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

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RATINGS: 89   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


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
punkska101 (942) - 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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dogbrick (8507) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thorongil2 (1334) - , Ontario, CANADA - JAN 29, 2013
(bottle) clear very dark brown with a small brown head; aromas of coffee, soy sauce, raisin; dry intense flavour

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Boutip (4818) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 25, 2013
Bottle: Poured a light black color stout with a large light brown foamy head with average retention and some good lacing. Aroma consists of light black chocolate notes with some bitter roasted malt notes also noticeable. Taste is a mix between medium black chocolate notes with light bitter roasted malt notes with a light touch of coffee in the aftertaste. Body is too light with not enough of a creamy texture but with some very good carbonation. Not bad overall but I would think that a fuller body would improve the drinking experience.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (10963) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 1, 2013
Bottle. Poured a clear dark brown color with a medium light brown frothy head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Medium toasted sweet chocolate malt aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium toasted sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of average duration. Sweet drinkable brew.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Rangi (597) - NEW ZEALAND - DEC 30, 2012
Great beer, really well done. It is what it says it is a chocolate beer and those flavours come through in buckets on a background of smooth toasty well balanced grains. The kind of stout you could imagine making into a pudding with a scoop of vanilla ice cream in the middle. But it was just as awesome by itself!

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
probstblueribbon (3008) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 25, 2012
500 ml bottle from LCBO, served cool in a chalice. 29OC12.

App.: Deep brown-black with a tan rim. Aroma: So much rich chocolate, cold hot chocolate, vanilla, very inviting, dark chocolate notes, a little black coffee, beautiful and dark. Palate: Medium-full body, soft, silky effervescence. Flav.: Tons of beautiful dark chocolate, so rich, light vanilla notes, milk chocolate, lovely; dry with decent bitterness and a slightly less than ideal body, good chocolate and a touch of dark chocolate.

Other than a slightly weak finish, lovely.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
cyrenaica (1037) - Milton, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 18, 2012
500ml bottle
4.9% ABV
King/Spadina LCBO Outlet (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
October 18, 2012
The beer a solid black colour with brown edges, and no head, despite a vigourous pour. The aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee. Mouthfeel is medium-full with medium carbonation. Flavour is definite roast with hints of chocolate and caramel. Easy drinking, but not outstanding.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
wilderthanyou (758) - Guelph, CANADA - DEC 9, 2012
Not too sure what to make of this. Iíve had two in a row now that have been soo over carbonated I canít really enjoy it. Pours sexy, dark like motor oil, ridiculous head on this thing due to all the carbonation. The aroma is cocoa. . . Thatís it. The flavor is cocoa and a weird tang in the finish, the tang plus the insane carbonation leads me to think maybe there some bacteria other than yeast may be at work here.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bluejacket74 (1361) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - DEC 1, 2012
500 ml bottle, back label says 5.6% ABV. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black. The head was huge, as the brew foamed up like crazy when I tried to pour it into the glass. So after letting it settle and after multiple small pours, I was able to get a mostly full glass to drink after a few minutes. The brew smells like roasted malt, milk and bittersweet chocolate, vanilla, oats and a bit of coffee. Taste is pretty much the same as the aroma, althought I think the chocolate flavor leans more towards sweet milk chocolate. Thereís also a bit of charred/burnt malt noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium, itís slick and creamy, and also has high but soft carbonation. I think itís a good overall brew, I just would like for the carbonation to be lower. But other than that, I liked it a lot.


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