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.

markfield81's rating

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
markfield81 (42) - adamston, - OCT 13, 2013
The big smoke is right, i think its a bit overly smoked its no feral smoked proter, i dont rate it at all,

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
waiake (532) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 19, 2015
fine wood fire smoky aroma as my bottle poured nearly black with a tan head the taste is similarly smoky with delicious caramel malt & fruity flavours with a smoky bitter finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
stouby (4152) - Holbæk, DENMARK - AUG 16, 2015
Bottle at DØE sommerfest. Dark brown with a beige head. Aroma medium malty (caramel, roasted, smokey). Flavor medium sweet, smokey and bitter. Light to medium body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Garrold (3024) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 12, 2015
Bottle, bought ages ago, from Beer Central, Sheffield. Clear, dark, cola brown. Bubbly, cola like head, too, that settles to a film of tan. The smoke is on the wood ash side of things, as opposed to savoury, though there’s a hint of smoked cheese. Some tangy, dried, vine fruits. Some mineral. Some summer fruit, right at the end. Taste is light dry, with a bonfire toffee sweetness on the lips. Smooth palate. Enough body to match the aroma and taste. Ashy dry finish, with a little bitterness creeping in at the end. Lovely.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
AgentAle (1236) - Alberta, CANADA - JUN 2, 2015
Aroma is deep roasted and smokey malts, caramel, chocolate and fig. Taste is deep and rich with a smokey and well balanced hop profile. Surprisingly smooth for its depth. Well executed. Appearance is black with a thin beige head that retains reasonably well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PorterPounder (6529) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 2, 2015
Tallahassee, Fl. - Beer Stop - 500 ml bottle - pours a deep dark motor oil-like black with a sticky mocha colored head. light lacing. Pleasant smoky, meaty aroma with hints of smoked sausage, some light band-aids. Bold flavor with plenty of smoky goodness, some sweet barbecue sauce, smoked ham, light chocolate filters through the smoke. Pleasantly thick, creamy mouthfeel. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dfearnley (1414) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - APR 18, 2015
Bottle to pint glass Wood smoke, oak, bacon, molasses, soy, dark chocolate. Deep reddish brown with a 1 cm creamy, light tan head, with good effervescence, but little retention. Taste is smoky, malty, and chocolaty with a nice bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Johnstledger8 (355) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAR 30, 2015
Bottle. Pours pitch black with little to no head. Aroma of burnt wood, milk chocolate, hint of liquorice. Taste is of dark fruits, burnt wood, chocolate. Watery texture, light carbonation. Disappointing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
danlo (1844) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - MAR 13, 2015
500ml bottle from Brewdog online store. Black brown colour, beige foam head leaving lacing and aroma of smokey bacon, peated malty. Taste is smoked meaty roasted malts with some dark fruity, toffee, brown sugar, caramel notes, bittersweet. Smooth mouthfeel, medium bodied, softish carbonation, smokey malty finish. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tdtm82 (1396) - Essex, ENGLAND - MAR 4, 2015
Bottle; thanks to Alex of Ale House. Bamberg smokey malts; aged smoked cheese, good lacing. Taste is smoked German sausages (wurst); smoked cheese; caramel and some good amount of hops. Nice and clean. Really good usage of bamberg malt. Hopefully see more 8-Wired in the UK.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pith (159) - New York, USA - FEB 24, 2015
Pours opaque black-brown with tanned hide - colored president foamy head. Aroma is beautifully smoked and something sweet. Taste is deeper smoked like ribs that behind sweeter and light but becomes a fuller mouth feel with the persistent dark chocolate gently bitter sweet throughout. Almost rye bitter after-taste.

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