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Craftsman - Renaissance Brewing

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BA SCORE
84
good

64 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.6%


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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2012 20:05:24 | More by Sammy
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.3/5  rDev -12%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2013 15:34:50 | More by Phyl21ca
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metter98

New York

3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2013 14:27:03 | More by metter98
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

2.4/5  rDev -36%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2013 03:31:34 | More by ChainGangGuy
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2013 06:24:19 | More by biboergosum
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.58/5  rDev +22.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 17:55:40 | More by biegaman
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2012 03:00:00 | More by Huhzubendah
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2013 14:27:33 | More by dbrauneis
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2013 23:06:02 | More by Cyberkedi
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bluejacket74

Ohio

4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 00:04:19 | More by bluejacket74
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dgilks

Australia

4.7/5  rDev +25.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2010 07:14:37 | More by dgilks
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2012 23:48:58 | More by spinrsx
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CrazyDavros

Australia

4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-11-2013 08:38:29 | More by CrazyDavros
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ADZA

Australia

4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2009 07:10:11 | More by ADZA
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ngeunit1

California

4.38/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 05:21:19 | More by ngeunit1
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2012 02:31:13 | More by liamt07
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2012 04:07:08 | More by andrenaline
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2012 01:02:08 | More by jrenihan
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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2013 02:09:13 | More by joemcgrath27
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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2012 20:57:48 | More by peensteen
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brendan13

Australia

4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured into a pint glass a very dark brown, virtually opaque with a dense 2cm tan head that slowly falls away.
S - Chocolate sweetness with some light coffee & roasted barley hints.
T - Taste mimicks the smell with a lot of bittersweet chocolate & roasted coffe qualities.
M - Higher side of medium bodied with a smooth creamy mouthfeel.
D - More please. Yes, this is a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2010 11:51:58 | More by brendan13
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Amalak

New York

3.39/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2013 03:08:52 | More by Amalak
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JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2012 03:15:30 | More by JohnnyBarman
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wvsabbath

West Virginia

4.4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving Type - 16.9 oz bottle

Appearance - Dark black/tan with a monser 4+ inch head and tons of sticky lacing.

Smell - Dark roasted malts, smoke, coffee, chocolate, Molassess, dark fruits like rasin and plum. Some added brown sugars, some vanilla and oatmeal round this out. Wow.

Taste - Very roasty, coffee malts up front. Smooth, sweet and chocolate influenced. Bitter fruits add citric flavors mixed with smoke and oatmeal stout flavor. Low alcohol elminates any alcohol. Added molasses and brown sugar balances out the bitter stout/oatmeal flavor.

Mouthfeel - Tounge gets the malts, coffee and chocolate at first sip. Palate gets more malts. coffee and alot of the molasses and sugars. Afertaste is malty, sweet and smokey.

Overall - This is really tastly. The main issue is the price, way overpriced for only being just above a 12 oz beer. The Balance this beer has, along with being such a low alcohol beer is amazing. Minus the price this a world class beer and a must try for any stout fan.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2012 04:57:09 | More by wvsabbath
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hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2012 17:55:36 | More by hopsolutely
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Craftsman from Renaissance Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.