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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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BA SCORE
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53 Ratings
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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 10.08%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TAMU99 on 12-04-2010)
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Reviews by wschmit:
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wschmit

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Half-liter bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: A large, creamy, off-white head caps a nearly opaque ruby body. Not hazy at all, but difficult to see through. More red and ruddy than I expected, but pretty nonetheless.

S: Just a hint of toastiness and peat on the nose, with a surprising amount of hops coming through. It even smells a touch alcoholic, despite an average ABV. I expected a killer nose, but this is subtle, and a bit underwhelming.

T: The taste makes up for that. All the right notes are there: toasted, crusty bread, damp coffee grounds, noticeable hopping, and then a bit of vanilla and, if I strain a bit, some smoke. Akin to Stone's Smoked Porter, with a very mild smoke profile, but this is a touch better.

M: Smooth and rich without cloying. Carbonation's mild, and thus appropriate. A relatively easy drinker.

O: A pretty good beer, but at 6.50, I don't think I'd get it again. Stone Smoked Porter is a better value, even if it isn't oaked--the oak here isn't enough to merit the premium price.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2011 04:09:12 | More by wschmit
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3.61/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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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.

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3.31/5  rDev -9.8%
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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.

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3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
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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.

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At 4.5%abv. only, coming in a 500ml brown bottle, bottle-conditioned; BB 12/06/2014, served cool in a straight imperial pint glass. Notes: The beer is brewed with Scottish peated whisky malt, English pale and roasted malts, whole leaf Goldings hops, then “partially cold matured over pieces of old French oak barrels”.

A: pours a deep dark brown colour with good clarity, with shades of burned caramel around the bottom of the glass, coming with a thin layer of foamy beige head and rather light carbonation.
S: the aroma upfront is mainly chocolaty, licorice-ish, vanilla-ish, and lightly savoury-smoky as in smoked longan-fruits, burned beech wood chips, as well as light peatiness with a little damp-earthy and sea-ish feel; given a good swirl, the sweet elements are elevated as from both malts and the ageing process with old French oak chips, always backed by a decent whiff of acidity from roast malts. All in all, lightly smoky, delicately oaky, but full-bodied fruity-malty like a Porter should be.
T: light-bodied and low on carboantion, the entry is mildly savoury sweet with hints of peated malts, chestnuts, sweet herbs, and rather light-flavoured brown malts, not so much oakiness to offer on the palate; the mid-taste shows light yeasty acidity developing to go with the kinds of esters remotely reminiscent of a Belgian Dubbel (minus the sweet and perfumy edge, though). The finish is lightly bitter, mildly dry and faintly chewy, with a bit more smooth smokiness, roast aroma, and licorice-root like sweetness to linger but, again, the oaky flavours are at best timid.
M&O: the mouthfeel is very smooth, a bit too smooth really, given the bottle-conditioning status; the body comes just medium-ish, with a flavour profile that is generally balanced with subtle elements from the peated malts as well as oak chips, but altogether I’d say the efforts could’ve been made a bit more to really let the French oaky elements shine through.

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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.

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a cool beer, I think understated next to some of the American versions, but I like that in this context. it pours deep deep ruby to brown, with a real short lived off white foamy head. the nose is dark and toffee rich English malts, medium to light roast, with a touch of smoky malt and a charred oak finish. the flavor is identical, mildly bitter in the finish, mildly sweet up front. the wood presence is good, better that it might be from whiskey barrels, its fresher than that, and the flavors all work together exceptionally well. some subtle licorice flavors too, blending with the wood. the malt is a little off, sort of sweet sort of stale, it stands out in the finish as out of place, but its not at all unpleasant. the feel works. mellow carbonation and a robust medium body. the more it warms the more I like it, going to drink the last half of this bottle slowly on those grounds. a well made beer, a cool new step out of the box for ridgeway.

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Querkus Smoked Oaked Porter from Ridgeway Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.