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

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574 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 574
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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Photo of Murchmac
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Have semi high hopes for this beer as most of the stuff stone does that is not its regular lineup has been crap lately.

No good VE since 08, no good Anniversay beer since 11, and no good collaboration since the coconut porter.

Nice pour. Mahogony type brown with a nice creamy head.

Some malty sweetness of a smell, nothing too extra ordinary.

A little more burning than I wanted. Probably alcohol and not hops though. Semi sticky sweet malts.

Not bad, probably will be better with some age on it. Jury is out on this one, at least its not terrible.

Murchmac, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of vfgccp
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Deep ruby caramel. Low head with about par retention.

S - Light vanilla, apple, caramel, and cinnamon with a malty backdrop.

T - Big malt. Pumpernickel bread. Warm booze. Hazelnut. Tart blackberry, cinnamon, and oak. Earthy on the backend with some herby basil notes.

M - Med-light body with a sweet finish.

D - Big flavors, but well balanced.

vfgccp, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of madvermin
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Popping my Scotch Ale cherry with this brew, somehow I've never had one, but am looking forward to this all the more because of that.

Pours a dark, bloody red with minimal head and no lacing. The body of the beer is translucent and clearish, but darker hue of it keeps it from being lucid.

Nose is of toffee and caramel at first smell, with cherries and fruity semi-sweetness coming after. Really like the combination of the two, and the strengths of both on the nose are well balanced.

Taste has more fruit than the nose, but the roasted malts, caramel and toffee are clearly the star of the show. Smoky notes come out near the end in the finish, but aren't too strong. Toasted bready, biscuity malt becomes more prevalent as the beer warms a bit. Has a nutty character as well. Booze comes out a bit near the finish too, offering a bit of pleasing heat to go with some sugary sweetness.

Mouthfeel is strangely a bit fizzy, with a bit more wateriness than expected. Still, a pretty full and heavy beer, just not as full as the flavor or aroma was. Drinkability is good in terms of the taste, as the smoky finish is not too strong to hurt the overall drinkability too much. Abv of 8.8% is hidden pretty well, and comes out only positively in the beer. I didn't like the finish as much as the rest of the beer, but it was still pretty well balanced and enjoyable. Good collaboration effort here.

madvermin, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of cyrock1
4.58/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Deep amber to amber brown.

Smell: Lightly roasted chocolate maltiness with a hint of toffee.

Taste: Whoppers! Malted milk and caramel.

Mouthfeel: Nice steady carbonation keeps the flavor and aromas lively.

Drinkability: I feel this is one of my favorite Scotch Ales I've tried. Excellent job on this colaboration.

cyrock1, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of SDtastentune
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Darker brown/red, no lace or head.. poured slow & into a sniffer.

S - Smells of malts and toast, maybe some lager or ale bread in there.

T - Taste is great, rich malty/scotch/bourbon, very balanced, slightly hot and can taste some alcohol.

M - Nice, balanced, medium carbonation, after taste is rich and slightly hot.

D - Drinks great for a taster, so taster status is up there, but expensive, thumbs up, nice style!

SDtastentune, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of ocelot2500
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a dark amber color with a tight, tan head that leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smells of rich, toasted malts.

Tastes of the toasted malts with some added depth. Malts have caramel, toffee, as well as some fruity, cherry notes to them. Some added depth comes in the way of a bit of spicy hops. Enough to flavor the beer, but not overshadow malts. Alcohol is noticeable with some warmth on the tongue and throat.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth, fine amount of carbonation.

ocelot2500, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of pmlondrigan
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Completely surprising beer from this trio. Great coca cola color, red highlights, and a rapidly depleting head. The aroma is muted honey suckle, toffee, and caramelized malt. No hop aroma. Some English yeast notes break through the dense sugar. Unsurprisingly malty, toffee, caramel, brown sugar, sweet. Also nutty, with some high yeast notes. Somewhat thin mouthfeel given the flavor. There is a lingering aftertaste here I can't Place, it's unwellcome. I applaud these brewers for this un-characteristic beer, it's just not the best of the style.

pmlondrigan, Mar 11, 2011
Photo of augustgarage
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Gordon Highland thistle.

Carmine iquid, brilliantly clear yet dark - glows crimson when held to the light. A thin buff/light-khaki head recedes to a bubbling surface slick and a pasty collar.

Nuts, toffee, and deep caramelization in the nose - a rich malty depth along with a hint of grassy/earthy note that could maybe be English hops.

Lightly sweet and deeply toasted malt flavors on the palate - intense and pure. Fruity, faintly smokey finish, with a drying peat-like flavor as well. Simple, tasty, and free of off notes.

Warming lively mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.

An impressive take on the style - I'll be sad when this is gone from the shelves, but at least it is a more cellar-able beer than some of the previous successful collaborations Stone has done.

augustgarage, Mar 10, 2011
Photo of Jimmys
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: deep burnt orange with a beautiful light creme bubbly head. thin carbonation bubbles are barely visible through the deep brown hue.

S: caramel. woody cedar. plums. smooth, each wiff gets something new.

T: sweet, but not cloying. reese's peanut butter cups. a bit oaky. mild tang of alcohol. toffee brittle lingers in the finish.

M: soft carbonation let's all the flavor components peek their heads out.

D: not as sweet as most scotch/wee heavy's, but definitely a great collab. i was able to pick up on several more flavor aspects in this particular beer that i usually wouldnt be able to pick out in other examples in the style.

Jimmys, Mar 10, 2011
Photo of d4114
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Very dark red, when held up to light you can see through it a little and it glows red; 1 and a half fingers of head.

S- malty, rich and roasty. Also smelt very fresh which was really nice.

T- Very balanced; malty and bready; You can tell the alcohols there but I think it lends its self to the flavor; maybe leaves me wanting a little more.

M- Full bodied; Coats the tongue; warms your mouth and stomach.

D- Very tasty beer; I could drink a couple and it wouldn't be too much at all. I actually got another the night after trying this one.

d4114, Mar 10, 2011
Photo of HipHop5
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Heavy pour from a 12 oz bottle. One finger head that run away almost as soon as the pour is over.

Thin rings of lacing hang around a bit longer than expected.

Gorgeous Ruby Mahogany tint reminiscent of a rich Scotch.

Dry raisins and toffee Caramel in the nose and palate. Just a touch of oak with delicate vanilla in the back.

Subtile carbonation that works quite well with a light body actually.

8.8% ABV is untraceable with a nice malty sweetness. Impressive complexity of flavors that work well and balance each other, to make this Scotch Ale a very drinkable and quite successful collaboration.


HipHop5, Mar 09, 2011
Photo of alpinebryant
3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear amber with a tiny head that is soon just lacing

Smell of light caramel, scottish ale yeast, light butter and a tiny bit of oak.

Taste of a light scotch ale. Slight alcohol burn, not a ton of malt presence, and very thin body. There is also a slightly biscuity taste to this brew. It is pretty good, but just cannot compete with some other scotch ales I have had. Scotty Karate completely kicks its ass; no pun intended...well ok maybe... This is a very clean scotch ale and you can see it looks filtered which I think has taken away some of its character. Wet Willy from New England Brewing is a much more flavorful Scotch ale and I would take any day over this.

Medium carbonation and pretty drinkable. Not great, but definitely good.

alpinebryant, Mar 09, 2011
Photo of Spider889
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at Bodega. Came in a pint glass.

This was another collab that I was curious about. Usually these Stone incarnations turn out all the same - overly hopped and sounding much better on paper than they actually taste in practice. That said, I was fairly impressed this beer didn't fall into that mold.

The color is a dark caramelized brown, fairly clear, served with no head (go figure Bodega) but a small cap of cinnamon colored foam was ringing the surface of the beer. No lace.

There wasn't much to smell here personally, very light caramel malt and toasted bread. I would have enjoyed a hell of a lot more malt aroma from a scotch ale.

The flavor was really smooth - the malt isn't heavy but it isn't drowned out by the typical Stone hopping either. There was some smoke here, toffee notes, as well as leather and prickly rye.

Medium bodied, the alcohol was kind of biting. Otherwise this was fairly drinkable and much better than the last couple Stone collaborations I tried.

Spider889, Mar 08, 2011
Photo of BelgiumBill
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured the 12oz bottle into a chalice. Produced a thin creamy head which dissipated in a few minutes. It did not produce any lingering lacing. The pour produced a clear ruby/mahogany color that was beautiful and reminiscent of a dark scotch.

The smell was sweet though slight.

Taste was sweet, almost toffee like, with hints of espresso on the finish.

It carried a little viscosity in the mouth, very silky smooth with more carbonation then the think head would suggest. At 8.8% ABV I would have expected to sense the alcohol more but it was masked by the sweetness and richness. I nursed this over the course of an hour and it held up very well as it warmed. I plan to buy more of these and found it drinkable enough to have two (or more) at a time.

BelgiumBill, Mar 08, 2011
Photo of MbpBugeye
2.58/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I always love trying these Stone collaboration beers. I'm not sure why because they are usually expensively priced, I guess its good marketing. I was excited to try a Wee Heavy from these guys. It seems so far from what Green Flash, Port and Stone normally do. Its their true brewing skills put to the test when they leave their hoppy comfort zones.

A- Right away I was struck by the lightness of this beer. Its a few shades darker than I wanted to see. All of the really good Wee Heavies I've had have been nearing black. This one is a reddish brown. Its got purples in the shadows and ambers in the highlights. The head is nice and fluffy though but lacing is minimal as the retention isnt spectacular.

S- This is malty, but its not rich and decadent. Its just quite grainy. It smells like a corn mill or something. There is a little bit of hoppiness, perhaps more hoppiness than a benchmark Wee Heavy, but much less than a Green Flash beer. A little bit of caramel and toffee try to fight through the grainy smells but it aint impressing me none.

T- Very much like the aroma. Seemingly straight forward grains. No real deep, rich decadence. Wheres the sweet berries? Wheres the rich chocolate? Wheres the smooth toffee? All of those things are there in spirit I suppose but this is not a malt bomb.

I love a good Wee Heavy, but most American examples are simply not what I would call a good Wee Heavy. This one included. Below average to the style.

MbpBugeye, Mar 07, 2011
Photo of CuriousMonk
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle from Pizza Paradiso in Alexandria, VA into pint glass. Pours a deep copper with an amber/ruby hue. Head is beige, about 1 finger, short to medium duration, and settles to thin film on surface. Most prominent aroma is chicory coffee. Light roast. Subtle hops in background, which seem like earthy hops. Hint of caramelized sugar as well. Tastes like charwood, like beech wood, which lends hints of smoke. Nutty and earthly notes are present. Light caramel with yeasty notes. Subtle peppercorn-like spice character, though without heat. Hop flavor, which seems grassy, is faint. Hint of bitterness on finish, though more of a roasted barley type of bitterness than hop bitterness. Quite quaffable for the ABV; warming alcohol, but well masked. Nice carbonation throughout the session along with a lighter body than expected. Grainy, dry finish. This somewhat drinks like an imperial nut brown ale that has notes of chicory, very light smoke, and an earthy character. A very nice collaboration from the west coast, indeed!

CuriousMonk, Mar 07, 2011
Photo of Arbitrator
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. Purchased from K&L in Redwood City.

A: Pours a clear, but quite dark, chestnut body. It's nearly opaque in the center, but it shows nice, ruby translucence when held against the light. The head is tan in color, rising to a finger of dense bubbles and retreating slowly into a small cap on the beer.

S: Nice caramel with a mild dark fruit bent to it. I'm tempted to call it figs, but after some deliberation I settle on raisin. Multi-grain bread and toffee.

T: Caramel, raisin, and dark cherries. Multi-grain bread and toffee, as noted in the nose. Some maple There's an earthy bitterness that cuts some of the sweetness, resulting in a balanced beer. I find myself enjoying the flavor; I wouldn't say it's mindblowing, but it's certainly a solid beer. Very light retronasal smoke.

M: Initially sweet, but not cloying. The simple sugars seem to have fermented out, leaving higher sugars that give it body without contributing much immediate sweetness (I'm not sure if that makes sense from a fermentation science perspective, but I hope it does). It's not very boozy. The flavors are balanced and well-integrated.

D: I've had some better scotch ales (Traquair and Devil's Canyon come to mind), but this is hardly bad. I can never remember why I buy these collaborations at $3 - $7 a bottle when few are that amazing, but thankfully this was on the low end, and it's a decent beer for the price.

Arbitrator, Mar 07, 2011
Photo of BARFLYB
3.05/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a glass.

A- Brown and dark bronze with bubbles that don't quite make a cap, no foam, no stick, no nothing, stillness.

S- A very clean scotch ale, it reminds me of every other scotch ale I've had, no difference there. Mounds of caramel on top of light chocolate and toasted malts burnt to a tee.

T- Toffee over caramel taste wise, toasted malt up there, no fruit, no bitterness, very clean scotch ale, no alcohol, even though it's almost 9%. Not hard to hide under all that malt. Simple.

M- Very smooth, barely carbed, a medium build, malty, it is what it is?

D- I got through the bottle. Not something I would want to drink again.

BARFLYB, Mar 07, 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 OBeerMeGreatOne
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz into a Chimay goblet.
Pours a deep, hazy plum with a finger of tan head. The head lasts all of 10 seconds and is gone leaving only small bits of lace.
The smell is malt driven (as expected). Smoke, multigrain bread, pear, and a bit off moss.
The taste is much like the smell, sweet and smokey. Lots of fruit, biscuit, fresh soil, tiny bit of a metallic taste that doesn't spoil but takes just a bit away from the taste.
A pretty nice scotch ale. I'd like it to be a bit more complex, but it is a very smooth, traditional tasting beer and I give it two thumbs up (mostly).

OBeerMeGreatOne, Mar 06, 2011
Photo of chicano4craft
3.23/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a ruby color with a off white head that becomes a thin crown.

Nose is sweet. Dark cherries and plums with some caramel. Good, but nothing special.

Taste is sweet malt with dark fruit. I don't get a lot of complexity. The flavors I do get are subtle and not very memorable.

Mouthfeel seems thin for the style. Nothing to really sink your teeth into. Lack of flavor brings down the drinkability.

Overall...disappointed. Needs more body and perhaps so smokiness. Just an average Scotch ale.

chicano4craft, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of ratedz
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I got a couple bottles of this from MrTopher in a box that was delivered this morning. Thanks Chris!

Appearance: Deep caramel brown, but some red tones become visible when held up to the light. About of finger of off-white head dissipates quickly and leaves behind very little lacing.

Smell: Sweet caramel and bready malts dominate the nose. Fairly consistent with other sotch ales.

Taste: Stays on course with the nose. Bread-like malt, sweet caramel, and a touch of alcohol. Hints of smoke are also present. Fairly well balanced, the sweetness isn't dominant, which makes it more enjoyable and easier to drink.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and fairly thick body. Very little carbonation.

Drinkability: Slightly above average. This is a good beer to sip slowly.

ratedz, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of DaveHS
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

300th Beer Advocate Review!

A-Ruby/mahogany with 3/4 inch of thick, bubbly light tan head.

S-Roasty, biscuity malt. Slightly metallic. Carmelized sugar.

T/M-Roasty and smoky, almost reminiscent of rauchbier smokiness. Not overly sweet, which I really appreciate, given the style. Scotch ales are often way too sweet for my taste, but this one works. I'm into the smoke on this one. A light dry hoppiness cuts the sweetness even more, making this an uncharacteristically dry scotch ale. Full bodied with low to moderate carbonation.

D-I've had most of the Stone collaboration beers, and I think this is one of the most successful. Not many of them have been much to talk about. This is an interesting twist on the style, and well worth trying.

DaveHS, Mar 05, 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 ghetto90007
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this one into a nonic, even though it didn't fill it up all the way from the 12 oz. bottle, I was just in the mood to slosh a beer around in that thing.

A - Dark caramel color with some reddish tones. Before I had this one I recollect a reviewer calling the color "chestnut" - that's about right, but I wouldn't have come up with that on my own. Pour this one heavy - you can let the bottle gush and you're not going to get much head. Head is off-white, a little brown. What does stick around leaves some decent lacing lingering around. After my aggressive pour, I had some carbonation blasting up almost like something out of a nitro-can, just on a smaller scale (only about 1/4 way down the glass and shorter-lived).

S - Caramel, malt, and the kind of redolent alcohol aroma you look for in a nice winter sipper.

T - I served this one on the cold side. More or less by accident - I had this one in a Whole Foods bag in the back of my car (don't worry it's been cool here in LA lately) and threw it in the freezer to get it cold as fast as I could. Got hung up talking to my wife and nearly froze the poor guy solid.

This one is really malty, with a vein of caramel running through it. Lots of body. Seems almost viscous in terms of consistency, like vodka from the freezer. Faint notions of hops are there reminding you that some of the greatest purveyors of the West Coast IPA were involved.

M - Real smooth, baby. Thickness - makes me think of molasses a little. Some carbonation - it's not flat, but it's not a belcher either.

D - I found this one to be REALLY drinkable. I pounded through 6 oz. and was disappointed I was half-done already. The richness starts to catch up to you after it warms a little and by the time you get through the next 6 oz. you're about done for the night. But, against your better judgment you wouldn't mind cracking another bottle open.

Luckily I had the self-control to wait for another day. I really liked this one and I know somewhere that has it on tap. I'll be paying them a visit real soon.

ghetto90007, Mar 05, 2011
Green Flash / Pizza Port / Stone Highway 78 Scotch Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 574 ratings.