8 Wired Brewing
Brewed at Renaissance Brewing

Style: Smoked
Warkworth, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 380   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAR 23, 2012
New country for me - Pint bottle. Pours brown with way too much carbonation that results in a 5 finger light tan head at a gentle pour. The nose is light smoke, roast and dark chocolate. Taste is coffee, roasted malt, cocoa and smoke. Medium prickly mouth feel. The flavors are still fine but based on the carbonation issue I think the bottle is starting to turn. Glad I drank it before it affected the flavor. Decent smoked – not as smoky as I like but decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beersiveknown (4408) - NORTHERN IRELAND - MAR 23, 2012
Very highly carbonated fluffy beige head dark brown. Lightly smokey, slightly metallic nose. Dark chocolate rich malty body with astringent finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
culchiem (3148) - Berlin, GERMANY - MAR 12, 2012
Bottle at Cask & Kitchen. Black with a large offwhite head. Aroma of light smoke, some vanilla. Creamy Dark Roast Flavour that drifts to a long lingering dry bitter palate. Very drinkable, at £15 quid a go focuses the mind.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kronebryg (1124) - Sorgenfri, DENMARK - MAR 10, 2012
Heavy and growing head - very weird as it almost stops in the neck and grows out of the bottle! The high carb. is very evident. Colour is black. Nose is (after the head have diminished a bit) is light smokey with sweet smoke and burned wood - like a wet bonfire.Medium body and length. Taste is soft with sweet smoke notes and still the high carb. Also a little chocolate, licorice. A little light but very wellbalanced - if only the carb were lighter!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
edgallow (3077) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 3, 2012
22 oz bottle pours black with a tan head. Aroma is of roasted malt with a hint of smoke. Taste , the name says it all, the big smoke. Lots of smoke and a hint of coffee. Nice beer ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - FEB 27, 2012
11/23/11 8 wired the big smoke via nbutler. porter brown. Huge black snake beige head....wont stop coming outta the bottle. tart herbaceous aroma... metal...odd F has a mild beechwood smokiness,herbiness,some roast and weird sourness/lacto. Slight cocoa bitterness on the finish. Not very smoky...sadly. peppery spice. Over carbed. Flat and meh by the time the carb is fixed.5/4/5.5/2/13....3.0. methinks this one is infected...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (9981) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 25, 2012
Tasty very drinkable smoked porter. Good and substantive hopping. Worth paying up for. I drink the bomber inside of half an hour. Nice colour and wine like hoppy smoked aroma.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
kramer (5501) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2012
50cl bottle. Pours a clear dark brown body with a one inch frothy beige head that had pretty decent retention. Quite a bit of visible carbonation. The nose is really a toss-up between the Porter and the Smoke qualities, with the Porter winning out a bit. Nice mixture of chocolate, roast, and campfire smoke. There’s a bit of sweetness there as well. The flavor is a little off, it tastes like there is the beginning of an infection taking hold. There’s not the slight sweetness I was expecting and it makes the smoke take on a slight acrid quality. Finishes with a slight bit of chocolate before an almost brett like quality comes on. It’s not terrible at this point, but I can see it clearly heading in that direction. Quite disappointing, especially for the cost.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DavoleBomb (1614) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2012
Poured into a snifter. 3.5 A: Holy shit is this overcarbonated. First pour was nearly all head. After a good half hour, I finally got a full glass. Black color. Three fingers of frothy tan head. Retention is good and some lacing is left. 3.0 S: Really dry and dusty. Bacon smokiness. Light roast. Simple and not particularly enticing. 3.5 T: Taste is a little better. Dry overall again, but there’s a little more sweetness in the form of chocolate and caramel. Smoke is fairly light and adds a touch of bacon again. Grainy, dusty, with a moderate roast. 3.5 M: Medium body. Good creaminess, especially for the body. Normally I’d give this a solid 4.0, but I have to penalize the brewer’s for the obscene amount of carbonation. 3.5 D: I was hoping this would be smokier than it is. In any case, it isn’t a bad beer, but I’d never pay $10 for a bottle of it again. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 12-22-2011 03:52:22

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 16, 2012
The pour is a very dark brown with garnet highlights and an average, pale beige, fizzy head which settles quickly to a thin frothy layer and leaves soapy lace rings. The nose is moderately smoky with campfire notes, faint smoked meats, some dry chocolate, burnt caramel, and some buttery toast. The flavor is buttery, roasty, lightly toasty, rich dark chocolates, some burnt caramel, and a light dose of campfire. The palate is dry, nearly lively, medium to full, velvety, and round. The finish is average, dry, rich chocolate, and a lingering smoky bitterness. The smoke notes are very balancing to the richness of the base beer. It might be a bit simple but still a pleasant beer to drink. Also, the base beer seems to lack bitterness but the smoky notes add just enough bitterness. With many smoked beers, the rauch seems to add too much of the smoked meet, but this one only carries minimal notes in the nose. Pretty decent smoked beer.

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