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Elemental - Renaissance Brewing

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very good

50 Reviews
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Reviews: 50
Hads: 94
Avg: 3.97
pDev: 13.35%
Wants: 4
Gots: 7 | 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:
Beer added by: belgbeerdrinker on 01-03-2008

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Reviews by dansmcd:
Photo of dansmcd
4.46/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Moinette goblet.

A - A truly beautiful sight. Extreme dark brown body beneath 3 fingers of fluffy thick head. Thick sheets of lace adourn the glass.

S - Cocoa and coffee with sweet maple syrup.

T - Roasted malts, bitter chocolate, the coffee is there but not overpowering. A subtle fruitiness comes through. Yum.

M - So smooth and milky with a dry finish. A joy.

O - Beautiful, rich porter. Probably not as complex as some but wonderfully drinkable. I thoroughly enjoyed mine with cheese and smoked ham. Do not pass up the opportunity to try this.

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Photo of drtth
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a deep brown almost black color with a 2 1/2" tan foamy head, that leaves some patches and legs of lacing as it slowly recedes to a layer of foam. Each sip leaves a coating of foam the becomes patches, and legs of lacing.

The strongest aromas include black chocolate and cocoa, along with some dark roasted malt.

As expected from the nose the flavors are strongly dominated by dark chocolate and cocoa, both supported by the background of bittered roasted malt. The hops don't seem to me to play much of an obvious role here but may be contributing to the bitterness. With only 6% ABV there's no alcohol detectable.

The mouth feel is medium bodied and smooth with gentle, persistent moderate carbonation. The finish is medium length and tapers off from the chocolate into persistent dry bitterness which seems to me to be more from the roasted malt than the hops. (It is also quite persistent and may be a bit stronger than some prefer.)

Overall I think this is a very well made beer with a lot to recommend it. The brewery says they have positioned themselves to produce high end premium ales to "enlighten the palate and thrill the senses." Seems to me as though they've done reasonably well at meeting that goal. I'd certainly be willing to have another sometime if it were possible to get it without the imported beer price tag it carries.

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Photo of beerhunter13
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of R_Kole
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of JakerLou
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle from the LCBO. Nice to keep seeing Renaissance brews on the shelves.
. Poured into a goblet.

Dark Chesnut, nearly black. Good sturdy head of off white foam, nice retention.

Rich coffee, cream, licorice, caramel and nuttiness to the nose. Very nice.

Tasty porter, nice blend of flavors. Initally sweet but finishes dry. Coffee, roasted malts, licorice or anise. A touch of hops in the finish.

Lighter bodied, mild carbonation. Very easy to drink.

3/3 with Renaissance. Very enjoyable porter.

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Photo of DannyBaldoni
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of BGDrock
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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Photo of biboergosum
3.74/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle. Weirdly difficult to read name, with an obscured main title. Only a sign of the weak sauce to come...

This beer pours very dark brown, verging on black hue, with bright reddish highlights, and one of those stupidly overwrought, immediately rising and overflowing at every juncture towers of thin, yet powerfully foamy beige head, which sets in for a serious spell, before eventually settling, to reveal some strangely sparse blobs of cloud form lace around the glass.

It smells of roasted chocolate malt, a bit of caramel/toffee sweetness, some creamy milkiness, sugar cookies, and ashy, earthy hops. The taste is grainy, toasted bready malt, caramel biscuits, semi-sweet cocoa powder, oily bar nuts, a bit of black licorice, a slightly off milkiness, and earthy, crackling leaf hops.

The carbonation is, as already noted, way the fuck out of control, still burbling up out of a half-empty bottle at this point in the game. Really, Renaissance? I know the first thing to check for in a non-bottle conditioned scenario (as far as I can tell here) is for infection, but the flavour is actually quite all right, so no problem there. Aside from this distraction, the bubbles are normative enough, the body a decent medium weight, and so-so smooth, a hoppy edginess taking its pound of flesh. It finishes on the drying side, the roasted character starting to fully assert itself, the chocolate notes aiding and abetting, and the hops looking the other way.

Once past the presentation chaos, this turns out to be a generally agreeable old-world porter, with the roasted, multi-pronged sweetness, subtle dairy notes, and nudging alcohol all making for an enjoyable tipple, once, well, you know...

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Photo of Sammy
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Absolutely terrific porter. Black with record lasting head. The pleasant roast yields to a rich roasted flavour that seems to get better with each sip. Full mouthfeel, bittersweet chocolate, a substitute for after dinner coffee. Try this for transitioning your buddies from Bud. marvelous craftmanship.

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Photo of Vanz
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of MrKennedy
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle from Beermasons, into a Kent Old Brown handle.

Starts to gush and foams out of the bottle a bit. Pours a deep brown to black with a light tan foam on top. The head was more than half and it gradually dissipated.

Smells very roasted. Almost acrid to start with. Roasted malt and roasted chocolate plus licorice. A little off putting to begin with but these subside and a nice chocolate aroma comes through to work with the licorice.

Rich flavour of roasted malt, chocolate and licorice. The latter only there early. Plenty of intensity on the flavour scale.

High carbonation doesn't compliment the rich flavours. If it was a lot lower, this would really shine. Still some softness early and roast bitterness late that gives it a nice feel.

Good beer, shame about the carbonation. Plenty there, a shame the carbonation didn't help it be the beer it could and should be.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.76/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

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Photo of DaveBar
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Re-review with original Oct.2014..... Heat is gone. Wonderful beer. Zero chalkiness. No head after 10sec. Different beer altogether. Found this baby in the cellar. Me likie now! Age helped this girl out a lot! Buy buy buy!!!

Purchased at the LCBO for around $4.00 for a 500ml bottle. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- 4.0- Opens well and pours a TON of dark head that lasts

S- 3.75- Lots of roasted malt and nutty smell.

T- 3.0- Not so good. Very hot. WAY too much roast and smoke. Overpowering.

M- 3.25- Not bad. Dry

O- 3.33- This is the highest I can go. Will not buy again. Cut down on the malt guys.

Food Paring

This ok beer went well with..... Beef Stew


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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep black color porter with a small dark brown foamy head with average retention and some light lacing. Aroma of black chocolate and cocoa is pretty intense and enjoyable with some dry light bitter roasted malt notes also perceptible. Taste is also dominated by rich smooth dark chocolate notes with quite a bit of cocoa and dry roasted malt notes with subtle hints of coffee. Hops are very neutral. Body is full with nice smooth texture and medium carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Very well brewed.

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Photo of ThinkAgain
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of CookstLiquor
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Rwalford74
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of eric5bellies
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

Drank from my Mane Liquor Tulip
A - Classic deep ebony colour with a tanned head that retains and laces.

S - Molasses, caramel and roasted malts

T - Up front some nice spicy balanced toffee and fig. After that the sweetness just takes over.

M - Light to medium body with low carbonation. Too thin

O - Not a great example of a Porter

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Photo of joecast
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Near black with attractive red highlights. Lightly tanned thin frothy head, good lacing.

Nice toasty chocolate aroma. Quite stout like. Faint floral hops in the background. Great start here.

Great integration of all the dark malt characters. Some dark crystal and chocolate notes. Light toffee sweetness. Very well rounded. Finish is neither too dry nor too sweet.

Really nice beer. Another winner from New Zealand. The beer scene there is really taking off and I'm happy to be on the receiving end.

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Photo of spinrsx
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of RedAleMan
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of liamt07
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from the LCBO, 500ml into a tulip.

Dark brown with some deep red hues around the edges. Khaki head with good retention and frothy, cappuccino-like lacing. Nose has great cocoa and chocolate notes, almost cakey. Light roast and a sweeter malt base. Taste has more roast upfront, almost too heavy initially. This lingers for a while, over some dark chocolate and some English hopping. More direct cocoa notes with warmth. Medium feel, moderate bitterness. Quite tasty, Renaissance has failed to disappoint yet.

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Photo of LampertLand
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Renaissance Brewing's 'Elemental Porter' @ 5.7% , an English style porter served from a 500 ml bottle purchased for $8

A-pour is a very dark brown almost black in the glass with a small tan head that is leaving a fine streaky lace film along the pint glass after every sip

S-sweet smelling roasted malts

T-very smooth dark chocolate , crisp finish

MF-ok/mild carbonation , full bodied , easy drinking beer

Ov-good beer , good English style porter , I will seek out more Renaissance Brewing

sampled alongside Deschutes Black Butte Porter & Mill St. Coffee Porter

prost LampertLand

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Elemental from Renaissance Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.