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Matt's Burning Rosids - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,196 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 1,196
Reviews: 198
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.07%
Wants: 13
Gots: 130 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: DerrickW on 01-03-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Stone Brewing - Matt's Burning Rosids [Imperial Cherrywood-Smoked Saison] (22oz ---> Pint Glass : 10.5 ABV)

"Honoring His Memory - Matt Courthright" as it reads across the neck of the bottle, intrigued me as to who he was - "Imperial Cherrywood-Smoked Saison" as it read beneath the beer's graphics, intrigues me as to what's inside!! It poured a very full gold hue with great clarity beneath an active 2.5 inch light blonde head that dissipated somewhat slowly, leaving minimal lacing... Immediately on the nose is some bready smokiness, accompanied by just a touch of sweetness - but overall an extremely smokey aroma... First taste on the palate is the cherry sweetness, but showing up almost immediately after is the smokey flavor again... Midway the spice really presents itself with lots of cracked pepper and a touch of cinnamon hiding in there also... The finish is, you guessed it, smokey and smooth, but the spiciness almost acts as a buttering element to balance this beer out... It also leaves a bit of funk lingering at the end, as well as a slight alcohol warmth... Mouthfeel on this beer is almost creamy from the well balanced combination of carbonation as well as full flavors, which made for a good vessel to carry this style and flavors... Overall the flavors were full and balanced, and it was a well crafted beer, but I just didn't dig the combination of the flavors as I thought I would... It was similar to a beautifully cooked plate of food in which none of the ingredients complimented one another when combined together... Though not my favorite beer ever, it's a classy tip of the hat to (what seems to have been) an amazing brewer and, more importantly, individual... Another good brew - Cheers!!

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle - I'm conditioned to reading the long-winded back labels of Stone products with an air of detached amusement. Here, I feel the urge to go and hug my toddler and wife before the little scamp submits to sleep tonight. Back in a sec.

This beer pours a rather hazy and cloudy, yet bright medium apricot amber hue, with one skinny finger of weakly foamy, and mostly just plainly bubbly dirty white head, which leaves a few instances of streaky lace around the glass as things slowly abate.

It smells of smoky, meaty bready caramel malt, medicinal band-aid, cherry cough syrup, zingy earthy yeast, a fresh-hewn tree branch woodiness, a bit of indistinct farmhouse funk, further singed orange and lemon fruity esters, and some musty, leafy grassiness. The taste is fairly fruity - mixed orchard varieties - cherry, natch, lemon, apple, and orange, all - after having endured the cyclical forest fire season. Beyond that, the funky, medicinal, and gamey yeasty characters dominate, over a besieged semi-sweet graininess, and some typical, if equally baffled citrus and green hoppiness, with nary a sign of that 21-proof booze, huh.

The bubbles are quite understated, barely noticeable amongst all that other stuff going on, the body a stolid medium weight, and not really that smooth, so sorry to say. It finishes off-dry, and still overly astringent from the now usual suspects - it's like my palate did a bad, bad, thing, or something, or is associated with a certain M. Ghomeshi, eh?

I know this is a touching tribute to a tragically befallen member of the Stone brewing team, but I just can't get on board with this as a beer - the smoky character is much too much of that acrid medicinal sort, the kind that comes near to bringing up your last meal every other ill-advised gulp. Yeah, sorry Matt, but still, I hope wherever you are right now, you get to drink and brew whatever the hell you like (a bit like it was back here, bazinga!).

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Matt's Burning Rosids from Stone Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 1,196 ratings.