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Craftsman - Renaissance Brewing

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85
very good

80 Ratings
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Ratings: 80
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 13.49%
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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ADZA on 12-15-2009

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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 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 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 unimatrix1
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Stoutmeister
4.16/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cb2113
3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of crow
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%

Photo of kelsietate
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of Boone757
4/5  rDev +5.8%

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 DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of patre_tim
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of jzlyo
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of rolltide8425
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of pkalix
4.81/5  rDev +27.2%
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....

Photo of Kroehny_Loves_Hops
4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

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 shehateme
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of kaelingirl
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of sneaks2210
4/5  rDev +5.8%

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 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 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 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

Photo of JakerLou
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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Craftsman from Renaissance Brewing
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