Monday, November 28, 2011

Renaissance Brewing Company Stonecutter Scotch Ale

7% ABV

"500ml Bottle, On Tap, 7%Multi award winning Stonecutter Scotch Ale is the big, hearty, ‘red wine’ of our range. The Scotch Ale style is believed to have originated in Edinburgh in the 18th century and is colloquially known as "wee heavy" due to its higher strength than its paler siblings. We use nine malts blended together to produce layers of caramel, toffee, liquorice, chocolate and roasty flavours. These layers are balanced by a tart, raisiny fruitiness that gradually gives way to give this dark beer a lingering dry finish."

THE POUR

This ale pours a dark copper colour with a half finger white head and decent head retention.

THE AROMA

The aroma is sweet malt with dark fruit and maybe a hint of toffee/candy.

THE TASTE

The taste is very balanced with dark fruit, malt, caramel and a nice hop profile to finish. This is very full bodied with a thick mouth feel. The carbonation is very fine and the alcohol is hidden very well.

OVERALL IMPRESSIONS

This Wee heavy is very well done! Although I no not taste the Liquorice or chocolate that is stated on the bottle it is a very nice ale. The balance of malts, fruit, and a nice hop finish makes this ale a must to try. I am sure this would be excellent on cask. I would rate this a 8 out of 10.

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