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Old Eight Porter | Barley John's Brew Pub

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Old Eight PorterOld Eight Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Barley John's Brew Pub
Minnesota, United States | website

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Jason on 08-13-2003

BEER STATS
Reviews:
36
Ratings:
89
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
16.92%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
4
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 36 | Ratings: 89
Reviews by WYVYRN527:
Photo of WYVYRN527
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of ryancl
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of bsp77
4.26/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Serving glass: Poured from can into Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Near pitch black with decent tan head.

Smell: Chocolate - very rich, almost a chocolate brownie. Molasses and light smoke.

Taste: The chocolate is strong in the taste as well, but there are harsher notes of roast, smoke, molasses and char. Bitter finish from the roasted malts and the spicy hops.

Feel: Low carbonation with a smooth, full body. Very dry finish.

Overall: Great strong Porter. I will need to have this a few more times.

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Photo of MNMike
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of ADR
3.27/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap...Twin Cities Pub Crawl 2004...

Decent dark brown and opaque in its pout. Yellowish head, not more than 30 seconds in duration. Ring laces, simple in architecture. Definite bitter chocolate aroma, mildish oily hops, the beer's best feature. Medium mouthfeel, somewhat gravelly. Light chocolate, distinct anise, alcoholic sharpness start the flavor profile off, astringent and lingering finish, aftertaste is somewhat offputting. The sweetness is adequate in this beer, but the malt could have more interest and less sharpness, bittering is good, but I can't really jump on the bandwagon with this one.

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Photo of striker2160
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of tempest
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This isn't a Baltic porter, it's just big American porter. I actually found some similarities in flavor with their wild brunette. The cocoa flavor was very smooth (like so many of their beer seem to be). This was backed up by a light roasted flavor and not much else. It's just chocolate barley flavors that are a bit roasted. It's a deep flavor though, and well worth trying.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
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!

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Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Originally reviewed April 9, 2005. On tap at the Gitchee Gumee Brewfest 2005. I’d usually not been fan of Porters at this point, because they seem a little watery and weak, but this one has body and backbone. Aromas of rich chocolate. Strong flavors of more swiss chocolate and a good dose of dark pipe tobacco and strong birch wood smoke. I would drink this all the time. Finishes a little too dryly though, if there were a little more sweetness in the smack and finish, this would be out of this world!

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Photo of morimech
4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 16oz can. Cans come from Barley John's brewery in New Richmond, WI.

Dark black color with a massive, dense head that had excellent retention before settling to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left down the glass. Heavy malt aroma with notes of chocolate, coffee, smoke, and mild roasted malt. This borders on the stout side with the amount of roasted malt detected in the flavor but the unroasted malt is the primary flavor component. The sweet malt is balanced by a healthy dose of earthy hops. This is a massive beer that is thick and chewy. Is great that this beer is available in stores now. Highly recommended.

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Photo of richj1970
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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1.5/5  rDev -62.7%

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Photo of theminutemen
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of Hendrick24
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bluegrass49
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pint can, received as a gift. This one is from Barley John's new facility in New Richmond Wisconsin. Poured a dark brown color with a modest 1-2 finger head. Malty and smokey chocolate taste. Just the right amount of hops to finish. Definitely want this one again.

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Photo of TooGood
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Trigcove
4.51/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

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Photo of Yellolab2010
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of weeare138
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to hopdog for opening the growler...
Appears black with a 1/2" tan head that slowly fades. Tons of scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of bitter chocolate, dark fruit, and even a light whiff of banana somewhere in there.
Taste is that of a porter that is rich with chocolate, cream, truffels, and a touch of dark fruit.
Mouthfeel is a little rough around the edges but has some smooth, creamy, rich chocolate and sweetness.

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Photo of shroompod
4.26/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of ParnellJoseph1138
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MCImes
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of iRun2Beer
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of AluminumBadFalcon
4.9/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Dave2234
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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Old Eight Porter from Barley John's Brew Pub
89 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.
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