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

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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
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of DaveBar
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Re-review with original Oct.2014..... Heat is gone. Wonderful beer. Zero chalkiness. No head after 10sec. Different beer altogether. Found this baby in the cellar. Me likie now! Age helped this girl out a lot! Buy buy buy!!!

Purchased at the LCBO for around $4.00 for a 500ml bottle. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- 4.0- Opens well and pours a TON of dark head that lasts

S- 3.75- Lots of roasted malt and nutty smell.

T- 3.0- Not so good. Very hot. WAY too much roast and smoke. Overpowering.

M- 3.25- Not bad. Dry

O- 3.33- This is the highest I can go. Will not buy again. Cut down on the malt guys.

Food Paring

This ok beer went well with..... Beef Stew

Enjoy

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Photo of eric5bellies
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

Drank from my Mane Liquor Tulip
A - Classic deep ebony colour with a tanned head that retains and laces.

S - Molasses, caramel and roasted malts

T - Up front some nice spicy balanced toffee and fig. After that the sweetness just takes over.

M - Light to medium body with low carbonation. Too thin

O - Not a great example of a Porter

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Photo of NateMac13
3.04/5  rDev -23.6%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of JHurley
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of Aggro
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Sampled this brew along with Renaissance's Scotch ale, thanks to a generous donor to the great beer cause here in sleepy Silver Springs, Calgary. This beer certainly looks the part of a so-called robust porter (as per the fine print on the label), a murky dark brown to almost black, although was noticeably lacking the red highlights you often get with a well-crafted porter from the Old World. Perhaps I just failed to see this but I still must rate accordingly. Fairly aggressive carbonation in terms of the billowing tan head as well as on the palate later. Too fizzy for me and for the style more generally. Aroma was pleasant enough, coffee and caramel, chocolate, considerable fruity sweetness like dried currants and raisins, a little fresh citrus rind from NZ hops. Standard high-end porter stuff but as was the case for the Scotch ale from this brewery, weighted towards the sweet rather than the bitter roasted elements. Palate yields a nice chocolate-covered raisins effect, a very smooth and refined roasted character, mellow smoke, some diacetyl butter that stays right where it needs to be, namely noticeable but not aggressive, and some interesting herbal flavors, including a pronounced mint note that strangely enough works quite well in such a dark beer and a smooth licorice drop style floral spice. Semi-chewy and of moderately thick body, with a little dry wood char in the reasonably dry finish. The final verdict? I tend to use many qualifiers in my reviews at the best of times, but this review is particularly tempered ("mellow", "a little", "refined", "not aggressive", etc. etc.). The beer comes off more as a brown porter than a robust one if you want to nitpick about style, which can be kinda fun. Everything is classy, unassuming, and downplayed, with the exception of the carbonation, although the beer is well-balanced and still flavorful.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of ZachT
4.44/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of TerryW
3.56/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is one of those impossible to pour beers with an insanely out of control head. Probably took me longer to get it out of the bottle tan to drink it.

Walnut black with a big head that settles to a substantial cap. Some lace, not a lot.

Chocolatey nose, noticeable sweetness. Charcoal.

Chalky and dry on the palate. Sweet malts, followed by sourness. Lots of chocolate and charcoal. Ultimately finishes quite dry. Thin-bodied.

Decent, but the sourness is a little odd.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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3/5  rDev -24.6%

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.76/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - black with just a hint of light peaking through the edges, half finger of head dissipated to a few random islands
S - chocolate and roastiness, hints of cream, burnt sugars, and mild leafs
T - bitter bakers chocolate with burnt coffee and dark toffee maltiness, touch of creamy dairy, finishes slightly musty and earthy
M - medium body with a prominent cocoa chalkiness, yet still relatively rich and somewhat sweet, finishes with just a touch of bitterness
O - has an old timey label and a flavour to match which I enjoyed, its rich and bold while maintaining its relatively light porter character, worth seeking out

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