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Renaissance Craftsman (2009)

Formerly brewed at Renaissance Brewing
Style: Sweet Stout
Blenheim, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 22   MEAN: 3.26/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
Craftsman is our Chocolate oatmeal stout. To brew it we add a proportion of organic oatmeal to the mash for a velvety smooth mouthfeel. and plenty of dark roasted coca nibs to the mash,boil and fermentor. The result is a rich, intense stout with notes of dark chocolate that gradually gives way to a subtle hop finish. With malt, coffee and chocolate flavours, Craftsman pairs well with any dessert, or match it with hearty fare such as venison and beef.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cybercat (4031) - Georgia, USA - SEP 4, 2012
Sample I got fizzed quite a bit, if not volcanically, so have a towel handy. It pours a warm sable with a very thick, fluffy, rather persistent tan head. Rick, smoky aroma has notes of quality coffee, semi-sweet chocolate, caramel and brown sugar with some nutty and earthy hints.. Slightly powdery texture has average body but plenty of fizz, and leaves a chocolaty, earthy finish. Overall, a well-crafted beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
gam (3600) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAY 31, 2010
Large tan head very dark stout carbonation medium aromas rich chocolate the smooth oatmeal caramel and vanilla flavour malt coffee first up good bitter oat meal not so strong as to give a smoothness rich chocolate a thin sort of taste reminding me of some other stouts that have put me off rich but thin tasting the bitter was good at the end in this one

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bluevegie (3067) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 17, 2009
Poured a decent tan head on a black body but it didn’ t last long. Dark chocolate on the nose with a hint of coffee. Taste is more cocoa than chocolate, fairly smooth and easily drinkable, a little bit more body would make it a better oatmeal stout to me.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
chinchill (2997) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 27, 2015
Ratings with a slight adjustment (but certainly not enough) for an old and infected bottle. Unappealing vegetal aroma. Some of this carriers over to the flavor. At least the smooth body is better than average. Actually the flavor is decent if not as good as it should be. Good level of chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
jonno (2345) - JAPAN - FEB 26, 2010
Nose is Nesequick and chocolate syrup - appealing in a nostalgic sense. Falls apart from their. Flat, dank and hard going even for 5%. Really thin and a strange tang to the finish. No carbonation after 5 minutes in the glass. Failed experiment but at least t Renaissance are giving these a go.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 1, 2009
Bottle, pours black with a quickly dissipating bubbly head - quite carnonated. Roast malt on the nose with chocolate and herbal notes. Burnt more than roasted malt on the palate. A dark chocolate flavour, but a strong lingering molasses in the finish. Just doesn’t do it for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
nate2g (1548) - Boomtown!, AUSTRALIA - FEB 26, 2010
Bottle. Pours a flat cola brown with a thin trace of foam that quickly disappeared. Even a vigorous swirl of the glass was to no avail as it brought about no head to speak of...it’s a stubborn one. Sweet aroma of chocolate syrup, nuts and coffeeish notes. The chocolate really dominates the flavour but it’s just overly sweet. It’s surprisingly thin in mouthfeel. Very low bitterness for balance and as evident on the pour the lack of carbonation has stunted this beer big time. Unfortunately it just doesn’t really tick the boxes overall. Bottle courtesy of SorenE...cheers mate!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerledgend (1196) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 7, 2009
Pitch black in colour, no head. Mild coco aroma. Strong coffee flavours. Thin body, but great flavours.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
andrewturba (1190) - Alberta, CANADA - OCT 22, 2013
Pours an opaque very dark brown with large initial tan head that quickly dissolves leaving a thin covering. Aroma is cocoa, coffee, roasted malts, faintly smokey and sweet. Flavour is cocoa, bittersweet, lots of roasted malts, coffee, earthy, moderate bitterness, and a touch dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StevieT (996) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 4, 2013
Pours black with a thin lasting coffee head, very smooth with a mild chocolate flavour. A great beer.

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