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Querkus Smoked Oaked Porter - Ridgeway Brewing

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Querkus Smoked Oaked PorterQuerkus Smoked Oaked Porter

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54 Ratings
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Ratings: 54
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ridgeway Brewing visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Porter |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: TAMU99 on 12-04-2010)
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Reviews by Fermenticusrex:
Photo of Fermenticusrex
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 500 ml bottle into pub pint glass

Appearence deep mahogony red cream colored head with nice lacing
Smell slight oak notes not much else
Taste some nice oak flavor, a little vanilla, little smoke, some nice roasted flavor
Mouthfeel carbed perfectly, not too thick, not to thin, just right
Overall pretty good, compares well to great divides smoked baltic porter. Would love to try on cask.

Fermenticusrex, Jan 27, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Aug 2012. ABV is stated as 4.5%. Acquired a while back from Beeritz in Leeds. The label mentions that this is made with Scottish peated whisky malt and is matured over fragments of French oak barrels. Bottle conditioned.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A deep, hazy reddish-brown hue with medium carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy off-white foam that quickly subsides to a surface layer. Aroma of dark roasted malt with notes of smoke, coffee, woodiness and stewed hops. Hints of yeast and caramel.

Tastes of roasted malt with a smoky, woody character and a dry finish. Notes of earthy smoke, oakiness, coffee, burnt grain, bitter cocoa, stewed hops, subtle caramel and yeast. A restrained, dry bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with well-judged carbonation, however a tad too thin for the style. Mildly astringent. Aftertaste of smoky roasted malt.

Tasty - an interesting and impressive effort from Ridgeway. It's not everyday that you come across a smoked beer from the UK, particularly one that uses peat-smoked malt. The smoke and wood come through nicely in the aroma/flavour, without overpowering the overall character. The only fault is a rather insubstantial body which doesn't live up to the beer's flavour. However, this is a minor peccadillo that can be overlooked. A quirky brew that is well worth sampling if you have the chance.

jazzyjeff13, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer pours a deep walnut brown with a lumpy light tan head that fades to a thin sticky film.

S- The nice mellow roasted dark brown malt aroma has a gentle meaty smoke aroma underneath that takes on a sweaty character as the beer opens.

T- The nice nutty dark malt flavor blends with smoke and an oaky hint to it with a hop bite in the finish that takes on a touch of tartness.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a tight scrubbing fizz and no alcohol heat noticed.

O- This beer has a tasty balance of nice flavors: good fresh malt, band-aid free smoke and some nice hop hint to it aswell. It does get a bit of nougat flavor in the malt as it opens but it doesn’t get in the way.

rhoadsrage, Jul 23, 2013
Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chocolate and wood. Roast and chocolate aroma. Medium bodied porter, pours jet black with virtually no head. Good drinkability as soft carbonation, though the wood was not that well integrated and enjoyable. Understated roast, mild smoke. US version at 5.8%.

Sammy, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of TAMU99
2.7/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark, dark reddish brown. Minimal lace due to the thickness of the pour. Some thin lace left. Smells are smoke, ash and campfire. Taste is similar. Strong hops and burnt wood leave a taste of campfire smoke or burned toast on the tongue. Moderate carbonation. Complex, nice but potent. Would pair well with a strong cheddar, salami, pear and a cold winter day. Fire optional.

TAMU99, Dec 04, 2010
Photo of Bung
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml. Very dark brown, thin layer of off white.

Aroma, malt, caramel, peat. Fairly simple.

Taste, More carmelly malt, peat, toffee. Vanilla and fainter nutty chocolate.

Lighter bodied than I'd like. Ample carbonation. Drinks pretty easy, though it is a little sweet.
A little more basic than I had hoped, but it is still good.

Bung, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of emerge077
3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brownish black coloration, thin skim of tan foam. Murky appearance, nothing too exciting. Low retention.

Mellow vanilla and cola notes, not unlike the Innis & Gunn Rum Cask sampled recently. Light molasses sweetness, wet peated barley, not especially smoky. Sort of watered down and not particularly expressive.

Flavors were similarly muted, mild vanilla and brown sugar, mellow smoke notes. Kind of watery in the body, not too memorable unfortunately. Best shared, not a repeat buy.

emerge077, Jul 18, 2011
Photo of peoplewithhands
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

Appearance: Poured with a large creamy head that thins out quite a bit but stays throughout, lacing the glass as you drink. Dark black body slightly reddish.

Smell:Strongly of coffee and smoke with some sweet malt.

Taste: Initial hit of smoky bitterness with an overtone of coffee. Under all this is sweetness.

Mouthfeel: medium body with some carbonation

Overall: Decent porter

peoplewithhands, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Jerseyislandbeer, Mar 30, 2014
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.31/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

5.8 version: 11.3 fl oz bottle. Poured on 4th March 2014 at home into a Gordon thistle shaped glass just for the hell of it. Actually the brew suited it, or it would have done if the head had bothered to appear.

Dark, dark ruby red to a deep mahogany body with ahead that disappeared before it arrived: I don't like that!

Mild smokiness to the malty aroma, same in the taste. Some wood notes within the flavours and nose. Hints of coffee and dark chocolate arrive as the beer warms a little which add depth and character to the brew which had been a tad blandish when cooler.

Weaker body than I expected but not watery, just not Porter like either.

Overall not bad, wanted more from it, but content with what I got.

BlackHaddock, Mar 04, 2014
Photo of pknyc
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

pknyc, May 11, 2014
Photo of CWhite
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

CWhite, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of Salsais
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

Salsais, Sep 07, 2012
Photo of vinicole
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

vinicole, Oct 18, 2013
Photo of Arborescence
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in room temperature. I had the version designed for the Finnish stores, with 4.50 ABV.

Appearance: Dark, but not fully opaque. Pours a one finger foamy head that recedes quickly.

Aroma: Malty, with a hint of peat and smoke. Not as smoky as you might expect, but it's clearly present.

Taste: The malt is the most prominent flavour, with a hint of caramel. The smoking brings in some bitterness, but it's not a particularly smoky beer otherwise. Tasty, but rather mild.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium bodied

Overall: I think that the 5.80% ABV version of this would probably be better, as now the beer tastes rather mild. Although it could use more of the smoky flavour too. It's perfectly drinkable, but nothing spectacular.

Arborescence, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of MRsojourner
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

MRsojourner, Sep 04, 2013
Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.18/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to Alucard4 for sharing this one

Look: Very dark mahogany color with a 1/4 inch off white head and little to no retention

Smell: Great nose consisting of smoke, oak, and vanilla

Taste: Upfront is a great amount of smoke. The smoke does hide a bit of the other flavors and I don't have a problem with it one bit. In the background are chocolate, vanilla, and oak

Mouthfeel: Thin body and mildly carbonated would have liked the body to be thicker

Overall: A great smoked porter. Great smokey flavor that is not overpowering perfectly balanced. Great example of what a smoked beer could be

DarthKostrizer, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of Bromine
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Bromine, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of EmperorBevis
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

EmperorBevis, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of ppoitras
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle purchased somewhere localish.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" beige head over the clear reddish brown brew. Head dwindles at an average pace, with slow-falling coating lace. Aroma is lightly smoked.

Taste begins with moderate sweet malts, smoke wisps through int he middle, citrus hops in the close, along with more smoke character. Mouthfeel is soft over the tongue, and drinkability is easy. It's no Schlenkerla, but it'll satisfy the smoke fix for a bit.

ppoitras, Jun 25, 2011
Photo of redwax
1/5  rDev -72.4%

redwax, Sep 05, 2014
Photo of Kevinhcraig
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Kevinhcraig, Aug 30, 2013
Photo of jlindros
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice fluffy almost 2 finger head fades at a med pace over dark brown color with hints of brownish light coming through, and some lacing.

Nose is lots of malts, toasty and very nutty malts, light toasted pecans, maple and brown sugar, some light toasted oak, light smoke, light syrupy dme like aroma.

Taste starts with more syrupy malts, plenty of crystal malts, light toasted oak, light maple and brown sugar, some smoke but not a lot, nutty malts again, light earthy slight herbal hop, a bit sweet and hint of dark fruit, finishes a bit better and spicy hops, sticky but dry, lingering light smoke and lots of malts and syrupy tasting almost.

Mouth is med bodied with decent carb.

Overall decent, nice flavors, a but syrupy and light on the smoke, nice malts and good hop addition.

jlindros, May 09, 2011
Photo of BradC
4/5  rDev +10.5%

BradC, Feb 23, 2014
Photo of crossovert
1.98/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

50cl bottle.

It pours a dark brown with a light tan head. The head sticks for a bit and recedes to a bit of lacing.

The smell is odd, it literally smells like sugar and oak, and that is about it; where is the smokiness?

The taste is buttery, with a fruity note and some wierd oak flavor. IT is also metallic. There is the slightest hint of a porter beer in here. It reminds me of malt liquor.

This brewery is jsut a major gimmick, I should have checked the label before i bought it, but the intrigue of the smoked oaked porter part of the label blinded me.

crossovert, Jan 09, 2011
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Querkus Smoked Oaked Porter from Ridgeway Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.