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Stone Thrower Scotch Ale - Big Sky Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

98 Ratings
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Ratings: 98
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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5/5  rDev +33.7%

jamesburkhart, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of Prahject
5/5  rDev +33.7%

Prahject, Sep 20, 2013
Photo of TimRasmussen
5/5  rDev +33.7%

TimRasmussen, May 18, 2012
Photo of TheSarge
4.47/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass, and this produces a finger thick light tan head, and has a clear ruby red colored body.

Has a hearty aroma of sweet bready malts, dark fig and raison, and a little hint of peat.

Raison is upfront in the taste, along with cherry, and maybe some overripe orange.

Feels full in body, though a little lower in ABV than most wee heavies. Makes this beer a little more enjoyable. Very complex for the weaker ABV. Daddy like.

TheSarge, Jun 24, 2011
Photo of climax
4.45/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Being from the Upper Midwest and naturally a fan of Big Sky, I was pleased to find this one, eliminating one more Big Sky brew that has been eluding me.

Into a snifter, it pours a walnut brown with bright ruby highlights. The head was forced out and the retention was minimal. The last remaining clumps of bubbles faded slowly as the beer became a memory.

The nose was wonderful, blending strength and complexity. The up-front flavor seemed to change every time I took a whiff. Among the heavy-hitters are: cocoa, roasted dark chocolate, red wine, toffee, and slight alcohol and astringency. Awesome.

The taste continues to impress. It wasn't as bold as the nose, but it was surprisingly very refreshing and (dare I say) almost chuggable for the style. Hoppy fruity esters brighten things up after the gun, while roasted flavors of cocoa, toast, smoke, and sweet toffee keep the scales even.

The body was by no means heavy or thick, however it never approached the line of being boring. The nice chalky feel and crisp carbonation kept this beer proudly trotting along. The finish was dry, and the mouth waters for more.

As aforementioned, this one is a delight to drink, and is going down far too quickly. I wish I had more.

climax, Jan 05, 2011
Photo of awmiller
4.43/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another entry into the AW BHoF! Big Sky nailed it with this brew; simply nailed it! It pours up a deep mahogany body with a nice 1-finger head that hangs around for quite a while. Scents of rich malts and dark fruits like cherries and plums precede the flavors of sweet malts, caramel and dark fruits. Put the sense of smell and taste into overdrive by breathing in through your nose just as you are drinking some of this fine brew!! Oh yeah! There’s just enough hit of hops to make this one amazingly fine brew! This is a easy brew to drink so keep track of how many you enjoy!

awmiller, Jul 22, 2011
Photo of Glibber
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was drinking another beer and my wife was drinking this. I switched over on my second.

The color was pleasing like a brown ale with a hint of amber when held to the light. The taste was complex with malts and subtle hops finishing with a little nutty flavor. We get plenty of Big Sky beers in the store here (5 flavors), but not the scotch ale- and I am going to have to find out where to get me some because it is easily my favorite to date.

Glibber, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of sukwonee
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

sukwonee, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of mariposafan
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

Crystal clear dark amber body. Just a little creamy head, even from a fairly stiff pour, and it dies far too quickly.

The aroma is sweet - caramel and toffee with just a slight herbal note. Very nice, I only wish it had been a little more pronounced.

The flavor follows the aroma almost perfectly. A little grassy bitterness but mostly caramel/toffee maltiness. As with the aroma it just lacks a little oomph of being incredible, but it's still very, very good.

A little thin but the carbonation is very pleasant.

Overall, I'd happily buy this again and again. With a little more richness it would be in my top-tier as the flavors and aroma that are there are top notch.

mariposafan, Oct 09, 2011
Photo of jewellrunner
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

jewellrunner, Aug 07, 2012
Photo of LXIXME
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an inch or so above the glass leaves a nice big light brown head that settles into a pretty decent lacing above a clear dark burnt reddish colored beer.

Butterscotch, and roasted caramelized malt aroma with a slight alcohol hint aroma is transfer to the taste just about the same, maybe a touch more alcohol in the taste.

The aftertaste of this medium bodied ale is a light dry with hints of alcohol, I was pretty pleased with this beer, you should check it out if given the opportunity.

LXIXME, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of CamuMahubah
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Light brown...

Smells Like a certain brown cylindrical chocolate candy with cream in the middle. You know the one everyone throws into little kids orange buckets when they scream, "Trick or Treat!"

Well yes they did give us something good to eat! This is a good tasting beer. A lil hot. A lil sweet but not as cloying as I was expecting. I was expecting smoky, but if it's here it's hidden by the sweet malt. It's not at all unlike eating a toffee bar albeit one that has had a coating of hop pieces.

This is silken chocolate rolls...

Goes down way to easy for the type and style. This one could get you into trouble. Easy does it. I had to kept reminding myself this beer is called "Heavy Horse" for a reason!

CamuMahubah, Sep 16, 2010
Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I must preface this review with the fact that I can't pour this beer into a glass where I am right now, so my appearance and some aroma notes will be a bit perceptive.

Appearance: The beer is pretty clear with a small head of mixed sized bubbles that faded mostly back into the beer within about 45 seconds or so. There are a few bubbles rising, but they don't do much to maintain the head.

Aroma: There is a good bit of toasty malts in here that remind me of British malts with some caramel and very reserved hops. I really don't pick up the sometimes overdone peaty presence. There is a nice dark caramel presence that is becoming much more noticeable as the beer sits a bit. There is a mild spicy note also coming out as the beer warms that is quite pleasant.

Taste: Pretty much the flavor coincides with the aroma. The caramel is a bit bigger player in the finish than I anticipated from the aroma. It leaves a bit of a slick impression on the back of the palate, but this isn't like Diacetyl or anything. The overall body is medium with ample carbonation so that the beer seems a bit lighter than it is.

Opinion: This is a pretty good beer. I wouldn't say that it classifies as a strong scotch or anything, but it comes across as more like a 80 schilling or something with mild Peat. Regardless, this is a nice beer and I am glad that I tried it...and would drink it again as it has a well-blended balance.

SkeeterHawk, Nov 18, 2010
Photo of TMoney2591
4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.

Watching the Bears rock the Panthers (so far) and listening to the only song that's appropriate (that's right, kiddies, it's Jethro Tull's "Heavy Horses"!). The beer pours a clear ruby brown topped by a finger of ecru foam. The nose comprises caramel, figs, rye bread, wheat, raisins, and red grapes. The taste is very similar, with a hint of buttered biscuits and light flowers thrown into the mix. The body is a nice medium, with a sharp light moderate carbonation and a lightly chewy feel. Overall, a very nice scotch ale, a tasty treat from this Montana brewery.

TMoney2591, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of Lemke10
4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I bought a single bottle of this from Woodman's in Menomonee Falls, WI for about $1.50 in fall 2010.

This Scotch Ale pours a dark brown with a had that last for a fair while as a good scent of malts tickles your nose. It has a bold flavor that is not too strong but also not too weak either. Has a slight nutty taste that finishes rather nicely with little after taste. A very nice find.

Lemke10, Nov 23, 2010
Photo of DesMoinesMike
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have had mostly good experiences with Big Sky so very willing to try their newest brew.

The foam stopped exactly at the top of my perfect pour glass, nice trick. It's a pretty ruby red color with moderate carbonation. The aroma is somewhat malty. The taste is nicely malted with some spices like cinnamon mixed in. The body is just very slightly under the mid point and it is rather smooth. This definitely a repeat buy.

DesMoinesMike, Oct 02, 2010
Photo of GregSVT
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a deep ruby brown with a nice off-white head that fades to a ring nad leaves a bit of lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is full of sweet malt, dark cherries, and and deep molasses. Very rich smelling...can't wait to take a sip.

T: Taste starts off pretty smokey and malty with a sweet cherry/fruit finish. One of the more smokey Scotch Ale's I've had and pretty tasty.

M: The feel is creamy and medium bodied.

D: This is pretty drinkable despite the smokey quality and I wouldn't hesitate to drink more.

GregSVT, Oct 05, 2010
Photo of mikesgroove
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

caramel in color with a light tan head on top that reached a height of around an inch before fading and leaving the top of the glass mostly bare. Light lacing on the sides as well. Aroma was spectacular. Rich notes of caramel and toffee, oozing with butterscotch and sweet herbal notes. Light hint of a boozy alcohol touch to it at well, but it played out quite nicely. The first sip made me fall back in my chair. Simply brilliant. Rich butterscotch and toffee flavors roll across the tongue. Enormously sweet like a wonderful piece of hard candy, each sip seemed more compelling then the one before it. Sublime. Nice herbal hop notes playing it up quite well and the smooth, delicate caramel finish with a light touch of booziness is just what the doctor ordered

mikesgroove, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of nrmiller
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a snifter, a deep red/brown color, with a thick cream colored head.

S: Smell is fantastic on this one, i love swirling it in my glass. Smells strongly of sweet dark fruits and complex malts.

T: Starts off with sweet malts, then going into some fruit flavors and caramel followed by a slight hop finish that makes more of a "crisp" flavor than bitter.

M: I thought this would be a little heavier, but still not bad. Medium to heavy mouth feel. Goes down easy.

D: Very good drinkability, especially since it isn't really heavy. I really like this style of beer and this offering too, luckily it is available to me. Will seek this out time after time, YUM.

nrmiller, Nov 16, 2010
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4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glad to see a new Big Sky beer in Texas.

The beer pours a clear, deep red color with a tan head. A great looking beer. The aroma is very malty with a lot of toffee and caramel malt. I also get some dark fruit and a little bit of peet smoke. The flavor is also extremely malty. I get toffee, caramel, chocolate, dark fruit, cream, a little smoke and a little alcohol. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Oct 04, 2010
Photo of yemenmocha
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a chestnut brown, perhaps rich/dark shade of amber in there. Light tan head. Nose has dark fruits and caramel candy. Similar results on the palate with caramel, dark fruits, and an almost cough-syrup candy like component. Finishes sweet with cough syrup aftertaste. Easy drinking and light for a Scottish Ale.

yemenmocha, Nov 08, 2010
Photo of JohnGalt1
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A new bottled offering from Big Sky... Cool. Picked up on the way home from work at Brewforia.

Poured into my Old Guardian goblet... 2 finger lite tan head... good retention and great lacing... the brew is a polished deeeep amber.

Nose shows good maltiness with pretty pronounced caramel... earthy... dark toast...

Flavor is more rich than I was expecting from Big Sky (I'm not a Big Sky hater, it's just the truth)... good expected elements... rich malts... caramel combines well with some minor and hard to identify fruity esters (I will guess plummy?)... a bit of "black tea like" tannins on the finish that meshes well with the residual maltiness.

Pretty standard body with a medium carbonation.

Good.... pretty good... I always have a hard time with Scottish style beers and feel like I undervalue them, but this is pretty good and a nice contemplative sipper if you take your time on the glass.

4/4/4/4/4

JohnGalt1, Sep 11, 2010
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4/5  rDev +7%

Another6Pack, Nov 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7%

cdwil, Apr 20, 2012
Photo of BMoney575
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on 10-16-10

Pours deep but clear red/brown color, with a wispy off white head and one thin ring of lacing.

Smell is sweet and fruity, very deep and complex. Aromas of dark fruit, peat, and caramel come through, balanced and not overly sweet. Promising.

Taste is all peat and caramel, but not as deep as the smell. The finish is clean and malty, with just a hint of hop bitterness. The aftertaste is surprisingly clean and nicely earthy.

Mouthfeel is slick with good carbonation, but just a little on the thin side.

Drinkability is very good, the sweet flavors remain balanced, and amazingly refreshing.

Overall, a great example of the style, and a very well made beer. Big malty flavors and still sessionable.

BMoney575, Oct 16, 2010
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Stone Thrower Scotch Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.