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Elemental - Renaissance Brewing

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BA SCORE
87
very good

86 Ratings
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Ratings: 86
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 2
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:
Beer added by: belgbeerdrinker on 01-03-2008

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3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle served fairly cold into a Murphy's pint glass. Purchased for about $6 CDN.

Appearance - Very black, so black that all light is eradicated. A small thin layer of brown head rests on top visible reducing down to small wisps of foam. Imposing.

Smell - Plenty of coffee, some peat and a hint of black licorice. Also traces of vanilla soaked coffee bean and a trace of maple syrup.

Taste - Not really like the nose, as there's a touch of dark chocolate, big roasty coffee flavor and transitions to a leather like flavor and even a bit of smoke. The vanilla picked up on the nose, didn't translate in flavor.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, slick, low carbonation, good feel for a porter.

Overall - Very well crafted toasty and earthy porter with plenty of coffee roastiness and a bunch of other subtleties that an experienced beer connoisseur may be able to pick up.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

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

Enjoy

Photo of eric5bellies
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

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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3.04/5  rDev -21.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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Elemental from Renaissance Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.