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8 Wired Brewing
Brewed at Renaissance Brewing

Style: Smoked
Blenheim, New Zealand

bottled
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RATINGS: 339   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.


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Philym (692) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - DEC 11, 2013
Appearance: Dark ruby/brown with 3 finger tan head. Aroma: Smoky, reminds me of a tin of smoked oysters, chocolate malt and peat. Taste: Low/medium sweetness, medium bitter and sourness. Palate: Thick coarse texture, light/medium body, average carbonation, lingering dry bitter/sweet, smoky and malty finish. Comments: Very tasty and glass lace.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
mcberko (5358) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 30, 2013
500mL bottle, pours black with a small beige head. Nose brings out moderate smoke, a little chocolate, and leather. Flavour brings out very similar notes - smoke upfront, with almost as dominant notes of chocolate and leather. Finishes once again on smoky notes. Solid for the style - I’m just not a big fan of the style.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rederic (2883) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 21, 2013
550ml bottle, big gushing at the craking of the bottle, black color, with a super frothy bubbly tan head, with a yeasty, burnt toast, burnt fruitcake, burnt brownie, burnt dried dark fruit, black coffee, smoked gouda chesse nose, with a faint chocolate chip cookie dough, roasted, chocolate, black toasted malt note, with a light woody, ashy accent in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a nice roasted, chocolate, black, toasted, lght smoked malt, dark bitter chocolate, beechwood, burnt toast, roasted coffee bean character, with some faint licorice, burnt molasses, mocha, burnt brownie flavours, leading towards a yeasty, burnt dark dried fruit, coffeeish, burnt toast, toasted, black, roasted, smoked malt bitterness finish.

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nlc (65) - Amsterdam & Rotterdam, NETHERLANDS - NOV 20, 2013
Yes, yes, yes. This is good stuff. Normally i’m not in to smoked beers but this one rocks!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
McWorta (477) - LUXEMBOURG - NOV 2, 2013
Black in colour with a small toasted tan head. On the nose roasted malts and charcoal develop. Slick in texture and full bodied. The taste is at first light sweet and develops quickly into a bitterness which is developing some dryness. Long finish where the smoke is programme, well balanced beer! Very enjoyable.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ehsan (2) - NEW ZEALAND - OCT 28, 2013 does not count
If you are into dark and bitter, but not chocolate and coffee taste, this it the one for you. I really enjoyed it :)

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Barrelbelly (596) - BELGIUM - OCT 27, 2013
Smoked chocolate and roasted malts arome. Taste slightly smoked, chocolate, bitter coffee.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Boutip (4490) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 23, 2013
Bottle: Poured a black color porter with a light brown huge foamy head with excellent retention and some retention. Bottle even kept gushing after first glass had been poured. Aroma of light dry roasted malt with light coffee notes. Taste is also dominated by light dry roasted malt with smoked notes almost non-existent. Body is about average with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. I must say that this beer was quite a disappointment compared to other beers from the same brewery with the smoked notes almost non-existent. Makes me wonder if bottle was infected or something since it was gushing a bit.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
weark (209) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 21, 2013
Bottle from Erzbierschof - black color, brown head with good retention - Wood smoke, black malt, chocolat aroma with hints of coffee and ashes - Wood smoke, dark malt, chocolate flavor - Medium body, creamy, good carbonation, hints of bitterness form dark malt, long chocolate and smoky finish - Really good, well balanced between smoke and chocolate. Well done.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tide (1453) - Espoo, FINLAND - OCT 20, 2013
Bottle from Brewdog shop. Black color, brown head. Bitter taste with coffee, smoke, nuts, chocolate, roasted malts and oak. Surprisingly light body. Bitter finish with roasted malts and smoke. Good smoked porter.


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