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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 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrSilverworm (9467) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 5, 2013
16.9oz bottle, shared with friends over a game of Catan. This brewery just arrived in my area, I’m assuming what I had was the freshest version available at the time. Black color. Pours with an aggressively large light brown head. Yup, it’s carbonated. Decent ropes of lace. Good nose: chocolate, light oat. Soft, smooth carbonation. Bittersweet taste. More dry finish. Lightly chewy mouthfeel. Solid chocolate oatmeal stout. Not American-style, though. Lighter bodied, with more airy, soft carbonation than you’d expect from something American with the same name. Solid, I just prefer the American take on this style (go figure).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alobar (3288) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 12, 2013
Pours cola brown with a tan creamy head. Lots of carbonation during the pour. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, oat,and chocolate. Creamy mouthfeel with roasted malt start and sweet chocolate ending. Some oat and coffee notes as well. Decent beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
DocJitsu (1484) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - MAR 30, 2013
Pours an opaque, dark brown color with a big, fat burnt caramel colored head. The head takes on the appearance of sea foam. Chocolate and a bit of cola on the nose. The mouthfeel is just so far off base for this style that it is beyond disappointing. Way too much carbonation. The flavor is very thin. Some chocolate that dissipates as quickly as it emerges, followed by a bit of walnut, then to nothing but some plastic finish. Probably a reason this one was retired.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
neuromatt (1225) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 15, 2013
500 mL bottle from the LCBO, served in a snifter. Pours deep chestnut with a small rim of tan bubbles. The nose has huge notes of dark chocolate and vanilla, along with molasses and roasted malts. The flavour is lightly sweet throughout, with complex dark chocolate notes and just a touch of espresso. Hops, herbs and earth are present, but are much less promonent. The finish is slightly bitter with dark chocolate, a touch of espresso and just a hint of hops. The finish is long and roasty with subtle hops. On the palate it is medium in body with a dry texture and almost no carbonation. Overall, this is a very nice oatmeal chocolate stout with a beautiful silky texture and elegant composition. 2013-03-15

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
rejtable (2011) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 9, 2013
Pours very black with no head or lacing. Nose is very light espresso. Aromas of espresso, roasted malts, light bitter chocolate and metal. Tastes are medium sweet and a faint bitterness. Body is very watery. Nothing remarkable.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
ChainGangGuy (4658) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 8, 2013
500ml bottle - $7.99 at Mink’s Package Store in Marietta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours an opaque, very dark brown body with ungodly tall, sea foam-like, beige head.

Smell: Roast-edged malts, bitterish dark chocolate, a puff of smokey and some espresso grounds. Unfortunately, there’s a noted, disagreeable vegetal tone that shows up in the flavor, but is a bit more prominent here. Pity.

Taste: Roast, dark chocolate and a smokey shot of espresso. Hint of licorice. Medium-light sweetness. Slight dark berry accent. Touch of something from the garden. Minor bitterness. Drying, roasty, chocolaty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Sharp carbonation.

Overall: Rather over-carbonated. Craftsman never reaches the potential hoped for it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (8988) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 7, 2013
Bottle from Smith’s. Pours hazy dark brownish black with a finger of loud brown head and a gusher upon opening. The head is like pouring a Diet Coke, and says to me as I lean in to hear it in an homage to Fred Eckhardt, "Bring me the precious!" Whatever. Nose is assertive hops, dark malt, roasty cacao, blackberry. Tastes dry, roasty dark malty, like a dry stout, with lively carbonation and a heavy and complex palate without being the slightest bit cloying, and a big hop finish, and blackberry notes. This one is great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (5371) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 10, 2013
Bottle courtesy of argoO at Dc tasting. Black-brown body, beige head. Big brown chocolate tastes. Mossy chocolate, a load of peat. Very English/Scottish feel. Perfect clean mouthfeel. Rich crystal malt, but oh so sessionable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
punkska101 (1457) - Chambly, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 10, 2013
Bottle shared with dad from lcbo A: dark chocolate, licorice, caramel/ toffee, coffee. App: pitch black small beige head some lacing. T/p: full body finish is sweet and medium long. O: good like the coffiness/ dark chocolate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dogbrick (10434) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 3, 2013
Sample at the 5th Annual Coldest Day of the Year Stout Tasting on 01/26/2013: Dark brown pour with a medium tan head that dissipates quickly to an outer ring. Short strings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of chocolate and coffee. Light body with flavors of sweet chocolate, soy sauce and malt. The finish is sweet with a short chocolate malt aftertaste. Pretty average overall.

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