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Brewed by 8 Wired Brewing
Style: Smoked
Warkworth, New Zealand

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RATINGS: 394   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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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2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
markfield81 (42) - adamston, - OCT 13, 2013
The big smoke is right, i think its a bit overly smoked its no feral smoked proter, i dont rate it at all,


3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sparf (226) - Östersund, SWEDEN - JUN 30, 2016
En mycket mild rökdoft med lätta inslag av kött, salt och lakrits. Vätskan är genomskinligt brun-svart och det mockafärgade skummet är stort, tätt och varaktigt skum. Smaken är mörkt rostad, lite tobaksaktiga toner och så en kaffeartad beska som sveper över. Medan doften är svag och menlös är smaken elegant komponerad. Tunn men stabil kropp och en välavvägd kolsyra. Eftersmaken kittlar trevligt på tungan och beskan harmonierar fint med den rökiga efterklangen.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
drpimento (3076) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 4, 2016
This really is very good. Nice, thick, creamy head; lots of lace. Aroma is smoke, dark bread dough, malt, bit of fruit. Flavor’s similar to nose, plus hint of anise, caraway, carbonic tang, bittersweet\. Smoke is very balanced. Excellent body. Very easy drinking beer. Wish I had more.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
procraste (472) - FRANCE - MAY 17, 2016
Vu le nom, j’avais un peu peur de devoir appeler les pompiers ... En l’occurrence, au versement , que de mousse ... que de mousse ! Une vraie cheminée de mousse mais qui ’s’amenuit assez vite en se "creusant" de l’intérieur. Au goût c’est très fumeux en effet, mais dans le bon sens avec ce qu’il faut de crémeux pour adoucir le tout .... Vraiment très chouette, même si ce petit texte ne vous donne pas trop d’indication sur ma dégustation ...A reboire avec plaisir en tout cas.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nearbeer (4827) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 21, 2016
500 ml. Pours deep mahogany with an ice cream float styled head. The aroma is still able to blast through with smoked bacon, brown sugar and some added smoked ham hock. Tastes of smoky ham hock with some earthy collards, molasses and a touch of vinegar. A bit of sterile gauze too, but it’s easily overlooked if you just want to be smoked. Medium body has a nice balance, but too much carbonation that flares up at times.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nealblind (1670) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - APR 11, 2016
Dark Chestnut pour long lasting tan foam. Aroma char caramel, barley, raisins. Tastes smoke meat, cedar chips, cigar smoke.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Mtbiker54 (39) - Nancy, FRANCE - JAN 27, 2016
Au nez un léger goût fumé avec des touches de bois et des notes grillées. En bouche une petite acidité un léger goût fumée. Une finesse dans la réalisation !

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rondphoto (3964) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - JAN 2, 2016
bottle @ Party Town / Florence KY --- Opaque dark brown color. over-zealous 4 " dark tan head, streaks of lace. Aroma of smoked malt. Taste is toasted malt that turns quickly to carbonation, chocolate and then smoke. It hardly needs hops as the finish is already well-balanced. I’m not partial to smoked brews, but this one is solid.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (21169) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 29, 2015
Bottle. Very dark brown color, thin tan head. Aroma of bacon and smoldering coffee grounds. Taste has licorice and burnt espresso. Very nice.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tomer (2877) - Rishon Le Zion, ISRAEL - DEC 27, 2015
At a tasting, thanks, stiff light brown creamy head, aroma is a melange of smoke, charred ans peaty notes, flavor of smoke, wood ans some caramel, light lingering bitterness. Nice and mellow, highly enjoyable.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
rayaron (1343) - Kfar Saba, ISRAEL - DEC 24, 2015
Bottle sample at a tasting at Alexey’s place. Thanks Alexey. Deep brownish-amber with brownish head. The aroma has lots of sausage, smoked, notes of wood and salted snack. Salty flavor, bitterish, smoked, notes of sausage, salted snack and some wood, earthy, dry. Medium to full-bodied. Great.


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