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The Big Smoke - 8 Wired Brewing Co.

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87
very good

133 Ratings
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Ratings: 133
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.73%
Wants: 8
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:
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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Photo of TheDudeRules
1.63/5  rDev -57.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

Poured into a lowball glass.

Liquid is a dark brown with a small amount of off white head. This beer is potent. I can pick it up from a foot away from my glass. The smell is just lovely. A dirty foot that has been dipped in tar. Even though it smells that spectacular to me I venture for a sip. Somebody ground up some smokey beef jerkey and dumped it in my glass. The carbonation was good and the beer rolled on my tongue nicely. Everything else was awful, and I mean real awful. Two sips and I was spent.

TheDudeRules, Jun 03, 2011
Photo of corby112
1.65/5  rDev -57.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Pours a dark brown color that appears black in the glass with a two finger frothy beige head that slowly fades into a lasting cap. Spots of soapy lacing left behind.

Smoked malt aroma with lots of toasted malt without feeling burnt along with some faint sweetness. I was hoping that it would be smokier but it is pretty tame. Slightly meaty with hints of charcoal and burnt toast as well as some coffee bean and dark chocolate.

Medium bodied with lots of tight carbonation up front and an odd metallic flavor that covers up the smoke. Likely infected with hints of charcoal, burnt acrid charred toast and ash. Very dry finish really gross and extremely difficult to drink.

corby112, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of xpdrinker
2/5  rDev -48.1%

xpdrinker, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of ygtbsm94
2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

ygtbsm94, Dec 09, 2013
Photo of JackieKu
3/5  rDev -22.1%

JackieKu, Oct 13, 2014
Photo of thebouch01
3/5  rDev -22.1%

thebouch01, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of WolfAlynn
3/5  rDev -22.1%

WolfAlynn, Jan 04, 2014
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.09/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Bottle: Poured a black color porter with a light brown huge foamy head with excellent retention and some retention. Bottle even kept gushing after first glass had been poured. Aroma of light dry roasted malt with light coffee notes. Taste is also dominated by light dry roasted malt with smoked notes almost non-existent. Body is about average with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. I must say that this beer was quite a disappointment compared to other beers from the same brewery with the smoked notes almost non-existent. Makes me wonder if bottle was infected or something since it was gushing a bit.

Phyl21ca, Oct 23, 2013
Photo of BGDrock
3.13/5  rDev -18.7%
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
Photo of woodchip
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

woodchip, May 31, 2013
Photo of IHyphySF
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

IHyphySF, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of SLeffler27
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A huge, rocky, beige head quickly overwhelms a Harp nonic before it slowly turns to seafoam, leaving patches of lace. This is a dark brown beer with carbonation on the inside wall of the glass and dark ruby highlights. The look is reminiscent of an ice cream float.

There is a hint of some smoke and some Baker’s chocolate and soap. Smokiness is drawn out with each sip.

Summer sausage is discernible along with oak, dark chocolate and a modest finish of black coffee. Overall, this is okay but nothing special.

A medium body with watery texture, lively carbonation, and residual sugar.

The long journey may have taken a toll on this one, which is generally muddy.

SLeffler27, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of DavoleBomb
3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Holy shit is this overcarbonated. First pour was nearly all head. After a good half hour, I finally got a full glass. Black color. Three fingers of frothy tan head. Retention is good and some lacing is left.

3.0 S: Really dry and dusty. Bacon smokiness. Light roast. Simple and not particularly enticing.

3.5 T: Taste is a little better. Dry overall again, but there's a little more sweetness in the form of chocolate and caramel. Smoke is fairly light and adds a touch of bacon again. Grainy, dusty, with a moderate roast.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good creaminess, especially for the body. Normally I'd give this a solid 4.0, but I have to penalize the brewer's for the obscene amount of carbonation.

3.5 D: I was hoping this would be smokier than it is. In any case, it isn't a bad beer, but I'd never pay $10 for a bottle of it again.

DavoleBomb, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First try for this brewery for me. The Big Smoke is smoked, but not all that big. But I'm not reviewing relative to name. So..

Dark brown, rich, almost black. Bright in a way. Small head, little retention. Would make a nice look if the head could pull more umpf...

Smoke isn't what I'd firstly say as the aroma. Darker malts and prune, some coffee, and metallic sents.

Chocolate malt begins and fades a bit fast, baked caramel is soft and underlying. Sweet underneath, prune and some anise in the middle. Smoke is fleeting, but still there. It borders on a metallic smoke, kind of tannin-y.

Nothing bad here. Solid beer, would like more smoke or something else that would provide strength.

Mebuzzard, Jun 06, 2011
Photo of flyingpig
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown bordering on opaque black almost and with a huge and foamy, tan brown head on top that is almost half the size of the pint shaker I poured the bottle in to.

Smoked aroma to begin and a strong one at that with a lot of spice and peat in there. There is some strong, dark chocolate aroma with some wood and burnt malts too. I can detect a hint of caramel as well but it is the smoke that dominates.

Roasted malts, a little smoke and some dark cocoa to kick thing off along with hints of caramel and even some coffee in there. There is a little wood in there too.

Quite sweet , smooth and creamy with a touch of alcohol and moderate carbonation. There is a fair amount of smoke in there and the finish is ever so slightly dry.

A nice beer once it settles down a little; after the first sip I didn't think I was going to like this one due to the strong smoked flavours but this subdued slightly as time went on and it turned in to a not bad beer. It could have slightly better balanced but it was one that I enjoyed and was a somewhat unusual offering.

flyingpig, Oct 21, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Kegatron, Nov 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

anhigdon, Aug 19, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

TasteTester, Feb 26, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

HevvyMetalHippie, Sep 18, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

lisagirl, May 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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The Big Smoke from 8 Wired Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.