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8 Wired Brewing
Brewed at Renaissance Brewing

Style: Smoked
Blenheim, New Zealand

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RATINGS: 343   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   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.


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JanLaursen (2732) - 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.

4.4
   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.

4
   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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badlizard (5540) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUN 29, 2012
Bottle. Black with a fizzy tan head. Caramel and light chocolate aroma and taste with a subtle smokiness. Not bad.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fatehunter (1100) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - JUN 24, 2012
Poured into a pint glass. Finger and half of tan head, pitch black body. Smells of beechwood smoke and burnt malt. Very strong aroma. Strong burnt wood taste, then moves towards a creamy, milk and roasted malt flavor. Delicious. It has a soft and creamy texture. Low carbonation. Really good and well put together.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (6172) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 23, 2012
Loved this brewery when we lived in NZ, and so happy to see them imported here! Dark brown pour, khaki head. Aroma is very "Bambergish" with respect to the smokiness. I absolutely love the intensity of Bamberg beechwood smoked malts, and they play very nicely here, lots of salty cured meat character. The same is true on the palate, with sweet dark malts providing balance to the meaty smoke. For a style that can vary widely in character, this beer hit all the right notes for me. Loved it!

2.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
BBB63 (5750) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 21, 2012
Bomber bottle and served in Bells tulip: GUSHER WARNING! Way over-carbonated, pours brown with slight ruby highlights topped by the huge foamy head, spotty lace shows a thin body. The aroma has inital notes of Bamberg styled smoked malt along with some chocolate and walnuts, some green apple (Acetaldehyde) and prunes, leather, tobacco and winey hops. The taste is smoky and meaty with a touch of caramel, chocolate over a layer of nutty malt. Very little hop character notes but a hint of coffee over-roasted bitterness. Really hard to find the porter character in this brew, the smoke while not intense still manages to cover up much of the base beer. The mouth feel is slightly oily, far too thin bodied and ashy finish. Sad disappointment with the Acetaldehyde flaw, thin body and the missing porter characteristics... pass. Possible wild yeast infection which would explain the over-carbonation and the lack of body.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pintbypint (2391) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 14, 2012
500ml brown bottle. Deep brown coloured beer with a large caramel brown head. Minor streaks of lacing. Nose has bacony-smoked malt, salt and caramel. Mellow chocolate malts in the taste, spicy smokiness. woody. Light roasty bitterness. Soft smooth mouthfeel. Nice beer, but I kept wanting more smoke.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
presario (4536) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 11, 2012
Bottle. Looks like LA will win the cup. Thick heavy head on dark bown. Aroma is as close to Bamburg as I have smelled outside of Germany. Light on the Porter, big on the smoked malt flavour. Drinkable but BOLD.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 11, 2012
Bottle at home, from my Minneapolis Town Hall glass. Pours thick deep black, two finger thick pale tan head, very persistent, creamy looking, nice lacing. Nose is light smoke, some peat, light creosote, some meaty/savoury notes, bitter chocolate. Flavours of smoky chocolate cake, light bacon, some fresh black biscuit, very dangerously drinkable. This is not a threat to Alaskan Smoked Porter, but I can’t buy Alaskan Smoked Porter locally, so it will be a regular threat to my liver. Tasty stuff!


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