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

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BA SCORE
87
very good

576 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 576
Reviews: 328
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.98%
Wants: 17
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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Ratings: 576 | Reviews: 328 | Display Reviews Only:
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

t0rin0, Feb 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

spycow, May 02, 2013
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

zestar, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of Thorpe429
3.1/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Pete for sharing this bottle. Served in a Bruery tulip.

Pours a crimson-copper color with good spotty lacing. The nose has some slight caramel and toffee along with a bit of dark fruit. The flavor has some brown sugar and molasses along with a moderate dose of caramel. The flavor is just okay, and the feel doesn't help--it's way too thin-bodied and a bit too dry. The body is really, really lacking. Disappointing. Some booze in there as well. Not near the level I would expect from the breweries involved.

Thorpe429, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +4.2%

nmann08, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Texasfan549, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of metter98
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear mahogany in color and has a thin ring of bubbles on the surface lining the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of caramelized malts and toffee in the nose.
T: The taste has a slight to moderate amount of malty sweetness and is dominated by caramel flavors. There are some hints of spices in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is rather easy to drink.

metter98, Mar 06, 2011
Photo of GRG1313
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A collaboration ale of Green Flash, Stone and Pizza Port.

Pours crystal dark copper brown with nice red tones and a light tan head.

Nose is a light plumed coffee and not very assertive, even at room temperature. The only place you "see" alcohol that's observable is the sweet character of the alcohol in the nose. Otherwise, it's pretty well hidden.

Mouthfeel is rich, creamy and mouthfilling; almost velvety in the mouth with really nice balance. You can't feel or taste the high alcohol on this one.

A rich "amber/brown" flavor. Nutty coffee, walnut tones and some creamed coffee flavors. Nice medium coffee bitter mid and end palate to creamed coffee bitter finish.

A very approachable and drinkable ale. The high alcohol is well hidden and the flavor profile should be great with most foods.

GRG1313, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

kjkinsey, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep hazy amber color ale with a medium size off-white foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of caramelized sugar with some toffee notes. Taste is quite sweet with lots of caramelized sugar and light toffee notes. Body is quite full with good carbonation and some apparent alcohol. Not bad but a tad too sweet for my taste with some alcohol noticeable and lacking the peat notes that I usually associate with the style.

Phyl21ca, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
2.78/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

alright so its upstairs at barleys and i decided to go check it out. split the pint with calton and glad i did as this was simply not good.

the pour had me fooled as the deep and dark brown looked very nice to me, with its light and compact head, but looks can be decieving as was the case here. aroma was all over. some off dark fruits that were misplaced as were some caramel malts that were no where near strong enough. flavor was wrong, with plums dominating a wet hay and mud like flavor that i just simply coul not take. had a touch of tartness to it in the finish with a healthy dose of grass and a dry finish.

overall i am not sure what was supposed to happen here but it did not work. i would not be going back for this in anyway.

mikesgroove, Mar 21, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at Tustin

A: This one pours a dark amber color with a creamy color tan head.

S: There is a really mild nose to this beer. The usual Scotch ale aromas of caramel and toasted malts, with a touch of nuttiness. Some dark fruits (mostly cherry and plum), and a mild toffee character.

T: Sweet toffee and dark fruits--in this case it's cherry and raisin--with a bit of alcohol flavor. A nice breadiness and a very light/minimal bitterness. A very faint peat flavor is noticeable at certain points of the drinking experience.

M: The body is medium with a moderate level of carbonation.

D: Not a bad beer by any sense, but just really uninteresting and bland. Too bad because Pizza Port has a great Scotch Ale in Way Heavy.

womencantsail, Feb 22, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
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 TMoney2591
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter at Durty Nellie's.

It seems like forever since my last Stone collaboration brew. This one pours a clear dark garnet topped by a finger or so of dirty white foam. The nose comprises toffee, brown sugar, nutmeg, and buttery biscuits. The taste holds notes of toffee, brown sugar, cinnamon, walnuts, oak, very light smoke, fig, dark greens, orange peel, and black grapes. The body is a straight medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a thick, almost lightly chewy feel. Overall, a very enjoyable scotch ale, one I hope to sample again in the near future.

TMoney2591, May 03, 2011
Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +4.2%

JAHMUR, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of zeff80
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, brown color with a small, tan head of bubbly foam. It left sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of earthy notes and a touch of tobacco. It was really a good combo.

T - It tasted very malty with some subtle earthy flavors. A touch of spiciness, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium-bodied ale with a clean, dry finish.

O - This was an interesting Scotch Ale. Another nice collaboration from Stone and their friends.

zeff80, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For a beer that's been hatched through the collaboration of three American breweries, Stone's Highway 78 is a pretty traditional and authentic "Scotch" ale.

It's deep mahogany body is about 26 SRM in color beneath a creamy head of tan. The head retention is good and the lacing is average.

The aroma expresses toasty bread with a thin edge of burnt crust, caramel, a hint of dark fruit, a whiff of smoke, and an edge of spicy alcohol.

In the mouth it's full bodied, creamy and smooth.

The flavor is remarkably well-balanced, and although there's a bit of sweetness to the malt, it's also toasty, deeply caramelish, subtly chocolatey, and a touch smokey which all help to keep it from coming off as "sugary". That's then balanced by the soft dark fruit, and the spiciness of the alcohol; as well as a bit of spicy hops and around 28 IBU's. The finish is where it really shines, however, with more complexity appearing in the lingering finish. The spicy and peppery hops make a quick appearance, and then it becomes woody and smokey with a drizzle of residual golden caramel that's then followed by some grassiness. At that point, however, you're ready for another sip!

Overall it's quite impressive. There's no real American spin to it, it's simply intended to fall into style, and yet there's somehow an American impression put upon it (must be the spicy/peppery hops). For fans of Scottish ales this is not to be missed!

NeroFiddled, Mar 30, 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
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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 TheManiacalOne
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a coppery brown color, with a thin off-white head, that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, vanilla, brown sugar, some fruit and a touch of hops, but there’s a note of metallicness that throws things off somewhat.

T: The taste starts out with a hearty malt character followed by sweet flavors of caramel, vanilla, brown sugar and fruit, with a touch of smokiness in the background. There’s a decent hops presence for the style that brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, it’s a decent beer but there are several others in the style that I would drink before this one.

TheManiacalOne, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of Kegatron
3.05/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a thistle glass.

Pours a deep brilliant ruby, with a ½ finger of smooth light mocha colored head. This retains with some fairly gentle looking foamy ringing around the sides of the glass that leaves back a very smallish smattering of lace. Eventually this pretty much goes dead about half way through the glass. The aroma smells of dark cherries, toffee, and some lighter chocolate notes. Any roasted aspects seem fairly subdued here in the nose, while the alcohol adds a touch of warm spiciness to this.

The taste has a lot of dark fruit going on with it, which is set against notes of sweet caramel and maybe be a touch of light cocoa. Things get a bit more dark and roasty feeling along the back, while like the nose, the ABV is extra some extra sweetness and spice to this. The finish is dry and slightly toasted feeling. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with a smooth creaminess that then encapsulates more of a firm prickly feel on the tongue. The beefy alcohol presence here does start to wear on the palate after a while.

I didn’t care for this Stone collaboration a whole lot. This just had a bunch of sweetness and moderate roasted character to it, without any of the gentle smokiness that I would normally look for in the style. I was expecting a bit more complexity and an overall more inspired effort that what I found here. Especially from the breweries involved.

Kegatron, Dec 06, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

RblWthACoz, Nov 20, 2013
Photo of jlindros
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light fizzy head that fades to almost nothing quickly, over semi clear rosy slight maroon color.

Nose is malts, a bit of a roasty malt, some reddish malts, molasses, toffee, some earthy like malt aromas, and a light herbal earthy hop.

Taste earthy, earthy malts, light roast and darker malt flavors, some reddish and toasty malts, molasses, toffee, candy flavors, semi sweet, chewy malts, plenty of crystal malts, and some earthy slight herbal hop flavors, with a little bitterness. The finish gets a bit drier but still a little sweet, some light mineral qualities, dark slight syrupy malts, light bitterness.

Mouth is medium to slightly heavier bodied, lower but decent enough carbonation.

Overall decent, nothing special but good nonetheless. It might even age a bit. THe booze seems to be hidden well, slight syrupy malts and very light herbal earthy hops, perhaps a bit heavier hop character would have been nice too, coming from Stone, but this is more true to character.

jlindros, Apr 04, 2011
Photo of drabmuh
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a DFH snifter because I can't find my Stone glass, or am too lazy to look.

Beer is brown and hazy with a thin off white / tan head of small bubbles, low carbonation, some lacing, looks fine.

Aroma is really sweet, way way way sweet. Like sugar water with caramel.

Beer is medium in body, there is a hint of peat in there but mostly caramel and sweetness. Finish is nice but overall just an OK example. I love Stone but I won't be having this one again.

drabmuh, Oct 29, 2011
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Green Flash / Pizza Port / Stone Highway 78 Scotch Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 576 ratings.