The Stone Of Arbroath
DC Brau Brewing Co.

The Stone Of ArbroathThe Stone Of Arbroath
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Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
Ranked #133
Ranked #16,531
3.89 | pDev: 9.77%
DC Brau Brewing Co.
District of Columbia, United States
Very Good
The Stone Of ArbroathThe Stone Of Arbroath
Notes: Style: Scotch Ale
Color: Caramel
IBU: 30

Coming in at a subdued 8% ABV, The Stone of Arbroath is a welcome fixture at any late fall outdoor gathering or bonfire. The brew incorporates US Fuggles hops with a Scottish Ale yeast and Canadien 2-row, Thomas Fawcett Roast Barley, Thomas Fawcett Brown, and Simpsons Medium Crystal malts.

Available in late fall in 12oz cans & draft.

Tasting Notes:
Stone of Arbroath has a rich, sweet malty aroma with mellow notes of plum and dark fruit. The mouthfeel has a pleasing softness with highlights of toffee and mild caramel that are derived from a lengthy 90 minute boil which encourages caramelizing of dense wort sugars. These complemented by a subtle roast character that finishes with complex malt flavor and a complementary, earthy hop note.
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Photo of MrOH
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pretty much looks exactly like a scotch ale should: clear, deep ruby bordering on brown. Thin, light tan head without much retention.
Deep toffeeish aroma with a lot of toast and a hint of dark fruit.
Flavor follows aroma. Very rich with no discernible alcohol.
A little heavy, but to be expected. Low carbonation.
Not really my style, but this is a great example of the style.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark amber that is somewhat clear. Butterscotch, roasted and toasted Malta, like dark fruits, and caramel malts. Medium body and low carbonation.

Overall a nice scotch ale but nothing that stands out too much.

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Photo of nijato
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an excellent ale for the winter season. The can includes the label "wee heavy," and that is an appropriate classification. This scottish ale isn't a stout, but it has good malt-driven flavor.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a mostly clear amber color athat clarifies as the head abdicates. Nose is chocolate and caramel malt with a touch of balancing bitterness and a hint of peat smoke.

A big malt bomb with a touch of smoke and spice to give it some distinction. This is particularly good as the temperature drops. Suitably low carbonation. Not bad at eight percent. When in the mood for Scotch Ale, you could do worse.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

My (maternal) aunt & uncle live in DC and as such, I have been going down to visit them since I was just a lad. It is probably the North AmeriCAN city that I have visited the most, other than the ones in which I lived/was stationed. I especially like the area around DuPont Circle with its bookstores, liquor stores, eateries and bars. I scour the shelves for new CAN whenever I am in town & this was the fruit of one such visit.

From the CAN: "Limited Release Scotch Ale"; "About the Stone[:] For centuries the Drosten Stone has remained shrouded in mystery. Scholars CAN not agree on the ancient origin of the rock. The inscription 'Drosten: Ipeuoret [E]ttfor Cus' is just as much of an enigma as the stone itself. This beer as well, is such a conundrum. Please don't ponder its' [sic] existence as you would assuredly go insane. Just be happy it exists."; "Please recycle - Pack In, Pack Out."; "Serve in a tulip, goblet or enjoy from the CAN".

I CANnot enjoy my beers directly from the CAN, so I deCANted mine into a goblet, as directed. A gentle swirl raised a finger of foamy, deep-tan/light-brown head with decent retention. Color was Dark Brown to Very Dark Brown (SRM = > 27, < 34) with NE-quality clarity & garnet highlights. Nose was rich with peaty malt & it was easy to identify as a Scotch Ale. I usually find things like this to be too malty for my taste, but I have been branching out as I work on reducing my backlog here at Chez Woody. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was earthy, peaty and reminded me of a freshly-plowed field in the spring. My maternal grandparents' property directly abutted a working farm when I was a kid & this was evocative of then. It really was not as sweet as the nose had led me to expect. Certainly, it was clearly malt-driven and as it warmed, I began to taste notes of leather, milk chocolate & drying tobacco. It was a very pleasant drink, all tolled. If I were still able to smoke them (I suffer from adult-onset asthma), I would light a cigar to accompany this. The finish was semi-sweet, but just that. It was not cloying or sugary as some that I have tried have been. I CAN recommend this, if you get a chance to drink it.

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Photo of Lucular
2.87/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

I tried this along with two other Scotch ales and this was easily my least favorite. Had a strange sour vinegary flavor that got better as the beer warmed but was still unpleasant.

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Photo of rjd722
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Pour House in Gaithersburg, pours a dark brown similar to a cola. Thin tan head with little lacing. Malt forward aroma with hints of brown sugar and caramel. The flavor is primarily dark fruits, caramel, and bready malts. Carbonation is s bit high but not off putting, bready malts provide the mouth coating. Overall it's a solid ale.

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Photo of Beejay
3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Dark brown in color with a very small dark tan head.

S: Brown sugar, and bread aromas with caramel notes. Perhaps a bit of dark fruit in there as well.

T: Brown sugar, and caramel, with some dark baked bread..

M: Medium in body, with fairly high carbonation for the style.

O: Overall pretty damn tasty, but the carbonation is a little high..

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Photo of jmasher85
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours very dark brown and opaque with little lacing that completely goes away within minutes. Smell is very roasty and a bit smokey too. Hints of prunes and raisons, and certainly boozy. Taste is also pretty strong on the alcohol, with some definite smokey whiskey flavors, as well as some slightly burnt malt and toasted dark bread (pumpernickel?) which gives a nice, mild bitterness, and bit cardboardy, but of course I mean that in a good way. Smells sweeter than it tastes, but not by much. Carbonation is moderate even without the lasting head, and a bit syrupy. Overall, a really great beer, totally reminds me of Scottish weather in how it would be perfect on a chilly, misty day (though it happens to be 90 degrees and sunny now, and a nice departure from the DC Brau hop-heavy norm. Great, strong, but still restrained, example of the style.

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Photo of tigg924
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear, dark brown color with 1/4 inch head and low carbonation. Taste is milk chocolate, peat, and toasted malt. Heavy bodied, malty ale that hits all of what I expect in the style. I will be getting this again.

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Photo of Emersonio
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pour: 12oz can into a nonic pint. Appearance: Very dark brown with a thin bone colored head. Lots of lacing on the glass. Aroma: Earthy with hints of oatmeal and leather. Can detect some chocolate and toffee. Taste: Chocolate with deep dark berries. Aftertaste: Deep berries on the back end. Overall: Very complex brew. Very good: 4 out of 5

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Photo of tone77
3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a very dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is malts, molasses, some smoke. Taste is smokey, bready, roasted malts, a touch of charcoal. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall a good beer, but a bit different than expected from this style.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz can, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, pitch-black color with a quarter of a finger of white-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that partially covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very aromatic, with rich, earthy, roasty aromas of bready, roasted malt, imparting notes of freshly baked dark bread, as well as some aromas of dark molasses, licorice and lots of peat. Smells great!

Taste: Exactly like the aroma! Tons of rich, earthy, roasted malt up front, followed by lots of dark molasses-like sweetness, a touch of licorice, and tons of smoky peat. In Scotch whisky-terms, it’s very, very peaty, very Islay!

Mouthfeel: Slightly chewy and nicely effervescent as there’s lots of carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 8%, there is just the slightest hint of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is an excellent Scotch ale! Roasty, malty, and peaty! Very original, very tasty. Highly recommended!

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

- Can.

A: Cherry Dr. Pepper pour in a chalice yields a thin, spongy, dark khaki head that was quick to dissipate. No lacing on the vessel, micro effervesce creeps up along the glass walls.

S: Subliminal or not, smells like dr. pepper as well. Black cherry, dry caramel-toffee, with dried sassafras root. Lightly accented.

T: Smoky caramalized malt, spicy sassafras, moscavado, and dark raisiny crystal malt. Cyrpess hopping, with some oaky-caramel and dry rum leave.

M: Medium body, lightly syrupy, light carbonation.

O: Flavor is spot on, smoky dry caramelized malt, very good strength, quite drinkable.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.34/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. can

Pours opaque brown bordering on black. No light penetration. Light tan film for a head.

Smells of oak, brown sugar, fig, almond, and buttered bread.

Tastes of toasted bread, brown sugar, licorice, and cocoa with a woody finish.

Medium to full body with a velvety carbonation.

A very nice and tasty scotch ale, a bit dryer and on the woody side compared to most in the style, with an exceptional body.

A very good scotch ale, very worth trying. Stands out from others in the style in good ways. Definitely try this one out.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Guest draft at Right Proper. Murky dark brown body with russet highlights. Spotty beige filmy head. Aromas of ripe plums, dark raisins, a hint of chocolate. Chocolate covered raisins in the flavor tempered by a mild bitterness. Brown bread, toast, malty body. Good stuff.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.04/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12 oz can poured into a snifter.

Deep copper with ruby highlights. Has 1-2 fingers of loose, tan head.

Caramel, smoke, pumpernickel, and a touch of metal.

Rye and pumpernickel breads. Peat smoked malt and earthy char. Light touch of caramel.

Medium bodied, smooth, oily, and slightly chalky.

A bit underwhelming but good enough to warm my bones.

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Photo of 57md
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brown with ruby edges. Malty nose. As expected, the flavor is malty but it is fairly low-key considering this is a “big” beer. There is just a touch of caramel sweetness and a hint of dryness on the finish.

Dangerously sessionable for a Scotch Ale that clocks in at 8%.

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Photo of delta490
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep ruddy brown, slightly clouded with a nice light cap of ecru head. Small soapy lacing. The aroma is a little lackluster, with only nondescript malt tones and a hint of hops. THe taste, though, is much better, with nice nutty notes and some deep caramel. A little hint of hops on the finish provides some balance. The body is a decent weight, more towards the medium side of thick.

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Photo of 2dogbrew
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Solid scotch ale. I've been wanting to try this one, finally got a six pack from my buddy that went to the brewery. Smells great, taste almost equals the taste. Look forward to another.

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Photo of billab914
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into my DC Brau glass. Dark brown in color with a little mahogany tint to it in the light. A full, thick head fades into a thin sticky covering. Very nice lacing as I drank it.

The aroma has a rich, sweet maltiness to it with notes of dark fruits, cherry, caramel and a hint of roasted malts. The malty sweeter dark fruit, cherry like flavors are very good. They did a very good job showing off the sweet malts in the style without becoming overly sweet and sugary.

The taste shows a little more of the roasted malts to it with some noticeable coffee and milk chocolate notes in the finish. The sweeter dark fruits, cherry and caramel flavors are there as well. The roasted malts make it seem like it's leaning towards the porter spectrum to me, but I really like the balance the roasted malts seem to give it. I thought the flavors were excellent for the style.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall, it was a very solid beer. It had more of a roasted malt character to it, which actually worked very well for it in my opinion and gave it some needed balance. So many versions of this style just feel overly sweet and sugary, which is why think this one stands out to me. Very good tasting and interesting version of the style. Although it's probably not brewed exactly to style, I thought it was one of the best scotch ales I remember having.

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Photo of bum732
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

S: Slightly roasty, some mineralness. Fairly clean, slight wood.

L: Very dark brown, light tan head that dissipates slightly, decent lacing.

T: Sweet, roasty malt up front, slight caramel sweetness. Little hop flavor, medium low herbal bitterness. Finishes with some light mineralness or smokiness, very subtle. Finishes slightly roasty, fairly dry.

M: Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Alcohol hidden.

More of a stout than scottish. Not bad, but nothing too exciting.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.14/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber, bottled sometime in September or October, 2012, poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours black with a thin khaki head, leaves some spotty lacing.

S- Big malty aroma, lots of caramel, hazelnut, roasted malt, lots of peat and a bit of smoke. Smells really nice.

T- Big roasty malts, bitter dark chocolate, some caramel and hazelnut, lots of roasted grain and coffee. Earthy peatiness is still noticeable but is a bit less prominent beneath the roasted grain.

M- Medium-bodied, moderate carbonation with a smooth, very creamy feel.

O- A really nice Scotch ale, it's very aggressive on the roasted malt but is still complex and enjoyable, I definitely recommend picking this one up.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From 22oz bomber to CBS snifter on 5/12/12
*From notes

-- Muchos gracias, Juanny --

A: God I hate to say it, but this looks pretty terrible. It seems like this wasn't racked, or not enough. There's no separation of sediment. It's an ugly muddy and overly cloudy brown. A solid pour yields a one finger head that leads to a small collar and not a whole lot of lacing.

S: Lots of dark roast. And luckily it's not overly green. A firm backbone of malt reveals itself as it warms.

T: Chocolate malt, medium char, molasses, freshly bricked charcoal and of course plenty of dark roast. If I didn't know any better, I would have told you this was a Porter.

M: I'd like less bubbles and the viscosity of used motor oil, but that ain't happening. It's certainly not bad as it is, it's just a bit lighter in weight and rough around the edges.

O: Certainly not my favorite DC Brau brew. It's not brewed to style, yet I like how it's pushing the boundaries of what you'd consider a Scotch Ale or Wee Heavy. (Luke warmly) Recommended for those looking to spread their crafty little wings.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.23/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap @ Meridian Pint (Washington, D.C.) on 5/4/12. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a deep dark ruby, topped with a ½ finger of rich mocha head. This maintains some robust foamy edges, leaving back a good bit of lacing which hangs down the sides of the glass in sticky swathes. The aroma smells of dark fruit, cocoa, and some smoky malt character. The smoked peat aspects of this gain some strength as this warms.

The taste is smoked malt, some darker nutty roasted character, and then sweet malt notes of cocoa and toffee. The dark fruit flavor here is VERY strong and is dominating the profile for me, even leaving back an almost cherry-like pithiness that lingers after each sip. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, maybe a touch fuller, with some sharpness on the tongue and then more of a firm creaminess that spreads out across the back. For 8% ABV, the alcohol isn’t really holding this back a whole lot and the overall drinkability of this for the size is probably my favorite aspect of this.

Yeah, I just couldn’t get into this one. The domination of that dark fruit character just kind of gives this a flat feel throughout the taste that left this lacking any real robustness or complexity. This drank well for the size but ultimately came off as fairly forgettable to me.

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The Stone Of Arbroath from DC Brau Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 147 ratings