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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by EmperorBevis on 05-25-2012

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#35,782
Reviews:
80
Ratings:
294
pDev:
14.84%
 
 
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Ratings: 294 |  Reviews: 80
Photo of ScottishLad
2.46/5  rDev -32.4%
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.

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Photo of RichardLeahy
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | 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.

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Photo of FZR23
3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of O-Meg
4.17/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of blissfulNemo
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dertyd
3.53/5  rDev -3%
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--

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Photo of macoviciuc_madalina
1.65/5  rDev -54.7%
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 !

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Photo of BenBreeg
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sigmund
3.21/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

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Photo of chrisb53188
4.55/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of RaphaelSC
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Mouthfeel:
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.

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Photo of Callednumbers
2.85/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of shelby415
3.59/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mishi_d
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gorski1974
4.66/5  rDev +28%
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 -7.4%
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 +5.5%
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 hopsputin
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
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 +20.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DrunkMuffin
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.01/5  rDev +10.2%
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 +0.8%
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 +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 1971bernat
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Black Scottish Stout from Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 294 ratings