Old Eight Porter | Barley John's Brew Pub

Old Eight PorterOld Eight Porter
BA SCORE
85.3%
Liked This Beer
4 w/ 95 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:
#5,957
Reviews:
40
Ratings:
95
Liked:
81
Avg:
4/5
pDev:
10.5%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
5
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 95 |  Reviews: 40
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 t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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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Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Kegatron
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
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 XmnwildX12
4/5  rDev 0%

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

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: fully black, near-opaque, with a short, yet substantial head above, toasty tan. Aroma: roasty, peppery, notes of anise, and bittersweet espresso, and chocolate.
Gritty, earthy taste, solid, rich character, loaded with malt, just a whiff of hoppiness, full-bodied. Easily drinkable, despite the higher-than-normal ABV. A very pleasurable porter, indeed.
I was just getting used to this one, when along came the waitress, unbidden, with free samples of Alfred's Porter, their step above, weighing in at 14%!
I'll try a full sample of that, next time, if I can, but I'll look forward to this every visit!

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Photo of tempest
4/5  rDev 0%
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 eawolff99
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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 KAF
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of weeare138
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
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 mattmarka1
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of maximum12
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
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 Gotti311
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of iRun2Beer
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Viggo
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can't remember who provided this, but thanks! Via a growler at DLD, from notes.

Pours an opaque brown/red edges, thin tan head, nice lacing, pretty sticky stuff. Smell is sweet, very malty, great chocolate and coffee, bit of roast, very nice. Taste is similar, big malty sweetness, lots of chocolate, nice roastiness, touch of vanilla, solid balance. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation, very smooth, a porter I would be happy to have again. Thanks whoever it was!

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Photo of jrallen34
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 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 jera1350
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
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 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 morimech
4.29/5  rDev +7.3%
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 AgentZero
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Very thick and black, onlay a slight bit of red coming in on the edges, and you have to look hard to find it. light brown head leaves sheets on the sides which turns into some nice lace.

S - Nice chocolate and roast on the nose.

T - Light chocolate, nice roasty taste without any bitterness. Nothing offensive on this one at all, nothing standing out as great, but quite solid.

T - Creamy beer with low carbonation, very full bodied.

D - Highly drinkable at 8%, a solid beer I don't mind having.

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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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Old Eight Porter from Barley John's Brew Pub
Beer rating: 85.3% out of 100 with 95 ratings
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