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Renaissance Craftsman (2011)

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


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RATINGS: 17   MEAN: 3.65/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
alexsdad06 (9137) - Ohio, USA - JUN 4, 2016
500 ml bottle from the Party Source at home. Pours a dark brown color with reddish highlights and a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have roasted malts, chocolate, oatmeal sweetness, thin, shows some age, ok but I wouldnít buy this again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nathan30533 (1018) - Clifton, Ohio, USA - NOV 7, 2015
Chocolate and tasty brew. This one looks dark but is very balanced and enjoyable for a chocolate oatmeal stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
DuffMan (9593) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 22, 2015
Clearly this must be an older bottle! Medium-dark brown body, copper highlights, lively tan head. Chocolate and bitter roast, somewhat hard mouthfeel, lively carbo. A bit on the thin side. Iím sure time has not served this beer well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
skortila (5339) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - JAN 27, 2014
Bottled. New Zealand holiday 2011-12. Old notes. The aroma has cacao, chocolate, roast, hint of coffee. Black coloured beer with athin, off-white head. The taste islight-moderate bitter, chocolate, roast. Nice, smooth and full bodied mouthfeel. Some carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Spab (3438) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 2, 2012
500 ml bottle from LCBO. Pours an oily dark brown with modest-sized light brown head. Aroma is dark roasty chocolate, coffee and nuts. Flavour is lots of roasty, dark cocoa, earthy coffee character and light nuts and fruit. A bit dry in the finish. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bb (8557) - Alamo, California, USA - OCT 29, 2012
Bottle. Black beer with a brown head. Roast and light coffee aroma with light chocolate. Malt and light caramel flavor with chocolate. Medium bodied. Chocolate and light caramel lingers with light earthiness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
chris__hartley (408) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 28, 2012
It pours burnt coffee and almost opaque; the head is tan and soapy. The aroma has notes of: soy sauce, milk-chocolate, oatmeal, and star anise (faint). The taste is light umami and finishes light bitter; there are notes of: soy sauce, espresso, oats, and bitter cacao. The palate is medium-light, watery, very little carbonation, and a medium finish. Overall, itís tasty, but really lacks booty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
maxwelldeux (4351) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - OCT 5, 2012
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown with a ridiculously thick tan head. Lots of chocolatey maltiness to the nose on this one. Nice and chocolate notes to the taste, too, though itís awfully carbonated.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cybercat (5170) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (14167) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 20, 2012
Bottle shared by Marcus. Pours very dark brown/black with a fizzy, but substantial, dark tan head that went down rapidly. Aroma is carbon dioxide and chocolate. Med minus body. Flavor is reminding me of a cookie of some sort. Thereís a lot of dark chocolate and coffee. Itís lightly sweet in the finish, but the various bitters balance that out.

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