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Elemental | Renaissance Brewing

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3.94/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Renaissance Brewing
New Zealand (Aotearoa)
renaissancebrewing.co.nz

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by belgbeerdrinker on 01-03-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#8,102
Reviews:
52
Ratings:
103
pDev:
9.64%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of Zond
4.73/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of CJNAPS
4.68/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This was a great beer, very dark, thick head that lasted the whole time. Gotta find more.

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of dgilks
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rich, rounded dark chocolate flavour with notes of bitter coffee. Really smooth on the palate with a medium full body and moderately low carbonation. The aroma is of coffee again with some roast notes. Well balance. The colour is dark brown with garnet highlights and the persistent tan head is also great.

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Photo of dansmcd
4.46/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Moinette goblet.

A - A truly beautiful sight. Extreme dark brown body beneath 3 fingers of fluffy thick head. Thick sheets of lace adourn the glass.

S - Cocoa and coffee with sweet maple syrup.

T - Roasted malts, bitter chocolate, the coffee is there but not overpowering. A subtle fruitiness comes through. Yum.

M - So smooth and milky with a dry finish. A joy.

O - Beautiful, rich porter. Probably not as complex as some but wonderfully drinkable. I thoroughly enjoyed mine with cheese and smoked ham. Do not pass up the opportunity to try this.

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Photo of rjimlad
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A massive beer. Black in the glass with a rich dark chocolate head. Big stinky cocoa aromas with a little hop action cutting through. Flavour is like an 85% cocoa chocolate with a little bit of roast beef thrown in. Slight hop to prevent cloying and clean the palate but still a bit chewy and sticky on the lips. Nothing bad to say about it really. This is a really good beer.

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Photo of KensWorld
4.44/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ZachT
4.44/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Vylo
4.41/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BGDrock
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: almost black, with cranberry red hue when held to the light; dense cappuccino head has great length and stickiness

Aroma: dark berries - blackberry, raspberry - sweet like jam and damn appealing! hint of chocolate is a perfect match; truly addictive

Taste & Mouthfeel: luxurious satin mouthfeel, incredibly smooth going down; great blend of berry and rich chocolate , coffee gives way to just right bitterness that seems to be both mild hops and roasted malt, and finally a lingering dark chocolate powder; great profile, like dessert in a glass, but not too sweet

Overall: amazing vibrant and defined flavours, and love the start - middle - end flow; absolutely delicious

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Photo of biegaman
4.36/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Perhaps the least captivating thing about Elemental Porter is its appearance. Whereas the flavour has enough brimming hops and burnt malt to turn the palate either green or black, the appearance is solely black, and, honestly, relatively dull in comparison. It looks like liquid coal and has a head that, despite seemingly good structure, shrivels away with time and air.

In the aroma, cocoa and hops are two sides of the same coin. Big and remarkably boisterous, they each slash into the olfactory bulb with the swiftness, precision, and severe force of a samurai. The brewery uses only hops grown in their own backyard - and what a massive backyard it must be to accommodate this recipe. How many acres went into this thing?

The appreciably green (as if just picked), earthy, pine-y, and overall pungent quality of the hops are appreciated every bit as much on the palate, which also features equal amounts of smoky, bitter raw cocoa pods and a black roast that's like the charred bits off the end of a fillet mignon. Notes of vanilla bean and black licorice also sweeten the already delicious, gratifying deal.

The texture has both the chocolatey decadence of a creamy, rich ganache but also the sooty, earthy, bitter sensation of raw cocoa. And again there's the grassy-green, spearmint-y hops which under no circumstances can be ignored. This beer has a profile that instantly conjured to mind the names of my all-time favourite porters (as well as a few imperial stouts too!)

I hear that in New Zealand new and extremely talented craft brewers are popping-up in droves. Even if Renaissance is the only one of those to actually make it to Canadian shelves, we can't consider ourselves hard done-by. Like the Stonecutter and Craftsman, Elemental is yet another feather in the cap for both Renaissance and New Zealand. An elite porter.

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Photo of danieelol
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at the Taphouse.

Mmm nose was delicious coffee and roast. There was also a substantial hop presence concealed slightly below the surface, which I really appreciated.

Taste is more solid coffee and roast flavours. This reminds me a fair bit of Coopers Stout in terms of flavours, especially the substantial roast and accompanying hoppiness.

Mouthfeel was thick and good.

Really nice beer.

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Photo of Offa
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black with very big dark brown head that slowly shrinks to foamy ring.

Aroma is rich dark dried figs, coffee, chocolate, dark toast, dark toffee, caramel.

Taste is nice and maintains the character of the aroma. It is somewhat sweet and faintly sour up front with roasty-woody-pepper bitterness balancing nicely.

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Photo of jbsteiny
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Haven't reviewed anything in a while and was surprised to see that the scales are in quarter-points now - nice! Was motivated to review this because 1) I've never reviewed anything from NZ before and 2) this is a really good porter.

Poured into a pint glass, opaque near-black with cola-colored highlights and a light tan head of a cm that eventually fades into an uneven ring with some lacing. The pour was fairly agressive, and the beer was near silent with no splashing - I like that - demonstrates thickness and I anticipate it to be chewy.

Aromas are just awesome, like a fresh-baked piece of chocolate cake. Cocoa and sweet cream dominate, a little bit of brown sugar and cookies in there too. Super appetizing.

Flavorful on the palate too. A bit more molasses and roast, a bit less sweet chocolate than the aroma, with a fairly dry finish. I could drink this regularly. I had it with a spicy smoked turkey sandwich and it held up well. The label recommends it with "blue cheese and almost anything off the barbecue" and I'd agree, but I think it'd also be great with cheddar or some aged goat.

Maybe a over-carbonated for the style, but good body and nice drying finish, although with some lingering treacly sweetness coating the tongue. Overall, definitely worth the buy and I'll continue grab it as long as it's at the LCBO. Looking forward to trying more beers from Renaissance.

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Photo of Rwalford74
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of bgibbard
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of RHB33
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of polloenfuego
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of deonreds
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of 50wolves
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aroma - smells milky like, reminds me of a Guinness. Appearance - Pours dark with no carbonation, heady is very milky / creamy like (minimal head). Taste - Well balanced, mild tasting beer. Finish is present however not overly so. Mouthfeel - Creamy with a cool touch Overall - Easy to drink, fairly similar to Guinness.

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Photo of TubaManJack
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Very nice black body with ruby highlights. A full bubbled head what leaves a fair amount of lacing. Slight indication of carbonation.
Smell- A real strong roasted nose with complexity between the malt used. There is cocoa and slight unroasted coffee bean sweetness.
Taste- A rich blend of dry roasted goodness. The malt drives an even bitterness through out each sip. The coffee bean is more evident in the nose, but the cocoa flavor is present behind the roasted flavor. Not overly complex but straight forward and enjoyable.
Mouthfeel- A medium body even with the carbonation, thickening as it warms to cellar temp. Dry body and assaulting so pair it with something good to eat.
Drinkability- Very good, try it with dinner. Although at 6%ABV its not really sessionable, I dare you to have more than a glass. It is a great change when the weather gets cold or you need a little roasted character.

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Photo of Jeffsta1
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice dark color, tan head, disappears a bit quickly.

Beautiful bouquet of malt and cocoa. Simple, but fantastic. Not a single off note.

Subtle flavor or malt, cocoa, licorice, perhaps hints of soy. Some hoppy bitterness on the release.

Fairly rich mouthfeel, nice.

Bitter finish.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brown with a big finger of frothy khaki-chocolate colored head. The head fades down slowly leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of roasted dark chocolate malts with some dark fruit, and coffee with a touch of black licorice and vanilla.

T - Starts off with a mix of roasted dark chocolate malts with some raisin and other sweet dark fruits and a touch of black licorice. Through the middle, a bit of earthy hops come through with some roasted coffee. The finish is a mix of dark chocolate malts, coffee, earthy hops, with a bit of black licorice and dark fruit.

M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet and roasted finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice balance of chocolate and coffee flavors with the right amount of roastiness.

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Photo of CookstLiquor
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle. Pours a rich, deep chocolate brown. The nose is a hearty blend of dark malt notes: caramel, nuts, chocolate. The flavour is equally meaty and robust, with notes of smoke, dark grains, coffee and roasted nuts. The creamy mouthfeel complements the rich flavours. This is a like a meal, one of the most flavourful porters we've had.

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Elemental from Renaissance Brewing
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 103 ratings
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