Brewed by Renaissance Brewing
Style: Porter
Blenheim, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 259   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Quevillon (2674) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 13, 2014
Drank from bottle at the Mondial de la BiŤre 2014 in Montreal. Very dark brown, thin head. Aroma of brewed coffee and raw, slightly sweet barley. Taste similar, just more fruity, slightly acid. Robust and delicious!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mathieuc (2285) - Quťbec, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 13, 2014
Pours a dark brown with a red hue and is topped by a small rim that doesnít leave much traces. Nose is of roasted malt, nuts and light coffee. Taste is of chocolate, nuts again and coffee. Body was medium to full and mouthfeel really smooth. Carbonation was on the lower side which I can appreciate. Really, really good if you ask me!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmgreenuk (5845) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - MAY 28, 2014
Bottle at Taps Beer Bar, Kuala Lumpur. Poured a deep mahogany with a thin broken off white head. The aroma is roasted malt, molasses, light hop. The flavour is mediun to strong bitter with a smooth rich marmite molasses, roast, chocolate,coffee, light spice palate. Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation. Need to get down to NZ if this is what they are brewing!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
omega (791) - NEW ZEALAND - MAY 12, 2014
Lovely soft and rich beer, that is sadly scorned in this country because porter is not fashionable. I too am guilty of not drinking this beer often, and every time I do think why is the time between sups so long.

   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 (3584) - 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 (1302) - 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 (2465) - 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 (1579) - 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)

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