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Knockmealdown Porter - Eight Degrees Brewing

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Knockmealdown PorterKnockmealdown Porter

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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

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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Ratings: 27 | Reviews: 11 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by NilocRellim:
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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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4.5/5  rDev +16%

innominat, Nov 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

fionn13, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of biboergosum
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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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

nikigava, Aug 06, 2014
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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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4/5  rDev +3.1%

gtermi, May 21, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -35.6%

marshmarsh, Jun 14, 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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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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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Eucrid, Mar 10, 2013
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3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I tasted thie 330ml bottle on 6th Nov 2011 (best by 6th Jun 2012). The labelling has an amusing touch; the word Knockmealdown (which is a local mountain range) has the 'AL' letters crossed out to give Knockme Down!

Anyway, on to the porter; I poured it into a Westmalle chalice giving the last third plenty of air creating a lovely lasting tan head on a dark brown (almost black) body. The smell was roasted malt but in a subdued way. The taste was not terrifically "robust" (as described on the label) more smooth and balanced and very very drinkable. Some chocolate and espresso coffee but nothing overpowering. The nearest brew I have had to this before was Guinness FES, but this is way smoother.

JohnfromDublin, Nov 07, 2011
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4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black with nut brown highlights and a creamy tan head that fades to film and Big roast coffee nose with some soil, brown sugar and a hint of cinnamon spice.
Espresso with sugar up front with some tea brack and earthy, bark hops.
A sweet hit to end, then acidic black malt finish and bitter linger.
Light to medium, crisp yet soft and creamy, with some cling.

When they say "porter", they could well mean plain, so it's a coin flip if this should be rated as a Dry Irish Stout. And a nice one it is: round, high sweet notes but substantial bitterness, in an impressively light body. It takes bold strokes over complexity and that might cloy over time, yet all very drinkable.

StJamesGate, Oct 19, 2011
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2.75/5  rDev -29.1%

Dshep1340, Mar 27, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +16%

msanborn, Sep 01, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

dryndantheman, Apr 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

jewellrunner, Mar 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16%

Beerstorian, Feb 16, 2013
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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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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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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%

samEBC, Oct 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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