Old Eight Porter | Barley John's Brew Pub

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Barley John's Brew Pub
Minnesota, United States
barleyjohns.com

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Jason on 08-13-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
94
Reviews:
40
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
10.45%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
5
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Ratings: 94 |  Reviews: 40
Photo of Beerlover
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of poopypine
4.76/5  rDev +18.4%
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.

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Photo of McGoodtimes
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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 moneynoobject
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of SweJon
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of maedhros09
4.49/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: Deep dark brown/black with ruby highlights, great tan head with lacing all the way down.
Smell: roasty, chocolate, slightly meaty
Taste: Some initial sweet maltiness but nicely in balance with a characterful roastiness and a moderate bitter finish. Very robust flavors
Feel: Full bodied with typical carbonation

Overall: A great full flavored robust porter that could just as easily pass as a stout. Great balance and kept me interested the whole way through.

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Photo of jera1350
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

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Photo of dave43
4.44/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one substantial porter. I believe the alchohol content is 8% but seems a little higher to me. Has the aroma and taste of coffee and chocolate. It is sweet but not too sweet which is the problem I find with some porters. I wish I lived closer to Barley John's as I could drink this everyday.

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Photo of TGanyone
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Deuane
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of hopazoid
4.34/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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 AdmiralOzone
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chaz
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured medium-firm into a 250 ml A Chouffe goblet. Almost no head and virtually no lacing to speak of, in fact there was no "hiss" as I popped the cap! Oh well, I know that the wisp of dark mahoganny lace that rings the glass is typical of the color that the head usually appears as. The nose offers a sweetish blend of dark malts and roasted malts, very much gives the impression of espresso, complete with the bitterness. No hops to speak of, but I did just pour this from the fridge, so maybe if I let it warm? Appears very dark brown, almost black, and rather opaque. The first sip is sweet and malty, with a very very mild astringency and a lingering bitterness. Notes of coconut (?), chocolate, green apple, and rum. Slightly boozy, but the alcohol is actually quite well-contained and it improves the drinkability greatly. Tangy . . . with some of the malt and roasted malt character I recognize in e.g. Fuller's London Porter, but overall much more on-style for a Baltic Porter (I used to drink this in the past and knew it was off-style for an American or London-style porter : ) Body is medium, mouthfeel is rather good, coating the tongue and palate the way a good treacly-sweet doppelbock might. Not quite creamy, but pretty close. Slightly chalky on the tongue . . . not grainy, but a decent texture overall. Very, very drinkable. As this warms it opens up more, and there's a good bit of yeast on the nose, but still no hops. The hops *are* there of course, offering a classic lingering bitterness that would be acceptable in any other rendition of a British or London style porter. Alcohol warmth comes on slowly, about three quarters of the way through the glass. I've enjoyed this on tap many times and I'm glad to have the ability to bring some home! My second favorite of John's brews, after Little Barley Bitter.

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Photo of SaxmanRick
4.31/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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 maximum12
4.3/5  rDev +7%
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.

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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 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 Raymond69
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 ryancl
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of MCImes
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of Gotti311
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Old Eight Porter from Barley John's Brew Pub
4.02 out of 5 based on 94 ratings.
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