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


on tap

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RATINGS: 286   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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MXD (304) - Gatineau/St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, - DEC 27, 2011
Pours copper. Slightly hazy. Good and long lasty creme head. Aroma is mainly about caramel and grass. Taste is... surprisingly rich. It’s obviously a malt-driven brew, which brings up lots of caramel and even fruit notes. Somewhat dusty, in a good way. A bit too sweet (the only thing i can say against this, really). Not much hops profile, but the beer itself doesn’t suffer. Brought at the LCBO. I don’t know if it was a random pick but... wow. Best scotch ale I haven’t drank for a while.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DerGantzel (323) - Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 15, 2016
Very sweet, well tasting scotch ale. Brown reddish appearance. Notes of caramel and fruits. Full body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nickd717 (4183) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 21, 2016
Bottle. Clear dark chestnut color with a lasting khaki head. Aroma is nice and rich, with pear smoke, ham sandwich, toffee, vanilla, and chocolate. The flavor is dry and smoky, only mild caramel and toffee sweetness. Surprisingly drinkable considering, with a good active carb level. Really interesting and tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Itsumishi (45) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 10, 2016
Poured from a pint bottle. Pours a deep brownish red toffee colour. Aroma is big on malts but isn’t overpowering. Toffee, toast, caramel, scotch, wood. Taste is big sweet right from the start that carries through the middle with light unami joining in the middle and a medium bitter finish. A light alcohol kick comes with the bitter. Palate is a bit light for a scotch ale and not as oily as I usually enjoy. Carbonation is medium and pleasant. A decent well made and balanced drop, well suited to those starting out in the world of scotch ales and other stronger beers; but not enough kick or booze for my taste in that world.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
VT (2527) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 16, 2016
500 ml bottle. Pours a ruby reddish brown with a resilient beige head. Aroma is caramel, brown sugar, grape, bubble gum. Flavor is burnt caramel, brown sugar, black licorice and ash. Finish is dark grape, light tartness, red and black cherry. Lingering earth and fruit. Medium to full body, average carbonation. Solid!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Skarecrow (262) - North Shore, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 1, 2016
500ml bottle BB Jan 2017 Spicy clove malty nose. Poured chestnut brown with creamy head. Sweet slightly cloying upfront with strong cloves aftertaste. Also got a slight oxidized cardboard note which is odd give BB is Jan 2017 A good beer to have with desert or with some oat cookies/cakes by the fire.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
borre_m (1334) - NORWAY - JUN 11, 2016
Pours nutty brown. Aroma is malty, sweet, toffee, caramel. Taste is balanced, malty, toffee, caramel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tfredvik (1762) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 10, 2016
Clear, deep copper body with a long-lived, eggnog head that leaves some lacing. Sweet, malty and quite strong aroma of lots of sweet caramel, lightly roasted malt and dark dried fruits. Some spiciness in the back. Strong flavour of sweet caramel, lightly roasted malt and caramelised almonds, with alcohol and anise and other spices with hints of christmas in the back. Moderate sweet taste with a long and moderate bitter finish. Mid-bodied, smooth texture, moderate carbonation. Light malty dry finish. Lovely!
[33 cl bottle enjoyed 15 months before BB date, from Vinmonopolet Online]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Florya (1800) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUN 9, 2016
How : bottle Appearance : dark red with a small off-white head. Aroma : smoked meat, caramel, dried fruits, cherry, plums and woodchips. Palate : medium body, average carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Holmen1 (4878) - Stavanger, NORWAY - JUN 8, 2016
Fra flaske på Mi2, Cardinal (Asko Rogaland ølmesse): rødlig rav med ok skum. Bæraroma og smag med lav bitterhed og myk balance. Saftig.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gunnar (7959) - Sandnes, NORWAY - JUN 6, 2016
Shared bottle at Cardinal. Pours clear deep amber with a small creamy head. Malty aroma, raisins and caramel. Taste is light sweet, more dry herbal and fruity hops, lingering dry finish, high carbonated, slick mouthfeel.

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