(tasted with fried, leftover haggis. No, seriously)
Maker: Belhaven, Dunbar, Scotland
Nose: Malty, a bit sour
On the palate: Nice, thick, heavy mouthfeel. Rich, toasty malt, lightly sweet, with a bit of a sour note.
Finish: Lingering maltiness, the sour note migrates to the cheeks and hangs about for a long time.
Pairs very nicely with haggis. The toasted malt of the ale is a great counterpoint to the gamey, livery flavor of the offal. The sour note is not quite to the level where I would call it a fault, but enough to make me wonder if it is not supposed to be there. Perhaps it was a result of the long trip to Michigan. Nevertheless, Belhaven is a fine, rich, enjoyable ale.