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

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RATINGS: 142   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.


ThisWangsChung's rating

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 13, 2013
Reviewed 3/1/13. 16 oz can poured into a nonic pint glass. I had to salvage this one after it fell and sprung a leak - we’ll see how it’s held up... A: Pours a orange copper color with moderate clarity. The head is a one finger heavy cream shade. In true nitro-can fashion, it retains beautifully with a wondrous texture. S: Not as muted as I come to expect from the serving style. There are lots of dark fruits, some lighter fruits, chocolate, caramel, cream, and even a touch of hops. T: The flavor profile introduces both a smoky and even a leathery dimension to things. The mustiness works pretty well with its fruity, caramel-laden flavor profile. A hint of leafy, herbal hops really finish things well. Surprisingly, it even has a bit of depth to it. M: A bit on the watery side, as expected. Despite that, there’s a good mixture of creaminess and crisp, palate-clearing dryness. The lack of carbonation fits the mouthfeel qualities well. O: This would make a good everyday drinker. It’s definitely the most interesting nitro-can beer I’ve ever had before. I wouldn’t touch the bottles, however.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerhunter111 (7150) - Hasborn, GERMANY - AUG 23, 2014
Kupferfarbenes Bier mit ordentlicher leicht beigen Schaumkrone. Geruch röstmalzig, reife Früchte, leicht hopfig bitter. Geschmack sehr malzig, süß, leicht röstmalzig, fruchtig, leicht hopfig, Gewürze.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Darkmagus82 (964) - - AUG 13, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 11-14-12- Poured from bottle into pint glass I had this beer in nitro can format before and this is quite different ( and better) then standard carbonation format in my opinion. Appearance – Pours a deep copper-amber color with a two finger white head. The head fades over a moderate amount of time to give a nice level of lacing. Smell – The smell is of a bready and caramel nature mixed with some butterscotch aromas. Taste – A bready and sweet caramel flavor greet the tongue. These flavors create a base for the taste in which other flavors then enter upon. A butterscotch and buttery flavor come to the tongue giving it a more “savory” taste. These flavors are met with some slightly roasted malt flavors more toward the end of the taste and leave a rather caramel and butterscotch sweet and roasted flavor on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is just below average in terms of thickness/creaminess with a carbonation level that is average. As I predicted in my previous review, this carbonation and feel suits the flavors of the beer much better than the nitro driven can. Quite nice. Overall – This is the way in which this beer should be enjoyed. The “standard carbonation” really is much nicer for the blend of sweet, buttery, and roasted flavors of the brew the nitro. If you go for a Belhaven Scottish ale I say go for the non nitro. Quite nice (odd as I normally prefer the nitro driven body).

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
andrewje41 (383) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - AUG 8, 2014
Bottle pour. Pours a dark copper with a funky malt aroma. Not much head. Overall a drinkable beer. Decent malt flavor. Not bad

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mintzmeet (201) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 6, 2014
Almost skunky aroma like an English bitters. Dark malty color. Woah! What flavor. Almost tastes like the malt has been sprouted. Tiny skunkiness but not overwhelming. Round flavor. Tastes vaguely fungal, but in a good way, like a very clean dwarfs garden herbs.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (7782) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 4, 2014
2014-08-01. Crisp dark amber body with a small beige head. 3+ Aroma is mild, lightly woody and toasty malt notes. Muted overall. Flavour is sweetly malty, toasty malt, lightly bitter, mild earthy undertones. Average bodied palate, moderate carbonation. Okay, pretty mild overall. Bottle of 5.2% version courtesy of GregClow

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
EithCubes (4833) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 2, 2014
Bottle, clear glass. Nose initially skunky, despite expectations of that not being possible, and plastic-heavy, as when yeast is washed from a bucket with acidic solution. Otherwise spicy malt, earthy, toffee, sweet. Body a dark amber, tawny with a dense off-white head, rocks, lace. Medium body watery at times but with tumbling thin malt and light bitterness, semi-dry, good malt character all around, lightly spice and earthy hops prickling here and there. Very very faint smoke in behind the earth, touch of scorch. Fruitiness is kept to a bare minimum, this one more about combinations of roast and kilning, and notions of staleness and faint astringency. Basic, somewhat straightforward, and still fun to drink.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
berkshirejohn (4453) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 18, 2014
33cl bottle from Tesco’s, Cannonmills, Edinburgh. Deep amber with a billowing cream head; caramel aroma; sweet caramel taste with a touch of spice; and some warmth and nuttiness to the finish. Pleasant stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
fsquirrel29 (79) - Michigan, USA - JUL 14, 2014
If this wasn’t so expensive it would be my "go to" beer. It’s not the most flavorful beer, but there is nothing overpowering about any of the flavors. It’s not too hoppy, not too malty, not too bland - just a good beer to go to when nothing jumps out at you.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Camons (5855) - Hasselager, DENMARK - JUL 13, 2014
Bottle @ Home. Pours dark golden with a offwhite head. Aroma of malt, caramel, nuts, wood. Flavor is malt, nutty, caramel, grass. Medium body, lively carbonation. 130714

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rauchbier (3598) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JUL 9, 2014
Bottle, from Tesco, Kirkwall. Amber gold, thin but lasting white head and moderate condition. Biscuits and caramel with a hint of peppery spiciness in the nose. Full bodied and malty sweet in the mouth with hints of burnt toast and a gentle earthy hop bitterness, lingering toffee sweetness and peppery hop bitterness in the finish.


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