The Big Smoke | 8 Wired Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
8 Wired Brewing Co.
New Zealand (Aotearoa)
8wired.co.nz

Style: Smoked Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

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

Added by ADZA on 11-26-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
147
Reviews:
66
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
12.24%
 
 
Wants:
12
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Photo of dougbreathe
4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of descobar
3.21/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

Disclosure: from the "cellar" 2011. Aroma is smoked malts, dark fruits, toffee and only sign of aging is a vinousy note. It pours a deep dark brown with absolutely no head. it shows opaque against the light. body is medium to light, and its texture is creamy. sadly carbonation is minimal to none... no astringency to speak of. ignoring the flat feel, the taste is very decent. the "bacony" smoked malts are there, albeit slightly muted, the caramel, the toffee, hints of dark fruits and there is a spike of hop bitterness right in the middle that is very pleasant. finishes dry until some time after there is another spike of bitterness. - wish it hadn’t lost its carbonation. other than that and the aroma mentioned above no other signs of negative aging were present. will have to pull out another to see...

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From bottle, pours a black colour with pretty much no head at all. Aroma dark stonefruit, smoke, caramel. Taste ham, bacon, caramel, chocolate. Not to bad more smokey when warm. Not my favourite style but worth trying.

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Photo of mdagnew
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of kylehay2004
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Vylo
4.53/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours very dark mahogany, nearly black and opaque, with a nice two finger light brown head with great retention and lots of thick lacing. Aroma of pleasant woodland smoke, dark toasted malt, molasses, hints of dark stone fruit. Flavor is dark toasted malt, nuts, mild dark stone fruit, chocolate and coffee. Finishes a bit lighter with residual coffee and smoke. Medium bodied with a nice creaminess and carbonation. A nice well balanced smoked porter with a flavorful base beer and a deft hand with the smoke that is well supported by the malts. Interesting light chocolate and fruit flavors in the background. The finish is a little bit thin after the richness of the initial taste, but that seems to be that this is already very full flavored at this ABV. I liked this a lot. Glad to see 8 Wired beer arriving in our market.

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Photo of 2GOOFY
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gkruszewski
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Czequershuus
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.

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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.

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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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Photo of Ludwigkpa
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of JackieKu
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of BrickOneal
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.

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Photo of Poupae
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of afsdan
4/5  rDev +4.2%

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