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


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RATINGS: 420   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
markfield81 (47) - 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,

minutemat (6219) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - DEC 1, 2017
330ml bottle. Pours black, medium off-white head. Nice rauch aroma. Taste is crisp, smoky, lightly meaty, some choc, smooth. Tasty.

colui72 (1157) - HONG KONG - NOV 22, 2017
Pours black, nice off-white head, some lacing. Aroma of smoked malts, that reminds of bacon, chocolate. Tastes moderately bitter, with roasted dark malts, chocolate, smoke, bacon. Rich, smooth and very easy to drink, medium-light body, soft carbonation, long finish. Very good, made me crave for bacon!

hopdog (13191) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 9, 2017
Bottle. Poured a black color with an off white head. Smoked meat, chocolate, roast, and coffee in the finish.

GoufCustom (2253) - HONG KONG - OCT 22, 2017

330 ml bottle bought at YATA in YOHO Mall, Yuen Long.

Looks: Clear deep Cola brown colour; Half finger head with soapy beige foam which fades in 40 seconds; Very Good sticky lacing with zero carbonation.

Aroma: Fragrant smoked malt, with moderate bacon, light smoke, light ashes, milk chocolate, coffee, cream, caramel, sticky toffee, floral, icing sugar, spices, earth, bread, lemon and grass.

Taste: Close to medium sweet dark malt, with black coffee, dark chocolates, Cola, toast, caramel, toffee, floral, fair molasses, spices, strong herbs, earth, biscuits, lemon, mid to strong bitter hops and strawy grass.

Body: Medium body; Quite dry and slick palate.

Mouth Feel: Full dark maltyness in a solid, slightly oily background. Smokiness or toastyness is not apparent but has strong clack coffee and dark chocolates. Strong caramel and toffee with floral and fair sweetness. Strong herbal tea and earthy spices with lemon to round. Mild and okay.

Hoppiness: Floral, spices, earth, lemon and grass in nose, same in taste but with strong herbs; Bitterness is fairly strong for a lasting, close to high astringent bitter-sweet dark malty finish.

After Taste: Quite dry. Strong herbal and bitter to mouth.

Comments: This one isn't as strong as I expected, as the bacon aroma is timid, and its taste is typical Stout-like coffee and chocolate without much smokey and toasty characters, although the strong herbal hoppy ending saved the day. Very good as a Porter / Stout, but unimpressive as a smoked beer. Once is enough.

tombutlin (370) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 13, 2017
I got a hankering for smoked venison while drinking this. Big & bold, sit around a campfire with a plate of salami and chew on this

loscovar (820) - Principality of SEALAND, - OCT 12, 2017
Bottle from beer shop. Dark brown, beige small head. Nice smoky flavor add to a lovely smooth porter. Nice

Lowenbrau (4799) - Asturias, SPAIN - AUG 3, 2017
33cl bottle @Cimmeria, Oviedo. 03-08-2017.
BBD: 04-08-2018. Batch: 107.
In short: smoked porter.
Did I enjoy it: yes.
Pours black with nice tan head. Moderate head retention, some good lacing. Smoked nose, roasty. Medium body, average carbonation, slick texture. Taste is smoked, roasty, quite robust for the ABV stated. Very enjoyable.

onceblind (10861) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 26, 2017
Black pour with a thin light tan head. Nice interesting smokey nose that’s earthy and slightly meaty, like salami or something, with a hint of roasted cocoa and slight wood tones. Smooth flavor that’s got a gentle sweet cocoa tone with light smoke and roasty woody nuances. Dryish and roasty and flavorful without being too tobacco-ish or meaty.

kaserov (1100) - Oviedo, SPAIN - MAY 15, 2017
Color negro con reflejos rojizos si le da la luz y capa de espuma marrón de tres dedos de grosor (burbujas amplias de rápida formación y no mucha retención). Carbonatación media. Textura oleosa. Aroma predominantemente ahumado, decir que huele poca es una insensatez. Malta torrefacta también presente, pero por debajo del potente ahumado. Sabor torrefacto y ahumado, con toques ligeros de cacao y final ahumado de larga duración. Unidimensional pero muy rica.

Unde (1180) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 17, 2017
Cola black beer with beige coloured head on top, beige coloured head and it leaves beautiful lacing to the sides of the glass. Aroma has smoke, ham, roasted malts. Taste is oh noes so watery. Slight smoke, mostly roasted malts, and maybe coffee but way too light. Lightish body for a 6,2% beer. Medium carbonation. Smoke wasn’t evident until the end.

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