Review: Renewale 2012 Porter, Ninkasi Brewing

Renewale 2012 Porter
Ninkasi Brewing Co. — Eugene, OR

  • Style:  Porter
  • Bitterness:  38 IBU
  • ABV:  5.9%  
  • Malts:  2 Row, Baird Chocolate, Briess 2 Row CaraPils, Flaked Barley, Weyermann CaraHell, Weyermann Carafa III, Baird Roast Barley, Crisp 77
  • Hops:  Great Northern Brewer, Horizon, Sterling 
  • Sampled:  12 oz. bottle 

Description: "A new year! A new beer! Each year Renewale will be something new and special to enjoy while winter runs its course. Bittersweet chocolate aroma and flavors accentuate this dark, rich ale. Balanced and satisfying, this Robust style Porter is sure to bring cheer in the New Year!— Ninkasi Brewing Co.

Random thoughts:  This is a brand new spring release from Ninkasi. I love the idea of starting each spring season with a new beer. Their 2011 Renewale was Mason's Irish-Style Red Ale. James Book from Ninkasi told me Mason's will make a return on March 1 as part of Ninkasi's Spring 22oz 4-Pack and will sport this handsome new label.

The tasting:  Near black in color with a tan head that dissipates very quickly. Aroma of roast malt, coffee, chocolate, and light smoke. Flavor mirrors the aroma. The roasted and chocolate malt flavors are very deep and have little sweetness. There are light earthy hop notes and alcohol is not present in aroma or flavor. Renewale Porter is light to medium bodied, softly carbonated, and finishes dry with long lingering roasted and chocolate malt.

Rating:  3 star.  Good!  I would drink this again if someone give it to me!  With seven different malts in the grain bill, Renewale 2012 Porter is a showcase of rich malt flavors. Like last year's Renewale release, Porter provides a nice change of pace from Ninkasi's hop forward beers. If you like your porters dry, this is one you don't want to miss. I prefer a touch of sweetness in mine. Renewale 2012 is only available through the end of February, so don't wait too long to try it!

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  1. Hey great post on the renewale. My buddy that lives just outside Eugene has been talking about this release but i can't find it anywhere down here in Northern California. I want to add a review to my beer coupons site, but need to get my hands on a bottle first. Any leads?
    Also you said you like your porters a little sweet, is this one a little sweet or not? I've had other Ninkasi that i really enjoyed, but am a hop fan, so that's right up my alley.
    Keep rolling on this awesome blog, I really enjoy it.
    Cheers, Mate

    1. Ninkasi beer is widely available in the Portland area, but I'm not sure about California. This seemed fairly dry to me. Thanks for the note--and thanks for reading!


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