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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:
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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 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 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 DonFrap
1.75/5  rDev -53.7%

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 mpenning13
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of CrazyDavros
4.16/5  rDev +10.1%
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 joemcgrath27
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
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

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 IRONRakkasan
3.25/5  rDev -14%

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 chanokokoro
3/5  rDev -20.6%

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 Molson2000
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of Rwalford74
4/5  rDev +5.8%

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 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 OBeerMeGreatOne
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
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 KrisDLSmith
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Groulxsome
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Picaroon
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of bluejacket74
4.12/5  rDev +9%
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 korguy123
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pitch black, porter like pour. Two and a half finger tan head. Thick and foamy leaving sheets of glorious lacing on the glass.

Dark bitter chocolate, dark roasted coffee, brown sugar and definite oatmeal. Brown sugar, vanilla and sight char.

Dark chocolate, burnt coffee and a wallop of delicious oat flakes. The flavor from the oatmeal really compliments the chocolate and bitter coffee presence. There is a touch of molasses with some black licorice.

Light to medium body, carbonation is a little high.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +5.8%
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 sonorb7
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Craftsman from Renaissance Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.