Brewed by Renaissance Brewing
Style: Porter
Blenheim, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 244   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sudomorph (641) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 11, 2013
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2014 500ml bottle. Pours a very dark brown/black with a tan, one-finger head that thins to a ring and film but leaves a large amount of lacing.Aroma has big notes of chocolate and roasted malts with a hint of coffee, and dark fruits. Taste is balanced starting out with notes chocolate and a hint of hops then moving to coffee bitterness and roasted malts on the finish and aftertaste. Really nice. Medium body with a low-medium carbonation. Fairly clean mouth feel. Slightly creamy but not overly think. Easy drinking for sure. Just enough carbonation to not be flat and lifeless. Overall this is a really nice porter. One of the best I’ve had. Great aroma and taste with a solid, not too watery, mouth feel makes this one a winner. This bottle was two months past it?s best before date (oops) so I?m sure the flavours would be even stronger than they were for me. Would buy again for sure. Cheers!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kiwianer (3340) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 8, 2013
The head is robust, the body is black. It smells darkmalty, roasty, creamy, wooden, chocolate, bitter, bit sour. The taste is darkmalty, roasty, wooden, bitter, roasty, coffee-bitter. Interesting, balanced and fucking delicious!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ferris (4474) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 28, 2013
Bottle - Espresso, licorice, soy sauce and dark chocolate. Jet black with a foamy brown head. Dark roast, soy sauce, chocolate and coffee bitterness. Reminds me of Bells Expedition Stout. Nice stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
duncanneilson (7) - - OCT 27, 2013 does not count
My favourite porter to date, strong coffee flavour with light body, NZ hops give a fresher finish than others ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
edgallow (2190) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 19, 2013
16.9 oz bottle pours black with a tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, and a hint of chocolate. Taste is malts, roast and coffee. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cinctus (168) - - SEP 29, 2013
Lots of roasted nuts, some bitterness in a coffee and dark chocolate manner. Pours thick black with a beige head.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ShaneJ (540) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 29, 2013
Bottle from Slowbeer. Clear dark brown with a deep reddish tinge to it, solid tan head, strong chocolate and roast malt aroma, some vanilla, flavour is sweet chocolate, bitter coffee, slick, smooth texture, full body. Loved this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beer-yum (500) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 13, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2013 As advertised - elementally well balanced (and aptly named). Initial score will likely be uprated in the future (confirmed - it’s a really great beer).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
andrewturba (998) - 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.

   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.

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