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Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Smoked
Reading, England

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RATINGS: 91   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rauchbier (3559) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - OCT 3, 2013
Bottle (5.8%) from Sainsburys Grimsby. Deep brown-black, thin shortlived off white head and gentle condition. Initial woody phenolic smokiness gives way to a pleasantly sweet chocolate and coffee note before a more restrained smokiness emerges. Quite thin at first in the mouth with a smokiness that drys the mouth but again chocolate and coffee meander in to sweeten the body whilst still maintaining a degree of wood smoke. The finish maintains a consistancy of sweetness and phenols that slowly dissolves away leaving a retronasal woodiness and a touch of spirit.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mR_fr0g (1974) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 3, 2013
Bottle at home from Sainsburys Beer hunt 2013. Aroma is initially heavy oak, wood and peat. Later there is an ashy campfire aroma to it. Clearish red / caramel pour with a long lasting cream head. Flavour is ashy smoke , back bone is chocolate. Slight chalk But the smoke is over powered. Medium light palate. Finish is earthy notes and wood tanin.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jamesie1857 (1227) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 1, 2013
330ml bottle from Sainsbury’s - 5.8% version - Dark brown body, fluffy beige head, nose of roasted coffee straight away. Got the usual aromas you’d expect with a porter, the liquorice, the bunt chocolate, but nothing really I’d associate with a smoked beer like those of Aecht Schlenkerla. Taste was a bit bland, little kick of mocha at the end, a little bitterness. Okay I guess, but nothing like I expected.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Garrold (733) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 30, 2013
330ml bottle from Sainsburys. 5.8%. (Some air miles on this bugger, then!). Cola coloured. Open, bubbly, beige head. Licorice, smoke, some toffee. Taste is slightly cloying sweetness. Dry finish. Not a great deal inbetween.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
StueyD (1066) - Heacham, Norfolk, ENGLAND - SEP 29, 2013
A dark reddish brown coloured beer with a weak latte coloured head. A light smoky aroma, malty and peaty. Dry mouthfeel. Dry bittersweet taste, hefty smoky malt flavours, woody, peaty and tobacco. There is a slightly sweet caramel taste in the background. Then a touch of sourness towards the end. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
viktorvee (510) - Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 28, 2013
Sainsbury beer hunt. Somewhat oily, tar and caramel in the nose, malt and a chalky sourness, wouldn’t buy again but ok.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
stravale (1895) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - SEP 26, 2013
Bottle from Sainsbury’s, Murrayfield [260913] 5.8% version
Black, thin tan head, slight lacing
Aroma - Roasted malts, dark carmael malts, bit yeasty, some dark chcolate, dab earthy
Taste - Roasted malts, dark carmael, quite woody, some coffee, very soft smoke, bit earthy, dab of chcolate, getting the wood quite a bit here
Palate - Medum carb and body, bit overcarbonated, perhaps a tad thin, quite smooth. Finish as mainflavour, soft fairly bitter roast finish
Overall - Found this a bit thin and over carbonated, but it’s OK overall, not wow

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
witthatsbier (154) - glasgow, SCOTLAND - SEP 26, 2013
export bottle bought from sainsburys 2013 range(5.8%) has the american govt alcohol warning on back,frankly if this is the best they could find the rejected beers must have been bloody awful,dark brown colour cream thin head that does not last,aroma is lightly smoked taste is smoked bitter with slightly sourness completely unbalanced beer

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
EdKing (1756) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 26, 2013
Bottle from Sainsburys in the 2013 Beer Hunt. Colour is very dark brown, some light clarity, thin off white head. Nose is light wood smokey, light meaty barbeque smoke, caramel. Taste is wood smokey, charcoal, light grain, bitter slight acidic burnt charcoal, slight milk chocoalte, roasted malt. It’s a decent smokey beer.

3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
allmyvinyl (2173) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 26, 2013
330ml bottle of 5.8% version from Sainsbury’s, Edinburgh. Pours dark brown with a thin off-white head, no lacing. You can tell it’s carbonated, not bottle-conditioned just from how it acts in the glass. Aromas are smoke and wood, some dark sugar. Getting some peat and medicinal whisky notes. Sweet taste, and smoke doesn’t come through very strongly. Coats the teeth a bit. OK.


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