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8 Wired Brewing
Brewed at Renaissance Brewing

Style: Smoked
Blenheim, New Zealand

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RATINGS: 340   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ober (2806) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - SEP 7, 2011
A black colored beer, with a thick foamy beige head. The aroma of smoked malts with some chocolate and fruits. The taste is dry bitter, smoked malts with soem chocolate a little sweet and fruits. The aftertaste is dry bitter with smoke.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CarlJonas (203) - Linköping, SWEDEN - SEP 4, 2011
Very dark brown with a big tan head that slowly dissipates. Aroma of smoke and dark chocolate. Kind of dry, bitter and a little salty. The taste isn’t some much smokey as very heavy roasted, bordering on burnt but not in an un pleasant way.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Capa (1943) - Manama, BAHRAIN - SEP 3, 2011
Black with a mammoth and slightly annoyingly large head. Aroma is smoky, salted ham, light roasted malts, cocoa. Flavor is smoked malts, salted, ham, caramel, and a hint of chocolate. Pretty decent smoke.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jrallen34 (3478) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 30, 2011
bottle... nice dark brown, almost black with a big light tan head, great retention... light nose but nice, if simple, a straight forward smoked beer, smoked with a hint of salty pork and a bit of chocolate... the taste is like the nose, a solid smoked beer, roasty with a bit of cheer, no pork, lots of chocolate... solid

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cgarvieuk (13167) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 24, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2011 tap at brewdog ... dark brown ... thick tan head .... soft light smoke ... big roat malt nose ... big smokey roast malts ... treacle toffee dark harsh roast .... ok but not offering me much

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheCametron (1592) - CZECH REPUBLIC - AUG 16, 2011
Bottle. Pours black with a small head that dissipates fast. Great aroma and flavour of charcoal smokiness. Different smoke to a rauchbier. None of that ’Frazzles’ vibe. Overall - tidy

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BenH (2014) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 16, 2011
Black with tan head, looks the part. Rauch aroma, bit bacony. Not too into this, too smokey for me

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JB84 (649) - Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 10, 2011
Pour a brown ruby garnet with brown head. Aroma smokey, beef jerky, salt, roasty, chocolate, wood. Taste smokey, quite roasty, wood, chocolate, dark coffee, quite bitter. MF medium creamy body with good carb. Very well done and quite balanced, a great example of a smoked beer.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cavie (3671) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - AUG 8, 2011
Bottle courtesy bu11zeye. Pours a dark cherry red color with a ring of tan head. Aroma is beefy smoke, dark malts and some roast. Flavor is very roasted and salty smoky. Dry flavor that finishes roasted.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Benzai (6409) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 8, 2011
75ml bottle bought at De Molen, shared with DutchDrebus and Joes. Hazy dark brown color. Smells like smoked bacon (reminds me of McDonalds’ NY Crispy). Taste is more soft and lingers for a long time. Taste smoked in the finish.


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