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Craftsman - Renaissance Brewing

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BA SCORE
86
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ADZA on 12-15-2009)
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Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
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 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.

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 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 biboergosum
3.93/5  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 JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
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 Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by argo0. Thanks man!

The beer is dark chestnut brown with a tall mocha head. The aroma offers chocolate, vanilla, subtle coffee. Smells nice. The flavor is smooth and easy drinking. Light sweetness throughout, maybe some hazelnuts. Sweet chocolates and roasted malt. Fairly low carbonation. Overall, this was solid.

Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of biegaman
4.58/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What's black, white and delicious all over? Renaissance Craftsman. OK, well, not actually white, its head is admittedly as dark as some coffees. It manages an impressively foamy texture for the better part of the tasting. Opaque, onyx - this is the poster boy for stouts everywhere.

The aromatic presence of authentic, rich cocoa cannot be embellished. Holy cow! It is enlivening. There is nothing discreet about the chocolate and vanilla in this nose, one of the few that manages to feature more actual chocolate than roasted grain. Although entirely straight-forward, the bouquet is underpinned by an espresso-like sophistication. Head-spinning.

Despite boasting a deep, dark core of heavy roast coffee, cocoa nibs and vanilla pod, Craftsman doesn't pack a big punch. In fact, its broad-shouldered flavours are incredibly well-detailed and possess an ultra silky mid-palate texture (like reduced balsamic), despite the overlaying soft, sooty bitterness. On the palate it is rich, round and solidly intense without showing too much muscularity or decadence.

Craftsman is truly a stout for stout makers. Despite focusing so heavily on the cocoa, it is nonetheless a wonderfully complete recipe. It is rich and gratifying without being too heavy or astringent. It has deft traces of a dry oak-y element that accompanies the firmly structured, slowly building finish. It hovers on the palate without being too imposing. Just lovely.

The scores posted above were granted without hesitation. This chocolate-oatmeal stout has mind-blowing, broad-scaled cocoa qualities and strikes a remarkable balance between intensity and mellowness. This is only my second Renaissance Brewing offering but I'm already calling these guys 'gurus' and am now officially a card-carrying member of their fan-club, whatever the costs.

Photo of liamt07
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from the LCBO, 500ml into a tulip.

Black, deep purple translucency at the corners. This lighter brown head, even with an aggressive pour. Some darker fruits, hints of vanilla and roasted malt notes on the nose. Taste has cocoa powder, milk chocolate, again a hint of vanilla and softer roasted notes. Quite a bit of chocolate all around, and is prominent in the finish as well. Medium feel, lower carbonation as expected from the pour but sits pretty well as is for what I appreciate in the style. Quite a nice chocolate-y oatmeal stout and thankfully avoids being as metallic as others have reported.

Photo of PEIhop
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of rolltide8425
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Boone757
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of bluejacket74
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Photo of spinrsx
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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 dgilks
4.7/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A-fricken-mazing. Pitch black with a nice chocolate brown head. Nice lacing. Really tasty, milk chocolate and cocoa flavour with a hint of coffee. Well rounded flavour. Good chocolate aroma. Not a lot else there but I don't want anymore. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Tasty.

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sample I got fizzed quite a bit, if not volcanically, so have a towel handy. It pours a warm sable with a very thick, fluffy, rather persistent tan head. Rick, smoky aroma has notes of quality coffee, semi-sweet chocolate, caramel and brown sugar with some nutty and earthy hints.. Slightly powdery texture has average body but plenty of fizz, and leaves a chocolaty, earthy finish. Overall, a well-crafted beer.

Photo of CrazyDavros
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Photo of ADZA
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew is actually labeled as a "Chocolate Oatmeal Stout" with a quote underneath on the front label stating that it is "intense,smooth and mellow" and it pours a dark,dark jet black colour with nice carbonation that leaves a two finger fast vanishing head with average lacing here and there,the aroma is very intense dark chocolate and some mellow coffee with a feint touch of hops,it has a nice weighty mouthfeel as to be expected for the style with big tastes of dark chocolate which is the predominant taste and it finishes with some nice mellow fruity hops but not overly noticable at all only to a microbrewer drinker's nose,this is definately a brew that's worthwhile a visit if you can find it and hope that i can revisit this brew in the winter as i reckon ill appreciate it way more.

Photo of andrenaline
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pumped to find this locally, especially in the beer starved North...

A - Pours pitch black, finger of mocha head with some retention and no real lacing.

S - Scent is dominated by milk chocolate, dark cocoa, espresso and a hint of burnt tobacco.

T - Nice milk chocolate and dark cocoa notes, the leafy green hop notes and a touch of tobacco smoke. The cocoa lingers on the palette with some espresso and spent coffee grinds.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and creamy and a touch of dryness on the finish.

O - So glad this made it to Northern Ontario, a great oatmeal stout with great chocolate undertones. Loads of flavour and well worth trying to get your hands on a bottle.

Photo of ngeunit1
4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brown, almost black, with a finger of thick frothy chocolate colored head. The head fades down very slowly leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of roasted bittersweet chocolate, vanilla, coffee, oats, and a bit of dark fruits.

T - Starts off with some roasted bittersweet chocolate with a bit of vanilla and dark fruit sweetness. Through the middle, some roasted coffee flavor comes through alongside some oats. The finish is a mix of roasted cocoa and coffee with a bit of vanilla and dark fruit.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels super smooth with a sweet and chocolate finish.

D - Very drinkable. Really great chocolate oatmeal stout. The flavors are really nicely balanced with great body and mouthfeel.

Photo of jzlyo
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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 Molson2000
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

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