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 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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerisgoodforu (992) - NÝrresundby, DENMARK - MAR 8, 2011
Bottle. Pours a black color with some reddish notes in the bottom of the glass, with a frothy tan head. Aroma is of smoke, meat, wood, campfire, roasted malt, charcoal and some sweetness. Flavor is again of smoke, with a good amount of roasted malt, along with the meat, charcoal, wood and campfire notes. I also get a chocolate like sweetness along with some coffee. The body is medium with slightly dry mouthfeel. Overall a pretty solid Smoked Porter, though not the best smoke beer I have had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
altonbrownd (4594) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - MAR 8, 2011
Bottle at Beer Temple. Another very good beer from 8 Wired. Dark black with slight head. Nose of syrupy molasses and sugar. Taste of dark malts, caramel and brown sugar. Really nice with a syrupy texture. Well done!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Meilby (9999) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 7, 2011
Bottle 500ml @ yngwie
Pours black with a small off-white head. Aroma has notes of roasted smoaked malt. Taste is medium sweet, light bitter with a long smoked finish. Body is medium, texture is thin, carbonation is soft.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sinkas (291) - Perth/Fremantle, AUSTRALIA - MAR 6, 2011
The best non german smoked beer I have tasted, not offensive, but a good meld of interesting flavours

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClubGonzo (4900) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAR 5, 2011
Bottle, courtesy of Meilby. Thanks for sharing man! :-) Pours a deep brown, near-black body with a small, off-white head. Aroma is smokey tones of meat and herbs, with hints of black berries. Taste is earthy, salty smokiness with some rather dry bitter hop tones in the finish. Nice malt base and full mouthfeel, well balanced. A very nice rauch from 8 Wired.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (8006) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 2, 2011
500 ml bottle shared by Matt at The Royale- thanks again, Matt! Pours dark cola brown with some red tints and a small tan head. Aroma of smoked malts, minerals, rusted metal, earthy hops, and peat. Flavor of smoked malts, minerals, earthy hops, toast, and dark chocolate. The smoke is pretty light compared to most smoked beers Iíve had. There is also a surprising amount of hoppiness to it. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a roasty mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yngwie (15759) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 1, 2011
Bottle, shared by meilby. A clear, ruby dark brown beer with a finger-thick off-white to beige head. Meaty, roasted aroma. Some coffee. Roasted flavor with a good dash of meaty smoke malt. Some dark berries too, and a touch of bitterness. Medium body, smooth. Tasteful, lasting bitterness. A nice one indeed, pleasant as a porter, pleasant as a smoked beer. 110301

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Geokkjer (6866) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 1, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2012 Bottle.Pours dark brown with an off-white head.Aroma is smoked with some dark berries and roast.Flavor is sweet and smoked with some roasted and dark berries.Medium body, average carbonation.Nice smoked beer. Rerate: Bottle. Pours dark brown with a huge beige head. Aroma of some smoke, malt, chocolate and spices. Flavor is sweet and smoked with some roasted notes, caramel, and wood. Medium body, average carbonation. 8-4-7-4-16

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 1, 2011
From bottle at the Cask Pub & Kitchen on 12 February 2011. Quite dark brown. Erm - it has big smoke. Good smoke at that. Plenty of bacon notes - definitely not the ashy sort of feel that I get in some smoked beers and donít like too much. OK itís a bit one-dimensional but Iím a sucker for a decent smoked beer and that single dimension is often enough for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 11/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 28, 2011
Bottle via trade. Pours a deep shade of brown with glistening smokey quartz-like redness. Above always smothered in a thin layer of frothy tan. Smells roasty with bitter chocolate undertones and laid upon outdoorsy campfire elegance. Body seems quite hoppy...bitterly so, abrasively so, distractingly so...almost unbearably so. The green, abrasive hop bitterness completely overshadows anything else that may be going here...with each sip, I start to see shadows of smoke and chocolate but this is completely annihilated with the wave of hop bitterness that quickly follows...harsh. Letís see how I progress through this bottle...

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