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Big Sky Heavy Horse Scotch Ale

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RATINGS: 193   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
A full bodied, full flavored ale. Deep garnet red with a dense, creamy head of tan. Stone Thrower is fermented at a lower temperature and the brewing water is softened to be closer to that found in Scotland. Malts: Pale, Crystal Chocolate, Roast. Hops: Hallertau Tradition, East Kent Goldings.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
GenDV138 (4090) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - NOV 14, 2015
Bottle at the DC Gathering. Brownish amber with off-white head. Aromas of malt, caramel. Tastes of malt, caramel. Light body with a dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kevinator (1541) - The Colony, Texas, USA - OCT 22, 2015
Bold aroma of caramel malt. Nice bourbon color. Medium palate and weight. Smooth. Flavors of caramel, oak and peat. Low on hops.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Metalhead (641) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - OCT 12, 2015
Lite ruby /cola color. Short lived head. Aroma is light of smoke ,malt and some nuttiness. Flavor is also light as well as the body. ABV well hidden. This is just too light and thin to be a good representative of the style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
GreatDane1632 (1124) - Alabama, USA - JUN 30, 2015
Dinner beer -- Was surprised this was sub-7% abv. Solid beer, but with this style I prefer a heavier brew. Overall very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (7852) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JUN 15, 2015
Better flavor than expected. Perfect amount of smoke in this one. Nose is nice too. Smoke, malt, toffee, fruit and nut. Body being thin is the only thing holding this back.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
crossovert (9957) - Illinois, USA - JUN 14, 2015
355ml bottle. HAzed dark amber/brown pour. Creamy milky white head. The aroma is suprememly malty with a dose of fruitiness and slight herbs. Flavor is sweet with some spices, very savory yeast, some bitternsweetness in the finish, bit of balsamic, but not in a sour way. Decent brew that has very little sweetness and loads of malt presence.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
UrbanCaveman (183) - Ohio, USA - MAY 19, 2015
12 oz bottle, poured into a shaker pint at ~40 degrees F. Appearance: Pours a clear, if dark, garnet-ruby brown, where the shadows of oneís fingers are visible with no blurring on the other side of the glass. Forms a rather short-lived finger of beige head, which dies to a ring swiftly. Smell: Toffee-sprinkled dark bread, being eaten near a patch of damp clay that lends just a hint to the aroma. There are also faint suggestions of some old fig and black cherry. Taste: The flavors open with a mixture of an ashy-clay bitterness, sweet toffee, and dark bread, with the ashes and clay forming a sort of bedrock which underlays the remainder of the palate. Notes of tanned leather and fig waft through the sweetness, along with some hints of old, soft, damp wood. The finish leaves a lingering aftertaste of bitter clay, sweet toffee, and aged black cherry. Mouthfeel: Light and thin, this is a chuggable beer, not a sticky or creamy one. Overall: Iím not displeased with having picked up a sixer of this beer, but I donít know that itís a repeater for me. Between the thin mouthfeel and the, to me, somewhat heavy-handed approach to the earthy hops, Iíve had much better scotch ales.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bpreo (2183) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - MAY 10, 2015
Nice and heavy tasting Scotch Ale. Made for a craggy mountain man or woman to enjoy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
HIGHB4LL (837) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 9, 2015
12 oz. bottle from Cash Wise in Watford. Appearance: slight white head, amber, slightly cloudy, Aroma: caramel, bits of medical aroma, light floral, earthiness, nutty, chocolate. Palate: medium body, soft carbonation, slightly oily texture, slight bitter finish. Taste: sweet molasses and earthy caramel, Earthiness grows with chocolate and nuttiness coming in as well, on into slight floral hops that cover the palate partially, but the earthiness lingers with nuttiness. Overall, super enjoyable, very smooth, very drinkable, matches the style well, solid beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FestDecBeet (412) - - MAY 4, 2015
Very malt forward. Nice sweetness. Not a lot of hops at all. Smooth mouth feel. Easy drinker. First drank: 5/4/15 Vintage: 2014

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