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Renaissance Craftsman (2009)

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


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RATINGS: 12   MEAN: 3.26/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beer4eternity (225) - Tauranga, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 12, 2010
500ml bottle. Black hue with average sized tan frothy head which quickly and fully diminished, would have given a 5/5 for appearance if the head didnít disappear so quickly. Wonderful heavy dark chocolate coffee and toasted malt aromas. Taste is moderately chocolaty sweet , finishing with a touch of burnt coffee and dark Ghana bitterness. Medium body, smooth, slightly chalky feel, soft carbonation. It seems I liked this a lot more than most, each to their own I guess. Perhaps my previous good experiences with Renaissance beers have made me a little biased?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bluevegie (3071) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 17, 2009
Poured a decent tan head on a black body but it didní 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 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Demise (57) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 25, 2009
Pours black with thin tan head which disappears very quickly. Dark, roasted malt aromas along with dark, cocoa-y chocolate. Tastes very dark too - black malt and rich cocoa flavours, with a pleasant - like cacao beans. The body is a little on the watery side, but this works very well to balance the rich and bitter flavours.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
creative_free (37) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 3, 2010
Bottle: Nice aroma of chocolate but not overly strong. Appearance is nice, pitch black with a nice head which unfortunately disappeared quite quickly which lets it down. Sweet taste with lots of chocolate which seems to diminish as I get to the bottom of the glass. I found the palate to be a bit thin and watery. Overall is enjoyable and easily drinkable but not really my thing.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
chinchill (4337) - 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 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 doesnít do it for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
crabbey (17) - NEW ZEALAND - MAR 1, 2010
Pours bark brown, head diminished almost immediately. Nose is of dark molten chocolate, quite appealing. Body is quite thin, I expected more. Flavour is of more chocolate, cocoa, subtle roastiness, and low bitterness. Nice enough beer, but I did expect a bit more.

   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...itís a stubborn one. Sweet aroma of chocolate syrup, nuts and coffeeish notes. The chocolate really dominates the flavour but itís just overly sweet. Itís 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 doesnít really tick the boxes overall. Bottle courtesy of SorenE...cheers mate!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
gam (3909) - 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

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