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


on tap

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RATINGS: 251   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cmacklin (389) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 21, 2014
500 ml bottle. Deep ruby red colour with small beige head. Aroma has notes of roasted malt, caramel and a little smoke. Flavour is sweet with roasted malt, caramel, smoke and a dry, bitter licorice finish. Medium body, oily texture and soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sm89walt (1799) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 29, 2014
Keg - Golding’s Free Dive. A clear chestnut brown with a fine though lasting and lacing soapy off-white head. A solid malt-forward drop with yeasty complexities. Chocolate, roasted malt, bread, biscuit, mid and dried fruits and nut characters. Light to medium body, medium carbonation and firm palate texture with a modest length and intensity malty finish. The malt and yeast interplay is both charming and interesting. Also benefited straight out of the gates from not being served overly cold here to suit its style!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
StevieT (959) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 8, 2014
On tap at The Archive. A very nice beer, the Scotch flavours are pleasant but not over bearing, smooth and malty, well worth a try.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joe19612 (2101) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - FEB 27, 2014
Bottle. Pours a dark brown colour with a thin beige head, malty and caramel aroma, with a bitter taste and dry malty finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AdiBeer (1986) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 24, 2014
Aroma: sweet malts, caramel, whiskey. Appearance: dark clear brown. Taste: light sweet. Palate: medium carbonation. Overall: fantastic Scotch Ale. Pint at Craft Beer Rising festival, London.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Pdubyah (505) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 22, 2014
This is nice and full and rich. Drinks easily. looks great, colour is that deep rich chestnut, head and lacing. This has a nice bitterness and reasonable length of carry,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
shrubber85 (8836) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - FEB 21, 2014
Bottle. Raisin, licorice, cola, and toffee malt aroma. Dark brown with large tan head. Sweet toffee, raisin malt and light herbal flavor. Light licorice finish. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Patrickctenchi (4722) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - FEB 10, 2014
Bottle: Pours deep brown with a thick, tall, tan head. Toffee, raisin, wood, peat/earth aroma. Taate is heavily malty, dark dried fruit, licorice, peat. A trace of smoke. Some dopplebock traits.... Very nice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Viter (34) - CZECH REPUBLIC - JAN 21, 2014
(Bottle) Good beer. Dark amber colour, not much head. Coffe and caramel aroma. Black coffe, caramel, rosted malt and sweet undertones in the taste that covers thath high alcohol well. Bitter sweet and warming finish. Full body, medium carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chinchill (2901) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 15, 2014
500ml bottle 7% Bb 10/2014 served in a stemmed tulip glass in Ohakune, NZ Pours clear, deep reddish-amber color with a creamy and durable light brown head. Excellent lacing. Sweet malts, caramel, medium roasted malts and hints of wood, dark fruits. Flavor: unexpectedly smokey, given that this didn’t show in the nose. The peat smoke is fairly well matched by the complex malt blend. Hints of licorice, toffee, raisins and dates. Feel: smooth, medium-full body. Excellent soft carbonation. O: a hearty recommendation.

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