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Stone Of Scone Scotch Ale - Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company (Downtown)

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Stone Of Scone Scotch Ale
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BA SCORE
85
very good

65 Ratings
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Ratings: 65
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.17%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company (Downtown) visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Named for the stone upon which Scottish kings were crowned, our Scotch Ale represents a tradition of brewing excellence. You will enjoy a hint of caramel sweetness, a well-rounded flavor, and superior drinkability. Try one and see how kingly a beer can be.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-20-2002)
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Photo of Magpie14
2.4/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: relatively light for a scotch ale, light crimson shade with red all around, reminiscent of bourbon hues at times. Small creamed off-white head. Looks halfway decent in the glass with rings of lace

S: slightly robust malts, caramel sweetness with hints of brown sugar. Hard to gather, very yielding nose

T: brown sugar sweets that are syrup-like and sometimes almost medicinal at times. I get a dab of coffee, toasted, and smoked flavors in the mix. Malts are mild and balanced and hide in the dark. However, once again, I find this brew lacks in overall complexity. The flavors show up and disappear quickly and this is not protocol, especially for a scotch ale. This is a weak attempt!

M: fairly active and maintains some smoothness. Artificial sweetness lingers and a touch bitter in the finish

D: just to timid for the style. Maybe I am spoiled because the last scotch ale I enjoyed was a skullsplitter. But I think I am in the right saying that I can't even fathom calling Great Dane's "Stone of Scone" a scotch ale.
Maybe I must get to the brewery and sample some of these beers...so far 2 lame experiences

Magpie14, Jan 05, 2009
Photo of WastingFreetime
2.78/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A. Mahogany brown with red tinge to the edges. Not much of a head, but that's OK.
S. Here is where I start to sense trouble. I really have to struggle to get any kind of smell at all out of this beer. Eventually, after almost snorting the beer up my nose by accident, I detect a weak caramel-toffee malt with maple notes. I should not have to try so hard to be able to smell my beer, and no, I do not have a head cold. This is supposed to be a Scotch Ale?
T. Follows the nose. Weak watery malt notes and a smidge of maple. I am starting to worry that either A. I have jaded my palate with an excess of higher gravity brews or B. This beer is not very good.
M. Well, at least it is thirst-quenching and doesn't sit heavy at all. But isn't the style called 'wee heavy' for a reason?

I'm probably not going to get this one again.

WastingFreetime, May 21, 2011
Photo of cokes
3.08/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazed, tawny copper bodied with a wisp of a head that extinguishes quickly.
Mild malty aroma with traces of toffee and ghostly smoke. Pleasant, but quite faint.
Similar in the taste dept. Carmel and toffee are the major players. A slight peaty smokiness lingers waaaaay in the background. A touch of alcohol in the finish. And that is it.
Thin and watery for a strong scotch ale.
There are no off-flavors or anything offensive about this beer, it just needs a boost in just about every catagory.
Easy drinking, but you'd probably want to move onto one of Great Dane's more interesting brews.

cokes, Sep 21, 2002
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.13/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear cherry cola with blood orange trim. The beige cap was the usual one finger bar pour in height, fell to a spotty film within minutes and left a small amount of spotty, smeary lace. By the midway point, there was nothing on the surface of the beer or on the glass.

The nose was disappointingly weak. There was no tobacco smoke in the brewpub and there were no strong food smells, so it was surprising that I couldn't appreciate more of an aroma with several focused sniffs. Dark malty, heavily toasted... that's about it. It certainly didn't smell like a Scotch ale.

Let's get this out of the way at the start. Stone of Scone is not a Scotch ale/wee heavy. At least not as I think of the style. In fact, it's barely a Scottish ale (but will be scored as such). It was lightly malted and, therefore, lightly flavored. I could appreciate earthy Munich malt, weak cocoa and well-toasted pecans. Perhaps a touch of British hops, but they were in the background.

The beer was more notable for what it didn't possess than for what it did. The absentee list goes something like this: caramel, brown sugar, peat, smoke and dark fruit. There was very little sweetness and not much bitterness. SOSSA was too light, even for a Scottish ale, and didn't have even a trace amount of creaminess.

Had I been led astray? I had traveled several hundred miles to partake of the fine ales at The Great Dane, Madison's brewpub of brewpubs, famed in song and story, and had been served *this*. I wish I had read some of the reviews prior to my trip because I wouldn't have led off with Stone Of Scone, that's for sure. I have to believe that this is one of the weakest of the Dane's offerings. At least I hope so.

BuckeyeNation, May 28, 2006
Photo of jakea
3.25/5  rDev -14%

jakea, Mar 31, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -14%

Shy5, Dec 29, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14%

bbadger, Dec 23, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -14%

seeswo, May 12, 2012
Photo of spointon
3.25/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I had this one on tap at the Great Dane in Madison on 11/28/2008.

A= This ale poured a fairly clear, dark copper color with a 1/2" off white head. The head quickly sank to a skim and left only a few spots of lace on my glass.

S= Dominant aromas of sweet caramel maltiness. Mild depth to the sweetness, with a hint of breadiness in there too. Also an off-aroma of a chemical nature.

T= All the right flavors of a sweet malt-bomb present, but unfortunately a big off-flavor as well. It was mildly chemical-ly and I don't know what caused it. It wasn't so strong that the beer was undrinkable, yet it was strong enough that it really got in the way of my enjoyment.

MF= Medium bodied with a moderate crisp carbonation.

D= The good flavors and the alcohol made this a beer I could easily session. That sharp off flavor was a deal breaker for me though...

spointon, Dec 02, 2008
Photo of brewskis4drewski
3.25/5  rDev -14%

brewskis4drewski, Dec 18, 2013
Photo of terrabyte
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, dark brown witha very small head.

Smell was almost nonexistant. All I could pick up were hints of spices.

Flavor was very enjoyable. It has an extremely nutty overtone, with lots of smoky flavors. Sweetened by deep honey or maple. Unfortunately, it seemed sour.

Starts out crisp, ended foamy and creamy. Overall, I'd say it was a bit thin.

Quite drinkable, but there are other beers at this location I'd rather have.

terrabyte, Oct 25, 2006
Photo of dmheinz57
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

dmheinz57, Mar 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

bpfrush, Nov 14, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

tourdot, Dec 30, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

g_jenkins, May 10, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

jegross2, Feb 19, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

drewface, Jun 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

kvgomps, Apr 10, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

dunix, Oct 29, 2012
Photo of edmundfitzoil
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was served in an imperial pint glass and was sampled at the Pub itself.

I led my evening off with this beer, and as the drinking of it began with such great excitment, it slowly proved to be slightly disapointing. The beer came served a deep mahogany, almost brown color, with poor head retention. Malty/very lightly smokey nose to it. Mouthfeel was medium with a flavor completely malt based and driven, the smokiness of the nose again reappeared just at the finish. This is a solid sipping beer, but could be slightly better, especially when compared to the other beers I drank that night.

edmundfitzoil, Jun 28, 2006
Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

t0rin0, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of Derek
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled at the Madison airport.

A: Deep amber-brown,off-white head, great retention & lace.

S: Earthy minerals, caramel & bready malt, dark fruityness.

T: Earthy, caramel sweetness, balanced bitterness, pleasty fruity flavour.

M: Moderate body has some residual sugar, moderate carbonation.

D: Decent, but not really sessionable.

Derek, Jul 15, 2007
Photo of Stevedore
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in an imperial pint at Great Dane, 5/14/2014.

A- Dark copper-brown body, one finger white head, good retention, rings of lacing

S- Caramel, sweet toffee, roasted malts. Simple and subtle.

F- Sweet toffee in the front and back, roast malt in the middle. A slight, subtle earthy bitterness at the end. Very nice profile.

M- Smooth, sufficiently bodied, rich yet very drinkable. No heat, not much bitterness- just a rich, sweet drinking experience.

O- A solid, uncomplicated scotch ale that isn't overdone in any way. Certainly not a bad beer and great for drinking in the pub with some friends over a burger and fries.

Stevedore, May 17, 2014
Photo of expatsteve
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed a pint of this at the downtown Dane with Golden2wenty1.

Appearance: Almost black, with a few mahogany highlights. No real visibility. A nice 1.3 inch head quickly dissipates to an appealing suds film. Medium viscosity.

Aroma: Chocolate, espresso, a little raisin and some biscuity notes. Not overly complex, but a real treat on the nose.

Taste: Smoky nuttiness on the front palate, followed by chocolate, molasses and espresso. A little sourness that manages not to become particularly bitter. Mellow without being too sweet. Maintains an almost butterscotch nuttiness as it warms, with chocolate and cocoa developments on the middle palate. Cleansing finish that pleasantly surprises in such a full-bodied dark beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, smooth, with very little bitterness - just enough to keep me wanting more. Low carbonation and an almost creamy finish.

Drinkability: This is a good brew, even if it is missing a little of the fruitiness and body that other Scotch ales seem to have. Nonetheless, eminently sessionable. More a distinctive stamp on a great style, than a complete departure.

expatsteve, Jul 24, 2006
Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another seasonal put on, enjoyed on tap at the downtown brewpub. Amber body with a bit of head. Malty aroma. average mouthfeel. Somewhat Complex malt story,on the sweeter side, with caramel, chocolate malts, a bit of smoked malts. Not a bad one. No booziness.

Sammy, Sep 09, 2011
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Stone Of Scone Scotch Ale from Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company (Downtown)
85 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.