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8 Wired The Big Smoke

8 Wired Brewing
Brewed at Renaissance Brewing

Style: Smoked
Blenheim, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 360   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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Now what is this? A smoked beer?? It really isn’t as crazy as it sounds. 250 years ago virtually all beers were smoked (it’s true, Google it!), but with the dawning of the industrial revolution most of the smoke lifted. However, in the German town of Bamberg the flame has quite literally been kept alive and to this day the town’s brewers produce world renowned beers brewed with their own special rauchmalz (beechwood smoked malt). We’ve taken our best porter recipe and added a good measure of that same Bamberg Rauchmalz. The smoke mingles beautifully with the rich, dark roasted chocolate flavours of the porter without being overpowering. Although it pairs extremely well with smoked seafood, barbeques, strong cheeses and hearty stews, its food friendliness isn’t limited to savouries; chocolate and caramel based deserts are great companions too! Trust us; it really isn’t as crazy as it sounds.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tderoeck (5054) - Gent, BELGIUM - NOV 28, 2014
7/XI/14 - 50cl bottle from Geers (Oostakker) @ home - BB: n/a (2014-1297)

Dark brown to black beer, irregular beige head, unstable, bit adhesive. Aroma: bit smoky, caramel, mocha. MF: ok carbon, medium body. Taste: mocha, coffee, bitter, soft smokiness, hoppy. Aftertaste: dark chocolate, roasted, little smoky, bit watery, bit sour, hop bitterness, cocoa powder.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GuideDogSaint (427) - Xiamen, CHINA - NOV 23, 2014
From bottle at a tasting at Tap 66, Xiamen. Pours black with a beige head. Aroma of chocolate with a hint of smoke. Bitter sweet finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kerenmk (2542) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - NOV 11, 2014
Bottle sample at a tasting at tderoeck’s place. Thanks tderoeck. Black with tan head. Smoky, BBQ, bacon aroma, smoky, dry, a little roasty taste. Full body, mildly bacon finish and smooth texture. Quite amazong.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmgreenuk (4806) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - NOV 7, 2014
Poured a clear dark brown with a thin broken light tan head. The aroma is roasted malt, light smoke. The flavour is moderate bitter with a light, yet refreshing, malt liqourice bitter smoke chocolate hop palate. Medium to light bodied with average carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AndySnow (3947) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 4, 2014
How: Bottle.
Where: SMÖF 2014.
Appearance: Dark amber colour with a beige head.
Aroma: Smoked malt, spices, some fruit.
Body: Medium body and carbonation.
Flavour: Smoked malt, chocolate, caramel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
olsvammel (3465) - Örebro, SWEDEN - OCT 26, 2014
Bottle at SMÖF 2014. Smell of smoke with some fruits in the background. Malty with some dark malts. Similar taste with some salty smoked ham, dark malts and chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stuu666 (3207) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 13, 2014
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours dark brown, quite sweet, not too smoky, too fizzy though.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (6031) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 30, 2014
"Nice treat from a real nice brewery. Pours stout like, black with ginormous khaki head. A little overcarbonated, but leaves a nice film after on the palate, and nothin some swirlin wont take care of. Sweet wood, smoke, licorice, roasted malts. Really beautifully done aroma and flavor. Light impression of smoked meat...like Alaskan but beef instead of fish. Will get again. 4.25."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sissio (692) - Orsenigo, ITALY - AUG 20, 2014
Clear dark brown, minimal brown head. Roasted malts with smokiness and a note of smoked bacon, but not exaggerated at all. Licorice and coffee beans. Dry roasted malts with a smoky ashy ending and bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oqnid (85) - Quebec, CANADA - AUG 6, 2014
7 juil '13 -->rauchbier noire, 6.2%, 500ml -noire absolue aux reflets acajou; mousse généreuse, veloutée (nuage) -nez jambon fumé, tourbe, floral -entrée "prickly", fumée (douce), choco mi-amer, boisée, cendrée -belle rondeur, se texturise avec la température -finale fumée, maltée, cerises, bois; terreuse, cendrée Co=3.5 Arô=3 Am=3.5 Su=2 Arr ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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