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Brewed by Renaissance Brewing
Style: Porter
Blenheim, New Zealand

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RATINGS: 251   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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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.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JK (4587) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - NOV 22, 2011
aroma of red wine, chocolate covered cherries, and very light cream. flavor has wine, sugar, raisin and date, with malt, chocolate, and honey. medium palate, and exceptionally complex. an excellent porter.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ughsmash (7175) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 22, 2011
500mL bottle. Poured medium brown with most of the glass full of beige head. The aroma picked up metallic notes over dry-roasted darker chocolates, roasty black patent, and smoky malts.. the sourness and huge head got me worried. The flavor found the same unfortunate sourness the whole way through.. burnt black patent and smoked malts at the core.. tacky, sour, and very roasty on the finish. Medium-bodied with way too much carbonation on the palate.. the sourness actually worked OK in there, but I didn’t get what I expected/hoped for from the brew.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thirdeye11 (5620) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 11, 2011
(500ml bottle thanks to bu11zeye) rich ruby brown w9ith deep tan head. Nose of cocoa powder, a bit of cream, and vanilla, smells delicious. Taste of medium dark chocolate, a bit bitter, and cracker. Smelled great, finished grainy and bitter.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vaiz (3528) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - SEP 4, 2011
Bottle. Pitch black pour, extremely thick tan head. Aroma is roasty, burnt malts, licorice and coffee. Flavor is bitter very dry, chocolate and licorice.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
aarron (1) - - SEP 2, 2011 does not count
A solid and strong porter with an exceptional aroma. You’ll be hard pressed to find a better one in NZ with equal strength.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cgarvieuk (14973) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 28, 2011
bottle at cropredy ... deep black .. huge tan foam head ... soft meaty dark toffee chocolate roast ... quite bitter ... lots of dark fruits ... plums and green rasisn ... hint of brett ... dark malts ... very nice but hint of brett drops it a couple of points

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zeke_NZL (32) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 23, 2011
Dark, malty, rich and with a hint of hops. Tasty beer but low head retention for a dark beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fin (7617) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 14, 2011
Bottle at Cropredy Festival, Thursday 11th August 2011 Craig brought this beer along and shared it, cheers Craig. Pours chestnut brown with a beige head. Soft in the mouth with plenty of toffee and cappucinno, also quite hoppy throughout. A7 A4 T7 P4 Ov15 3.7

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
planky84 (2143) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 14, 2011
Bottle from GBBF 2011. Drank at home. Black pour with a tan head. Vanilla, coffee and a little smoke aroma. Rum raisin, coffee and chocolate malt flavour. Classic porter taste. Dry, sweet finish. Very nice indeed.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dEnk (3915) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - AUG 12, 2011
Bottle. Aroma is molasses, tobacco, chocolate and roasted malt. Flavour is slight sour, loads of roast, spices and a big bunch of malt. Nice.


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