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Big Rock Erratic Stone-Fired Ale

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Brewed by Big Rock Brewery
Style: Traditional Ale
Calgary, Canada

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RATINGS: 12   MEAN: 3.48/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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One sip of Erratic Stone-Fired Ale and you’ll notice that it has a totally unique profile. That’s because the super-heated stones, when dropped into the brew, scorched and caramelised some of the malt sugars. Combined with glacier-fed Rocky Mountain water, the granite process imparts a delicious burnt caramel and unusual mineral profile to the brew. Proudly displaying the powerful complexity of dark malts, toffee and a hint of smoke, Brewmaster Paul’s take on the historical steinbier is a rare treat.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dfearnley (943) - Alberta, CANADA - FEB 13, 2014
Bottle to tulip Caramel, overripe apple, maybe smoke. I’m not sure. Deep amber with a very creamy off white head. Taste is caramel, smoke, toasted malt, and fruit.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
andrewturba (962) - Alberta, CANADA - FEB 9, 2014
Pours a kinda hazy copper with a small off white ring of head. Aroma is caramel, mild smoke, minerals, burnt sugar, and overall fairly sweet. Flavour is burnt sugar, light smoke, caramel, toffee, kinda salty/mineraly, mild fruity esters, toast, medium dry and mildly bitter finish. To date the best Big Rock beer I’ve had!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Reimer96 (1197) - Alberta, CANADA - FEB 9, 2014
Pours a hazy dark amber with a red hue with a small light brown ring. Aroma of caramel, toffee, light nut and some smoke. Flavor is very malt forward with caramel, toffee, smoke, light campfire and a bit of burnt brown sugar. Overall a nice blend of flavors and a big surprise from big rock!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bulldogops (1048) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 22, 2013
Review #700!!! Split Bottle #1016 (of 2000) with @plunkie. Pours a dark brown with a rich white head, mild retention. Aroma is a boatload of caramel malt, toffee, burnt sugar, mild graininess. Medium carbonation, good mouthfeel, low-medium alcohol warmth. Palate is more of the caramel malt texture, not many distinguishable hop notes, just toffee burnt sugar sweetness, and an odd mineralic, carbonated note that lingers in the finish. Certainly a great step for Big Rock in 2013 to return to "weird" beer, however.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thb (678) - Alberta, CANADA - SEP 15, 2013
Mid brown, mid head. Chewy caramel, cereal malts. Chicory, chocolate. A real malt bomb. Sweet but not cloying. Count me as impressed.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
mnurda (1124) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - AUG 20, 2013
Bottled sample at Craft Beer Market in Calgary. Strong tasting. Caramel flavour shines through. Tasty

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gramity (1307) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 19, 2013
Pours a dark brown. Aroma of chocolate, dark fruits, roasted malts. Taste is roasted malts, toffee, black cherry. Quite a nice complexity. I enjoyed this beer quite a bit but I couldn’t justify buying it again as the price was, simply put, inflated.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blankboy (6030) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 9, 2013
Bottle [750ml] shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow, jercraigs & mabel -- c/o GregClow. Pours a dar reddish-amber with a small lasting bubbly off-white head. Aroma of caramel malt, slightly sweet with hints of maple syrup and brown sugar, a hint of smoke. Flavour of sweet, lightly burnt caramel malt. Dry finish. Average bodied. Pretty good.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (7790) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 3, 2013
2013-06-28. Lightly hazy mahogany body modest off white head. 3+ Aroma has an interesting earthy character to it - reminds me of French fries for some reason but that goes away. Whispers of smoke? Flavour is interesting, mineral character, earthy lightly tangy quality. Average bodied palate, modest carbonation. Interesting but just okay. Bottle shared by GregClow

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (6670) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 17, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2014 Bottle, the first "special release" under the new CEO, who has promised a year of cool beers to come. I’ll begin by commenting on how attention was clearly paid to every detail in this endeavor. The bottle is a unique shape, and the label art is striking and cool. Even the name "Erratic" has been cleverly chosen (an erratic is a large boulder, or big rock--get it?-- that has been left behind after a glacier has retreated from the landscape). They’ve conveyed a sense of "rare" by producing only 2000 bottles, a fact which is not lost on beer geeks like me, and that will serve to justify the higher price tag for the regular joe consumer. It pours a beautiful deep copper red, with a thick lightly golden head that retains very well. The aromas are very inviting and happen to hit my limbic center in its sweet spot: breadcrusts and burnt sugars, hints of fruit. The palate carries this aroma profile into translation very nicely, brown bread crusts, sponge toffee, hints of cherries and smoky tea. There is probably an element of psychology here that makes me want to say that there is a flinty note in the dry finish. This drinks just like a doppelbock, although I think it is an ale, not a lager. It is medium bodied, so as not to drink too heavy, but is rich enough in flavour to be satisfying. It is not too far afield in the flavour department for "regular joes", so it won’t frighten any lager babies away (not that this should be a concern in the crafting process, but I’m sure as a company they considered this). In the end, I am thoroughly impressed, both as a craft beer lover, and as a shareholder in this company. This is exactly what I have been waiting for from Big Rock! It is the first beer that they have ever made that I plan on acquiring and cellaring for future enjoyment. I really really enjoyed this beer. Keep it up Big Rock!!


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