Renewale - 2012 Porter | Ninkasi Brewing Company

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Renewale - 2012 PorterRenewale - 2012 Porter

Brewed by:
Ninkasi Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Winter

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Added by Docer on 12-25-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 21 | Ratings: 60
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.84/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours very dark brown, appearing black. Thin medium off-white head dissipates quickly to a ring, no lacing. Nice aroma of roasted and smoky malt. Flavor dominated by roasted malt and coffee and light hops. Finishes slightly dry and a bit starkly bitter. Overall the flavor is somewhat attenuated, perhaps because of the moderate ABV. Medium bodied. A satisfactory porter, flavors are pleasant but subdued.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich brown-black hue with just hints of red let through when held up to the light. Head is a thick finger of frothy dark-tan foam. Nice!

Smell: tart malt aroma with hints of roasted malt and a little chocolate. Not too bad.

Taste: lightly malty with a pretty pronounced roasty character and quite a bit of tartness. Bitterness is low, but vegetal hops are present. Not bad, but a bit on the acidic side.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a surprisingly nice creaminess. I was expecting it to be more astringent, what with this acidity.

Overall: a decent porter, if a little on the too-roasty side.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.57/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Making marmalade tonight with the wife and needed a new beer to keep me occupied outside the regimental stirring... poured into my little CC goblet... short lasting tan head... the brew is pretty much black.. at least in the light in the office.

Nose is mild.. decent roastiness .. grainy maltiness makes me think lower abv porter for sure.. slight hints of what think is a spicy hoppiness.

flavor has a nice coffee punch.. but again, it is pretty mild and mixes into the porter qualities ... I am surprised that this doesn't lean to a heavier dark malt push... but I do like the drinkability.. and I never really like porters too much... but this one is well done and certainly very enjoyable.


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Photo of beertunes
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I recently received 2 six-packs of this as a bonus from one of my employers (and friends), Thank You again Janet! Poured into straight pint glass. Poured a fairly typical Deep brown/light black color with about 1/2 inch of tan head that had low retention and moderately good lacing.

The aroma was very nice, full of good roasty notes on top of solid grains. There were just enough hops to provide a bit tasty balance. The flavor profile was very similar, with the roast being a bit more pronounced and the hops a bit less noticeable.

The body was very thin for the style (honestly, I wanted to dock it even more, but I enjoyed the beer enough overall that I couldn't), it might have been a bit thin for a Brown. Drinkability was very good, the bottles I've had have gone down smooth and easy on a consistent basis. Overall, a very nice beer, one that is certainly worth trying if you see it, and perhaps a bit of effort to obtain.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a Pint glass.

A - Pours a dark brown with a small thin tan head. Ok retention, but fades fairly quickly.

S - Roasted malts, chocolate, bitter coffee.

T - Mostly bitter coffee and old chocolate.

D - Very, very thin. Decent carbonation.

O - Ok, so thin, that it distracted me from the rest of the beer.

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Photo of Rutager
4.35/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Dark cola with a small tan head.

Smell. Roasty toasty dark malts, some bitter chocolate.

Taste. Really dark roasted malts, dark roasty coffee. Slight sweetness. Really nice.

Mouthfeel. Medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall. Nice roasty porter here. Just how I like 'em.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle from Fred Meyer,S.Salem. $3.79 Very dark coloured porter almost black , large creamy,thick tan head. aromas of toasted cereal,hay, slight cocoa. MM strange liquorice root flavours, then treacle and nuts..dark coffee bitterness in the back.. i like it! palate was just fine for style maybe even a bit thicker than usual i liked this..especially the liquorice/treacle taste

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Photo of brotherloco
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber. Served in a goblet.

Pours an almost complete black, a tinge of light gets through. A two finger pillowy beige head forms and settles to a small covering. Some delicate lacing left in glass.

Aroma is properly roasted malt with a floral hop backing, a little spicy. Some sweetness mixed in as well.

Flavor is roasty, bitter, with semi-sweet bakers chocolate. Some mineral notes in the middle and finish. There is a metallic note to the bitterness in the finish. Maybe a little alcohol sneaking through.

Medium-light bodied with medium-sharp carbonation. Slight creaminess.

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Photo of vkv822
2.93/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle, tulip snifter.

Pours black with a light brown head that dissipates fairly quickly.

The aroma is a subtle blend of roast malt and some bitter cocoa.

Roast malts, bitter cocoa and bitter coffee.

A light to medium body with average carbonation.

An okay porter, the bitterness from the coffee in the finish was a bit more than I would have liked, but nothing overly unpleasant.

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Photo of RickS95
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I do love me some dark porters. Pours black with the thinnest of dark brown around the edges, even when held up to a light. Head is minimal, tan, and sits up top for a minute, and then is gone before you know it.

Lots of roasty notes. Some coffee and bittersweet chocolate, even some smoke.

Tastes more like a stout. It's got the roasted thing down. Very malty, mostly malty; smoke, hops and coffee in the finish.

Creamy. A bit more bitter than I want in a porter. Full-bodied.

I had high expectations for this beer, so I was slightly disappointed that it was only slightly above average. I think this would be better categorized as a stout and I'd have probably given higher marks. Not a bad beer, just not great for the style.

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Photo of RJLarse
3.27/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought a six-pack of Ninkasi Renewale 2012 in a grocery store just before New Years. $7.99

Pours a jet black opaque color. There is a small thin bubbly beige head.

Smell is a roasted coffee aroma. Not much sweetness at all in the nose.

Taste is a bitter charcoal and string black coffee flavor.

Mouthfeel is fairly light for the style, with a dry bitter aftertaste.

A drinkable porter, but not a great one.

Happy New Year.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to beertunes for this one.

A: 1/2" tan coloured head that left a nice lacing over black/cola coloured liquid.

S: Roasted barley, toasted malt, coffee and caramel.

T: Bitter toasted malt, roasted barley, and some coffee flavour in the finish.

M: Dry and bitter with a thin viscosity and medium to low level of fine carbonation.

O: The taste could be improved with more sweetness or caramel malt flavours as it is a fairly bitter porter. That being said, it is quite drinkable.

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Photo of Docer
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: (4.0)
- Rich solid colored dark brown porter. Couple fingers of fluffy light light mocha tan head.. settles to a thin spotty creamy blanket, and leaves some lacing all about the glass.

Smell: (3.5)
- Very roasty in smell, lots of biscuity and sharp grain, light chocolate, and light bitter coffee notes. Surprisingly quite hoppy with very earthy, grassy, and herbal notes. Smells like this may be quite bitter.

Taste: (4.0)
- Indeed it is a very bitter porter, and it is also very good. I love the bitter grassy hops and how zesty bitter it is. Not a very sweet chocolatey malt bill, but more a zesty, crisp, and refreshing porter. I really dig the flavors here. Husky grains with only some light cocoa and coffee. Big resinous hops and earthy flare.

Mouth Feel: (3.5)
- Light to medium bodied, and very well carbonated. Bitter dry and a slight bit cloying. Leaves the tongue quite dry for sure. Not an overly creamy porter or sweet porter at all, but more so thinner like an IPA.

Overall: (3.5)
- This is a very interesting porter. It is almost more like a CDA. Very bitter and hoppy.. but not on the aroma and finishing end. Light sweetness, but more like a dark lager. Overall it is very crisp and refreshing, and is the kind of beer that would snap you out of a non-drinking kind of mood.

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Photo of u2carew
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber
A) Pours with a finger thick head that settles to a thin lacing on top and at the edge of the glass. Dark brown and reddish hued body. Thin sticky lacing on the glass on the drink down.
S) Smoky notes. Earthy. Yeasty.
T) Dark chocolate notes. Smoky. Some good doughy / bready flavors. Mild hop bite toward the finish.
M) Creamy. Smooth. Full body. Gritty feel throughout.
O). A decent porter. I'd definitely drink more.

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Photo of GreenCard
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: dark mahogany with ruby highlights, fairly opaque, spongey layer of tan foam, good head retention

Aroma: very low aroma; just a hint of chocolate and coffee grinds

Flavor: medium malt sweetness with a roasty bitterness predominating; hints of cocoa and herbal hops; finishes semisweet

Mouthfeel: medium body, gentle carbonation, some roast astringency

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Photo of Briken
3.37/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown, thin tan head and poor retention. Roasted and chocolate balanced aroma. Flavor is balanced as well with a strong roasted/coffee flavor up front that mellows to a light herbal finish. A biting, thin feel.

A moderate roasted linger that’s much easier drinking than most since it’s not too heavy. The nice herbal finish gets lost halfway through but an all-around decent beer although the mouthfeel could be a little better.

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Photo of Smurf2055
3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into shaker.

Three fingers off white head. Very dark color.

Strong rich robust smell. Coffee overpowers the nose.

Taste is a lot lighter than expected. Coffee bitterness and a bit tart.

Decent, but nothing special. Maybe I'm not a huge fan of Ninkasi

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Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An extremely smooth, and somewhat aggressive pout yields a nice big one and a quarter finger head into my standard pint glass. The head is somewhat fluffy and pillowy, but I don't know if i would call it creamy looking. About half small bubbles, and half medium sized bubbles, which is a little surprising, but it's not the end of the world. The head is light brown in color, not too dark, or too light, nice light brown. Head retention isn't bad, I still have about half of the head left. The lacing looks like it will be phenomenal, but we will have to see for sure as I get down the glass. The body is interesting, because it is for sure pitch black. However you can make out some hughes of brown and perhaps even ruby when you hold it up to the light, it is EXTREMELY faint though, and hard to detect. Visibility through the beer is zero. I can't see any carbonation due to the color. Overall it's got a nice looking body and a nice looking head, what more can you ask for? We will see how the lacing goes but this is a darn good looking beer so far. When I first poured the beer into a glass the smell was just incredible, the malts flew out of the glass at me. Since then however it's become more of an average micro brew. Not a bad thing, but not as amazing as it had smelled. Very roasty on the nose, a little sour, probably from the hops. Slightly sweet smelling, maybe a little bit of chocolate. Overall there really isn't a lot to write home about, it's a quality smelling brew, but seriously lacking creativity. It smells like a billion other porters I have had. I'll give it a 4 because it smells good, but that is a little bit generous, for it's serious lack of creativity it could get a 3.5. Well it's a nice beer, but I can say I for sure wont be cutting it any breaks for a 4 instead of a 3.5 for taste. You get a chocolatey, malty taste up front. That is followed by a slightly sour, maybe a tiiiiny bit bitter, hop taste. Frankly the taste is a little watery, it has components that remind me of carbonated water. The lack of flavor mixed with carbonated H2O generally is what reminds me of it. Really there just isn't a whole lot going on here at all. The creativity is not there at all, and the flavor is also lacking. It's a 3.5, I don't think that's too generous, it's not a bad beer, I'll enjoy drinking it. However it's for SURE not a 4. The mouthfeel is also not too great, the wateriness is not exclusive to the taste if you know what I mean. The carbonation is very subtle and EXTREMELY low, that's not a huge issue considering the style, but it is a little low even considering that. Not a horrible mouthfeel, but the body could use some work, and perhaps the carbonation as well. The drinkability is through the roof, I mean especially for a porter. It's understandable, the beer is only 5.9% ABV, damn. I mean I'm already 3/4 of the way done with my pint. I like a drinkable beer, but to a point it almost gets ridiculous, like in my head I know "this shouldn't go down this easily". Either way, great drinkability. Overall this isn't a bad beer, but not a hair over a decent beer. I guess I could call it "good", but it's really more in between decent and good. Again, it's not bad, but there is really nothing to write home about at all.

The appearance turned out to be pretty good. The lacing was not nearly as thick and consistent as I anticipated it to be. Still, it was nice, and by no means bad. It wasn't what I would consider patchy, but it wasn't full at the same time. It followed a pattern, but it didn't fill up much of the glass. I'd say this beer is a 4 for appearance, considering the body and head were both nice. The lacing wasn't amazing, but it wasn't bad, I think 4 is just fine.

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Photo of isualum12
2.96/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Full disclaimer ahead of time. I have a special place in my heart for ninkasi.. Their support of mnt. Bike Or won me over.

Look- black as can be. Very little head and it was gone within seconds. No activity. I mean like not one bubble.

Smell not there. No activity so that didn't bring any smell to the top.

Taste- slight bitter with a little sour and coffee. Burnt coffee. Little chile bite on it as well which I didn't expect.

Feel. Odd feeling of spice.

Overall. Not for me. I won't finish this 12 oz bottle.

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Photo of N3rdM3t4l
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Brown bomber purchased in January and stashed away until tonight. Poured into standard pint.

A: Completely opaque black with about a finger of khaki colored head that fell into a thick foam cap with a few bigger bubbles in the middle. Leaving good lacing.

S: Coffee and bittersweet chocolate notes right away. Well roasted is a phrase i would use to describe this one. A little digging and I can just pick out the hops. Smells like a tasty porter to me.

T: The coffee notes are more pronounced in the taste, the chocolate from the nose falls into the background. A bit more of the malt comes through as malted barley in when you taste it. The hops are very present but not super aggressive. They make the coffee taste a little bitter like it is really dark and they linger for a while. The taste never really leaves your mouth on from this one the roasty malt sticks to the back of the tongue even after the hop bitter fades. Before the bitter ends and after the chocolate dies off you get a little alcohol warming which is surprising considering the fairly strong flavor and average ABV of this one. I am a porter guy so I am bias but I would say this tastes quite good.

M: A little thin for a porter, it lacks the chew I look for in something pitch black but the taste makes up for it. Definitely not watery but more medium than full bodied.

O: Good porter when young better porter when 6 months old. Glad I squirreled away two bottles of this when I could. May come back for a second round in another couple months to see how it does then.

Edit: opened my last bottle tonight 9/28/12 to see how it tastes aged about 10 months.
a: minimal khaki head now and a more sparse cap, leaving less lacing than before.
s: smells about the same
t: the hops seem a bit more pronounced than I remember still good coffee notes.
m: still a bit thin but good as before
o: a little hoppier but too much more age and this would fade too and be bland. 9months seems about right.

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Photo of timtwoface
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been a fan of most of the porters and stouts that Ninkasi has released and this is no different. I would recommend this particular beer to any porter lover - it's got everything you love about porters, a rich roasted coffee-esque taste, and the silky-smooth drinkability.

If Ninkasi's Oatis wasn't available year round (a definite fave of mine) I would definitely search this one out more often.

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Renewale - 2012 Porter from Ninkasi Brewing Company
3.59 out of 5 based on 60 ratings.
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