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

bottled
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RATINGS: 241   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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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.


gabslau's rating

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
gabslau (2) - - DEC 25, 2012
A think beer fully charged on all the malty taste, like an expresso of ale. Best drink with some cheese caramel, chocolate, coffee, toast, roasty, brown foam, brown, thick feel,


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
teorn88 (3452) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 5, 2015
Keg at CBC Clerkenwell, London. It pours a cloudy copper color with a small tan head. Aroma is swee and lightly boozy, with notes of vanilla, caramel, chocolate, licorice, raisins and spices. Taste is again sweet and bold with raisins, custard, apple pie, licorice, booze, dried oranges. Medium to full bodied with good carbonation. Overall, tasty but sweet

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
GMarini (2) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - MAR 4, 2015 does not count
Dark strong espresso balanced by chocolaty malty sweetness. Some alcohol on the nose, along with liquorice and raisins. Very dark, very full bodied and smooth.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bule (998) - California, USA - MAR 2, 2015
500ml bottle pours a dark reddy brown color without much head. Prominent spices in the flavor that overpower the rest of the beer. A little low on carbonation.

2.1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
pricey290483 (582) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2015
Dark red in colour beer not much for me in the aroma strong bitter in the taste I got a smoky after taste

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
keepersj12 (2814) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - FEB 7, 2015
Pours brown with a tan head. The aroma is all malt and a hint of smoke. The flavor is malty sweet with the smoke coming through. A bit wood is present too. Sip this by a fire.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
flying_pig (1051) - SCOTLAND - JAN 13, 2015
500ml bottle from Good Spirits Co, Glasgow (£5.80):
Quite a nice first beer from Renaissance Brewing for me, I’m never quite sure about Scotch Ales going in due to the fact that most of the mass-produced Scotch Ales out there are quite poor and loaded with alcohol, at least in my experience anyway but this one was a pleasant beer to sip away at. There was a lot going on, particularly with the smell but the beer had a good balance that stopped it from seeming overly sweet or sickening; good stuff but probably not one I’d be likely to pick up again.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
waiake (287) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 17, 2014
well presented 500ml bottle golden brown with a fine malty licorice aroma taste is luvly creamy bitter malty smoky

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DedicatedToFun (3427) - Santa Monica, California, USA - NOV 9, 2014
Tap, amber pour, off white head, nose is caramel, taste is caramel, rich, nutty

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
allmyvinyl (4887) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 2, 2014
Keg at The Hanging Bat. Pours clear amber, thin white head. Aromas of coffee, light chocolate, raisins. Taste is sweet, light spice, fruit. Sticky finish. Decent.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
whoisghost (87) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - OCT 22, 2014
A deep and dark red - really dense with a creamy light brown head. Aroma is a slight charcoal, dark malts, leather, scotch and raisins. Light charcoal and raisin taste up front, tied in with some smokiness and a bitter coffee at the end; a well balanced beer. There’s a malty complexity and a slight spice that really hold this together. This is so thick and creamy on the palate. Not as syrupy as some of its counterparts, this Is dense but with a clarity of flavours and an outstanding longevity.


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