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RATINGS: 176   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
poisoneddwarf (1767) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - SEP 20, 2010
12 oz bottle into Sam Adams all-purpose glass (sorry, donít have a thistle!). Bought at Super 1 in Rathdrum, Idaho. Is it just my area, or has Big Sky not come out with a new beer in a 12 oz bottle in years? Itís nice to see a new one on the shelves. Pours a beautiful bright ruby red hue with a huge head that dissipates in a few minutes, leaving a blanket of foam and nice decorative lacework. Aroma seems muted right now; hopefully it will open up as it warms. At the moment I do smell some citrus powder drink and some hints of banana nut bread and caramel. Taste is sweet at first and leaves a nice sour then bitter finish. Somewhat smoky. Carbonation is pretty high, body is medium to high. Every time I have a quality scotch ale, I seem to like the style just a little bit more. I used to avoid this style, so thatís a good thing.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nuplastikk (4708) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 18, 2010
12oz bottle. Filtered looking, translucent burgundy-brown. Malty and sweet, lofs of caramel flavor. Fruity ale yeast. Quite fresh and pleasantly medium to full-bodied. Sweet, lots of brown sugar character. Hops are way in the background, but do give it some mild orange, soapy balance. Pretty good.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
skoisirius (1763) - Earth, Washington, USA - SEP 16, 2010
Nice to see a new brew from Big Sky. Mild nose with sweet malt and minor hop. Slightly bready, mild booze, and touches of peat malt. Decently hoppy. Enjoyable.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lagunitasfan (1321) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 14, 2010
On tap at Stone 9/12/10. DArk orange-brown. Raisin sweet nose. Taste sharp bitter with a hint of sweet to burnt malt. One dimensional bitter, but sweetens a bit as it warms. Just OK.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (11227) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAR 19, 2010
on tap-pours a tan head and amber color. Aroma is sweet medium malt-peat, fruity. Taste is sweet medium malt-peat/caramel/chocolate, fruity/spice hops.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mbgrayson (560) - Anaconda, Montana, USA - JAN 28, 2010
On draft at the Big Sky Brewing taproom on 1/23/10. Pours a reddish gold, with a nice head. Good sturdy Scotch ale taste. Bread aromas, sweet malt .... superb. A slight sweetness, with hints of caramel and nuts. Very good. Thumbs up on this one.


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