About The Beer
Country: New Zealand
Format: 500ml Bottle
For years fans of the Renaissance beers had been asking, “when are you guys going to do a Stout?” It was eventually decided that the effort Brian was putting into taking these pesky blighters out the back to give them a shoeing could be better used to actually make the aforementioned stout. So Renaissance produced not only a Stout, but a Chocolate Oatmeal Stout, the Craftsman.
Craftsman is the 'Big Brother' to their popular Elemental porter. Building on the flavours given by the crystal, brown and black malts, they add a portion of organic rolled oats for a silky smooth mouthfeel, then added a small amount of cocoa nibs to the mash and brew kettle, plus a large addition of nibs to the fermentor. The beer that matured on those cocoa nibs has a lovely chocolate nose that melds beautifully with the coffee and hop notes in the beer. The resulting Stout has a full rounded palate with chocolate and roasted notes predominating and the depth of intensity that one expects from a Stout.
Craftsman is a great accompaniment with fruit desserts, rich cakes, biscuits and cookies and by recommendation Venison