Beer: Scottish Stout
Brewery: Belhaven Brewery
Style: English Stout
Serving Style: Bottle
Glassware: Pint glass
Drinking Establishment: Tiemann Place
Primary Consumer: Kerensa
Sight: Black-as-the-night body, with a very slight ruby hue at the edge. Thin yet frothy and creamy bubble-filled head.
Scent: Very slight metallic smell. Surprisingly, there’s a strange note of pork and dried fruit.
Flavor: Insanely sharp, bitter chocolate explosion that is not quite balanced by a sweeter malt taste. The end note is an overripe fig.
Feel: Thin-to-medium body with full carbonation. Slippery, oily mouthfeel.
There is a pronounced sweetness and a jarring bitterness in Belhaven’s Scottish Stout. Yet, somehow, the two polar flavors do not balance one another. Too bad.
Concluding remarks: Belhaven calls this a “deluxe stout” brewed using a “traditional Scottish recipe from the 1800s.” Deluxe? Hmmm, let me think: NO. I use the word “deluxe” extremely rarely, for fine things such as “deluxe cheeseburger,” “deluxe diner,” “deluxe Scrabble,” and um, well…I did say rarely. Either way, no, I would not describe this Stout as deluxe, traditional recipe or not. While palatable and mildly interesting, I would not buy Belhaven’s Scottish Stout again. I am on the hunt for a Stout that I can call deluxe.