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

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RATINGS: 257   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


ddemmingjr's rating

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ddemmingjr (784) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - NOV 10, 2012
One of my favorite beers from my Honeymoon back in 2008. Good guys from CA doing it right. This is a bottle from Lizardville and I hope it's held up. Pours dark, reddish brown almost like coffee. There's dense sandy foam head that recedes. Nose as it warms, caramel, chocolate, licorice, pungent, rich toasted malts. On the palate, toasted malts, toffee, dates, dank and caramel malts with some nutty overtones. Malty Scotch Ale loveliness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bakerjw (3) - NEW ZEALAND - AUG 27, 2015 does not count
Poured from a 500ml on 8/27/2015. Very dark red/brown color, malty aroma. Very big in the mouth, caramel and earthy tones, and a nice finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aniela (4156) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 25, 2015
Bottle at Chris and Ruth’s pre-GBBF 2015. Clear amber beer with an beige head. Malty caramell citrus aroma. Malty fruity caramell citrus flavour.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
johndoughty (4458) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 14, 2015
Bottle. Malty with a reasonable medium body. Not as complex as I anticipated and not quite as interesting as some of their other beers but still worth trying.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thebeertourist (5131) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 10, 2015
Tap at the Tapa Room, Marylebone. Burgundy brown, small head. Good fruity caramel, biscuits flavours, plums. Good bitter-sweet balance. Very good.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
zacgillbanks (3347) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - AUG 8, 2015
Bottle from Glug, Newcastle. A very dark red-brown coloured beer that pours with a rapidly disappearing white head. It has a rich red fruit and oak flavour, smoked beechwood and vanilla notes followed by burnt currants, toffee and whisky on the smooth finish. Excellent!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rlgk (14381) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 8, 2015
Bottle at Chris and Ruth’s Shindig 2015. Clear amber beer with a small beige head. Malty caramel aroma, raisins, bready, biscuits, caramel, some citrus. Malty fruity aroma, caramel, raisins, citrus, some grapes. Quite ok.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
vanvenlo (1468) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - JUN 30, 2015
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2015 East of Everything ontap(30-Jun-2015)Sweet malt fruit herbal aroma.Brown red,sheet lace&good head.Sweet malt peat biscuit malt,spice wood flavour.Fruit vanilla malt finish&herbal fruit wood aftertaste.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
colui72 (324) - HONG KONG - JUN 27, 2015
Brown amber pour with minimal beige head. Sweet aroma, caramel, raisins. Taste is overall sweet and roasty. Medium-low bitter finish. A very nice comfort beer.

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mtangel (10) - NEW ZEALAND - MAY 23, 2015
Pours dark Amber Brown with slight head. Slightly sweet aroma. The flavor is smooth and sweet with a strong caramel and toffee undertone leading to a dry finish.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maekchu (2773) - Hirakata, JAPAN - MAY 19, 2015
Bottle from local Yamaya.Massively malty nose, rich and earthy, with crushed dark fruit, and some smokey notes. Bright cherry red/brown color. Sweet and complex initial, with raisins, plums, spice, and licorice. Bitterness is subtly present throughout. Medium-heavy and a bit thick on the tongue. Very nice stuff. Maybe a bit overly sweet, but it is delicious.


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