# 8 Renaissance Craftsman

Renaissance CraftsmenName: Craftsman
Brewer: Renaissance (Blenheim, New Zealand)
Style: Chocolate Oatmeal Stout
ABV: 4.9%
Source: Victoria Park New World

I said yesterday that the cold weather was making me crave this, so tonight I decided not to muck about. The Craftsman is my favorite chocolate beer, made with high-quality cocoa nibs (how funny is the word nibs?) and organic oatmeal, added for a velvety-smooth mouth-feel.

Just listen to that name: Chocolate Oatmeal Stout. No drink has sounded more appealing to me since the (sadly fictional) mugs of steaming butterbeer on Harry Potter.

The Craftsman pours dark brown with a small tan head which diminishes quickly. The aroma is really chocolaty, and the taste is of fresh roasted coffee beans and high quality, dark bitter chocolate. It’s malty of course, and the sweetness from the chocolate is balanced nicely with a bitter finish. In other words – it’s real yum!

I shared this with my flatmate Hollie (that’s her in the background of the picture) who also really liked it. She makes lovely music that’s best enjoyed (I think) on a wintery evening, just like this beer. Try them together!

Tiny Ruins – ‘You’ve Got The Kind of Nerve I Like’ from Spunk Records on Vimeo.
(also featuring our fat cat Mimu)

PS – I just read on Wikipedia that “Butterbeer was a real drink… made from beer, sugar, eggs, nutmeg, cloves and butter back in Tudor times.” I am absolutely going to find an original recipe for this and make it!

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