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%
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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Spab (3962) - 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; there’s some dark fruit but none of the oddness of the aroma. Medium plus body. Some things to really commend it, but there’s something about the aroma that doesn’t do it for me.

DerWeg (1694) - 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.

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.

barncatmatt (2287) - 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.

BeerandBlues2 (13642) - 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.

Cantabrian (1151) - 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...

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.

AcctError160898 (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.

bb (9657) - 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.

ericdevin (988) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - OCT 11, 2012
Bottle at 16 Tons Cafe, Eugene. I don’t 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.

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