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Brewed at Shunters Yard Brewery

Style: Smoked
Matangi, New Zealand

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RATINGS: 10   MEAN: 3.51/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
The good old kiwi Smoko. Idleness! Indolence! Actually, were a little envious. If we ever took a break, wed do it with a bacon sandwich and a beer. If only we could combine the two... Smoko is our take on a Bamberg-style Rauchbier (literally "smoked beer"). Beechwood smoked malt gives a bacon-on-bread flavour, smoothed and integrated by 6 weeks of lagering, while the zesty European hops provide a zingy and refreshing bitterness to help wash down that tasty treat. Enjoy while shirking responsibility.

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3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, - MAY 11, 2013
Clear deep red to mahogany in colour with a good finger of cream coloured head that left some good lace. So a quick sniff says that it is smoky. The inner geek cries, yes but what sort of smoke! So in order to feed the nerd, there is maple smoke, manuka bark and burnt caramel. Throw in woody char and youve got it. Im not too sure about beech smoke though. I could be extremely wrong and it uses nothing but Bamberg beech smoked malt but it has every aroma of a dry manuka log thrown on a fire. This is an aroma I am much more au fait with. I do like it though. A lot. In the mouth there is a lightish body with plenty of coarse carbonation. Aside from smoked bacon and woody smokiness, there is a slightly soapy character toward the front of the tongue. It isnt off-putting but I doubt I would have two in a row due to sensory overload anyway. Did I like this beer? Absolutely. A perfect partner for some cold ham or charcuterie and some creamy cheese. Black cherry on the finish makes this beer all the more enticing.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Skarecrow (510) - North Shore, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 29, 2016
500ml bottle Light hazy brown color with OK head. Smoked aroma but with an overpowering scent of sticking plaster. The taste is the same - mild bitterness and more smoky sticking plaster. Drinkable but the medicinal character tends to overpower things somewhat

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Patersoi (157) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 6, 2015
Fascinating. Sweet with distinctive smokiness but not overpowering. Reminds me of a rum barreled beer to be honest ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
heyden (137) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 20, 2015
Amber pour. Smoky nose and taste. Reminiscent of a lapsang souchong tea. Well made. A nice drop to wind down with

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GlassBrass440 (316) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 18, 2015
Pours a dark amber with a timid white head. Smoke aromas mix with cherry pie, bananas, and pear. Malty flavor with sweet smoke, pears, and biscuits. The smoke doesnt overpower and there is a cleaner than expected finish. Lightly smoky and fruity. Overall this is very well balanced, and would make a good introduction to smoked beers.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (9296) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 20, 2014
Woody and nutty first impression gives way to more animal fat / pork skin meatiness from the smoke, almost like bacon but without the recognizable charred meat and salt character. Yeast gives it some cream / milk notes and theres a mild off-note of makeup powder. Malt sugars provide burnt plum and cola notes, and theres a swelling note of game-y rosemary and metal / iron which comes across a bit like elk meat. Medium body, low bitterness, mildly ashy and astringent roast and char, medium+ sweetness. The aroma is interesting and theres a lot of different smells to find, so its complex but complicated, and doesnt give me any sense of wonder. Overall it has some potential but I would like to see it cleaned up some.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (23039) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 3, 2013
Batch 1 and batch 2 tasted side by side, courtesy of Greig and Alex, thanks! Both are clear dark ruby amber color, and batch 1 is much more lively. Both have a nice aroma of subtle smoke and crispy burnt wood. Batch 1 has a sweeter taste, but both are nice balanced, subtle and smooth. Very tasty.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
omega (900) - NEW ZEALAND - MAY 18, 2013
A beer from the Tron - very dubious! No surprises that they have a beer for slacking off. Actually didnt mind the beer. Not overly full on the palate and poured a little like the Waikato (mucky brown). Not really a quaffer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lisagirl (264) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 7, 2013
nothing to this except smoked salmon and bacon. so much smoke. a bit much to be brilliant but its quite great anyway.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Pdubyah (685) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 2, 2013
Smoko is our take on a Bamberg-style Rauchbier (literally "smoked beer"). Beechwood smoked malt gives a bacon-on-bread flavour, while the zesty European hops provide a zingy and refreshing bitterness to help wash down that tasty treat I didnt get "Zesty" or "Bacon" but I got a dark beer that I wasnt expecting that has a decent smoke aroma, and a beer that has a decent smoke taste, but no a lot to back it with. But I did have a nice beer :-)


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