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


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RATINGS: 141   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.01   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
akoeninger (412) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 19, 2014
Great creamy head. Malty and caramel nose. Malty, caramel and faintly sweet well balanced. Light body but quite enjoyable. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DandyWolfFloyd (641) - Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2014
Pen & Paper Log (Jan 2011) Aroma - the aroma was pretty lean with a biscuity sort of malt, a little caramel as well. Apperance - is an amber color, with a 1" full white head. The head remains for a while. Taste - the taste is caramel malt, some light hops, and some tiny bits of fruitiness. Palate - body - is light, the texture thin, the carbonation average, and abrupt finish of a small bitter tingle. I bought this for our restaurant, and was surprised because the product I was used to came in cans, these in clear bottles, which I’m always leery of. Either way, I was expecting a similar product. This was rather disappointing. Try the can version, very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 7/20
reclined99 (5) - - FEB 2, 2014 does not count
I have had the Scottish import version in a 16 ounce bottle. This is a very smooth beer with a nice head, carmel notes. My favorite scottish ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - JAN 18, 2014
Well... I have now had both the US and the Export versions of this beer. The Export is definitely better, but neither are anything more than average. Out of step with the craft beer explosion going on...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
HIGHB4LL (475) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 16, 2014
14.9 oz. can. Appearance: beautiful nitro cascade, creamy eggnog-white finger sized head, copper red color, clear, great lacing. Aroma: caramel, toasty, cereal, pine, very earthy. Palate: medium body, creamy texture, soft carbonation. Taste: medium sweetness, lightly bitter. Overall, beautiful looking beer in my opinion, just not everything else it should be though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kaser (2606) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 9, 2014
Pint at Dukes of Perth. Reddish pour. Tons of creamy head. Malty earth and dirt taste. Slightly fruity and raisin notes. Nothing special but nothing wrong with it

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hockeybeerguy (1853) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JAN 6, 2014
Nitro-can to pint glass: Pours a gentle somewhat dark brown with an adequate one finger white head that drops at a nice pace; Rich English malts grace the nose pretty well; the taste is pretty much the same along with a rich malty sweet aftertaste, quick English malty finish; overall; good Scottish Ale that I would have again, probably go exceptionally well with a nice vegetable and beef stew

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
Salmoniform (536) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - JAN 2, 2014
Poured to glass clear amber hue with thick off white head that lingered about 1 finger. Aroma is clean, lager-like, floral, slightly nutty. Mouthfeel is creamy smooth but somewhat lacking in depth...bordering watery. Taste is dry with a slight hop bitterness in the finish. Overall, this was an interesting brew but I was left wanting a bit more depth and complexity.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Drake (8186) - 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maltman53 (299) - 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!

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