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Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Smoked
Reading, England

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RATINGS: 98   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.


4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Chontoman (1) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 23, 2013 does not count
One of my all time favourites. Strong but extremely pleasant smoked aroma. Layers of flavour that develop with each stage of the tasting and a fantastic after-taste. You can definitely taste the care that was taken maturing the smoky flavours.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 8, 2011
Bottle at home, out of my Maudite glass. Brought back from a buying trip to Montana about a month ago. Pours a very clear dark brown, a very odd colour, perfectly clear, yet dark enough to be opaque - seemingly the perfect Porter color. Head is 1 finger thick at its peak, and is reasonably persistent. Lacing is average. Nose is wonderfully smoky and bacony, along with some light roast and milk chocolate notes. Flavours of smoky bacon, milk chocolate, nice roast, rather bacony, oak notes are not readily apparent, though there is a bit of vanilla to be had. Overall, a wonderful, thoroughly enjoyable brew, and in my opinion one that is too little recognized around these parts.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Patrickctenchi (3646) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - JAN 16, 2014
Bottle: Pours nearly black with a short tan head. Smoky coffee, peat, chocolate aroma. Taste is lightly smoked, roast coffee, chocolate malt. Very light and tasty.... Understated smokiness. Drinks like a very, very good porter.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ContemplateBeer (1540) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 20, 2014
Aroma: Roast is most apparent, but a touch of peat is in there; oak is a little more obvious as the beer warms; chocolate is more implicit than anything. Appearance: Very dark brown/near black pour with a foamy tan head that settles into an ever-present skin. Flavor: Oak is more apparent; vanilla sits at the edge of the roasted malts; chocolate is, again, more implicit; peat finally shows along with a little tea leaf toward the finish. Palate: Light body, oily texture, flat carbonation, lingering finish. Overall: A gently complex beer, really very lovely.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DanielBrown (3806) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DYCSoccer17 (3319) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 20, 2011
500ml bottle purchased at the Davis Food Co-Op. The aroma on this has moderate smoked maltiness, which is quite pleasant. Light anise, but not mush else, as the smoked malts dominate the nose. Mostly transparent mahogany body with a creamy tan head that is fortuitous. Good lacing. Attractive brew. Starts with a decent amount of smokiness. Thankfully, this is not overlypowering, but the smokiness does linger throughout. The middle has some sweet chocolate notes with some vanilla presence, too. Likely flavors that the barrel has imparted. Finishes a bit more roasted. Perhaps there is a touch of diacetyl in the finish? All in all, this is a pretty badass rauchbier.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jeff789 (1407) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 1, 2011
Clear deep mahogany, nearly brown, big tan head, leaves a bit of rockyness, little lacing... Fairly aromatic, loads of coffee, some light peat, mild chocolate, cream, airy... Dry, lively, a little oily in the finish... Medium light body, lightly peat/smokey finish... lightly creamy, nice mild smoke, some choc, some coffee, very nice body, light easy drinking rauch porter...

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ratman197 (9794) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - AUG 25, 2011
500 ml Bottle courtesy of Doodler (thanks Scott!) poured a clear reddish brown with a small lasting tan head. Aroma of smoke, dark chocolate, oak, vanilla and mocha. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of smoke, dark chocolate, mocha, vanilla and light oak with a smooth lingering mocha finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
coldbrewky (1423) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - FEB 2, 2012
Art, Got a bottle of this with your name on it in my basement. Bright burnt sienna with consistent small spotty lacing on glass. Sloooooow carbonation but steady. No head. Nose of oak. Active quaffing brings this lighter bodied porter to life. Oak/peat/smoked malt/bacon/lager finish in order of appearance. Yeah.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Martin243 (767) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - SEP 15, 2013
330 ml bottle of the 5.8% version bought at Sainsburys. Pours almost black with a tan head. Smoke vanilla and licquorice aromas. Similar flavours with some mocha. Velvety texture. Really nice beer.


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