8 Wired Brewing
Brewed at Renaissance Brewing

Style: Smoked
Warkworth, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 389   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   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.

sockless' rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
sockless (21) - - OCT 7, 2013
Pours a huge tan head, black colour. Smokey, malty, sweet aroma, with slight hops coming through. Tastes sweet, smokey, bit bitter. Reminds me of hunting trips and the outdoors. Soft palate, lingering smokey taste. A very hearty beer, would be perfect for a cold winters day.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Mtbiker54 (37) - Nancy, FRANCE - JAN 27, 2016
Au nez un léger goût fumé avec des touches de bois et des notes grillées. En bouche une petite acidité un léger goût fumée. Une finesse dans la réalisation !

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rondphoto (3335) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - JAN 2, 2016
bottle @ Party Town / Florence KY --- Opaque dark brown color. over-zealous 4 " dark tan head, streaks of lace. Aroma of smoked malt. Taste is toasted malt that turns quickly to carbonation, chocolate and then smoke. It hardly needs hops as the finish is already well-balanced. I’m not partial to smoked brews, but this one is solid.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (18608) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 29, 2015
Bottle. Very dark brown color, thin tan head. Aroma of bacon and smoldering coffee grounds. Taste has licorice and burnt espresso. Very nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tomer (2523) - Rishon Le Zion, ISRAEL - DEC 27, 2015
At a tasting, thanks, stiff light brown creamy head, aroma is a melange of smoke, charred ans peaty notes, flavor of smoke, wood ans some caramel, light lingering bitterness. Nice and mellow, highly enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
rayaron (1057) - Kfar Saba, ISRAEL - DEC 24, 2015
Bottle sample at a tasting at Alexey’s place. Thanks Alexey. Deep brownish-amber with brownish head. The aroma has lots of sausage, smoked, notes of wood and salted snack. Salty flavor, bitterish, smoked, notes of sausage, salted snack and some wood, earthy, dry. Medium to full-bodied. Great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DSG (9561) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - DEC 24, 2015
Bottle sample at a tasting at Alexey’s place. Thanks Alexey, Black with a tan head. Nice smoky aroma with wood, meaty notes, caramel, roast, a bit of chocolate. Great sweet flavor, malty, smoky, with some roast, caramel, chocolate, and some bitterness. Rounded mouthfeel. Really good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
colui72 (488) - HONG KONG - DEC 22, 2015
A proper smoked porter that pours black with a thin beige head. Dark malts, smoke aroma. Taste is very smoky. Barbecue juice. With caramel, coffee, roasted malts. Easy to drink, smooth and tasty. Nice ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Koelschtrinker (14550) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - DEC 21, 2015
Würzig malziger, deutlich rauchiger Antrunk. Leicht erhöhte Karbonisierung, dabei aber feinperlig, vollmundig. Deutliche Noten von Schokolade, neben dem Rauch noch süßlich. Sehr gelungen! 12/11/12/12/10/12

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lagerboy (1733) - British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 12, 2015
500 ml bottle. Clear darker ruby hued brown, lasting fine tan foam. Aroma of campfire smoke and medium roasted chocolate malt. Taste is more sweet tangy dark fruity, lighter roast, not as smoky, some chocolate. Softer carbonation, medium bodied, lightly hopped. Unique and tasty Porter. NFL (Not For Lagerboys)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
waiake (574) - 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

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