Querkus Smoked Oaked Porter
Ridgeway Brewing

Querkus Smoked Oaked PorterQuerkus Smoked Oaked Porter
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Porter - English
Ranked #213
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3.69 | pDev: 13.28%
Ridgeway Brewing
England, United Kingdom
Querkus Smoked Oaked PorterQuerkus Smoked Oaked Porter
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Reviews by ppoitras:
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ppoitras from Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Jun 25, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Jun 16, 2014
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redwax from Slovak Republic

1/5  rDev -72.9%

Sep 05, 2014
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Magno48 from Italy

3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

May 03, 2015
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1971bernat from Virginia

4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jan 03, 2018
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

3.36/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours clear, dark brown in color with 1/4 inch head. Taste is big tobacco, baker's chocolate, Tootsie roll and faint smoke. Very very dry, light bodied, moderate carbonation. Makes for a nice session porter. Glad I had it but not sure if I would get it again. A bit too dry for me and I would like more smoke. Solid English ale though.

Jul 13, 2020
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oberon from North Carolina

3.41/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep mahogany color with a thinner but well sustained light beige head atop.The aromas are kinda lacking I have to say,I do get some faint smokiness and molasses but it's faint.A dryer porter for sure with a bit of wood and faint smoke,some chocolate comes thru as it warms but it doesn't provide much sweetness.Eh pretty subtle with I know is the English way, but maybe to subtle here.

Oct 21, 2017
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TAMU99 from Wyoming

2.71/5  rDev -26.6%
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.

Dec 04, 2010
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SilentSabre from North Dakota

3.47/5  rDev -6%
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.

Jan 20, 2011
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.72/5  rDev +0.8%
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%.

Feb 07, 2012
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smcolw from Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Jun 13, 2014
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UDbeernut from Florida

3.69/5  rDev 0%
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.

Feb 19, 2012
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drpimento from Wisconsin

3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Jul 16, 2011
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rhoadsrage from Illinois

4/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Jul 23, 2013
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ChainGangGuy from Georgia

3.51/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark brown body with a sudsy, wispy, off-white head.

Smell: Mild nose compiled of various mild, transient notes, with bits of biscuits, pale malts, baker's chocolate shavings, ground-up discarded barrels, and dried herbs.

Taste: Toasted biscuits, lightly sweet mild-tasting chocolate tones, a few hints of toffee, and a scant dusting of licorice powder. The initial sweetness is countered by a dosage of spicy, leafy hops with ample bitterness. Minor wooden and vanilla tones from the hunks of abandoned barrels. Pinch of old pipe ash. Leisurely drying on the back-half with a lingering spiciness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium-light carbonation.

Drinkability: Reasonably tasty for a low-alcohol brew and, thankfully, a far cry from those truly ghastly Ridgeway Christmas beers.

Jan 04, 2011
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wl0307 from England

3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

Aug 29, 2013
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emerge077 from Illinois

3.32/5  rDev -10%
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.

Jul 18, 2011
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mrasskicktastic from New Jersey

3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - A dark brown brew with a reddish-copper tint. The head is large and fades to nothing more than a ring. No lacing.

S - Toffee, black patent and peat. A nice smell.

T - The foretaste is of lightly sweet smoked malts. Aftertaste is peaty and has an earthy, mossy (fuggles likely) bitterness to it. A touch of coffee throughout, but it's a minor presence.

M - Smooth, thin to medium body, pretty refreshing. Nice, but there is a lingering dry bitterness that makes me more thirsty.

D - This goes down easy. If the mouthfeel left a bit more pleasant, then the beer would be a five here.

Mar 09, 2011
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albern from Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Mar 13, 2011
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czechsaaz from Washington

3.61/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Jul 30, 2011
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vinicole from England

3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Oct 18, 2013
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stephens101 from Oklahoma

3.23/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

Feb 08, 2014
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BlackHaddock from England

3.3/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Mar 04, 2014
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Tone from Missouri

3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Jun 12, 2011
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Cyberkedi from Georgia

3.25/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark, semi-transparent cinnamon brown with a decent and fairly persistent pale beige head - looks more like a brown ale than a porter. Aroma, though, is very much what I expect from a porter: smoky with hints of wood, unsweet chocolate, miso and molasses. Flavor is smoky with a definite oaky undertone and tones of roast coffee, nuts and unsweet chocolate - a bit on the thin side, but still enjoyable. Texture is smooth, a teensy watery and minimally fizzy, leaving a nice smoky finish.

Jan 02, 2011
Querkus Smoked Oaked Porter from Ridgeway Brewing
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 64 ratings