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


on tap

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RATINGS: 270   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheRealMGD (552) - Lakewood, Washington, USA - SEP 23, 2011
500ml bottle from Glengarry. Hazy, almost cloudy, light amber pour with a rapidly vanishing off-white head leaving minimal lace. Sweet, malty, almost whisky nose with a hint of vinegar at times. Medium body, light carbonation. Peaty, malty flavors that border on medicinal but don’t quite reach it. Also some fig and candy. ABV is well-hidden, however it’s so...strong tasting that you have to suspect something! Nicely balanced, very tasty, a winner.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dtborelli (322) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 16, 2011
Renaissance Stonecutter Scotch Ale Pours medium brown with red highlights. Smallish head with giant retention and good lacing. Aroma is malty with raisins and a clean spice note. Some sugariness. Smells nice. Flavor is malt with a slight non offensive metallic note. Slightly sweet and spicy. Overall pretty good, but smells better than it tastes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thirdeye11 (5952) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 9, 2011
(500ml bottle thanks to bu11zeye) clearish rich copper/ruby with a film of tan head. Nose of candied raisins, sweet honey, Belgian yeast and light funk. Taste of raisins, toasty, mild metallic tinge, but a delicious toasty linger.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beersiveknown (4820) - NORTHERN IRELAND - SEP 3, 2011
Sampled at GBBF 2011 Deep ruby brown beer with beige head. Smells of toffee apples and boozy dried fruit. Rich molasses and complex malt finishes with a sweet and surprisingly dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
drpimento (2863) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 17, 2011
At last, a decent beer after a series of duds. Let this warm a bit out of the fridge. Poured with a nice, full, billowy, foamy, frothy, light tan head that lasts a while and lots of lace. Color is a hazy garnet brown. Aroma is mineral and malt at first, then getting richer with traditional scotch ale characteristics and a little fruit. Flavor is similar and is like the deScription on the label. Body is full and soft with some high points and good carbonations for the style. Finish is like flavor and of medium length. Session beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
planky84 (2713) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 7, 2011
Bottle from GBBF, 2011. Drank at home. Dark reddish-brown pour with a beige head. Vanilla, raisin, malt and a little smoke aroma. Sweet, dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dorqui (2160) - Brescia, ITALY - AUG 3, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2013 Bottled at "Osteria della Birra" - Bergamo (BG).
Dark red color, much fraught and with a long-lasting and resistant creamy head. Elegant and persistent aspect. Red wine and malty notes, warm at the nose, woody, cask and resin rumors. Much fraught, modest alcoholic content, bitterish final.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
DYCSoccer17 (3580) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 31, 2011
500mL bottle purchased at the Davis Beer Shoppe. The aroma on this is sweet and a bit sugary with caramel hints. Kind of smells like a protein energy bar or something. Light chocolate notes. Mostly caramel, without the huge peatiness. Moderately hazy amber-mahogany body with a large, fizzy, off-yellow head. Very slow to dissipate. Starts super-carbonated, before this becomes pretty malty and tasty. Chocolate, caramel, light coffee, leather, and tobacco all come together in the middle of this beer. Has a long, roasty finish, without being too burnt. Nice flavors, but the extreme carbonation is just a bit too much.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (12845) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 30, 2011
Bottle shared with Yanick. Pours caramel brown. Nose/taste of vanilla, caramel, orange peel and malt. Dryish malty finish. Medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nearbeer (4610) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 20, 2011
500 ml; batch 129, bb 16 Sep 11. Clear ruby-brown, with a small ring of foam. Nose of caramel and vanilla, with a hint of orange. Flavor is molasses, vanilla, toasted nut, cocoa, and just a hint of citrus. A touch of roast and earthy smoke in the finish drys it a bit. Medium body is sweet and soft.

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