The Stone Of Arbroath | DC Brau Brewing Co.

The Stone Of ArbroathThe Stone Of Arbroath
142 Ratings
The Stone Of ArbroathThe Stone Of Arbroath

Brewed by:
DC Brau Brewing Co.
District of Columbia, United States

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by drabmuh on 03-24-2012

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of saison90
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of PaulsBrew
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RBorsato
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Domvan
4.44/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Cook82
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
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 FatBoyGotSwagger
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Oakenator
4.34/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cylinsier
4.34/5  rDev +12.7%
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 Dougwillhike
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KevMo84
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of Josholson666
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of yourefragile
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of Emersonio
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
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 starrdogg
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of geryeb624
4.24/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of MarvinSnyder
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dur921
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%

Photo of billab914
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
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 drabmuh
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer served on draft that the brewery, this is the non-barrel fermented version of this. Beer is dark brown with a tan / off white head of small bubbles, nice lacing, moderate to low carbonation.

Aroma is a little smoky / roasty, sweet, mild caramel, not as peaty as some but really nice.

Beer is medium in body and sweet with a nice mild bitterness from grain roast at the backend of the beer. An easy drinking well disguised 8% beer that I'd have a lot more of. Looking forward to the barrel fermented version. Nice job.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
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 jmasher85
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
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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The Stone Of Arbroath from DC Brau Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 142 ratings
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