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Craftsman - Renaissance Brewing

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BA SCORE
85
very good

72 Ratings
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Ratings: 72
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.68%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | 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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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

IRONRakkasan, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.4/5  rDev -36.8%
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.

ChainGangGuy, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of chanokokoro
3/5  rDev -21.1%

chanokokoro, Mar 01, 2013
Photo of DocJitsu
2.86/5  rDev -24.7%
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.

DocJitsu, Feb 27, 2013
Photo of Molson2000
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Molson2000, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of Rwalford74
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Rwalford74, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of BGDrock
3.61/5  rDev -5%
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

BGDrock, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

Phyl21ca, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4/5  rDev +5.3%

OBeerMeGreatOne, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of Cyberkedi
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Cyberkedi, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of KrisDLSmith
4/5  rDev +5.3%

KrisDLSmith, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of Groulxsome
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Groulxsome, Dec 11, 2012
Photo of Picaroon
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Picaroon, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of bluejacket74
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

bluejacket74, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of korguy123
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

korguy123, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Huhzubendah, Nov 27, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.1%

sonorb7, Nov 24, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.1%

cfalovo97, Nov 21, 2012
Photo of beerhunter13
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

beerhunter13, Nov 18, 2012
Photo of Digimaika2
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Digimaika2, Nov 16, 2012
Photo of bgibbard
4/5  rDev +5.3%

bgibbard, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of biegaman
4.58/5  rDev +20.5%
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.

biegaman, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of RedAleMan
4/5  rDev +5.3%

RedAleMan, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of bigox420
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

bigox420, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of decimator
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass. ABV 4.9%.

A - Poured a dark brown to black with a 1cm light brown head. Good lacing.

S - Dark chocolate, toasts, coffee, bit of earth.

T - Follows the aroma. Toasted grains, dark chocolate, coffee, hint of sour in the middle, bitter finish.

M - Medium carbonation, medium body, slick, crisp finish.

O - Good stout which I'll certainly procure again if possible.

decimator, Nov 09, 2012
Craftsman from Renaissance Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.