Old Eight Porter | Barley John's Brew Pub

Old Eight PorterOld Eight Porter
BA SCORE
85.4%
Liked This Beer
4 w/ 96 ratings
Old Eight PorterOld Eight Porter
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Jason on 08-13-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#5,926
Reviews:
41
Ratings:
96
Liked:
82
Avg:
4/5
pDev:
10.5%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
5
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 96 |  Reviews: 41
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1.5/5  rDev -62.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

Photo of tavernjef
3.25/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Color is very, very dark solid brown, nearly black with a thin tannish-cocoa brown head that fades to a thin ring and small sheets of lacing. Smell is a good sense of dark roastyness and chocolate with a good coffee backing which seems to pick up and become more evident as it warms. Taste comes across way to soon and very uneven of coffee, chocolate and bittering hops, very unbalanced, almost enough for it to be enjoyable. The alcohol of 8% makes an appearance far to soon and is what really makes the flavors falter, it seems to get in the way of any taste.The finish is tolerable with light lingering dark fruits and sweet malts. Its overbearing in the start making this very hard to enjoy or finish. The richness trying to poke through is bogged down by uneven chocolaty bitterness that just never settles or shines like a good chocolate should and the coffee flavor seems like its a week old in pot with only about an inch of liquid left in it. Didn't like this one, seems like it could be better, perhaps next time I'm in at Barley John's I'll try it again sense it is a year round tap.

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3.27/5  rDev -18.3%
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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3.44/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
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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3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brew pub into tasting glass...A dark brown, almost bordering black. Light tan head with good retention and lacing...A roasty aroma that is nice, but I really wish it was stronger...The taste is really sweet, didn't see that coming at all, a little too sweet but smooth.

An average porter but worth trying as its one of the better regulars available.

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Photo of zeff80
3.71/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This was the best of the bunch at Barley John's and it still was just average. It was a big boozy porter that actually tasted like the beer style listed.

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3.74/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Chriscrundwell12
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at the brewpub into a pint glass.

A- Very dark thick pitch black, no head, small mocha ring around glass, some lacing as well.
S- Mellow aroma, coffee, cocoa, slight chocolate on the nose.
T- The taste is not as mellow as the aroma, strong coffee flavors, roasted malts, some bitterness, well carbonated; alcohol is there but not overpowering.
M- Medium mouth feel, smooth, slight carbonation
O- This is a decent porter, nothing amazing or mind blowing but solid, it hits the spot if your wanting something dark with nice roasted coffee flavors, would definitely drink again on my next visit.

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Old Eight Porter from Barley John's Brew Pub
Beer rating: 85.4% out of 100 with 96 ratings
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