Stonecutter - Renaissance Brewing
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New Zealand (Aotearoa)
4.09/5 rDev +6.8%
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.
04-16-2014 08:06:26 | More by nztayls
United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)
4.38/5 rDev +14.4%
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...
03-23-2014 19:08:32 | More by mdagnew
British Columbia (Canada)
4/5 rDev +4.4%
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
02-17-2014 19:38:13 | More by LampertLand
4.03/5 rDev +5.2%
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.
01-16-2014 01:25:22 | More by chinchill
4.1/5 rDev +7%
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.
12-30-2013 18:10:00 | More by CalgaryFMC
4.05/5 rDev +5.7%
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.
12-18-2013 13:24:32 | More by FLima
3.74/5 rDev -2.3%
Poured from 16.9oz bottle into Chimay goblet.
A - Hazy, medium to dark brown pour with thick, highly-laced, souffle-like head.
S - Peaty malt, funky yeast, bread, toffee, raisins.
T - Rum raisin, toffee notes, smoke and peat.
M - Smooth, rich, but not cloying. Thins on the palate to a dry finish.
More complex than many of the scotch ales. An interesting and intriguing beer overall. Not the best, but worth trying.
09-14-2013 18:13:20 | More by REDAMI
Stonecutter from Renaissance Brewing
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