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Renaissance Craftsman (2012)

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Brewed by Renaissance Brewing
Style: Sweet Stout
Blenheim, New Zealand

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RATINGS: 88   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jtclockwork (8461) - , New Jersey, USA - AUG 8, 2014
Bottle. Pours dark brown with tan head. Nose/taste of toasted oats, roast chocolate, earthy roast coffee and cocoa nib. Medium body.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
tone_leggett (7) - - MAR 31, 2014 does not count
liquid dark chocolate beer, amazing taste, smell the chocolate from the minute you open the bottle. Many others have tried the chocolate beer before, this one succeeds where all others have failed.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sm89walt (1758) - Northern Beaches, Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 25, 2014
Rating #1700. Keg - Pomeroy’s, Christchurch. Poured with a small, creamy, lacing and lasting tan head atop a near opaque dark brown body. Coffee, dark chocolate and roasted malt characters on the nose. Slightly creamy on the palate with chocolate flavours but firmed by a medium-toned effervescence and a delicate tangy dark fruit component on the back end. Medium in body with a lengthy finish that is dry and malty of rich dark choc and coffee influence. Wonderful intensity and clean - not at all powdery like some chocolate stouts can be. The chocolate characters are endearing and moreish but balanced and bitter enough to not seem excessive. About as decadent a beer as you’ll find at <5%.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
onceblind (4112) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 23, 2014
Had the bottle at a party, so, not sure of the year but based on the quantity of rating, I wager it was 2012. Black pour under a generous rocky light tan head. The aroma, weirdly, is a bit chocolaty and like soy sauce at the same time. There’s a bit too much carbonation but there’s a nice big flavorful body. Unfortunately, that soy sauce tone is present, but also with a semisweet chocolaty earthy flavor. Kinda all over the place.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mabel (5805) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 20, 2014
[5371-20130520] 500mL bottle. Dark fruity malt aroma. Black brown body with a quick foamy tan head. Sweet chocolate malt roast flavour. Full body. Really interesting but super chocolaty -- Never thought I could say that. (7/3/7/3/15) 3.5

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (16788) - Malmö, SWEDEN - FEB 2, 2014
Bottle @ yespr. Pours a black color with a longlasting tan head. Has a roasted malty chocolate aroma with hints of coffee. Roasted malty sweetish chocolate and caramel flavor with hints of coffee. Has a roasted malty sweetish chocolate finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
k0mpsa (1158) - Järvenpää, FINLAND - FEB 2, 2014
Bottle at misceo, christchurch. Black color, brown head. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, roasty. Taste is similar. But nicely done low alcohol stout.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
brnandersen (1933) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 13, 2014
Sample from 500 ml. bottle. Pitch black with a fluffy, tanned head. Roasted aroma with chocolate, caramel, coffee and vanilla. Taste is lightly bitter. Medium body with a creamy texture and a soft carbonation. Finishes roasted with chocolate, hops and coffee. Neat stout with a lower abv. - very nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joergen (20861) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 12, 2014
Bottle at yespr. Black coloured with a huge beige head. Roasted aroma of hay, dark chocolate and licorice powder. Roasted flavour of caramel, dark chocolate and licorice with notes of cocoa powder. Roasted finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Desverger (2121) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 12, 2014
Bottle - pours black with a thin tan head. Aroma and taste of roasted malts, oaty, caramel, coffee,chocolate, vanilla, faint hoppy undertones. Nice!


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