitter/sweet balance, and zero cloying/acrid/astringent flavors after the finish. Light carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, creamy, silky, and velvety mouthfeel that is great. Slight sticky hops, chalky roast, and increasing dryness. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.2%. Overall this is a very nice dry stout. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; very smooth and easy to drink, with the mildly bitter and silky nitro finish. Very flavorful for the low ABV. Rich English/roast malts, balancing hops, and mild fruity yeast. A very enjoyable offering, and spot on style example.

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Photo of ScottishLad
3.46/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of can into a clean pint glass. The stout pours black with a nice white head of foam. Good foam retention and lacing. Smelled a faint whiff of chocolate. Taste was good. Mouth feel was creamy and smooth. Overall a great Scottish stout. I prefer it to Guinness.

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Photo of hopsputin
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

a: dark silky black color with some lighter brown notes towards the bottom. nice 1.5 finger tan head that you get with these nitro beers

s: roasted malt, chocolate, and a nice malty presence. a little bit of woody earthy aroma in here too. a little more cocoa powder. a touch shy in the nose

t: roasted malt, sweet chocolate, a very subtle touch of meat.

m: silky, lighter side of medium. smooth nitro silky

o: tastes like a dry stout here. a bit thin in the mouth and nose, but not offensive at all. there are better options out there, but worth a buy.

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Photo of Icka31
4.4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DrunkMuffin
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.01/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

(440 ml can w/ widget, code L6302... poured into a nonic)

L: perfect nitro pour, head sitting just at the 'PINT' logo... you'd think it'd want to lace a little more; it does leave a smash of foam after last sip

S: dark chocolate syrup; moderate espresso ground roastiness that slowly pushes to the fore, opening up some of its malty depth... no overt booze note; perhaps a mild earthy hop... I'm rather surprised how potent the aromas are considering its nitrogenated

T: standard British and Irish stout flavors - roasted barley on full display up front, mellow biscuity malt swells midway, finishing with mild, lingering dark coffee and dark baker's cocoa notes... bitterness is light-moderate and seems to be derived mostly from the roasted grain... it's a shame this is nitro, because the base beer is of robust construct

F: flows very much like any Irish dry stout of fame... subtle milky viscosity in the finish, but rather light all around; finish is a touch watery

O: even at its age, this was still a relatively fine drink... gotta re-check the price, but I'd grab this again - at least I know it holds up over time

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Photo of Segelstrom
3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

weak on flavor

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Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 1971bernat
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of scootercrabb
4.23/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of guzzleacoldone
3.57/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of atrocity
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JLaw55
2.75/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Slowjamcdub
4.01/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Really good beer not quite sure why I got such a low reviews. Highly recommend.

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Photo of cryptichead
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of travolta
3.44/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tstromer
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L- very dark chocolate color with a creamy thick head
S- A subtly choco malt scent, not very strong smell
T- A smooth creamy mocha, similar to guinness version better a little weaker
F- Full bodied smooth feel

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Photo of sloggettstrength
4.19/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from nitro can into a snifter glass

Look: Pitch black in the glass with two fingers of thick, creamy off white head.

Smell: Very light aroma of roasted malt.

Taste: Roasted malt, brewed coffee and milk. Very nice.

Feel: Thick and creamy, love it!

Overall: First had this on tap many many years ago at my first Highland games - then Four Peaks started sponsoring and being the only brewer there. I love this beer.

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Photo of SynthetikReality95
3.81/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of imbibehour
3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the nitro can into a nonic pint glass.

Great cascade, thick and rich with a good glug and sheets of ripping head. As we wait, the head eventually settles to a finger and a haf tall of nitro creamy goodness. Off tan, in color, on a very dark walnut solid body. Just a faint touch of red mahogany when presented to the light.

Aroma is a bit neutral and quiet actually. Faint roast, a little bit of of toasty notes and some creamy sensations but very much subdued. Slight touches of strawberry fruit like ester, but otherwise not much to mention.

Session beer true tasty ness. Light bodied, but with a good creamy nitrous wash. Faint roast, but good fruit character like sensations. Faint char on the finish with mixing cream and strawberry like quality. A little bit of chocolate and more so marshmallow going in which makes a great combination with the nitrous feel.

May not be the greatest of all stouts, but a pretty easy slamming and flavorful brew.

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Photo of spelingchampeon
4.21/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From tap to growler to refrigerator to pub glass to taste buds in 3 hours.

Looks like a porter/stout.. a high UV rate, but not a sun blocker. Smells of a roasted coffee/chocolate mix with a malt boldness that draws you in. Tastes of roasted malt, coffee and chocolate ..with some hints of berry/vanilla on the back side. There is a mild bitter/bite throughout the drink/gulp, yet smooth.

Overall: I was floored with the taste of this 4.2 Stout. I love it when I run into a small beer with a big taste. The roasted flavor was exactly where I like it. Yea sure, it's not thick like an imperial, but it's not watery, and I'm definitely getting more of these!

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Photo of Marraybay
1.18/5  rDev -67.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I've previously gone on record claiming to have never experienced a bad beer from Belhaven.....until now. This stuff is truly putrid. Weak, watery, bitter, under carbonated; Just really flat out bad in virtually every respect imaginable, sans glass presentation, which definitely sets the drinker up for a huge letdown upon tasting. The only thing I can possibly attribute this to is a bad batch or a quality control issue, although I don't think I'm capable of mustering the courage/interest to resample. Disappointing...

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Black Scottish Stout from Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 281 ratings