Craftsman - Renaissance Brewing

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very good

74 Ratings
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Ratings: 74
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 13.72%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Renaissance Brewing visit their website
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: ADZA on 12-15-2009)
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1.75/5  rDev -53.8%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.4/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

500ml bottle - $7.99 at Mink's Package Store in Marietta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours an opaque, very dark brown body with ungodly tall, sea foam-like, beige head.

Smell: Roast-edged malts, bitterish dark chocolate, a puff of smokey and some espresso grounds. Unfortunately, there's a noted, disagreeable vegetal tone that shows up in the flavor, but is a bit more prominent here. Pity.

Taste: Roast, dark chocolate and a smokey shot of espresso. Hint of licorice. Medium-light sweetness. Slight dark berry accent. Touch of something from the garden. Minor bitterness. Drying, roasty, chocolaty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Sharp carbonation.

Overall: Rather over-carbonated. Craftsman never reaches the potential hoped for it.

Photo of DocJitsu
2.86/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Pours an opaque, dark brown color with a big, fat burnt caramel colored head. The head takes on the appearance of sea foam. Chocolate and a bit of cola on the nose. The mouthfeel is just so far off base for this style that it is beyond disappointing. Way too much carbonation. The flavor is very thin. Some chocolate that dissipates as quickly as it emerges, followed by a bit of walnut, then to nothing but some plastic finish. Probably a reason this one was retired.

Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of chanokokoro
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of sonorb7
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of kelsietate
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of PolarBear3
3.1/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

Photo of dansmcd
3.1/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I spotted this a couple of months ago and snapped it up as I am a big fan of the brewery and of oatmeal stouts.

A - Despite it having spent two months at the back of the pantry, once opened it expoded all over my hand, wrist and table with the biggest, soapiest head Ive ever seen. Body is jet black, even at the edges of the glass, so points for that.

S - Dark bitter chocolate and coffee.

T - Roasted dark chocolate flavour dominates, with a slight hoppiness.

M - Extremely highly carbonated (why?), light to medium body and disappointingly uncreamy for an oatmeal stout.

O - Having read the other reviews, something must have happened to this bottle because I did not get the same experience at all, which was very disappointing because I had really looked forward to this beer. Pleasant chocolatey flavours but just WAY overcarbonated. I may have to give this another chance. Renaissance deserve that much if only for their immaculate Elemental Porter.

Photo of beerhunter13
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of Molson2000
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of ChrisCage
3.29/5  rDev -13.2%
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!

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

Photo of Amalak
3.39/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Photo of JakerLou
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of kaelingirl
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of shehateme
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of bigox420
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Pexkool
3.51/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Photo of BGDrock
3.61/5  rDev -4.7%
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

Photo of jrenihan
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer is black. No head.

Cocoa in the nose, along with oatmeal and coffee.

Oatmeal, chocolate. Coffee. Some caramel, a bit of vanilla. Slightly bitter, quite dry. Pretty straightforward. Tasty but nothing complicated.

Beer is fairly thin. Low to moderate carbonation. Slick.

Overall, too thin for my liking but the flavour is pretty good.

Photo of hopsolutely
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

After the overwhelming carbonation dies down, this is good looking beer; inky black with coffee coloured head. Mouthfeel is thinner than I expected for the style and ingredients list, and this lack of creaminess is also visible in a lack of lacing after the inches of foam disappear.

Cocoa is pronounced in the aroma, complementing an underlying roasted malt and oat nuttiness. The oat is more prevalent in the taste, as is coffee rather than cocoa or vanilla. Very well balanced and has a finish that starts sweet but ends pleasantly bitter. A lot of flavour for 4.9% ABV.

Would recommend, despite the carbonation issues.

Photo of metter98
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Craftsman from Renaissance Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.