Querkus Smoked Oaked Porter - Ridgeway Brewing
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Reviews by SilentSabre:
3.43/5 rDev -6.5%
Medium brown body through which light easily passes when held to a lamp. Two-finger sandy coloured head seems to stay in place for a little while. Not bad.
Smell is chocolatey with a bit of spent coffee grounds and a noticeable nuance of damp wood which is clearly the oak and some biscuity malt. Sadly, I was unable to really detect much in the way of smoke. However, this still smell rather intriguing.
Taste is a bit shallow with no real complexity. There's quite a bit of maltiness with little of the nose translating to the flavour. Turns earthy and pleasantly bitter toward the finish.
A good porter and quite drinkable, I simply was expecting a little bit more by the advertised "smoke and oak" on the label. Still a good a beer.
01-20-2011 02:25:13 | More by SilentSabre
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United Kingdom (England)
3.95/5 rDev +7.6%
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.
07-14-2012 23:28:24 | More by jazzyjeff13
4/5 rDev +9%
(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.
07-23-2013 15:16:40 | More by rhoadsrage
3.7/5 rDev +0.8%
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%.
02-07-2012 01:01:04 | More by Sammy
2.7/5 rDev -26.4%
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.
12-04-2010 21:11:08 | More by TAMU99
3.73/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
03-11-2012 05:07:11 | More by Bung
3.33/5 rDev -9.3%
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.
07-18-2011 04:46:29 | More by emerge077
3.5/5 rDev -4.6%
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
12-23-2011 06:27:23 | More by peoplewithhands
United Kingdom (England)
3.31/5 rDev -9.8%
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.
03-04-2014 22:21:01 | More by BlackHaddock
3.6/5 rDev -1.9%
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.
12-07-2012 16:26:12 | More by Arborescence
4.18/5 rDev +13.9%
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
01-11-2012 22:56:48 | More by DarthKostrizer
3.9/5 rDev +6.3%
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.
06-25-2011 01:27:14 | More by ppoitras
3.58/5 rDev -2.5%
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.
05-09-2011 03:00:08 | More by jlindros
1.98/5 rDev -46%
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.
01-09-2011 06:52:49 | More by crossovert
3.9/5 rDev +6.3%
Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.
I've had some good experience with the smoke and oak combination before (Eiche, baby!), so I'm jazzed for a potential encore. This stuff pours a clear ruby-auburn topped by a finger of creamy tan foam. The nose comprises caramel, light char, light cocoa, honey, and buttery biscuits. The taste holds notes of rich toffee, mild hickory smoke, very light molasses, buttery biscuits, and a few drops of honey. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly creamy feel. Overall, a solid brew, one that seemed to emanate a smoked-Heath-bar kinda vibe. Works for me...
09-08-2011 04:43:53 | More by TMoney2591
Querkus Smoked Oaked Porter from Ridgeway Brewing
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