Brewed by Renaissance Brewing
Style: Porter
Blenheim, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 269   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gluepot (239) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 5, 2014
at 6% abv, this is a real triumph of taste. The pungent bitter chocolate in the nose carries through as the backbone of the taste profile. This is a thick and full bodied porter, with a lactic creaminess combining nicely with a slightly chalky mouth feel. An undercurrent of ripe dark berries and chewy malts with a nicely roasted finish combine with a slight booziness to make this a real treat. Canít believe this isnít an Imperial!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MartinT (8736) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 5, 2014
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2015 My Bottom Line:
This aromatic English-style Porter brings together blackberry jam, chocolate and molasses flavors, as roastiness and hop earthiness make the palate pause before a sensuous return of the initial malt-driven forces in the aftertaste.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam covers the darkest brown.
-The malty return (malt flavors and residual sugars) is as sublime as the aroma.
-That fruity fermentation character is wonderful with the chosen grain bill.
-All this in a bottle thatís been all the way across the globe! This must be absolutely to die for, fresh, on cask, near the source... Dark Star level quality, Iím sure.
-Mouthfeel is smooth and enhances drinkability despite the richness of flavors.


   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Randy4Beer (399) - - NOV 1, 2014
Pours a dark, near black. Thin mocha head. Aromas of coffee, roasted malts, and dark chocolate. Whets the appetite just inhaling this one. Tastes are dark chocolate, coffee, cocoa nibs. Overall, creamy, with the bitterness, of coffee and dark chocolate. This is why craft brewing was invented. A superior brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
AgentAle (1236) - Alberta, CANADA - OCT 30, 2014
Aroma is rich malts, toffee, caramel and light sulphur notes. Taste is a deep rich malts, caramel, light fig and toffee. Medium/light hop body follows but is fairly well balanced Body is black with a beige head that retains fairly well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ametras (929) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 28, 2014
500ml bottle. Black with a frothy tan head. Flavors are coffee, milk chocolate, dark fruits, roasted malts and molasses with nutty notes. Medium body, soft carbonation, oily texture.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jksipa (615) - Newmarket, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 6, 2014
Bottle from the LCBO. Dark brown pour with a small khaki head that is quickly gone. Nose is coffee and bitter chocolate with toasted nuts. Light sweet toffee start with a medium bitter chocolate and coffee middle and a short dry finish. Medium creamy mouth with soft carbonation. Nice porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Canmoore (344) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 5, 2014
Pours pitch black with a light brown head. The aroma includes rich roasted malt, coffee, espresso, and dark chocolate. Tasting notes include roasted grain, burnt coffee, dark chocolate, and a pleasant bitter finish. The body is full, and the palate is thick with very soft carbonation. This is a wonderful porter! To many attempts at the style have a thin watery body, but this is a wonderfully full and rich porter!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cattaneopapa (242) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 5, 2014
500ml bottle from LCBO, Danforth. 6% Alc./Vol. Pours a dark brown colour with one finger of lasting tanned head. Foamy lacing is clinging to the side of the glass. Aroma of plums, booze and coffee. Taste matches the aroma and has a dry and spicy finish. Moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bendrixian (1368) - Canadiana, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 5, 2014
Pours a opaque black colour with little head and some lacing. Toasty and chocolate aroma with some darker fruit and some bready notes. A bigger flavour profile than expected. Filled with toasty and chocolate and sort of resinous as well. Quite enjoyable!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
radiomgb (2560) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 4, 2014
500ml bottle from the LCBO in Peterborough, Ontario. Near black in colour with a thin beige head, little lacing. The aroma is moderately sweet, lots of roasted malts, chocolate, some smoke. The flavour is quite sweet, lots of chocolate, some roast. Finishes long, sweet, small roast bitterness.

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