Brewed by Renaissance Brewing
Style: Porter
Blenheim, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 277   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 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marduk (5879) - Reval, ESTONIA - NOV 4, 2015
330ml bottle @ William K. Kurvi. Very dark brown color. Tiny size, tan head, struggles to stay. Roasted malts, sweet, malty, caramel, bit of toffee and chocolate in aroma. Dark chocolate, roasted malts, sweet, hints of hops in taste. Long lasting roasted malts and chocolate in aftertaste. Nice balance. I can continue drinking this forever. Beautiful brew. More!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jookos (5105) - FINLAND - OCT 19, 2015
Bottle@wkk. Black. Malty chocolate, some salty licorice on nose. Med bodied, stray malty, easy smooth. Thanks hermod!

-- bb

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hermod (5937) - Vantaa, FINLAND - OCT 17, 2015
50cl bottle. Pours near black with a thin off white head. Coffee, roastedness, sweetness, tobacco in aroma. Flavor has roastedness, coffee, some cocoa. Creamy, smooth. Pleasant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mjs (6155) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 14, 2015
(Bottle, 0.5 l - BB 23.03.2016, at William K. Kurvi, 20151014) The beer poured black. Its head was medium sized and lightly brown. Aroma had coffee, burnt malts and dark chocolate. Palate was full bodied with medium carbonation. Flavours were burnt malts, cocoa, sweetness, dark chocolate, earth and bitterness. Aftertaste had dark chocolate and bitterness. A tasty brew with strong chocolate notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mrjez (380) - Osaka, JAPAN - OCT 1, 2015
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2015 Re-rate. 500ml bottle from Yamaya. L: pours a deep dark brown with a soapy tan head that sticks around for the first half. S: there’s a displeasing off citrus smell straight out of the bottle, but it clears. Roasted malt, nutty chocolate take over. T: the flavour is a nice bitter dark chocolate, a touch of dark fruit. F: There’s an upfront fizziness, a flavour wash, medium feel, and then it falls away just a little quickly. O: a pretty good Porter with minor flaws.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ippopotamo36 (1556) - Rome, ITALY - SEP 28, 2015
At the multi-national tasting held in Rome-Italy on 29/08/2015 (Jow, Mortlach, ippopotamo36 and Marco). Bottle courtesy of Sylvan, thank you. Pours coffee bean color, brownish-ivory foam. Nose: dark chocolate, coffee. Mouth: chocolate, milk, round and dry. Great execution of the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TorbenJensen (1439) - Valby, DENMARK - SEP 24, 2015
This porter has a rich and stunning nougat colored foam. A little hard roasted malt is only aroma. Good English licorice has taken over in this porter ale, and a little smoked burnt taste gaining strength after a short time. Hop bitterness is gentle, and it is malt impression know, especially the smoked / burned, the main themes of this porter. A very rich and tasteful porter who has just the balance lies between soft, comfortable and total savagery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jow (3273) - New York, USA - SEP 4, 2015
New Zealand came on strong in the late innings of this Rome tasting. Very dark brown pour. aromas of cocoa and coffee ground. Tastes of dark chocolate, cola, licorice, blackberry, coffee, and bitter earth. touch oily palate but overall quite delicious indeed.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
digopossobon (378) - MACAE, BRAZIL - JUL 27, 2015
A: coffee, chocolate, roasty. A: black, hazy, minimal head, brown foam T: medium sweetness, lightly bitter, lightly sour P:

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yourilevesque (1169) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 21, 2015
À la robe parfaitement noire, ce magnifique porter est présenté dans une bouteille élégante et raffinée. Bien qu’il ne faut pas se fier à l’allure d’une bouteille, j’aime lorsque celle-ci représente bien le produit qu’elle contient. À l’instar de son contenant, le contenu affiche un caractère noble et élaboré avec soin. Tout se joue en finesse: tant les arômes que la texture, c’est satiné, souple, léger, chaud. Dès le nez au bord du verre, j’y retrouve des notes complexes de mélasse, de caramel, de chocolat, de vanille mais le tout très délicatement amalgamé. Tiens, je crois que les trois mots qui traduisent le mieux ma pensée en ce moment précis sont: complexité, équilibre et cohérence. Tout se tient dans cette bière: les malts sont juste assez torréfiés sans trop être sucrés; saveurs qui s’unissent parfaitement à la légère fraîcheur provenant de quelques jeunes houblons verts. La densité est relativement faible malgré une rondeur agréable et l’alcool, et bien celui-ci est complètement dissimulé. Très agréable longueur en bouche qui s’estompe très doucement sur des notes délicatement fruitées. À mon avis un Grand Porter!

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