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8 Wired Brewing
Brewed at Renaissance Brewing

Style: Smoked
Blenheim, New Zealand

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RATINGS: 353   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   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.


4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Kikuzzo (143) - Bologna, ITALY - FEB 13, 2013
Con questa la categora "affumicate" aggiunge una nuova stella nel mio personalissimo firmamento. Eccellente! Unisce ciò che cerco in una porter con ciò che mi piace dell’affumica. Con un filo di corpo in più sarebbe perfetta a mio avviso...

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
andrewturba (962) - Alberta, CANADA - NOV 9, 2012
Pours a a dark brown/black with a nice fluffy tan head. A phenomenal lace that?s there to stay. Smell is of roast malt and chocolate followed by the apparent delicious smoke aroma. Flavour has a light bitterness, nice amount of smoke flavour(Not too much) notes of chocolate malt.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
davidm (1928) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAR 30, 2011
Bottle 500ml. Great beer. Aromas of smoke, grass, caramel, and grain. Taste starts sweet, with bitterness taking over for a long finish. Palate is velvety, and medium-to-full bodied. Black, with a thin head.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
grapengrain (125) - Havelock North, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 17, 2010
"round, dark malt with earthy bitterness, nice understated but omnipresent beach smoke, smooth, sexy body E"

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
malrubius (1685) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - JUL 28, 2011
Bottle from Julio’s. Dark brown with lasting tan head and lace. Ashy smokey earth coffee aroma with a tiny hint of cinnamon. Burnt molasses mild sweetness coffee smoke ash wood subdued fruit. Dry raoasted woody smoky bitter finish. Significant smoke. Great mellow quaffable body. Nice bitter sweet balance. Sessionable. Excellent.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
pmuzz (400) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 1, 2012
Difficult to fault really. Its a very different beer, well worth a try. The highlight is the balance of flavours, the smokiness is just stunning yet not too overwhelming.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
zacgillbanks (2277) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2012
Bottle from Coppers, Newcastle. An inky black beer with ruby red highlights that pours with a MASSIVE foamy head. It has chocolate and slight sour red fruity flavours with fairly light smoke on the finish. Excellent!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
greig (253) - Hamilton, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 29, 2010
This beer stands up to anything I had in Bamberg - delicious smoky complex malty goodness. Before I knew it my glass was empty. I would be really happy if this was a year round brew. Or at least a regular winter seasonal. What a stunner.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheGrandMaster (2334) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 6, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2010 Bottle. A beautiful black in the glass. The nose is deliciously smokey - reminiscent of bacon or ham (and I’m vegetarian at the moment). The palate surprises me - the body being much lighter than I expect. Also surprising is the very mild smokiness in the flavour - the chocolate is also very evident. But I really love the oily residue left in my mouth. Being a Schlenkerla-fiend, I can’t say it reaches those heady heights. But I don’t think it is trying to, and in itself is a highly drinkable porter with a splash of something different. I’m going to need to stock up on this!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
madsberg (10144) - Søborg, DENMARK - DEC 31, 2010
Bottled. Dark brown with a red gleam. Dense light brown head. Bacon choco sweetness roast light herbs. Wow. Smoke choco liqourice caramel roast and Them some medium to full bodied smoked roasty bitter end mé like


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