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Brewed by Renaissance Brewing
Style: Porter
Blenheim, New Zealand

bottled
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RATINGS: 254   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


Cconners' rating

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Cconners (11) - Tauranga, - FEB 29, 2008
This is my favourite beer style ,what a great 4 pack from this brewery. The bottle poured an inky black with a fluffy tan head, very tight bubbles. The scent of this beer was coffeeish and chocolaty with hints of ripe plums. The creamy rich head was followed by an intense flavour dominated by roasted notes and sweet caramel, finishing with a lovely chocolate sensation. The lingering flavour was still around well after the bottle was gone. This beer is truely a stand out in their range and accordingly this is the brewers favourite style.


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SparhawkII (1) - - DEC 27, 2014 does not count
Pours a dark tan head, definite chocolate and roast malt aromas. Drinks smooth, not as bitter as other porters and is medium in body. Again, lots of chocolate flavours and the finish isn’t super long but has a "fatty" feel at the end. This is most certainly a beer that I could go back to again.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ester_ (114) - Quebec, CANADA - DEC 15, 2014
Ruby colour, medium head. Aromas of chocolate, roasted malt, yeast. Flavours of chocolate, roasted malt, bitterness from the roasted malt, hop, hop bitterness. Couleur rubois, moyen col de mousse. Arômes de chocolat, torréfaction, levure. Saveurs de chocolat, torréfaction, amertume de malt torréfié, houblon, amertume de houblon.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AlainG (1349) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 13, 2014
Une mousse explosive recouvre un liquide noir opaque. Des arômes de mélasse, de grains grillés, de noix rôties avec des particularités plus ou moins épicées. Un goût acidulé, amer, chocolaté et ce, d’une façon toute simple et efficace. Par moment des saveurs lactiques sont perceptibles. Un beau liquide soyeux et velouté qui rend la dégustation des plus appréciable. (1338-051214)

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
terrybail (670) - London, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 19, 2014
500ml bottle from the Lcbo wow lots of chocolate in the aroma chocolate, roasty, black, cloudy, frothy, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, medium body, creamy, average carbonation, mmm very good

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bunget (573) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 11, 2014
500ml bottle. Deep brown body, big chocolate head with good retention. Aroma of dark chocolate, dust, herbs, chocolate liquor, mineral water, light coffee, blackberries. Taste is equally satisfying: burned toast, coffee, dark chocolate, blackberry jam, molasses, a touch of smokiness. Very enjoyable.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gluepot (69) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 5, 2014
at 6% abv, this is a real triumph of taste. The pungent bitter chocolate in the nose carries through as the backbone of the taste profile. This is a thick and full bodied porter, with a lactic creaminess combining nicely with a slightly chalky mouth feel. An undercurrent of ripe dark berries and chewy malts with a nicely roasted finish combine with a slight booziness to make this a real treat. Can’t believe this isn’t an Imperial!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MartinT (8135) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 5, 2014
My Bottom Line:
This aromatic English-style Porter brings together blackberry jam, chocolate and molasses flavors, as roastiness and hop earthiness make the palate pause before a sensuous return of the initial malt-driven forces in the aftertaste.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam covers the darkest brown.
-The malty return (malt flavors and residual sugars) is as sublime as the aroma.
-That fruity fermentation character is wonderful with the chosen grain bill.
-All this in a bottle that’s been all the way across the globe! This must be absolutely to die for, fresh, on cask, near the source... Dark Star level quality, I’m sure.
-Mouthfeel is smooth and enhances drinkability despite the richness of flavors.

Bottle.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Randy4Beer (251) - - NOV 1, 2014
Pours a dark, near black. Thin mocha head. Aromas of coffee, roasted malts, and dark chocolate. Whets the appetite just inhaling this one. Tastes are dark chocolate, coffee, cocoa nibs. Overall, creamy, with the bitterness, of coffee and dark chocolate. This is why craft brewing was invented. A superior brew.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
AgentAle (796) - Alberta, CANADA - OCT 30, 2014
Aroma is rich malts, toffee, caramel and light sulphur notes. Taste is a deep rich malts, caramel, light fig and toffee. Medium/light hop body follows but is fairly well balanced Body is black with a beige head that retains fairly well.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ametras (506) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 28, 2014
500ml bottle. Black with a frothy tan head. Flavors are coffee, milk chocolate, dark fruits, roasted malts and molasses with nutty notes. Medium body, soft carbonation, oily texture.


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