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Belhaven 80/- (Cask)

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Brewed by Belhaven (Greene King)
Style: Bitter
Dunbar, East Lothian, Scotland
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 73   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.02   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
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Cask: Regular.
80 Shilling is Belhaven’s classic, hand-pulled, cask-conditioned ale - just like great great great grandpa would have had. It has a classic red appearance in the glass, rich and smooth. An Austrian Emperor once described 80/- as ’the burgundy of Scotland’. Not sure how many he’d had, but the man clearly had taste.


2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Stuu666 (3544) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 12, 2014
Cask at SRAF. Pours copper brown, nose is dull toffee, caramel, taste is dry toffee, sweet, thin.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
allmyvinyl (4224) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 11, 2014
Cask at The Scottish Real Ale Festival 2014. Pours clear brown, no head. Malty sweet aromas, not as raisiny as I was expecting, light sulphur note too. Taste is sweet, finishes clean enough. OK.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ChrisSc (250) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 7, 2013
Cask ale into pint glass Overall: An okay beer, though not my style to be fair. Probably wouldn’t drink again. App: amber in color. This layer of white head to top glass aroma: light hops aroma. Not much there. taste: bitteer, slightly sweet. Texture: creamy and thin.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jjsint (920) - Ely, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JUN 28, 2013
Ok version of a Scottish heavy. Heavy indeed in malt aroma and taste. A satisfyingly warming finish rounds it up.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Imaena (1887) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 14, 2013
Draught. This is a great 80/- that is absolutely classic. A must try if you can lay your hands on it.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
kwik-lime (1373) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 1, 2013
Lightly hopped, somewhat thin palate and a hint of prunes and raisins that gives it a bit of a tartness. Not a great bitter.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mr_h (3084) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - APR 27, 2012
Cask by gravity at Paisley Beer Festival (25 Apr 12) - clear brown ale, non-existent white head, fruity, bit of fruit, malt, quite sweet, bit bland

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 23, 2012
On cask at The Heriot-Watt Beer Festival. Pours a light brown colour. Aroma of musty yeast and chocolate. Similar flavours with an oily mouth-feel. Not my thing.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Enjoyit (3479) - Vadum, DENMARK - OCT 20, 2011
Cask at The Wharf. An aroma of plastic, malt, dirty shirts and weak rotten. A flavor of malt, bread, sweets and weak prunes.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tombyars (1411) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - OCT 6, 2011
First tasted this at the Ardenlee Hotel, Seamill in June 1983. Cask, handpump dispense. Clear copper in colour with a thick creamy head. Pleasant aroma of sweet toffee and biscuit notes along with a yeasty boiled egg note. Creamy seductive mouthfeel and good lacing. Pale malts give a robust malt flavour full of depth with maltloaf, caramel, burnt shortbread and raisin fruit. Slight presence of dusty hop flowers in the aftertaste but malt prevails in the sweet finish with toffee coming through. A cracking example of a traditional Scottish 80/ and well recommended as a session beer.


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