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Knockmealdown Porter - Eight Degrees Brewing

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Knockmealdown PorterKnockmealdown Porter

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86
very good

27 Ratings
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Ratings: 27
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Eight Degrees Brewing visit their website
Ireland

Style | ABV
English Porter |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
New from May 2011

Like tackling the Knockmealdowns in a blizzard, this beer is not for wimps. Our evolution of the traditional Irish stout, it resembles a Victorian-era Irish porter and provides complex dark malt characteristics with distinctive espresso flavours.

Without the weight of a stout, the porter is well rounded with mellow English hops.

(Beer added by: JohnfromDublin on 05-19-2011)
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3.88/5  rDev 0%

beerinabottle, Aug 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

ManforallSaisons, Aug 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

nikigava, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of metter98
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle at Saint Soul Food, Dublin, Ireland

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a short tan head that died down and left a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of chocolate and roasted malts are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of dark and roasted malts along with a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I found this porter to be very flavorful for a beer that is nice and easy to drink.

metter98, Jun 23, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -35.6%

marshmarsh, Jun 14, 2014
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3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

330ml bottle - cute play on, um, 'words' in the name, referencing a local Irish mountain range, and crossing out a few specific letters, insomuch as to imply a 'knock ya over' sort of offering. At any rate, more Irish craft brew, please - I've made my way through the whiskey, a few times over.

This beer pours a clear (I think), very dark russet brown hue, with subtle cola highlights, and two fingers of puffy, rocky, and tightly foamy beige head, which leaves a bit of sparse island group lace around the glass as it slowly sinks away.

It smells of pungent cocoa powder, semi-sweet caramel malt, softly astringent black coffee notes, mild brown sugar, a grainy nuttiness, an ethereal black fruitiness, and earthy, somewhat leafy hops. The taste kicks off with a more gritty, grainy, and dry bready caramel maltiness, bittersweet chocolate, day-old coffee, a slight lactic sourness, wet ash, reduced brown sugar syrup, and leafy, earthy, and kind of weedy hops.

The bubbles are a bit testy, but eventually settle to a dull, reverberating hum, the body an adequate medium weight, and really quite smooth, with a touch of creaminess. It finishes well off-dry, the chocolate, coffee, and emerging milkiness holding it over any meekly lingering hoppiness.

While the ingredient list does specify wheat, I sure as hell would expect to see oats on that mash bill, after tasting this porter. Perhaps that's the 'knockmedown' part of this offering - make a pleasant London (hsss!) Porter, but render it silky and sexy at the same time. If so, then mission accomplished, boyos.

biboergosum, Apr 26, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Hayley_86, Apr 21, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

dryndantheman, Apr 21, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -29.1%

Dshep1340, Mar 27, 2014
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3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beer bottle (33 cl.) purchased from Le Souffleur de Bières, and tasted in 2014.

Appearance : black brown color with tan foamy head.
Smell : roasted malt aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : dark roasted malty flavors, with bitter finish.
Overall : a good beer in the English style Porter.
Explain about 8 ° : "why the name ? Ireland is located at the Eight Degrees west longitude which as it happens is also the perfect serving temperature for our beer".

thierrynantes, Mar 23, 2014
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4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Served from the tap.

The beer was a clear, dark brown colour.

It smelled malty and chocolaty with a hint of bitterness. Very rich.

It tasted like chocolate, bitter hops, and light malts with a slight lingering bitterness. Very smooth and very drinkable.

Would I buy it again? Yes.

NilocRellim, Jan 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

samEBC, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of MDDMD
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-dark brown black color with a smallish tan head and decent lacing

S-cocoa, dark malt, coffee, hint of molasses

T-dark roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, light molasses, moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth and creamy

O-solid porter, good flavor and feel

MDDMD, Sep 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16%

msanborn, Sep 01, 2013
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3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown with ruby edges as it's held up to light. Thick ring of a head floating on the surface but thin in the center.

S - Cocoa beans, mellow hops and coffee, very palatable.

T - Tastes very much of mocha, chocolate ice cream, dark syrup and brown sugar which are all nicely leveled out with exactly the right amount of hop bitterness and a lovely relaxed floral flavor.

MF - Medium with low carbonation.

O - Had this on-tap a year ago and wasn't too impressed, but something seems to have changed since then, (perhaps my taste-buds?!). A delicious chocolatey and well-balanced porter.

Eramen, May 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

gtermi, May 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

jewellrunner, Mar 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Eucrid, Mar 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16%

Beerstorian, Feb 16, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16%

innominat, Nov 22, 2012
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3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark, no head (probably due to the fact it was not served properly)

S: Roast, coffee, low bitterness

T: Roast, chocolate with strong bitterness cutting in.

M: Chocolate comes through in the flavour, it has a great bitterness to it and the finish is dry.

O: This is a great Porter. Bitterness cuts through the roast and chocolate bringing a great dry finish. This is a porter that does not have the sweetness that others has so I found it to be great with a nice steak.

Kremlock, Sep 17, 2012
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3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml from OBriens in Dun Laoghaire.

Dark brown pour. Thin 1/2 finger of dark cream head. Not much retention, but decent lace.

Sweet nose, with a nutty flavor. Oatmeal, light not-quite-dried fruit (saw one of the other reviewers mentioned black currant and I can see that here as well), milk chocolate, and a bit of cocoa.

Sweet hit with a fairly light flavor. More of the light fruit, lighter cocoa, oatmeal, chocolate, and a touch of smoky tobacco. A bit on the thin side, but not bad.

Body matches the thinner flavor. Just a bit too thin for my taste.

Overall a fairly nice after dinner drink. A little too sweet for more than one, though.

beer2day, Aug 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

fionn13, Jun 03, 2012
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4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle bought from Drinkstore, Dublin..

Poured a deep brown / almost completely black colour... Big mocha tan head poured very tight, thick and foamy with a meringue like top.. this faded slowly to good one finger covering... some decent lacing clings to the glass throughout...

Aroma - Lots of good strong toasted malts mixed with espresso notes... good roasted nuttiness, dark brown sugar, light molasses sweetness, light fruits (blackcurrents, prunes), earthy, some sooty traces...

Taste - Pretty much as above only slightly toned down... hops maybe more noticeable - some grassy and peppery notes... good bitterness coming through from the roasted malts balanced with nice light molasses sweetness...

Feel - Fairly smooth and creamy... medium bodied... at only 5% this is a very drinkable brew...

Overall - A supreme example of a simple, well made and balanced porter... recommended...

mdagnew, Mar 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

mnixon86, Jan 16, 2012
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Knockmealdown Porter from Eight Degrees Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.