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RATINGS: 549   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 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
48FanInCali (827) - California, USA - FEB 6, 2014
Bomber. Might be a bit young. Fairly smokey with even a little band aid in the taste. Strong yeasty flavors with not much Saison funk. The smokiness seems a little artificial. Credit for something new and different.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jjh19 (62) - California, USA - FEB 6, 2014
Appearance: Bubbly, large bubbles, bright yellow. Smell: Peppery and spicy. Taste: Odd. Odd. Odd. Smokey, sweet, not particularly balanced. Some fruit and heavy-handed finish. This is all over the place. Bluh. Mouthfeel: Medium body. Drinkability: Not my cup of Saison.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (9998) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 6, 2014
Sample at Daily Growler. The beer is a hazy golden-orange color with a medium frothy off-white head that diminishes slowly. Stringy lacing on the glass. Aroma of yeast, fruit and smoked malt. Full-bodied for a Saison with flavors of fruity yeast, charred malt and spices. The finish is vinous with a citrus and smoky malt aftertaste. Pretty good all around.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2419) - California, USA - FEB 5, 2014
Clear golden orange color, moderate to small head, decent at best lacing/retention. Aroma of sweet pale malt, herbal, pepper, lightly smokey. Medium to full bodied, way too big for a traditional saison. The finish starts sweet with pale malt, and ends with alcohol and pepper. Touching story, I really wanted to like this but I didn’t. Ignoring the story, most of the new Stone releases really suck.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
arminjewell (8842) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 5, 2014
Pour out of 22 oz bottle, clear orange pour with white head, aroma brought notes of slight grain, biscuit, bread, some slight smoky, earthy notes with some slight fruity, spicy notes, very interesting smelling and I can’t quite place it. Taste is a mix of grass, pine, slight caramel, hints of smoke into campfire, slight meaty notes, into some biscuit, bread, slight fruit, finishing slightly spicy, smoky, earthy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fcjack1 (254) - Washington, USA - FEB 5, 2014
On tap@the Red Hot. Nice golden color. Scent of dirty sock. Taste is peppery and boozy. A little disappointed actually.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wxman (1610) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - FEB 5, 2014
On tap at Global Brew. Pours a clear golden with a thin white head that coats the glass. Floral (roses) aroma. Taste is funky wild yeast, sweet pale malt, a nice bit of sour and some hop bitterness to top it all off. Interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5768) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 5, 2014
From the February 2014 3R6P tasting +++ Sampled from a 22 oz brown bottle this beer poured a yellow-gold color with a large foamy yellow-white head that lingered and left decent lacing. The aroma was smoke, hickory, a bit of nut and bread. The flavor was tangy and sweet smoke, hickory and bread. Medium length sweet and tangy hickory finish. Medium body. Ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (7422) - Ohio, USA - FEB 5, 2014
Draft at Madtree and again at Dutch’s. Pours a mostly clear golden color with a small white head. The aroma is nicely floral and herbal with a fruity smoked character. The flavor has sweet candi notes, a cherrywood smoke that is not overbearing, herbal and lightly spicy, grass, a light fruity note with a light malt presence. If it wasn’t listed as 10.5%, I would have had no idea. Drinks quite a bit smaller than the abv.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (12402) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 5, 2014
Draft. Poured clear golden color with an average white frothy head that was mostly lasting with very excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy yeast, smoke and herbal aroma. Medium to abundant body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to abundant sweet herbal and smoke flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration. Complex good beer.

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