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Elemental - Renaissance Brewing

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BA SCORE
87
very good

71 Ratings
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Ratings: 71
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 9.72%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Renaissance Brewing visit their website
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style | ABV
English Porter |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: belgbeerdrinker on 01-03-2008)
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

DannyBaldoni, Jun 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

RHB33, Jun 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

JHurley, May 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

ToddBeans, May 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Vanz, Apr 13, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

Aggro, Mar 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

JSOBB, Feb 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

wrightst, Jan 31, 2014
Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%

Sampled this brew along with Renaissance's Scotch ale, thanks to a generous donor to the great beer cause here in sleepy Silver Springs, Calgary. This beer certainly looks the part of a so-called robust porter (as per the fine print on the label), a murky dark brown to almost black, although was noticeably lacking the red highlights you often get with a well-crafted porter from the Old World. Perhaps I just failed to see this but I still must rate accordingly. Fairly aggressive carbonation in terms of the billowing tan head as well as on the palate later. Too fizzy for me and for the style more generally. Aroma was pleasant enough, coffee and caramel, chocolate, considerable fruity sweetness like dried currants and raisins, a little fresh citrus rind from NZ hops. Standard high-end porter stuff but as was the case for the Scotch ale from this brewery, weighted towards the sweet rather than the bitter roasted elements. Palate yields a nice chocolate-covered raisins effect, a very smooth and refined roasted character, mellow smoke, some diacetyl butter that stays right where it needs to be, namely noticeable but not aggressive, and some interesting herbal flavors, including a pronounced mint note that strangely enough works quite well in such a dark beer and a smooth licorice drop style floral spice. Semi-chewy and of moderately thick body, with a little dry wood char in the reasonably dry finish. The final verdict? I tend to use many qualifiers in my reviews at the best of times, but this review is particularly tempered ("mellow", "a little", "refined", "not aggressive", etc. etc.). The beer comes off more as a brown porter than a robust one if you want to nitpick about style, which can be kinda fun. Everything is classy, unassuming, and downplayed, with the exception of the carbonation, although the beer is well-balanced and still flavorful.

CalgaryFMC, Dec 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

byronic, Dec 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

ZachT, Nov 23, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

JakerLou, Oct 01, 2013
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3.55/5  rDev -9.2%

This is one of those impossible to pour beers with an insanely out of control head. Probably took me longer to get it out of the bottle tan to drink it.

Walnut black with a big head that settles to a substantial cap. Some lace, not a lot.

Chocolatey nose, noticeable sweetness. Charcoal.

Chalky and dry on the palate. Sweet malts, followed by sourness. Lots of chocolate and charcoal. Ultimately finishes quite dry. Thin-bodied.

Decent, but the sourness is a little odd.

TerryW, Aug 31, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Rwalford74, Aug 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

TubbyDullard, Jul 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Molson2000, Jun 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

lisagirl, May 12, 2013
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3/5  rDev -23.3%

ninetytwo, May 10, 2013
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3.76/5  rDev -3.8%

A - black with just a hint of light peaking through the edges, half finger of head dissipated to a few random islands
S - chocolate and roastiness, hints of cream, burnt sugars, and mild leafs
T - bitter bakers chocolate with burnt coffee and dark toffee maltiness, touch of creamy dairy, finishes slightly musty and earthy
M - medium body with a prominent cocoa chalkiness, yet still relatively rich and somewhat sweet, finishes with just a touch of bitterness
O - has an old timey label and a flavour to match which I enjoyed, its rich and bold while maintaining its relatively light porter character, worth seeking out

joemcgrath27, May 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

beerhunter13, Apr 30, 2013
Photo of spinrsx
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%

500ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for 5$

Appearance - Black/brown colour with a large size fizzy dark beige coloured head. It's too dark to make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for around 3-4 minutes.

Smell - Malts, coffee, chocolate

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste dark chocolate and malts. There is also some vanilla mixed with coffee and a light smokiness. It ends with a chocolatey aftertaste.

Overall – I've had 2 beers from this brewer and they have both been winners. The chocolate flavour tastes like a very high quality chocolate. Well worth the price and worth seeking out.

spinrsx, Apr 26, 2013
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4.18/5  rDev +6.9%

Poured from a 500ml bottle. Pours a rich, deep chocolate brown. The nose is a hearty blend of dark malt notes: caramel, nuts, chocolate. The flavour is equally meaty and robust, with notes of smoke, dark grains, coffee and roasted nuts. The creamy mouthfeel complements the rich flavours. This is a like a meal, one of the most flavourful porters we've had.

CookstLiquor, Apr 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

sonorb7, Apr 22, 2013
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3.91/5  rDev 0%

Black that goes purple-garnet in light with absurd piles of pocked burnt umber foam.
Oily coffee, treacle, charcoal on the nose - sweet.
Big coffee grounds hit with licorice, dried blackberries, and char and branchy and evergreen hops to end.
Malted milk ball finish and lingering roasty bitterness.
Medium, fizzy, dry.

Sweet malts and OTT roastiness battle it out. A medium-at-most body lightened by the ridiculous carb is the only thing that makes this a porter. It's got layers, but best beer in NZ?

Above average porter with too much fuss.

StJamesGate, Apr 16, 2013
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4.4/5  rDev +12.5%

Appearance: almost black, with cranberry red hue when held to the light; dense cappuccino head has great length and stickiness

Aroma: dark berries - blackberry, raspberry - sweet like jam and damn appealing! hint of chocolate is a perfect match; truly addictive

Taste & Mouthfeel: luxurious satin mouthfeel, incredibly smooth going down; great blend of berry and rich chocolate , coffee gives way to just right bitterness that seems to be both mild hops and roasted malt, and finally a lingering dark chocolate powder; great profile, like dessert in a glass, but not too sweet

Overall: amazing vibrant and defined flavours, and love the start - middle - end flow; absolutely delicious

BGDrock, Mar 30, 2013
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Elemental from Renaissance Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.