overall
98
99
style
Brewed by Renaissance Brewing
Style: Porter
Blenheim, New Zealand

bottling
unknown

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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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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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Palme (4398) - Bergen, NORWAY - AUG 20, 2012
0.5l bottle from BrewDog Camden. A massive everlasting and thick lacing foamy tan head arises from the glass on top of a deep dark body. The aroma is roasty with coffee and chocolate. Also a bit bitter, wet rocks, some soy sauce and a hints of leather couch and gunpowder. The flavor has lots and lots of burned bitter malts! Its filled with soy sauce and Belgian bitter chocolate. Its low on the carbonation and extremely slick in the mouthfeel. Lasting bitter and not least burned aftertaste in this one. My, oh my. A lasting sipper with tons of flavor! 01.08.2012

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fletchfighters (1465) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 10, 2012
A-- Poured black, with just a bit of red on the sides of the glass. Got a huge head from the pour and looks to have at least medium carbonation. Head is a Brown Sugar color, very well constructed and held a 2 finger head for quite a while. Looks more like a root beer float. S-- Fresh Licorice is the dominant smell, followed by coffee and dark sweet berry chocolate.Very big smell and quite earthy and a bit of a pungent smell. T-- Still get a bit of the licorice but strong roasted coffee is very prevalent, more like overdrawn cold espresso. Quite bitter and still earthy. Very rich dark chocolate is also there, as well as blackberries and raspberries M-- Coffee taste sticks around for a while but the rest of the flavor is a little flat and disappears very quickly, a little bit thin. Needs more hops. The coffee and chocolate flavor hides it well and in some ways overdo the hop presence. Could use a bit less carbonation. D-- Well made beer and a good take on an English Porter.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Frenger (367) - Derby, Alabama, ENGLAND - AUG 1, 2012
Bottle from brewdog Manchester. Really tasty, thick and loads of coffee. Just a bit too fizzy for me.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
pmuzz (400) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 14, 2012
I have been a bit disappointed with renaissance lately but this is stunning. A really good and solid beer, great balance and rich deep flavour.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JStax (5823) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUL 5, 2012
Poured from a 22 ounce bomber. Pours a dark, thick black with a hefty head of beige foam. Great retention. Aroma is nice cacao nibs, dark chocolate, and some cinnamon. Taste is same as the aroma, but the cinnamon really comes through. Finish is a little dry and definitely roasty. Overall its a pretty nice Porter.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Davros (2993) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUN 28, 2012
Pours black with a large, tan head. Nose shows dark chocolate, peppery hops, roasted coffee beans and roasted malt. Equally roasty flavours, focussing of coffee and roasted malt rather than chocolate though. Very smooth stuff, but becomes a little more bold in the dry finish. Could use a richer body.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kiwi_daz (54) - NEW ZEALAND - JUN 5, 2012
not normally a fan of porters but this one is great, nice bittering, and mouth feel/body.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brenhophead (695) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 6, 2012
1L growler, pours black with a big mocha head and a wonderful creamy coffee aroma. Sweet espresso taste as well as anaseed but it is amazingly well balanced. Great porter.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (14002) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 22, 2012
Bottle. Poured a black color with an average frothy light brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate toasted malt and chocolate aroma. Medium body with a smooth slick texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy toasted chocolate sweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration. Solid complex brew.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 19, 2012
In short: A nice tasty roasted porter with grassy peppery hops. Very good.
How: Bottle 500ml. consumed relatively fresh a few weeks after purchase (after a boat ride from New-Zealand). Bottle sent to me by blankboy, thanks a lot Paul
The look: Black body topped by a medium tan-beige head
In long: Nose is roasted, light notes of coffee and has a strong showing of peppery hops. Taste has some burnt caramel, chocolaty malts, some raisins, light notes of espresso. Carbonation is a bit aggressive. By itself the grassy peppery hops didnt seem so dominant, but when sipping back and forth between this beer and my girlfriends Fullers London Porter (her fetish porter) then the peppery character of the Renaissance Elemental Porter seemed totally disproportionate. Rather dry (again compared to the Fullers London Porter) and quite tasty for the style. Lacks the smoothness and class of a classic like Fullers London Porter but makes up for it with more Omph!. A very nice beer, and I feel bad for all of you who are out on dates tonight and arent sitting at home drinking a nice Elemental Porter all by yourself in front of a computer like I am.


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