Stonecutter Oak
Renaissance Brewing

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Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
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4.08 | pDev: 6.62%
Renaissance Brewing
New Zealand
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Reviews by Bpayne88:
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3.43/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the GABS Festival in Melbourne.

Colour is what I'd describe somewhat non-intuitively as pale dark brown. It has a slight red tone to it in the deep parts. Head is a firm and very fine dusty beige, leaving some partial lacing. No carbonation in the still, solid body. Looks good.

Aroma is awesome: pure oak, or all the classic sweet oak character you can wring out of the oak. Vanilla, earth, wood, coconut: it's bold and big and exceptionally exciting (if all one note).

Light oaky sweetness on the front that develops more into a simple flat, dry wood character. Clean and grainy on the mid-palate that really lacks a little sweetness, with some crisp mild phenolic notes on the back, laced with a touch of pepper. It could be fatter overall, but you get the feeling that it's doing exactly what it wants to be doing.

Really smooth stuff. Despite the apparent lacks, this does a great job at really expressing everything that oak has to express. It ends up being supple and complex as a result. Great stuff.

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Photo of laituegonflable
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the GABS festival in Melbourne.

Pours a deep red colour, clear throughout with beige foamy head. Retains a dense crown; looks balanced and pleasant.

Huge malt character on the nose with a big whiff of oaky coconutty character as well. Huge complexity, with toasty toffee, malt, coconut, cocoa even and a slight roastiness towards the back. Pleasant, sweet smell.

Palate delivers on what the nose promised: sweet, malty, with a slight roasted edge and big coconut oak notes. Smooth, sweet flavours with lots of syrupy substance, but really well handled and balanced for it not to become overwhelming. The oak is lovely.

Maybe a touch of booze, but otherwise a very good body with a good texture.

Lovely drop. Definitely one of the better and most accessible malt bombs out there. Lovely, smooth and drinkable.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours brown with a small head.
Nose shows rich oak characters including vanilla and coconut, while the malt provides chocolate and caramel notes. Really interesting oak characters.
Similar flavours, much the same in terms of coconut-like oak followed by more caramel and chocolate. Carbonation seems a little excessive.
Feels a bit like the base beer can't support this level of oak, but very enjoyable nonetheless.

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Photo of dgilks
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A clear brown colour with a small tan head. Good head retention. THe aroma is full of rich caramelised malts and chocolate. Then the oak hits, fresh and fruity and wonderful. Finally darker fruits. Overall a very nice proposition. The palate is also intense with a big, rich, malty flavour with plenty of oak flavour. Everything is well integrated. A medium full body supports the flavour along with lowish carbonation. A really nice Scotch Ale when I think about it. Lots of character and a god oak-malt balance.

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Photo of ADZA
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got my growler filled at Cellarbrations carlisle and pours a nice burnt copper hue with a creamy three finger head and clingy lacing everywhere,smell is full of aromas of burnt toffee,boozy alcohol,vanilla,brandied cherries,port and oak,mouthfeel is medium bodied and a tad creamy with tastes of burnt toffee,fruity oak,tobacco,caramel booze,a hint of dark fruit and finished bittersweet and warming,overall a nice drop with the Oak making a big presence which helps the character bring a different dimension to an already nice brew and would buy again cheers.

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Photo of Timadae
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Gkruszewski
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sam-VW
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Stonecutter Oak from Renaissance Brewing
Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 9 ratings