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

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Brewed by:
Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company (Downtown)
Wisconsin, United States
greatdanepub.com

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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-20-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
83
Reviews:
23
Avg:
3.67
pDev:
12.53%
 
 
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Ratings: 83 |  Reviews: 23
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 t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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 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 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 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 WoodBrew
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of rolltide8425
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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 Whiskeydeez
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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 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 TX-Badger
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

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 crobinso
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Dactrius
3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bpfrush
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of kvgomps
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of williamjbauer
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of BarrelAgedG
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jason_cs
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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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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 jakea
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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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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