Brewed by Renaissance Brewing
Style: Porter
Blenheim, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 239   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
phaleslu (6554) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 19, 2009
Bottle from Brew on Quay in downtown Auckland. Pours near black with a big rocky tan head. Nice aroma of dried fruit, roasted malt, smoke, dark chocolate, nuts, toast, hops, and a dash of whiskey. The chocolate is stronger in the flavor than on the nose, and the hops come through more here, too. Smooth and complex, with a medium body and good carbonation. Dry, smoky finish. The first beer I ordered in New Zealand turned out to be one of the best.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jonno (2341) - JAPAN - OCT 11, 2009
Thanks for sharing Nate. This was a big juicy porter, lots of chocolate, coffee and oily flinty character. Good bitter finish with a thin to medium body. I would like to try this again just to get more of a feel for it, but otherwise a very good, though not great, beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gam (3254) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - OCT 11, 2009
Large tan coloured head dark porter has a red/brown tinge,aroma chocolate good malt rich roasted,caramel vanilla coffee cocoa,flavour dry,roasted,cocoa chocolate,vanilla and caramel,coffee essence taste,smooth bitter,easy light sweetness,liccorice very noticeable,finish dry good biter even tastes nice porter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DonBirnam (108) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 30, 2009
Black with red tinge. Sweet coffee and dark fruit aroma. Flavour is dark fruit with coffee, caramel and slight roastyness. Slight bitterness to balance out the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - SEP 28, 2009
Bottle. Very dark pour, almost completely black, with a large, long lasting tan head and a fair bit of lacing. Aromas of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate and dark fruit all stand out. Flavour is pretty similar to the aroma, with a great balance between the sweet and bitter elements, and a slightly stronger presence of the hops. Very smooth and creamy, this is a great porter from Renaissance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
beer4eternity (203) - Tauranga, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 29, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2010 500ml bottle, batch 0078. Beautiful aromas of strong dark dried fruit (raisin especially), coffee, dark malts, dark chocolate. Very dark brown hue with small creamy beige mostly lasting head and excellent lacing. Flavours of coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malt, Christmas pudding fruit. Smooth rich velvety mouth-feel. Fruity and bitter finish. A fantastic beer, even 500ml wasn’t enough!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bluevegie (3053) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUL 28, 2009
Black body with light tan head that hung around for a while. A little burnt malts and some liquorice in the aroma. Smooth taste, don’t really notice the chocolate it is more coffee to me, medium body, easily drinkable and very moreish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
snuffla (156) - Chch, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 12, 2009
Last beer of the tasting and hit the spot. Rich and complex on the nose with dark fruit notes. Smooth and rich in the mouth with a complexity that finishes with nice roasted and choc notes. Very nice

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (6798) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 11, 2009
Bottle, purchased at the tiny bottleshop in the Invercargill Brewery. Pours near-black with ruby highlights, with a large thick cream coloured head. Velvety mouthfeel, rich chocolate liqueur, plums, and berries. Sweet, but balanced by a soundly bitter finish. Very very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Thomo (9) - Doncaster, AUSTRALIA - APR 29, 2009 does not count
A balanced, medium bodied porter. Good colour, healthy head, a smooth mid palate, although the roasted characters were slightly stoutish. Has a healthy flavour spectrum and finish. Will I revisit this beer? Certainly!

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