Old Eight Porter - Barley John's Brew Pub

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Old Eight Porter
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very good

54 Ratings
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Ratings: 54
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 11.93%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Barley John's Brew Pub visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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(Beer added by: Jason on 08-13-2003)
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of maximum12
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled this a few times, but the wife ordered a half-pint at dinner the other night & they accidentally poured her a pint. Yeehaa! Dibs on the rest.

Pour is big black stallion, nothing light going on around here. Smell is excellent, big sweetness upfront, cocoa, strong roast.

Old 8 Porter is a benchmark other porters could be measured by. Huge waves of chocolate roll out over the palate, but they're restrained by a balancing shoulder of roast that keeps the cloy at bay. No smokiness detected at all. Smooth & easy drinking for a bigger porter.

Another offering that's simple, direct, & delicious. One of my favorite straight-up porters of all time, I'd put a glass of this up against most imperial stouts - & it would come out on top. Excellent beer.

Photo of jsprain1
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Very very dark brown. Head is thin and tan. Fair retention with a good amount of lace sticking to the glass.
S- The aroma is mild and tends a bit toward the sweet end for the style, though there is a bit of coffee ground aroma as well.
T- The flavor jumps out a little bit better. At first it's quite like milk chocolate, with a touch of sweetness lingering throughout, but there is a roasted, ever so slightly bitter coffee kick in the finish.
M- A bit thin for what I'd like out of a porter (especially if we call it a Baltic Porter). Carbonation is smooth. With a little more body it would be silky but as is it comes off a little weak.
O- A tasty porter, albeit one that punches a bit below 8%. Worth a try though.

Photo of Chriscrundwell12
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at the brewpub into a pint glass.

A- Very dark thick pitch black, no head, small mocha ring around glass, some lacing as well.
S- Mellow aroma, coffee, cocoa, slight chocolate on the nose.
T- The taste is not as mellow as the aroma, strong coffee flavors, roasted malts, some bitterness, well carbonated; alcohol is there but not overpowering.
M- Medium mouth feel, smooth, slight carbonation
O- This is a decent porter, nothing amazing or mind blowing but solid, it hits the spot if your wanting something dark with nice roasted coffee flavors, would definitely drink again on my next visit.

Photo of AgentZero
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Very thick and black, onlay a slight bit of red coming in on the edges, and you have to look hard to find it. light brown head leaves sheets on the sides which turns into some nice lace.

S - Nice chocolate and roast on the nose.

T - Light chocolate, nice roasty taste without any bitterness. Nothing offensive on this one at all, nothing standing out as great, but quite solid.

T - Creamy beer with low carbonation, very full bodied.

D - Highly drinkable at 8%, a solid beer I don't mind having.

Photo of jrallen34
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brew pub into tasting glass...A dark brown, almost bordering black. Light tan head with good retention and lacing...A roasty aroma that is nice, but I really wish it was stronger...The taste is really sweet, didn't see that coming at all, a little too sweet but smooth.

An average porter but worth trying as its one of the better regulars available.

Photo of Kegatron
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ Barley John's Brew Pub (New Brighton, MN) on 8/12/10. Served in a pint glass.

Pours black, with a ½ finger of burnt and reddish colored dark mocha head. This hangs around with some foamy richness around the edges, leaving some quality spotty lace all down the sides of the glass. Quite the angry look on this guy. The aroma is sharp in the nose with dark roast and coffee and is backed by a sticky twang of chocolate and caramel pulling up behind it. Some light earthy hop textures waft outwards out of the roast and round this out nicely.

Cocoa and toffee sweetness takes more of a foothold in the taste, mixing with dark roasted malts to coat the mouth with a dark and sticky tang before burnt and bitter notes rock the finish. Like the aroma, there is just enough green feeling bitterness here to add a little extra complexity to this but it's mostly covered up by the strong roasty presence in this. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a creamy sharpness that then gives way to a bit of chewy beef underneath which perfectly compliments the heavy roasted bitterness and sweetness in this.

Rich with roast and all around robust flavors, this is great Porter and despite the bigger body on this, it still stays very smooth and drinkable for 8%. Man, they have some well made house beers on tap here. Another winner from Barley John's!

Photo of wisrarebeer
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Barley John's Brewpub.

A: opaque
S: roasted, dense malt - very good - almost barleywine like
T: thick roasted, syrupy, great Russian imperial stout type porter but Beer Advocate labels it a baltic porter which would be brewed with a lager yeast
M & D: dense but good and drinkable

Photo of jera1350
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jet black brew with just a small ring of tan foam around the glass.

Nice sweet roasty smell with hints of smoke, chocolate and vanilla.

Roasty goodness that is so perfectly done. Chocolate, light smoke, hint of vanilla and a load of roasty malts. Maybe some oatmeal?

Silky smooth and full bodied. Just a pleasure for the palate.

Drinks so easily. Alcohol is undetectable, hard to believe this is 8%. I will have this one upon return and maybe even buy a growler.

Photo of will4240
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From beer notes... Had on tap at the brew pub June 6th of the 2009 year.

A- VERY dark. Deep brown almost black. Nice one-and-a-half finger head that slowly dissipated within the first five or so sips.

S- Smoke! Chocolate! wow, both are very pronounced to the nose... if this beer tastes like it smells I am in for a treat.

T- Smoke! A little too much smoke for my taste... The chocolate sort of balances it out, but by the end of the glass it weighs on you, making it hard to finish. A friend asked me why my breath smelled like bonfire...

M- Definitely full bodied, the abv at 8% is definitely there.

D- All things considered- the smoke, full bodied nature, and 8% abv- this is a darn drinkable beer.

Photo of Mistofminn
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Second beer I had at Barley Johns for lunch.

Served in a pint glass, appears to the darkest brown possible, nearly black. Served with a large mocha head that was very impressive, however I turned around for just a minute and it was already gone. So retention isn't the best. I couldn't coax out more foam even with a good swirl. There is a little bit of lacing going on, but nothing special.

The nose is very mild. I get sweetened chocolate, a roasted malt and smokiness going on. I also get a strong vanilla characteristic. Odd. Overall, just pretty roasty and smokey.

I'm finding it odd that there was a vanilla scent in the nose, but there is none in the taste. Maybe it was just the combination of the alcohol and the malts. Anyways, chocolate and smokey malts dominate this one. Velvety smooth stuff.

Very smooth and creamy, delicious. There is no alcohol bite and hardly any bitterness. This is what I would consider a great mouthfeel for a porter or a stout. Drinkability is high for this reason, and the fact that the alcohol is nowhere to be found.

Overall, a great offering from Barley John's. Smooth and smokey, and easy going down. I would think if the alcohol content wasn't 8% I could session this, and I gladly would.

Photo of Trigcove
4.53/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours pitch black with a fairly thin mocha/bronze head. It was a bright day on the patio and as I held this brew up to the sun, zero light came through. The head vanishes quickly, but leaves a lot of thick sticky lace to the bottom of the glass

The aroma is deep roasted malts with a hint of dark fruit.

The mouth is thick and creamy, almost oily, but in a pleasant way.

It tastes of rich roasted and chocolate malts with a slightly sweet hint of fruit and just a touch of hops in the finish to balance it all up.

It's definitely to much beer for a session, but it's a great sip and savor brew - if you can restrain yourself.

Photo of poopypine
4.8/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From a novice reviewer to the Beeradvocate world...This is my favorite beer ever.

It really has is all. 8%ABV and drinkability. What else could you ask for. If you like dark ales this is the best. Lots of roastyness, hops, head, rich, smooth delicious everything. My friends and I all agree when you drink at Barley Johns you feel like there is a little something extra in the beer for your buzz. Exceptional clean, crisp porter.

If in the Twin Cities area, this is a must. Hope to see you all there.

Photo of WYVYRN527
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was the first beer I tried at Barley John's. Very dark, almost black with a thin tan head that sticks around until the glass is empty. The smell is toasty and fruity, with hints of fig and espresso. Flavors of coffee and fresh baked bread strike the palate first, followed with a sweet, almost rasiny character. It finishes slightly dry, with a very nice hop backbone. The mouthfeel is silky and coats the palate with flavors that linger throughout the whole experience. Even with it's 8% ABV, this beer is very approachable. I found it to be better than some of the Baltic porters I have had from Europe.

Photo of ahalloin
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark black with a very dark tan head that fully lingered while I drank the other beers in the sampler.

The aroma was dominated by roastiness with slight hints of chocolate and dark fruits.

The flavor was much the same with roasty coffee, somewhat smoky and a light hoppy finish with very little carbonation.

Overall a great brew for a cold Minnesota day.

Photo of hopdog
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler acquired in trade with kms399 (thanks!).

Poured a dark black with red edges and a smaller sized light brown head. Aromas of chocolate, coffee, lactose, vanilla, and some wood. Tastes of chocolate, coffee, wood, and light smoke. Smooth body. I glad I had a chance to try this one!

Notes from 2/3/06

Photo of shroompod
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thick mocha head , tons of lacing.

Aroma was fairly faint with a slight chocolate and charcoal smokiness.

Decent amount of smokiness on tasting. Dark Burnt coffee and good hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel was medium , slightly drying. Good carbonation.

Overall this is probably the best Baltic porter I've had , a nice treat.

Photo of brdc
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had it at their place, poured into a regular pint.

Near pitch black, with a very short and not so long lasting tan head. Nice aroma, mostly roasted, coffee, chocolate.
A bit thin, but tasty. Mostly malt notes, the chocolate is a bit sweeter than the average, some hoppy bite at the end. Alcohol becomes more noticeable over time, but still does not interfere.
Easily drinkable, if not spectacular.

Photo of Deuane
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Black with ruby highlights. Thin dark tan head that leaves spotty lacing.

S-Rich deep roast with hints if chocolate and a bit of alcohol burn.

T-Big, rich and roasty. Alcohol warmth with a nice backing of chocolate. Simply awesome.

M-Medium heavy body with BIG smooth, creamy roundness.

D-This would one of my porters of choice. Great stuff....like a roasty chocolate milkshake.

Old Eight Porter from Barley John's Brew Pub
88 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.