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RATINGS: 187   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
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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.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
skoll (420) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - APR 23, 2011
Reddish brown, clear, color. Modest head. Aroma and taste is a sweet caramel, with some spice which is appropriate for the style. Thin body with some maltyness on the finish, not much bitterness on the finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
travita (4335) - Frisco, Texas, USA - APR 9, 2011
Deep amber in color, cream colored head, clearish. The smell is sweet, caramel, malts, toffee candy. The taste is a little sweet, malts, caramel, ok.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
dwaggs2 (1297) - Jefferson City, Missouri, USA - APR 7, 2011
Bottle. Poured an amber color with a smaller tan head that retained throughout the beer. Aroma was biscuits, caramel, bread and malts. Flavor was toast, caramel, and yeast. Malty finish. Too thin and smooth for a scotch ale.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
after4ever (6574) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAR 30, 2011
12-oz. Pours a crystal clear but very dark garnet-y amber. Dense creamy head with decent drippy lace. Pleasant brown bread nose, tiny hints of brown sugar showing. Some floral hop character. Creamy medium body with fairly restrained carb. Brown bread, caramel, brown sugar, and floral qualities on the mid-palate, with a mild bready finish. Very nicely done, but the complexity is really lacking, even in the malt bill. Though the malt profile is nicely forward, itís fairly narrowly confined, and could use a lot more different aspects to it before this beer can be called a classic. Given how well executed this beer is, thatís worth noting. As it stands, this is more of a sweeter brown than a scotch worthy of the name Heavy Horse. Such a great name--calls to mind the great war council quote from Braveheart when they know Longshanks is readying for war: "Heavy cavalry, armored horse; shake the very ground!" This beerís not quite ready to shake the very ground. But Scotland still sent the English home when they came calling at Bannockburn.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - MAR 24, 2011
12oz bottle. Dark reddish brown colored brew with a decent amount of off white head. Aromas of caramel malt and some peat - flavor is very malty and sweet, a bit too sweet.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RedSox2004 (1411) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - MAR 19, 2011
Dark reddish brown with an enormous pillowy head that reduced slowly to a nice film and left excellent lace. Really a great looking beer. Classic rich malt and toffee aromas with a touch of nuttiness and caramel. Flavors are similar, with a gentle but pronounced malt sweetness and include hints of dark bread and dark fruits. Medium body, minimal carbonation, a sticky mouthfeel, and a very pleasantly sweet finish. This is actually a helluva beer.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lyncham (251) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 16, 2011
12 oz. Bottle. Brown. Carmel. Thick body. Balanced flavors. High carbonation. Slick and chalky.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2011
12 oz bottle. Pours a deep ruby brown with a small creamy off white head. Aroma is surprisingly fruity, some dark maltiness comes in with sweet caramel, but it has some cherry and candied fruit characteristics. Flavor again has a lot of fruit in it, very estery with some sweet sugary caramel notes and some biscuit flavors. Finishes with a bit of earthiness and a softer fruit finish. Medium body and a soft carbonation. Definitely not quite what I expected, very little peaty earthy notes, lots of fruity caramel notes, strange brew though not altogether awful, just not per the style.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7331) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 27, 2011
Poured clear, rich amber wtih a creamy beige head. The aroma picked up toasted caramel, vanilla, and molasses with some smoky accents.. on the sweet side, but enjoyable. The flavor found more of the caramel, molasses, and some honey at the core.. earthy bitterness, vanilla bean, and light campfire smoke extended outward.. toasted, very sweet, syrupy malts on the finish (plus a touch of earthy bitterness). Medium-bodied and a bit too sweet on the palate.. scratchy and kind of sharp at times.. just an OK feel and flow. Solid brew.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 20, 2011
Lifeless copper with a medium slowly fading tan head and a ring lacing. Aroma of toffee, brown sugar, malt and light candi sugar. Taste of toffee, malt and brown sugar with a clean finish. Just ok.


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