Brewed by Renaissance Brewing
Style: Porter
Blenheim, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 273   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Canmoore (374) - 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 (253) - 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 (1438) - 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 (2686) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerhunter111 (13945) - Hasborn, GERMANY - SEP 14, 2014
Dunkel rötlichbraunes Bier mit geringer beigen Schaumkrone. Geruch sehr röstmalzig, Schokolade, reife Früchte. Geschmack röstmalzig, bittere Schokolade, Kaffee.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Calisky (2322) - ALSACE, FRANCE - SEP 13, 2014
Mondial des bičres. couleur noire, reflets ambrés. Nez café chocolat doux, malt grillé, notes fruits noirs. Gout doux, café caramel, note de bois de barrique, huileuse mais légčre en bouche. Bien!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mabel (8014) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 12, 2014
[5625-20130811] 500mL bottle. Mild roasted chocolate and burnt grains aroma. Clear, dark brown black body with a quick foamy tan head. More roasted wood grain flavour sprinkled with sweet chocolate syrup. Full body. Interesting, perhaps a little too burnt. (7/3/8/3/14) 3.5

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Capa (2556) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - AUG 23, 2014
Intense aroma. Opened it and left it on the table to warm a touch and I was overwhelmed with the roasted, chocolate aroma from a good meter away almost instantly. Pour is pure black with a deep beige head. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, light sourness, biscuit, and over-ripened fruit. Medium to full body. Flavor is marked by dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, tobacco, leather, ripe fruit, a hint of dough, and a spark of fruit and bitter in the finish. I’ve had a fair amount of overhyped NZ brews lately but this is anything but overrated. Simply an awesome porter. I’ll be grabbing some for the trip home.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ALLOVATE (2816) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUL 27, 2014
Black with just a little brown in the very shallows. Not quite bright, but truly hard to tell. Headless, sad pour even after a good rousing, and still in the glass. Rather velvety, rounded nose full of nuances of milk chocolate leather, spicy, savoury fruit mince, sherry, almond meal and a strange hint of kecap manis. Chalky, dusty mouthfeel. Burnt sugars are predominant lasting long into the finish, but oddly leaning towards the palm sugar kecap manis of the nose. Medium bodied and low in carbonation. There is mocha and roasted cacao, molasses and tar with plenty of bitter sweet dried fruit such as raisin and currents. There is a light buttery note and ate trace of vanillin. Yeast has worked this one well giving it plenty of character. There is even a touch of paperbark (?), nut husks and kopiko candi in there. Great drinking. I can imagine a session of these as easy as just a quiet one. Very pleasing! (50cL, no date stamp, The Liquor Shed, Jandakot)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tderoeck (7578) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 16, 2014
23/VI/14 - 50cl bottle @ home - BB: II/2015, batch G380 (2014-660) Thanks to Liam for the bottle!

Clear dark brown to black beer, small creamy beige head, little stable, bit adhesive. Aroma: lots of coffee, charcoal, very burned, roasted, caramel. MF: ok carbon, medium body. Taste: very roasted, lots of coffee, dark chocolate, bit sourish. Aftertaste: bit hoppy, very roasted, coffee, charcoal, coffee grit. Not my cup of beer, but nicely done though.

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