8 Wired Brewing
Brewed at Renaissance Brewing

Style: Smoked
Blenheim, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 365   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 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiulijn (15310) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 16, 2012
Bottle from Beers Of Europe, Kingís Lynn
Black color, with huge compact head. Aroma of smoke, some burning wood, some roasted ham, light tar. Dry mouthfeel, flavor of roasted malts, dark chocolate, campfire wood, smoke, light tar and liquorice; correct bitterness.
Pleasant, but somehow chaotic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gunnar (5676) - Sandnes, NORWAY - AUG 14, 2012
Shared bottle at local tasting, thanks to Ole Anders. Pours almost pitch black with a huge creamy off-white head. Aroma of smoked and cured meat, coffee and chocolate, Bamberg light. Taste is filling with a high carbonation level, roast and hard smoked mixture. Balanced in my world, smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WheatKing (1306) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 13, 2012
Yep this is what Iím looking for in a beer. Perfect for a cheese pairing... I had it with a horseradish cheddar. My goodness.

Massive roasted tobacco aroma, like a cigar but somehow refreshing. Mixed with coffee of course. The smoke flavour was perfectly balanced with the hops and chocolatey malt flavour. Nop totch. Amazing how itís come all this way.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Sigmund (5317) - Tau, NORWAY - AUG 13, 2012
Shared 500 ml gusher bottle at local tasting. Nearly black colour, large off-white head. Dryish and "thin" smokey aroma, notes of smoked meat, woody hints too. Too much carbonation. Smokey and dry flavour too, mild roasty notes in the background.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 12/20
abemorsten (2916) - MosterÝy, NORWAY - AUG 10, 2012
65 cl bottle kindly shared by my beer pal Ole Anders. Gusher that leaves a massive light brown head on a clear deep red-cola body. The nose is a fireplace where sausages and hams are hanging to be smoked. Some wooden notes. The beer grows in the mouth. Earthy notes are added. Full bodied and a long smoky bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Idiosynkrasie (4099) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - AUG 8, 2012
500ml bottle. Clear dark brown with huge, firm, lasting, foamy, beige head. Decent smoke aroma, surely some flavours stay stuck in the head. Taste is also smokey, slightly sweet chocolately dark malt notes. Fizzy carbonation takes away much of the taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcweaver (768) - VA Beach, Virginia, USA - AUG 6, 2012
Bottle. Pours very dark brown with a small off-white head. Aromas of lightly sweet malts, smoke and wood. Flavors of roasted malts, light caramel sweetness, smoke, wood and a hint of coffee. A nice and very tasty smoked porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fin (7692) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 5, 2012
Bottle from Beers of Europe, consumed at íChill in the Gardení, Kidlington, Oxon Saturday 4th August 2012 Dark brown with a beige head in fact this a real gusher, it foams and foams, seems very keen to depart the bottle. There are a couple of dark flecks in and amongst the huge pillow of beige foaminess. Smokey nose, but not as sausage smokey as a Scherlenka. Decent smokiness in mouth along with some tangy sour liqourice and dark bitter chocolate. Really nice smokey porter, but that said this is not the best that iíve had from this brewery. A7 A5 T8 P4 Ov16 4.0

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DruncanVeasey (7316) - NUNEATON, CONF N, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - AUG 4, 2012
500ml bottle, Birthday Feathersí Owl-Drawing Crawl, BrewDog Nottingham...erm, Nottingham, 30/07/12. Pours rocky with a massive honeycombed beige head. Filthy pitch beer. Fantastic Frazzles aroma with faint berries. Blackcurrant ice cream licked off a rusty girder flavour; black chocolate, vanilla pod, oodles of bittersweet-fruity-smoky balance. Seriously meaty. So beautiful. And so much better than that keg BrewDog rubbish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tiong (4018) - Espoo, FINLAND - AUG 4, 2012
500ml bottle

Batch 55, BBE Dec 13 - Pours dark brown, almost black with a massive foamy head. Strange aroma of tar, smoke, burnt leather, ash, sour berries and yeast. Taste is quite unique and a bit strange with some roasted malts mixed with a lot of berries and smoked notes with burnt leather and hints of sour berries. FInish is smooth and roasty with some smoked notes. Unbalanced and quite messy.

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