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Stonecutter - Renaissance Brewing

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BA SCORE
86
very good

100 Ratings
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Ratings: 100
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 9.64%
Wants: 6
Gots: 5 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Renaissance Brewing visit their website
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: VitBAficionado on 02-12-2008)
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Photo of Petegrieco
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Petegrieco, Oct 18, 2014
Photo of seedyone
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

From bottle at Home. WOW! This is a big, impressive beer.

Deep bronze/copper colored liquid topped with a floating island of thick rich foam filled my glass.

The malty aroma manages to get through the one inch head. Super flavors of the malts reach out and nearly drag you in & then leave you with a slight peaty after taste. Up on the sweetness but not overbearingly so. No bite & no bitter.

The texture matches the appearance. Rich & lux.

Stonecutter, I welcome you. You're a long way from NZ & I'm truly glad you made the trip.

Without a doubt I will be watching for some of the other offerings from Renaissance Brewing.

Just saw the "type" listing: "wee heavy"? There's naught wee here, IMO.

seedyone, Oct 06, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Bonsall_Phil, Oct 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

t2grogan, Oct 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

JoeMans, Sep 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

yifany, Aug 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

ThirstyDutchman, Jul 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

DannyBaldoni, Jun 18, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

RHB33, Jun 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Akshay, Jun 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

CA_Jim, Jun 06, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

mc4z, May 30, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Latarnik, May 28, 2014
Photo of nztayls
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very dark brown with touches of red. A medium mocha head forms, though this quickly dissipates leaving some foam around the edge of the glass.

S - Sweet toffee smell, some very faint peaked-malt aroma. Little to no hop aroma.

T - Sweet toffee malt notes with a very subtle but noticeable peaked malt undertone that immediately takes me back to thoughts of Laphroig Malt Whisky. Very little bitterness

M - Soft medium-body mouthfeel.

O - This is a very drinkable Scottish Ale that has just enough peaked malt to be noticeable - without being overbearing. A great drink to have on a cold winter night when the rain is beating down on the roof.

nztayls, Apr 16, 2014
Photo of mdagnew
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle bought online from Beermerchants.com

Poured a crystal clear coppery russet colour. Light tan head poured tight, thick and foamy then faded to decent wispy covering with thick edging... light carbonation drifts slowly to the surface... some patchy lacing lines...

Aroma - Roasted caramel malts, dried and alcohol soaked dark fruits (raisins, dates, figs and some sour apples), burnt nuttiness, light peaty smoke, vanilla, earthy notes, quite spicy and peppery, some oaky / scotch / rum traces, floral honey...

Taste – Lots of strong toffee malts, brown sugar / treacle sweetness, lots of peppery spiciness, (over?) ripe fruit - dates, figs, some banana. Faint smokiness, toasted bread, toffee apples, definite scotch alcohol notes coming through, very light grassy hop bitterness, nutty...

Feel - Very smooth and creamy... medium bodied... a pretty quaffable brew even at 7% although you never forget that the alcohol is there...

Overall - An excellent example of a wee heavy... perfect for a cold winters evening... recommended...

mdagnew, Mar 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

MikeCactusGordon, Mar 03, 2014
Photo of LampertLand
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Renaissance Brewing 'Stonecutter Scotch Ale' @ 7.3% , served from a couple of 500 ml bottles purchased for $6 each

A-pour is a dark cola brown from the bottle to glass with a medium size tan head leaving a sticky lace along the pint

S-lots of roasted malts , caramel , toffee , chocolate

T-sweet tart start , gives way to dry lingering finish

MF-ok/good carbonation , full body

Ov-good beer , lots of complexity

prost LampertLand

LampertLand, Feb 17, 2014
Photo of chinchill
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle (7%) with a BB date of 10/2014 served in a stemmed tulip glass in Ohakune, NZ

Pours clear, deep reddish-amber color with a creamy and durable light brown head. Excellent lacing.

Aroma: Sweet malts, caramel, medium roasted malts and hints of wood, dark fruits.

Flavor: unexpectedly smokey, given that this didn’t show in the nose. The peat smoke is fairly well matched by the complex malt blend. Hints of licorice, toffee, raisins and dates.

Feel: smooth, medium-full body. Excellent soft carbonation.

O: a hearty recommendation.

chinchill, Jan 16, 2014
Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my buddy Mike for bringing this over last night, along with Renaissance's porter offering. These brews from antipodean climes kept catching my eye on the shelf but I never did pull the trigger and bring them home. Not sure if it was the rather fanciful labels or some other off-putting factor (or perhaps I am still suffering from a form of brain lock after spending much of the holiday season (unsuccessfully) searching for Lagunitas Sucks ... Yes, I live in Calgary, not where the craft beer falls from the sky like manna ... The homeless people in Cali probably drink more Sucks than I ever will), but it turns out I will probably still be buying them after all ... The Scotch ale exemplar reviewed here was poured into a pint glass, a nice coppery reddish-brown with a moderate degree of carbonation, sufficient to form about an inch of whitish head. Rich yet mellow aroma of toffee, dried dark fruit, and nondescript nuts greets the drinker, and a taste reveals much the same sensory experience. Is that a hint of citrus on the nose as well? Just a hint. Almost anything brewed in NZ has a little of that "twangy" hop aroma. There is some of the sour peaty smoke that you get with some authentic takes on this style but its relatively restrained and refined here, a background percept rather than a key player. Instead the sweet flavors are front and center, slightly salty burnt caramel, treacle toffee, prunes, hints of rum, and walnuts along with a little sour apple to provide additional seasoning. Moderately heavy body but smooth and creamy and remains quite drinkable in spite of the sweetness. The flavor components hang together well and there is only a little booziness. Few obvious hop flavors as per the style but there is enough of an earthy bucolic weedy character to cut some of the sweetness and provide added complexity. Well-crafted, super tasty Scotch ale weighted towards the sweet and nutty rather than the sour and smoky.

CalgaryFMC, Dec 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

KStark, Dec 23, 2013
Photo of FLima
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Brown reddish color with a huge thick beige head that would not go away.
Fruity aroma with notes of hay, smoked malts, caramels and plums.
Superb flavor with notes of peat, smoked malts, prunes, toffee, raisins soaked in rum, cocoa powder, figs, spices, earthy hops and licorice.
Full body with good carbonation which is a bit effervescent.
Very interesting and original beer, a Smoked Scotch ale with good complexity.

FLima, Dec 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

FadetoBock, Oct 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Jamestregenza, Oct 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

pin, Sep 22, 2013
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Stonecutter from Renaissance Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.