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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 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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cybercat (5119) - 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 (14090) - 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. There’s a lot of dark chocolate and coffee. It’s lightly sweet in the finish, but the various bitters balance that out.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
maxwelldeux (4348) - 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 it’s awfully carbonated.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
skortila (5284) - 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 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 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 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 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.

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