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Brewed by Renaissance Brewing
Style: Porter
Blenheim, New Zealand

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RATINGS: 236   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
andrewturba (962) - Alberta, CANADA - SEP 8, 2013
Pours an opaque very dark brown with a large initial tan head which quickly shrinks into a light covering but leaves a good amount of lace up the glass. Aroma is lightly burnt roasted malts, rich toffee, chocolate, coffee notes, caramel and bready. Flavour coffee, dark chocolate, lightly burnt roasted malts, a little dry, bready and some toffee. Good example of its style.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Acid303 (406) - Barcelona, CATALONIA, - AUG 23, 2013
50cl bottle, served in Duvel cup. Brought from NZ by my best friend. Pours black with medium brown frothy head, really nice. Aroma is chocolate, malts, dark fruits and hints of wine. The flavour is stronger than expected: lots of dark chocolate notes, coffee, red grape, dried fruits, roasted malts...complex. Dry palate. Medium body, good carbonation. Very good beer, that simple.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (7790) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 19, 2013
2013-08-11. Black body with a modest tan head. 3++ Flavour has sweetish dark malt core, notes of cocoa and chocolate syrup. Light roast, lingering chocolate syrup. 7+ Aroma is similar, syrupy chocolate and light roast. Smooth avg plus to medium body. Okay. But sweet overall. Bottle from LCBO, Toronto

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (11305) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 11, 2013
Draft at the source. Dark maroon color, brown and beige head with good retention and solid lacing. Aroma of dark cocoa and caffe macchiato. Taste is sweet and roasty dark chocolate and espresso. Nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheEpeeist (3332) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 31, 2013
16.9 oz bottle. A gusher! Dark brown with a huge cap of tan foam that collapses to rocky peaks. Nose is chocolate, hay and prune; slightly vinous. Fluffy medium body but drinks lighter. Taste is chocolate, ash, plum, citrus peel and burnt sugar. Old bottle?

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Tonybaldeagle (61) - - JUL 13, 2013
A pleasant porter full of flavour & character that deserves its a accolades. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gilvanblight (772) - Windsor, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 5, 2013
Strong malty and fruity scent. Raisins. Chocolate. Near black pour with a quickly fading tan head. Taste is very strong coffee and chocolate. Thick rich and desert like. A touch bitter especially in the finish. Really enjoy this up to the finish. The finish is just too bitter. Like dark unsweetened chocolate but not in a good way. Good but not something I want often.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jmohno (1065) - Iowa, USA - JUN 22, 2013
Very dark,heady. Aroma of sweet nutty coconut/chocolate/berry Taste is oaky,woody,dry semi sweet/sweetness,chocolate,dark sweet berries,slightly tart. nutty. finish is chocolate/nutty sweet beery.Fuck me its good.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thb (680) - Alberta, CANADA - JUN 15, 2013
Rich ruby black with half inch of rich brown head. Aroma is deep roasty chocolate with espresso, date. Lots going on there. Taste is big, bold, bitter. Lingering bitterness with a touch of dry sweetness. Less fruit than the aroma suggests. A bit too bitter for my liking of the style, would like some more balancing sweetness. Still very enjoyable though.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rastacouere (6126) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 9, 2013
A diminutive off-white cap reigns above the close to blackness. Whew, that’s an aromatic one with plenty of intricacies. Its dominant feature is probably that of a quality dark chocolate, albeit perhaps a bit fudgey and dense in nature, with plenty of substance, evolving as it warms up toward anise and raisin subterfuges. Bold, chewy and earthy, it showcases abundant esters and bready yeast character, marking one think of blueberry and chocolate muffins. Thick texture with tiny yet abundant bubbles managing to cleanse the palate up and remove the mollasses-like sweetness impression with the help of an above average acidity level from the roast and efficient leafy hops in the background. Impressive ale, certainly far more intense than anything I’ve had in the UK, but focused, well-extracted flavours with intensity and texture yet neglectable alcohol presence. I really need to get to NZ...


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