Brewed by Renaissance Brewing
Style: Porter
Blenheim, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 286   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TaktikMTL (7136) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 20, 2015
Bouteille de 500 ml obtenue via Importations Privées Bièropholie au coût de 10,15$. La bouteille a complètement explosée à l’ouverture. J’ai perdu environ 75% de son contenu. Arôme: Odeur de céréales grillées avec une pointe de noix. Apparence: La couleur est noire opaque. Présence d’un énorme col beige mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût céréales grillées avec une pointe de chocolat et de noix. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement onctueuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût légèrement chocolaté. (Rating #6338)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
anstei (1365) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - JAN 13, 2015
500ml bottle. No color description because everything is dark in the night outside. Little head. Roasty, fruity nose. Tasty and intense, with chocolate and much sweetness. Lasting finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SparhawkII (7) - - DEC 27, 2014 does not count
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2015 Pours a dark tan head, definite chocolate and roast malt aromas. Drinks smooth, not as bitter as other porters and is medium in body. Again, lots of chocolate flavours and the finish isn?t super long but has a "fatty" feel at the end. This is most certainly a beer that I could go back to again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ester_ (124) - Quebec, CANADA - DEC 15, 2014
Ruby colour, medium head. Aromas of chocolate, roasted malt, yeast. Flavours of chocolate, roasted malt, bitterness from the roasted malt, hop, hop bitterness. Couleur rubois, moyen col de mousse. Arômes de chocolat, torréfaction, levure. Saveurs de chocolat, torréfaction, amertume de malt torréfié, houblon, amertume de houblon.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AlainG (2042) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 13, 2014
Une mousse explosive recouvre un liquide noir opaque. Des arômes de mélasse, de grains grillés, de noix rôties avec des particularités plus ou moins épicées. Un goût acidulé, amer, chocolaté et ce, d’une façon toute simple et efficace. Par moment des saveurs lactiques sont perceptibles. Un beau liquide soyeux et velouté qui rend la dégustation des plus appréciable. (1338-051214)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
terrybail (704) - London, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 19, 2014
500ml bottle from the Lcbo wow lots of chocolate in the aroma chocolate, roasty, black, cloudy, frothy, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, medium body, creamy, average carbonation, mmm very good

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bunget (871) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 11, 2014
500ml bottle. Deep brown body, big chocolate head with good retention. Aroma of dark chocolate, dust, herbs, chocolate liquor, mineral water, light coffee, blackberries. Taste is equally satisfying: burned toast, coffee, dark chocolate, blackberry jam, molasses, a touch of smokiness. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gluepot (500) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 5, 2014
at 6% abv, this is a real triumph of taste. The pungent bitter chocolate in the nose carries through as the backbone of the taste profile. This is a thick and full bodied porter, with a lactic creaminess combining nicely with a slightly chalky mouth feel. An undercurrent of ripe dark berries and chewy malts with a nicely roasted finish combine with a slight booziness to make this a real treat. Can’t believe this isn’t an Imperial!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MartinT (9499) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 5, 2014
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2015 My Bottom Line:
This aromatic English-style Porter brings together blackberry jam, chocolate and molasses flavors, as roastiness and hop earthiness make the palate pause before a sensuous return of the initial malt-driven forces in the aftertaste.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam covers the darkest brown.
-The malty return (malt flavors and residual sugars) is as sublime as the aroma.
-That fruity fermentation character is wonderful with the chosen grain bill.
-All this in a bottle that’s been all the way across the globe! This must be absolutely to die for, fresh, on cask, near the source... Dark Star level quality, I’m sure.
-Mouthfeel is smooth and enhances drinkability despite the richness of flavors.


   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Randy4Beer (513) - - NOV 1, 2014
Pours a dark, near black. Thin mocha head. Aromas of coffee, roasted malts, and dark chocolate. Whets the appetite just inhaling this one. Tastes are dark chocolate, coffee, cocoa nibs. Overall, creamy, with the bitterness, of coffee and dark chocolate. This is why craft brewing was invented. A superior brew.

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