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


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RATINGS: 417   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JDBaker11058 (2115) - Maryland, USA - JUL 19, 2012
Appearance: very dark brown, with a light tan head thats thick, slowly shrinking to a fat collar. Aroma: mainly dark chocolate, with some roast coffee beans and a hint of cured ham. Taste: bittersweet chocolate, coffee, toast, a hint of lactose, and a decent bit of charred meat. Finish: smooth, dry, bittersweet, with a hint of lingering smoky notes. Notes: The smoke does not overpower; the use of smoked malt was judicious, bordering on miserly. But this is a very nice porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
andyhwcinc (1883) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 17, 2012
Purchased at Hop City in Altanta, GA; enjoyed in my hotel room while getting some work done. Appearance is black with a dark brown glow near the rim of the glass, creamy off white/tan head that laces to the glass. Aroma of rich chocolate, nuts, bit of lactose, very very light smoke, smells nice but more like a stout. Taste gives off a little more smoke but I wouldnt call this a smoked porter, more like a robust light stout? Its pretty damn good regardless, happy to have tried it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
leaparsons (10468) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 14, 2012
Bottle. Near black with a large beige foam. Aro Aromas are smoky and meaty with coffee and cocoa nibs. Raisins with lemon and Parma violet sweets. Flavours are sweet raisins with chocolate and earthy bonfire. Coffee with a berry fruit and dry bitter grapefruit finish. Very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Habanero (4598) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK, DENMARK - JUL 14, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2012 Bottled. Pours deep brown with a medium sized tan head. Leaving a fairlacing on the glass. Nose roasted malts, caramel and smoked notes. Sweet flavor with roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, licorice notes and smoke. Medium bodied, oily texture and soft carbonation. Ends up more dry and with a decent bitterness. A nice smoked.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JanLaursen (3227) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 12, 2012
Bottle, 50 cl. Dark brown verging on black, nice beige head. Sweet malty aroma, caramel, brown shugga, liciorice, smooth smoke. Taste is sweet and hard roasted malty, notes of licorice, grapefruit and very light smoke with a medium to heavy bitter, dry finish. Soft and creamy texture, superb viscosity. Very good porter, but not nearly as smokey as the name suggests.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrHolland10 (5) - - JUL 1, 2012 does not count
Great beer. Smooth and silky with a brilliant rauch smoke on it. If your a fan of smoke, get this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUN 29, 2012
Bottle. Black with a fizzy tan head. Caramel and light chocolate aroma and taste with a subtle smokiness. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fatehunter (2545) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - JUN 24, 2012
Poured into a pint glass. Finger and half of tan head, pitch black body. Smells of beechwood smoke and burnt malt. Very strong aroma. Strong burnt wood taste, then moves towards a creamy, milk and roasted malt flavor. Delicious. It has a soft and creamy texture. Low carbonation. Really good and well put together.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (10154) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 23, 2012
Loved this brewery when we lived in NZ, and so happy to see them imported here! Dark brown pour, khaki head. Aroma is very "Bambergish" with respect to the smokiness. I absolutely love the intensity of Bamberg beechwood smoked malts, and they play very nicely here, lots of salty cured meat character. The same is true on the palate, with sweet dark malts providing balance to the meaty smoke. For a style that can vary widely in character, this beer hit all the right notes for me. Loved it!

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