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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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5/5  rDev +30.2%

TrickkyGangsta, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of joecast
4.93/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Looks fantastic in the glass. Head is lighter than expected but thick frothy and sticking to the glass leaving a nice lace. The beer itself is quite dark making it almost impossible to see any light shining through.
The beer has presence.

Certainly much smokies beers out there, but doubtful any smell as appealing as this. The balance and cohesion of the aromas is impressive. Smoke stops short of being a meaty, tangy character and sticks to playing with rather than dominating the chocolate and mild roast aromas. Superb.

The label says smoked porter so as a style I would go with porter over smoked beer. And tasting this beer convinces me that is the right way to go. Great complexity of flavors. Each component is recognizable, enjoyable and fits with the rest of the beer. That dry slight sourness you get in some great porters is there along with a smooth chocolate and coffee character. Smoke is so well integrated I couldn't imagine what this beer would be like without it.

Whew. Thought this would be good, but this is just amazing. Could picture myself easily sitting in a pub on a cold night, roaring fire in the corner and drink pint after pint of this. Wonderful.

joecast, Jun 11, 2011
Photo of armock
4.83/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle from Perry's Liquor in Livermore, CA

A - Poured a black color with a brown head that leaves lacing behind

S - The dominating scent is from the smoked malt but theres enough roasted malt to keep it a porter

T - Love at first sip the roasted malt is upfront for a second then the smoked malt kicks its ass and tastes wonderful

M - This beer has a fuller body with lighter carbonation to it

O - If you couldn't tell this is a very enjoyable beer for me the smoke is nice and present in the flavor the body is damn near perfect I'm not calling it a session beer but its one that I could drink all night if you like smoked beers you'll love this one worth getting if you see it around

armock, Jun 24, 2011
Photo of Josephkeene
4.78/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a bottle, a 1inch chocolate colored head with radiant chocolate with a hint of smoke.

taste is heavy chocolate with great smoked after tatse. A little carbonation but smooth and heavily drinkable.

great beer. Hands down. Brand new to my local store but well worth ever penny.

Josephkeene, Mar 18, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

scottypinthemix, Nov 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

LinusBohman, May 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

bostonryan, Feb 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

ALBuff, Jan 04, 2014
Photo of Brenden
4.39/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Big Smoke is a strong, appropriately thick very dark brown color that stops short of black but lets just a little in at the fringes. A big, soft but strong, creamy tan head ceases to rise at almost two finger in height and keeps itself up for a good while. It never falls to much less than one finger, and it drops some patching with a little bit of legging here and there.
This beer smells deliciously like smoke, almost a little tangy with a smoked meats essence. There's a slight touch of wood, but it's not quite as deep as the flavor. Still, it smells fantastic, and all the smokiness I want is here.
It tastes deliciously like meaty smoke as well. Smoke permeates the tongue without ever getting too harsh, completely part of the malts. Charred woods are all over the tongue too, with absolutely no astringency or harshness at all. There's just a touch of bittersweet cocoa at the periphery and some coffee grounds, part of the nature of the roast, but it's all kinds of smoky and fantastically tasty.
It's got the right depth and heft for a porter, offering a well sustained strength on the fuller side of a medium body. There's just a little carbonation, enough to keep things going, while a nice smoothness rolls along.

Brenden, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of crnipeter
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brown, seemingly opaque body topped by thick, creamy tan head with excellent retention that clings to the walls and finaly sets to a 1/3 inch thick, stable cover.
Aroma is marriage of moderate plum and prune-like frutiness, non-roasted malt with sweet, brown suggar character, malt with mild chocolate-like roastiness, herbal-spicy hops and woodsy smokines so delicate it is hard to pick up.
Malt with caramel, bitter-chocolate and liquorice flavors is quickly followed by spiciy-herbal hops leading into the dry finish with lingering hoppy-bitter and roasted aftertaste. Likewise the aroma, balance between the base style and smokines is leaned towards the former and there is just a touch of wisely judged amount of smoked malts. Medium bodied and lightly creamy with moderate, tickling carbonation.
In short, a smoked porter with lots of finesse and superb balance between the malts, hops and roast-derived flavors, with light smokey touch lacking any harsh, burnt or greasy notes. (500 ml, into tulip.)

crnipeter, Jun 07, 2011
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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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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

DougT, May 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a beautiful glass of beer. Pours black and viscous with a firm and thick khaki head.

Nose is medium dark chocolate and plumed coffee with undertones of sweet chocolate.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied but with a nice creamy character and carbonation.

Flavors are all big smokey coffee, dark chocolate and big roasted grains with a sweet front palate and an espresso bitter kick.

Finish is all semi-sweet/bitter black chocolate with a hint of black licorice and burnt espresso. The finish goes on forever.

GRG1313, Mar 05, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Cramerican, Aug 11, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

jsurfs82, May 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

bigred89, Feb 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Gusmotel, Nov 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

UltimateLivewire, Aug 19, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Slatetank, Jul 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Troublebar, Sep 11, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Noodleboyg, Jan 11, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

carlitosbronson1, May 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

danieelol, Aug 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

GTB, Jun 23, 2012
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4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brown with a big finger of frothy khaki-chocolate colored head. The head fades down slowly leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of roasted chocolate malts with smoke, vanilla, coffee, with a bit of cola.

T - Starts off with a mix of roasted bittersweet chocolate with some vanilla and a bit of cola. Through the middle, the smoke comes through with some coffee and a bit of molasses. The finish is a mix of roasted chocolate malts, coffee, smoke, vanilla, and a touch of molasses.

M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet and smokey finish.

D - Very drinkable. Good smoked character that comes together nicely and is balanced with all of the other flavors.

ngeunit1, Sep 04, 2012
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The Big Smoke from 8 Wired Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 131 ratings.