Brewed by Renaissance Brewing
Style: Porter
Blenheim, New Zealand


on tap

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RATINGS: 296   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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk (8267) - 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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Spab (3596) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 12, 2013
500 ml bottle from LCBO. Pours an opaque, inky near black with small tan head. Aroma is roasty coffee and chocolate with a bit of an odd fruity/herbal note. Flavour is quite roasty with big chocolate and some coffee; theres some dark fruit but none of the oddness of the aroma. Medium plus body. Some things to really commend it, but theres something about the aroma that doesnt do it for me.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DerWeg (1610) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 11, 2013
Big aromas and taste of chocolate jump from this semi-opaque dark brown ale. Nice roasty-grainy taste with hint of grain sourness. Just a medium bracing of hops that fit snugly to the malt profile.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hangunder (305) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 9, 2013
Beautiful roasty malt and milk chocolate aroma, with a tad of dried fruit. Dark black, long lasting brown head. Rich, sweet, chocolatey taste. Long roasty aftertaste. Medium bodied, average carbonation. Great porter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
barncatmatt (2281) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 9, 2013
500ml bottle from the LCBO. black, tan head, lovely lacing. weird nose, stale coffee, a bit briny, peanut butter, roasted malt. the flavour is a little thin but the body is medium and the flavour actually grows mid sip. i like it, but dont love it. fullers kills this stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerandBlues2 (12570) - Escondido, California, USA - JAN 4, 2013
Bottle. Pours near opaque black with a large, tall frothy and pillowy light tan head, long retention with excellent lacing. Aroma is fresh grassy, herbal, and pine hops with chocolate and coffee malt and prune notes. Flavor is malt forward with light hops and medium bitterness, dark fruity esters and a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cantabrian (1077) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 1, 2012
I can understand how this complex porter has gained so much appraisal, although it is not of my taste. Great aroma of black currants and chocolate, from a dark chestnut - almost black - beer with a dark tan head. Now, having said that, the flavours of chocolate, roasted malts, black fruits and framboise schnapps are somehow overwhelmed by the intense taste of coffee. Rather unfortunate. The beer is full bodied, with an unexpected salty finish that even reminds me of some oyster stouts. Totally drinkable and good, but the coffee is a turn-off though...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - NOV 30, 2012
Bottle. Black with a foamy tan head. Chocolate, biscuit, and citrus aroma and taste with an orange flavored roasty finish. Medium bodied bright slightly sticky palate.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
Beerenberger (1602) - Fischer, Texas, USA - NOV 10, 2012
Aroma of sweet dark fruit, coffee, and chocolate. Poured a dark brown with a short lived tan head and little lacing. Taste is slightly sweet, following the nose with notes of roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee.. Medium bodied, smooth, with minimal carbonation. Overall, a veery enjoyable porter.

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