Elemental | Renaissance Brewing

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102 Ratings
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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
Ratings:
102
Reviews:
52
Avg:
3.98
pDev:
9.55%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
9
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Dewsby
3.49/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JonCorbett
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured in to a chalice. Cola black. Carbonation consists of medium to large bubbles that develop a loose, frothy, and rather small head even with a fairly aggressive pouring. The head is a medium tan colour and retention is low - (rapid dissipation). Even after swirling it doesn’t stick to the glass and settles smoothly back into the ring.

Aromatics: Nose is full of dark fruits - dates/plums, with hints of vanilla and caramelized brown sugar, and mellow roasted coffee.

Taste: Starts somewhat fruity, and is quickly replaced with a grassy and slight alcohol punch, but finishes with a very impressionable cacao/espresso flavour. I’ve never tried to roast wheat grass, but if I had to describe the bitter - that’s what I would say is it tastes like toasted wheat grass. Rich bitter with a slight tang at the edges of the palate when it finishes.

Feel: A very robust character; medium weight and the lack of carbonation gives it a smooth and dry coffee texture.

Overall: A rich bitter nature so similar to coffee I would use it as an after dinner digestif, especially with a simple dessert like a fruit tart or pie and vanilla ice cream.

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Photo of BCborn
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jmdrpi
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle no date

black, opaque, tan head. good head retention. aroma of milk chocolate and a little coffee. taste is slightly roasty, good balance of sweetness. slightly dry finish. nice thick silky mouthfeel.

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Photo of mdagnew
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle at 42 degrees into a hand washed and dried JK snifter; allowed to warm to 50 degrees
Aroma – begins with some roasted malt and light coffee and toffee; weakens but remains entire glass
Head small (< one cm, aggressive pour), light brown, creamy/fizzy, diminishing to irregular two to six mm ring and partial layer
Lacing good – curtains of tiny bubbles with large openings
Body dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor light coffee and roasted malt; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, watery, soft carbonation

Appearance 3.75, Aroma 4, Flavor 4, Palate 3.75, Overall 4

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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Vylo
4.41/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KensWorld
4.44/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jeffsta1
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
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 Zond
4.73/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of drtth
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a deep brown almost black color with a 2 1/2" tan foamy head, that leaves some patches and legs of lacing as it slowly recedes to a layer of foam. Each sip leaves a coating of foam the becomes patches, and legs of lacing.

The strongest aromas include black chocolate and cocoa, along with some dark roasted malt.

As expected from the nose the flavors are strongly dominated by dark chocolate and cocoa, both supported by the background of bittered roasted malt. The hops don't seem to me to play much of an obvious role here but may be contributing to the bitterness. With only 6% ABV there's no alcohol detectable.

The mouth feel is medium bodied and smooth with gentle, persistent moderate carbonation. The finish is medium length and tapers off from the chocolate into persistent dry bitterness which seems to me to be more from the roasted malt than the hops. (It is also quite persistent and may be a bit stronger than some prefer.)

Overall I think this is a very well made beer with a lot to recommend it. The brewery says they have positioned themselves to produce high end premium ales to "enlighten the palate and thrill the senses." Seems to me as though they've done reasonably well at meeting that goal. I'd certainly be willing to have another sometime if it were possible to get it without the imported beer price tag it carries.

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Photo of markgugs
3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of 50wolves
4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
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 CJNAPS
4.68/5  rDev +17.6%
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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Photo of Glorithm
4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Wajohnst
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Rick778
3.6/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of yancot
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle served fairly cold into a Murphy's pint glass. Purchased for about $6 CDN.

Appearance - Very black, so black that all light is eradicated. A small thin layer of brown head rests on top visible reducing down to small wisps of foam. Imposing.

Smell - Plenty of coffee, some peat and a hint of black licorice. Also traces of vanilla soaked coffee bean and a trace of maple syrup.

Taste - Not really like the nose, as there's a touch of dark chocolate, big roasty coffee flavor and transitions to a leather like flavor and even a bit of smoke. The vanilla picked up on the nose, didn't translate in flavor.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, slick, low carbonation, good feel for a porter.

Overall - Very well crafted toasty and earthy porter with plenty of coffee roastiness and a bunch of other subtleties that an experienced beer connoisseur may be able to pick up.

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Photo of evil_liver
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of delgotit99
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of deonreds
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of valianes
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of R_Kole
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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Elemental from Renaissance Brewing
3.98 out of 5 based on 102 ratings.
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