8 Wired Brewing
Brewed at Renaissance Brewing

Style: Smoked
Blenheim, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 373   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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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 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
kramer (5254) - 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 (1487) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerandBlues2 (10447) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 14, 2012
Bottle. Pours clear black with ruby highlights, a medium frothy tan head with medium retention and good lacing. Aroma is light smoke, herbal and earthy hops, dates, prunes, and roast malt. Flavor is malt dominant with light smoke notes, dark fruity esters, medium hops and bitterness with a dry finish. Medium body, warmth and carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sonnycheeba (4038) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 14, 2012
Bottle. Pours dark brown with thick, frothy, light tan head; good retention and lacing. Aroma is roasted malt, caramel, dark fruit, and light earthy notes. Flavor is malt dominate, with some earthy hops, and smoke undertones; dry finish. Medium body, carbonation, and warmth.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
swoopjones (6558) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 12, 2012
bottle, light gusher with big fluffy head, dark black. Milder aroma, mild to medium roast, little to zero smoke in aroma. Smoke is pretty immediate inthe flavor, not powerful but shows itself. Active mouthfeel,higher carbonation. Solid roast. Decent

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
NachlamSie (2881) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 6, 2012
Pint 9 oz. from GBX. Pours a very dark color with some ruby tints and a massive, exploding head that dies down after a while. The aroma is sharp in a strange way. It’s metallic with virtually nothing else going on. Strange that the flavor is so clean and delicious. There is decent smoke giving this porter a meaty and woody quality with some chocolate notes and a faintly fruity finish. Smells weird, tastes pretty darn good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
BarossaLuke (540) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 16, 2011
I haven’t had a lot of smoked beers but I recently had a very good home brewed version at the AABC club night, by champion brewer Barry Cranston. The 8 Wired beer had more intense smoke malt character than that one, it plays to the old adage that sometimes too much of a good thing... well you know how it goes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pyobon (1019) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - DEC 2, 2011
(bottle) Very dark brown with tiny tan head. Pleasant interesting aroma: candy and cough syrup with good hints of nice woody smoke. Beautiful smooth mouthfilling carbonation with creamy full body makes perfect palate. Rich foretaste of dark malt with raisins an dark chocolate leads to an intense and long lasting finish of dark roast malt and bitter tastes. This pleasant bitterness is not obviously hoppy, more strong black coffee and bitter dark chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimhilt (2444) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 1, 2011
Explodes out of bottle with a five+ finger light tan head that fades very slowly leaving a good lace. Deep mahogany color, no highlights. Fierce carbonation and medium bodied. Smoky nose and flavor is a smooth smoky malt with a serious smoky aftertaste. Pricey at $10.99 for a 500ml bottle from Julio’s Liquors Westborough, Ma.

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