daniel0017 (327) - Yukon, - NOV 13, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Cybercat (2452) - Georgia, USA - SEP 4, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
ndon (857) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 28, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
Jade (380) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 9, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Threepwood (107) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 19, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Lovely dark black into the glass, nicely carbonated to style with a light tan head that fades to a thin covering. Chocolate is there in the aroma but not overbearing, I think Iíve got it a little cold. Some upfront sweetness, chocolate, caramel and some bitterness in the finish. The oatmeal makes this beer in my opinion, itís just fantastically smooth and so easy to drink. Iíd like to see this push a bit more on the chocolate. Another great beer from a brewer/brewery that consistently impresses me.
gam (2662) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAY 31, 2010
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
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
crabbey (16) - NEW ZEALAND - MAR 1, 2010
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
jonno (2001) - JAPAN - FEB 26, 2010
2.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
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.
nate2g (1548) - Boomtown! / Waikato, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 26, 2010
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
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!
beer4eternity (198) - Tauranga, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 12, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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?