Brewed by Renaissance Brewing
Style: Porter
Blenheim, New Zealand


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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tom10101 (5271) - Quebec, CANADA - DEC 26, 2015
Bottle (500 ml). Split 2-ways. Black with a medium fully lasting brown head leaving some lacing. Aroma is of roasted malt, cocoa powder, vanilla, molasses, dried raisins and earthy notes. Taste is fruitier than expected considering the aroma with raisins and dates, sweetness level is moderate to medium, malts are rich, cocoa powder from aroma is now chocolatey and borderline fudgey, there’s also vanilla, roasted malts and mild earthy notes. Medium body. Moderate to medium carbonation. Smooth and velvety mouthfeel. Fruity and chocolatey finish. This is a very nice Porter that is smooth, rich and fairly drinkable. I like the combination of fruitiness of chocolate presence. Tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JulienHuxley (5590) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 21, 2015
Bottle, shared. Deep brown reddish black pour with tan foam. Aroma is meaty, nice leather, roasty notes, powdery cocoa aromas, very aromatic. Taste is rich, very chocolatey, light roastiness, sweet. Palate is med bodied, good carbonation, perhaps a tad high for the style. Nice porter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jmanock (36) - - NOV 10, 2015
Plum-like, toffee malt aroma with some earthiness and a tiny bit of floral hop aroma. Subdued due to low carb and cold temp. Wish the aroma was stronger as it is very nice. Pours murky black-brown with tiny fizz and almost no head that fades quick after swirling. Flavor is restrained chocolate over light wood/earth, light sweetness followed by a touch of roast and a little bit more hop bitterness. All elements that taste fresh and not overpowering as this beer finishes very dry and is light bodied and a little slick on the tongue. No chalkiness or astringency typical of a porter is found here, which is pretty nice. Also no unpleasant roast tartness. Overall, a great subtle porter. Not a domineering flavorful beer, but one that is VERY well balanced and extremely pleasant to drink with enough interesting malt character to keep from being boring. Very well done as it invites sip after sip.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FatPhil (13867) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - NOV 8, 2015
500ml bottle (William K Kurvi, Helsinki)
Very nice roasty aroma, toasty, a little bit burnt. Soft palate, pleasant carbonation. Super roasty taste. Great balanced toasty porter. Finish slightly drying from both the roast and the bitter hops. So enjoyable, I haven’t had a beer like this for ages, most people have forgotten how to make a porter this way.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marduk (6324) - 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 (5507) - 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 (6414) - 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 (6459) - 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 (458) - 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 (1635) - 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.

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