Elemental | Renaissance Brewing

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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
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 102 |  Reviews: 52
Photo of mdagnew
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ADZA
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a jet black coca cola colour that lets no light thru at all it has average carbonation which leaves a nice creamy one finger head that leaves spontanious lacing down the glass,it has nice aromas of chocolate,coffee,blackberries and roasty malts,it tastes pretty much the same with some nice chocolate,coffee notes coming thru quite prominently and it leaves you with a nice full roasty maltish mouthfeel quite pleasant indeed and would put this porter up there with the best ones.

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Photo of JakerLou
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

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

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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Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
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 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 yancot
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of brez8791
2.75/5  rDev -30.9%

Photo of belgbeerdrinker
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: dark color with brown highlights, medium head settles to a veil, carbonated trickles evident
s: mix of crisp (carbonated) and roasted malts
t: roasted malts throughout tempered with a softness, subtle bitter coffee finish
m: nice balance of roasted malts and carbonation make for a smooth, medium to heavy body
d: enjoyed this brew because of its balance and coffee taste wasn't overpowering. recommended

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Photo of byronic
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of Offa
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
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 KensWorld
4.44/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 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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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 cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -24.6%

Photo of NateMac13
3.04/5  rDev -23.6%

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 polloenfuego
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of LampertLand
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Renaissance Brewing's 'Elemental Porter' @ 5.7% , an English style porter served from a 500 ml bottle purchased for $8

A-pour is a very dark brown almost black in the glass with a small tan head that is leaving a fine streaky lace film along the pint glass after every sip

S-sweet smelling roasted malts

T-very smooth dark chocolate , crisp finish

MF-ok/mild carbonation , full bodied , easy drinking beer

Ov-good beer , good English style porter , I will seek out more Renaissance Brewing

sampled alongside Deschutes Black Butte Porter & Mill St. Coffee Porter

prost LampertLand

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Photo of RedAleMan
4/5  rDev +0.5%

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 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 hopsolutely
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An impressive beer from New Zealand!

Pours a dark brown, near-black, with a respectable coffee-coloured head that dissipates fairly quickly. A delightful aroma of roasted chocolate malts with espresso or coffee bean undertones; lots to enjoy. The flavour is also well balanced with enough complexity to be interesting and to justify the 6% ABV. Elements of cocoa, chocolate and coffee with roasted malt highlights throughout the body. Surprisingly there is also a bitter hop backbone that leads into a delightfully dry and lingering finish.

A "robust porter" that I'd highly recommend.

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