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

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 257   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This is the big, hearty ’red wine’ of our range. Nine malts are blended to produce layers of caramel, coffee, liquorice, chocolate and roasty flavours and these are balanced by a tart, raisiny fruitiness that gradually gives way to a lingering dry finish. Rich, full bodied. warming and moreish. Stonecutter pairs well with venison, roast beef or lamb, or the heartiest casseroles and stews. For dessert try with a creme brulee or, of course, Scottish shortbread.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MissouriBrent (122) - Missouri, USA - MAY 25, 2011
Lots of scotch ale aroma. Nice caramelized malt aroma. Deep amber-red color. Lots of caramel malt flavor. No alcohol flavor. This is a very nice Scotch Ale. Plenty of malty richness. You could tell this beer’s style blindfolded. It is what this style is supposed to be.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 6, 2011
Pours a deep russet/coppery colour with a purplish tinge and a greenish mocha head. Points for good use of the rainbow. Sweet smelling herbal licorice, chocolate and toffee apples. Not overwhelming aromas, subtle but gratifying. Tastes herbal initially and a twist of bitterness receding into sweet warmth, caramel and coffee. Good body but not cloying or sickly. Pleasant, but not dominant. A soft cuddly teddy of a beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nickls (2003) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - MAY 6, 2011
Bottle at argo0 tasting. Clearer light, bright brown. Earthy, slight peat, some malty sweetness and raisins in the aroma. Taste is less fruity than the aroma, touch of smoke, and bitter roast finish. Slick with vibrant carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maneliquor (3474) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 6, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2013 Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours a dark amber with a thick off white head. Aroma is full of dried fruits, toffee and chocolate. Almost cookie-like. Loads of dried fruits in the taste, with chocolate and earthy spices coming through. Maybe marzepan ? Enjoyable

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
anders37 (19571) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 5, 2011
Bottle. Pours a clear amber color with a small off-white head. Has a roasted malty caramel aroma with yeasty hints. Roasted malty yeasty spicy caramel flavor. Has a roasted malty caramel finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (7682) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 2, 2011
Bottle from Star Grocery, Berkeley. Pours dark amber with an attractive beige head and a sweet toffee aroma. There is a nutty caramel malt flavor that is very smooth and tasty. Well-balanced and very drinkable.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jandd1983 (3214) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - APR 3, 2011
It poured an orange color with an off-white head. The aroma was of caramel, cookies, dried fruits and hops. The flavor was of caramel, hops, dried fruits and notes of marzipan. It had a dry hoppy finish. Not a bad scotch ale.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bu11zeye (12314) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 2, 2011
(500ml bottle) Pours a clear amber body with a medium cream head. Aroma of earth, peat, roasted malt, and mesquite. Flavor of roasted malt, peat, grass, and odd earthiness with a dry finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chrisv10 (12989) - DENMARK - MAR 17, 2011
Bottle. Chestnut brown with medium tan head. Flavour is malt, sweet, caramel, fruit, spices, bitter and hops.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerandBlues2 (10842) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 13, 2011
Bottle shared by argo0. Pours clear tawny with a small, fizzy beige head, short retention with flat lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (bread, cookie, caramel, toasted), average hops (floral, grassy), and average esters (apple/pear) with notes of dates and toffee. Flavor is heavy malt (bread, cookie, caramel, toasted), average hops (floral, grassy), and average esters (apple/pear) with notes of dates and alcohol. Medium body, warmth, and carbonation, low creaminess with a sweet finish.


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