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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jookos (5981) - FINLAND - OCT 19, 2015
Bottle@wkk. Black. Malty chocolate, some salty licorice on nose. Med bodied, stray malty, easy smooth. Thanks hermod!

-- bb

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hermod (6843) - Vantaa, FINLAND - OCT 17, 2015
50cl bottle. Pours near black with a thin off white head. Coffee, roastedness, sweetness, tobacco in aroma. Flavor has roastedness, coffee, some cocoa. Creamy, smooth. Pleasant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mjs (6824) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 14, 2015
(Bottle, 0.5 l - BB 23.03.2016, at William K. Kurvi, 20151014) The beer poured black. Its head was medium sized and lightly brown. Aroma had coffee, burnt malts and dark chocolate. Palate was full bodied with medium carbonation. Flavours were burnt malts, cocoa, sweetness, dark chocolate, earth and bitterness. Aftertaste had dark chocolate and bitterness. A tasty brew with strong chocolate notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mrjez (554) - Osaka, JAPAN - OCT 1, 2015
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2015 Re-rate. 500ml bottle from Yamaya. L: pours a deep dark brown with a soapy tan head that sticks around for the first half. S: theres a displeasing off citrus smell straight out of the bottle, but it clears. Roasted malt, nutty chocolate take over. T: the flavour is a nice bitter dark chocolate, a touch of dark fruit. F: Theres an upfront fizziness, a flavour wash, medium feel, and then it falls away just a little quickly. O: a pretty good Porter with minor flaws.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ippopotamo36 (2089) - Rome, ITALY - SEP 28, 2015
At the multi-national tasting held in Rome-Italy on 29/08/2015 (Jow, Mortlach, ippopotamo36 and Marco). Bottle courtesy of Sylvan, thank you. Pours coffee bean color, brownish-ivory foam. Nose: dark chocolate, coffee. Mouth: chocolate, milk, round and dry. Great execution of the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TorbenJensen (1478) - Valby, DENMARK - SEP 24, 2015
This porter has a rich and stunning nougat colored foam. A little hard roasted malt is only aroma. Good English licorice has taken over in this porter ale, and a little smoked burnt taste gaining strength after a short time. Hop bitterness is gentle, and it is malt impression know, especially the smoked / burned, the main themes of this porter. A very rich and tasteful porter who has just the balance lies between soft, comfortable and total savagery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jow (3721) - New York, USA - SEP 4, 2015
New Zealand came on strong in the late innings of this Rome tasting. Very dark brown pour. aromas of cocoa and coffee ground. Tastes of dark chocolate, cola, licorice, blackberry, coffee, and bitter earth. touch oily palate but overall quite delicious indeed.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
digopossobon (389) - MACAE, BRAZIL - JUL 27, 2015
A: coffee, chocolate, roasty. A: black, hazy, minimal head, brown foam T: medium sweetness, lightly bitter, lightly sour P:

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yourilevesque (1651) - Montral, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 21, 2015
la robe parfaitement noire, ce magnifique porter est prsent dans une bouteille lgante et raffine. Bien quil ne faut pas se fier lallure dune bouteille, jaime lorsque celle-ci reprsente bien le produit quelle contient. linstar de son contenant, le contenu affiche un caractre noble et labor avec soin. Tout se joue en finesse: tant les armes que la texture, cest satin, souple, lger, chaud. Ds le nez au bord du verre, jy retrouve des notes complexes de mlasse, de caramel, de chocolat, de vanille mais le tout trs dlicatement amalgam. Tiens, je crois que les trois mots qui traduisent le mieux ma pense en ce moment prcis sont: complexit, quilibre et cohrence. Tout se tient dans cette bire: les malts sont juste assez torrfis sans trop tre sucrs; saveurs qui sunissent parfaitement la lgre fracheur provenant de quelques jeunes houblons verts. La densit est relativement faible malgr une rondeur agrable et lalcool, et bien celui-ci est compltement dissimul. Trs agrable longueur en bouche qui sestompe trs doucement sur des notes dlicatement fruites. mon avis un Grand Porter!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maekchu (3670) - Hirakata, JAPAN - MAY 24, 2015
Bottle from local Yamaya. Deep chocolatey nose, cocoa, roast nuts, and a hint of licorice. Deep dark borwn. Solid dark roast, dark fruit, with some earthiness and wood, and a bit ashy and smoky. Medium-heavy body. Feels stronger than 6%. Well-made stuff, tasty and rich.

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