Brewed by Renaissance Brewing
Style: Porter
Blenheim, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 269   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brenhophead (670) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 6, 2012
1L growler, pours black with a big mocha head and a wonderful creamy coffee aroma. Sweet espresso taste as well as anaseed but it is amazingly well balanced. Great porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (12420) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 22, 2012
Bottle. Poured a black color with an average frothy light brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate toasted malt and chocolate aroma. Medium body with a smooth slick texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy toasted chocolate sweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration. Solid complex brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 19, 2012
In short: A nice tasty roasted porter with grassy peppery hops. Very good.
How: Bottle 500ml. consumed relatively fresh a few weeks after purchase (after a boat ride from New-Zealand). Bottle sent to me by blankboy, thanks a lot Paul
The look: Black body topped by a medium tan-beige head
In long: Nose is roasted, light notes of coffee and has a strong showing of peppery hops. Taste has some burnt caramel, chocolaty malts, some raisins, light notes of espresso. Carbonation is a bit aggressive. By itself the grassy peppery hops didn’t seem so dominant, but when sipping back and forth between this beer and my girlfriend’s Fuller’s London Porter (her fetish porter) then the peppery character of the Renaissance Elemental Porter seemed totally disproportionate. Rather dry (again compared to the Fuller’s London Porter) and quite tasty for the style. Lacks the smoothness and class of a classic like Fuller’s London Porter but makes up for it with more “Omph!”. A very nice beer, and I feel bad for all of you who are out on dates tonight and aren’t sitting at home drinking a nice Elemental Porter all by yourself in front of a computer like I am.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JPDurden24 (1664) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - APR 8, 2012
Dark brown pour, almost black, off white, creamy head..chocolate, and a little something else...kind of a toffee flavor..overall very drinkable. Decent porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BenH (3252) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 21, 2012
From bottle. Bit of a gusher but slighty out if date so forgiven. Black with tan massive tan head. Aroma has deep dark chocolate, ovaltine, dark fruits and slightly metallic. Taste has less metal, lots of chocolate again, some ovaltine, lingering chocolate. High carbonation, very fizzy. Decent

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheCametron (2198) - CZECH REPUBLIC - MAR 21, 2012
Bottle. 1 month past it’s sell by date. Shouldn’t matter. Surely. Pours black with a rampant tan head. Far too carbonated took about 10mins to pour. Made for an incredibly foamy mounthfeel. Flavour was very good lots of chocolate, ovaltine and a light coffee hint. Pretty nice. I wonder if a younger bottle would have been better?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ciaranc (1102) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAR 14, 2012
Pours dark brown/black with a big yellow porter head. Moderate caramel, coffee notes. Medium sweetness & medium body, lively carbonation with a lovely, short finish. A very drinkable porter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rosenbergh (9164) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 14, 2012
500 ml bottle. From New Zealand. Massive thanks to Mikko R.
Dark reddish brown colour with average to big fluffy tan head. Chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt, notes of coffee, grassy and fruity hops and some caramel sweetness in balanced and delicious aroma. Flavour is roasted malt, chocolate, fruity hops, salty liquorice, caramel and hints of coffee. This is pretty excellent. Balanced, complex enough and very tasty. Hits the spot for me. More beers like this please.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
deusax (458) - Grenoble, FRANCE - FEB 26, 2012
Tasted on tap @ The Great Kiwi Beer Festival 2012 in Christchurch. Caramel and chocolate taste. Really enjoyable palate, with a small dryness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
kramer (5511) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2012
50cl bottle. Pours a clear dark brown body with a rather lively frothy light brown head that had pretty long retention. The nose is dominated by chocolate with some lesser notes of roast and dark fruits. There’s a touch of a sour note going on here too which worries me a bit. The flavor leads me to believe that there’s a touch of infection setting in here. The flavor is slightly sour and there’s way more carbonation than there should be for the style. The body is a little thin also. The hoppiness that is in here doesn’t really work all that well for the style for me either. Depressing, as this is the second ’fancy’ New Zealand Porter I bought for what I thought was an excessively high price that turned out to be off. It’s not all horrible, but it’s far and away from what I was expecting. Certainly turns me off from trying any of the other beers from over there.

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