Brewed by Renaissance Brewing
Style: Porter
Blenheim, New Zealand


on tap

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RATINGS: 281   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
This award winning ale is called "Elemental" porter. It is a classic English porter. It is a medium bodied beer with chocolate, and roasted notes. Extremely well balanced and hopped using a New Zealand hop variety.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (25477) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 25, 2012
Bottled@vPBF2012. Very deep ruby red colour with a small brown head. Aroma is spices, some ripe fruits, ashes, chocolate and roasted malts. Flavour is roasted malts, ashes, some liquorice and mild bitterness in the finish. Big coffeeish and ashy notes in finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TBone (16197) - Pori, FINLAND - AUG 25, 2012
Bottled 500ml (vPBF, BB 09/2012)
Dark, almost opaque ruby-black color, good cloudy brown head. Coffee and dry yeast in the nose. Light to medium bodied. Chocolate, cold coffee in the flavor. Short finish. Quite simple.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
olio (9386) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 25, 2012
50 cl bottle @ vPBF.
Pours deep dark ruby red color with small head. Aroma of dark toasted malts, cocoa, grass and some bourbon. Flavor of bourbon, malts, fruits and some nuts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
lusikka (7700) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 25, 2012
500 ml bottle @ vPBF 2012.
Pours a black colour with a beigeish foamy head. Aroma of floral hops, nuts and caramel malts. Flavour of floral hops, earth, caramel malts, dark chocolate, wet paper and grains. Medium bodied, extremely high carbonation and a finish of malts and some chocolate. Unbalanced and homebrewish. Isn’t very fresh either.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tiong (6511) - Espoo, FINLAND - AUG 25, 2012
500ml bottle from Brewdog shop @ vPBF

Pours pitch black with a large foamy head. Aroma of roasty malts, hints of chocolate, fruity hops and coffee. Taste is heavy on CO2 and quite roasty with hints of chocolate, coffee and mild notes of fruity hops. Finish is fruity and roasty with some dark chocolate and coffee notes. Okay, but too carbonated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Palme (4195) - Bergen, NORWAY - AUG 20, 2012
0.5l bottle from BrewDog Camden. A massive everlasting and thick lacing foamy tan head arises from the glass on top of a deep dark body. The aroma is roasty with coffee and chocolate. Also a bit bitter, wet rocks, some soy sauce and a hints of leather couch and gunpowder. The flavor has lots and lots of burned bitter malts! It’s filled with soy sauce and Belgian bitter chocolate. It’s low on the carbonation and extremely slick in the mouthfeel. Lasting bitter and not least burned aftertaste in this one. My, oh my. A lasting sipper with tons of flavor! 01.08.2012

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fletchfighters (1410) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 10, 2012
A-- Poured black, with just a bit of red on the sides of the glass. Got a huge head from the pour and looks to have at least medium carbonation. Head is a Brown Sugar color, very well constructed and held a 2 finger head for quite a while. Looks more like a root beer float. S-- Fresh Licorice is the dominant smell, followed by coffee and dark sweet berry chocolate.Very big smell and quite earthy and a bit of a pungent smell. T-- Still get a bit of the licorice but strong roasted coffee is very prevalent, more like overdrawn cold espresso. Quite bitter and still earthy. Very rich dark chocolate is also there, as well as blackberries and raspberries M-- Coffee taste sticks around for a while but the rest of the flavor is a little flat and disappears very quickly, a little bit thin. Needs more hops. The coffee and chocolate flavor hides it well and in some ways overdo the hop presence. Could use a bit less carbonation. D-- Well made beer and a good take on an English Porter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Frenger (367) - Derby, Alabama, ENGLAND - AUG 1, 2012
Bottle from brewdog Manchester. Really tasty, thick and loads of coffee. Just a bit too fizzy for me.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
pmuzz (400) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 14, 2012
I have been a bit disappointed with renaissance lately but this is stunning. A really good and solid beer, great balance and rich deep flavour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JStax (5540) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUL 5, 2012
Poured from a 22 ounce bomber. Pours a dark, thick black with a hefty head of beige foam. Great retention. Aroma is nice cacao nibs, dark chocolate, and some cinnamon. Taste is same as the aroma, but the cinnamon really comes through. Finish is a little dry and definitely roasty. Overall its a pretty nice Porter.

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