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Craftsman - Renaissance Brewing

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85
very good

69 Ratings
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Ratings: 69
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.95%
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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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +5.3%
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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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +5.3%
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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dipso123

California

4/5  rDev +5.3%

11-01-2012 01:43:21 | More by dipso123
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
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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ThinkAgain

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

10-26-2012 13:34:17 | More by ThinkAgain
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WeissBoy

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +5.3%

10-26-2012 05:02:04 | More by WeissBoy
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JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
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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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
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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hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
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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wvsabbath

West Virginia

4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
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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ngeunit1

California

4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
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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PEIhop

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

07-09-2012 00:12:54 | More by PEIhop
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

06-26-2012 22:01:34 | More by JAHMUR
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dansmcd

Australia

3.1/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I spotted this a couple of months ago and snapped it up as I am a big fan of the brewery and of oatmeal stouts.

A - Despite it having spent two months at the back of the pantry, once opened it expoded all over my hand, wrist and table with the biggest, soapiest head Ive ever seen. Body is jet black, even at the edges of the glass, so points for that.

S - Dark bitter chocolate and coffee.

T - Roasted dark chocolate flavour dominates, with a slight hoppiness.

M - Extremely highly carbonated (why?), light to medium body and disappointingly uncreamy for an oatmeal stout.

O - Having read the other reviews, something must have happened to this bottle because I did not get the same experience at all, which was very disappointing because I had really looked forward to this beer. Pleasant chocolatey flavours but just WAY overcarbonated. I may have to give this another chance. Renaissance deserve that much if only for their immaculate Elemental Porter.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2011 23:49:45 | More by dansmcd
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brendan13

Australia

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
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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dgilks

Australia

4.7/5  rDev +23.7%
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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Quartermaine

Australia

4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served into a tulip glass at my local. Poured very dark, almost pitch black with no discernible colour highlights even when held to direct light. Slightly rocky head, chocolate cream colour, dissipating quickly.
The aroma is striking and delicious! Crumbled milk chocolate, more so than dark. Certainly a faint hop note. It beckons a taste immediately.
The chocolate note continues strongly in the taste, growing darker and more bitter but hold its balance. Roasty but not overpowering. Faint hints of dark dried fruit, maybe muscatels, aids in the complexity. Lingering hop bitterness certainly pushes you to another sip and aids in good drinkability. Mouthfeel is excellent for my taste, certainly weighty as provided by the oatmeal addition.

Overall a very well presented beer that tastes and smells as good as any chocolate stouts I have had, if not better.

Serving type: on-tap

08-05-2010 08:54:27 | More by Quartermaine
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ADZA

Australia

4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
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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Craftsman from Renaissance Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.