Black Scottish Stout
Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.

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Stout - Irish Dry
Ranked #211
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3.66 | pDev: 14.21%
Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
Scotland, United Kingdom
Black Scottish StoutBlack Scottish Stout
Notes: Almost three centuries of Belhaven brewing expertise is combined with pure Scottish water and Scottish triple malts sourced from the finest locally grown barley to create a smooth, deep and distinctive stout that has a rich, roast flavour with hints of chocolate.
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DonBowman from Pennsylvania

3.44/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Decent beer that looks and smells better than the taste and feel. Highlights are a roasted, coffee flavor that is a little too burnt BUT my issue is related more to the "thinness" or lack of body to the beer. Were it fuller bodied as I believe a stout should be I would rate it a 4+.

Jan 21, 2021
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Storm_Rryder from Iowa

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It is ok, low carbonation, no big flavor, all rather subtle. Thin body as other said. Smooth, easy to drink though. I think I also prefer Guinness, it is a bit thicker and creamier. I'm happy to drink this though, no real complains, just there are better choices out there.

Jan 05, 2021
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Davedrinkinbeer from Indiana

4.01/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is poured from a 14oz can. Just like other Nitro beers, it is so beautiful in a glass just after being poured. Smell is of a faint maple, possibly toffee scent with roasted malt. Taste does not have much other than roasted nuts/malt. Mouthful is light, creamy, with light carbonation and a very slight aftertaste.

I personally prefer this to Guinness myself, less coffee taste and more malt and roasted taste. Very similar to a Milk Stout with nitro. I do recommend this beer, as it is also sessionable at 4.2% ABV.

Jan 18, 2020
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jwp777 from Oklahoma

3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 14.9 oz can with nitro. Could not find a canning date but tasted on 12/30/19.

Pours an opaque black color with a one inch creamy white head. Head diminishes to about 1/2 inch over time. Lacing similar to Guinness is left but not as full as the Guinness nitro lacing.

Smell is malt heavy with a bit of barley. Not super impressive, but not bad by any means. That’s about as descriptive as I can be.

Taste is smooth, creamy and rich. It’s like the Scottish cousin of Guinness. In my opinion not as good though.

Feel - thick feeling yet thin bodied, yet still a bit heavy for such a low ABV. The nitro carbonation is definitely helping. I would be nervous to try it without the nitro.

Overall: I hope I get the chance to try this on draught some day. However, out of the can, it is an enjoyable low ABV dry stout. Given the choice, I would probably pick Guinness 9 times out of 10, but definitely give this one a try.

Dec 31, 2019
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TheDoctor from Canada (QC)

3.03/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Serving: Cask
Consumed: Oct-4-2019

Pours black with a biggish tan head that holds up well. Good retention; some lacing. Light chocolate, old coffee, almost metallic astrinency on the nose. Flavor is predominately ashy light roast, some coffee grounds. Thinnish feel, low carbonation, stale finish. Decentish, simple, almost boring, kind of meh and boring after a while. Not offensive tasting but a little stale/astringent. Meh.


Oct 08, 2019
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Act25 from New Jersey

3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

87th review. All right nitro dry stout. Guiness 1 notch better.
a / pours a deep brown color wit nitro single finger tan head that collapses faster and laces less than a Guinness.
s / Pleasant toffee nose, with sweet more than hops, say treacle syrup.
t / Milk stout feel and flavor, plenty of lactose sweetness, a bit of molasses, burnt syrup, but that's it. Hits you with sweet but not cloying note.
f / thinner, flatter, more watery.
o / I'd black and tan this because it would sweeten and temper any ale. Otherwise fine and not too filling on it's own. But I'd stop at one.

Oct 03, 2019
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Spike from England

3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Smooth, sweet, chocolatey stout from a 500ml bottle. Excellent, long-lasting malt & cocoa nose. Soft rather than rich mouthfeel with some carbonation. Enjoyable, traditional, Scottish stout. Nicely done.

Aug 19, 2019
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CAMRAhardliner from Canada (ON)

3.89/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours pure black, more opaque than Guinness. The creamy tan head lasts the whole glass. Roasty, chocolatey notes mix with stewed fruit in the nose. The taste has the black patent malt bitterness, dark cocoa and coffee notes of a dry stout with berry fruitiness. The mouthfeel is creamy smooth with nitro carbonation. Light hop bitterness and roastyness in the finish.

This is an interesting Stout. Like Guinness with some Scottish elements. I think there's even some peat in there. Worth a try.

Jun 28, 2019
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JonnoWillsteed from England

3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L- Effectively black, even held to a light. Pours with 3mm tan head fast clears to lacing.
S- Stout roasty-toasty grains.
T- Roast malts, smokey, quite pronounced.
F- Clean palate, nothing lingers past a little smokey dryness, refreshing for a stout.
O- I've never been a stout drinker, (blame the ubiquitous pub tap-Guinness during most of my younger years), so started giving alts a try just recently. I still find the high toastiness not quite my thing but for a stout this is drinkable, and I would drink it again. It manages to build quite a lot upon the modest foundation of 4.2%.
Bought from Waitrose as part of a Greene King 'Brewer's selection' 6-pack of different beers.

Jun 03, 2019
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Scottish_Lad_48 from Scotland

3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This stout is the best I have had in quite a while. Poured into a nonic pint glass after being well chilled to prevent overflow upon opening. Like Guinness this stout was black w/ruby highlights and formed the perfect head. I got a very faint whiff of chocolate and cherries. The taste was rich and full. Feel was smooth with just a hint of extra sweetness at the back of the throat. Over all a very good beer. Much smoother than Guinness or even Beamish. If you want a good Scottish beer and do not care for Tennant's then by all means purchase Belhaven.

Dec 17, 2018
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

440ml can - wow, haven't seen anything new from these guys around here for a very long time!

This beer pours a clear, rather dark red amber highlighted brown colour, with a teeming tower of cascading, super-creamy tan head (there must be one of those nitro widgets in this thing), which leaves a low berm of approaching landfall lace around the glass as it quickly settles.

It smells of lightly roasted, bready and doughy caramel malt, bittersweet cocoa powder, faint cafe-au-lait, a hint of black licorice, and some ethereal earthy, musty, and dead floral hop bitters. The taste is semi-sweet, grainy and bready caramel malt, a touch of free-range ashiness, subtle bar-top nuts, weak day-old coffee notes, faded dime-store chocolate, and more rather underwhelming earthy, herbal, and floral hoppiness.

The carbonation is fairly tame in its insouciant-seeming frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and dead smooth, with a pleasant creaminess pretty much there from the get-go, duh. It finishes off-dry, the malt running on a winning lingering ticket.

Overall - this comes across as a pretty bang-on version of the style, one perhaps altered just a bit by using Scottish ingredients, but the effect on the whole is the same. Simple, and easy to put back while watching the snow pile up in my yard.

Nov 02, 2018
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ScottishLad from California

2.46/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a chilled 14.9 ounce can into a shaker pint glass. Black with ruby highlights. Nice head of foam and retention. Good lacing. Smooth and creamy with just a hint of sweetness.

Sep 18, 2018
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RichardLeahy from Australia

3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Straight from 500 ml bottle. L. Black with 4 cm light tan head when bottle upended. Faded with time but reasonable persistence. S. Not a lot. Liquorice, a little coffee and blackened grains. T. Follows smell. Definite liquorice and grains but not significant power. F. Light for a stout but pleasant and not overly carbonated. O. Enjoying it as I type, but a touch underwhelming. P.S. 23 May 2020 Kept a few bottles from original carton and age has improved them a touch. A little more to the taste, a touch of caramel sweetness that adds depth. Upped my taste rating slightly.

Sep 17, 2018
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dertyd from California

3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours out a black color with red hues and 1 finger of creamy off white colored head---------------- the aromas are of milk chocolate and roasted malts--------------- the flavors are of chocolate and roasted malts with a touch of minerality, the beer has a creamy medium mouthfeel with a super smooth finish------------------ overall this beer is good- it's simple but highly drinkable it's a crusher of a stout--

Jul 12, 2018
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macoviciuc_madalina from Romania

1.65/5  rDev -54.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Worst beer I ever tried. Tasted like gasoline. I insisted to make an account on this site only to write this review, I was so enraged by this waste of my money. Hey, Belhaven, I want my money back !

Jul 03, 2018
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Sigmund from Norway

3.21/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

500 ml clear bottle, as Belhaven Black Scottish Stout, from a potential importer. ABV is 4.2%. Very dark ruby to mahogany colour, moderate beige head. Weak aroma but not unpleasant, hints of fruit and weak coffee. Fizzy mouthfeel, light bodied. The medium dry flavour has mild roasty notes, mild coffee and grain. Again: not unpleasant, but too little of everything. The 7% Scottish Stout is far better.

Jun 26, 2018
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RaphaelSC from Brazil

3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearence: Thick black like coffee, brownish head with perfect formation and great retention and lacing.

Bouquet:Coffee and toasted malts, toffee appears too.

Taste:Toasted malt and coffee with low bitterness, dry and mild body with medium carbonation. Plums and tobacco appears too.

Medium-low body and medium carbonation, with toasted malt and coffee, plum in a dry finish.

Overall: It is a Stout light on body and alcohol content, but still brings the bitterness of toasted malts and coffee, and some complexity absent in Guinness, anyway it is a good start for the uninitiated tastes, and a pleasure for connoisseurs.

May 18, 2018
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Gorski1974 from Canada (BC)

4.66/5  rDev +27.3%
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.

Apr 18, 2018
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FBarber from Illinois

3.37/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Apr 11, 2018
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superspak from Ohio

3.84/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Mar 31, 2018
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hopsputin from New Jersey

3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Mar 17, 2018
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

4.01/5  rDev +9.6%
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

Jan 24, 2018
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Tstromer from Texas

3.55/5  rDev -3%
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

Sep 04, 2017
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sloggettstrength from Arizona

4.19/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

Jul 27, 2017
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Smakawhat from Maryland

3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Jul 01, 2017
Black Scottish Stout from Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 320 ratings