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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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
marcus (9133) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 20, 2012
Bottle from Healthy Spirits. Pours black with a tan head that spurted from the bottle and a chocolate aroma. There is a very carbonated dry chocolate and coffee flavor. The chocolate is nice, but the body is a bit thin.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Davros (2782) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUN 11, 2012
Pours pitch black with a fading tan head. Nose shows chocolate, roasted malt, earthy coffee grounds and soft spicy hops. Also a touch of liquorice. Pretty tempting. The same coffee and roasted malt presents itself as flavours, while the chocolate and liquorice seems to have faded. Finishes with a balanced, roasty bitterness. Carbonation seems just a little high.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
imaragingbull (572) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUN 10, 2012
500ml Bottle. Pours opaque brown black with big foamy tan head, well retained and big lace. Aromas of sweet malt, toast, mocha, nuts, honey, oats, grain, chocolate, cream and a light coffee note. Some hop aromas; grass and berry are apparent also, Complex malt body, medium full, warming, sweet deep dark malty roasty sweetness, pitted fruits, mocha, coffee, bitter chocolate and toast. Finishes with the flavours lingering a touch sweet, with bitter chocolate chips and toast lingering. Unfortunately the bottle conditioned yeast gives an unsatisfying bite on the end otherwise - Very satisfying crafty beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WKnight (1) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - MAY 30, 2012 does not count
500ml Bottle From Belair Fine Wine. Great easy pour with expected size head, subtle chocolate flavours, velvety smooth mouthfeel, rich and intense with subtle hops on back palate.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
muffledego (6) - NEW ZEALAND - MAR 1, 2012 does not count
500 ml bottle. I was actually quite disappointed with this, and didn’t feel the creaminess of the oatmeal came out strongly at all. The positives are that the cocoa flavour is rich and carries throughout, but I just found it a bit thin.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheRealMGD (555) - Lakewood, Washington, USA - AUG 7, 2011
On tap @ Galbraith’s and a 500ml bottle from New World, batch 180 (no year on btl). Golden brown pour with a tan head leaving moderate lace. Cocoa nose with a hint of alcohol. Medium body and fine, carbonation. Dark chocolate, oatmeal, toffee and a touch of bourbon with a dry, chocolatey finish. Never overly sweet. An impressive Kiwi stout, will seek out more ales from this BC.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maneliquor (3483) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUL 27, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2012 Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours black with a slight brown tinge on the edges. A small tan head is produced. Although simple, the aroma is chocolate covered raisins. Very nice. Loads of dry cocoa comes through in the taste, backed by dark fruits and more chocolate. Cocoa lingers for ages. Quite full bodied mouth feel. Although this beer is very simple, it has done what it has been set out to do very well - even won the best beer at the AIBA’s. After having a bottle a year old, it has changed nicely. Quite a different beer. Seem to get some whiskey notes on the nose which was nice. Th chocolate was more of a powdery cocoa in the taste than chocolate covered dark fruits as well. Although it was quite oxidised, it tasted great

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