Saturday, March 9, 2013

Renaissance Brewing Company - Elemental Porter


Beer Review, Craft Beer, London, Ontario, BeergeeksABV 6% (Bottle 500ml)
The Brewery

"Located in Blenheim, in the heart of the gourmet province of Marlborough, New Zealand, the Renaissance brewery crafts intensely rewarding ales for the enlightened palate."

The Bottle
Get all in the info on this brew.


The Pour
Pours black as oil with no head and no lacing.  The brew lies very still with no discernible carbonation.  2nd pour produced at 1/2 finger off-white beige head. 

Aroma
Sweet and rich with roast malt and dark caramel overtones, and some Lowland Scotch flavour's lend this Porter a mild, mellow and delicate whiskey character. 

Taste
Rich again and dry with strong roast coffee, cacao, raw chocolate, hints of blueberry and a light carbonation that balances the body very well.  Hops are there in the dry aftertaste with some espresso along for the ride.

Overall
It's really nice that the LCBO is branching out into beers from countries that don't come readily to mind when most people think of buying a bottle eg. Iceland, New Zealand.  This porter has a big kick for 6% and could almost be called a light RIS; even if that is a contradiction in terms.  It's very hop forward and gets better as it warms.  A solid B+.  Quite good, but not quite A material.  

Next up...
I tackle Big Rock's (newly available in Ontario) IPA

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