Stone / Green Flash / Pizza Port Highway 78 Scotch Ale
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Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
3.85 | pDev: 11.69%
Stone Brewing
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Stone / Green Flash / Pizza Port  Highway 78 Scotch AleStone / Green Flash / Pizza Port  Highway 78 Scotch Ale
Notes: Collaboration with Green Flash Brewing and Pizza Port Brewing
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Reviews: 328 | Ratings: 582
Reviews by stickynotes:
Photo of stickynotes
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Found this dusty bottle in a bin.

Poured into tulip. Deep and clear auburn with a robust light tan head, good lacing. Nose is caramel and sweet malt, some booze. Taste is smooth, caramel and sweetness, a boozey presence but blended in well. Mouthfeel is flat, nothing special. Overall this is a nice beer, it is bold with strong caramel all around and well balanced.

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Photo of JRed
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark wine-like red in body topped by off-white head that lasts. Weak aroma of brown sugar, medicinal notes, earth and spice. Great flavors of brown sugar, slight dark fruit behind thick earthy malt, slight cocoa, spicy hops and woodchips. Heavy body with thick, coating mouthfeel. A flavorful, warming beer.

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Photo of kinupanda
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into snifter a nice, clear red-auburn. Thin head that dissipates rapidly and leaves little lacing worth mentioning during drinking. The smell is noticeable almost immediately: sweet and toasty malt character, with some spice and fruit tones. The taste is a nice complex blend of sweet and bitter flavors: the tastes are a good combination of the malts, cocoa, and some molasses, and different flavors seem to come to the front as it warms. Might have benefited from stronger carbonation, but the good body and smoothness makes up for it. The ABV is almost unnoticeable, but it is still certainly a great sipping beer.

FourthBeer potential: ABOVE AVERAGE. Overall, I am impressed; a fine exemplar of the Scotch ale style. I'm looking forward to seeing what one of these is like after some aging.

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Photo of Blueribbon666
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes.
Pours a dark amber, almost plum like into dimpled mug with zero head retention.
Smells of malt, hops, sweet bread and alcohol. Good mouthfeel, full bodied, nice mix of sweet breads and dark fruits with the malt, alcohol and a bit of hops.
Mouthfeel is warm and velvety on the palette yet drinkable even at 8.8% abv which is evident enough to make this a sipper with a warming after taste but not overwhelming. Solid collaboration.

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Photo of UltimateLivewire
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

Photo of ehammond1
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2011)

Stone Brew Co.
Escondido, CA

Pours a dark tawny brown with a very thin light tan head. Significant lacing that leaves the glass messy.

The nose is pleasant but not particularly vibrant or striking. I smell dark caramels, bready malts, and some toffee-like sweetness.

The taste isn't overly complex but is pleasant. There's the taste of baking bread, dark fruits, and a slight hint of alcohol, although I would never guess this beer is as strong as it is. A balanced scotch ale but a tad uninteresting and disappointingly simple.

A medium to thick mouthfeel. Appropriate for the style.

A solid idea and an interesting collaboration from three of my favorite local brewers, but not a particularly noteworthy or memorable beer. This one does get extra points though for hiding its alcohol so well. It's startling!

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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a GTOTMW tasting glass.

A- Pours a ½ finger beige head, dissipates to nothing, small bubbly ring around the glass, minimal carbonation, splotchy lacing, dark brown/burnt orange color.
S- Sweet brown sugar, bready malt, vanilla, caramel, toffee.
T- Not bad, dark fruits (raisins, figs) caramel, toffee, brown sugar, sweet bready malts, slight vanilla taste.
M- Medium/big mouth feel, abv is hidden, decent carbonation, smooth drinking, crisp finish.
O- I wasn’t too excited to try this, but after finishing a glass of this beer I was not too let down, it’s not amazing but it does the job, there’s a lot going on, it’s well brewed and enjoyable.

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Photo of Britton
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of codfeast
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottle to tulip.

A: A dark amber, thin head that quickly disolved.

S: malt, chocolate, caramel, molasses.

T: Malt, dark fruits, then a slight alcohol burn, followed by a molasses, alcohol finish.

M: Low carbination, finish causes a high level of saliva in the mouth, like I get when I drink scotch.

O: Not my favorite style to begin with. A sipper all the way. Flavors became much more pronounced and complex as it warmed. Won't purchase again any time soon, but to appreciate.

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Photo of jerz
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of dmsohyea
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of double2chin
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of feylure
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love two of these three breweries. The Pizza Port Carlsbad is one I've never had a beer from.

Appearance is a lovely, dark amber.

Smell is alright. I smell bits of alcohol and sweet malts.

Taste is quite nice. Deep caramel, malty and slight smokey notes with a small amount of carbonation. All around this is a full bodied brew with a slightly dry finish.

This is one I definitely like. I'll have to go back and buy another seeing as it's a single batch beer!


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Photo of Thorpe429
3.13/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Pete for sharing this bottle. Served in a Bruery tulip.

Pours a crimson-copper color with good spotty lacing. The nose has some slight caramel and toffee along with a bit of dark fruit. The flavor has some brown sugar and molasses along with a moderate dose of caramel. The flavor is just okay, and the feel doesn't help--it's way too thin-bodied and a bit too dry. The body is really, really lacking. Disappointing. Some booze in there as well. Not near the level I would expect from the breweries involved.

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Photo of micstache
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Schmittymack
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into the trusty shaker glass a nice brown color with no head to speak of. Sweet malt, caramel, and a bit of toffee on the nose. Taste was pretty nice: sweeter malt, caramel, a touch of toffee, and no bitterness to finish. Alcohol was pretty well hidden in my opinion. A nice brew; wish I had one or two more bottles.

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Photo of kbrady9
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First Scotch Ale, received from a friend in SD.

A-Pours brown, with a little bit of dark red permeating throughout the beer. Makes a mahogany color. Very little head that dissipates nearly immediately. Pretty good lacing.

S-Very malty aroma, almost reminds me of a brown ale. I get the hint of some nuts and even light overtones of mocha. Even with the malts, cant help hide the hops at the back end.

T-Malts taste wonderful and the beer covers up the ABV unbelievably. After smelling the beer, expected to get much more alcohol, but not the case. Also pretty sweet and as smooth as any beer I have ever had.

M-The beer is deceiving considering its alcohol content, you'd never guess it was nearly 9 percent. Extremely smooth, although not as much of a kick as I would have liked. Leaves you wanting more after every sip.

D-This beer is so smooth and tasty, you could sit and have multiple pours and continue wanting more if you didn't realize it was so potent. Can't say enough about this beer. Great collabo between some world class brewers.

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Photo of 7ways
3.19/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Dark chestnut with almost no head, no lace.

Aroma of buttery toffee, super malty, and that's about it.

Not much going on with the taste. Too much candy sweetness, almost artificial. Again with the butter/toffee, which I approve of, but it's just lacking somehow. Nothing spectacular. There are some very interesting notes on the finish, but they seem to disappear so quickly I can't define or enjoy them. I don't think it's very smokey as others have suggested, and alcohol lingers in my throat and breath.

Mouthfeel is languid, which pretty much describes this beer. I'd go for Dirty Bastard over this any day.

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Photo of HipHop5
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Heavy pour from a 12 oz bottle. One finger head that run away almost as soon as the pour is over.

Thin rings of lacing hang around a bit longer than expected.

Gorgeous Ruby Mahogany tint reminiscent of a rich Scotch.

Dry raisins and toffee Caramel in the nose and palate. Just a touch of oak with delicate vanilla in the back.

Subtile carbonation that works quite well with a light body actually.

8.8% ABV is untraceable with a nice malty sweetness. Impressive complexity of flavors that work well and balance each other, to make this Scotch Ale a very drinkable and quite successful collaboration.


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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.18/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark egglpant tinted brown color. Tan head leaves no lace nor retention. Boo.

Malted milk balls, toffee and dark fruity twang. Some faint tropical fruit in there as well?

Flavor continues the candy theme with malted milk balls and black jelly beans. Kinda vacant. Body isn't akin to a beer of 8.8%. Made me think of an Old Chub that had been cellared for too long.

Bottle proclaims "no bells and whistles" and it's right but it also doesn't have much of a body to hang those bells and whistles on. Hows that for a continuation of metaphor?

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Photo of brstls4drmrs
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A nice coffee/brown color with a thin brown head. Very good lacing.

S - Some caramel and toffee, small hint of coffee in there too. Also some spice particularly clove and perhaps nutmeg. Really nice!

T - Some dark fruits like fig along with scotch both which cover the alcohol very well. Caramelized sugar and spices in there as well.

M - A little crisp with a nice finish.

O - Pretty good beer. I enjoyed it.

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Photo of DoctorDog
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A- Pours a murky brown, with ~1/2 finger of effervescing tan head, which is quickly faded into a tiny islands of bubbles.

S- Some muted, caramel-sweet malt, some feint dark fruits, and a touch of booze. What's there is pleasant enough, but there just seems to be very little aroma coming off of this one.

T- Dark fruit sweetness, with a bit of burnt/roasty/alcohol infused bitterness. Some oaken notes linger on the finish. Surprisingly low on flavor, especially considering it's presumed pedigree and ABV.

M- Moderate to slightly light carbonation with a medium-slightly light feel. A bit of alcohol warming. A bit on the thin side here.

O- Decent. A pleasant enough drink, if not tremendously flavorful, but one that certainly doesn't really shine in any notable way.

Future outlook: While a decent beer, frankly, one that falls well short of expectations. No reason to shill out the premium price to have this one again...and even if it weren't an over-priced collaboration, still not good enough to merit repeat business.

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Photo of avaldivia
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of monkeylovebeer
4.11/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Named after the highway that starts in Oceanside and runs east across the state, this beer is like a one-off album from a San Diego super group. All three of these breweries are well known for producing well-designed and perfectly executed beers--often hop-driven monsters that demolish rules and taste buds with equal impunity.

While many super group projects suffer from the "too many cooks" syndrome, this one, as they say, is a different kettle of ... well, beer--a collaboration that, in their own words, lacks "bells, whistles, crazy ingredients, or strange techniques," just three master brewers working a style that doesn't get a whole lot of play in Southern California. [A brief caveat: San Diego-based AleSmith makes a Wee Heavy that I would love to pair with this to do a horizontal tasting if I could find it up here in the soggy north.]

This Scotch Ale pours toffee brown, producing a small, tight head that dissipates pretty quickly. That's the first clue that this is not going to be yet another hop bomb. Upon first sip, luxuriant strains of butterscotch caramel, toffee, and blackstrap molasses seem layered one atop the other leading toward a mellow alcohol finish, surprising for a brew that's almost 9%. In fact, it is the smoothness of this Scottie that really stands out.

Spicy hops and licorice lingers on the tongue until it's time for another pull. Like any strong ale, this one's a sipper, but given how smooth this one is, you have to be careful or it's gonna get on top of you. YOU KNOW WHAT YPOUR PROBLMEMMM iS?!?

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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