Brewed by Renaissance Brewing
Style: Porter
Blenheim, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 255   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
dbeatdano (70) - - APR 29, 2014
Pour is dark brown with a lot of soapy head. Chocolate is heavy on the nose along with roasted malt. Toffee and grassy hops are in the background. Also smells earthy. The taste mirrors the aroma with bitter roast and tart, grassy hops. Earthy taste as well. Palate is thin and oily, medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Not too light. A good solid porter with a great roasted taste. Only thing lacking is that thin mouthfeel. Wish it had more substance to it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
CanIHave4Beers (3494) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - APR 1, 2014
100th Porter Rating, I didnít have a great bookend for this milestone & finding one was pretty well not worth the effort, so I opted for a Porter that I had on hand & had been wanting to try for a good long while now.
Pours basically black with an absolutely gigantic fluffy khaki head that leaves good lacing on the glass.

The aroma is really very rich, plenty of chocolate, pipe tobacco, & dark fruit all around. Itís pungent & has some lightly hoppy, but is really just a big rich elegantly bouquet beer.

The flavor follows the aroma in a similar, elegant, & well nuanced fashion. Itís really nicely bitter, mostly in a roasty/coffe like way but thatís not without a noticeable sharp & lightly fruity hop character and subsequent bitterness. The beer has some rich molasses & cavendish tobacco notes, itís got a great dark chocolate character as well. The sweetness level is moderately low but the way sweetness is used for balance in this beer is excellent. As it warms more espresso & dark fruit emerge. This hits all the right porter notes for me then does a little overtime... goodness.

The mouthfeel is velvety at first but there is a lingering sharpness. Feels as hie on the tongue as any mouth coating Imperial Stout ever could.
Fantastic beer that exceeded all my expectations, Iím happy to mark it as my 100th Porter rating.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dfearnley (1139) - Alberta, CANADA - MAR 27, 2014
Bottle to shaker Lots of caramel and sweet roasted malts, molasses, chocolate and a touch of vanilla. Dark reddish brown with a long lasting frothy tan head. Taste is milk chocolate, bitter coffee, menthol, and malt, but very little sweetness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
john44 (556) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 21, 2014
Bottle - Very Dark Brown in colour, Ruby Red against light. Thick rocky head; good carbonation. Very Malty; lots of dark chocolate, roast coffee, roasty malts, caramel, smoke, hint of liquorice. Fruity; dried fruits, possibly berry fruits. Hoppy; some hop bitterness. Good malt/fruit/hop balance. Very dark chocolate sweet roast malty throughout with a balancing sour hop/fruit edge. Very Good!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
evergreen0199 (2222) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 20, 2014
Keg at Earl of Essex, Islington, London. A dark brown/black coloured pour with a medium beige head on top. Roasty, malty, bitter chocolate aroma. Tastes similar, roasty, malty, bitter chocolate, hint of coffee, slightly bitter. A really enjoyable rich tasting porter from New Zealand.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lagerboy (1444) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 10, 2014
500 ml bottle. Deep dark slightly hued brown, lasting mocha foam. Milk chocolatey roasty aroma. Medium dark roast, bittersweet chocolate taste, some dark fruitiness, a hint of coffee. Soft carbonation, medium body, moderately hopped. Smooth and full flavored, delicious. NFL (Not For Lagerboys)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joe19612 (2005) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - MAR 9, 2014
Bottle. Pours a black colour with a thin beige head, malt roast and chocolate aroma, with a dry bitter taste, sweet roast malt finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (13032) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 4, 2014
Sampled at Craft Beer Rising 2014 - Brick Lane, London. Keg. Pours dark brown with a thick, tan froth for a head. The character is defined by heavily roasted malts, with ancillary notes of baking cocoa and ash. Medium bodied with fine carbonation and creamy texture. Rich dark malt finish with lasting char, burnt bread and bittersweet chocolate. Ballsy and rich.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
manisthebeer (240) - squamish, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 11, 2014
smells of light coffee and roastyness pour liquid black with almost no head flavour is a nice mild roasty coffee so delicious and fresh

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
3fourths (8395) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 4, 2014
Draft. A choco-coffee-roast malty brown porter with noticeable astringency and huskiness. Medium-light body, sweet with relatively low bitterness. Creamy carbonation gives it good frothy but the malt is char-heavy like black patent / burnt corn kernels / stale cigarette ash. Pretty one-dimensional.

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