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Style: Smoked
Reading, England

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RATINGS: 104   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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DanielBrown (4007) - 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 (131) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
The_Osprey (2580) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - 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 it’s 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 (3640) - 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 (4520) - 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 (1537) - 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 (2152) - 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 (1331) - 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 (2370) - 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


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