Old Eight Porter | Barley John's Brew Pub

Old Eight PorterOld Eight Porter
BA SCORE
4/5
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:
#5,982
Reviews:
41
Ratings:
96
pDev:
10.5%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
5
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 96 |  Reviews: 41
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

just a little thin on the body as these go for me, but a really well made porter in a classic style, something i dont think we see nearly enough of in the american craft lexicon. this has a nice mix of brown ale and deeper porter malt notes, from dry bakers chocolate to a more intense roast, with coffee grounds in the aroma, and a nice bready english ale yeast that flavors this quite a lot, fermented on the warmer side i would think, really allowed to work its magic. there are nice layers in here too, first the softer sweeter malt side, then a more bitter robust aspect, lots of depth for how light it is in color. i wish it had just a little more body, i feel like the flavors want to stretch out and this thinner feel doesnt quite let them extend all the way, but i like how well the alcohol is hidden and how easy drinking this remains. really perfect early fall porter, i love the yeast profile, and i have been really impressed with everything i have had from barley johns lately! surprised they dont get more love locally from the beer nerds!

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

Photo of Ottoj55
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opaque black with a fluffy tan head and some serious lacing. Big upfront roasted/burned smell of espresso, chocolate. Taste follows suit, all the deep burned astringent notes a porter should have like a good coffee, dark chocolate bar. Soft and full mouthfeel, not at all boozy at 8%. This is a solid porter, I paired mine with a medium rare sirloin steak, do the same.

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Photo of ZAP
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours out like motor oil with a heavy boozy rum like aroma. Inky black colored...light brown head...espresso, bitter chocolate, light smoke, and char on the aroma and taste. Molasses...

Full bodied, rich, tasty....drinks like a tropical version of a porter version of a tropical stout.

Nothing subtle or easy drinking about this....this is a big boy porter.

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Photo of nmann08
3.74/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MNAle
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Opaque black with a tall dark tan head, recedling slowly leaving connected lacing. Smokey aroma with mocha, not too strong. Moderate to on the thin side feel. Initial taste is smokey, mocha, with bittering beginning right away and carrying throuh, with a nice bitter finish. The bittering lingers into the aftertaste. This is a very enjoyable beer. The taste is nicely balanced between the smokey malts and the bittering hops, it has a mix of flavors (chocolate, coffee, roasty/smokey malts) that blend together into a very enjoyable whole.

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Photo of eldoctorador
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Taybeh
3.82/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

At the brew pub, sitting outside on the patio on a hot summer day. Pours jet black with a little khaki head and good lacing. The nose has a lot of smoke and a little gentle roasty coffee bitterness. The chocolate is pretty faint, and that's fine by me. Not much in the way of hops. Taste follows the nose, though the smoke becomes more charred barley. The mouthful is velvety and rich, and not very sweet...it also dries out on the finish. It is clear that it packs a punch, but it isn't too hot or boozy. This was pretty good.

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Photo of McGoodtimes
4.75/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of dannycohen62
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gotti311
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of durlta
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Stevedore
3.86/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

16oz can. Served in a snifter glass.

Body is dark cola brown body, nearly black, two finger offwhite head, a bit bigger than I'd like, retention is solid, lots of lacing. Smells of rich roasted barley, black coffee, a bit soapy, milk chocolate. Flavour is similar, a combination of milk chocolate sweetness mixed with roasted barley, touch of char, a bit of bitter espresso on the finish. Good bit of flavour, not too complex but it comes together nicely. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, silky smooth, a bit light on flavour on the backend. Overall, a solid porter with a bit too much bitter char on the backend, but a solid body for a porter.

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

Photo of Wisconsin_IPA_Lover
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of xtonytx
3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lupigrant
3.44/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gregf51
3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BrewNoob1
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Duff27
4.11/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Yellolab2010
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KarlHungus
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Re-review 2/23/17, original score 3.79)

This beer pours an opaque black color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes slowly leaving nice lacing. The aroma is graham cracker, dark and mild chocolate, nougat, and roasted malt. The taste is more roasty than the aroma. Milk chocolate fills the sip with dark chocolate, and nougat rounding out the finish. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a chewy texture, and appropriately low carbonation. Overall, this is a pretty darn good porter. I'd drink it again.

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Photo of Evilyak
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

thick, brown head that sticks down the glass.

smell has a touch of smoke to it.

well roasted flavor, with a thick chocolate and licorice flavor afterwards.

mouth is creamy.

lovely beer for a winter night.

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Old Eight Porter from Barley John's Brew Pub
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 96 ratings
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