Craftsman | Renaissance Brewing

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Brewed by:
Renaissance Brewing
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by ADZA on 12-15-2009

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Ratings: 93 |  Reviews: 49
Photo of Brolo75
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours black with some light coming through around the edges, decent retention, full, creamy tan colored head, lots of lacing, looks thin.

A: Roasted coffee, roasted malts, chocolate, light berry note, subtle aromas.

T: Chocolate is more prevalent on the taste, cocoa nibs, roasted malts, toasted nuttiness, dry coffee like bitterness, finish has lingering notes of chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts.

M: Light bodied with a slight creamy mouthfeel, dry finish.

O: A good beer, I could definitely drink quite a few of these, I wish it had more flavor and aroma, at $9.99 a bottle there are better oatmeal stouts for less money.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.23/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into an English pint glass, the appearance was a dark brown color with a finger and a half's worth of white foamy head that slid off in a nice appeal. Light messy lace ran about the glass appropriately.
The aroma had a nice blend of sweet to bitter milk and dark chocolate portions. Underscored by some light coffee and sweet oats, gentle roast and a hint of dark bread.
The flavor was a mix of the sweet to the bitter and roastiness pulling the chocolate to the coffee and the dark bread. Pretty smooth aftertaste of the chocolate and the coffee and oats.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a decent sessionability about it. Carbonation felt fine, somewhat low. ABV felt appropriate. Exceptionally smooth along my tongue.
Overall, what this brewery does for the "oatmeal style" every brewer should be doing as the oats do exactly what they're supposed to do. Hoping to get some more of this for football games this Autumn.

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Photo of josanguapo
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From Labirratorium. In Teku glass. Reading JHTP11 Ch26 + playing Darksiders 2. Plenty of chocolate in aroma and taste very well integrated in a gentle to the palate and very balanced smooth brew that is surprisingly filling for such a low abv

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Photo of Hayley_86
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jzlyo
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is chocolate/dark chocolate, dark malts and mild oak/BBQ. The flavor is oak/slight barbecue, dark chocolate dark malts, dark fruit and a mix of smoky and acidity in the finish.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.19/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From bottle, pours a pitch black colour with a tan head that only comes out in a ring that coats the glass. Aroma chocolate, cocoa, chocolate, chocolate, roasted malts. Taste milk chocolate, sweet, cocoa, creamy. This is great.

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Photo of RickyS
3.89/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appears very dark with small amount of head. The smell is very nice, dominated by sweet chocolate and roasted malts and a bit of wood. The taste is a tad more bitter, especially in the finish which is not very long. I find though there is a high unbalance between how good the smell is and how not all of these flavors are not propagated to the taste. Thick mouthfeel. Overall a nice product. Could be better but no one is perfect.

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Photo of Vylo
4.11/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of 50wolves
4.23/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - pours dark with small foamy brown head. Aroma - smells pleasant to the nose. Taste - chocolatey flavour. Feel - very silky smooth this is the most notable element of the beer. Overall - very refined beer, I appreciate this.

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Photo of OGShotzy
4.19/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 hunteraw
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours pitch black with a fine one finger light brown head with great retention and tons of lacing. Nice aroma of dark toasted malt, good chocolate, hints of coffee and hot cocoa. Flavor is toasted malt with light char, dark and milk chocolate, light vanilla, day old coffee. Coffee, light chocolate and a bit of char in the finish. Light to medium bodied with good carbonation. A flavorful stout with a lighter body and less intense flavors than expected from the dramatic black color and full chocolate head. It may be becoming difficult for me to fairly evaluate lower ABV stouts because they do not emphasize the flavors as well. This one has nice complex, good chocolatey taste, but it leaves me wishing for more. With a bit more intensity and fuller malt body, this could be amazing. The flavors that are present are good and I enjoyed the entire bottle. If I was looking for a session stout, this would be near the top of the list.

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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 unimatrix1
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Stoutmeister
4.16/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cb2113
3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of crow
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of kelsietate
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of Boone757
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Flounder57
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

500 ml bottle was poured into a nonic.

Appearance: A crazy two finger mocha head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pitch black color with no vision of anything.

Smell: Smoke, toffee, caramel, chocolate, sweet oats, bready oats, and roasted malts.

Taste: You pick up a lot of aromas on the palate with a little soy action and bitterness in the rear.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light bodied, a little bitterness, a little chewy, and low to medium carbonation. A bit light and fizzy for the style.

Overall: Oatmeal chocolate stout from New Zealand. Sure. Why not? Pretty solid offering mate. I'll have another.

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Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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