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Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Smoked
Reading, England

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RATINGS: 99   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34   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.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Holmen1 (2467) - Stavanger, NORWAY - OCT 26, 2013
Flaske pŚ RB samling hjemme (takk til Ivar): tydelig kaffearoma med diskret rÝyk. 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 (3119) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 22, 2013
Thereís 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 (5218) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 16, 2013
330ml dark glass bottle. Unfiltered. 5.8%. Sainsburyís Beer Hunt 2013. Itís sweet and flavoured. Stuff like this reminds me of those syrup flavoured coffees. They donít 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 Iím 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 itís 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 (187) - - 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 (2011) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 13, 2013
Bottle from Sainsburyís 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 (3814) - 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 (102) - 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 Iíve ever had, but I think the peat is slightly too strong. It overwhelms what should be smokey coffee-chocolate, but I just taste peat.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Osprey87 (1699) - WALES - OCT 11, 2013
Cheap from Sainsburys, drunk at a BYOB. Sparkling and black like cola, small head dissipates quickly. Smell - sharp yeast, woody, chocolate, smoke. Medium body and spritzy carbonation. Taste is smoke - one dimensional unlike the smell. Alcohol seems to come through a bit considering itís fairly low alcohol. Not enough flavour for me but OK.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rauchbier (3607) - 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 (3117) - 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.


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