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The Big Smoke - 8 Wired Brewing Co.

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86
very good

131 Ratings
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Ratings: 131
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 13.02%
Wants: 8
Gots: 8 | 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:
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

(Beer added by: ADZA on 11-26-2010)
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Ludwigkpa, Thursday at 12:02 PM
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

zestar, Oct 16, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.9%

JackieKu, Oct 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Troublebar, Sep 11, 2014
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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.

mdfb79, Sep 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Poupae, Aug 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

FadetoBock, Jul 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

wrightst, Jun 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

DougT, May 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

carlitosbronson1, May 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

SStein, May 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Kroehny_Loves_Hops, May 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

hopnerd, Apr 25, 2014
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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.

MadScientist, Apr 14, 2014
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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

BGDrock, Mar 11, 2014
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3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
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

LampertLand, Mar 09, 2014
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bigred89, Feb 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

jaycar06, Dec 10, 2013
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The Big Smoke from 8 Wired Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 131 ratings.