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Craftsman - Renaissance Brewing

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86
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42 Reviews
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Reviews: 42
Hads: 83
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 8.85%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Renaissance Brewing visit their website
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: ADZA on 12-15-2009

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Reviews: 42 | Hads: 83
Reviews by bnes09:
Photo of bnes09
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
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! (1,108 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of beerhunter13
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of JakerLou
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single bottle from the LCBO in Uptown. Been looking forward to something else from Renaissance after last year's release.

When I opened the bottle, what spewed forth was a foamy mess, as if I had shaken the bottle vigorously before pouring. After an emergency glass grab and a few minutes of slow pouring and waiting, I managed to pour the contents into a respectable-looking pint. After the brew settled, the result was a truly All-Black brew, with only a few hints of caramel around the edges of the glass. The foamy head survived for quite some time, forming a sturdy off-white cap. Nice lacing as well.

Nice hearty stout nose to this: roasted malt, caramel, coffee, dark chocolate, a woody tartness, a bit of fruit. It reminds me somewhat of a porter.

Nice chocolate character to this brew, though it is by no means sweet. Roasted malt, a touch of caramel, oak, dry dark chocolate, oatmeal. The body is creamy and mild, with the oatmeal character smoothing out the mouthfeel. It's a bit thin, but this might be due to that carbonation burn-off so I'll have to try this again to be really sure.

Nice stout, good chocolate flavour. A bit pricey, but certainly worth picking up! (1,186 characters)

Photo of BGDrock
3.57/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: very dark brown, bordering on black; mocha head - watch out, it's hugely effervescent, almost had a spill! Seems over-carbonated

Aroma: deep chocolate aroma, like ground cocoa; hint of bitterness

Taste & Mouthfeel: like drinking a soda it's so heavily carbonated, wondering if I got a bad bottle or something happened on the way overseas, I really doubt this is normal; solid chocolate flavour though, again like real cocoa, not the usual balanced roasted malt flavours of chocolate, coffee, and anise - this is the real deal; hint of orange peel, and even a little smoke; earthy; medium body and dry, even having a powder texture at times; once head is gone and it's had time to settle the carbonation becomes less distracting; it really is like a chocolate bar, maybe with a drop of vanilla

Overall: what is probably a great beer spoiled by over-carbonation; love that it's all about the chocolate here, so often a beer labelled as such doesn't live up to the name (981 characters)

Photo of cb2113
3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chinchill
3.19/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Ratings with a slight adjustment (but certainly not enough) for an old and infected bottle.

Unappealing vegetal aroma. Some of this carriers over to the flavor. At least the smooth body is better than average.
Actually the flavor is decent if not as good as it should be. Good level of chocolate. (301 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (1,198 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

LCBO Maple Leaf Gardens bottle.
Big chocolate and roast aroma. This is a dry stout, with cocoa, and fine for a porter. Slightly above average mouthfeel, though dry finish. Dark chocolate looks with lots of lace. Drinkable, likely better with dessert. (250 characters)

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
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 (473 characters)

Photo of jsnoek
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of ChrisCage
3.31/5  rDev -13.8%
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! (2,192 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
4.16/5  rDev +8.3%
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. (255 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle, back label says 5.6% ABV. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black. The head was huge, as the brew foamed up like crazy when I tried to pour it into the glass. So after letting it settle and after multiple small pours, I was able to get a mostly full glass to drink after a few minutes. The brew smells like roasted malt, milk and bittersweet chocolate, vanilla, oats and a bit of coffee. Taste is pretty much the same as the aroma, althought I think the chocolate flavor leans more towards sweet milk chocolate. There's also a bit of charred/burnt malt noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's slick and creamy, and also has high but soft carbonation. I think it's a good overall brew, I just would like for the carbonation to be lower. But other than that, I liked it a lot. (808 characters)

Photo of TruePerception
3.27/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Renaissance Brewing Company's Craftsman Chocolate Oatmeal Stout. 4.9% ABV. (Well, damn...)

A: Half a finger of chocolate milk colored head. Root beer-like carbonation. Black, with very dark brown in the dimple.

S: Dark cocoa and very lightly roasted coffee. Slightly sweet oatiness. Very faint licorice. Faint honey.

T/MF: More carbonated than I was expecting. Flavor is light coffee. Plain and simple. No chocolate at all. I'll see when it warms up, but I think they were wrong to dub this a chocolate stout.

A disappointing stout, actually. (546 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.31/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle: Poured a light black color stout with a large light brown foamy head with average retention and some good lacing. Aroma consists of light black chocolate notes with some bitter roasted malt notes also noticeable. Taste is a mix between medium black chocolate notes with light bitter roasted malt notes with a light touch of coffee in the aftertaste. Body is too light with not enough of a creamy texture but with some very good carbonation. Not bad overall but I would think that a fuller body would improve the drinking experience. (540 characters)

Photo of Kroehny_Loves_Hops
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

Photo of ThinkAgain
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours pitch black with a fine one finger light brown head with great retention and tons of lacing. Nice aroma of dark toasted malt, good chocolate, hints of coffee and hot cocoa. Flavor is toasted malt with light char, dark and milk chocolate, light vanilla, day old coffee. Coffee, light chocolate and a bit of char in the finish. Light to medium bodied with good carbonation. A flavorful stout with a lighter body and less intense flavors than expected from the dramatic black color and full chocolate head. It may be becoming difficult for me to fairly evaluate lower ABV stouts because they do not emphasize the flavors as well. This one has nice complex, good chocolatey taste, but it leaves me wishing for more. With a bit more intensity and fuller malt body, this could be amazing. The flavors that are present are good and I enjoyed the entire bottle. If I was looking for a session stout, this would be near the top of the list. (974 characters)

Photo of Amalak
3.39/5  rDev -11.7%
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. (440 characters)

Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of metter98
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (680 characters)

Photo of Rwalford74
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of dipso123
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of patre_tim
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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Craftsman from Renaissance Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.