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Brewed by 8 Wired Brewing
Style: Smoked
Warkworth, New Zealand

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RATINGS: 394   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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Now what is this? A smoked beer?? It really isnít as crazy as it sounds. 250 years ago virtually all beers were smoked (itís 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 townís brewers produce world renowned beers brewed with their own special rauchmalz (beechwood smoked malt). Weíve 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 isnít limited to savouries; chocolate and caramel based deserts are great companions too! Trust us; it really isnít as crazy as it sounds.


4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
andrewturba (1190) - Alberta, CANADA - NOV 9, 2012
Pours a a dark brown/black with a nice fluffy tan head. A phenomenal lace that?s there to stay. Smell is of roast malt and chocolate followed by the apparent delicious smoke aroma. Flavour has a light bitterness, nice amount of smoke flavour(Not too much) notes of chocolate malt.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Reimer96 (1743) - Alberta, CANADA - NOV 9, 2012
Pours a dark black with a big frothy brown head that leaves nice lace. Smell is campfire smoke and dark cocoa. Taste is a smokey chocolate/coffee flavor and a nice smooth bitterness on the finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
northropfrye (3197) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 7, 2012
Dark brown colour with chocolate milk head. Vibrant smoky malt aroma, sweet fruit, strawberries. Taste of nice sweet malts, chocolate, coffee. Excellent beverage.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Grima (2230) - Merzkirchen, RLP, GERMANY - NOV 7, 2012
The beer in the glass is dark brown with a creamy high crown. It smells malty and roasty, with lots of smoke and some chocolate. Starts very coffee-roasty and chocolatey, with a lot of ham flavor. The middle part is also dominant smoky, again with a lot of coffee and chocolate, paired with subtle aroma hops. Goes into a very smoky finish with coffee, chocolate and some roasted malts!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Atheist_Peace (981) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - OCT 31, 2012
500ml bottle. Pours near black with tan head that leaves a goodly web down the glass. The smoke is lower key than I expected, letting the porter elements shine through on the nose. You wouldnít think smoke and dark chocolate aromas would blend but they do in this instance. Itís even a little better on the palate. I figured I was going to like this stuff but it exceeds the high expectations.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ferris (12121) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 26, 2012
Bottle - Smoke, molasses and licorice on the nose. Jet black with a light brown rich head. Licorice, smoke and a mild bitterness. A nice version of a porter.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pdubyah (614) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 25, 2012
Iíd go another of these, but that would be because Iím enjoying it as a beer and a drink, you donít have to contemplate at every mouth what it is your enjoying. A beer for drinking and not for challenging you. It works.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TimE (4884) - Tokyo, JAPAN - OCT 24, 2012
dark brown color. Huge roasty character and subtle smokey nose. Not overly smokey in the nose. The mouth has a wonderful roasty character with dark fruit and smoke. Superbly balanced. Very enjoyable mouth feel with moderately aggressive finish. Nice

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Damico (3137) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 21, 2012
Smells sweet, smoky almost bacon like but not too meaty, so smooth and pleasant. Pours dark thick creamy black with a beige head. The flavor is smoky roasted and sweet malts on a delicious creamy body. Very well done for the style!

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
flying_pig (1389) - SCOTLAND - OCT 21, 2012
Bottle (500ml):
Smoked aroma to begin and a strong one at that with a lot of spice and peat in there. There is some strong, dark chocolate aroma with some wood and burnt malts too. I can detect a hint of caramel as well but it is the smoke that dominates.
Dark brown bordering on opaque black almost and with a huge and foamy, tan brown head on top that is almost half the size of the pint shaker I poured the bottle in to.
Roasted malts, a little smoke and some dark cocoa to kick thing off along with hints of caramel and even some coffee in there. There is a little wood in there too.
Quite sweet , smooth and creamy with a touch of alcohol and moderate carbonation. There is a fair amount of smoke in there and the finish is ever so slightly dry.

A nice beer once it settles down a little; after the first sip I didnít think I was going to like this one due to the strong smoked flavours but this subdued slightly as time went on and it turned in to a not bad beer. It could have slightly better balanced but it was one that I enjoyed and was a somewhat unusual offering.


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