Stone of Scone Scotch Ale - Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company (Downtown)
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Ratings: 62 | Reviews: 20 | Display Reviews Only:
4.28/5 rDev +13.5%
Enjoyed at the original Dane nearby the Capitol with wonderful company and one of the biggest freakin' burritos I've ever seen!
It was delivered to the table with the typical expected appearance: blackened mahogany beneath a short head of densely creamy tan froth. The retention was good, but could have been better (although that may have been due to a dirty glass or too much grease on my lips - but I did taste it before eating! Spicy burritos and tasting beer don't mix)!
The aroma suggested deeply caramelized malts with a hint of chocolate drizzled caramel and toffee, and some very subtle background smoke.
In the mouth it's velvety soft and smooth with a medium-full body and restrained carbonation that just delicately caresses the palate.
The subtle smoke found in the aroma is more evident in the flavor. It's rich, malty, subtly smokey, and caramelish. There's a short thread of yeasty fruitiness running through the middles as well; and the bitterness is just enough to keep the sweetness of the malt from running over and leaving it flabby.
Perfectly rounded in flavor, and supple across the palate, the Stone Of Scone Scotch Ale is an excellent example of the style! And for fans of this fairly hard to find style, I'd highly recommend a trip to enjoy this one!
12-23-2007 14:49:39 | More by NeroFiddled
4.22/5 rDev +11.9%
My first scotch ale and it made me feel pretty good on an empty stomach. Pours a very dark amber, almost black, with hardly any head. Aroma is a little malty, floral, and a hint of alcohol. A good sized sip reveals the caramel malt, some nicely hidden alcohol, and....water. The Great Dane makes some great beers, but they make everything too thin.
01-15-2003 19:47:22 | More by ethosx19
4.15/5 rDev +10.1%
Yum. I've had it at the Fitchburg, Hilldale, and Down Town Great Danes, I'm always pleased. Usually in an English style Pub glass. My first Scotch Ale and still one that I long for. It's now McEwan's, but still quite solid. If you're at the Dane, it might not be the best choice, but it's definitely one of their better beers. The IPA and new Barley Wine are not to be missed. Certainly worth trying.
06-25-2010 03:13:08 | More by hu5om
4.1/5 rDev +8.8%
Had on tap at the Hilldale location. Served into a pint glass.
Appearance: clear, chestnut brown in color, 1/4 inch head, low carbonation
Smell: toasted malt and leather
Taste: toasted malt, caramel, peat, and leather
Mouthfeel: sweet, medium-heavy body, medium carbonation
Overall: It is great when a brewery does a non-standard style and does it well. Love the caramel and leather combination. Would have several of these if I was in Wisconsin. This was the best from the brewery that I tried.
08-14-2012 18:04:08 | More by tigg924
4/5 rDev +6.1%
Served in a nonic pint glass at the Madison brewpub.
Another entry in my pre-interview extravaganza. It pours a clear darkly burnt copper topped by a finger of off-white micro-foam. The nose comprises toasted caramel, toffee, light tobacco, mixed nuts, and oak. The taste holds notes of caramel, toffee, walnuts, some greens, and a touch o' rye bread. The body is medium, with a light carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, a very nice Scotch, one of the better brews I've sampled here thus far. Good call on this one, Mike!
10-29-2010 06:53:25 | More by TMoney2591
3.95/5 rDev +4.8%
I picked up a growler of this on the way to Milwaukee for a Twins & Brewers game. It was a very enjoyable beer. It poured to a deep copper-brownish color with a tan head. It had a malty, toasty aroma with a faint hint of smoke. The flavor was malty, and toasty, with a bit of smokiness and toffee. It had a bit of hoppiness in the finish. It had a lighter mouthfeel than I was expecting. It was very easy drinking. Not a bad beer. I really enjoyed the fact that I could bring a growler home, since I am unable to yet here in Mn.
06-24-2003 08:13:43 | More by BeerBuilder
3.95/5 rDev +4.8%
Enjoyed on tap at the Great Dane Brew Pub
Smell, kind of smells like pancake syrup, with some toffee notes.
Taste, kind of follows the nose. Very sweet, with maple flavors abounding. There's a hint of smoke which was very welcome, and some toffee flavors in tow. Little hop balance, but what is there is noble and quality.
Overall, very interesting Scotch Ale to say the least. Truly a unique beer that I would order up any day of the week.
06-24-2008 16:23:23 | More by leftmindedrighty
3.8/5 rDev +0.8%
On tap at city brew pub. Overall, I like this brew. Aroma could use some help, just a faint sweet and malty aroma. Not too carbonated, which I like. Sweet and roasted malt favors from the coppery brown pour, minimal head. Always comes in a pint glass. There is a little bitter note that reminds me of tea. Lot of flavor overall, minimal hops that I think is correct for a Scotch ale. A little thick on the tongue, by not much after taste.
12-09-2012 01:33:05 | More by LeRose
Stone of Scone Scotch Ale from Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company (Downtown)
85 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.