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

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RATINGS: 229   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Defreni (2603) - Husum, DENMARK - JAN 14, 2011
Flaske: Flot mahognirød øl med et tæt lækkert skumhoved. Næsten helt klar kun en anelse dis. Duften er meget frugtet og enormt maltet. Smagen er igen domineret af malt og frugt, men ikke som en barleywine. Meget lækker og drikbar, men også meget fyldende, både i munden og maven. Flot øl.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beth101 (531) - West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2010
Cloudy mahogany colour with no head. Aroma of burnt malt. Tastes of burnt malt with a coffee aftertaste.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theis (13355) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 24, 2010
Bottle at home - shared with Mette. Clear dark amber - offwhite head. Red berries, high malty, medium hoppy, fruity, caramel, amber malts, light bitterness, resin, grassy, ryebread. Nice.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stew41 (1735) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - DEC 13, 2010
Might be the best Scotch Ale I’ve every had? A modern take perhaps with heaps of lifted and well defined cola, milk chocolate and mild roast. Particularly forceful aromas. Palate is dry by comparison but has a nice earthy bitter touch. I can see why it is ranked so highly.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mkel07 (3300) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - NOV 28, 2010
500ml bottle. Deep dark coppery brown with a full coffee coloured dense foam. Coffee beans, toffee and roasted malts in the aroma with a hint of aniseed. Long dry finish with a smoky flavour that rolls around the mouth. Another good beer from Renaissance.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bmeup (512) - Ormeau, AUSTRALIA - OCT 10, 2010
Clear dark amber Tawny port colour. Roasted malt, spice, caramel, toffee aromas & flavours. Quite sweet and raisiney with low bitterness. At about 8deg it’s full flavoured and very good but not my style.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jade (409) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 19, 2010
Brown, almost ruby colour. Full aroma, oaky. Warming sensation. Great taste. Nice beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gethinbeer (2141) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - AUG 31, 2010
Strong malt, winter berry fruit aroma. Thin off white head and thin lace with a chestnut colour. Strong malt, rich syrup and chocolate aroma with a very slight roasted flavour of berry and caramel. Nice beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hawthorne00 (2399) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 25, 2010
Bottle. Dark brown with a lacy beige head. Big complex malt and vanilla aroma is quite Speyside whisky-like with pears and alcohol quite prominent. A hint of peat. Rich, smooth mouthfeel with boozy hotness. Taste has dark toffee, raisins, vanilla essence. Spicy bitter finish is warming and the finish seems drier as you drink. Don’t agree at all that the alcohol is well-hidden.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Threepwood (107) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 14, 2010
An outstanding beer. Lovely thick head with some chocolaty notes this beer is all about the malt, Flavours are a full spectrum of malt from light sweetness through toffee and caramel to some rich chocolaty flavours all perfectly balanced with a mild bitterness that leaves the malt forward. Alcohol is high(ish) but I didn’t notice it while drinking. Renaissance are making some exceptional beers at the moment.


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