Brewed by Renaissance Brewing
Style: Porter
Blenheim, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 233   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bluevegie (3049) - 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 (6438) - 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nate2g (1548) - Boomtown! / Waikato, NEW ZEALAND - APR 11, 2009
Draught at Creek Pizzeria (opposite the Brewery), Blenheim. Pours almost black with a creamy tanned head. Sweet aroma of roasted malt, dark chocolate, plums and dark fruit. The flavour is extremely well balanced between the roasted malt, dark fruit and chocolate. Silky smooth mouthfeel, medium bodied and a fantastic lingering bitterness. The benchmark for a quality porter, I’m missing this beer already.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
reviled (13) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 1, 2009
Pours black with a thick creamy head which persists. Aroma is of roasted malts and raisins, Yum! Taste is roast coffee, chocolate with hints of toffee and caramel. Lingering bitter chocolate finish leaving you begging for another sip.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Demise (57) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 24, 2009
Pours black with dark red edging and a tan head. Dark fruit aromas – plum, raisin, cherry – as well as slight malt and caramel characters. Coffee, dark chocolate and roasted malt flavours all come through strong, with caramel flavours and a cherry and plum sweetness just before the bitter malt finish. Full-bodied and smooth, absolutely lovely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
donfardz64 (538) - Wellington, New Zealand, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 3, 2009
500mL bottle shared with sdriessen. Pours black, with ruby edges. Aromas of caramel, dark chocolate, spice. Flavour begins quite bitter, strong dark chocolate/coffee notes dominate. Plum like fruit, caramel and roasted malt also come through. Long bitter chocolaty astringent finish. Quality.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sdriessen (320) - Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 23, 2008
500mL bottle, enjoyed with donfardz64 in sunny Nelson, NZ. Strong chocolate, roast malt nose. Some strong whiffs of caramel, dates, cinnamon and spice. A dark brown head, black in the glass. Rich flavours of brown sugar and malt. Strong coffee that really shows as the beer warms up. Sweet plum and clove flavours. A chocolaty, bitter finish with some hops and clove. A wonderful ale!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Borresteijn (4541) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - DEC 22, 2008
50 cl Bottle brought from N-Z by a collegue, thanks Gijs! Deep dark brown to black colour, creamy beige head. Lovely sweet aroma with hints of coffee, chocolate and liquorice. Reminded me a lot of Great Divide Yeti. Flavour is sweet at first, chocolate, liquorice, going towards a hoppy and lingering coffee bitter finish. A bit thin mouthfeel, but very good overall. Would have been excellent with a thicker mouthfeel IMO.

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