Renaissance Stonecutter Scotch Ale
What to expect:
Gentle smoke, dried fruit, toffee
A legendary presence in the New Zealand scene and amazing to see it in the Top 30 as the Blenheim brewery reasserts itself after nearly going under a couple of years ago. Scotch Ale – as the name suggests – evolved in Scotland and to an extent riffs off that other great Scottish beverage, whisky. The first thing to note is just how pretty this presents in the glass with its rich mahogany glow. The mouthfeel is lush and embracing. A gentle smokiness from peated malt wafts through the sweeter malts that deliver flavours of dried fruit, candied orange, just-burnt toffee and banana bread. The smokiness builds over time, meshing with some alcohol heat to deliver an incredibly satisfying and complex drinking experience.
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Slight smokiness and sweet malts can handle rich and spiced food alike. Try it with Moroccan-spiced butterflied lamb.