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Elemental - Renaissance Brewing

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87
very good

89 Ratings
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Ratings: 89
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 9.72%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | 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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Ratings: 89 | Reviews: 48
Photo of jbsteiny
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Haven't reviewed anything in a while and was surprised to see that the scales are in quarter-points now - nice! Was motivated to review this because 1) I've never reviewed anything from NZ before and 2) this is a really good porter.

Poured into a pint glass, opaque near-black with cola-colored highlights and a light tan head of a cm that eventually fades into an uneven ring with some lacing. The pour was fairly agressive, and the beer was near silent with no splashing - I like that - demonstrates thickness and I anticipate it to be chewy.

Aromas are just awesome, like a fresh-baked piece of chocolate cake. Cocoa and sweet cream dominate, a little bit of brown sugar and cookies in there too. Super appetizing.

Flavorful on the palate too. A bit more molasses and roast, a bit less sweet chocolate than the aroma, with a fairly dry finish. I could drink this regularly. I had it with a spicy smoked turkey sandwich and it held up well. The label recommends it with "blue cheese and almost anything off the barbecue" and I'd agree, but I think it'd also be great with cheddar or some aged goat.

Maybe a over-carbonated for the style, but good body and nice drying finish, although with some lingering treacly sweetness coating the tongue. Overall, definitely worth the buy and I'll continue grab it as long as it's at the LCBO. Looking forward to trying more beers from Renaissance.

Photo of RedAleMan
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of peensteen
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nearly jet black, 1.5 fingers of tan coloured head, good lace on the glass as well. Smell is full of chocolate and roast, coffee with earthy hops and a bit of black liquorice here as well. Taste is also well roasted with chocolate, coffee flavour and bitterness, some earthy floral hop is present but light, medium bitterness, faint black liquorice and finishes lightly hoppy. Lightly carbonated, light-medium body, drying feel. Really solid stuff here, solid porter and something that was really drinkable, another above average offering from Renaissance.

Photo of liamt07
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of Eric908
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Photo of hopsolutely
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An impressive beer from New Zealand!

Pours a dark brown, near-black, with a respectable coffee-coloured head that dissipates fairly quickly. A delightful aroma of roasted chocolate malts with espresso or coffee bean undertones; lots to enjoy. The flavour is also well balanced with enough complexity to be interesting and to justify the 6% ABV. Elements of cocoa, chocolate and coffee with roasted malt highlights throughout the body. Surprisingly there is also a bitter hop backbone that leads into a delightfully dry and lingering finish.

A "robust porter" that I'd highly recommend.

Photo of Knapp85
3.66/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a traditional looking dark brown color with a tan colored head on top. The retention was decent but not much lacing at all. The smell of the beer gives off some big roasted notes as well as some hops too. The taste is bitter, more of a hop bitterness than a roasted one. There are flavors of chocolate in there as well. The mouthfeel was a little bit too carbonated in my opinion for the style. Overall it's a decent porter, not one I'd have to seek out again but it was nice to try.

Photo of jrenihan
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

BB October 2013. I expect it was bottled October 2012.

Beer is black and the pour results in a mammoth tan head. Must be very carbonated. Very good retention.

Smell is powerful and nice. Chocolate, cherry, raisin. Roasted malt. Anise. Smell comes through strongly even while pouring.

Taste contains roasted malt, a large dose of anise, cocoa and dark fruit (raisin, prune). Caramel. Sightly bitter, particularly in the finish. Quite tasty.

Medium bodied, on the full side, moderate to high carbonation.

Overall, very good. A very flavourful porter.

Photo of andrenaline
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours pitch black, finger of head with solid retention and solid sheeting lacing.

S - Rich cocoa, dark chocolate, hints of vanilla, and leafy green hop notes.

T - The chocolate notes dominate, dark cocoa, vanilla and leafy green notes, much like the nose. Chalky cocoa lingers alongside hints of leather and toffee.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and a touch of dryness.

O - A tasty brew that is full flavoured and fits the basics of the style. Well worth seeking out and glad the LCBO included this in their release.

Photo of bigred89
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of bgibbard
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of ThinkAgain
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of MrKennedy
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brown with a big finger of frothy khaki-chocolate colored head. The head fades down slowly leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of roasted dark chocolate malts with some dark fruit, and coffee with a touch of black licorice and vanilla.

T - Starts off with a mix of roasted dark chocolate malts with some raisin and other sweet dark fruits and a touch of black licorice. Through the middle, a bit of earthy hops come through with some roasted coffee. The finish is a mix of dark chocolate malts, coffee, earthy hops, with a bit of black licorice and dark fruit.

M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet and roasted finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice balance of chocolate and coffee flavors with the right amount of roastiness.

Photo of brez8791
2.75/5  rDev -29.7%

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of Offa
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black with very big dark brown head that slowly shrinks to foamy ring.

Aroma is rich dark dried figs, coffee, chocolate, dark toast, dark toffee, caramel.

Taste is nice and maintains the character of the aroma. It is somewhat sweet and faintly sour up front with roasty-woody-pepper bitterness balancing nicely.

Photo of Sammy
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of danieelol
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at the Taphouse.

Mmm nose was delicious coffee and roast. There was also a substantial hop presence concealed slightly below the surface, which I really appreciated.

Taste is more solid coffee and roast flavours. This reminds me a fair bit of Coopers Stout in terms of flavours, especially the substantial roast and accompanying hoppiness.

Mouthfeel was thick and good.

Really nice beer.

Photo of rjimlad
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A massive beer. Black in the glass with a rich dark chocolate head. Big stinky cocoa aromas with a little hop action cutting through. Flavour is like an 85% cocoa chocolate with a little bit of roast beef thrown in. Slight hop to prevent cloying and clean the palate but still a bit chewy and sticky on the lips. Nothing bad to say about it really. This is a really good beer.

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.11/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a warm, opaque sable with a VERY thick and fine-bubbled tan head. Not only is this head quite persistent, it forms an "island" in the middle of the mug as it dissipates. Smoky aroma has coffee, caramel and chocolate notes. Rich flavor has firm tones of coffee, caramel and chocolate plus a hint of licorice. Smooth, firm-bodied texture has a fair amount of fizz and leaves a smoky, tingly finish with a mocha tone to it.

Photo of DoubleJ
4.11/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

What's from New Zealand, a porter, and won a Silver at the Australian Beer Awards in 2010? Renaissance Elemental, that's what. 500 ml of Kiwi porter, on to the beer:

Nearly black with definate red hues towards the bottom of the glass. The head on top is semi-creamy and forms very thick on top. The retention is excellent and covers the glass with lace. Its got a good nose, definate raisin, unsweetened choclate, and light tones of molasses.

Little flavors of marshmallow, baker's chocolate, esters, and a woodsy note make this porter mellow and pleasant. Light-medium bodied, though it does have a little chew to it.

This Kiwi brew has a very strong English influence, and it is one that works well. I'm already imagining what pulled pork would be like with this beer.

Photo of dansmcd
4.46/5  rDev +14.1%
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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Elemental from Renaissance Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.