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Stonecutter - Renaissance Brewing

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BA SCORE
86
very good

92 Ratings
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Ratings: 92
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 9.92%
Wants: 7
Gots: 3 | 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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CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2013 18:10:00 | More by CalgaryFMC
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CanuckRover

Ontario (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours near-black red... at the right angle it's a dark, dark, dark, garnet. My bottle gives off a massive, rocky, rollicking, mocha head, that puffs up out of my Duvel tulip. Lacings are thick and sticky, like an icecream float.

I don't like Scotch in the least, so the aroma of this actually has me worried. Refined, comforting smoke, like from a wood-burning stove. A bit of alcohol lingering behind the smokey malt. Actually had to check the bottle again to make sure this didn't have a shot or two in it.

Just a masterwork in malt blending. Smooth up front, ripe red fruit gradually melds with sweet toffee, which gives way to chocolate covered cherries. Smokey finish with just the slightest bitterness, not acrid in the least.

Mouthfeel is pretty much spot on, at times I think a touch too much carbonation, but I'm being nitpicky.

A brilliant go at the style. A must try for malt fiends.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2012 23:45:12 | More by CanuckRover
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TheHammer

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Who controls the British crown? Who keeps the metric system down? I really expected to see that Stonecutter double claw hammer for this beer as the label. Oh well.

Appearance: Solid two fingers of head that produced decent lace and retained very well. The body is a dark ruby color whose body boasts steady carbonation but quite a bit of fine sediment as well.

Smell: There is a lot there but it's subdued. Warming really is a must here. A powerful thick caramel malt dominates the nose with dates, berries, walnuts and tea with a note of smoke.

Taste: Rich caramel malt with fruity berries and dates that give way to a somewhat overly powerful smokey roasted chestnut taste with a touch of plum and raisins. The smoke consistently stays around as a kick of rather bitter tea and slightly peaty hops finishes it off.

Mouthfeel: It does start to cloy a bit on the back of the tongue after a while, and the bitter hit at the end doesn't know when to leave. Sweet malt burps and nice carbonation and nice, almost sweeping transitions offer a good tradeoff though.

Drinkability: The cloying needs to go, and while it's left me burping, the after effects are pleasant. It's medium bodied so I wouldn't pack it away all night, but certain a good jumping off point or finishing touch. I can really see this going well with lamb.

Final Thoughts: Who keeps Atlantis off the maps? I'll stop, but much like this line of the song, this beer is surprisingly off the map it would seem, which is a shame because it is quite good. It's certainly not one of my top beers, but it's pretty solid all around. Good job New Zealand, I really hope this beer wasn't brewed to make me crave New Zealand lamb though.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2012 02:31:19 | More by TheHammer
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FadetoBock

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +4.4%

10-30-2013 05:31:41 | More by FadetoBock
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Bobhoya

Arizona

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

05-08-2012 14:45:05 | More by Bobhoya
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BBP

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish chesnut hue with a head and carbonation that doesn't give up. Some light lacing enhances the already solid appearance.

The aroma is fruity and malty at the same time. There's about half malt character and half seems to smell like apple and raisin.

The flavor seems fairly close to the aroma. The only addition I'd make is that the malt is far more dominant in the flavor especially in the aftertaste. The peat and spicy hops nearly bury the fruitiness in no time.

The mouthfeel is a bit light, but considerably full. Carbonation is very gentle and somewhat in the background. The finish is moderately dry and moderately sticky.

Overall, this beer exceeded my expectations a little. I thought a light Scotch Ale could very well be an accident waiting to happen, but this provides enough flavor to not let you down. I wish it did have a bit more intensity, but for a 7% beer it does alright. The fruitiness was also quite interesting. I'd recommend checking it out.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2011 02:36:01 | More by BBP
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mungus

Australia

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

06-12-2013 03:15:09 | More by mungus
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WeedKing4

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark reddish amber with a decent amount of head. Tastes of toffee, slight caramal and a heavy malt backbone. Interesting flavour up front, but it could use a little more on the finish. Drinks pretty smooth overall though, and there is no hint of the 7%. Interesting scotch ale.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 02:23:28 | More by WeedKing4
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jsnoek

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +4.4%

11-23-2011 05:45:38 | More by jsnoek
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mintjellie

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mahogany brown and murky looking. Definitely unfiltered. Stonecutter is topped by a massive, retentive, and lacy pale tan head. Mild, pleasant aroma of freshly baked shortbread cookies, brown sugar, and raisins. Sweet and malty up front with notes of biscuit and treacle toffee. Raisin, plum, and faint hints of cacao in the midpalate. Finishes with a mild bitterness and light alcohol warmth. Raisin comes back in the burp. Medium-full body, medium carbonation. Could use a bit more heft. Nice beer to curl up with after a long day of classes, on the rare night I'm homework free.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 04:06:59 | More by mintjellie
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GodOfBeer

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky brown-amber with a thin off-white head, some slight lacing.

Smells of caramel, chocolate, roasted malts, a sweet berry-like character and some nuttiness to top it off. Interesting.

Tastes of sweet, dark fruits upfront, caramel, toffee, chocolate, finishes nutty with a nice bitterness derived from the hops. Very complex.

Somewhat of a thin mouthfeel, not as thick as I was expecting, but overall still a wonderful beer!

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 01:28:46 | More by GodOfBeer
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bryehn

Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, copper-amber colour with a medium tan head. Good retention, minor lacing.

The aroma is fantastic. Dates, wood, a slight smoky texture and caramel. Notes of berries and nuts too.

Hearty, woody taste, with nuts and milk chocolate rounding out the body. The finish is dry.

Full-bodied with a low carbonation, bread and syrup qualities on the tongue. Finish has a cigar smoke character.

Very nice sipping beer, will try again if I come across it.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2012 05:44:42 | More by bryehn
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BeerNemesis

New York

3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stonecutter | 500 ml. | 7.0% ABV | Q4 2010

Brewer: Renaissance Brewing
Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
Glass: Pint glass

|---<~>---| APPEARANCE |:
It pours clear maroon with a lackluster head.

|---<~>---| AROMA |:
Thick and rich, roasted malts predominate, backed by a chocolate powder and dark fruit scent.

|---<~>---| TASTE |:
A roasted malt base--toasted grains, caramel, and hints of chocolate come through--sits under a thin layer of jelly preserve--plum or cherry, plump raisins, and a sprinkling of dry spices. Hops are light, provided only the slightest edge of bitterness.

|---<~>---| MOUTHFEEL |:
Medium-bodied and crisp. It has a balanced feel in the mouth.

|---<~>---| HARMONY |:
It's quite enjoyable as a sipping beer. It's chalky sweetness is nicely balanced with bitterer flavors and the aftertaste is pleasing.

Would I get it again?:
No. It's fine, but I've had better Scotch Ales.

Bottled: ?
Served: January 31, 2011

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2011 22:04:19 | More by BeerNemesis
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Rwalford74

Australia

4/5  rDev +4.4%

08-16-2013 10:57:41 | More by Rwalford74
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TubaManJack

Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A 500ml bottle into a tight necked glass.
Appearance- A dark caramel brown, slight amber highlights. A nice 1/2` creamy retaining head. Slight carbonation. Appropriately limited lacing, keeping the brew for drinking and not stranded on the sides of my glass.
Smell- A real strong malt nose. There is some peat and sweet fruit notes. Maybe the slightest spice from hops.
Taste- A real strong malt body and slight caramel notes. A end note of dark cocoa and slightly sweet dates. However mostly exuded a roasted flavor.
Mouthfeel- Initially a medium bodied brew that began thick and somewhat chewy towards the end as it warms. The carbonation is appropriate. The ABV is warming and slightly present in the background.
Drinkability- Very Nice, however 500ml was perfect for me. This beer stacks up very well against the Belhaven Lines and other Wee Heavy beers.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2009 03:00:18 | More by TubaManJack
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TubbyDullard

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +4.4%

12-01-2012 21:02:35 | More by TubbyDullard
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mcss

New York

3/5  rDev -21.7%

06-25-2012 19:40:29 | More by mcss
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WeissBoy

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

01-03-2012 06:34:18 | More by WeissBoy
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bonez05404

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -47.8%

06-22-2012 14:40:49 | More by bonez05404
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MattyV

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Didn't realize this was from NZ until I logged on to post this review... cool.

Pours a very deep copper/ruby/amber colour with great clarity. Small soapy, light beige head. Rich, malty, complex aroma of toffee, nuts, bread, and a lovely bit of tobacco/smokiness. Taste very much follows the nose, but with a more pronounced roasted malt character. ABV hidden very well. Not light-bodied in anyway, but is not as heavy as expected. A great example of the style IMO, and a style that seems to grow on me more with every beer I try.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2011 18:37:10 | More by MattyV
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falcon1

Ohio

4/5  rDev +4.4%

12-02-2011 01:34:53 | More by falcon1
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BGDrock

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: huge effervescence; dull red/brown like strawberry juice; cloudy and almost opaque

Aroma: sweet caramel malts; fruity; mild

Taste & Mouthfeel: starts with roasted malt and hints of coffee, and finishes with a smokiness that is balanced by very dry, hoppy bitterness; the smokey flavour is assertive, bringing to mind a single malt - even feels like the peat is there; smooth, with a medium body; dark caramel flavour comes through as it warms

Overall: love the smokey touch and interesting malt flavours, but the finish is almost too dry; makes you want to be sitting in a dark, rustic pub by the fire

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2012 02:33:42 | More by BGDrock
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irishevans

Alaska

3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- pours a dark ruby/brown, lets a good amount of light through when held up to it. the head foams up to a dark tan, but quickly dissolves into nothing, and leaves NO lace at all.

N- LOTS of caramel, toffee, and licorice. there is also a faint berry fruitiness to it.

T- Heavy licorice and caramel flavors. there is a hint of the berry taste toward the middle of the mouthful, and a hint of alcohol also that seems strongest on the finish.

M- Very smooth and malty. just what one would expect from a wee-heavy.

D- doesn't hide it's "7%"(right Andy?) very well, not a session ale, but none the less a good winter warmer.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2010 12:57:38 | More by irishevans
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RHB33

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

06-17-2014 20:18:24 | More by RHB33
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sonorb7

Australia

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

01-07-2013 12:57:13 | More by sonorb7
Stonecutter from Renaissance Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.