Choos (754) - Taylors Hill, AUSTRALIA - JUL 28, 2004
Aroma: initially slightly lagery and faint giving way too generous malt, prune and peaty smoke. Appearance: Dark red, seems perfectly clear with an off white head. Flavour: magnificently malty with a lovely hit of slightly smokey sticky fruits. A tiny hit of wood and an even smaller hint of metal is present. Palate: noticeable carbonation but this is magnificent in that it is so thick it almost has a slightly oily mouthfeel similar to an imperial stout. Plenty of people on ratebeer said as a doppelbock lover I would enjoy this and they were so very correct! Metalhead (644) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - JUL 24, 2004
I had this after a Youngs Old Nick. At first I was not impressed at first but as it warmed the heavy malt,prunes? mild peat and subtle smoke/wood finish came thru. I wanted to both hurry thru yet at the same time savor this fine brew. Solid dbx540 (19) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 21, 2004
Beautiful bouget, nice head. The flavor is its force, one of my favourit. Perfect balanced with great palate. Reid (2605) - Salem, Oregon, USA - JUL 18, 2004
Ok last Scottish beer of this weekend..to celebrate the Portland Highland Games.
Belhaven always a fav of mine back in Scotland.
This beer is extremelly attractive ..a dark brown almost mahogany colour with a large off white creamy/frothy head..it goes down somewhat but it stays in reduced form till the bottom of the glass.
Very fresh , slightly smoky malt aroma..very nice.
apart from the expected yet well dome malt sweetness.later i detect, smoked peat, dark fruits like prunes and figs,Scottish "tablet"( a candy),a slight hint of hops and some very nice alcohol..warmth in the mid throat.
Very nice and smooth on the palte despite the array of flavours.
A very good Scotch Ale perhaps the best,,very drinkable indeed.
If only I could get this in a 12 pack my Oregon winters would be so much brighter!
bluevegie (3073) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUL 13, 2004
Dark chocolatey brown colour with some orange tinges. Medium size tan coloured head that had fine beading and lasted the distance. Rich chocolate, cocoa and coffee malt aromas. Flavour was quite complex, caramel, a touch of smokey peat, broth, liquorice, dried fruit, chocolate, plenty of flavours but not quite as filling as you would think. Anyhow when I tried this over a year ago I didn’t think much of it but now I reckon it is more to my liking. Cheers.
JoeMcPhee (9515) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 10, 2004
Dark amber colour with a thick tan coloured head. Very malty aroma/flavour. Cola and other acidic characteristics. Faint citrus. Flavour is quite sweet as well with a warming alcoholic finish. Malakin (470) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 8, 2004
Very dark reddish amber with a sweet malty earthy aroma. Nice matly flavours with some smokeyness. For a wee heavy it’s not particularily heavy or alcoholic. Silphium (3199) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - JUL 7, 2004
I thought this was pretty weak- the caramel, rotten fruit and detergent aroma precedes so many a mediocre beer. The body was quite sweet but was overwhelmed by apple peel which I don’t think works well with this kind of beer. There did appear to be some peat or tannins, a touch of wood, and caramel, but these notes were drowned out by the apple peel. Call me Maluscontent. humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - JUL 7, 2004
I don’t see (or taste) whats so freakin’ "heevy" about this beer. In fact I found it to be rather flacid. The flavors are light and quite dull. No malt, hops or twigs and berries to set things off. A little smoky. Aroma was nearly non-existent. Quite boring, actually. JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - JUL 3, 2004
(on bottle) All in all I´m diaspointed over this one from Belhaven. Ther´s no trace of tar, earth, heat or any other scotch-carataristics in eitherthe very full malted atse or the dry-fruit-sweet aroma. the taste goes on to become even more sweet to the end of the drink and does not at all go well with a heavy alcohol bitter aftertaste.