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Stone Thrower Scotch Ale - Big Sky Brewing Company

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Ratings: 96
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.07%
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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Photo of Vdubb86


4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass

This beer pours a nice mahogany color with ruby twinges. The smell is of some drunken apples and a bit of earthy notes that come along with it. There is a good citrus note from the hops to mix in with the aroma, would have liked it to be more potent. The flavor is a nice mixture of ginger and molasses. Some cinnamon comes to play in the party and I think perhaps there is a bit of a chocolate note. It is a good quality flavor for a Scotch ale. The mouthfeel is nice sticky and malty with a twinge of bitterness that is paired well with the carbonation. This is a very good beer, one of the better examples of the style I've had from an American brewery.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2010 01:15:33 | More by Vdubb86
Photo of morimech


3.3/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear crimson color with one finger of head that had decent retention before settling to a thin cap. Quite a bit of spotty lacing is left on the glass. Aroma of caramel with notes of peat with some grassy hops. Flavor is caramel with a hint of peat and smoke. Just a little grassy near the finish. Seems very dry for a Scotch Ale. Nothing terrible about the flavor but there is very little to make one excited. Body seems a little thin for the style as well but has nice carbonation. Easy drinking beer which is a little dangerous considering the ABV. Nothing really to savor to slow consumption. I expected something better from Big Sky.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2010 18:34:56 | More by morimech
Photo of LairdChisholm


3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear chestnut brown copper color. There is a one finger, cream colored head that has decent retention. There is no lacing on this one. Carbonation bubbles slowly rise to the top.

S - Has a caramel malt smell mixed with biscuits and molasses. Pretty good.

T - Has some slightly burnt caramel malts. There is a slight biscuit and earthy taste too, maybe a hint of brown sugar. Good, but nothing special.

M - Good balance here. I always seem to want my Scotch Ales a little bit heavier than they are, but this is not bad. This has a slightly sticky finish.

D - This is pretty easy to drink, but it's nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2010 00:23:59 | More by LairdChisholm
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3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

best by 01-05-11

pours bright dark ruby brown with a 2+ finger head that left spotted lacing

smells of dark fruit and sugary caramel malts

taste is like the nose - i dont pick up on any scotch flavors - i taste more burnt malts and some tang of some pale malts hidden away

mouthfeel has a medium body with plenty of carbonation that give it a crispand creamy feel with a great dry finish

drinkability - now i am not one for this style but this is a beer i would want the next time i grill up a fat ribeye

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 05:08:55 | More by jsh420
Photo of Glibber


4.35/5  rDev +16%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-25-2010 20:07:20 | More by Glibber
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3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A fairly good beer.

Color is a translucent dark mahogany and pours with excellent head retention although not much lacing.

Odor is strong malts up front with a caramel character and maybe some prunes.

Taste is almost all malts with a little hop bitterness coming off at the end.

The beer coats my tongue with a sticky maltiness. I probably wouldn't drink more than a couple of these in a row.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2010 04:27:06 | More by z3niMAGiNE
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3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not very impressed with this one. I thought the smell and appearance were strong, very typical of the style.
The mouthfeel was too thin however, and I thought the taste was a little watery for what I expected.
Not a bad beer, but there are other better choices within this style.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2010 02:29:39 | More by Rmason104
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4/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2010 21:31:57 | More by BMoney575
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3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a shiny but deep hazelnut color. Looks rich, head is fluffy and off-tan. Lacing could use more stick.

Malty aroma, but a bit light for the style. I would say more estery than earthy. Some slightly smoked caramel.

Yeah, this is a "fruity" earthy beer. Hard to explain. The malt is slighly smoked and sweet, with prune or plum backings. Raisin is too sweet for description. Good flavors, just a bit off for style, imho.

This makes the Feel a bit light, too. Otherwise it's darn good. Glad I have 5 more...

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2010 22:39:56 | More by Mebuzzard
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3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into the snifter a nice reddish brown with a tan head that crowned well after dissipating. Also left some good lacing. Smelled very much like a scotch ale should with good malts and a little of the peatiness expected. Taste was much the same with good maltiness and peaty taste. Feel is smooth and lightly carbonated. Overall a good scotch ale that i will pick up again.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2010 23:53:37 | More by jacobseyb
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4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2010 18:02:19 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of philbertk


3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big Sky Brewing Company--Missoulia, MT--Heavy Horse Scotch Ale. 6.20% ABV. 20 IBU's. Thin head. Rich clear bright amber red color. Mild roasted pine heather Scottish front. Roasted malty toffee caramel rich Scottish body. Mild sweetness. Mild hop lingering fruit malt hint clean end. Smooth, Well Made & Tasty. (4.0 / 5.0) 5 oz. Taster @ Fremont Oktoberfest on 9/24/2010.

Big Sky Brewing Company--Heavy Horse Scotch Ale--2010 12 oz. Bottle. 6.70% ABV. 20 IBU's. (3.75 / 5.0) Thin mild lace light tan head. Thick no sediment pour. Clear dark red bronze color. Malty mild peat roasted fruit toffee malt front. Roasted mellow sweet malty rich toasted toffee smoked hint smooth creamy body. Malty clean mild hop nourishing satisfying end. Sampled 1/10/2011. 6-Pack purchased for $8.59 at Fred Meyer--Ballard, Seattle on 9/10/2010.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2010 06:37:52 | More by philbertk
Photo of GregSVT


4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2010 03:57:49 | More by GregSVT
Photo of Mora2000


4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2010 01:49:18 | More by Mora2000
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3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours chestnut/brown with a pinky of tan head. Bellow average head retention & lacing

S: Faint plummyness & some leafy hops, more fruittyness at the end...

T: Figs, slight cherry flavor & toffee up front, along with dryness & abit of brown sugar. Much sweet maltyness with caramel && figgy notes dominating as this warms, along a subtle smokeyness/peat/tanin flavor. Finishes sooo dry, figgy with slight peat notes

MF: Medium bodied, low carbonation, becomes chewier once warm

Pretty easy drinker, but there's just not enough here to get too excited about. I expected more from Big Sky

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2010 22:50:41 | More by russpowell
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4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2010 02:39:55 | More by DesMoinesMike
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3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Darker, amber color...smell of barley, a little bitter smell, it just smells like a dark beer.

Its taste is...montana...after taste lingers for a while; a little bitter

Strong...like 6.7%

Its good, but i won't buy it again when I have other Big Sky options available

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2010 10:10:29 | More by chadjulius
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4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a light brownish red color with an ample amount of light brown foam.

It smells of milk chocolate, caramel and slightly fruity.

It tastes as the smell quite chocolate like. There is smooth sweetness to the beer. There is a slight citrus flavor as well. The sweetness of the beer is not too overwhelming unlike many other Scottish ales.

The carbonation is around medium. The beer feels slightly creamy.

The drinkability is quite good I had a few of these a couple of nights ago. It is easy to drink yet it has complex flavors.

Overall very good Scottish ale. This would be a good Scottish ale for someone to try that is not a fan of a lot of Scottish ales.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2010 23:41:38 | More by chumba526
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4.2/5  rDev +12%
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!

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2010 04:13:39 | More by CamuMahubah
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4/5  rDev +6.7%
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.


Serving type: bottle

09-11-2010 07:01:18 | More by JohnGalt1
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3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a growler off of a keg thanks to the brewmaster. I think it's about 6.2%.

A nice reddish brown color with a thin, tan head that stays a fine layer on top of the beer.

The taste and aroma has a lot of bready malt and dried fruit characteristics with a slightly bitter finish. Simple, great, food beer. It has a medium body with soft carbonation.

Serving type: growler

03-31-2010 15:21:31 | More by brownbeer
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Stone Thrower Scotch Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
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