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Life is extraordinarily precious, joyous...and fragile. At Stone, we recently were reminded of this when we lost our dear friend and coworker, Matt Courtright. We felt that there was no better way to share with the world what an extraordinary person he was than by brewing this beer he created. Rather than a somber momento, please think of this as a celebration of Matt. We do. We can’t contemplate it any other way. Matt was by no means a shrinking violet. Quite the contrary. He was exuberant, courageous, outwardly positive, and the type of stalwart friend everybody who knew him was happy to have in their corner. Matt’s smile and voluminous laugh were infectious mainstays around the brewery. He was larger than life in every way...and he was without a doubt an incredible brewer.

Everyone at Stone recognized Matt’s prowess and passion for brewing. He loved to explore what-ifs and why-nots. He crafted the beer you hold in your hands, which he conceived with Stone friend and colleague, Brian Bishop. Burning Rosids is a Belgian-style saison incorporating a unique ingredient-cherrywood smoked malt (the name references the rosid plant family from which cherry trees hail).

Brian and Matt’s many devoting brewing comrades here at Stone were proud to hoist this mash paddles and brew this recipe for him as a symbolic gesture of how much he meant to everyone and how immensely he is missed. When you enjoy this very special beer, please join all of us in raising your glass in Matt’s memory and to everything he so passionately stood for: contributing and caring for others, passion and skill for his art, and laugther. Lots of laughter. Among the list of things he held dear was GoDesignInc.org, a charity committed to fulfilling the architectural needs of developing communities around the world, and we are proudly contributing funds earned through the sale of this beer to this worthy organization in Matt’s honor. Enjoy, and please remember that life and those we hold dear are precious gifts to be cherised every day. Consider sharing this beer, conversations on life’s passions and, again, lots of laughter, with good friends as we remember ours.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
allmyvinyl (3371) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 28, 2014
Bomber from Brewdog AGM, shared at home to celebrate something or other. Pours clear copper, big creamy head. Lot of vinious and peppery notes on the aroma. Some of the barrel character too. Taste is very dry, more wood and pepper. Bitter finish. Interesting, but not one I’d rush back to.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
LtDan (1784) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JUL 27, 2014
Appearance: Pours a brilliant clear copper. Starts with a big sudsy head that subsides to a film.

Aroma: Big fruity spicy belgian yeast nose. As it warms up a equal amount of smokey malt.

Taste: Fruity spicy white wine-like Belgian ale. Big spicy Euro hops. Very sweet malt to balance the spice and bitterness. Smoked malt takes a back seat. Perhaps that will change with time. The alcohol is very apparent on this guy.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, peppery carb. On the smooth side still.

Overall: This is a big ass beer. I suggest cellaring a few to see how it evolves. This is a very classy tribute, and I hope Matt is up above watching everyone remembering him with this beer.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
whiskeyrocks (60) - Lindenhurst, Illinois, USA - JUL 26, 2014
I could not even finish a glass of this... sorry but I guess I just discovered that this is not for me. Its sooo smokey. Too smokey for my tastes. For some reason when I saw it, it appealed to me but my mistake. I do enjoy trying new things because with out that you would never know what you like and dont.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Osprey87 (1721) - WALES - JUL 23, 2014
Keg at Brewdog. Clear yellow amber, still, small white head. Aroma is light lemon and estery, very toned down. Body is medium, low carbonation, smooth. Taste is earthy, bready, sweet Belgian tripel, a touch of sourness, noticeable alcohol. Better than expected.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mR_fr0g (3146) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 23, 2014
Keg at Brewdog Shepard’s bush. Clear golden coloured pour with a small fleeting white head. Quite viscous. Aroma is alcohol, light tart, Belgian yeast, raisin and tart fruit. Flavour is warming alcohol, spices, homey sweetness, and lingering raspberry fruit. Belgian yeast esters. Palate I’d thick on the tongue with low carbonation. Disappointing. Lingering alcohol warmth.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jackl (4610) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUL 23, 2014
Sample @ Brewvival 2014. Deep amber pour with a small head. Smoked herb and lemon/lime. Some smoked tea. Sweet red fruits, some caramel malt. Herbal funk. Slightly tart on the finish. Medium body, active carbonation. Not bad.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ph03nix42 (17) - MCKINNEY, Texas, USA - JUL 21, 2014
The smoke is very subtle, gentle and not overpowering at all. Aroma is sour, fruity, smoky, flavorful. Taste is bitter, sour, funk with a hint of smoke.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jonno (2336) - JAPAN - JUL 20, 2014
Such a juxtaposition of influences this should not work - but it does!! Juicy somkey flavours meld with bubblegum and candided fruits f the forrest. Beechwood and tar on top of full, rounded hoppy saison. Quality and very fun, if a tad palate fatiguing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (6871) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 19, 2014
Keg at BD Sheps B. It pours clear amber with a small white head. The nose is toasty, doughy, candy, berry, jammy, light smoke and fruity tang. The taste is bitter-sweet, earthy, candy, smoke, cherry jam, light spice and mild acidity with a dry, warming finish. Medium-full body and average carbonation. Interesting and rather enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tide (1788) - Espoo, FINLAND - JUL 16, 2014
Bottle from Boulder Liquor Mart. Amber color, white head. Bitter taste with citrus, hops, smoke, spices, oak, earthy notes, grass and a bit of alcohol. Bitter finish with citrus, smoke, oak and hops. Strange, but enjoyable brew.

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