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RATINGS: 183   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Trev (1985) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 2, 2010
amber pour with a thin but tight head. aroma is dark fruitiness. roasted malt, some toffee.molasses. Flavour has nice medium sweetness balanced by a nice roasted malt, some molasses, hint of rye bread and just a bit of raisin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerona97 (2397) - Washington, USA - SEP 28, 2010
Slightly hazy dark amber. Aroma of biscuit and fruit. taste is sweet fruit and caramel with a nice roasty finish. Well balanced, some bitter burnt malts on the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - SEP 26, 2010
In the bottle from Beertopia. Pours sepia dark brown with an off white head. Great thick maltiness and a small bit of peat. Good chocolates. This might be my favorite from this brewer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - SEP 25, 2010
12 oz bottle. Clear dark mahogany with a long lasting, medium sized off white head. Aroma of caramel, toffee, dried fruit and bread. The flavor is very malty, lots of rich bready malt and some caramel, there is also a light sourness like sourdough bread. Medium body with mild carbonation and a soft, smooth mouth feel. This is a solid beer, very malty like it should be.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - SEP 23, 2010
Beautiful dark ruby with a thick creamy light tan head. Little sharp carbonic nose, also creamy caramel, rose petals and brown sugar. Coppery metallic up front, little floral, but sharp. Cannot finish, too metallic.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BillKismet (3412) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 23, 2010
Gorgeous mahogany-scotch color with caramelized head. Easy nutty malt nose. Malty, nutty, bready body with some banana notes inexplicably present, but it mostly works. Solid.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
carruthm (1401) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 22, 2010
bottle, caramels, creamy, sweet and not bitter. dark brown in color with a light tan head

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
poisoneddwarf (1871) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nuplastikk (4917) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
skoisirius (1819) - 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.

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