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Craftsman - Renaissance Brewing

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BA SCORE
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:
Renaissance Brewing visit their website
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 cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of beerhunter13
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of Digimaika2
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of bgibbard
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of biegaman
4.57/5  rDev +20.9%
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 RedAleMan
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of bigox420
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of decimator
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Photo of MattPS
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of andrenaline
4/5  rDev +5.8%
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 jsnoek
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of spinrsx
4/5  rDev +5.8%
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 peensteen
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Photo of dipso123
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of jrenihan
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
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 Sammy
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
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 ThinkAgain
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of WeissBoy
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
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!

Photo of liamt07
4.09/5  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 hopsolutely
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of wvsabbath
4.4/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

Photo of ngeunit1
4.37/5  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 PEIhop
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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