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


on tap


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RATINGS: 17   MEAN: 3.67/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 38   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pdubyah (702) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 4, 2017
A bg aroma, but I thought it was mostly bready yeasty, its a dark brown deep beer, but no head disappointed. Taste also is short on the appearance, they dont match, you expect a deeper fuller mouthfeel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ANZUShophunter (402) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - APR 22, 2016
On tap at Tomahawk bar (2015). Amber with a whispy head. Smoked chicory aroma and this features again on the palate. Hints of vanilla and licorice finish. Need to try the non-BA version for comparison.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (24187) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 1, 2016
15th November 2015
Brewdog Clapham. Keg. Hazy red - amber beer, tidy cream colour head. Palate is light, semi dry, modest fine carbonation. Thin creamy malts. A nice touch of oaky vanilla, a touch more wood than vanilla. Mild port wine must. Light semi dry finish. Nicely done light barreling.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrTipple (4332) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 27, 2015
Aroma: caramel, toffee malts, oak barrels, some vanilla. Appearance: hazy, dark brown, small, creamy, white head. Taste: light sweet. Palate: oak caramel malts continue, fairly intense, toffee, some bitters coming up with a touch of alcohol. Overall: very nice Scotch Ale, fantastic aroma, the oak barrels are really coming out nicely. Pint at Mother Kellys, Bethnal Green.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Scopey (14014) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 16, 2015
Keg at BD CJ. It pours deep mahogany brown with a tiny tan rim. The nose is malt-driven, brown bread, very woody, earth, toasted grain, dried leaves, dirt, light vanilla and dried fruits. The taste is actually quite light, yet rather oaky, spicy action, alcohol warmth, dry wood, charred stuff, light vanilla, leather, dark fruits in the background, light cherry. Lingering finish of oak and leather. Medium body and fine, soft carbonation. Surprisingly one-dimensional. There are elements of this I like, but they dont present themselves in a particularly cohesive manner.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mR_fr0g (11413) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2015
Keg at the Brewdog CJ new Zealand tap takeover. Dark copper / brown coloured pout with a fading off white head. Aroma is woody oak, vanilla, oak barrel, toffee, brown sugars. Flavour is composed of thin woody tannin, oak, tannin, vanilla, burnt toffee, woody. Palate is semi sweet, wood tannin. Little solvent alcohol in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nihtila (3431) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 17, 2015
Keg at IMBC. Dark brown. Oak, vanilla, caramel, sweet, rum. Tastes sweet malts, oak and vanilla, toffee, great.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
Hippoman (646) - Durham, ENGLAND - OCT 13, 2015
Keg at IMBC 2015. Pours brownish amber with a diminishing, cream-coloured head. Smells pretty bad, like a rats cage in a pet shop. If I didnt know the liquid in front of me was beer, I wouldnt have drunk it. It tasted almost as bad as it smelled, with thick but overly bitter, mouth-coasting sense dominating. There are some woody flavours present but very little to like. I suspect there was some issue with the NZ Collectives conditioning or delivery by this point in the festival (late Sunday afternoon), as this, and the other beer I had from their stand, both tasted utterly dreadful despite being very highly regarded.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Towey1989 (2459) - Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 11, 2015
Keg at The Indy Man Beer Con. A hazy brown colour with a thin tan head. Interesting aroma of toffee, whisky, oak, some peat, subtle spice, maybe raisin and slight vanilla fudge. Taste of toffee, fudge, whisky, brandy, some peat, raisin, subtle fig and maybe golden syrup. Medium bodied and soft carbonation. A sweetish, vanilla fudge finish. A superb scotch ale, similar to a whisky barrelled ale. Sweet vanilla, fruit and tasty whisky aroma and flavour, plus only 7%. Extremely flavourful and worth a few pints.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmgreenuk (8824) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - AUG 18, 2015
Not quite retired it seems. Draft at Taps Beer Bar, Kuala Lumpur. Poured a hazy dark amber with a thin broken white head and some broken lace. The aroma is sweet malt, sticky toffee caramel fudge. The flavour is moderate sweet with a rich bubbly sweet malt, light vinous oak palate. Medium bodied with average carbonation. A big sweetie with and awesome nose.

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