Brewed by Renaissance Brewing
Style: Porter
Blenheim, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 253   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (36036) - VestJylland, DENMARK - DEC 26, 2010

Bottle 500ml. @ [ The Pool Tabel Tasting in Rome ].

Clear medium to dark brown color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, dark chocolate, smoke - peat, light sweet licorice. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20101219]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theis (13801) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 23, 2010
Bottle at MikkellerBAR. Black - light brown head. High malty. Nice smokey. Ok hoppy. Fruity. Light licorice. Ok bitterness. Cocoa. Chocolate. Smooth.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
BarossaLuke (540) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 26, 2010
Good dark brown in colour. Great malt profile with hints of English yeast esters there as well. A bit of grassiness from the hops with good malt and slight roastiness as well. Every beer I’ve has from this brewery is very impressive.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jade (416) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 18, 2010
Dark brown to black colour with a very thick biege head. Oaky aroma, chocolate and coffee. Taste is quite light and warming. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
FlyingWombat (21) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 10, 2010
Another fantastic brew from Renaissance Brewing, with all the beers I have tried from them proving beautifully drinkable and enjoyable. Poured from bottle into a stem glass, it was nicely black in colour with a very big tan-coloured head, which holds very well and leaves plenty of lacing. Big aroma of roasted malt and dark fruits. Very balanced, classic porter tast, with a long finish. An excellent example of the porter style, almost too easy to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stewac01 (62) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 11, 2010
Espresso black with a persistent tan head. Aromas of roasted malt, chocolate, vegemite, and burnt toffee. Flavour is rich and full, lots of dark chocolate/espresso backed up by a firm, roasty bitterness. Some raisiny port-like notes add depth and complexity. Really solid beer, would drink often if it wasn’t so expensive.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hawthorne00 (2548) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUN 19, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2011 Bottle. Very dark brown with a lumpy 2 inch head in a large tulip. Aroma is very restrained, but good: a nice balance of chocolate and roasted malt, coffee, dried fruit, grass. Taste is bigger - bittersweet mocha, prunes, a little citrus, floral and grassy hops. Long, slightly woody dry finish. Flavorsome and involving but still light and easy-drinking. [3.9]

Black with brown edges, lovely beige head that laces well. Aroma has mingled roast and grassy hops, chocolate, coffee, muscatels. Fills the mouth. Taste is just sweet with fried fruit, then modest roasted malt, coffee and good chocolate. Drying, moderately bitter finish is long. Graceful.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ilovebeernz (15) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 10, 2010
This is one of the most balanced porters I have tasted in Australasia. I love the New Zealand beers that are finding their way to Melbourne at the moment, and this is one of the best with a toasty, coffee and chocolate nose and a full suptuous palate. Yum.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KapitiCritique (345) - Xincheng, Henan Province, CHINA - MAY 9, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2010 500 ml bottle Aroma: chocolate and hints of tarry burned something, very malty and I think I may have gotten a hint of veges, green beans? - (20.11.10 Seven months later my guess is that I got a aberrant batch. There is no green vege here now.) Appearance: dark brown opaque with frothy/foamy brown head that lasts quite awhile. and sticky lacing. Taste: smooth, a little bitter, and a touch of sweetness, there may be a hint of metallic aftertaste - not sure. (20.11.10 None at all now) Palate: very full bodied, creamy and sticky texture, thick adequate carbonation, does not overboard, finishes mildly and takes a few minutes to do so. Overall: This is a good porter. Let’s leave it at that. (20.11.10 Still true)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Threepwood (107) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 7, 2010
Pours black with a thick tan head. Aromas of caramel & coffee, some fruits (passion or citrus perhaps) underneath. Thick, rich and full bodied, lots of dark malts, chocolate. Firm bitterness and a nice long lasting finish. Delicious, smooth and amazingly easy to drink. I love what the Renaissance team are doing with beer, this is easily one of the best beers made in the ANZ region.

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