Black Scottish Stout | Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.

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Black Scottish StoutBlack Scottish Stout

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

Style: English Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of BeckQuint
3.36/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 14.9 ounce nitro can into a nonic pint glass. Jet black in the glass with some light ruby highlights when held up to light. Very faint whiff of bread crust, a wee bit biscuit as well. The taste was very smooth and slightly sweet aftertaste. Less bitter than Guinness with a creamy mouth feel. This is a highly drinkable stout and with only 4% a.b.v. you could have a few and not feel sick the next morning. I would highly recommend this and would reach for it over than Tennent's Sweetheart stout.

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Photo of ordybill
4.27/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 14.9 OZ can into a pint glass at the World of Beer in Pooler. The appearance is pitch black with a large thick off-white head. The aroma is malt and black licorice.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

440 ml nitro can.

Pours black with 2 fingers of creamy off white foam.

The smell is big on the roasted malt with hints of chocolate, overall has a nice bitter aspect to it.

Roasted malt and semi sweet chocolate taste. Also has a "milky" flavour. Smooth and pretty tasty.

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Photo of GrumpyGas
4.31/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

14.9oz can (L5085 08:30) milked into a bulbous pint glass has a deep brown body floating a proud 1in tan head that persists in a 1/4in cap.

Aroma is raost coffee. Taste matches with a sweet malt. Feel is not quite thick, but creamy and full, coating the mouth and tongue.
The more I have from Belhaven, the more I want.

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Photo of Sheppard
4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Looks terrific, soft nitrous black with off white head. Not teaming with aroma. Really smooth, creamy with some nice coffee roast, more roast than Guinness, I'd say. Just a really nice sessionable stout.

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Photo of smcolw
4.09/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown color but bright light does shine through the center of glass. Good starting head with some initial blanketing lace but that dissipates at the end.

Pleasant toffee nose. I also get some nearly burnt treacle.

Not as coffee like as most stouts, probably comes closer to a milk stout but without the lactose sweetness. Overall, a dry flavor with some smokiness. Rich bodied with a fine, but full, carbonation level. Not true to die hard Guinness fans but worthy of a try in its own right.

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Photo of Lewnanny
4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice stout. This one could compete with the Famous Guinness.

A nice black color with a nice foam that stay for a long time. When I pored the beer in the glass, it was a nice brown color turning black after a couple of minutes.

I will have this one again for sure.

The 440 ml have an ABV of 4.2 %

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Photo of Ferb
3.66/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

When I first began exploring beers beyond fizzy yellow American lagers, I fell in love with Guinness. I was sharp enough to realize that Extra Stout from the bottle was kinda bitter and dry, but the stuff on tap was an improvement on water and just as drinkable!

This Belhaven Black Stout "rhymes" with that Guinness, except it is a bit sweeter, not as dry. The Belhaven pours as dark as coal, but the head is an off white. It seems out of place on such a dark beer. It tastes of deeply roasted coffee, some dark cocoa but the flavor is muted and is carried on the creamy smoothness of the mouth feel. The finish is, well, gentle and a bit like I took a puff of a mild cigar.

This is the equivalent of a British Aisle Bud Light. It doesn't mess with you. The whole rugby team can stay at the pub downing these like water. A common man's Anglo-Saxon session beer? I don't care if this Belhaven, or a Guinness, isn't fashionable. It's like "comfort beer" from my younger days, when my friends were impressed that I could happily and repeatedly down such a black concoction.

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Photo of BucBasil
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the tall can into a pint glass. The beer is a cola brown with a nice creamy head from the widget inside.

Smell is slightly roasty with some other malts inside.

Taste is also roasted malts with a slight coffee taste. Very easy going beer with a good solid taste to it.

Mouthfeel is of course velvety smooth and creamy due to the widget. Usually this makes it a bit watery in the finish, but this time it's smooth all the way through.

Great easy beer that I would love to session or try again.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
2.63/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Opaque black color with a faint copper hue. Magnificent slow construction, wave effect at the bottom, sexy degrading robe from black to white, with super fine head definition. Very thick and creamy beige 2 finger head, lasting around 20 minutes, with basic legs. Flavors of leather and smoked salmon, faint dark fruits and cherries, coffee, chocolate, molassy, with faint spices ans roasted malts. Good balance, but bland. Slick oily medium body with moderate carbonation. Light finish, lingers with sugary molasses, not very tasty. Feels more like a thin porter. The flavors are too faint, feels overly accessible, and lacks freshness. A Guinness beats the crap out of it. Overall below average stuff.

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Photo of josanguapo
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From Carrefour Huelva. In Ikea's pint glass. Watchinh Sons of Anarchy 7x13. Very smooth, in foam and in feel, but im not sure if I like such smooth feeling. Taste is fine, with some sweetness.

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Photo of hardy008
2.81/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours black with a less than one finger tan head, with good retention and lacing.
Very light aroma with dark roasted malt and a little cocoa.

Tastes just like it smells, with dark roasted malt and cocoa. Just like the aroma, the taste is not very strong.

Light bodied, smooth and easy to drink. Nothing remarkable.

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Photo of Jj333
3.84/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This one surprised me. Looked beautiful being poured in the glass. Changed from a dark chocolate milk color to black with a nice, creamy head. I felt like I was having a desert drink. Smell was good, like coffee with chocolate in the background. Taste was pleasant. Very easy to drink. The creaminess of the head gave it a nice mouth feel. Definitely one I would drink again.

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Photo of GSS
3.86/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark appearance. Good head and retention. Lacing is excellent.

Subtle coffee aroma.

Very light, subtle taste. Slight taste of coffee and roast. There is nothing really robust here, but I wasn't expecting that.

Mouthfeel is one I enjoy. Smooth and silky.

This is a good stout, although much different than the Imperial Stouts to which I am more accustomed. It took me a minute to get past that, but once I did, I recognized this as a Stout I would definitely return to.

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Photo of Jimlikesbeer
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Good look and smell. Just not much taste for a stout. Expected more. Something like a flat Guinness, with a decent head. Sorry I liked it but not enough flavor for me.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.27/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Appearance : The crack of the can yields more gurgle than fizz, and because of the dent needed to be popped open with the butt of a knife. As it poured almost no head formed, but once I let it sit awhile, a Guinness-like 1/2 finger creamy cap formed like cappuccino, thanks to the widget in the can. The body is dark chocolate brown, and 100% opaque. I could have done with a bigger head and a darker shade in the body.

Smell : Dark roasted cocoa malts, a little bit of tobacco. Nothing more beyond that. Also requires quite a bit of inhalation to nose.

Taste : This reminds me of the Korean black stout I had in Portland. Some dark roast malts, coffee bean, rubber, light alcohol (which is surprising to taste at 4.2%), and kidney bean. A light touch of caramel in there as well.

Feel : Very creamy, mildly carbonated, and ends roasty and semi-dry.

Overall : Not a fan. Too many off flavors and what's right is not that impressive. Among the worst (if not the worst) stout(s) I've had. I'll probably dump the rest of this one. Sad as I was expecting a better stout from Belhaven.

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Photo of Savan
4.35/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Starting on my second one... decided to rate ( that went down WAY to easy ) .

Pours a decadent midnight black with slight bronze swirls and a B E A U T I F U L creamy head atop (not near as much as a good tap guinness mind you, but noteworthy). A VERY subtle coffee scent is present . The taste is a lovely smooth milk chocolate and subtle ... very subtle hint of cream. Based on how quick the first one went down... feel is Grrreight! ;)

Overall, I am a Guinness man! But this is a different kind of stout, Reminded me of one Rogue makes... but with better overall appearance and overall feel about it. I am quite pleased with this indeed, on can is going into the stash pile for sures!

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Photo of The-Jolly-Imbiber
3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

I think I got a bad can. Metallic taste is overpowering the flavour, which seems kind of mild to me. I love the creaminess of the head, though, and this looks as good as any dark beer. I'll re-review after another try.

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Photo of Grogsky
4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I've had this beer a few times. Always loved it, and then recommended it to friends, who had it and said it wasn't that good and had a strange taste. I came across a can that had a metallic taste to it, could be a bad batch. Other than that, it's in my top 5 stouts, especially when not considering craft.

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Photo of PorterPro125
3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Serving Type: 500 mL Nitro Can

A- Pours a dense black colour topped by a 2 1/2 finger creamy, light tan head with excellent retention. Thick lacing.

S- Faint aroma of roasty, smokey grains, coffee, and dark chocolate.

T- Identical to taste with a bit of dank English hops on the finish.

M- Thin, light body. Low carbonation.

O- The easiest way to describe this brew would be to call it Guinness Draught with a bit of smokiness added. Decent enough, but certainly nothing worth fussing over.

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Photo of Cheeseboo
4.88/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This was one of the first I tried during my "stout challenge" and I still remember it fondly. Great looking head on the pour, wonderfully smooth and delicious. I'll be buying this one regularly.

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Photo of ARoman
3.24/5  rDev -11%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap, poured into a wide flute. The aroma is floral with notes of lemon, muffin, lime soda, clove, and pepper. The beer is clear and brilliant with a pale gold hue and white, light foam head that has a light retention and no lace. The taste is a medium high bitter and medium light sweet with a light sour. The thin texture is fuzzy with a medium light body and flavors of lemon with a coriander zest, some floral and herbaceous notes, a pepper zest, and some toast. The finish is pepper and lime with bread crust. It has a near burnt quality that leads to an aftertaste that’s cloying and lightly astringent with flavors of wood, spicy pepper (clove late), and muffin

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Photo of bonesTdog
2.4/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.25

Beautiful black color, fine creamy head and a thick creamy body are the high points. Unfortunately for me that's where the high points stopped. the flavor was very thin and uninspiring. A touch of malt and coffee but you have to look hard.

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Photo of chinchill
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap in Elie, Fife.
Thick creamy head looks like a nitro tap. .
Aroma: Dominated by dank and earthy English hops. Disappointing.

The flavor is quite fine. Somehow the hops fade to the background, excepting the mild-moderate bitterness. Solid dark malt flavor with just faint hints of coffee.

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Photo of CHickman
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%

Nitro can poured into a pint glass, it’s pitch black color with cascading bubbles racing up to a creamy 1 finger cream colored head that faded extremely slowly and didn’t budge for well over a minute; then it left good spotty lacing and a creamy layer on top.

Smells light coffee grinds, roasted grains, charcoal, light cream, cocoa powder and some smoky notes mixed with a slight metallic whiff like a penny. Nose is very faint overall, especially for a stout, but what is there smells good.

Taste is just as timid as the nose, but has some decent flavors including roasted grains, charcoal, cold espresso, cocoa powder, coffee, and like the nose has smoky notes mixed with a slight metallic hints. After the swallow the bitterness washes away with a milky sweetness coming through along with a light leafy presence that seems like floral hops or tea leaf. Even with the late leafy addition the flavor is very basic and almost dull.

Mouthfeel is very thin and watery, with a light body and almost no carbonation. This is a light, easy drinking session stout with limited flavor but high drinkability. It was alright overall, with its looks being the most impressive part of this brew.

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Black Scottish Stout from Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
3.64 out of 5 based on 214 ratings.
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