Querkus Smoked Oaked Porter - Ridgeway Brewing

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Querkus Smoked Oaked PorterQuerkus Smoked Oaked Porter

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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 13.85%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Porter |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: TAMU99 on 12-04-2010

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Reviews by czechsaaz:
Photo of czechsaaz
3.61/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lots of roast malt aroma and as advertised, smokey and woody. Hops not a factor in a porter.

Deep brown with red highlights held up to light. Poured with a really small head that ends up a little ring of tan around the glass.

It's a very nice british porter right off. Malty sweet with a god amount of roast which provides more bittering than the hops but hop bittering is in there. But I don't get much wood or smoke.

Medium-low bodied and right for english porter. Lively carbonation.

Well, a good English porter that hits all the right notes but... Since they've marketed it as smoked and something special, kind of misses the mark.

More User Reviews:
Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Photo of Sammy
3.72/5  rDev +3%
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%.

Photo of TAMU99
2.71/5  rDev -24.9%
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.

Photo of Bung
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of emerge077
3.32/5  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.

Photo of peoplewithhands
3.5/5  rDev -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

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.69/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a dark walnut brown with a thin, light khaki head that dissipates to patches and light ring, with light lacing. Nice aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, a hint of peat and vanilla. Flavor is dominated by smoked malt with quite light dark malt, chocolate, light nuts; finishes with somewhat stark smoke, with residual light malt and hints of hops. Medium bodied. The profile seems more like a light brown ale than a porter, mostly because the flavors seem subdued, except the smoke, which is nicely done. With a more robust malt flavor to the base beer, the smoke would be better supported. There are some nice flavors here which are well integrated and balanced, just rather subdued. This seems to be the standard for this brewery, nicely flavored ales that seem to be holding back so as not to offend anyone. Enjoyable enough, but I'd probably pick up something richer in the future. Nice smoked malt flavor.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.3/5  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.

Photo of Arborescence
3.62/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.16/5  rDev +15.2%
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

Photo of ppoitras
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Photo of jlindros
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of crossovert
1.99/5  rDev -44.9%
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.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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...

Photo of smcolw
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Original scores: 4.5 3.0 3.5 3.5 3.5

Four fingered head, leaving plenty of spotty lace. The brew is solid brown where light shines through faintly.

Cocoa aroma with a background metal distraction.

I like that the smoked element is mild. Starts with a neutral chocolate flavor. There's a bit of hop in the swallow, but the aftertaste is mostly cocoa. The metal does show up but in the background. Good body.


So now I'm trying this as a cask offering. I have not read my review above on purpose. I soil change my scores based on this tasting.

Excellent aroma of nearly burnt sugar, caramel and dark chocolate. Quite sweet.

Thin bodied with an expectedly low carbonation. A bit more burnt-ness to the flavor but otherwise it matches the smell. Frankly, I'm disappointed with flavor given how excellent the smell was.

Remarkable change in my assessment.

Photo of Tone
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a black color. One inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of slight smoke, sweet malt, hint of roasted malt, slight yeast, and hint of hops. Fits the style of an English Porter. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of smoke, slight sweet malt, slight roasted malt, and hint of hops. Overall, good appearance, aroma, and blend.

Photo of UDbeernut
3.69/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from coldbrewky, no freshness info, poured into a pint glass.

Deep amber with tan on the edges, no head what so ever. Nose has nut, light smoke, caramel. Taste is wonderfully complex with the the same as the nose minus the nut, add flower. Mouth is medium bodied and creamy. Yum.

Photo of Fermenticusrex
3.61/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of mactrail
2.9/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Attractive dark coppery color but not much foam. Coarse carbonation and a mouthfeel that starts out sharp like club soda, and then flattens out. A little smoked flavor is the best feature. Not much actual malt flavor. It's just dry and woody with a little of the dirty hop taste.

What is that peculiar aroma? Something like ash more than smoke. This just seems like another of the sillier sort of bottle English beers. Not very interesting, unfortunately. From the 500 ml bottle purchased at Whidbey Beer Works in Washingon state.

Photo of albern
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer deserves better than a C+ for sure. It is an English Style porter with lots of toffee flavors and aromas, and it just isn't your typical American Porter so I think it's getting panned on that basis. The pours a nice ruby brown color with a slightly foamy head, a touch of lace, some retention. The nose is English Pale Malts, toffee, caramel, roasted notes. This is very typical for the style. What I'm not getting is much of the smoked and oaked flavors in the nose.

The flavor is a bit more smoked, and oaken barrelled, but still very toffee flavored, a touch of diacetyl, some caramels, roasted notes, and a touch of bittering hop, maybe a tiny bit of spice. The taste is quite a bit drying in the finish, very British in character. This is a good British style porter with lots of toffee.

Photo of stephens101
3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A mountain of fluffy, bubbly, tan head forms quickly. Color is dark brown with crimson streaks at the edge.

Smells of deep, oaken notes with supporting dark chocolate, cherry and a certain metallic character.

Tastes grainy and thinner than expected. Has a pure chocolate middle with oak at the back and a mild bitterness. Some coffee exists. Flavor is sorely lacking.

Plenty of vision but little substance makes Querkus Smoked a dull boy.

Photo of drpimento
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not bad, not bad. Let this warm up a bit out of the fridge. Poured with a medium sized tan head the mostly settles down quickly and a tiny bit of lace. Color is a very dark, clear garnet with bubble trails. Aroma is roasty dark malt, toffee, and a whiff of smoke. Flavor is similar to nose, only slightly sweet and cut through by carbonic tang. Body is decent and carbonation leans towards fizziness. Finish is like flavor, quite mild and medium in length. Session beer.

Photo of SilentSabre
3.47/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

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Querkus Smoked Oaked Porter from Ridgeway Brewing
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