Stonecutter | Renaissance Brewing

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3.85/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Renaissance Brewing
New Zealand (Aotearoa)
renaissancebrewing.co.nz

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by VitBAficionado on 02-12-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#15,474
Reviews:
69
Ratings:
128
pDev:
9.61%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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4
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9
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Ratings: 128 |  Reviews: 69
Photo of dave_ackbar
4.19/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This was a gift from a friend, I’ve actually never had a scotch ale before.

The look is a nice mix of amber and brown.
Smell is wonderful, nice smell of the fresh hops.
Taste is nice, a bit of a bite with a tinge of bitterness, but goes down smooth.
Feel is good, a bit warm like other ales.
Overall I’m liking this, may have to try another bottle soon.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.11/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle.

An inch of foam is what I get with a fairly vigorous pour. Does well with the lacing.

Smells on the sweet side. Caramel, toffee, chocolate, other than that, it has a smoky, peaty aroma that a lot of this style seem to embrace.

Taste wise, Smoky, peaty, strong malty sweetness up front with toffee, hints of dark fruit mid palate, chocolate finish. Bitter chocolate.

Great mouthfeel.

A well brewed Scotch Ale but I was hoping for something like MacAndrews Scotch Ale. No go there but this is a very good one.

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Photo of shelby415
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NeoClassicist
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Brolo75
3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500 ml bottle poured into a snifter

A: Pours a dark red, mahogany color, toffee colored, full, creamy head, no retention or lacing, beer is cloudy, hazy, looks full bodied.

A: Big, deep, rich aromas of toffee, caramel, and toasted brown sugar, red licorice, light toasted malts, no alcohol at all on the nose, light smokey peat aroma as well, smells really nice.

T: Loses a lot of complexity and depth compared to the nose, lots of smokey malt flavors coming through, touch of sweet caramel and toffee, hit of smokey malts, light red licorice, finish has more smoky malts lingering in it, it's heavily smoked.

M: Full bodied, low carbonation, slight dry finish.

O: Really enjoyed the aroma but that did not translate into the taste. Lots of smoky malts and peat on the flavor, not balanced at all, smokiest Scotch/Wee Heavy I've ever tasted.

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Photo of PaulSlazinger
2.98/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of josanguapo
3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From Labirratorium. In Teku glass. Watching Los Soprano 5x09. Some caramel, specially in nose, with a significant yet not excessive smokyness and a good dose of neutral hops in the finish.

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Photo of FLBeerGuy
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of schopenhauerale
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of azkkr
4.16/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beginner2
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

This review/rating is based on the second time I've Had Stonecutter. (I'm glad I did.) The first was in Chicago and the bottle had gone bad from age and poor keeping, possibly by the store with lots and lots of sediment. But this second try came fresh from a store when I was in New Zealand. It had a BB date 11 months in the future.... and no sediment. A different and much, much better beer. And there is particular significance in that this ale is brewed in one of NZ's better wine districts.

Stonecutter Looks good, a dark ruby with foam that says "yum." And the Smells are true to the Scots style: mostly malt whose yeast brings in some nice dark, dried fruits. I'm getting those Tastes until about the the third sip when something -- ever so slightly bitter -- comes to me. At any rate, I'd rather than Stonecutter had more sweet than bitter in the end... But then, they grow good hops in NZ... so they should use them.

Would I have Stonecutter a third time? Probably not until I tried some of Renaissance's other darks. (I bet they are interesting, too.)

Roger Protz reviews Stonecutter in his "300 More Beers To Try Before you Die!" and tells Renaissance's very interesting story and links to Scotland. He says it has "an immense aroma of coffee, chocolate, caramel, roasted gran and notes of whiskey, which continues into the palate." (I didn't taste all that, but I can believe it.)

Stonecutter also is reviewed in the "1001 Beers To Taste Before You Die." It should be listed because NZ grows hops and is warmer than Great Britain... so most of what NZ produces are hoppy light ales. But Stonecutter stands out because it is not too hoppy and proves to NZ's burgeoning craft world that you don't have to be hoppy to be good.

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Photo of Howlader
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tdenham
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of risenz
4.36/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Zond
4.58/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Brilliant deep chestnut under a persistent rootbeer float quality light tan head that perches high up over the rim of the glass and leaves ledges of lace.
S: Rich malt, grainy spice, light sweetness.
T: Rich malt flavors that have a malt whiskey character. Starts sweet and then dries out on the finish.
F: Creamy, medium full body, above average carbonation.
O: A little over carbonated but other than that a very nice Scotch Ale.

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Photo of BYOFB
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MikeKSmith
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of SamuelR
3.69/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of flyingpig
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle from Good Spirits Co, Glasgow (£5.80):
Quite a nice first beer from Renaissance Brewing for me, I'm never quite sure about Scotch Ales going in due to the fact that most of the mass-produced Scotch Ales out there are quite poor and loaded with alcohol, at least in my experience anyway but this one was a pleasant beer to sip away at. There was a lot going on, particularly with the smell but the beer had a good balance that stopped it from seeming overly sweet or sickening; good stuff but probably not one I'd be likely to pick up again.

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Photo of MystikCelt
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LoudRed
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 12/1/2014 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a medium brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains brown sugar, caramelized malts, some vanilla, some fruit and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel and vanilla that are quickly followed by a significant smokiness. There are some background flavors of fruit and caramel. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Photo of pkalix
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GregDuB65
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%

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Stonecutter from Renaissance Brewing
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 128 ratings