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


on tap

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RATINGS: 311   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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Frothmeister (799) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 15, 2012
500ml bottle. Pours an opaque dark reddish brown with a tan head. Aroma is heavy on dark sugars and dried fruit, with a faint smokiness. Taste wise it’s very similar to the aroma but with additional coffee notes, and a citrus bitterness in the lightly smoky finish.

Metalchopz (3391) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 30, 2011
Pours a hazy deep amber colour with a creamy beige head that disappears slowly and leaves big lacing. Aromas of plum and raisins, very fruity, with some light rusty water. Medium-bodied wet mouthfeel. The taste is less powerful than what the nose gives out. Mild bitterness the whole way with the fruit in the background and some light burnt wood comes out in the aftertaste. Really !??! There is 7% ABV in here ?? Pretty smooth overall and more refreshing than warming scottish ale.

MXD (304) - Gatineau/St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - 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.

phaleslu (10272) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 25, 2011
500 ml bottle. Pours a cloudy brownish amber with a small khaki head. Aroma of toasted brown sugar, caramel malts, wood, toffee, nuts and earth. The flavor starts damn near perfect Scotch ale, with tons of toffee an toast, and then some apple and grape emerges. Light-medium bodied, with moderate carbonation and a toasty, fruity mouthfeel. Could be so much better if it stayed like the first sip.

kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011

Date: October 28, 2011
Mode: Bottle
Source: Appachelian Vinters, Asheville
Appearance: cloudy dark red, frothy tan head, sudsy lace
Aroma: dry malt aroma, earthy peat, dry caramel, hint of chocolate
Body: highly carbonated body
Flavor: rich caramel flavor, light chocolate, smokey peat keeps it earthy and dry, degassing the excessive carbonation brings out the caramel sweetness to enrichen the chocolate and give it a touch of candy character to balance the earthy peat
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 12/20
Rating: 3.1/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: ** /4

mickmac (486) - Ngunnawal, AUSTRALIA - DEC 22, 2011
Bottle. Clear brown-ruby body with a sparse white head. Prominant biscuit, caramel arom/taste with a dull background bitterness and a dry chocolatey bitter finish. Medium bodied.

wilderthanyou (758) - Guelph, CANADA - DEC 6, 2011
Pours a hazy mahogany a short lived off white head. The aroma is big on the malty, caramel, toffee malty goodness, but it’s plagued by a sort of metallic note, which is a characteristic of this style it seems. The flavour is also big on the matly, caramel, toffee, burnt sugar, oak, awesome, but is also plagued by a sort of metallic note. It’s good, love it, hoppin frog and belhaven are better though.

OntBeerDrinker (514) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 28, 2011
somehow i reconize the smell and taste a bite. Reminds me off mill streets cofffe porter without the coffee and some extra strong belgium ales i recently had. it taste like cherry twizler’s and a little booze. most flavours go away kindas dry style and leave me with a creamy smoothness from the 9 diff malts on my tounge. not sure if i detect the caramel and toffee they speak off. its was allright but not great imo and coast too much. $4.60

blankboy (7689) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 25, 2011
Bottle [500ml]. Pours a deep, very bubbly orange-amber with a massive long-lasting frothy off-white head. Aroma of sweet bready malt, maple syrup, yeast, a good amount of fruit, brown sugar, nuts, wood, molasses and more -- quite a lot going on there. Slightly sweet malty flavour along with brown sugar, maple syrup, fruit, wood, earthy notes and some light hops in the finish. Alcohol is well hidden. Medium to full bodied. A complex, well made, enjoyable beer.

probstblueribbon (3791) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 21, 2011
500 ml bottle from LCBO, served cool in a tulip glass. 05NO11.

App.: Hazy deep copper/mahogany with a fair orange-tan head. Aroma: Deep, rich, slightly boozy, very fruity toffee/caramel and brown sugar malts, a little brighter fruitiness as well as dark dried fruits, a touch earthy/nutty, a touch woodsy and buttery, burnt sugar, a little molasses, lovely stuff. Palate: Medium+ body, fine, prickly effervescence. Flav.: Dark, rich malts, burnt sugar, molasses, dark dried fruits, a touch woodsy and leafy, dark rum, some resinous hops peaks through the thick malty cloak, some brighter fruits, a touch smokey; almost dry with some bitterness and a rich, malty, fruity, mouth-coating finish.

Lovely stuff! Hopefully the LCBO will bring in more from this brewer.

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