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


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RATINGS: 87   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
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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 13/20
reebtogi (4042) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ComradeK (978) - The Vale of Dundas, AUSTRALIA - JUL 27, 2013
500ml bottle. Pours an opaque black, with a moderate beige head, which lasts well and leaves reasonable lacing. Bittersweet dark chocolate mixes with cappucino, toasty malt and mild herbal, leafy hops to create the aroma. Mild floral and leafy hops notes up front give way to a luscious mix of dark chocolate and milky cappucino, wrapped in oatmeal smoothness. Bittersweet cocoa and roasty malt give it a little kick at the finish. This is a seriously excellent stout. The blend of chocolate and smooth oatmeal gives it a lovely rich, velvety body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Maris (953) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - JUL 14, 2013
From a 500ml bottle (batch 313, BB 7/2014, shared by Butz with thanks). ABV is listed as 6.5% not 4.9%. Pours a very dark brown with a smallish head. Has quite a strong aroma of dark chocolate with a touch of roasted malt. The flavour is lots of dark bitter sweet chocolate, a good dash of cocoa, and a medium roasty bitterness. Moderate carbonation and medium body. Very nice stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (10698) - 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 (444) - 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 (435) - , 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 (531) - 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 (1859) - 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 (7456) - 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 (4110) - 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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