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Renaissance Enlightenment Series Scotch on Rye 70/- Ale

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Brewed by Renaissance Brewing
Style: Scotch Ale
Blenheim, New Zealand
Serve in Thistle


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RATINGS: 9   MEAN: 3.42/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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...it means ’70 shilling’ (sigh, OK, I will tell the whole story). We were asked to make a big malty beer that is lower in alcohol than a Scotch Ale so we went to the source and brewed another Scottish style, the 70/- Ale. Malty and satisfying without too much kick. Oh and we brewed this one with Rye... because Rye not! We also used oats and wheat in the mash for flavour and mouth-feel and then left the brew to age on Oak until it was smooth and mellow.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
StevieT (380) - AUSTRALIA - APR 2, 2014
From a bottle. Very well carbonated, strong Scotch aroma, tan coloured head, cloudy light blown and rich malty flavours. It’s definitely a sessionable Scotch ale due to the lighter punch. I like it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ShaneJ (414) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 8, 2013
Bottle from Plonk. Dark reddish-brown, bit of a gusher, took 3 pours to get it all in the glass, brown sugar, dried fruit, caramel lollies, bit of spice, low bitterness, medium sweetness, light-medium body, thin texture. Pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pmuzz (400) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 13, 2013
A really quaffable beer. Nice aroma, look and taste. Falls down on the palate, but you could drink this all day. Solid.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Gramoit (346) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 6, 2013
Pretty big disappointment. Thin bodied, water mouth feel. Some nice spice was tasted due to the use of rye but other than that, an average beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Davros (1806) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUN 26, 2013
Pours burnished copper with a fading head. Aroma of sultanas, burnt figs, fruit cake and brown sugar. Nice! Flavours are not as great. Some of the fruit is still there but then it falls short quickly. Body feels a bit watery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gam (3061) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUN 22, 2013
Small head deep dark ruby pour carbonation strong aromas grain caramel honey dark sugary taste the flavours rye taste bright malt creamy notes with grain touches sweetness oaky vanilla taste very smooth ale the finish best tastes creaminess rye touch best in a lot of ales so much brighter and rich this ale goes down just easy

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jimthechap (1482) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 4, 2013
It looks rosy mahogany in colour with a coarse greenish-cream coloured head that started out with some fluffiness and then receded into a skim of rough looking bubbles. It has that peculiarly silky oat character that you find in oatmeal stouts that is reminiscent of port and dark chocolate. In this edition there is a kind of rich garam masala spice and slight oakiness that seems to combine well into a mellow unctuousnes. It carries that silkiness into the body of the beer but the flavour is mainly dominated by dark cherries in port, slightly bitter chocolate, raisin and prunes. There is a fine tingly bubble that sings across the tongue and brings that cherryvite flavour back to the fore on the return tasting. The cunning use of malts has brought malt flavour to the fore and exemplified it, which isn’t a bad thing considering that all the beer press is being hogged by hops at the moment. This beer is elegant and begs thoughtful consumption. It could quite equally be an enjoyable quaffer as well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Pdubyah (273) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 31, 2013
This is a bit of a gem. It’s a much darker beer than I was expecting, but I have low expectations, but I was blown away by the whole taste, and the length of taste that this has. Very nice to drink, but the rye tang might turn you away.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
omega (639) - NEW ZEALAND - MAY 6, 2013
Poured with a generous head. Initial sup was quite underwhelming, and then it decided to introduce itself. A nice rich beer which is belies its "low alc"..

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