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The Big Smoke - 8 Wired Brewing Co.

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86
very good

137 Ratings
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Ratings: 137
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.76%
Wants: 9
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
8 Wired Brewing Co. visit their website
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style | ABV
Smoked Beer |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ADZA on 11-26-2010

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.

40 IBU
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Ratings: 137 | Reviews: 64
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4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of smakawhat
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Deep and super creamy large billowing light tan head. Thick filling cream of a fistfull, getting a little out of control, settling to thick lacing, minimal retention and meringue like lacing. Body color is thick walnut brown nearly black and very opaque.

Nice hints of subtle smoke aroma on the nose. More hints of subtle sweetness and a bit of mild roast character. Hints slightly acrid but very small. Mild hints of carbon dioxide qualites as well. Just relatively ok.

Palate improves nicely. Good solid and nearly rich and creamy palate but not quite. Mild senses of milk chocolate washed away by a bit of tonic water like carbonation. Smoke and a bit ash in the mid palate, but not with much meaty flavor. Aftertaste brings some classic solid porter roast, a bit of leafy and green hop bitterness that is a bit towards pine, which compliments this smoke angle nicely, giving and almost smoked pine tree finish. Hints a little bit of bakers chocolate as well getting darker and less milky, and certainly more bitter.

It's labelled smoke, but it's very understated letting some of the other flavors bounce and play off of it a bit, and getting more forward. It seems the smoke character actually took a back seat, but it still made for an interesting take on the final product letting the other qualities shine through. Unique take on a smoked porter. Decent.

Photo of heerboth
3.13/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of WckdVbz
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tillmac62
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark as a starless night. Massive World Class head, lacing and retention. Nice rich nose of caramel sweetness, dark fruit (plum, fig) over a light note of smoke. As it warms, the smokiness increases but never really comes to the forefront. Heavy medium body with a fair amount of creamy texture. Above average carbonation with a bit of effervescence in the middle and a nice burst in the finish. The flavor profile is a bit below normal intensity, extremely well balanced and a bit complex. It begins with a slightly bitter dark chocolate note over a light caramel sweetness. This flows into a very mild bitterness with distinct notes of dark fruit. The finish is where a light hint of smoke emerges as the flavors fade. This one is good, but there is no big smoke aspect.

Photo of a77cj7
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of baumaxx1
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance -
Opaque black colour, with a coffee brown glow. Pours a thin 1cm hazelnut head. Moderate carbonation. Leaves plenty of sticky lacing.

Smell -
Hazelnuts, coffee, dark chocolate, dark fruits - raisins, raspberries, blueberries. Not really getting that big smoke though.

Taste -
Smoke, burnt oak, espresso, hazelnut, and more of those dark fruits. Follows the nose really, but with more smoke. A hint of alcohol sweetness, but without too much sharpness. The espresso dominates the smokiness, very much a standard coffee porter. A touch of bitterness, but not overpowering.

Mouthfeel -
A mild fizz, slight tingle, good medium body and creamy finish. Quite clean.

Overall -
A pretty tasty porter overall, strong flavour and nothing to complain about. Wouldn't really call it a big smoke flavour, and it wasn't anything hugely different, but an enjoyable drink nonetheless.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of JackieKu
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of Troublebar
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of mdfb79
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%

From 09/07/14 notes at The Jeffrey in NYC.

Triednext to a sample of Barrier's Undertow Rauchbier and found it less smokey and with less sweet chocolate. More chalk. Decent but not my favorite.

Photo of Poupae
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of afsdan
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of FadetoBock
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of wrightst
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of DougT
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of SStein
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Kroehny_Loves_Hops
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of hopnerd
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of MadScientist
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A very dark brown with a deep garnet hue. The pillowy two fingers of light brown head has a long rendition time.

Big smokey, phenols in the nose with dark stone fruit aromas backing that up. A light caramel sweetness, moderate chocolate and some roast .

Lots of smoke blending with dark stone fruit backed by a moderate toffee-like sweetness and a light bitter chocolate note. There is medium hops bitterness with little hop flavor. The balance is about even between the bitterness and sweetness. The finish is off-dry with a smokey aftertaste.

The Big Smoke name is apt as this beer is defined by a moderately strong smoke aroma and flavor that is well supported by a solidly brew porter underneath.

Photo of BGDrock
3.13/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: black, even under light; coffee foam coloured head is fine and full, but fades to a rim quickly

Aroma: cocoa, touch of anise, and peat accompanying lightly

Taste & Mouthfeel: light-medium body, feeling and tasting like drip coffee on the initial sips - quite bitter from the malt, and a little tart; only whispers of peat smoke in the finish, it's competing with burnt coffee bean and losing the battle; flavours linger several minutes, intense and bitter; some caramel malt

Overall: not as advertised! smoke flavour is almost non-existent, it's a coffee beer if anything, and in that respect not a great one, being intensely bitter and just a bit too thin

Photo of LampertLand
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

8 Wired 'The Big Smoke' @ 6.2% , served from a 500 ml bottle purchased for $9

A-pour is cola brown from the bottle to near black in the glass with some crimson red peeking thru a quickly dissapating tan head , leaving no lace along the pint

S-smokey malts

T-big smokey tasting porter

MF-ok carbonation , feels full bodied

Ov-ok beer , little to overpowering the smokeyness

prost LampertLand

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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The Big Smoke from 8 Wired Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.