O’hare’s Beer Club October 2013 Box
From Marlborough, New Zealand’s Renaissance Brewing Company comes their “Craftsman Chocolate Oatmeal Stout”. This stout pours a opaque dark chocolate colour with a brown head. The aroma consists of chocolate, oatmeal and an overall sweetness. The flavour is of chocolate, oatmeal, some sweetness and a mild bitterness. The alcohol content of this brew is 4.9%. This was a very well crafted stout with a ton of chocolate flavour that really shines through. I am glad it has made its way to Canada!
Commercial Description: Craftsman is the ‘Big Brother’ to our popular Elemental porter. Building on the flavours given by the crystal, brown and black malts, we 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.
Food Pairing according to O’hare’s Beer Club notes are as follows: Venison, Chocolate lava cake
Food Pairing as per brewery: Fruit Desserts, rich cakes, biscuits and cookies, roast moose.