Knockmealdown Porter - Eight Degrees Brewing
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3.79/5 rDev -2.3%
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.
06-23-2014 02:26:09 | More by metter98
3.98/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
04-26-2014 04:25:40 | More by biboergosum
3.88/5 rDev 0%
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".
03-23-2014 18:02:32 | More by thierrynantes
4.03/5 rDev +3.9%
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.
01-28-2014 20:04:12 | More by NilocRellim
3.99/5 rDev +2.8%
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
09-17-2013 22:09:08 | More by MDDMD
3.95/5 rDev +1.8%
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.
05-29-2013 18:00:48 | More by Eramen
3.98/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
09-17-2012 20:51:53 | More by Kremlock
3.95/5 rDev +1.8%
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.
08-02-2012 01:48:23 | More by beer2day
United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)
4.05/5 rDev +4.4%
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...
03-22-2012 08:52:43 | More by mdagnew
Knockmealdown Porter from Eight Degrees Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.