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RATINGS: 190   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
RyanMM (413) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - OCT 9, 2010
Pours deep ruby/garnet, thin white head fades quickly to moderate lacing. Nose is malt, oak, chocolate, hints of vanilla, some resinous hops. Really solid bouquet. Slightly funky malt notes up front, bit of sweetness, good scotch ale character, slight bitterness rounding out the finish. Good, but I feel like there’s something a little off, sort of a stale note that’s not overwhelming but noticeable enough to kind of throw the flavor off; maybe a hint of diacetyl? Really good crispness and carbonation, a little oily and creamy at the same time.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GKillian (525) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 9, 2010
Pours ruby brown with thick tan head and foamy lacing. Notes of malt and raisin. Well balanced taste. Smooth.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hollybeery (66) - Texas, USA - OCT 7, 2010
Bottle. Reddish brown color with weak off white head. Lots of caramel maltiness and nutty aromas. Smooth finish. I liked it!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 7, 2010
(12oz bottle). Pours dar k red color with thick head. Decent lacing and good carbonation. Aroma of caramel, roasted nut and some florals and perhaps cheese. Taste is malty sweet with a slight hop bitterness and the end. Medium bodied with oily texture. Finish is smooth and malty. For my tastes this is one to be consumed cold as the malts begin to assert themselves more as the beers warms. Not a fan of malty beers, but I could see myself drinking a few of these at a pub

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 4, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2011 Big Sky Brewing Company--Missoulia, MT--Heavy Horse Scotch Ale. 6.20% ABV. 20 IBU’s. Thin head. Rich clear bright amber red color. Mild roasted pine heather Scottish front. Roasted malty toffee caramel rich Scottish body. Mild sweetness. Mild hop lingering fruit malt hint clean end. Smooth, Well Made & Tasty. (4.0 / 5.0) 5 oz. Taster @ Fremont Oktoberfest on 9/24/2010. Big Sky Brewing Company--Heavy Horse Scotch Ale--2010 12 oz. Bottle. 6.70% ABV. 20 IBU’s. (3.75 / 5.0) Thin mild lace light tan head. Thick no sediment pour. Clear dark red bronze color. Malty mild peat roasted fruit toffee malt front. Roasted mellow sweet malty rich toasted toffee smoked hint smooth creamy body. Malty clean mild hop nourishing satisfying end. Sampled 1/10/2011. 6-Pack purchased for $8.59 at Fred Meyer--Ballard, Seattle on 9/10/2010.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
twindadplus2 (629) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 3, 2010
Deep garnet color with a tight light walnut head. Aroma is nutty toffee and dark fruity sweetness. Flavor is sweet, creamy, roasted malt, fruit and a nice resiny bitterness at the finish. Creamy mouthfeel, on the high side of medium bodied. Very nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mora2000 (5968) - McKinney, Texas, USA - OCT 3, 2010
Glad to see a new Big Sky beer in Texas. The beer pours a clear, deep red color with a tan head. A great looking beer. The aroma is very malty with a lot of toffee and caramel malt. I also get some dark fruit and a little bit of peet smoke. The flavor is also extremely malty. I get toffee, caramel, chocolate, dark fruit, cream, a little smoke and a little alcohol. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Trev (2011) - 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.

3.4
   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.

3.7
   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!


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