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Renaissance Craftsman (2012)

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


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RATINGS: 78   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   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 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ferris (9806) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 13, 2014
Bottle - Vintage 2012 - Bittersweet chocolate and roast. Deep jet brown with a decent light brown head. Bittersweet chocolate and roast with a long light bitter coffee finish. Rich and decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jtclockwork (12133) - , 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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
tone_leggett (14) - - MAR 31, 2014
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2015 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. Had it a 2nd time, this batch was not nearly as flavorsome and was over carbonated.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
onceblind (6379) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mabel (8014) - 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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sulawang (836) - British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 28, 2013
Visual: "Winner of the Australian International Beer Award 2011 Champion Stout". Pours super dark brown with barely any head, very thin ringed retention, some activity on the surface. Nose: Very deep roasted coffee and liquid chocolate. (10)-aromatic strength. Attack: deep richness, syrupy mouthfeel Mid-palate: (6)-sweetness, (MAIN) mocha, vanilla, roasted coffee, malts, cola Finish: light alcohol, malty-roasted bitter finish. Summary: A very nice balance of bittersweet flavours. Decent body but more creaminess and a bit thicker mouthfeel would’ve made this super awesome. (Note: numbers above are on a 10-point weak-strong scale)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pintbypint (3152) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 27, 2013
500ml brown bottle. Black pour, low sitting creamy tan head. Nose has rich cocoa/chocolate, coffee and vanilla. Taste has vanilla, coffee grounds, chocolate. Finish has roast, and lots of lingering cocoa and bitter coffee. Body is light and carbonation mild. Overall, a good beer, but would have liked a bit more mouthfeel. Coffee and cocoa notes were nice though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Gerbeer (2685) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 22, 2013
500 ml bottle. Pours an almost opaque dark brown with moderate head of big tan bubbles that dissipate quickly. Aroma of heavily roasted malts, brownies, and dusty dry cocoa. Flavors of bitter chocolate, black coffee, and roasted malts. Light, acidic, and overly carbonated. Sweet? I don’t think so.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
CapFlu (4959) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 15, 2013
500ml bottle purchased from Spinnakers Liquor Store in James Bay. Large brown frothy head with an opaque body. Nose of nutty malt and tonic water. Flavour is thin and metallic, some roastiness but overall lacking complexity. Below average.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DuffMan (8628) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 19, 2013
Bottle, shared with my wife. Dark brown with a frothy light brown head. Malty aroma, roasty and bready, Chocolate liqueur. Roasty malt and fudgey chocolate palate, nice and full-bodied for a lower ABV stout. Very good.

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