Brewed by Renaissance Brewing
Style: Porter
Blenheim, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 273   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 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
chrisv10 (14131) - DENMARK - FEB 9, 2012
Bottle. Dark brown/red with beige head. Aroma is roasted malts and chocolate. Flavour is roasted malts, chocolate, liquorice, coffee, caramel, little sweet, hops and a little bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rasmus40 (15772) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 9, 2012
Clear dark reddish brown with a huge light brown head. Aroma is sweet, roasted malt, chocolate and coffee. Flavor is quite sweet and moderate bitter. Dry and roasted moderate bitter finish. 090212

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
saxo (16066) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 9, 2012
Bottle from Ølbutikken. Huge head with excellent duration. Color is black. Aroma and taste are coffee, chocolate, licorice, roast malt and hops. Nice dry and smooth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Miksu (5038) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - JAN 25, 2012
0.5 l bottle bought from GBBF 2011. Almost black dark brown color, lots of foam. Aromas of chocolate and licorice. Smooth roasty flavor with licorice, charcoal and chocolate. Smooth palate. Lots of licorice, good porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
portableparty (2263) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JAN 23, 2012
Bottle. Pours dark brown black with a big tan foamy head that slowly fades to a creamy film and lacing all around. Aroma is dark roasted chocolate malt and raisins. Taste is bitter bakers chocolate and roasted burnt malt with dark fruit and nuts. Palate is full and creamy with a smooth dry finish. Very solid porter with just a slight metallic vegetable taste in the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
harrisoni (16583) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 20, 2012
Bottle in Rome during Mes’ stag do. Blak beer lasting tan head. Bit of choc but again it is oxidised. Not travelled well. Good choc flavour though. Again should be good. 3 for the good choc falvour.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Pyobon (1251) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JAN 6, 2012
(bottle) Poured very dark brown but clear, similar to black coffee. The head however was ridiculous - even with very careful pouring I had to use two pint glasses. Aroma is burnt caramel with some raisins. Full bodied but overly fizzy. The flavour has a nice start with roast malt and bitter chocolate but these harsher burnt bitter tastes develop too much giving a harsh finish of burnt caramel / black treacle. Possibly I started drinking this at too cold a temperature, as when it warmed up the flavour was a bit sweeter and less harsh. Overall this beer doesn’t work for me: too much in the way of harsh burnt flavours and over carbonated.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011

Date: October 28, 2011
Mode: Bottle
Source: Appachelian Vinters, Asheville
Appearance: opaque dark brown, bit tan head
Aroma: dry and earthy chocolate aroma, just a hint of roasted
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor, dry and roasty, earthy
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
Rating: 3.1/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: ** /4

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (11365) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 20, 2011
Bottle at BrewDog Camden. It pours very dark brown, with a big light tan head. The nose is roasted malt, caramel, chocolate and a touch of smoke. The taste is roasted malt, chocolate, wood, liquorice, caramel, cola, burnt malt and alcohol warmth, with a bitter-sweet finish. Med body, fine carbonation and good balance. Very well done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MadIndian (2713) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2011
A nice gift from SJ. Black pour with a nut and vanilla aroma. A nice medium mouthfeel with hints of caramel malts, chocolate, nuts and a sweet finish. Good!

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