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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.

markfield81's rating

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 20/20
markfield81 (42) - adamston, - OCT 13, 2013
Chocolate and oatmeal 1st chocolate then oatmeal its a tasty smooth beer think and creamy, black and the ace spades and tasty as tasty.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
chinchill (3117) - 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 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
bgb1991 (130) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 25, 2013
Bitter chocolate and golden syrup aroma. Thin head and minimal lacing, pretty ugly beer actually. For an oatmeal stout it is very thin and watery. Biggest flavour is dry bitter cacao and nothing else. This beer is under the sweet stout category but I only get bitter choclate, which I love. Very average stout needs much more depth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StevieT (1037) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 4, 2013
Pours black with a thin lasting coffee head, very smooth with a mild chocolate flavour. A great beer.

   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
shaunfield (68) - adamstown, AUSTRALIA - OCT 13, 2013
I do like this beer. Very chocolaty taste and a very smooth finish. Would definitely get it again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
daniel0017 (410) - Yukon, CANADA - NOV 13, 2012
complex aroma consisting of cocoa, coffee, nuts, hops and hickory. pours jet black with thick beige head and nice lacing. flavor isn? t as sweet as expected with but with intense notes of cocoa, vanilla and roasted malts. finish is indeed smooth and dry, with medium lasting bitterness. It remains true to style without much carbonation and an uncharacteristically low alcohol percentage by volume. a lovely stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cybercat (4078) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ndon (857) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 28, 2010
Bottle from the Dockyard, Newcastle. Amazing beer, nice and thick, with a fantastic chocolate aroma, and a sweet velvety chocolate taste that lingers. Extremely enjoyable beer here.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jade (423) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 9, 2010
Lovely dark colouring with a coffee coloured ring. Very strong chocolate aroma. Taste of roasted coffee and chocolate and a bitter after taste - I like it.

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