Stone Of Arbroath - DC Brau Brewing Co.

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Stone Of ArbroathStone Of Arbroath

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BA SCORE
86
very good

103 Ratings
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Ratings: 103
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.42%
Wants: 5
Gots: 14 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
DC Brau Brewing Co. visit their website
District of Columbia, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: drabmuh on 03-24-2012

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Ratings: 103 | Reviews: 19
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Photo of Kegatron
3.23/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap @ Meridian Pint (Washington, D.C.) on 5/4/12. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a deep dark ruby, topped with a ½ finger of rich mocha head. This maintains some robust foamy edges, leaving back a good bit of lacing which hangs down the sides of the glass in sticky swathes. The aroma smells of dark fruit, cocoa, and some smoky malt character. The smoked peat aspects of this gain some strength as this warms.

The taste is smoked malt, some darker nutty roasted character, and then sweet malt notes of cocoa and toffee. The dark fruit flavor here is VERY strong and is dominating the profile for me, even leaving back an almost cherry-like pithiness that lingers after each sip. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, maybe a touch fuller, with some sharpness on the tongue and then more of a firm creaminess that spreads out across the back. For 8% ABV, the alcohol isn’t really holding this back a whole lot and the overall drinkability of this for the size is probably my favorite aspect of this.

Yeah, I just couldn’t get into this one. The domination of that dark fruit character just kind of gives this a flat feel throughout the taste that left this lacking any real robustness or complexity. This drank well for the size but ultimately came off as fairly forgettable to me.

Photo of bum732
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

S: Slightly roasty, some mineralness. Fairly clean, slight wood.

L: Very dark brown, light tan head that dissipates slightly, decent lacing.

T: Sweet, roasty malt up front, slight caramel sweetness. Little hop flavor, medium low herbal bitterness. Finishes with some light mineralness or smokiness, very subtle. Finishes slightly roasty, fairly dry.

M: Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Alcohol hidden.

More of a stout than scottish. Not bad, but nothing too exciting.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

- Can.

A: Cherry Dr. Pepper pour in a chalice yields a thin, spongy, dark khaki head that was quick to dissipate. No lacing on the vessel, micro effervesce creeps up along the glass walls.

S: Subliminal or not, smells like dr. pepper as well. Black cherry, dry caramel-toffee, with dried sassafras root. Lightly accented.

T: Smoky caramalized malt, spicy sassafras, moscavado, and dark raisiny crystal malt. Cyrpess hopping, with some oaky-caramel and dry rum leave.

M: Medium body, lightly syrupy, light carbonation.

O: Flavor is spot on, smoky dry caramelized malt, very good strength, quite drinkable.

Photo of smakawhat
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured on tap into a half pint glass/tumbler at Bier Baron DC.

A light caramel head that fades rather quickly, to simply give a nice collar on top of a classic walnut brown body. Beer looks pretty light for a Scotch Ale, there's some lacing while drinking, and some red hues. Fairly transparent.

Nose has a giant nut and roast. Dry malts with out a lot nutty tannic qualities. Seems more like a porter.

On taste a real light body hits with a great dark sweet caramel malt action, but also a bit of a wet palate. Afterfinish gives of a real nice roast character more in the sense of a charing light porter.

Overall it seems like a hybrid porter rich malt Scotish Ale tasting, almost charing mild like roast palate. It's really easy drinking for 8 abv as well you can hardly even tell. I'd have another easily, but it's quite different.

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From 22oz bomber to CBS snifter on 5/12/12
*From notes

-- Muchos gracias, Juanny --

A: God I hate to say it, but this looks pretty terrible. It seems like this wasn't racked, or not enough. There's no separation of sediment. It's an ugly muddy and overly cloudy brown. A solid pour yields a one finger head that leads to a small collar and not a whole lot of lacing.

S: Lots of dark roast. And luckily it's not overly green. A firm backbone of malt reveals itself as it warms.

T: Chocolate malt, medium char, molasses, freshly bricked charcoal and of course plenty of dark roast. If I didn't know any better, I would have told you this was a Porter.

M: I'd like less bubbles and the viscosity of used motor oil, but that ain't happening. It's certainly not bad as it is, it's just a bit lighter in weight and rough around the edges.

O: Certainly not my favorite DC Brau brew. It's not brewed to style, yet I like how it's pushing the boundaries of what you'd consider a Scotch Ale or Wee Heavy. (Luke warmly) Recommended for those looking to spread their crafty little wings.

Photo of WillCarrera
4.14/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber, bottled sometime in September or October, 2012, poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours black with a thin khaki head, leaves some spotty lacing.

S- Big malty aroma, lots of caramel, hazelnut, roasted malt, lots of peat and a bit of smoke. Smells really nice.

T- Big roasty malts, bitter dark chocolate, some caramel and hazelnut, lots of roasted grain and coffee. Earthy peatiness is still noticeable but is a bit less prominent beneath the roasted grain.

M- Medium-bodied, moderate carbonation with a smooth, very creamy feel.

O- A really nice Scotch ale, it's very aggressive on the roasted malt but is still complex and enjoyable, I definitely recommend picking this one up.

Photo of 57md
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brown with ruby edges. Malty nose. As expected, the flavor is malty but it is fairly low-key considering this is a “big” beer. There is just a touch of caramel sweetness and a hint of dryness on the finish.

Dangerously sessionable for a Scotch Ale that clocks in at 8%.

Photo of justintcoons
3.04/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12 oz can poured into a snifter.

Appearance
Deep copper with ruby highlights. Has 1-2 fingers of loose, tan head.

Nose
Caramel, smoke, pumpernickel, and a touch of metal.

Taste
Rye and pumpernickel breads. Peat smoked malt and earthy char. Light touch of caramel.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, smooth, oily, and slightly chalky.

Overall
A bit underwhelming but good enough to warm my bones.

Photo of Griffin2
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look - Very dark beer
Smell - nice smell
Taste - delicious
Feel - nice mouthfeel
Overall - very nice scotch ale

Photo of 2dogbrew
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Solid scotch ale. I've been wanting to try this one, finally got a six pack from my buddy that went to the brewery. Smells great, taste almost equals the taste. Look forward to another.

Photo of bluehende
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Overall a nice scottish ale. Not overdone with the peat.

Photo of Cylinsier
4.34/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. can

Pours opaque brown bordering on black. No light penetration. Light tan film for a head.

Smells of oak, brown sugar, fig, almond, and buttered bread.

Tastes of toasted bread, brown sugar, licorice, and cocoa with a woody finish.

Medium to full body with a velvety carbonation.

A very nice and tasty scotch ale, a bit dryer and on the woody side compared to most in the style, with an exceptional body.

A very good scotch ale, very worth trying. Stands out from others in the style in good ways. Definitely try this one out.

Photo of delta490
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep ruddy brown, slightly clouded with a nice light cap of ecru head. Small soapy lacing. The aroma is a little lackluster, with only nondescript malt tones and a hint of hops. THe taste, though, is much better, with nice nutty notes and some deep caramel. A little hint of hops on the finish provides some balance. The body is a decent weight, more towards the medium side of thick.

Photo of Lettsgo3
3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

First time trying this style of beer. Not my favorite style so all my ratings would not be good

Photo of drabmuh
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer served on draft that the brewery, this is the non-barrel fermented version of this. Beer is dark brown with a tan / off white head of small bubbles, nice lacing, moderate to low carbonation.

Aroma is a little smoky / roasty, sweet, mild caramel, not as peaty as some but really nice.

Beer is medium in body and sweet with a nice mild bitterness from grain roast at the backend of the beer. An easy drinking well disguised 8% beer that I'd have a lot more of. Looking forward to the barrel fermented version. Nice job.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Guest draft at Right Proper. Murky dark brown body with russet highlights. Spotty beige filmy head. Aromas of ripe plums, dark raisins, a hint of chocolate. Chocolate covered raisins in the flavor tempered by a mild bitterness. Brown bread, toast, malty body. Good stuff.

Photo of billab914
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into my DC Brau glass. Dark brown in color with a little mahogany tint to it in the light. A full, thick head fades into a thin sticky covering. Very nice lacing as I drank it.

The aroma has a rich, sweet maltiness to it with notes of dark fruits, cherry, caramel and a hint of roasted malts. The malty sweeter dark fruit, cherry like flavors are very good. They did a very good job showing off the sweet malts in the style without becoming overly sweet and sugary.

The taste shows a little more of the roasted malts to it with some noticeable coffee and milk chocolate notes in the finish. The sweeter dark fruits, cherry and caramel flavors are there as well. The roasted malts make it seem like it's leaning towards the porter spectrum to me, but I really like the balance the roasted malts seem to give it. I thought the flavors were excellent for the style.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall, it was a very solid beer. It had more of a roasted malt character to it, which actually worked very well for it in my opinion and gave it some needed balance. So many versions of this style just feel overly sweet and sugary, which is why think this one stands out to me. Very good tasting and interesting version of the style. Although it's probably not brewed exactly to style, I thought it was one of the best scotch ales I remember having.

Photo of LeeEvolved
2.75/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Not much going on with this scotch ale. Maybe it needs a bit of barrel aging.

Photo of Daniellobo
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pleasing brew, feels closer to the roasted notes of a porter at times.

Presentation: Growler from DC Brau's NE headquarters. Small dry board with general growler offering notes. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Dark brown pour with a rich creamy head, good retention, fair surface memory, with nice touches of lacing.

S - Roasted nose, malty insinuation, sure enough, but there is plenty of bitter coffee coming through...

T - And the palate follows with a rich roasted note, coffee, hint of caramel, nutty touch…

M - Medium body, softly textured carbonation with a nice soft bitter finish that lingers a bit...

O - Nice flow, rather compact, with a nice lingering roasty/malt sense.

Notes: Nice brew but I can't help but feel at times that this is a kinda porter with a sturdier malty profile. For a second I though of their PQP with a sturdier sense. Not a complaint, just that it does not hit much of the profile that I would typically associate with a Scotch ale.

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Stone Of Arbroath from DC Brau Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.