Renaissance Enlightenment Series Scotch on Rye 70/- Ale

Formerly brewed at Renaissance Brewing
Style: Scotch Ale
Blenheim, New Zealand
Serve in Thistle


on tap


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RATINGS: 12   MEAN: 3.47/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23/5   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION means 70 shilling (sigh, OK, I will tell the whole story). We were asked to make a big malty beer that is lower in alcohol than a Scotch Ale so we went to the source and brewed another Scottish style, the 70/- Ale. Malty and satisfying without too much kick. Oh and we brewed this one with Rye... because Rye not! We also used oats and wheat in the mash for flavour and mouth-feel and then left the brew to age on Oak until it was smooth and mellow.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mkel07 (5742) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - OCT 3, 2014
Bottle from Archive Beer September 2013. Light on alcohol for a scotch ale but big on flavour. Toffee, caramel and vanilla fills the mouth.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ALLOVATE (2992) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUL 21, 2014
Cellar temp. and into a snifter. Headless, still looking chestnut brown, not quite bright. Bold, toffeeish and deeply nutty nose edged by hints of savoury fruit such as raisins and sultanas, and a touch of almond butter. Quite woody, reminiscent of peanut and hazelnut husks. Similar on the palate. Very nutty, buttery and malt driven with plenty of savoury fruit. Back end has a hint of spice from the rye and tastes of pumpernickel and roggenbrot in the long finish. Body is light and carbonation prickly up-front with no backing. Has a sharp, tangy berry flavour to it that slowly develops long into drinking. Pretty ordinary overall, but not a style I favour. Average! (50cL, no date stamp, The Liquor Shed, Jandakot)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ngejo (979) - Jakarta, INDONESIA - MAY 13, 2014
Tap. black, cloudy, frothy, medium body, soft carbonation, light sweetness, medium bitterness, & abrupt finish,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
StevieT (1953) - AUSTRALIA - APR 2, 2014
From a bottle. Very well carbonated, strong Scotch aroma, tan coloured head, cloudy light blown and rich malty flavours. Its definitely a sessionable Scotch ale due to the lighter punch. I like it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ShaneJ (891) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 8, 2013
Bottle from Plonk. Dark reddish-brown, bit of a gusher, took 3 pours to get it all in the glass, brown sugar, dried fruit, caramel lollies, bit of spice, low bitterness, medium sweetness, light-medium body, thin texture. Pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pmuzz (400) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 13, 2013
A really quaffable beer. Nice aroma, look and taste. Falls down on the palate, but you could drink this all day. Solid.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Gramoit (488) - Surrey, ENGLAND - AUG 6, 2013
Pretty big disappointment. Thin bodied, water mouth feel. Some nice spice was tasted due to the use of rye but other than that, an average beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Davros (3071) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUN 26, 2013
Pours burnished copper with a fading head. Aroma of sultanas, burnt figs, fruit cake and brown sugar. Nice! Flavours are not as great. Some of the fruit is still there but then it falls short quickly. Body feels a bit watery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gam (3909) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUN 22, 2013
Small head deep dark ruby pour carbonation strong aromas grain caramel honey dark sugary taste the flavours rye taste bright malt creamy notes with grain touches sweetness oaky vanilla taste very smooth ale the finish best tastes creaminess rye touch best in a lot of ales so much brighter and rich this ale goes down just easy

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 4, 2013
It looks rosy mahogany in colour with a coarse greenish-cream coloured head that started out with some fluffiness and then receded into a skim of rough looking bubbles. It has that peculiarly silky oat character that you find in oatmeal stouts that is reminiscent of port and dark chocolate. In this edition there is a kind of rich garam masala spice and slight oakiness that seems to combine well into a mellow unctuousnes. It carries that silkiness into the body of the beer but the flavour is mainly dominated by dark cherries in port, slightly bitter chocolate, raisin and prunes. There is a fine tingly bubble that sings across the tongue and brings that cherryvite flavour back to the fore on the return tasting. The cunning use of malts has brought malt flavour to the fore and exemplified it, which isnt a bad thing considering that all the beer press is being hogged by hops at the moment. This beer is elegant and begs thoughtful consumption. It could quite equally be an enjoyable quaffer as well.

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