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


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RATINGS: 395   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rrauth (1196) - North Carolina, USA - MAY 18, 2012
From Beerlicious iPhone app: typical smoke aroma with a hazy brown black appearance. Rocky brown head. Sour beer with some bittery notes. Creamy thick body that is very fizzy and has an abrupt finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
suprchunk (2964) - Crestview, Florida, USA - MAY 14, 2012
Big tan head atop a black liquid. Slow to fall and leaves plenty of lacing. Big chocolate aroma. Vanilla and roasted malt. No smoke in the nose. Chocolate and pepper in the mouth. A slight smoke, but not much at all. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel with a slight carbonation sting. Pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kermis (11250) - Where the wild whales are, NETHERLANDS - MAY 14, 2012
Bottle shared at Ølbutikken, Copenhagen. Pours a dark brown with a massive beige head. Nice smokey aroma with roasted notes and some dark fruit. Smoke is present in the flavour but seemed toned down giving a better balance. Nice beer but the carbonation is too high.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DeliriumT (500) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAY 5, 2012
I’m not always the biggest fan of smoke beers but this one is very enjoyable

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
markwise (5195) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 4, 2012
Thanks to the kind soul who shared this at the last Tampa Crew Tasting. Pours a cola brown color with a tan head. Nose is caramel, band aid, campfire, and chocolate. Flavor is the same with some campfire and band aid to mix with chocolate and caramel. Interesting blend of flavors. Medium in body and interesting overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Reynolds314 (3328) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 3, 2012
A bit of a gusher. Huge roasty smokey nose with some herbally sweet notes. Taste is perfect smoke and a lactose like sweetness that is welcomed. Nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcartamdg (3145) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 1, 2012
Dark brown with a thin fluffy head. Aroma of smoke, smoke and more smoke. Very interesting. Nice brew. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ComradeK (1145) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - APR 29, 2012
500ml bottle. Pours an opaque black, with a huge beige head, which lasts very well and leaves behind good lacing. The aroma offers a fair amount of smoke, along with some woody notes and charcoal, backed by some more typically porter-like chocolate notes and perhaps a touch of herbal hops. Surprisingly strong, spicy hops are present to begin, but they give way to a drying, smoky flavour. This is tempered by smoother milk chocolate notes towards the finish. There is a lingering smoky aftertaste. I’m quite a fan of smoked beers, and this is a really nice example. The porter style, with its smooth, dark flavours, seems to work quite nicely with the drier smoke flavours, making this is a very fine brew indeed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Japalo (1841) - DENMARK - APR 29, 2012
Bottle. Black one finger offwhite foam. Smoked licorice. Very dry and some faint sweetness but a fresh brew. Medium body. For me better than the Bamberg rauchbier.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hermod (6493) - Vantaa, FINLAND - APR 29, 2012
500ml bottle from Brewdog shop. Poured almost black with a frothy, everlasting beige/brown head. Lots of foam, filled the first glass with foam only.Aroma had smoke, licorice, roasted malt and dark chocolate notes. Smooth, oily mouthfeel. Flavor had bigtime smoke, peat, roasted malt, hops and licorice. Complex, very tasty. Bamberg smoke quite noticeable. Medium bodied. Dry, ashy and roasted finish.

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