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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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Photo of SpdKilz
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours into my Bruery Tulip with a off red color and about two fingers of dense tan head. This dissipates at a moderate pace leaving little lacing.

Smell - Heavy sweet malts, vanilla, caramel, and some nuttiness. Slight cherry. Not a crazy nose.

Taste - Immediate toffee up front with dark fruits - not so much cherry as raisin. Brown sugar, slight smokiness, and roasted malts. Somewhat like the nose, not crazy (kind of one dimensional overall).

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, lower carbonation, finishes a hint dry.

Drinkability - Relatively so for the ABV. Glad I tried it, won't buy it again.

SpdKilz, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of whatthehull
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Voice Noted

Poured into a New Belgium snifter

A - Blood red, opaque, off white and a bit of plum coloring head, no head and a bit of lacing

S - Malty, toasted, cherry, vanilla, tobacco, oak, almost wine like, alcohol is very present, a bit of chardonnay. Sweet with a fluffy toasted backbone and a bit of cherry grape hop and a floral note. Bitterness may stem from peat

M - Bubbly, carbonated, puckers the mouth and very sticky

D - If you like a big alcohol scotch ales, this is the one for you.

Final Thought - Get this beer while you can, $2.99 is so worth it

whatthehull, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of IKR
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Reddish- brown color with fair light brown head that dissipated fairly quickly.

Smell I get a faint toffee-like aroma, which some raisins.

Taste - Toffee/raisin notes with a fairly dry finish.

Mouth-feel -Fairly light body with light carbonation.

Drink-ability - Good.

IKR, Feb 23, 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
Photo of n2185
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a lovely clear maroon with about two fingers of beige head that quickly recedes into a thin cap with little lacing.

S: Sweet caramel and crystal malts up front followed by sweet, dark fruits like plums and grapes. There's also an aroma that reminds me of rock candy or other hard candies. Very light hop and yeast aroma on the finish.

T: Similar to the aroma, there are a lot of sweet fruits and candies going on in the taste. However, it is not cloying at all. The finish has a slight alcohol burn along with some yeasty bread flavors and light bitterness from the hops.

M: Medium-heavy body with light carbonation. The sweetness doesn't linger around thankfully. Slightly watery, though.

D: With the sweetness being held in check and the alcohol well hidden, this is a pretty drinkable beer. Goes down smoothly.

n2185, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of UnknownKoger
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Having had this on tap at the Stone Winter Storm, I was curious to see how it'd do in bottle form. Here we go...

Poured into my Sierra Nevada pint glass, the pour is quick and very carbonated. What head there is settles quickly. The color is absolutely gorgeous: black copper. It looks almost like coke. The smell is thick with caramel malts and brown sugar. The taste? Spot on with the nose. There are no traces of hop bitterness in this...it's very malty but not overwhelmingly so. It's pleasant. The head dies away instantly. Considering this is almost 9%, the alcohol is very well hidden. The mouthfeel is decent. The high carbonation makes it almost more like drinking a soda.

I think I like this better on tap. It's certainly not the best scotch ale I've had, nor is it the best Stone collaboration beer, but it is a good beer that is definitely worth trying

UnknownKoger, Feb 21, 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 djaeon
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a regular pint glass.
$2.99 from Holiday Wine Cellar.

A: Pours a dark red/amber color with little head. No retention or lacing.

S: This one doesn't seem to have a lot of aromatics. Just a light maltiness.

T: Tastes of roasted malts & caramel. The alcohol is also evident.

M: Has a lightly carbonated mouthfeel, and leaves a light bitterness behind.

D: This is fairly drinkable. It tastes better than other scotch ales I've had.

djaeon, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a dark amber color with a nice tan head

S: Sweet, caramel, some smoked but pretty tame

T: Toffee, caramel, bread, smokiness. Hints of cocoa, pretty basic for the style. I personally lke to have a nig peat influence

M: Nice body, booze and feel to it

D: Easy drinking Scotch Ale

barleywinefiend, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up today at Bruery Provisions.

Pours a deep deep brown. Slight head dissipated to nothing. No lacing as well

Aroma is of roast, toffee, caramel. Little bit of coffee. Smells ok. Not amazing.

Taste is pretty good. Toffee and caramel with a little bit of roast. Smooth and you wouldn't think it was 8%. They hid the booz well. Only slightly sweet.

Mouthfeel is actually sort of dry for all the flavors. Nice carb for the style

Overall it's tasty but nothing amazing. Solid beer. Try it. If it was on tap at the local brewpub I would drink it more often but this is a beer made by awesome breweries and I think they could have done better.

PeprSprYoFace, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of FosterJM
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

260th review on BA
Bottle to pint

App- a nice dark copper orange. A Pleasant one finger head. Quickly receded.

Smell- Three main smells: malt, hops and caramel

Taste- Big malt flavor that was refined to not include a ton of hops.

Mouth- Medium bodied with a low carbonation level. Lent towards a caramel feel.

Drink- A nice collaboration. Solid all the way around

FosterJM, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of bluejacket74
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a clear reddish/copper color with a half inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both decent. The brew smells like brown sugar, caramel, dark bread and some dark fruit. Nice, malty aroma. Taste is similar to the aroma, but with the addition of some smoked malt, coffee and a bit of booze. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a little creamy and has moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and goes down easy enough. I think it's a solid brew.

bluejacket74, Feb 19, 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 tanarm
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very nice creamy off white head. Clarity is excellent, reddish color.

Very malty aroma, a bit of roast in there... but the toffee, that's what really comes through. A bit of butter and toffee. Burnt caramel. A little roasted veg aroma detracts.

Low carbonation lends to a nice creamy mouthfeel. A bit of alcohol warmth in the finish. A little fruity, a touch of roast, kind of like an Irish Red on overdrive. Sweet caramelly backbone.

Very enjoyable, even better as it warms. I love the camaraderie in the San Diego brewing scene. Stay beery, San Diego.

tanarm, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of Zorro
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Clear brown colored ale with a small light brown to tan colored head.

Smell is malty with a nice amount of smoke; this one doesn't over do it. Some patent malt sourness and ethanol fumes carry the smell of coffee. Slight amount of caramel and vanilla but it is really subtle.

Taste starts out semi-sweet and malty. Sweet malt, smoke and a slight vinous quality like lightly ground coffee. Taste isn't all that complex though.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkability is OK. Not a great example of the style but it is passable.

Zorro, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of Halcyondays
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a somewhat hazy auburn with a soft frothy white head, solid lace.

S: Didn't get a ton. Hint of sweet malt, some fruit, but it's faint though it's a good smell.

T: Lots of sweet malt, butterum, caramel, hint of orange. Good flavour, not overhopped which I liked. Well done in this style for America.

M: Very smooth, soft carbonation, silk, real easy feel, possibly the best part of the beer.

D: The 78 is the corridor to some to the best breweries in San Diego County so I like that they made an homage to it. Solid beer overall, nowhere near Alesmith Wee Heavy in the same county, but something to check out if you're a fan of the style.

Halcyondays, Feb 18, 2011
Photo of AwYeh
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into shaker pint. Thanks to Jesse13713 for this one!

A: Pours a clear but very dark crimson-brown with a finger of dense, off-white head with good retention and spotty lacing.

S: Complex malt aroma going on here: dark fruits, though less than might be expected from a wee heavy (to my personal enjoyment), lots of toffee, a bit of tartness, and a good deal of coffee.

T: Opens with a bit of tanginess, which gives way to a powerful dark fruit (figgy, plummy) sweetness. A bit of coffee and toffee flavors can be picked up behind those two, along with a newly introduced vanilla.

M: Light body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly syrupy, sweet, very vanilla-y finish.

D: An enjoyable beer, if it wasn't for the price and limited availability this could be my go to Wee Heavy behind Skullsplitter.

AwYeh, Feb 18, 2011
Photo of Jesse13713
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I was excited to see this new collaboration offering at my local beer store.

Appearance - You can immediately tell from pouring that this beer has exceptional carbonation. It also has phenomenal lacing capabilities that don't want to let go of the glass. There isn't much head, but I was overall impressed with the way that this beer poured. It pours a medium-brown tone.

Smell - Definitely smells like a scotch ale. Hints of plum and dark berries. A very tart ale smell. Smells similar to Skullsplitter and other Wee Heavies. Smells slightly of coffee and chocolate.

Taste - Absolutely phenomenal. I'm overwhelmed with a variety of flavors here. Chocolate fruits quickly follow up the initial coffee taste. A very faint bourbon sting lingers in the background as plums fight their way into the taste towards the finish. A consistent tang at the end. A slight Merlot is mixed in there as well.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - These three breweries have come together to make a truly delicious Scotch Ale. This is by far one of the best Wee Heavy's that I have ever had. I got this beer the first day it was available in stores; and you could tell that it was very crisp and fresh. Drinkability is concise. I could drink this slowly all night long. The mouthfeel is very pleasant and fruity as well.

Jesse13713, Feb 18, 2011
Photo of Wildman
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a very dark clear amber and formed a light tan foamy head that coated the glass with lace. A medium amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, chocolate, plums, and coffee. The flavor was of malt, cocoa and coffee. The body was medium light and the finish was bittersweet. I look forward to Stone combination but not one of their better ones.

Wildman, Feb 17, 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 HalfFull
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served into a tulip glass from a 12 oz. bottle, pouring a medium brown with crimson highlights. Half inch of tan foam settles out to, and holds, a thin cap after a few moments.

Bready malts on a somewhat constrained nose with dried fruit, a light touch of caramel and some dark chocolate. No sense of an impending sweet pucker is evident from the smell, and a small amount of alcohol drifts through along with some hop spice.

Body is rich but not simple sweet. Caramel notes once again play second to the chocolate and fig flavors. Offers a lingering finish of grated dark chocolate with hints of toasted bread. Feel is full and with a carbonation that works well. Finish is dry and offers a hint of smoke as well. Very drinkable for the style, offering a complex malt structure and lacking the rich caramel often found; yet tastes as if it's only 7 percent.

HalfFull, Feb 17, 2011
Photo of HopHead84
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2/6/11

On tap at Stone Winter Storm 2011

A: Dark amber with a big beige head and good retention. Nice color.

S: Rich malt profile with notes of date, prune, a little plum. Light smoke and a touch of chocolate with baked bread and caramel.

T: Lower moderate sweetness with notes of plum and raisin. Malt is bready with an overall richness and a nice caramel profile. While the beer is moderately sweet overall, the finish is relatively dry. Hop bitterness is low.

M: Medium body with moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is sticky and creamy.

Overall: A respectable Scotch Ale. Good stuff.

HopHead84, Feb 07, 2011
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Green Flash / Pizza Port / Stone Highway 78 Scotch Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 572 ratings.