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RATINGS: 556   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
daleharshman (1010) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 6, 2015
Bomber given to me 13 months ago by my sister-in-law as a birthday gift. Pours a slightly hazed (unusual for a Stone beer) sunset-orange hue with two fingers of off-white foam. AROMA of a lovely sticky fruity sweetness, honey, typical saison yeast, light caramel, light spice, but only a tiny bit of perceptible smoke on the back end. FLAVOR of quite sweet overripe stone fruit, juicy apple, honey malts, Belgian yeast, with some subtle but definitely noticeable smokiness on the back end. The smoke is certainly subtle but makes itself known at the very end of the finish, blending in smoothly. The huge ABV is very well concealed here...actually drinks very easily (a little dangerous). Perhaps the rauch element has mellowed with the year of aging, but I find that style-wise, this is much more saison than smoked...I would suggest that it be re-classified here on RateBeer. (527, 952)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rederic (3228) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 26, 2015
22oz bottle, golden honey color, with a frothy white head, nice fruity belgian saison yeast, mild honeyed pale, toasted,caramunich, smoked malty nose, with some candied lemon, grapefruit peel, woody cherrywood tree branch chip, faint fruity cherry accents, and a light herbal floral leafy, grassy, citrus hop, spicy, spritzy, subtle lemon candyish lollipop note in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate, with nice warmth fruity saison yeasty, honeyed pale, toasted, caramunich, pilsener, smoked malt, smokey cherrywood chip, light mild wood cherry, faint spritzy, spicy lemon pepper, orange, lemon zest character, with a light herbal flowery leafy, grassy, citrus hop, faint honey, lemon candyish lollipop, lemon pie crust flavour, leading towards a warming honeyed pale, pilsener, caramunich, toasted, smoked maltiness, spritzy fruity, citrus, spicy saison yeastiness, light lingering leafy, grassy, citrus hop bitterness, candied lemon, orange peel fruitiness finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ADfan (737) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 17, 2015
Beer has a hazy golden color with a medium head. Aroma of fruit and some sweetness with a little smoke. Taste has citrus, yeast and a small amount of smoke. Slight bitterness on the end,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GranvilleTim (1778) - Granville, Illinois, USA - FEB 15, 2015
Clear golden yellow pour w/ an off-white head. Aroma is light fruit, malt, light smoke. Taste is creamy, Belgian yeast, fruity, light smoke,. Goes down so smoothly. All the flavors meld together for a tasty drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lagerboy (1739) - British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 8, 2015
Bomber. Almost clear orange, fading off-white foam. Yeasty fruity aroma, faint smoke. Taste is bitter tangy fruity Belgian yeast, a bit floral, woody, some smoke, slick and boozy. Flatter carbonation, medium bodied, moderately hopped. Original and interesting, cheers to Matt!🍻 DNFL (Definitely Not For Lagerboys)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CObiased (186) - Bayfield, Colorado, USA - FEB 4, 2015
Weird but delicious. Aroma is full of smoke, light fruit, biscuit and yeasty wheat. Unique flavors meld smoke, sweet wheat and light fruity yeast. Nice carbonation, light body and layered flavors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (3801) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 24, 2015
I am finally getting around to trying this Imperial Cherrywood Smoked Saison. First glass I served in a snifter as I wasn’t too sure which way to classify it - strong beer? saison? smoked? It poured a gleaming copper gold, very much like an IPA but the nose while full of fruity hops is blessed with that subtle smokiness from the cherrywood. Soft and fragant best describes this aroma. The body is spritzy like seltzer water but you get a hearty dose of saison funk(much more than I ever got in their Stone Saison) counterbalanced by cherries and smoke like a campfire BBQ. I am not sure how this was fresh but right now the flavors are superbly balanced and I am getting the saison, cherry & smoke in perfect harmony. Top Knotch, one of the better Stone beers I’ve had. Plus you’d honestly never think this was 10.5%!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mbgrayson (663) - Anaconda, Montana, USA - JAN 19, 2015
Pours a cloudy light orange, with white head. Aroma of a Belgian, with notes of cherries. Taste is slightly sour, still a good saison. Wood notes on the palate, a very original beer. Thumbs up.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
AgentAle (1315) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 2, 2015
Aroma is sweet malts, apple, pear and light smoked cask wood and caramel. Taste is sweet malts, rose pedals, honey, clove and a sweet roasty wood chips.slight tartiness and light bitter finish which is well balanced. For 10.5% it is quite smooth. Appearance is a lightly clouded orange/gold body with a thin pearl head that retains fairly well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RumRunner101 (918) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 1, 2015
Hazy deep gold pour with white head. Banana everywhere. Spicy yeast notes, big and boozy.

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