"I am Duncan MacLeod of the Clan MacLeod - I was born in 1592 in the Highlands of Scotland - And I am still alive - I am immortal” ….is what comes to mind when I see this beer. I feel like it’s definitely something that would have been enjoyed by famous Scottish figures such as William Wallace and Robert the Bruce…yeah I know you all know who they are :)
Belhaven has been brewing since 1719 but that’s all that can be confirmed, it’s speculated though, to go back far before the 16th century and possibly back to the 12th century where beer was commonly brewed by Monks. This beer in particular definitely definitely embodies that of Scottland’s ancient history. The aroma it gives off is a rustic, old world aroma. It’s taste, is as if it was pulled from the 17th century, poured from an old Oak cask setting in the stone cellar of some hillside village tavern.
It has a woody/smokey flavor reminscant of Scottland’s very peaty scotches ( such as LaPhroaig), it is a very “hoppy” beer and full of earthy flavor but the finish is somewhat smooth and creamy with a (somewhat burnt) chocolaty flavor
I have to say, this is my first time drinking this beer and it is quickly becoming one of my favorites