Stone's Throw Scottish Ale | Fargo Brewing Company

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Stone's Throw Scottish AleStone's Throw Scottish Ale

Brewed by:
Fargo Brewing Company
North Dakota, United States

Style: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Dulahan
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just plain good. As far as my personal tastes go it's nothing super exciting, but what it is? A good go to in my home town (state really!) when I'm stuck at a bar without any real good beers otherwise. It's a bit light, quite smooth, and has a nice taste to it. It's Fargo's flagship beer and it deserves to be, the simple fact almost no one I know hates it shows why it's managed to be good without being exciting.

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
3.61/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A solid beer, overall, and one I regularly consume when in Fargo so I can have it on tap (this rating is a full point lower for the canned version, which is mediocre). However, it isn't really a Scottish Ale in the traditional sense. It has more in common with a typical amber ale--I've always though this was Fargo's effort to make something that tasted like Fat Tire. More toasty and biscuit-y than smoky and malty. Still, a good beer.

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Photo of RazorSky
4.3/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite beers from Fargo Brewing. I'm sure i'm biased because it's made in my city, but when a bar or restaurant doesn't have anything new or exciting for me to try I always go back to a Stones Throw.

Sorry I don't have much discussion about the flavor right now as I don't have one in front of me to taste as I write.

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Photo of AleMan66
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I drank this straight from a can while in a fishing boat. I purchased it north of Bemidji. This is good stuff! This is one of my favorite styles of beer. I'd never seen it in the Minneapolis area. I will seek it out when I go back there.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can into pint glass, purchased at the brewery on 11/13/2015. Pours crystal clear deep reddish copper color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, toffee, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness/roast, plum, apple, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malts; with light-moderate fruity yeast/earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of big caramel, toffee, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness/roast, plum, apple, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Light herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness/roast, plum, apple, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malts; with light-moderate fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth and moderately creamy/silky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.5%. Overall this is a very nice Scottish ale style. All around good robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/bready malts; and light-moderate fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering, and extremely well done for the style.

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Photo of johnnnniee
2.67/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Received in trade, thanks for the tick gregwilsonstl!
Slightly hazy deep copper bordering on brown with a decent sized but short lived bubbly off white head. Initially some sulfur on the aroma but that gives way to a sweet smoky fruity affair with a hint of bitter toffee or butterscotch and hints of metal. The flavor is about the same. Glad to have tried, but also glad to finish this.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.81/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured on draft at the Fargo airport
A: Reddish brown with a thin head
S: Simple, fairly malty with a bit of caramel
T: Malts, grains, caramel and a lightly hopped, bitter finish
M: Medium-bodied, a bit sweet, slightly bitter
O: A solid Scottish ale. Nothing remarkable but plenty enjoyable

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.66/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Lookin' : I've only seen Fargo brewing in cans, so out of the bright blue can the brew goes into a tumbler pint glass and develops a strong, popcorn colored 3 finger head. The head is stable for the most part and takes a couple minutes to settle in at a finger. The body is burnt copper-to-brown colored and sits at 80% opacity. A solid start.

Smellin' : Not much in the way of volume, but I can nose sweet, scorched malts, french toast, and a faint chalkiness of hop leaf. What's there is solid, it's just hard to detect.

Tastin' : On the front half is a delicious baked malt profile with the sweet stickiness only a Scottish ale can provide. There's a burnt french toast sweetness/char, cold cookie dough, and then the profile disappears into a flavorless dryness on the back half. As the beer warms up a few degrees, the finish actually lifts some pale hop from the mix.

Feelin' : About medium bodied here. A slight density with a buzzing carbonation, ending semi-dry.

Overallin' : It's a fair to decent Scottish style ale, with nothing really standing out as particularly mind blowing. There's not much to complain about here, it's worth a try if you're curious. There are better Scottish ales out there, but this one ain't half bad.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours brilliant chestnut with a 1” off-white foam cap that quickly disappears to a film.
S: Not very pungent but does have malt and kettle sugar aromas.
T: Kettle sugars with a touch tart and a hint of sour. Rich and malty, not a lot of bitter – this is a malt driven beer with the malt ody and flavor developed by the boil.
F: Medium body and carbonation.
O: A pretty good beer that hits all of the Scottish Ale notes. Satisfying and easy to drink.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.96/5  rDev +38.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Sampling right now on 6/7/15. Comes in a 12 ounce can from the Fargo Brewing Company in Fargo, North Dakota. Can chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a flute glass.

Brew pours a pretty brown-amber in color with a very thin off-white head. Really not much lacing to speak off when sipped. The aroma is very pleasant and is of sweet roasted malts with some burnt brown sugar with some toffee also. Even more going on with the taste with some caramel and even a hint of maybe hazelnuts? Really great taste and goes down easy. No bitter aftertaste at all! Lighter to medium-bodied with perfect carbonation. Probably the best brew of this style I have had! Fantastic!

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.24/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Can: Poured a copper color ale with a medium size foamy head with OK retention and some lacing. Aroma of light caramelized malt with some grainy cereal notes. Taste is also dominated by caramelized notes with some grainy cereal notes. Body is light with good carbonation. This one is short on complexity and balanced.

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Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a tall pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy brownish amber with a lot of bubbles. About one finger of off white head that fades into a thin patch.

Smell: A toasty and fairly sweet malt forward aroma with hints of chocolate, caramel, and nuts. Toasted barley malt with bready hints of biscuit, toasted bread, chocolate, caramel, toffee, nuts, smoke, and yeast. Sweet hints of brown sugar. Subtle earthy hop hints. A solid malty aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a nicely toasty and sweet malt driven taste with notes of caramel, chocolate, and nuts. Toasted barley malt with notes of biscuit, toast, caramel, chocolate, toffee, nuts, yeast, and slight smoke. Sweet notes of brown sugar with a little vanilla. Hops are very light. A solid malty session taste.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Very creamy, silky, and smooth.

Overall: A pretty decent light session version of a Scottish ale. Nice creamy and toasty malt flavors.

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Photo of bsp77
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Quick review:

My original review never set properly so somewhat from memory (but the score was from the time I had it).

Very light bodied with a focus on malts (toffee, caramel, toast) but some spicy, herbal hops for balance. Refreshing and easy to drink. Definitely sessionable but not super interesting.

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Photo of maxcoinage
4/5  rDev +11.7%

A - Can to imperial pint with a good 3 finger head that settled and left some nice lacing. Beer is a medium brown and a slight amber hue

S - bready. toasted malt

T - Caramel malty sweetness, a slight hit of smoke

M - Good carb. light body. very drinkable.

O - Great example of the style. really enjoying this as a post dinner brew. thanks to my bro for bringing from his road trip back from Fargo

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Photo of JackieTH
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Translucent ruddy copper with a transient head and no lacing. Smell is faintly malt, citrus, caramel and a bit earthy. Taste is muted caramel, earth, a tad spice, some citrus. Bright carbonation a medium to light body. This beer is very mild all the way around. I like my Scottish ales with a little more oomph.

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Photo of morimech
3.32/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Clear copper color with half finger of head that slowly settled to a thin crown of suds. Some spotty lacing gets left down the glass during consumption.

Can smell the Golding hops with floral and herbal hints. But mostly it is caramel malt with a bit of toast to accompany the sweetness.

Flavor is not particularly interesting, but it is clean and well balanced. Hints of caramel, nuts, with light toast. Some herbal notes from the hops. Definitely on the sweeter end of the spectrum.

Light body with low carbonation. Does not do much to brighten the flavors of the beer.

Not sure I would choose this over, say a low ABV pale ale of some sort. Just does not bring enough interesting flavor. Too sweet for my palate as well.

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Photo of SebD
3.08/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: It has a nice deep amber color to it. It has a nice creamy off-white head that dies down somewhat fast and leaves very little lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of toasted malts, sweet caramel and some nuttiness.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some sweet caramel, light toffee, toasted malts and some nuttiness.

Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a decent overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by decent flavors and aromas.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
3.81/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap into a shaker glass.

A- Poured a clear and dark reddish brown color, off-white soapy head that left minimal lace.

S- Very light with some notes of caramel and honey sweetness.

T- Really rich caramel and toffee notes, quite a bit of honey sweetness, and light chocolate notes.

M- Very smooth, creamy, soft carbonation, dry, and medium to fuller bodied for the style.

O- A very nice and traditional tasting scottish ale. Ever time I have a scottish ale, I wish more breweries would make one.

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Photo of Kyle_Hanson
3.22/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not much to say about it other than being malty with very little hop presence. To me it's too watery, but the malts are nice. Pretty balanced, good beer for those new to craft brews.

Fargo Brewing has better offerings, this one is designed for mass appeal.

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Photo of papat444
3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to kjyost for this one.

Poured from a 12oz. bottle, no freshness info.

Appearance: Cherry-wood colored body, looks chestnut brown away from the light. Strong 3 finger head, slowly recedes but minimal lacing.

Smell: Caramel sweetness, peaty a bit, wisps of smoke.

Taste: Good peat, caramel, nuts, not much smoke. After initial flavor, kind of tapers off.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, midway through the end kind of falls short.

Overall: Decent overall. I'm sure it's a welcome alternative to the majority that's available where in ND.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I was anticipating the IPA, so I've needed to adjust my impressions, but now that i know it's a Scottish ale, that makes a lot more sense.
Soft malt with slight caramel quality and an aqueous note too.
Darker brown with copper, but not as thin looking as you might expect. Head was fairly short lived, but it was 3 weeks in a growler.
LIght caramel drink. Not particularly complex.Sweet, but not too excess. Soft drying on the finish and the lack of alcohol was apparent.
Lighter body, but again, not as light as anticipated considering the abv.
Not a bad Scottish ale, overall. I guessed it was a mild but lacked the hops, so I think I was kinda' close.
Many thanks to my friend and colleague Steph for bringing this back for me. You're the best.

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Photo of ZAP
3.03/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This has some flavor but lacks any smoky is a nice sessionable type of ale but has a hint of spoiled eggs on the aroma and again on the taste (more so on the nose). Not real strong but just enough to signify something is off.

It also has a real strong nutty characteristic that reminds of pecans...some mild sweet cookie dough notes as well. Body is on the light side of medium...easy drinker....

I was more impressed with the IPA I had on tap. This is out of bottle and contract brewed at Sand Creek. I think the kegs come from there too but I am not certain. They have a very uninformative website and facebook site.

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Photo of budgood1
2.7/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

pours out a less than clear dirty mahoghany colour...thin off white head and little lace. sweet malt aroma..some cocoa and toffee can be detected. the flavour profile is again malt dominated throwing off hints of semi-sweet chocolate chips, and faint caramel and nougat candy notes. it's pretty light in the pants flavour wise, no smoked malts to make this authentic. the malty notes that do come through seem strained and less than authentic. light body, watery mouthfeel. drinkability is ok...i can tell that this is meant to be sessionable and approachable without regard to rigid style.

overall, a poor attempt at the style. maybe brewed with the delicate scandanavian palate in mind? either way, if FBC wants to make an ale of this style, make it more authentic please. this just comes off to me as a pub grub washer downer with a little bit of flavour for good measure.

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Photo of randum32
2.49/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this on tap at the Peacock Alley in Bismarck, ND. Scottish Ales are one of my favorite styles so I was happy to see this on tap.

Appearance - Dark brown with a little red tint. Not cloudy. Nice layer of white foam, and consistent carbonation throughout the glass.

Smell - Sweet, very sweet. A little hint of caramel comes out as it warms up.

Taste - Sweet and metallic. The malt character is overshadowed by the sweet copper penny taste. Hops are very subtle if noticeable at all.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, medium to thin body, above average carbonation.

Overall - Certainly not the best Scotch out there. I'd like to see the sweetness matched with a little peat or roasted flavor and the carbonation toned down a little.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at JL Beers in Grand Forks, served at adequate temperature into a pint glass. Poured a rich brown, fairly clear and without much action, and therefore not much head or lacing. I've never been able to pick up much aroma in a bar, too much air moving, but some faint grain was distinguishable. Taste was on the lighter side, but for such a low ABV beer it was to be expected... some caramel malt, not all that peaty but some nuttiness perhaps. Mouth was smooth and solid for a lighter beer, went down way too easily and way too fast. If by some miracle I could replace Bud with this beer as the light easy to drink standby, I'd be perfectly happy with that. I like my Scots a bit beefier than this, but for as light a beer as it is it performs fairly well.

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