Beer Name: Belhaven Scottish Stout
Brewery: Belhaven Brewery, Dunbar, East LothianScotland
Purchase Place: Hop-N-Grape, Longview, WA
Style: Scottish Stout
Ale or Lager: Ale
ABV: 4.2 %
BJCP Ref: None. Not classified in the BJCP style guide
Head Retention: Poured perfectly, stayed thick throughout the whole pint. Made a complete mess of the inside of the glass.
Aroma: Roasted grains
Strongest Flavor: Roasted grains
Finish: Creamy, malty, with a slight burnt flavor
Likes: The head, color
Dislikes: The flavor, and aroma
Environment: Not sure where this beer would fit in. It just doesn’t make me wanna be anywhere doing anything when I drink this.
Recommend: No. The ale is lacking in so many areas that if someone was looking for a European stout with a nitrogen purge, I would say grab a Guinness. This ale tries to be a Guinness to bad, that it fails so hard. The flavor is too subtle for a stout, the body is too thin for a stout, and the lack of roasted malt is pathetic. Finally, the ABV of 4.2 is absolutely horrible for a Scottish ale, and even more pathetic for a stout. I’m not sure if Belhaven is trying to introduce a new style (Scottish Stout) to the beer market, or what, but they missed putting this on the shelves.