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8 Wired Brewing
Brewed at Renaissance Brewing

Style: Smoked
Blenheim, New Zealand

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RATINGS: 350   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Now what is this? A smoked beer?? It really isnít as crazy as it sounds. 250 years ago virtually all beers were smoked (itís 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 townís brewers produce world renowned beers brewed with their own special rauchmalz (beechwood smoked malt). Weíve 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 isnít limited to savouries; chocolate and caramel based deserts are great companions too! Trust us; it really isnít as crazy as it sounds.


pintbypint's rating

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pintbypint (2560) - Edmonton, Alberta, - JUN 14, 2012
500ml brown bottle. Deep brown coloured beer with a large caramel brown head. Minor streaks of lacing. Nose has bacony-smoked malt, salt and caramel. Mellow chocolate malts in the taste, spicy smokiness. woody. Light roasty bitterness. Soft smooth mouthfeel. Nice beer, but I kept wanting more smoke.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JefVerstraete (1199) - BELGIUM - JUL 8, 2014
Bottle from Dranken Geers, Oostakker. Dark brown/black colour, light brown foam. Medium carbonation. Very roasty aroma with notes of coffee and dark chocolate. Medium smoked. Easy drinkable. Good beer!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
andrewje41 (329) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - JUN 23, 2014
22 oz bottle shared. Pours dark with tan coffee cream head. Roasted malt aroma with a little chocolate. This beer has the smoke flavor, which I love, but itís not too overwhelming. Chocolate malt flavor with a smokey finish that sticks around. Good, unique beer. Really enjoyed this.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
johndoughty (3880) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 16, 2014
Bottle. Black and pored with a massive head that hung around for some time. Slightly bitter but nothing really going for it. Anticipated better than this.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vaiz (3284) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JUN 6, 2014
Bottle, tfs Menno. Aroma is quite roasted, smokey, some licorice, bread and coffee. Flavor is quite bitter, roasted and full bodied. Very nice balance.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
elbernays (416) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAY 31, 2014
500ml bottle from drinkstore. Pours dark black with tan foam head. Head reduces but stays. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, some smoke but itís slight. Creamy chocolate, burnt malts, oily mouthfeel. Dry wood earthy bitterness on finish. Full flavour and lasting to the end. Dry mouth end. Really good beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Splitenz (329) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 8, 2014
Chocolate, coffee and ash nicely packaged in smokey flavours alongside bitter hop notes. Not much here I donít like. Lovely, lovely beer from New Zealand (New Years eve 2013, Skagen, Denmark)

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
melush (526) - SPAIN - APR 26, 2014
Botella de 50 cl, adquirida en tienda XXXII. Color negro. Sabor a malta tostada, amargo, a madera quemada.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Psytron (1287) - Turku, FINLAND - APR 20, 2014
Smell of smoke, chocolate. Black colour, dark brown head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, some licorice. Smokiness very neatly in background. Bitter. Soft carbon, creamy texture, full body.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jake65 (2594) - 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. Itís 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 (1142) - 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.


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