Big Beery Advent Calendar - Beer 17: Renaissance Stonecutter Scotch Ale, 7% (New Zealand)

Each night at 8pm, we'll post a blog about the day's hand-picked beer in our Big Beery Advent Calendar - why we love the brewery, why we've chosen the beer, why we think you'll love it too. Feel free to comment below or have your say on Twitter.

Renaissance says:  "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. Rich, full bodied, warming and moreish."

We say: We could rave on about this beautiful beer for ages but beer writer Matthew Curtis pretty much summed it up in his recent blog for us. It's an ideal beer for these dreary days - pair it with a hearty stew or a roast for the ultimate comfort food.