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Brewed by Renaissance Brewing
Style: Porter
Blenheim, New Zealand

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RATINGS: 224   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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Metalchopz (2124) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 1, 2013
Pours a real dark brown colour with very little red highlights. Big frothy mocha-coloured head with good retention and a little lace. Big cocoa nose with some earth notes and mild dark fruits. The taste is more on the roasted malts, but very smooth, not harsh. Just enough hop to balance some bitterness (dryness) that takes time to kick in, but does slowly. Goes down a little too well actually. Very, very nice !

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Oakes (11812) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 11, 2013
Very dark brown. Thin head. The aroma is rich syrupy chocolatey goodness. Soft chocolate body but with some earthy, tarry overtones and fudgey undertones. The finish is earthy, rooty bitterness. Great balance and complexity.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DrSilverworm (5025) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 10, 2013
16.9oz bottle. Very dark brown body. Big light brown head, that soon fades to a reasonable amount. Just a couple loose bits of lace. Medium body. Smooth, soft, kind of stronger carbonation. Sweeter taste. Minimal bitter. Sweet milk chocolate, toasted malts, some light dark fruit. Hint of herbal hop. OK porter. I prefer the bitterness of American examples, a little too sweet for me.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yumyum (210) - barrie, Ontario, CANADA - APR 20, 2013
Pours black with moderate tan head. Big chocolate on the nose in the taste Some roastiness but definitely bitter dark chocolate dominates. Slight criticism might be the mouthfeel was a tad watery but otherwise a very well crafted beer especially considering it is only 6%. Didn’t blow me away but quite enjoyable.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Crit (3245) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 18, 2013
Black, tan head.Great nose of roast,alcohol,cocoa.Complex palate has same elements, plus dry malt & condensed milk. Medium body, lasting bitter finish Great stuff

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dfinney23 (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 16, 2013
Gusher! Probably not helped by the fact it was rolling around in my trunk an hour before I opened it... Even after settling down, the peaked head lasts a ridiculously long time. Bitter chocolate and oily, roasted malt.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rederic (2883) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 16, 2013
500ml bottle, big gushing at the crack of the bottle, pitch black color, with a big fluffy, leaving bubbly tan head, with a yeasty, burnt dark dried fruit, dark chocolate, mild black coffee, burnt chocolate cake nose, with some chocolate, black, roasted, toasted malty accents, and with some fruitcake, brownie, faint cocoa powder notes in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a yeasty, burnt dark dried fruit, dark chocolate, mocha, black coffee, burnt toast, burnt brownie character, with some good roasted, chocolate, black, toasted maltiness flavours, leading towards a yeasty, dark dried fruit, chocolate, good roasty bitterness finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Unm4rk3d (71) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - APR 15, 2013
@scratch. Burned toffee nose. Dark chocolate with a nice slight bitter after taste.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pintbypint (2383) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - APR 9, 2013
500ml brown bottle. 5.7% abv on label. Deep brown pour, almost black, not a lot of light showing through. Light brown head, very creamy and whipped looking. Creamy lacing. Nose has big coffee and sweet chocolate notes. Taste is roasty with chocolate and light coffee, bit of caramel, also get a fruity note that comes and goes... Dark chocolate and roasty bitterness in the finish, light hop note, quite dry. Body is light to medium, pretty fine carbonation. Overall an enjoyable porter.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lisagirl (262) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - APR 2, 2013
Delicious, a lot of subtle chocolate and coffee going on, and very smooth and full-bodied. best porter of three by a long way of that night, that’s for sure.


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