Brewed by Renaissance Brewing
Style: Porter
Blenheim, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 253   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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dfearnley (1076) - 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 (2135) - 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 (1326) - 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 (1929) - 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 (11860) - 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 (8228) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hopped_Silly (418) - California, USA - DEC 27, 2013
500ml bottle. No date; less then year old. Served cellar temp.. Guinness glass. HUGE, thick, creamy tan head that lasted for over 5mins.. Maybe 10mins!?!? Thick lacing. Very surprising.. Somewhat focused aromas of dusty, bitter dark chocolate and roasted malt, is overshadowed by intense flavors of dark cocoa powder and coffee, intermingled with dark fruit and heavily toasted malt on the palate. Impressive, lingering flavors of dark chocolate and mocha captivate the senses. Creamy mouthfeel, with full carbonation. Medium-medium-plus body. Overall, a seriously full flavored, well carbonated, creamy Porter. Recommended. Long finish is best. --- tasted while on a long journey to understand the world around me...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sudomorph (709) - 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!

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