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


on tap

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RATINGS: 251   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   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 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beer-yum (816) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 21, 2014
A benchmark of the style and one of the brewer’s best. Subdued aroma gives little hint of the full bodied smoky/sweet flavour to follow. Just the ticket to warm the soul on a cold winter’s day.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
NorthlandBrewr (11) - - OCT 17, 2014
An interesting beer that is really getting lost behind what tastes and smells like a good portion of smoked malt. I’d prefer the smoke to be coming from caramelization and roasted malts. Bits of pleasant dark fruit and caramel peak out but I just can’t get past the smoke.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gyllenbock (5796) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 19, 2014
On tap at Brothers Beer, Auckland, August 2014. A bit hazy reddish/brown with a small head. Aroma and taste malt, caramel and some dark fruit. Some warming alcohol in the finish. A good "winter warmer".

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
a_cross (639) - Poole, Dorset, ENGLAND - JUL 30, 2014
Bottle from beermerchants.com, drank a couple of weeks ago; I’m a definite sucker for Scotch Ales and this was no exception; lovely velvety malty texture with a delicious rum and raisin tang; quality beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
a_sully (270) - - JUL 22, 2014
Very foamy tan head with a medium brown opaque beer. Aroma of apples,effervescent on the tongue with a taste of barley and toffee. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
radiomgb (2503) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 13, 2014
500ml bottle from the LCBO in Peterborough, Ontario. Rich copper in colour with a thin but long lasting beige head, light lacing. Aroma is of toffee/caramel, light chocolate, very light alcohol, light smoke. The flavour is moderately sweet, lightly bitter, hoppy, maple, peat. Sweet mouthfeel, medium body, medium carbonation. Finishes long, sweet, slightly warming. Not bad, nice balance. Quite rich.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Charlieandco (3) - - JUN 25, 2014 does not count
Excellent, that's all that needs to be said. Great taste, Worth looking around boutique cellars ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Quevillon (2661) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 13, 2014
Drank from bottle at the Mondial de la Bière 2014 in Montreal. Golden brown, thin head. Barley aroma that is slightly sweet and fruity. Taste of barley drier, pretty hoppy, bitter finish. Solid enough for 7%!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmgreenuk (5802) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - JUN 4, 2014
Bottle at Taps Beer Bar, Kuala Lumpur. Poured a slightly cloudy dark brown with a whispy thin broken white head. The aroma is rich red berry fruit, treacle, toffee, caramel. The flavour is moderate bitter, light sweet with a rich fruity yeast hop bitter palate. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Not a style that inspires me, but this is one of the best I’ve had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stuu666 (6476) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 28, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours ruby, smoked toffee, fruity caramel, sweet berry fruit.

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