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Craftsman | Renaissance Brewing

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by ADZA on 12-15-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#19,076
Reviews:
49
Ratings:
93
pDev:
12.93%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 93 |  Reviews: 49
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1.75/5  rDev -53.8%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.38/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

500ml bottle - $7.99 at Mink's Package Store in Marietta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours an opaque, very dark brown body with ungodly tall, sea foam-like, beige head.

Smell: Roast-edged malts, bitterish dark chocolate, a puff of smokey and some espresso grounds. Unfortunately, there's a noted, disagreeable vegetal tone that shows up in the flavor, but is a bit more prominent here. Pity.

Taste: Roast, dark chocolate and a smokey shot of espresso. Hint of licorice. Medium-light sweetness. Slight dark berry accent. Touch of something from the garden. Minor bitterness. Drying, roasty, chocolaty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Sharp carbonation.

Overall: Rather over-carbonated. Craftsman never reaches the potential hoped for it.

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Photo of DocJitsu
2.9/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Pours an opaque, dark brown color with a big, fat burnt caramel colored head. The head takes on the appearance of sea foam. Chocolate and a bit of cola on the nose. The mouthfeel is just so far off base for this style that it is beyond disappointing. Way too much carbonation. The flavor is very thin. Some chocolate that dissipates as quickly as it emerges, followed by a bit of walnut, then to nothing but some plastic finish. Probably a reason this one was retired.

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of emptyglassagain
3.06/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of dansmcd
3.09/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I spotted this a couple of months ago and snapped it up as I am a big fan of the brewery and of oatmeal stouts.

A - Despite it having spent two months at the back of the pantry, once opened it expoded all over my hand, wrist and table with the biggest, soapiest head Ive ever seen. Body is jet black, even at the edges of the glass, so points for that.

S - Dark bitter chocolate and coffee.

T - Roasted dark chocolate flavour dominates, with a slight hoppiness.

M - Extremely highly carbonated (why?), light to medium body and disappointingly uncreamy for an oatmeal stout.

O - Having read the other reviews, something must have happened to this bottle because I did not get the same experience at all, which was very disappointing because I had really looked forward to this beer. Pleasant chocolatey flavours but just WAY overcarbonated. I may have to give this another chance. Renaissance deserve that much if only for their immaculate Elemental Porter.

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3.12/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dark almost black colour with one fingered tanned/coffee like head that retains well. impressive to look at.

S - Coffee, dark chocolate malts very prominent

T - Get plenty of of the chocolate and coffee maltiness, with a slightly sweet and fairly well balanced finish with hint of vanilla and liquorice..

M - Medium bodied and fairly well carbonated.

O- Very nice stout although I think it needs more body and comes across a little watery for a good stout.

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Photo of chinchill
3.19/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Ratings with a slight adjustment (but certainly not enough) for an old and infected bottle.

Unappealing vegetal aroma. Some of this carriers over to the flavor. At least the smooth body is better than average.
Actually the flavor is decent if not as good as it should be. Good level of chocolate.

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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of Molson2000
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of TruePerception
3.27/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Renaissance Brewing Company's Craftsman Chocolate Oatmeal Stout. 4.9% ABV. (Well, damn...)

A: Half a finger of chocolate milk colored head. Root beer-like carbonation. Black, with very dark brown in the dimple.

S: Dark cocoa and very lightly roasted coffee. Slightly sweet oatiness. Very faint licorice. Faint honey.

T/MF: More carbonated than I was expecting. Flavor is light coffee. Plain and simple. No chocolate at all. I'll see when it warms up, but I think they were wrong to dub this a chocolate stout.

A disappointing stout, actually.

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Photo of ChrisCage
3.31/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

A- Pours with an impressive caramel colored head that is about three fingers thick, however, it is fizzy and retreats quickly, finally settling to a decently thick layer....not very dense though. The color of the brew itself is an opaque black with cola colored hues around the top when held up to the light. The lacing is not impressive really at all, unfortunately, as there is no sticky, clingy suds that want to stay on my pint glass...they quickly slide back into the beer itself.

S- The overall aroma is not of chocolate really but rather is more of a robust burnt almond and/or more of a deeper grain, seemingly from the oats used....smells more like a traditional dry stout. There are tinges of coffee in the background and an Earthy dry hop note on the finish....actually quite nice aromas overall!

T- This is quite different from what I was expecting, but it is rather good, if not a little underwhelming though. The overall flavor is stout like for sure, but I don't feel that it has much in terms to distinguish the chocolatey nature that it's supposed to have....it's very subtle....too subtle for me, but I will say that the cocoa flavor is more noticeable on the aftertaste. There is a dry bitter coffee/grainy note as well as a mellowing hop finish. It tastes fine but I find it a little on the bland side for a stout.

M- I find this to lean towards the thin side of things...the body just seems to lack the overall richness that I was hoping to experience. I also find the carbonation to be a little on the strong end of the spectrum too, as there are plenty of bubbles bursting on the palate providing a bit of a rough 'zing' that doesn't meld very well with this style. Too bad...

O- I can't say I dislike the beer, because quite frankly I think it's alright...it just doesn't feel like a refined stout that qualifies very well as a chocolate version of the style. If I had a choice between this and other competitors, I'd pass on this one, unless I'm looking for a thinner, albeit nice and dry stout. Would make a very nice beer to add to a stew to add some kick but I think on it's own, it has some work to do. To sum it up....it's decent, but a little disappointing!

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.31/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle: Poured a light black color stout with a large light brown foamy head with average retention and some good lacing. Aroma consists of light black chocolate notes with some bitter roasted malt notes also noticeable. Taste is a mix between medium black chocolate notes with light bitter roasted malt notes with a light touch of coffee in the aftertaste. Body is too light with not enough of a creamy texture but with some very good carbonation. Not bad overall but I would think that a fuller body would improve the drinking experience.

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Photo of Amalak
3.39/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A. It is pitch black with a huge bubbly tan head, that leaves some lacing behind. Kind of soapy bubbles.

S. Extremely strong almost port wine scent. Chocolate and malt.

T/M. It is extremely carbonated. A bit too much. The chocolate comes through, but is drowned out by malt and heavy liquor taste. A bit of dark fruit. Alcohol heavy and full bodied.

O. It needs to sit for a while out of the fridge. Better a bit toward room temperature.

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Photo of personpitch
3.44/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 1 | overall: 3.5

this bottle was uncarbonated.. dissapointed this time around.

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Photo of Pexkool
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured into a pint glass, erupting in a thick 4 finger tall beige head. Took a while for the head to dissipate, and then I found out I only poured about half a glass before I had to stop so the foam didn't overflow! Like others have said before me: Be careful and have a towel at hand. The beer itself is a very deep brown color, not entirely jet black.

S - The ridiculously big head gives away hints of vanilla, toffee, espresso and roasted malts, with some alcohol in it as well. Some bittersweet chocolate can be noted in between the strong coffee notes.

T - As one can tell from the aroma, it has a strong coffee flavor, with some licorice and bitter chocolate notes. A little bit of vanilla as well as some hops and alcohol.

M - My least favorite part of this beer was the carbonation. It had so much carbonation it seemed like you were tasting some coffee flavored soda or something like that. This was supposed to be an oatmeal stout, and having tasted some before, one would expect a smooth beer, or something more syrup-y, but you don't get that from this brew. You get a nice kick from the flavors and alcohol, but another kick (not so nice this time) from the carbonation.

Overall, a good flavorful stout that was overwhelmingly carbonated. I liked it, but would not have it again.
...And I guess nobody else is going to have it again, seeing as it is now retired.

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Photo of JakerLou
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of kaelingirl
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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Craftsman from Renaissance Brewing
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 93 ratings
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