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style
Brewed by Renaissance Brewing
Style: Porter
Blenheim, New Zealand

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RATINGS: 302   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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3.9
   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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
barncatmatt (2283) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerandBlues2 (13054) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cantabrian (1108) - 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...

3.6
   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.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
Beerenberger (1605) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bb (9109) - Alamo, California, USA - OCT 29, 2012
Bottle. Dark ruby beer with a tan head. Cocoa and light roast aroma with light nuttiness. Toffee and cocoa flavor with light roast. Medium bodied. Light toffee and light cocoa lingers with light roast and light licorice.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ericdevin (988) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - OCT 11, 2012
Bottle at 16 Tons Cafe, Eugene. I dont generally go in for porters, but a customer offered me a taste and I was duly impressed. Probably my favorite experience ever with the style, coffee and chocolate well-balanced just like I like most of my beers and with enough bitterness to make the lips smack. Superb.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (10562) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 25, 2012
Bottle from Smiths. Pours hazy dark chestnut with 3-finger brown head. Nose is roasty dark patent and choc malts, hops, cacao, hazelnuts, and prune. Tastes rich, roasty, with a somewhat sweet up front chocolate and patent malt flavor, mid-palate cacao, dry hops, and nuts, and a rich complex finish. This one is very good. The only negative here, and is it a very minor one, is that there is a slight twinge of an off taste at the very end that I cannot put my finger on.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 29, 2012
A - Pours a dark brown with a big finger of frothy khaki-chocolate colored head. The head fades down slowly leaving behind some nice lacing. S - Aroma is a mix of roasted dark chocolate malts with some dark fruit, and coffee with a touch of black licorice and vanilla. T - Starts off with a mix of roasted dark chocolate malts with some raisin and other sweet dark fruits and a touch of black licorice. Through the middle, a bit of earthy hops come through with some roasted coffee. The finish is a mix of dark chocolate malts, coffee, earthy hops, with a bit of black licorice and dark fruit. M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet and roasted finish. D - Very drinkable. Nice balance of chocolate and coffee flavors with the right amount of roastiness.


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