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


on tap

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RATINGS: 263   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 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
DYCSoccer17 (3513) - 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 (11783) - , 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 (4379) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
larsga (6893) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUL 10, 2011
Huge beige head. Deep dark red body with strong carbonation. Strong malty caramelly aroma with fruity earthy spice notes. Dry-sweet malty caramelly earthy taste with wooden spice notes. Mid-bodied. Soft, smooth mouthfeel. Dryish spicy minty earthy aftertaste with caramel and toffee notes. Very nice and highly drinkable. (0.5l bottle, Ølbutikken, Copenhagen.)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (9973) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 6, 2011
A pleasure to have this beer, spot on the style. Reddish brown, no head in sight. A nose of fruit, chocolate, sherry, mild booziness. Soft mouthfeel; rich malting. Very drinkable, hops are felt mid-sip through the finish. Lovely.Bottle from Premiere Gourmet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bluebetty (1019) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 30, 2011
Bottle. Pours a dark bronze with a slightly rocky tan coloured head. Aromas are dominated by roasted grain with some caramel / tofe in support. Flavours show minimal sweetness with lots of the roasted character and some smoke coming through. Some head from the alcohol near the finish. Medium mouthfeel.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nickls (2062) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maneliquor (3479) - 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

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