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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
stantheman (825) - British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 28, 2013
A 500 ml bomber from Central City Liquor Store in Surrey. Black in color with generous tan head. Chocolate on the nose. Flavors of chocolate and coffee, with a bit of hop note on the back end. Quite nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gnoff (9283) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - AUG 26, 2013
Draught at Beer DeLuxe, Melbourne, on July 30, 2013.
I’m guessing it was the 2012, it stated 4.9% ABV anyhow.
$10 for a small pour, not cheap.
Black color with hints of dark brown, brown head. Cocoa, chocolate, smooth, a bit sweet taste. Chocolate, cocoa aftertaste. Medium to smooth mouthfeel, medium dry bitterness. Dark chocolate scent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
reebtogi (5190) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 12, 2013
500ml bottle pours dark brown (almost black) in color with a finger and a half of light brown head that leaves some decent lacing on the glass. Aroma is dominated by chocolate and roasted grains with some hints of hops. Taste is a bold chocolate malty sweetness with some roasted grain and grassy hop bitterness. Body is a little thin for the style and carbonation is just adequate. Quite a good brew, but there are certainly better opportunities out there in the world of stouts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (13219) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 9, 2013
Bottle from Corti Bros. Pours very dark brown with a foamy 3 finger frothy light tan head. Nice aroma of dark milk chocolate with a hop hit. Med body - less as froth goes. Not the best impression there. The flavor is now bitter chocolate - there seems to be a lot of hop in here. Touch of coffee. I’m not sure this works all that well. Lots of flavor - but harsh - and hoppy chocolate? It is growing on me. Seeing it finishing dry, bitter and chocolate. Ok. I’m convinced.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
stoutnick (818) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUL 6, 2013
Black. Aroma is roasty. Taste is medium carbonation, mild roast, and boring maltiness. Overall, a dull beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kayres (684) - , Georgia, USA - JUN 27, 2013
Pours with an enormous frothy tan head quickly engulfing the entire class (too many oats), slightly bitter roast aroma. Silky chockaty smooth flavor with a sweet finish ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brenhophead (675) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 22, 2013
500mL bottle (6.5% abv). Pours black with a mocha head and the best milk chocolate aroma i have ever had the pleasure of experiencing in a beer. Wonderful chocolate flavour with a hint of coffee. It takes me back to early easter morning, drinking coffee after i had just gotten up and have chocolate eggs for breakfast. A truly wonderful beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Davros (2535) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUN 11, 2013
Pours black with a tan head. Nose shows chocolate, oatmeal, raosted malt, tiramisu, cocoa. Great. Similar flavours, very tiramisu-like. coffee, cocoa, sweet oat/biscuity notes. Finishes with some dry roasted malt. Could use a thicker body. Pretty awesome.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jercraigs (9154) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 3, 2013
2013-05-20. Very dark brown body, small quick tan head. 3+ Lightly metallic vegetal notes to the aroma, cocoa. Flavour is fairly syrupy and chocolatey up front. Light bitterness dusty malt. 6+ Average plus bodied palate. Decent, just okay but the bottle is possibly a touch old. Bottle from LCBO

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
czar (6538) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 7, 2013
(bottling issue) pours very dark brown with a towering beige head, very good retention and lacing (foaming in mouth, i.e. microbubbles exploding everywhere) lactosed chocolate, plenty of dark chocolate and icing sugar, some coffee grinds, roastiness - light acidity emerging from it, light grass and bittering pine coffee berries. very fizzy when drank immediately, then it settles after several minutes, medium body - a tad weak for an oatmeal stout, its body is mainly due to its residual milk chocolate sugars - never cloying though, assertive bittering coffee finish. nice offering.

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