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

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Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company (Downtown)
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

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.

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Reviews: 23 | Ratings: 83
Photo of jwc215
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tap beer at brewpub stored in can two days before drinking.

Pours dark copper with a thin head that becomes a wide island. Trailing lace sticks.

The smell is of caramel/nougat and peat. It has a rich malt character aroma.

The taste is of caramel/toffee/nougat (hint of chocolate?). Peat smoke balances sweetness without overwhelming. Pretty long finish. Alcohol very well-covered.

It hits full-bodied. Carbonation a bit aggressive at the start, but soon relaxes.

A rich, malty brew with a nice touch of peat smoke character. Enjoyable!

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Photo of BobZTraveler
2.52/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

At their Wausau pub. Although the look and feel are good, it's about the taste. There is an odd back smell/taste to the smell and taste, as if the grains aren't stored properly. Thus picking up punky woody taste. But this could be the yeast. If so and it may be since their s-bahn (Munich lager)was similar, they need to restart their yeast program.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Stone of Scone Scotch Ale pours a dark brown color with a small lacing head, similar to a root beer. There is a sweet and boozy aroma, with sharp malt aromas. The taste has a sharp malty flavor with a boozy and scotch aftertaste. Full body, nice flavors and very drinkable. Overall a very nice Scotch Ale.

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Photo of zeff80
3.96/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured a clear brown color with a one-finger, light brown head of pillowy foam. It smelled of peat moss and earthy notes. Some sweet malt present, too. Good caramel maltiness with an earthy, grassy hop presence. It had a slightly boozy taste, too. It was crisp and sharp.

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Photo of LeRose
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at city brew pub. Overall, I like this brew. Aroma could use some help, just a faint sweet and malty aroma. Not too carbonated, which I like. Sweet and roasted malt favors from the coppery brown pour, minimal head. Always comes in a pint glass. There is a little bitter note that reminds me of tea. Lot of flavor overall, minimal hops that I think is correct for a Scotch ale. A little thick on the tongue, by not much after taste.

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Photo of tigg924
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the Hilldale location. Served into a pint glass.

Appearance: clear, chestnut brown in color, 1/4 inch head, low carbonation

Smell: toasted malt and leather

Taste: toasted malt, caramel, peat, and leather

Mouthfeel: sweet, medium-heavy body, medium carbonation

Overall: It is great when a brewery does a non-standard style and does it well. Love the caramel and leather combination. Would have several of these if I was in Wisconsin. This was the best from the brewery that I tried.

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Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
2.79/5  rDev -24%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a nonic pint glass at the Madison brewpub.

Another entry in my pre-interview extravaganza. It pours a clear darkly burnt copper topped by a finger of off-white micro-foam. The nose comprises toasted caramel, toffee, light tobacco, mixed nuts, and oak. The taste holds notes of caramel, toffee, walnuts, some greens, and a touch o' rye bread. The body is medium, with a light carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, a very nice Scotch, one of the better brews I've sampled here thus far. Good call on this one, Mike!

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Photo of hu5om
4.17/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Yum. I've had it at the Fitchburg, Hilldale, and Down Town Great Danes, I'm always pleased. Usually in an English style Pub glass. My first Scotch Ale and still one that I long for. It's now McEwan's, but still quite solid. If you're at the Dane, it might not be the best choice, but it's definitely one of their better beers. The IPA and new Barley Wine are not to be missed. Certainly worth trying.

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Photo of Magpie14
2.44/5  rDev -33.5%
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 far 2 lame experiences

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Photo of spointon
3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
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...

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Photo of leftmindedrighty
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the Great Dane Brew Pub

Smell, kind of smells like pancake syrup, with some toffee notes.

Taste, kind of follows the nose. Very sweet, with maple flavors abounding. There's a hint of smoke which was very welcome, and some toffee flavors in tow. Little hop balance, but what is there is noble and quality.

Overall, very interesting Scotch Ale to say the least. Truly a unique beer that I would order up any day of the week.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the original Dane nearby the Capitol with wonderful company and one of the biggest freakin' burritos I've ever seen!

It was delivered to the table with the typical expected appearance: blackened mahogany beneath a short head of densely creamy tan froth. The retention was good, but could have been better (although that may have been due to a dirty glass or too much grease on my lips - but I did taste it before eating! Spicy burritos and tasting beer don't mix)!

The aroma suggested deeply caramelized malts with a hint of chocolate drizzled caramel and toffee, and some very subtle background smoke.

In the mouth it's velvety soft and smooth with a medium-full body and restrained carbonation that just delicately caresses the palate.

The subtle smoke found in the aroma is more evident in the flavor. It's rich, malty, subtly smokey, and caramelish. There's a short thread of yeasty fruitiness running through the middles as well; and the bitterness is just enough to keep the sweetness of the malt from running over and leaving it flabby.

Perfectly rounded in flavor, and supple across the palate, the Stone Of Scone Scotch Ale is an excellent example of the style! And for fans of this fairly hard to find style, I'd highly recommend a trip to enjoy this one!

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Photo of Derek
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of terrabyte
3.36/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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Photo of expatsteve
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of edmundfitzoil
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.13/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

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Photo of BeerBuilder
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a growler of this on the way to Milwaukee for a Twins & Brewers game. It was a very enjoyable beer. It poured to a deep copper-brownish color with a tan head. It had a malty, toasty aroma with a faint hint of smoke. The flavor was malty, and toasty, with a bit of smokiness and toffee. It had a bit of hoppiness in the finish. It had a lighter mouthfeel than I was expecting. It was very easy drinking. Not a bad beer. I really enjoyed the fact that I could bring a growler home, since I am unable to yet here in Mn.

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Photo of ethosx19
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

My first scotch ale and it made me feel pretty good on an empty stomach. Pours a very dark amber, almost black, with hardly any head. Aroma is a little malty, floral, and a hint of alcohol. A good sized sip reveals the caramel malt, some nicely hidden alcohol, and....water. The Great Dane makes some great beers, but they make everything too thin.

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Photo of cokes
3.08/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

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Stone Of Scone Scotch Ale from Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company (Downtown)
3.67 out of 5 based on 83 ratings.
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