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Craftsman - Renaissance Brewing

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BA SCORE
85
very good

72 Ratings
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Ratings: 72
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.68%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Renaissance Brewing visit their website
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ADZA on 12-15-2009)
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Photo of Boone757
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Boone757, Oct 07, 2014
Photo of Flounder57
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

500 ml bottle was poured into a nonic.

Appearance: A crazy two finger mocha head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pitch black color with no vision of anything.

Smell: Smoke, toffee, caramel, chocolate, sweet oats, bready oats, and roasted malts.

Taste: You pick up a lot of aromas on the palate with a little soy action and bitterness in the rear.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light bodied, a little bitterness, a little chewy, and low to medium carbonation. A bit light and fizzy for the style.

Overall: Oatmeal chocolate stout from New Zealand. Sure. Why not? Pretty solid offering mate. I'll have another.

Flounder57, Aug 10, 2014
Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

DrBier, Aug 07, 2014
Photo of patre_tim
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

patre_tim, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of jzlyo
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

jzlyo, May 27, 2014
Photo of rolltide8425
4/5  rDev +5.3%

rolltide8425, May 05, 2014
Photo of pkalix
4.83/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

super dark brown, small head on top.
smell is good chocolate.
taste is AWESOME. INCREDIBLE. I love this stuff. this is gulpable and enjoyable like a malt. yeah, I know, do not gulp your beer. but this stuff is really good, easy to drink, and easier to gulp that any of the American comparable 5% commercial brews. super smooth. and, actually, my bottle says 5.6%.... what a nice surprise! this stuff is GREAT!!!! recommended highly....

pkalix, May 04, 2014
Photo of Kroehny_Loves_Hops
4.75/5  rDev +25%

Kroehny_Loves_Hops, May 01, 2014
Photo of bnes09
3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pitch black with no light showing through. Head looks like a tan colored mountain range that settles in a circle around the glass. Leaves a solid half finger of head behind throughout the entire drink and coats the glass in a creamy lustrous lacing that never fades.

Rich toffee, roasted oats, almonds and chocolately aroma. Very intriguing.

Dense malt backbone of toasted wheat and oats with sweet caramel and toffee. Roasted character of espresso, almonds and rich, dark chocolate. Mild earthy hop, just enough to balance.

Medium bodied with a smooth, rich feel. Then the bubbles hit your tongue. The carbonation completely ruins the entire experience with an over-the-top, harsh, cloying flash of enormous, soda-like bubbles that immediately create a layer of foam that coats the roof of your mouth, even from a gentle (and small) sip.

I have never given a beer such a low rating based on mouth feel (specifically carbonation) alone but it really is that important. Once you get past the bubbles, the aftertaste is very pleasant and balanced. Worth a try, just bare in mind, the CO2 will destroy you!

bnes09, Mar 21, 2014
Photo of shehateme
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

shehateme, Jan 29, 2014
Photo of kaelingirl
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

kaelingirl, Jan 16, 2014
Photo of sneaks2210
4/5  rDev +5.3%

sneaks2210, Jan 04, 2014
Photo of Amalak
3.39/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A. It is pitch black with a huge bubbly tan head, that leaves some lacing behind. Kind of soapy bubbles.

S. Extremely strong almost port wine scent. Chocolate and malt.

T/M. It is extremely carbonated. A bit too much. The chocolate comes through, but is drowned out by malt and heavy liquor taste. A bit of dark fruit. Alcohol heavy and full bodied.

O. It needs to sit for a while out of the fridge. Better a bit toward room temperature.

Amalak, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of dbrauneis
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours on opaque jet black in color with light amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and some faint hints of dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a three finger tall pillowy dark tan head that very slowly reduces to a medium finger tall cap in the center surrounded by a very thick film and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of dark roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate, and freshly ground espresso.

T: Upfront there is a slightly heavier than moderate flavor of dark roasted malts (almost burnt) with a light to moderate flavor of espresso (freshly brewed). There are light to moderate flavors of bittersweet chocolate in the finish. Light to moderate amounts of bitterness which slowly fade away.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Light and airy.

O: Enjoyable if you like some pleasant (not overly aggressive) bitterness in the flavors of your stouts. Easy to drink with a light and airy mouthfeel - a nice brunch beer.

dbrauneis, Oct 19, 2013
Photo of metter98
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a finger pillowy high tan head that died down, consistently leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of chocolate and cocoa are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of dark malts along with notes of cocoa.
M: It feels light-bodied and rather airy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. Some bits of smoothness are noticeable.
O: This beer is very light and airy for an oatmeal stout and seems to take away from the inherent smoothness from the oatmeal, but it is extremely easy to drink and doesn't taste at all filling.

metter98, Oct 19, 2013
Photo of LampertLand
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Renaissance Brewing 'Craftsman' Choc Oatmeal Stout @ 4.9% , served from a 500 ml bottle purchased for $8

A-pour is a dark brown from the bottle to near black in the glass with some ruby red peeking thru with a small tan head leaving a minimal lace along the pint

S-roasted coffee , hints of chocolate

T-rich ! smooth & creamy tasting stout with a bitter coffee finish

MF-good carbonation , feels bigger than a medium body , dry bitterness on my palate

Ov-good beer , definate dessert beer , worth looking for

prost LampertLand

LampertLand, Oct 13, 2013
Photo of JakerLou
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

JakerLou, Sep 30, 2013
Photo of ChrisCage
3.29/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

A- Pours with an impressive caramel colored head that is about three fingers thick, however, it is fizzy and retreats quickly, finally settling to a decently thick layer....not very dense though. The color of the brew itself is an opaque black with cola colored hues around the top when held up to the light. The lacing is not impressive really at all, unfortunately, as there is no sticky, clingy suds that want to stay on my pint glass...they quickly slide back into the beer itself.

S- The overall aroma is not of chocolate really but rather is more of a robust burnt almond and/or more of a deeper grain, seemingly from the oats used....smells more like a traditional dry stout. There are tinges of coffee in the background and an Earthy dry hop note on the finish....actually quite nice aromas overall!

T- This is quite different from what I was expecting, but it is rather good, if not a little underwhelming though. The overall flavor is stout like for sure, but I don't feel that it has much in terms to distinguish the chocolatey nature that it's supposed to have....it's very subtle....too subtle for me, but I will say that the cocoa flavor is more noticeable on the aftertaste. There is a dry bitter coffee/grainy note as well as a mellowing hop finish. It tastes fine but I find it a little on the bland side for a stout.

M- I find this to lean towards the thin side of things...the body just seems to lack the overall richness that I was hoping to experience. I also find the carbonation to be a little on the strong end of the spectrum too, as there are plenty of bubbles bursting on the palate providing a bit of a rough 'zing' that doesn't meld very well with this style. Too bad...

O- I can't say I dislike the beer, because quite frankly I think it's alright...it just doesn't feel like a refined stout that qualifies very well as a chocolate version of the style. If I had a choice between this and other competitors, I'd pass on this one, unless I'm looking for a thinner, albeit nice and dry stout. Would make a very nice beer to add to a stew to add some kick but I think on it's own, it has some work to do. To sum it up....it's decent, but a little disappointing!

ChrisCage, Sep 19, 2013
Photo of biboergosum
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle. It may be a hot, stuffy August day, but night has fallen, and things have cooled off. So, time for stout, methinks. No, me wants.

This beer pours a solid black, with minor basal cola highlights, and two fingers of wanly foamy, fairly bubbly beige head, which leaves a low meniscus of side-hugging lace literally around the glass as it quickly blows off.

It smells of chalky cocoa, mildly bittersweet coffee beans, lightly roasted caramel malt, milk chocolate, and earthy, leafy hops. The taste is grainy, biscuity caramel malt, a sort of Coffee Crisp coffee/chocolate candy bar sweetness, a bit of glutenous breakfast oatmeal, and a hint of licorice and vanilla cafe side bar additives.

The bubbles are pretty laid-back and inert, the body a decently hefty medium weight, and pleasantly smooth, with a timid creaminess. It finishes on the sweet side, just, as the cocoa, coffee, vanilla, and anise flavours all hitch the same ride out of town.

A pretty tasty, and generally enjoyable oatmeal stout, with enough unheralded offsets to the sweetness to make this a serious go. Not heavy, nicely representative of the style, and surely worthy of revisiting come more autumnal weather.

biboergosum, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of DonFrap
1.75/5  rDev -53.9%

DonFrap, Jul 16, 2013
Photo of PolarBear3
3.1/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dark almost black colour with one fingered tanned/coffee like head that retains well. impressive to look at.

S - Coffee, dark chocolate malts very prominent

T - Get plenty of of the chocolate and coffee maltiness, with a slightly sweet and fairly well balanced finish with hint of vanilla and liquorice..

M - Medium bodied and fairly well carbonated.

O- Very nice stout although I think it needs more body and comes across a little watery for a good stout.

PolarBear3, Jul 10, 2013
Photo of mpenning13
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

mpenning13, Jul 10, 2013
Photo of CrazyDavros
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a tan head.
Nose shows chocolate, oatmeal, raosted malt, tiramisu, cocoa. Great.
Similar flavours, very tiramisu-like. coffee, cocoa, sweet oat/biscuity notes. Finishes with some dry roasted malt.
Could use a thicker body.
Pretty awesome.

CrazyDavros, Jun 11, 2013
Photo of joemcgrath27
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - thick pitch black, short mocha head dissipated to a few random islands
S - chocolate, dusty grains, and big roastiness with just a touch of pepper
T - big dry dark chocolatey hit, complimentary roastiness, rich grainy oatmeal, light coal background
M - a big medium body, well carbonated, slight cocoa chaulkiness, finishes slightly dry but full
O - very tasty with a strong chocolate presence which I always really appreciate, approachable enough to be enjoyed by many

joemcgrath27, May 31, 2013
Photo of Pexkool
3.51/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured into a pint glass, erupting in a thick 4 finger tall beige head. Took a while for the head to dissipate, and then I found out I only poured about half a glass before I had to stop so the foam didn't overflow! Like others have said before me: Be careful and have a towel at hand. The beer itself is a very deep brown color, not entirely jet black.

S - The ridiculously big head gives away hints of vanilla, toffee, espresso and roasted malts, with some alcohol in it as well. Some bittersweet chocolate can be noted in between the strong coffee notes.

T - As one can tell from the aroma, it has a strong coffee flavor, with some licorice and bitter chocolate notes. A little bit of vanilla as well as some hops and alcohol.

M - My least favorite part of this beer was the carbonation. It had so much carbonation it seemed like you were tasting some coffee flavored soda or something like that. This was supposed to be an oatmeal stout, and having tasted some before, one would expect a smooth beer, or something more syrup-y, but you don't get that from this brew. You get a nice kick from the flavors and alcohol, but another kick (not so nice this time) from the carbonation.

Overall, a good flavorful stout that was overwhelmingly carbonated. I liked it, but would not have it again.
...And I guess nobody else is going to have it again, seeing as it is now retired.

Pexkool, May 13, 2013
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Craftsman from Renaissance Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.