8 Wired Brewing
Brewed at Renaissance Brewing

Style: Smoked
Warkworth, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 380   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
Now what is this? A smoked beer?? It really isnít as crazy as it sounds. 250 years ago virtually all beers were smoked (itís 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 townís brewers produce world renowned beers brewed with their own special rauchmalz (beechwood smoked malt). Weíve 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 isnít limited to savouries; chocolate and caramel based deserts are great companions too! Trust us; it really isnít as crazy as it sounds.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
freeofthoughts (688) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - SEP 16, 2012
Pours dark crimson brown with beige head. The smell is light smoke and roasted grain. The taste is malty and smooth. If not for the high carbonation it would be velvety. Robust grain with the earthy beechwood smoke makes a nice complete beer. Smooth enough it seems oaty with a wide reaching grain. Very smooth and easy but the very high carbonation disrupts the flow of the brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thb (765) - Alberta, CANADA - SEP 16, 2012
Lovely beer - pours dark brown with mountains of head. Aroma is woodsmoke, leather, chocolate. Taste is fantastic blend of smoke, malty sweetness, gentle balancing bitterness. I feel like the base beer behind this is really good on its own - so the smoke just adds a layer of complexity, rather than some smokebeers which rely on the smoke to make it interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
zacgillbanks (3450) - 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!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CapFlu (4864) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 13, 2012
(500ml bottle) Pours an astronomical sized head - filled 9/10 of my glass. Huge ashtray nose. Very smokey and slight jerky. Okay. --- reviewed on RateBeer.com

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daknole (10346) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 11, 2012
Bottle from Storminorman. Pours nearly black with a brown head. Aroma hits with smoke, roasted malt, very dark chocolate, plums, raisins. Flavor is sweet and smoke, some light ham notes, prunes, raisins, dark roasted malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 3, 2012
A - Pours a dark brown with a big finger of frothy khaki-chocolate colored head. The head fades down slowly leaving behind some nice lacing. S - Aroma is a mix of roasted chocolate malts with smoke, vanilla, coffee, with a bit of cola. T - Starts off with a mix of roasted bittersweet chocolate with some vanilla and a bit of cola. Through the middle, the smoke comes through with some coffee and a bit of molasses. The finish is a mix of roasted chocolate malts, coffee, smoke, vanilla, and a touch of molasses. M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet and smokey finish. D - Very drinkable. Good smoked character that comes together nicely and is balanced with all of the other flavors.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
JHunter (676) - British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 2, 2012
Pours a dark black colour with a super foamy head more then half the glass ended up foam. Smoked wood aroma with hints of of chocolate and coffee. Flavour is sweet smoke with a malt back with a Dry finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
b3shine (6924) - Indiana, USA - SEP 2, 2012
Bottle to oversized snifter. Looks good; pitch black with creme head that dissipates into lacing. Smells solid; malty and smoky. Tastes like it smells with an average mouthfeel. Solid, but definitely not worth $10 for a 500 ml bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kavu (3148) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 29, 2012
Pours very dark brown with a very high tan head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate and smoke. Flavor is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee and alcohol. A bit too harsh carbonation, but otherwise great.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Brodies_Best (263) - Auckland Central, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 27, 2012
500 ml bottle. Pours very dark brown with tan head. Aroma is sweet and woody. Taste is woody, sweet and malty. Slight acidic bite. Smooth creamy aftertaste. Nice easy drinking.

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