Brewed by Renaissance Brewing
Style: Porter
Blenheim, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 263   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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Demise (57) - Wellington, - JAN 24, 2009
Pours black with dark red edging and a tan head. Dark fruit aromas – plum, raisin, cherry – as well as slight malt and caramel characters. Coffee, dark chocolate and roasted malt flavours all come through strong, with caramel flavours and a cherry and plum sweetness just before the bitter malt finish. Full-bodied and smooth, absolutely lovely.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mrjez (118) - Osaka, JAPAN - OCT 1, 2015
500ml bottle from Yamaya. L: pours a deep dark brown with a soapy tan head that sticks around for the first half. S: there’s a displeasing off citrus smell straight out of the bottle, but it clears. Roasted malt, nutty chocolate take over. T: the flavour is a nice bitter dark chocolate, a touch of dark fruit. F: gotta say, I’m really not into the mouthfeel. Mostly it’s an upfront fizz like champagne, an abrupt flavour wash, and then it falls away. I have to keep taking many sips to get the flavour profile. O: a pretty good medium-light Porter with minor flaws.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ippopotamo36 (889) - Rome, ITALY - SEP 28, 2015
At the multi-national tasting held in Rome-Italy on 29/08/2015 (Jow, Mortlach, ippopotamo36 and Marco). Bottle courtesy of Sylvan, thank you. Pours coffee bean color, brownish-ivory foam. Nose: dark chocolate, coffee. Mouth: chocolate, milk, round and dry. Great execution of the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TorbenJensen (1321) - Valby, DENMARK - SEP 24, 2015
This porter has a rich and stunning nougat colored foam. A little hard roasted malt is only aroma. Good English licorice has taken over in this porter ale, and a little smoked burnt taste gaining strength after a short time. Hop bitterness is gentle, and it is malt impression know, especially the smoked / burned, the main themes of this porter. A very rich and tasteful porter who has just the balance lies between soft, comfortable and total savagery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jow (2847) - New York, USA - SEP 4, 2015
New Zealand came on strong in the late innings of this Rome tasting. Very dark brown pour. aromas of cocoa and coffee ground. Tastes of dark chocolate, cola, licorice, blackberry, coffee, and bitter earth. touch oily palate but overall quite delicious indeed.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
digopossobon (354) - MACAE, BRAZIL - JUL 27, 2015
A: coffee, chocolate, roasty. A: black, hazy, minimal head, brown foam T: medium sweetness, lightly bitter, lightly sour P:

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yourilevesque (577) - Quebec, CANADA - JUN 21, 2015
À la robe parfaitement noire, ce magnifique porter est présenté dans une bouteille élégante et raffinée. Bien qu’il ne faut pas se fier à l’allure d’une bouteille, j’aime lorsque celle-ci représente bien le produit qu’elle contient. À l’instar de son contenant, le contenu affiche un caractère noble et élaboré avec soin. Tout se joue en finesse: tant les arômes que la texture, c’est satiné, souple, léger, chaud. Dès le nez au bord du verre, j’y retrouve des notes complexes de mélasse, de caramel, de chocolat, de vanille mais le tout très délicatement amalgamé. Tiens, je crois que les trois mots qui traduisent le mieux ma pensée en ce moment précis sont: complexité, équilibre et cohérence. Tout se tient dans cette bière: les malts sont juste assez torréfiés sans trop être sucrés; saveurs qui s’unissent parfaitement à la légère fraîcheur provenant de quelques jeunes houblons verts. La densité est relativement faible malgré une rondeur agréable et l’alcool, et bien celui-ci est complètement dissimulé. Très agréable longueur en bouche qui s’estompe très doucement sur des notes délicatement fruitées. À mon avis un Grand Porter!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maekchu (2836) - Hirakata, JAPAN - MAY 24, 2015
Bottle from local Yamaya. Deep chocolatey nose, cocoa, roast nuts, and a hint of licorice. Deep dark borwn. Solid dark roast, dark fruit, with some earthiness and wood, and a bit ashy and smoky. Medium-heavy body. Feels stronger than 6%. Well-made stuff, tasty and rich.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TaktikMTL (6483) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 20, 2015
Bouteille de 500 ml obtenue via Importations Privées Bièropholie au coût de 10,15$. La bouteille a complètement explosée à l’ouverture. J’ai perdu environ 75% de son contenu. Arôme: Odeur de céréales grillées avec une pointe de noix. Apparence: La couleur est noire opaque. Présence d’un énorme col beige mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût céréales grillées avec une pointe de chocolat et de noix. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement onctueuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût légèrement chocolaté. (Rating #6338)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
anstei (447) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - JAN 13, 2015
500ml bottle. No color deScription because everything is dark in the night outside. Little head. Roasty, fruity nose. Tasty and intense, with chocolate and much sweetness. Lasting finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SparhawkII (7) - - DEC 27, 2014 does not count
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2015 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.

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