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Brewed by Belhaven (Greene King)
Style: Scottish Ale
Dunbar, East Lothian, Scotland

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RATINGS: 133   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.99   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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bottle, US export version
Malty and hoppy, we at Belhaven love the classic Scottish Ale and we’ve been brewing it longer than any of the other beers we produce. Delivering a sweet, smooth and creamy finish, Scottish Ale has a stunning ruby colour in the glass. Magic.


2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Drake (8030) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JAN 1, 2014
Half liter clear bottle from Harris Teeter Barracks Charlottesville, opened 11/19/13. Pours a clear red-amber color with a medium sized frothy tan head. Decent head retention. Caramel and tea aromas behind a heavy mask of skunkiness. The taste is caramel malts, earthy hops, mild raisin and chocolate. Medium bodied. 50th Scottish ale!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maltman53 (270) - Corrales, New Mexico, USA - DEC 22, 2013
In bottle, I think the raters on this beer are too use to extreme beers. The Belhaven Scottish Ale is well-balanced and a well-made beer. (They’ve only had nearly 200 years to perfect the recipe.) It pours out a light Coca-Cola color, the aroma is hoppy, earthy, cereal. Light on the caramel malt (it’s 5.2% ABV; not the 8+% ABV in the "wee heavy Scotch version) and the CO2 carries the flavors through to the finish. Notice the yeast sediments on the bottom of each 12-oz bottle! They must be doing something right to still be around 300 years later!

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
blankboy (5948) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 20, 2013
[Bottle (500ml)] Pours a deep orange-amber with an average size semi-lasting frothy off-white head. Mild aroma of sweet bready malt, fruit, light vegetal notes and light grassy hops -- decent. Flavour of bready caramel malt, fruit, nuts and light grassy hops. Short, light bitter finish. Average bodied. Average beer, there’s nothing bad it’s just a bit dull.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HipHopOpotamus (228) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 19, 2013
It was nothing outstanding about this beer but I didn’t mind it either. I could drink it as a decent session beer.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chadski4 (96) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 18, 2013
Not as buttery of a flavor/palate as I was expecting. Nice toasted malt flavors and very smooth.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ajmkendrick (23) - Oak Harbor, Washington, USA - DEC 14, 2013
This beer has a nice amber hue with an off white head. It has a slightly sweet malty aroma which I enjoyed. It is pretty light and easy to drink. Oddly there’s a bit of a herbal hoppy flavor, not at the front or back, but in the middle of the palate. I loved the taste and aroma of this beer; this is a 4 star beer if it has just a little more body. It is a little lighter than I prefer so I deducted half a star.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
NaturalIce (146) - originally from Michigan, New York, USA - DEC 7, 2013
Definitely not my favorite beer. The best characteristic of this beer is the pour. 16 oz self carbonating draught can pours in to a glass nicely!

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
probstblueribbon (2858) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 6, 2013
500 mL bottle in a gift pack from LCBO, shared by my bro, served cold in a tulip glass. Clear deep copper with a fair light tan head. Lightly fruity, quite earthy, slightly nutty, very stark and British, a little roasted, some toffee notes; dry with a gentle bitterness and a fruity, British malt finish. Meh.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ContemplateBeer (1496) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 5, 2013
Draught can. Aroma: Lightly sweet caramel and a bit of earthiness, some tobacco comes through. Appearance: Rich, dark copper pour with nice clarity; solid foamy bone coloured cap of head. Flavor: Caramel and pipe tobacco; this really reminds me of the smell of my grandfather’s pipe in taste form. It might accurately be described as peat, but it doesn’t quite go that far for me. Palate: Medium body, oily texture, flat carbonation, abrupt finish. Overall: This was a pleasant surprise; didn’t expect much, but it’s a beer that connects to fond memories for me.

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
scarletfire65 (905) - Rockaway Park, New York, USA - DEC 1, 2013
Can, at home. Muted aroma, maybe a bit of sweet malts and a touch of dried fruit. Super creamy, smooth palate. The flavor is straightforward but solid. Sweet malts, mildly bitter hops. A true pub style session ale. Simple, but really good.


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