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8 Wired Brewing
Brewed at Renaissance Brewing

Style: Smoked
Blenheim, New Zealand

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RATINGS: 342   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.


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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
gramity (1301) - Edmonton, Alberta, - NOV 22, 2012
Pours very dark brown with a very high tan head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate and smoke. Flavor is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee and alcohol. A bit too harsh carbonation, but otherwise great.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jake65 (2544) - Williston, North Dakota, USA - APR 20, 2014
Bottle: Muddy brown color with a monster of a fluffy brown head. Lots of carbonation and the pour is a waiting game. Nice smokey aroma, mostly campfire smoke. Little else comes through in the flavor, very light cocoa and oak to go with a heavy smoke presence. It’s not harsh, but damn full of smoke.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GothGargoyle (945) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 18, 2014
Dark brown with a good beige head. Aroma is smoke, chocolate, plum, leather. Medium bodied, smoky on the palate, smooth finish. Taste is smoke, chocolate, dates. Nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (7348) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 17, 2014
2014-04-08. Black body, large foamy beige head. 4+ Aroma of dusty mocha, light smoke that grows exponentially with a swirl of the glass. Flavour has a relatively sweet first sip and middle, dries out a bit in the finish with moderate smoke. Whispers of cocoa and moch underneath. Smooth effervescent average palate. Surprisingly enjoyable, I have been putting off drinking this because it is smokey, but the smoke is relatively restrained. Pretty decent. Bottle is 6+ months old from a private order

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerhunter111 (5548) - Hasborn, GERMANY - APR 12, 2014
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein sehr dunkelbraunes Bier mit schöner Schaumkrone. Geruch rauchig, röstmalzig, holzig, Kaffee. Geschmack röstmalzig, rauchig, holzig, Karamell, Schokolade, Kaffee.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
erickok (3182) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - APR 8, 2014
Nice amount of smoke in the nose, together with burned and chocolate malts. Not thin either. Medium bitterness to balance all that malty punch and it does so perfectly. The result is a mix of a bready and even banana bread kind of base with a pleasant smooth smoke and leather, ending with a bitter chocolate touch. Yes, I really dig this one. (50cl bottle brought from De Molen by Bertanne)

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrewBoxer (1765) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 27, 2014
Bottle at Nelson blue. Pours a pitch black color with a slightly tinted brown tan. Lighter tasting then a normal porter. I could session this all day ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
NeoHippie2 (795) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 18, 2014
Black pour with a light tan head. Smoked malt on the nose. Flavor is porter base with smokey notes. Not quite as smokey as I thought it would be. Smooth and easy to drink. Decent brew but not as smokey as I wanted.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jmar33 (70) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 14, 2014
Bottle. Not as smoky as I was expecting, although this is a good thing as smoke can be a bit overpowering sometimes. Great porter base under all that. Works really well

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
varanid99 (431) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 13, 2014
Black pour with a thick tan head. Smoky, coffee, cocoa, roast aroma. Taste is Coffee, dark chocolate, roasty flavours. Heavily carbed, comes across slightly oily but the fizz robs it of a little of that.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JustDrinkIt (241) - Arizona, USA - MAR 5, 2014
Very dark pour with light tan head. Aroma of smoke, coffee, bitter chocolate. Flavor is very smoky, more of the aroma in the flavor, spice, alcohol. Extremely smooth and drinkable considering the powerful flavors at work here.


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