Brewed by Renaissance Brewing
Style: Porter
Blenheim, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 276   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   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.

cfrancis' rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cfrancis (2984) - Ottawa, Ontario, - FEB 16, 2013
Pours black with a big mocha head. Aroma.is big chocolate and roasted malts. Taste is roasted malts and chocolate with a small.coffee

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (9531) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 6, 2016
Bottle at ash’s. Pours black, nose is dark chocolate, toffee, light funk, taste is sweet toffee, chocolate, bitter, coffee, light smoke.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
allmyvinyl (8809) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 6, 2016
Bottle shared with Ashton McCobb and Stuu666. Pours black with a thin tan head. Aromas of dark chocolate, tar, faint smoke. I’m getting wood, as is everyone else. Chocolate dominates though. Taste is more cocoa, toffee. Like one of those toffee and chocolate bars you get these days. If anything a touch thin, but otherwise very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AshtonMcCobb (4899) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 6, 2016
Bottle thanks to Stuu666. Appearance - opaque black with a lovely fawn head. Nose - gorgeous milk chocolate. Getting wood! Taste - luscious chocolate and toffee too this time. Palate - medium bodied with a creamy yet tangy tangy texture and a long dry but elegant finish. Overall - lovely beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BeerRevere (31) - - JAN 31, 2016
Massive chocolate aroma, roasted tempered bitterness. Sweet potentially lactose element. Pleasing rich body. Excellent taste & overall tasty beverage

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
sinfull (1326) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JAN 15, 2016
Black color. Thin , beige head. Full of chocolate and roasted caramel in aroma . Chocolate and hint of vanilla in sweet taste. Lite , roasted bitterness in smooth finish. Very good porter!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tom10101 (4903) - Quebec, CANADA - DEC 26, 2015
Bottle (500 ml). Split 2-ways. Black with a medium fully lasting brown head leaving some lacing. Aroma is of roasted malt, cocoa powder, vanilla, molasses, dried raisins and earthy notes. Taste is fruitier than expected considering the aroma with raisins and dates, sweetness level is moderate to medium, malts are rich, cocoa powder from aroma is now chocolatey and borderline fudgey, there’s also vanilla, roasted malts and mild earthy notes. Medium body. Moderate to medium carbonation. Smooth and velvety mouthfeel. Fruity and chocolatey finish. This is a very nice Porter that is smooth, rich and fairly drinkable. I like the combination of fruitiness of chocolate presence. Tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JulienHuxley (5463) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 21, 2015
Bottle, shared. Deep brown reddish black pour with tan foam. Aroma is meaty, nice leather, roasty notes, powdery cocoa aromas, very aromatic. Taste is rich, very chocolatey, light roastiness, sweet. Palate is med bodied, good carbonation, perhaps a tad high for the style. Nice porter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jmanock (36) - - NOV 10, 2015
Plum-like, toffee malt aroma with some earthiness and a tiny bit of floral hop aroma. Subdued due to low carb and cold temp. Wish the aroma was stronger as it is very nice. Pours murky black-brown with tiny fizz and almost no head that fades quick after swirling. Flavor is restrained chocolate over light wood/earth, light sweetness followed by a touch of roast and a little bit more hop bitterness. All elements that taste fresh and not overpowering as this beer finishes very dry and is light bodied and a little slick on the tongue. No chalkiness or astringency typical of a porter is found here, which is pretty nice. Also no unpleasant roast tartness. Overall, a great subtle porter. Not a domineering flavorful beer, but one that is VERY well balanced and extremely pleasant to drink with enough interesting malt character to keep from being boring. Very well done as it invites sip after sip.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FatPhil (12763) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - NOV 8, 2015
500ml bottle (William K Kurvi, Helsinki)
Very nice roasty aroma, toasty, a little bit burnt. Soft palate, pleasant carbonation. Super roasty taste. Great balanced toasty porter. Finish slightly drying from both the roast and the bitter hops. So enjoyable, I haven’t had a beer like this for ages, most people have forgotten how to make a porter this way.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marduk (5380) - Reval, ESTONIA - NOV 4, 2015
330ml bottle @ William K. Kurvi. Very dark brown color. Tiny size, tan head, struggles to stay. Roasted malts, sweet, malty, caramel, bit of toffee and chocolate in aroma. Dark chocolate, roasted malts, sweet, hints of hops in taste. Long lasting roasted malts and chocolate in aftertaste. Nice balance. I can continue drinking this forever. Beautiful brew. More!

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