The Big Smoke – 8 Wired Brewing

O’hare’s Beer Club December 2012 Box

From 8 Wired Brewing out of Blenheim, New Zealand comes the “The Big Smoke” a smoked porter.  The beer pours a dark brown/black with an explosive brownish head that just builds and builds!  The aroma consists of smoke, roasted malts and some understated chocolate.  The flavour is comprised heavily of smoke with roasted malts, chocolate and hops rounding out the flavour.  The alcohol content of the porter is 6.2% with an IBU of 40.  I am personally not a fan of smoked beer and as such was not huge on this beer.  That being said this beer has won many awards and has a 95 rating on  If you like smoked beer I hear this is an amazing brew!

Commercial Description:  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.

Hops: Southern Cross and Willamette
Malt:  Bamberg Smoked, Gladfield Pale, Crystal, Carafa Special, Black Patent and variables
Yeast: Wyeast 1272 – All American Ale

Food Pairing according to O’hare’s Beer Club notes are as follows:  Smoked fish, strong cheeses, heavy stew, chocolate.

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