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RATINGS: 584   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
jayzz (481) - Illinois, USA - FEB 7, 2014
This is the most original beer I’ve ever tasted. I didn’t read the background until I had tasted it, and had a difficult time placing the odd flavors. It has a pronounced smoked wood flavor with a unique sweet hop finish. I loved the totally unique imaginativeness of this beer. Cheers to Matt!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
zebra (1775) - Illinois, USA - APR 16, 2014
bomber from binnys Lincoln Park. sipping this all evening and liking it more and more. smoke is so hard to get right. with the bit of funk, this is perfect.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
AmericanHobo (70) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 13, 2014
As near a perfect beer as one can get. Initial Smokey aroma of roasted malt taste is sweet cherry finish no smoked peat taste lingers. Nice crisp finish. Hard to believe the ABV would think it’s 1/2 of that judging by fullness of taste and lack of hotness

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ph03nix42 (20) - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sregnar35 (1030) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - FEB 8, 2014
Amazing beer, amazingly classy move by a great brewery. Pours amber with a thick sourpy look, thin white head ring. Aroma is sweet, cherry and bark. Flavor is tart and sweet, alcohol and smoky malt. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
WanderinCelt87 (197) - Hamburg, New Jersey, USA - FEB 18, 2014
Pours is a nice clear bronze with a white head. Aroma is soft and subtle with hints of cherry wood and herbs. Taste is a little boozy with a nice smoke flavor. After taste is a little herbal.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SPDickerman (1177) - Texas, USA - MAR 31, 2014
Pours hazy orange with a small white head. Smells both smokey and funky. Taste is sweet, smokey, a little dry funk. Medium-bodied with a smooth texture and mild mouth-carbonation, Stone Matt’s Burning Rosids Imperial Cherry Wood Smoked Saison finishes with a subtle lingering funky kiss.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
jahouse (14) - Reno, Nevada, USA - APR 24, 2014
Floral and tropical notes. Golden color. Sweet fruity taste, strawberry-like. the bitterness is very subtle, but still a nice touch. good upfront mouthfeel but it doesnt stick around. overall a very good saison. Surprisingly good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rajendra82 (1047) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - JAN 24, 2014
The color of the beer was golden amber, and the body looked extremely clear. The carbonation was medium, and the head was quite small, measuring at less than one finger. The aroma of the beer was full of farmhouse funk, with dandelions, juniper, hay, horse blanket, and cherry smells. I did not get much of a smoked malt smell. The taste was similar the smell, with the brett enhanced funk being detected right away, followed by some cherry, smoke, and finally tangerine, and a chipotle pepper finish. The alcohol was quite evident, as there was a warm sensation immediately upon starting the drinking. The mouthfeel was very light, and the beer left a smoky aftertaste. Not sure why the ratings of this beer are a little low here, as I thought it was quite nice. Not as smooth as the great Saisons, but pretty much true to style, except the alcoholic strength, which probably exceeded the typical one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Thisis12ptfont (1107) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - FEB 1, 2014
Fresh aromas of cinnamon, tart cherries, apple juice, malt syrup and pear. Very nice on the nose. Translucent copper appearance with nice lacing and alcohol legs. Huge mouthfeel on this. It’s very syrupy and slick bringing flavors of tart cherries, cinnamon, herbs, spicy resinous fruit juice, very bitter hops, super hop forward but extremely malty as well. More subtle notes of molasses, biscuit, sugared caramel, toffee and sweet apple juice. Finish is very boozy and oily slick syrup malts linger on the palate. Overall, this seems to me so disjointed yet so perfectly balanced at the same time. There is so much going on in this beer, it’s actually really impressive. The cherry is definitely there but it blends well with the rest of the beer. Good stuff stone. R.I.P Matt. A+ rating.

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