Renaissance Stonecutter Oak

Val and I tried a new place for lunch that looked like it had a really good beer list. When we got there, the service was exceptionally slow and every beer I tried to order, they magically didn’t have. The food was alright at best and they screwed up our order. Needless to say, I’m going to think twice about going back there.


ABV: 7%

Style: Scotch Ale/Wee Heavy

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Nine malts are blended together to produce layers of caramel, toffee, liquorice, chocolate and smoky flavours. These layers are balanced by a tart, raisiny fruitiness that give this dark beer a lingering dry finish.”

Random: Every time we go out to eat, it seems like there is always a problem. I really wanted to like this place because it seemed like one of the few gastropubs in the area and the menu looked great. Alas, it was not meant to be.

This brew poured with half a finger of white head that dissipated quickly. It left no lacing on the glass. The body was a dark, cloudy brown color with no visible carbonation due to the haziness. The nose was strong, filled with peat, smoke and scotch notes. The taste was really nice. I picked up a lot of oak and vanilla up front. Then, peat and smoke came through. Finally, some sweet nuttiness came through at the end up the sip. It had a thick and chewy body with low carbonation. The finish was long with oak and peat. This beer was really nice and the oak aging of the beer really enhanced the flavor. I would definitely have this beer again.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

Renaissance Enlightenment Black The RIPA

Back to work after only one day off. I’m on my new Monday-Friday schedule, so eventually this exhaustion will be worth it. This is a beer that I had last week and know absolutely nothing about. I love beers like that!

Enlightenment The RIPA

ABV: 6.5%

Style: American Black Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Black the RIPA is a Black Rye India Pale Ale [you see what we did there…] style ale. We brew it using a goodly amount of Canterbury pale ale malt as a base to which we add a blend of speciality barley malts. We then ‘Rye it up’ with malted Rye and a selection of exotic Rye speciality malts to yield a beer with great depth, body, and subtle unique flavours. To ‘Blacken’ it we incorporate a special chocolate malt, which is de-husked so it imparts the dark hue without any of the associated burnt and acrid notes of a stout or porter. Next, for the IPA part, we use a generous amount of New Zealand grown hops- both Kiwi and American varieties – throughout the boil and in the hopback. To finish it, and add the last blast of flavour and aroma, we dry hop in the fermenter with another generous blend of Kiwi hops. The result, a dark, flavoursome IPA full of fruit, flower, and citrus with just a hint of earthy spice. Enjoy.”

Random: I haven’t had many beers from New Zealand. I’m glad to be trying another one.

This beer poured with a three finger, thick, tan head that dissipated slowly and left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown with no visible carbonation due to the color. The nose was filled with roasted malts and some pine. The taste was more towards roasted malts and smoke than IPA. There was some spice from the malt and light pine. I checked the bottle and there was no best buy date, but I think it was an old bottle. The body was thick with moderate carbonation. It had a long finish with rye spice and pine. For $11.99 a bottle, it broke down to $.75 per ounce, which was very pricey for a pedestrian beer. I wouldn’t rush back to have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0