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


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RATINGS: 157   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.02   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
MarkoNm (679) - Novo mesto, SLOVENIA - MAR 29, 2014
I think I found one of my new favourite beers. Pours a clear coppery color with about a finger of two of solid just slightly off-colour head with a decent retention. The aroma is extra nice. Some malts, some fruity smell but mostly biscuity and nutty notes, easily picked up by the nose. The taste is likewise, amazing. Starts sweet and is followed by nice biscuity body, slight bitterness towards the end, and finishes with a nice spicy finish. Easily drinkable, smooth, delicious. Just great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sliderider (4) - - APR 20, 2013 does not count
Straight from 12oz. bottle Beautiful red-copper color, like new pennies used to look. Aroma of faint citrus. Citrus aroma carries over to palate when drinking. Very clean taste with nothing that shouldn’t be there. Single finger head reforms with every sip from bottle and stays around a while before dissipating. Very refreshing. Like many European brews, the alcohol content is higher in the US than what they sell at home but still a good session beer. I was quite surprised by this. I will be looking to try other Scottish Ales if they are all like this. Packaging is very attractive, it was what drew my attention to it originally after all. Bottle shape is unique, label and carrier art fit with the beer perfectly. A brew that stands out from the crowd in every respect but a little pricey. Cost me $10.49 for a six of 12oz bottles but worth every penny. I’ll be trying this one again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tac (127) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - FEB 20, 2013
Pours thick creamy head, dark amber color. Aroma of malt, some caramel and butter (butterscotch). Taste of some balanced sweetness and earthy bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Arthaey (15) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 26, 2014
Had a can with a nitro widget. Poured very pretty, amber colored at the bottom, nitro bubbles moving down in a dark tan color, and a very fine creamy head on top. Aroma is solid but unremarkable. Taste is sweet and surprisingly fruity for a Scottish ale, but in a good way. Would definitely order again.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
artyom (505) - Osijek, CROATIA - JUN 22, 2014
0.33l bottle. Dark copper color. Nutty, spicy, caramel, malty and toasted aroma. Taste is sweet with toasted malt and some hoppy spiciness. Medium bodied. Overall it’s really great and complex beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BOSSbrewer (1939) - Arkansas, USA - AUG 24, 2013
Pours an amber brown with a rich creamy head. Fair amount of malt and caramel. Have had at brewskis in Fayetteville numbers of times.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maltman53 (368) - 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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Clarkdvm (156) - Florida, USA - APR 5, 2014
Not sure why so poorly rated. Draft pour . Smooth. Amber. Lots of head.True wouldn’t consider a Scottish ale but still tasty

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
superspak (2778) - Michigan, USA - MAY 19, 2014
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 6/27/2013. Pours slightly cloudy reddish copper color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, toast, bread, pear, apple, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with balanced bready malt, fruity yeast, and earthy hop notes; with decent strength. Taste of big caramel, toast, toffee, brown bread, light nuttiness, light roast, herbal, grass, light pear/apple, and yeast earthiness. Slight earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, brown bread, light roast, light nuttiness, light pear/apple, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and balance of dark/bready malt, earthy hops, and light-moderate yeast fruitiness; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and fairly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Scottish ale. Good balance and robustness of dark/bready malt, earthy hops, and light-moderate yeast fruitiness; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

   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.

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