Enlightenment | Renaissance Brewing

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Brewed by:
Renaissance Brewing
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by lacqueredmouse on 07-08-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by dgilks:
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3.43/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear mahogany colour with a small tan head. Poor head retention.

Slightly spicy, light toffee malt aroma. Touches of fruit and an almost vinous note.

Light malt with a sharp, caramelised edge. Touches of rye spice. Good earthiness. Balanced.

Medium light body with moderate carbonation. Fine.

A decent beer but nothing special. Well balanced.

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Photo of pin
2.5/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of enm
2.75/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of laituegonflable
3.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brownish-amber colour, clear body, beige foamy head. Doesn't retain very well, but not bad overall.

Smells quite boozey. Malty-sweet with caramel touch and some English toffee. Oak notes combined with a whiff of whiskey. Bit heavy, although all the right characters are there.

Taste is still sweet - malty with caramel toffee notes and a slight hint of banana. Subtle oak notes towards the back and a bit of a scotch whiskey character but decently subdued compared to the aroma. It's still there in flavour but more subtle and palatable.

Feels a bit flat and untextured. Body is OK though.

Flavour bomb, but more on the boozey side than the malty side. Doesn't really do much for me.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.64/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This they term a 70/- beer double oaked with added rye. I believe, strength-wise, this should actually be an 80/- (other 70 shilling beers weight in only around 3.5%), but with the extra oaking and rye, I guess it's worth taking the style with a grain of salt. Tried on-tap at the GABS festival in Melbourne 2013.

Pours a brassy, deep copper coloured brown, very clear in the body, light and smooth. Head is off-white, forming a fine ring around the edge of the glass that leaves copies of itself in lace as it goes down. Carbonation is fine.

Nose is toasty to begin with, with some phenolic characters sitting above a rather syrupy sweetness. Slight medicine characters and a sharp bolt of whisky. There's a slightly tart metallic character to it as well. It's all a little light, but the characters are interesting.

Light, smooth oak on the front of the palate with a clean toffee and malt character, turning toasty with a touch of char. It drops away pretty quickly however, leaving the mid-to-late palate feeling a little flat, dry and light, with a reminscence of apple. On the finish is a hint of the whisky from the nose and a touch of slightly peaty smoke.

Feel is very light, which is probably intentional for the style: but the characters could use more.

Overall, it's pretty drinkable. For under 5%, there's some interesting characters there, and it's certainly something I'd be happy to drink.

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Photo of dansmcd
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of ADZA
3.72/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

It's sub name is scotch on rye it's malty brewed with rye,wheat and oats then left to age on oak and pours a very hazy bronze hue with a one finger cappuccino looking head that hangs around and leaves just a edging of lacing around the rim,the smell is spicy rye,Italian salami,sweet caramel,strong butterscotch and oak lingering in the background,the mouthfeel is light bodied and overcarbonated but given the light ABV maybe that was their aim as its very sessionable with tastes if butterscotch,Yorkshire pudding,spicy rye,sweet sweet caramel and finished sweetbittersweet and to be honest even though its abit exxy it is what they intend it to be and even though its nothing out of this world if it was cheaper I'd drink this as my new winter session brew,tasty but don't expect to hear angels sing cheers.

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Enlightenment from Renaissance Brewing
Beer rating: 3.3 out of 5 with 7 ratings
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