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


on tap

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RATINGS: 287   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mrjez (478) - Osaka, JAPAN - FEB 14, 2016
Pours a mahogany with strong ruby red highlights. Small beige swirls, some lacing. Strong whiff of rich malt and booze off the top, opens up to show brown sugar, toffee, great licorice notes, dark fruits. The flavour also gives an anise touch, mixed with raisin. It is smooth and gently carbonated, the sweetness balances out nicely by a dry warming finish that hangs in the throat. I would’ve liked a bit more body to it, it felt a tad thin in the second half. Minor quibble. Best beer I’ve tried from Renaissance, distinctive pleasing flavours that hold together really well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TedE (1015) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JAN 3, 2016
500 ml bottle into tulip. Ruby red beer with fluffy off-white head. Smells of caramel malt toffees. Quite light in the mouth, flavour follows the nose. Caramel malt, finish is dark dried fruit. Alcohol is noticeable late on. Very good. I’m about to drink it with a beef casserole so.......cheers!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tom10101 (5387) - Quebec, CANADA - DEC 26, 2015
Bottle (500 ml). Split 2-ways. Hazy dark reddish brown with a small tan cap leaving little lacing. Aroma is rich with toffee, dried raisins, earthy notes, candi sugar and hints of smoke. Taste is a little more raw and less rich with toffee, caramel, raisins, mild smoke and a weird earthy bitterness. Medium body, but it felt thin for the style. Medium carbonation. Earthy finish, lingering a bit. A good Scotch Ale that would be better with richer malts, more body and less earthy bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jasonbenali (137) - Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 29, 2015
Pours dark, dark brown, almost red with decent cream head. Aroma is complex - boozy, dark fruit, burnt orange, roasted malt, smoke, winter spice, tobacco and raisin. Flavour lives up to the aroma with long, boozy finish, whisky, burnt oak and malty richness and waves of flavour. Impressive Scotch ale to keep you warm on a winter’s night, but not for the faint hearted!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
KyotoLefty (9403) - Kyoto, JAPAN - OCT 23, 2015
Bottle from Yamaya. Hazy dark brown with lace. rich malt nose, chocolate, caramel, bit of smoke. Nice malt flavor, raisins, dried fruit and chocolate fudge. Chewy, rich, malt, yet rathe light on the palate with a bit of tart fruit. Not cloying.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JoshRaburn (110) - - OCT 8, 2015
Very sweet, Black Forest cake and prunes. Nice but. Too much for a day beer. Would be good with (or as) a dessert.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
k0mpsa (2509) - Tuusula, FINLAND - OCT 3, 2015
Bottle from craftissimo, hong kong. Hazy dark brown color, tanned head. Aroma has sweet caramel, burnt sugar, suryp. Sweet and little roasty body, caramel, sugar.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
S_Side_Smitty (715) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - SEP 23, 2015
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2015 Pours a beautiful ruby red amber with a medium off white head. Aroma is deep heavy grains basking in light syrup. Taste is slightly lighter, but a beautiful blend of malted grains that is not too sweet. A hop-like bitterness is balanced almost perfectly with the malts as they transform throughout the palate. At the finish those malts almost take on the flavor of coffee. Very well done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sinfull (1457) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 14, 2015
Deep , brown color ; medium-sized head. Malt , caramel , dark fruits in aroma. Rich , malty taste with moderate caramel sweetness . Full body , low carbonation. Warming finish with smokey notes. Great!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nofearhatmatt (48) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 12, 2015
Had this on draft at Harrild & Sons, was definitely a wee heavy. Strong alcohol taste, very dark, good malt.

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