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

bottled
available

on tap
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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 295   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   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.

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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beer Snob (501) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 12, 2011
A dark copper with a large brownish head. Sweet aroma - a bit of burnt brown sugar. Heavy maltiness on the tongue that soon is in battle with a hoppiness. Well balanced with a residue of bitterness and dark chocolate. Strong, full bodied, but the alcohol taste remains hidden. A winner.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BenH (3437) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 9, 2011
Pretty blown away by this beer, struggling to find any kind of flaw with it. From bottle. Pours dark dark red, almost purple with small well retained off white head. Leathery aroma, rich and malty, smells sweet, molasses. Taste has molasses, dark sugar, dark fruits, hint of chocolate, lots of toffee, caramel, vanilla, cola, wood. Perfect on the palate, finishes well, not too sweet, not sticky, enough bitterness to clear it down smoothly. Nails this style

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Radek Kliber (7239) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - NOV 8, 2011
Bottle 500 ml
Aroma: mild with rich undertones. Brown sugar, molasses , hint of cola. Gentle light hop accents on top end. Neat. 7+
Appearance: murky (chill haze?) dark amber with light tanned top.
Body , Flavour , Palate and Final Notes: full bodied. Clean, smooth with sweet raisons feel, hint of cola. Restrained very clean hop touch. Very delicate crafting for bigger brew. Brisker hop caramel touches followed. Quiet in style yet your mind begs you to have more. Very nice

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
gilvanblight (821) - Windsor, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 5, 2011
Dark red brown pour very hazy, cant even see through it. Nice thick brown head. Warming malty scent. Thick sweet caramel and bitter dark chocolate in the mouth. Bitterness grows in the finish and is bit mediciny. Balance seems a bit off. Rather pleasant overall. Wouldnt want to drink more then one but the one I have is being enjoyed.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pootzboy (1694) - Hopville, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 5, 2011
500ml bottle. Puts a deep copper colored ale with ruby highlights in the glass. Decent sticky cap laces well. Aroma is online for the style caramel maltiness with some light peat smoke and grassy hopping. Rich mouth feel, malty creamy character. Flavor has big malts in front roasty, caramel, bready-nutty. Light hop balance, some small complexity mid palate long wet malty finish. A really decent scotch ale in the traditional style.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cyrenaica (1126) - Milton, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 3, 2011
500ml bottle
7.0% ABV
I tried this beer on November 3, 2011 after purchasing from one of my local LCBO outlets. The beer poured a translucent dark reddish-brown colour with very little head. The aroma was molasses, caramel, and smoked wood. The mouthfeel was medium bodied with medium carbonation. The flavour was smoke, molasses, and roasted nuts.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
VeloVampire (625) - Parkdale, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 3, 2011
500 ml bottle - pours a clear fox-fur ruddy amber/copper/ruby. Quite the beguiling colour, really. Thin off-white head. Aroma dry cocoa, ovaltine, raisin, plum, hint of booze. Dry, slightly bitter, the flavour doesnt seem to back the promise of the aroma, but is good nonetheless. Skews sweet, but its well-balanced and very drinkable for the strength. A very respectable beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ontbeertaster (2362) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 2, 2011
Bottle, pours a nice reddish colour, taste is very smooth, well balanced, nice offering

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tessic (1077) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 2, 2011
This Scotch ale poured a deep amber colour with a thick, creamy, tan coloured head. To the nose there are scents of ripe fruit, dough, spice and brown sugar. First sip was smooth and creamy with full flavour malt and other flavours of toast and caramel. Finish is rich and almost oily with heavy malt flavours and a slightly bitter hopp finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
robinvboyer (4307) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 2, 2011
Rich dark malts, smoke, and wicked roast. Nice solid bitterness, with some outstanding sweet maltiness, and smoke. The finish is really soft but quite roasty, and as a nice bitter bite. This is an impressive scotch ale!


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