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Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Smoked
Reading, England

bottled
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RATINGS: 92   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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Bottle: Filtered. 5.8%.
To get a subtle smokiness we brew with Scottish peated whisky malt, English pale and roasted malts and boil only whole leaf goldings hops. Querkus is then patiently cold matured over pieces of old French oak barrels. The flavours from the toasted wood slowly seep into the beer; bottling only when we think it is right.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dogbomb (863) - ENGLAND - OCT 29, 2013
Bottle. Dark oak beer with a decent tan head, which thins and leaves a puddle of scum on the top. Nose is toasty, peaty and nutty with a slight sting of nettles. Instant smokiness in the mouth, with woody, nutty flavours - a depth of flavour with some dark fruits and chocolate powder. Quite dry and a light bitterness to finish. Decent.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
abemorsten (2502) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - OCT 26, 2013
330 ml bottle kindly shared by Ivar. Clear deep ruby color with a light brown film. Smokey, roasted coffee, chocolate nose. Smooth, medium to full bodied. Roasted, dry, smoked and light bitter flavors.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gunnar (4873) - Sandnes, NORWAY - OCT 26, 2013
Shared bottle at local tasting. Pours clear dark ruby with a small head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee and roasted malts. Taste is light smoked and roasted malts, coffee. Smooth mouthfeel. Dry lingering finish.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Holmen1 (2018) - Stavanger, NORWAY - OCT 26, 2013
Flaske på RB samling hjemme (takk til Ivar): tydelig kaffearoma med diskret røyk. Meget rund og behagelig munnfylde med kompleks og deilig smak. Lang men litt tynn ettersmak.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mike_77 (2735) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 22, 2013
There’s only a slight smokiness to this one. Roasted malt aroma. Fine carbonation but otherwise pleasantly smooth and rich. Light roasted malts. Bittersweet. Some coffee notes too.

2.2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
SilkTork (5123) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 16, 2013
330ml dark glass bottle. Unfiltered. 5.8%. Sainsbury’s Beer Hunt 2013. It’s sweet and flavoured. Stuff like this reminds me of those syrup flavoured coffees. They don’t appeal to me, and neither does this. I like my beer to taste like beer, not licorice syrup with alcohol. This is an alcopop. I can find an alcopop fun at times - I enjoy some of the sweet lambics for example. But I’m less enthusiastic about some of the darker beers - perhaps because I know that these flavours (and more) can be created using malt and yeast alone. Messing around with smoke and wood chips is a bit silly, and I suspect it’s more done for the gimmick, which is currently quite saleable. Put this in the category of Innis & Gunn. Crap, but drinkable.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
themightyjag (115) - - OCT 15, 2013
330ml bottle from Sainsbury's. 5.8% version. Thin tan head disappears quickly with no lacing. Body is near black, a little ruby showing through. Nose is smokey nuts. Initial flavour is smoke, then coffee, a little chocolate, malt and a little caramel. Slightly nutty aftertaste. Creamy mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Slightly oily finish. A good solid porter. ---Rated via Beer Buddy

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
evergreen0199 (1832) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 13, 2013
Bottle from Sainsbury’s in Pinner (5.8% version with all the usual US warnings on the back of the bottle). A dark brown/black coloured pour with a medium beige head on top. Smoky, malty aroma. Tastes smoky, bacon, malty, little chocolate, peaty. Enjoyable smoked porter.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DanielBrown (3629) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 13, 2013
Bottle from Sainsburys, via GURD. Rather delicious. Lovely blend of sweet smoke and gentle roast. Sweet balance. Some soy sauce. Really nice.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Christopsy (80) - SCOTLAND - OCT 11, 2013
5.8% Bottle from Sainsburys Claypotts, near Dundee. Pours black, with deep ruby tones when held to the light, and a thin white head. Smells of peat smoke and very very faint coffee. Taste of peat smoke. Not the heaviest smoked porter I’ve ever had, but I think the peat is slightly too strong. It overwhelms what should be smokey coffee-chocolate, but I just taste peat.


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