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Green Flash / Pizza Port / Stone Highway 78 Scotch Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

572 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 572
Reviews: 328
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.98%
Wants: 16
Gots: 63 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  8.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: HopHead84 on 02-07-2011)
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Reviews by foogerd:
Photo of foogerd
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark copper reddish body with a nice one inch head after an aggressive pour.

S- Sugary caramel malts, slight smoke.

T- Really sweet malts almost honeylike, some booze, caramel and breads.

M- Decent carbonation and a light feel.

O- Decent scotch ale nothing amazing coming out of this collaboration, but a solid brew nonetheless.

foogerd, Mar 30, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a twny color with a thin quick to fade white head,almost flat in appearance,I was a bit surprised.Aromas of dark fruit and a tinge of smoke,rather lighter than expected,dark fruit,brown sugar,and a faint smokiness on the palate,all seem very subtle.Somewhat flat in the mouth but it is fuller.Somewhat wanting more in this beer,I was a bit let down in its lack of complexity really.

oberon, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of Mac19872
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Mac19872, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of warnerry
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

warnerry, Sep 27, 2012
Photo of Beaver13
3.15/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle. Pours a dark amber brown with a smallish creamy off white head that retains fairly well and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is a bit subdued - some sweet peaty smokey malts with a little dark fruit and alcohol.

The flavor is sweet caramel malts with some peat and smoke and a some bitter alcohol in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, a decent Scotch Ale. I would prefer it to be a bit better balanced between the sweetness and alcohol.

Beaver13, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
4/5  rDev +4.2%

SmellsofMahagony, May 22, 2013
Photo of Britton
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Britton, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of Jason
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle, no freshness date though its a beer you can cellar.

Tiny bubbled head with a faint crackle yet there is some rings of lace left on the glass. Deepest brown around with a tinge of burgundy. Think malty nose, spicy alcohol, earthy sweetness with a bit of ripe star fruit or papaya. Creamy and smooth, full body. A whole lot of malt thrown down on the palate. Brown bread, teething biscuits and faint caramel comes to mind. Alcohol is quite the warmer here, not hot but its there with a peppery tone which pairs up with the modest level of hopping to help balance this brew out.

Proof that not all collaborations have to be these massive tricked out insane beers ... it simply can be just good beer.

Jason, Feb 17, 2011
Photo of merlin48
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pours a dark amber body with a medium sized beige head. Attractive patchy lacing.

Aroma is malty toffee and caramel with aromatic pine resin.

Medium body and carbonation.

Taste has toffee and caramel malty dominance, complimented by a very nice smoky peat element. Pine hops add a nice counterpart to the malts and there is a hint of dark fruits underneath. Alcohol is concealed very well.

One of the better Scotch ales I've sampled recently, especially from this side of the Atlantic Ocean. Thanks to mntlover for this fine bottle.

merlin48, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of Billolick
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, surely no bargain here, $3.99 per at DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY.

No freshness info offered, but the message on the rear from brewer Bagby is dated Dec 2010 and the etching on the bottle talks of aging this one.

Pours a bold darker shade of honey amber, clear and resting under a medium tan head. Head shows moderate retention powers and leaves a thicker film and ample lace.

Nose of whole wheat bread, caramel and just a hint of smoke.

The style is all about the malt and this one is to style. Waves of maple wash over the palate, more light smoke, sneaky very late hop nibble provides a weak attempt at balance. Sweet but nowhere near cloying.

Malt lovers rejoice at this unexpected, yet quite welcome Stone collaboration. Looking forward to seeing more...

Billolick, Mar 04, 2011
Photo of codysjb
4/5  rDev +4.2%

codysjb, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of Homebrew35
5/5  rDev +30.2%

Homebrew35, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of Hoops4life511
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Hoops4life511, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of Jovo
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Jovo, Aug 01, 2012
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a brownish color with a tan head. The aroma is heavy on the toffee malt with some peat smoke and some dark fruit. There is also some alcohol in the aroma but it is not too strong. The flavor is heavy on the toffee malt. There is a little bit of peat character in the flavor but what really comes through the most is the dark fruit. I get some cherries and prunes as well as some alcohol. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A fairly good scotch ale.

Mora2000, Jul 19, 2011
Photo of mjtiernan
4/5  rDev +4.2%

mjtiernan, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of ehammond1
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2011)

Stone Brew Co.
Escondido, CA

Pours a dark tawny brown with a very thin light tan head. Significant lacing that leaves the glass messy.

The nose is pleasant but not particularly vibrant or striking. I smell dark caramels, bready malts, and some toffee-like sweetness.

The taste isn't overly complex but is pleasant. There's the taste of baking bread, dark fruits, and a slight hint of alcohol, although I would never guess this beer is as strong as it is. A balanced scotch ale but a tad uninteresting and disappointingly simple.

A medium to thick mouthfeel. Appropriate for the style.

A solid idea and an interesting collaboration from three of my favorite local brewers, but not a particularly noteworthy or memorable beer. This one does get extra points though for hiding its alcohol so well. It's startling!

ehammond1, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of whoneeds8
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark DARK ruby red into a snifter with a One and a half finger head. No lacing or retention. Scents of scotch malts and leather. The taste is much the same: leather, carmel, red grapes. Mouthfeel is a little thin with a strong alcohol feel. Overall, this is a good strong scotch but nothing special.

whoneeds8, Aug 23, 2011
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Deep dark mahogany brown with crimson highlights when held towards the light, thicket of deep tan head forms quite the khaki colored finely bubbled texture with evenly strewn lacing amongst each sip. Aroma has hints of citrus/chocolate melded together at first with big robust malt layers providing a pathway for evil spirits in this case...alcohol. Flavor has hints of smoked malt, big caramel juiciness with a layer of chocolate syrup coating the palate when taken as a gulp. A bit hot with alcohol which is understanding for they style and an attempt at such a callaboration. Juicy layers of mint and pine lay sufficient for me, once another sip is taken. Yet I'm staring at another almost full pint, mouthfeel is medium bodied a bit cloying with unresolved alcohol and residual sugars post fermentation. Definitely in light of the typical collaboration ale, my question is why didn't they ferment this out all the way...the alcohol and residiual sugars become pretty heavy on the palate and pure drinkability level.

WVbeergeek, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of OStrungT
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a brown color, with a mohogany color when held up to the light. It has a thin foamy head that fades fast, leaving a decent lacing.

This beer has a malty sweet aroma. It smells slightly of toffee, with some biscuit like hints as well.

This beer tastes like it smells. Sweet caramel moat, with some toffee and biscuit. A slight molasses flavor mixes in as well.

This beer is crips and refreshing. It leaves a toffee like aftertaste. it is carbonated well for the style.

This beer might make a good session beer. It is high in alcohol, and that might be a problem since I cant tell at all. I could drink this all night.

Overall: This is a great beer from three great breweries. First great beer since I have been back in the States.

OStrungT, Mar 23, 2011
Photo of bmxer87
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a like a nice giant redwood tree and a 3 finger head that was crumble to the ground like a forest fire.
S - Alcohol was sweeping this this forest away with an oaky background
T - Malts is very lush with sweet fruit parading through slight bitterness
M - Medium carbonation and medium body with surprisingly smooth finish
O - Its a great beer. A fantastic collaboration make me want to try the other companies pizza port and green flash. A decent fetch.

bmxer87, Apr 29, 2011
Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

stereosforgeeks, Jun 17, 2013
Photo of OBIrish24
4/5  rDev +4.2%

OBIrish24, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a dimple mug)

A- This beer pours a clean deep dense clear garnet brown that glows and a thick fizzy light tan head last for a good bit. There is a nice swirl of tiny bubbles that push to the surface.

S- The blended brown malt aroma has some nutty qualities and a soft peat hint.

T- The pot caramel is slightly sweet with a dry toffee malt note to follow and a soft diacetyl buttery note. There is a dry caramel flavor that comes through as the beer opens up and a faint wood and peat hint in the finish.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a faint fizz that compliments the dry finish and no alcohol heat noticed.

O- This is a tasty beer with a good malt profile nice depth, flavor and character and just enough peat to add mystery without all the band-aids.

rhoadsrage, Jun 22, 2011
Photo of degerbah
3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Looks like a coca cola in my glass with an unusually thick head at the top. The head dissapears almost before I can take a sip. The aroma is very malt-forward with a little bit of vodka-like alcohol smell in the back of my nose. The taste is earthy with so much malt it almost covers up the booziness. The beer tastes a little too flat for my taste. This doesn't seem to be anything special taste-wise. It reminds me of a super amber bock.

degerbah, Feb 28, 2011
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Green Flash / Pizza Port / Stone Highway 78 Scotch Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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