8 Wired Brewing
Brewed at Renaissance Brewing

Style: Smoked
Blenheim, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 350   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
laiti (5418) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 31, 2012
50 cl bottle @ home. Batch #55: BBE 12/2013
Lots of foaming when pouring. Really weird aroma for a smoked porter; slightly sweet with hay, hints of peat, fruits and vegetables. Flavour has vanilla, peat, some ash and salty licorice. Also some vegetable‐like savor I find hard to describe. Very foamy palate. At the end of the glass this started to feel a bit sour and contaminated.

Weird and not good. I wonder if the bottle was ok?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drjay44 (2567) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JUL 25, 2012
500 ml. bottle. Pours an enormous, rapidly collapsing, beige head, with extensive lacing, over a clear, dark brown (SRM 35) body.....nose is light smoke, light coffee, light chocolate..........taste is light smoke, light coffee, hints of cocoa and plum, with toffee/caramel tones, finishing with a medium hop bitterness....mouth feel medium, carbonation very high adding a mouthful of foam with every sip. Although the emphasis of the name is smoke, it is really done with a light hand, leading to a very balanced series of aromas and flavors between the smoked and roasted malts. BJCP rating as 22B Other Smoked Beer 7/3/15/3/7

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
VertBaconStrips (2060) - Assat, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 25, 2012
Incredibly dark brown with a bubbly light brown head that sizzles down to a cover but left little lacing. I only know the beechwood aroma from those beautiful Bamberg brews and I smell it here clear as day. There is also a plummy licorice quality under the incredibly smooth smoked nose. Not overly complex. The flavour is deep. Deep especially on the finish - I find that the first bit is all about organizing ones senses. Instant roasty smokehouse stuff dulls and soothes my taste buds, minor bitterness creeps along in the shadows. A faint fruit haze hangs around on occasion fading in and out like some dream about eggplant shoes, the smoked flavour speaks for itself in high praise. The prune rolls in as well and the bitterness has settled in quietly on the finish along with roasty goodness. The carbonation works well. An enjoyable beer that hangs around on the precipice of watery thoughts even with the knowledge that these types of brews don’t retain any thickness - but I think I’d like that. Another review via iPhone while listening to seventh son of a seventh son in preparation for the Iron Maiden concert in 3 days. Up the Irons!!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JDBaker11058 (1204) - Maryland, USA - JUL 19, 2012
Appearance: very dark brown, with a light tan head that’s thick, slowly shrinking to a fat collar. Aroma: mainly dark chocolate, with some roast coffee beans and a hint of cured ham. Taste: bittersweet chocolate, coffee, toast, a hint of lactose, and a decent bit of charred meat. Finish: smooth, dry, bittersweet, with a hint of lingering smoky notes. Notes: The smoke does not overpower; the use of smoked malt was judicious, bordering on miserly. But this is a very nice porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
andyhwcinc (1426) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 17, 2012
Purchased at Hop City in Altanta, GA; enjoyed in my hotel room while getting some work done. Appearance is black with a dark brown glow near the rim of the glass, creamy off white/tan head that laces to the glass. Aroma of rich chocolate, nuts, bit of lactose, very very light smoke, smells nice but more like a stout. Taste gives off a little more smoke but I wouldn’t call this a smoked porter, more like a robust light stout? It’s pretty damn good regardless, happy to have tried it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
leaparsons (7930) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 14, 2012
Bottle. Near black with a large beige foam. Aro Aromas are smoky and meaty with coffee and cocoa nibs. Raisins with lemon and Parma violet sweets. Flavours are sweet raisins with chocolate and earthy bonfire. Coffee with a berry fruit and dry bitter grapefruit finish. Very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Habanero (2441) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - JUL 14, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2012 Bottled. Pours deep brown with a medium sized tan head. Leaving a fair lacing on the glass. Nose roasted malts, caramel and smoked notes. Sweet flavor with roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, licorice notes and smoke. Medium bodied, oily texture and soft carbonation. Ends up more dry and with a decent bitterness. A nice smoked.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JanLaursen (2985) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 12, 2012
Bottle, 50 cl. Dark brown verging on black, nice beige head. Sweet malty aroma, caramel, brown shugga, liciorice, smooth smoke. Taste is sweet and hard roasted malty, notes of licorice, grapefruit and very light smoke with a medium to heavy bitter, dry finish. Soft and creamy texture, superb viscosity. Very good porter, but not nearly as smokey as the name suggests.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
pmuzz (400) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 1, 2012
Difficult to fault really. Its a very different beer, well worth a try. The highlight is the balance of flavours, the smokiness is just stunning yet not too overwhelming.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrHolland10 (4) - - JUL 1, 2012 does not count
Great beer. Smooth and silky with a brilliant rauch smoke on it. If your a fan of smoke, get this beer.

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