8 Wired Brewing
Brewed at Renaissance Brewing

Style: Smoked
Warkworth, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 378   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
anstei (323) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - FEB 5, 2015
500ml bottle from New World Fendalton, Christchurch. Pours dark brown, a bit like Coke. Lively head, hints of smoke in the nose. And the smoke is also clearly defined in the taste, next to typical porter notes: Liquorice, caramel, a bit burnt. Well balanced though, a beer experiment well done indeed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MarcoDL (2900) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 2, 2015
Bottle. Black, brownish head. Aroma of smoke, ash, coffee and dark cacao. Taste of coffee, licorice, bit of rauchmalt. Quite nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tillmac62 (423) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - DEC 30, 2014
Pours dark as a starless night. Massive World Class head, lacing and retention. Nice rich nose of caramel sweetness, dark fruit (plum, fig) over a light note of smoke. As it warms, the smokiness increases but never really comes to the forefront. Heavy medium body with a fair amount of creamy texture. Above average carbonation with a bit of effervescence in the middle and a nice burst in the finish. The flavor profile is a bit below normal intensity, extremely well balanced and a bit complex. It begins with a slightly bitter dark chocolate note over a light caramel sweetness. This flows into a very mild bitterness with distinct notes of dark fruit. The finish is where a light hint of smoke emerges as the flavors fade. This one is good, but there is no big smoke aspect.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mabel (7315) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2014
[6243-20140408] Bottle. Smoky charred campfire wood aroma. Black cola body with a medium-lasting foamy tan head that started out huge. Charcoaled toast and smoky wood flavour. Full body. Interesting. (7/3/7/3/15) 3.5

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Minderbinder (2595) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 11, 2014
Bottle 500ml. Pours extremely dark mahogany with low light-beige head. Some lacing. Aroma is of wieners sausages, chocolate, menthol. Taste is of roasted malt, acrid ashes, chocolate. Palate: Medium-full bodied. Soft carbonation. Overall: The more you drink it, the more you get used to the ashy smoke. Still somewhat unpleasant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mathieuc (2180) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 11, 2014
Pours a dark brown with a thin beige head that leaves good lacing. Nose is sausage-forward: meaty and smoky. Taste is of roasted malt and peat and not too sweet. Slight ash in the finish and some nuts. Body is medium and carbonation medium-high. Good but I’m a little underwhelmed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
czar (5704) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 11, 2014
bottle shared by mathieuc, thanks bro! pours murky light brown with a small reviving light beige cap, some lacing. bacon and roasted umami notes upfront, roasted caramel, husky coffee berries, some red almost rotten fruitiness, sweetness - plain molasses and brown sugar, ashes, pepper and resin. light carbonation, light to medium body - oily, semi-sweet ashy-resinous finish. nah.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jrodooo5 (1244) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - DEC 6, 2014
Nice chocolately & smoky aroma. Pour is dark w/ a nice mocha head that leaves lacing. The taste is smooth w/ the subtle smokiness just adding to the rich flavor! This is good!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tderoeck (6212) - Gent, BELGIUM - NOV 28, 2014
7/XI/14 - 50cl bottle from Geers (Oostakker) @ home - BB: n/a (2014-1297)

Dark brown to black beer, irregular beige head, unstable, bit adhesive. Aroma: bit smoky, caramel, mocha. MF: ok carbon, medium body. Taste: mocha, coffee, bitter, soft smokiness, hoppy. Aftertaste: dark chocolate, roasted, little smoky, bit watery, bit sour, hop bitterness, cocoa powder.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GuideDogSaint (809) - Xiamen, CHINA - NOV 23, 2014
From bottle at a tasting at Tap 66, Xiamen. Pours black with a beige head. Aroma of chocolate with a hint of smoke. Bitter sweet finish.

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