dfearnley (1825) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - APR 18, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle to pint glass
Wood smoke, oak, bacon, molasses, soy, dark chocolate. Deep reddish brown with a 1 cm creamy, light tan head, with good effervescence, but little retention. Taste is smoky, malty, and chocolaty with a nice bitterness.
Johnstledger8 (785) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAR 30, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours pitch black with little to no head. Aroma of burnt wood, milk chocolate, hint of liquorice. Taste is of dark fruits, burnt wood, chocolate. Watery texture, light carbonation. Disappointing.
danlo (2604) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - MAR 13, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle from Brewdog online store. Black brown colour, beige foam head leaving lacing and aroma of smokey bacon, peated malty. Taste is smoked meaty roasted malts with some dark fruity, toffee, brown sugar, caramel notes, bittersweet. Smooth mouthfeel, medium bodied, softish carbonation, smokey malty finish. Very drinkable.
tdtm82 (1700) - Essex, ENGLAND - MAR 4, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle; thanks to Alex of Ale House.
Bamberg smokey malts; aged smoked cheese, good lacing. Taste is smoked German sausages (wurst); smoked cheese; caramel and some good amount of hops. Nice and clean. Really good usage of bamberg malt. Hopefully see more 8-Wired in the UK.
Pith (160) - New York, USA - FEB 24, 2015
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours opaque black-brown with tanned hide - colored president foamy head. Aroma is beautifully smoked and something sweet. Taste is deeper smoked like ribs that behind sweeter and light but becomes a fuller mouth feel with the persistent dark chocolate gently bitter sweet throughout. Almost rye bitter after-taste.
AshtonMcCobb (5381) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 13, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to allmyvinyl.
Appearance - close to opaque black with a lovely fawn head.
Nose - smoke and chocolate.
Taste -more of the same. Well intermingled.
Palate - close to medium bodied with a dry smoky texture and a dry smoky finish.
Overall - lovely complex beer.
allmyvinyl (9562) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 13, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle from Brewdog Online shop. Pours dark brown, near black, thin tan head. Aromas of chocolate and smoke, bacon. Taste is bacon, dark chocolate, smoke. Light sweetness at the back. Interesting.
anstei (1230) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - FEB 5, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle from New World Fendalton, Christchurch. Pours dark brown, a bit like Coke. Lively head, hints of smoke in the nose. And the smoke is also clearly defined in the taste, next to typical porter notes: Liquorice, caramel, a bit burnt. Well balanced though, a beer experiment well done indeed.
MarcoDL (4222) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 2, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Black, brownish head. Aroma of smoke, ash, coffee and dark cacao. Taste of coffee, licorice, bit of rauchmalt. Quite nice.
tillmac62 (685) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - DEC 30, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark as a starless night. Massive World Class head, lacing and retention. Nice rich nose of caramel sweetness, dark fruit (plum, fig) over a light note of smoke. As it warms, the smokiness increases but never really comes to the forefront. Heavy medium body with a fair amount of creamy texture. Above average carbonation with a bit of effervescence in the middle and a nice burst in the finish. The flavor profile is a bit below normal intensity, extremely well balanced and a bit complex. It begins with a slightly bitter dark chocolate note over a light caramel sweetness. This flows into a very mild bitterness with distinct notes of dark fruit. The finish is where a light hint of smoke emerges as the flavors fade. This one is good, but there is no big smoke aspect.