Craftsman - Renaissance Brewing

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82 Ratings
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Ratings: 82
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 13.49%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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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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Ratings: 82 | Reviews: 42
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.38/5  rDev -37%
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
2.9/5  rDev -23.3%
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 dansmcd
3.09/5  rDev -18.3%
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 PolarBear3
3.12/5  rDev -17.5%
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 chinchill
3.19/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

Photo of TruePerception
3.27/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

Photo of ChrisCage
3.31/5  rDev -12.4%
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!

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.31/5  rDev -12.4%
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 -10.3%
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 Pexkool
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
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
3.57/5  rDev -5.6%
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
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
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
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
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 -1.1%
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.

Photo of Flounder57
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of bnes09
3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
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!

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
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!

Photo of biboergosum
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of Digimaika2
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(4.5) A: Pitch black with a beautiful and creamy mocha coloured foam head. Very good retention and lacing. This appearance is what all oatmeal stouts should strive for.

(4.0) S: Bitter dark chocolate, pronounced oatmeal aroma, caramel, and dry cocoa. Quite a smooth and refined aroma that displays each individual aroma exceptionally well.

(4.0) T: Dark chocolate bar and cocoa powder upfront that leads into a moist oatmeal flavour and finishes with a herbal anise flavour on the backend. Mild citrus-like hops are present just enough to keep this light and refreshing. Very delicious.

(3.5) M: Light bodied with a moderate carbonation. Not quite as oily and rich as I would’ve preferred but still more than acceptable with a syrupy and velvet-like texture.

(4.0) D: Very glad I tried this and would definitely recommend to others. One of the best oatmeal stouts I’ve experienced to date. Not quite on the same level as St. Ambroise or Wolaver's but very close and very tasty.

Photo of peensteen
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown in colour, near black, light ring of tan coloured head, no lace at all. Smell is chocoalte and roast malt, bits of smoke, vanilla and some coffee as well, quite a nice rich nose. Taste has more coffee flavour than the nose indicates, milky chocolate, some roasty/smokey flavours but really chocolatey, finishes with a light burnt/roasted flavour. Light carbonation, medium weight, smooth and satisfying across the palate. Nice easy drinking stout that goes down like a liquid chocolate bar.

Photo of spinrsx
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml Bottle from the Otttawa LCBO for 6$

Appearance - Black/Brown colour with with an average size fizzy/frothy light brown head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, nuts

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and some roasted/toasted nuts. There is also some light coffee flavour and a bit of a graininess. It ends with a chocolatey sweet aftertaste.

Overall - Like peensteen mentioned, it really tastes like a liquid chocolate bar. A really impressive beer that tastes like it was made with high quality ingredients. The price tag is a tad high but it's well worth it.

Photo of LampertLand
4/5  rDev +5.8%
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

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Craftsman from Renaissance Brewing
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