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

bottled
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RATINGS: 414   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Now what is this? A smoked beer?? It really isnt as crazy as it sounds. 250 years ago virtually all beers were smoked (its 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 towns brewers produce world renowned beers brewed with their own special rauchmalz (beechwood smoked malt). Weve 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 isnt limited to savouries; chocolate and caramel based deserts are great companions too! Trust us; it really isnt as crazy as it sounds.

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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbill (3616) - Laurel, New York, USA - MAR 24, 2013
16.9 oz. bottle. Pours a very dark brown, just about black, with a freaking massive brown head that is frankly a pain in the ass since I can barely pour the beer into my glass without it overflowing. Its difficult to get a read on the aroma with so much foam in the glass, but I am getting some mild smokiness along with some chocolate notes and some malt. The flavor is mild smoke with some roasted malt and just a bit of chocolate. Mild bitterness at the finish. Medium-full bodied.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 16, 2013
Bottle courtesy of gethinbeer - many thanks. Deep brown pour with a thick (huge actually) rocky brown head. The nose is loaded with beechwood smoke and a little bit of dry cocoa and toffee. The flavour has a surprisingly muted smoke character which lets more of the chocolate and dark caramel malt come to the fore. Dry malt flavour with a lovely soft roastiness and a lingering tingle of smoke and cocoa on the back. There is a little bit of toast and even a touch of coffee, but the yeast is surprisingly clean - lending an almost lager-like note to the beer. There is a very faint whiff of oxidation in here, but its slight and doesnt really detract much from an otherwise delicious brew.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerdedone (3359) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 8, 2013
Bottle. Pours black with a one finger tan head. Smoked wood aroma with subtle notes of coffee and chocolate. Flavor is sweet and smokey with chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, and vanilla with a medium to full bodied and had a semi dry finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tonybaldeagle (61) - - FEB 28, 2013
Full flavoured satisfying drop. Range of tastes ranging from roasted marshmallows to wild game. Quite wonderful... ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
AndreasJaeger (505) - Malm, SWEDEN - FEB 17, 2013
Colabrun i frgen, offwhite skum. Doftar rostat, brnt, aska, rk, grs, choklad och karamell. Smakar rostad malt, karamell, brnt gummi, rk, aska. Syrlig rkighet och rostad karamell i lite obalans.

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 ci che cerco in una porter con ci che mi piace dellaffumica. Con un filo di corpo in pi sarebbe perfetta a mio avviso...

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
patricks110 (2468) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 29, 2013
A nice rich and dessert like with a ton of chocolate and woody earthen notes with a ton of ashy smoked notes. The bottle nearly frigging exploded with a ton of beige foam. Deep burnt brown body and a quick settling beige head. Sweet mid palate with a big roasted malt backbone and light chocolate richness. Smoked notes are subtle at first, but linger on a bit on the finish.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 20, 2013
500mL bottle. Poured cola brown with a colossal, quick-forming, sticky beige head. The aroma picked up detergent, buttery notes, and light oxidation paired with sweet smoked malt.. this didnt smell right. The flavor found semi-sweet, roasted chocolate and smoked malts at the core, with tart smoky notes and a bit of dry oak around.. finished tangy and smoky, with residual graininess and a little liquid smoke. Medium-bodied with too much carbonation on the palate.. tangy as mentioned.. seemed like it had a touch of infection going on.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerGeekconz (22) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 5, 2013
Pours black with an oily little head. Aroma is smoke, burnt toast and coffee. Taste is more of the same, big strong flavours of smoke and burnt toast domimate. Nice lacing and balancing bitterness. Medium body allows for easy drinking for the intense flavours.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
chefinvt (19) - Blenheim, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 1, 2013
Pours black with a lasting off white head. Aroma is huge smoke with underlying new world hops. Nice smoke balance of the beechwood and manuka. Big warm beer and dense smoke with a excellent malt back. Possibly use a bit more body, does drink a little thin, classic NZ malt problem. Heavily weighted on he big smoke character, but really well done. The perfect bbq beer, and I bet outstanding with oysters!


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