St. Andrew’s Ale

500 mL bottle from Rollers, Coligny Plaza, Hilton Head, SC, USA. Nice mid-orange, slightly clouded pour with some haze. Head is not huge, rather fluffy, light and made from large bubbles. Carbonation is light. Very simple malts in the nose. The tastes are not as malty as the nose would suggest. It is very peaty, more so than I expected. Definitely some earth and soil notes present. Finishes with a little touch of alcohol, some bitter dry notes and more of the peat. The soil notes make the beer...

Wee Heavy

500 mL bottle purchased on a recent jaunt up the East Coast. Pour reveals an amber colored body, but it lacks the depth of color that I was expecting. Head is also a little thin and fades quickly with only the tiniest wisp of lace. Some large bubbles of carbonation. Nose has the obvious malts, but lacks much definition. Tastes are a little confused for me. Yes there is certainly the rich malty notes that one would expect (and there are some nice biscuit malt notes in the aftertaste), but the...

Belhaven Twisted Thistle IPA

Liquor Barn purchase, Lexington, KY as a 500 mL bottle. UnGodly amount of sediment in the pour. Sediment fails to settle well, and as a result this is a pretty unattractive pint. Nice head and some super lacing - this is NOT an easy beer to give an appearance score to! Aroma is muted sweet malts. A DEFINITE smokiness! Odd. Tastes are somewhat typically "British" IPA with a distinct lack of hops (I've been in the USA too long!) Finishes dry, but that's OK since the malts earlier in the drink...

Belhaven Scottish Ale

Much darker than the majority of the nitro tap "bitters" that I have experienced, and a little better than those others too. The first thing that hit me was a smokiness in the aroma. This is one of the few nitro-taps that I feel maintained some of the dark bitterness that the original brew should have, and still managed to combine it with the inherent smooth, silkiness of the nitro presentation. Unlike many others, it still felt as though it had some authenticity to a non-nitro alternative....