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Elemental - Renaissance Brewing

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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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Photo of peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

02-06-2013 14:57:53 | More by peensteen
Photo of joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

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

05-07-2013 01:51:18 | More by joemcgrath27
Photo of hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +3.6%

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.

01-18-2013 01:55:35 | More by hopsolutely
Photo of brendan13


3.93/5  rDev +0.5%

A - Pours a very dark brown, verging on black with close to an inch of dense light tan head that slowly falls away. A fair bit of lacing is left down the glass.
S - Cocoa powder & roasty coffee aroma initially. With a swirl and deep inhalation some vauge fruity & floral notes come through.
T - Much like the smell - full of cocoa and roasted coffee with subtle fruit and floral hints,
M - Medium bodied, lowish carbonation and quite a dry finish.
D - A very tasty porter. Something I'd drink again.

05-22-2009 13:59:05 | More by brendan13
Photo of Eric908

South Dakota

4/5  rDev +2.3%

01-27-2013 19:56:02 | More by Eric908
Photo of TerryW

Ontario (Canada)

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.

08-31-2013 16:23:22 | More by TerryW
Photo of JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

4.09/5  rDev +4.6%

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.

01-18-2013 03:56:40 | More by JohnnyBarman
Photo of dansmcd


4.47/5  rDev +14.3%

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.

08-22-2011 01:15:32 | More by dansmcd
Photo of ZachT

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

11-23-2013 01:43:16 | More by ZachT
Photo of RedAleMan

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +2.3%

02-08-2013 00:44:45 | More by RedAleMan
Photo of beerhunter13

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

04-30-2013 00:48:00 | More by beerhunter13
Photo of LampertLand

British Columbia (Canada)

4.11/5  rDev +5.1%

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

03-24-2013 23:58:07 | More by LampertLand
Photo of JakerLou

New Hampshire

3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

10-01-2013 01:11:00 | More by JakerLou
Photo of danieelol


4.33/5  rDev +10.7%

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.

01-20-2012 11:37:38 | More by danieelol
Photo of joecast


4.13/5  rDev +5.6%

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.

08-06-2011 11:19:37 | More by joecast
Photo of mulder1010


3.95/5  rDev +1%

500 ML bottle poured into a Shiner Bock Pint Glass

A-- Poured black, with just a bit of red on the sides of the glass. Got a huge head from the pour and looks to have at least medium carbonation. Head is a Brown Sugar color, very well constructed and held a 2 finger head for quite a while. Looks more like a root beer float.

S-- Fresh Licorice is the dominant smell, followed by coffee and dark sweet berry chocolate.Very big smell and quite earthy and a bit of a pungent smell.

T-- Still get a bit of the licorice but strong roasted coffee is very prevalent, more like overdrawn cold espresso. Quite bitter and still earthy. Very rich dark chocolate is also there, as well as blackberries and raspberries

M-- Coffee taste sticks around for a while but the rest of the flavor is a little flat and disappears very quickly, a little bit thin. Needs more hops. The coffee and chocolate flavor hides it well and in some ways overdo the hop presence. Could use a bit less carbonation.

D-- ABV, 6%, is very well hidden. Very easy to drink and the 500 ML bottle is a good idea. Australian brewers should do more of this bottling size. One in a sitting is enough for me. Well made beer and a good take on an English Porter.

05-14-2010 15:42:04 | More by mulder1010
Photo of ThinkAgain

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

01-07-2013 03:01:14 | More by ThinkAgain
Photo of CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

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.

12-30-2013 18:40:32 | More by CalgaryFMC
Photo of belgbeerdrinker


3.55/5  rDev -9.2%

a: dark color with brown highlights, medium head settles to a veil, carbonated trickles evident
s: mix of crisp (carbonated) and roasted malts
t: roasted malts throughout tempered with a softness, subtle bitter coffee finish
m: nice balance of roasted malts and carbonation make for a smooth, medium to heavy body
d: enjoyed this brew because of its balance and coffee taste wasn't overpowering. recommended

01-03-2008 03:11:54 | More by belgbeerdrinker
Photo of Macca


3.63/5  rDev -7.2%

This pours dark brown with a solid tan head.

Aromas of milk and dark chocolate. Some dark sugar. A touch of coffee.

Quite astringent on the palate. Burnt malt dominates for me in the beginning. It seems to mellow as my palate gets used to it. Chocolate starts to pokes its head through the burnt characteristics and it all rounds out nicely.

Medium bodied at best. High carbonation.

A good porter but not awesome. I think it would be a good food beer.

08-03-2011 12:43:28 | More by Macca
Photo of Vanz


3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

04-13-2014 00:18:32 | More by Vanz
Photo of polloenfuego

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

02-16-2013 22:16:35 | More by polloenfuego
Photo of ToddBeans


4/5  rDev +2.3%

05-14-2014 11:51:17 | More by ToddBeans
Photo of MrKennedy


3.55/5  rDev -9.2%

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.

11-30-2012 05:52:43 | More by MrKennedy
Photo of Rwalford74


4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

08-10-2013 10:59:36 | More by Rwalford74
Elemental from Renaissance Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.