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Stone Thrower Scotch Ale - Big Sky Brewing Company

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97 Ratings
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Ratings: 97
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.83%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Big Sky Brewing Company visit their website
Montana, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
20 IBU

Previously called "Heavy Horse Scotch Ale"

(Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 09-11-2010)
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3.32/5  rDev -11.2%

TheWahrMachine, Aug 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Hoganlaw, Dec 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Mosul, Nov 23, 2013
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5/5  rDev +33.7%

Prahject, Sep 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

warpedrevolution, Sep 19, 2013
Photo of Bitterbill
3.06/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- this pours a deep copper-red with a 2 finger head of foam. It looks gorgeous.

S- lots of malt in the smell...caramel, some toffee, a bit of a nutty aroma.

T- heavy on the toffee, lots of sweetness, huge grain note, light nuttiness. That grain and sweet malt is a bit overpowering.

M- I'd call it full bodied with the right level of carbonation.

O- aptly named brew...Heavy. Too heavy on most counts and not something I'd buy/drink again.

Bitterbill, Sep 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

tstigz, Sep 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

harrymel, Apr 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Pillowburn, Aug 21, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

jewellrunner, Aug 07, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

MarkyMOD, Jul 13, 2012
Photo of TheSixthRing
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a deep ruby brown with a 2 finger head, decent retention, and the resulting lace is thin and semi-sticky.

Smell - Lots of sweet caramel and toffee on the nose, the kind usually reserved for English bitters.

Taste - Sweet and sugary esters take the form of sweet toffee with notes of caramel. Hops are near undetectable. Sip after sip, it's unbalanced richness tends to get too sweet to enjoy.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Carbonation is a bit on the low side.

Overall - Very rich. Anyone trying to session this might find themselves regretting their decision after the first beer or two. Consider this a one off dessert beer.

TheSixthRing, May 21, 2012
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5/5  rDev +33.7%

TimRasmussen, May 18, 2012
Photo of phishsihq
3.18/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Heavy Horse Scotch Ale pours a clear chestnut brown color, and is capped with a thin tan head that leaves only a minimal amount of lace. Sweet and toasty malt aromas dominate the nose, with some spices and fig/plum hints hidden in there. Rich, malty flavors including caramel, toast, and toffee while slight underlying wisps of smokiness, peat, and fig tease the pallet. Lower in carbonation, Heavy Horse is medium in body and a solid release from the folks at Big Sky Brewing Company.

Cheers!

phishsihq, May 15, 2012
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2.93/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I picked up a bottle of Big Sky's Heavy Horse Scotch Ale last month for $1.49 at The Lager Mill. I have been drinking a lot of Dirty Bastard's lately and I thought I would switch it up and try Big Sky's example of the style, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, but I know it's a spring 2012 release. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks good and it had a nice scene of a horse towing some lumber up a dirt road, I like it. It poured a darker brown color that took on a nice bright copper/ruby red color with three fingers worth of creamy light tan head that died down to a thin layer that stayed till the end and left some nice lacing. This is a good looking Scotch Ale, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with loads of malts that have a higher amount of medium sweetness and impart some some grainy, brown bread, medium roast, and a slightly smokey aroma. After that comes a good amount of sweet dark fruits with raisins and plums sticking out the most. Next comes some more grainy and bready aromas and a really slight alcohol aroma. This is a proper smelling Scotch Ale, it has all the aromas that I look for in the style.

T- The flavor seems to be bland and muted compared to the aroma. It starts out with a pretty large amount of malts that seem to dominate the flavor of this beer, they have much lighter amount of sweetness then the aroma led me to believe, and it imparted some grainy, brown and white bread, along with a light toasted flavor. Wheres the dark fruits that I got in the aroma. I found the taste to be unimpressive, I wish it was much more like the aroma, it was pretty one note and bland.

M- Smooth, slightly creamy, on the light side of being medium bodied, and it had a nice amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel wasn't bad, but it wasn't great either, it needed to be thicker.

Overall I wasn't impressed with this beer and I though that it was a little below average for the style. The look and the aroma were going in the right direction but when it got to the taste it really fizzled out and left me wanting much more. This beer had OK drinkability, it went down smooth, but the flavor was pretty bland and it couldn't hold my attention, one is enough for me and I'm ready to move onto something with more flavor. What I liked most about this beer was the appearance and the aroma, they were both were they should be for the style. What I liked least about this beer was the flavor, it seems like all the nice things I picked up in the aroma never made it's way to the taste and that really hurt this beer. This beer was priced well but the lackluster taste really holds this beer back and I would much rather have a Dirty Bastard, I can't say that I would recommend this beer. I find Big Sky to be a pretty solid brewery, but I was a little let down with beer as it really didn't deliver when it came to the flavor, you guys make some good and solid beers, it's too bad this is not one of them, better luck next time, looks like I'm back to the Dirty Bastard's.

StoutHunter, May 10, 2012
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3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a decent scotch ale. smells and tastes very very malty, with very little of the earthy depth many of these style beers showcase. palate is a little on the sweet side, with a touch of the alcohol coming through. almost tastes and feels like a barleywine in that respect, very grainy, in a good way. mouthfeel is good, i like the fuller body on this one, and the fairly heavy carbonation i think serves it quite well. this isnt my favorite scotch ale, or even my favorite big sky beer, but its sessionable for a its style and its one that works with all kinds of food, so i will probably grab this one again if i see it.

StonedTrippin, May 09, 2012
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3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep mahogany, an inch of loose tan head manages to hang on for the entire pint. Obvious caramel, toffee, and fruitcake with a fairly balanced, dry finish. Mild bitterness and hopping. Clean and drinkable. This one lacks the really full malt depth to be great, but the flavors and balance make it worth going back for another bottle or two.

bump8628, May 02, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

tourdot, Apr 29, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

kew, Apr 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7%

cdwil, Apr 20, 2012
Photo of obrike
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought a single at HEB in Round Rock for about 1.69.

Liked the look on this one...a beautiful deep copper with shades of red and brown. Medium size head that doesn't stick around, but leaves traces of lacing throughout the drink.

Certainly malt forward on the scent...rich complex peaty malt, maybe a bit of cinammon, some indisinct dark fruits. and a slight sting of alcohol.

Very smooth beer, but the flavors didn't pop like I had hoped. Sweet bread, caramel, but not the peaty goodness i was hoping for. Tastes almost like a Wee Heavy "light". Not that it's a bad thing, just did not blow my socks off.

Certainly a drinkable beer that I could recommend to friends looking for an easy drinking malt forward brew, but not one of the top Scotch Ales for sure.

obrike, Apr 19, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Kips, Apr 18, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

sukwonee, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of Scotchboy
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Heavy Horse poured into a Widmer pint glass.

A: Dark but clear amber with an ample light tan head and good lacing.

S: Malt, oak, grain, toffee, caramel spice...prototypical Scotch.

T: Malt forward, very bready, very lightly hopped...toffee and creamy oak dominate, toasted grains, caramel, toasted bread, earthy notes...clean finish.

MF: Lighter medium mouthfeel, decent carbonation.

O: I like Scotch Ale's and this one was pretty good. Recommended.

Scotchboy, Apr 02, 2012
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3.15/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Red-garnet, very clear with a very light brown head that is one and a half fingers and lays firm at a slick. Minimal lacing.
S- The smell is very mild with a very slightly peaty malt with some light coffee and medium caramel.
T- The taste is pleasing at first but very mild. Caramel and just a bit of coffee. A touch off woody flavors.
M- Medium body, maybe a touch lighter than medium. Body is fairly dry for as malt forward as this is.
O- It's ok but on the spectrum of scotch ales, there are many that are above this.

jsprain1, Mar 31, 2012
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Stone Thrower Scotch Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.