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Brewed by Renaissance Brewing
Style: Porter
Blenheim, New Zealand

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RATINGS: 296   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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.

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3.7
kevinsenn (2236) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 19, 2013
Bottle from LCBO. Pours black with a thick tan head - a great looking beer. Aroma of roasted malts, dried fruits, coffee, and molasses. Taste is smooth, fruity, floral, with a roasty bitter aftertaste. Thick smooth mouthfeel. A slightly strange porter, but quite enjoyable.

3.2
andyfla99 (12) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 19, 2013
Lots of chocolate flavour, thick and dark. Add to that a medium bitterness. It’s rich and has loads of body but not overpowering, goes down nicely. I think the sweet chocky flavour distinuishes this from other NZ porters.

4.1
Radek Kliber (7369) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JAN 18, 2013
Bottle 500 ml LCBO
Aroma: hefty dose of chocolate, brown malts , slightly nutty. Very clean , straight nose.7+
Look: poured dark brown with lighter creamy espresso like cap. 3+
Taste / Palate etc.: medium bodied. Great and I mean it perfectly attuned dark malt bitterness that goes in harmony with equally harmonized hop theme. Feels as one. Smooth but not creamy, not to heavy nor light. Remarkable brewing skill.

4
sseb69 (1911) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 17, 2013
Bouteille 500 ml. 6.0%. Couleur brune très très foncée, reflet rougeâtres, mousse brune crémeuse. Arôme de chocolat au lait. En bouche, crème, chocolat, un peu de café au lait. Un peu de torrefaction en finale, présence de houblon vers la fin. Excellent Porter.

4
pootzboy (1760) - Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 17, 2013
500ml bottle: pours as black as a taxman’s heart with a tight 1finger tan cap which lasts well. Aromas of deep roastiness, some light fruitiness and herbaceous hops. Rich body for a porter. Flavor profile has a massive dose of roasty coffee-like tastes mingling with dark chocolate, a hint of vanilla then it goes to a long rich mellow finih where hop bittering dies up the palate. A great robust porter, very drinkable and well made.

3.6
probstblueribbon (3791) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 14, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2013 500 ml bottle from LCBO, served at cellar temperature in a tulip glass.

App.: Deep brown-black with a fair mocha head. Aroma: Big!, lots of dark chocolate and cold black coffee, there is a sort of sharp, peppery, almost burnt note that is hard to describe, it is not particularly pleasant. Palate: Medium+ body, disorganized effervescence. Flav.: A little more black coffee, about the same dark chocolate, slightly less of that odd note, cooked green peppers, pretty big but not entirely to my liking; dry with pretty good bitterness and a long, mouth-coating finish of dark-roasted malts.

I’ll try another bottle. That enigmatic aroma/flavour overshadowed the good stuff.</br></br> ******************** second bottle is better. Lots of rich chocolate and roasted malt notes. None of the nastiness of the first bottle. Old rating = 2.5

3.8
Ontbeertaster (2362) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 14, 2013
Bottle, pours a nice dark black, aroma is roasty and flavour is roasty, nice smooth offering, tasty

4
blankboy (7714) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 13, 2013
Bottle [500ml]. Pours a very dark brown with an average size diminishing frothy beige head. Lovely aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, nuts, hops and a hint of coffee. Flavour, which is just as good, of roasted malt, chocolate, a good amount of leafy hops, dark fruit, light coffee and nuts. Medium bodied. Slightly creamy mouthfeel. Simply put, a fantastic Porter.

3.8
solidfunk (9018) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Pours pitch black with creamy head and some lacing. Roasted malt, cacao and nut in the aroma. Creamy consistency and medium carbonation. Some musk as well. Light bitterness. Very good. Bottle.

4.3
palemale (3) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 12, 2013 does not count
Pours with little head. Inviting aroma and flavour of chocolate with some interesting fruit notes. Pleasingly bitter finish. A delicious porter.


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