Barley's Pint O' Joe Porter | Smokehouse Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Smokehouse Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Rotating

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Added by mattcrill on 10-14-2004

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Ratings: 13 |  Reviews: 11
Reviews by crashdavisinoh:
Photo of crashdavisinoh
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap into a pint glass finger head...good retention though...looks like I would expect

S-Coffee...BIG coffee aroma...had I not known it was a beer and was just judging by smell...I would have thought this was a cold cup of coffee...pleasing though, strong and overpowering coffee flavor...I expected to be able to distinguish different characteristics but not really able to do so.

M-While I was not expecting motor oil based on the style...I also was not expecting something so thin and watery on the palate.

O-good coffee aroma but too much coffee flavor...I am glad I tried it but not sure I would give it another go.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Bierguy5
4.26/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy brown color, with just slight hints of ruby. Thin tan head, which disappeared very quickly. No lacing on the glass at all. The smell is straightforward, coffee. Not much else. Taste is a darn good darker roast malt flavor, backed up with a strong coffee flavor. Some bitterness, but probably from the coffee flavor. Medium body with a fair amount of carbonation. Overall, this is a really good beer, especially if you like coffee. Pretty drinkable, as it is not too sweet, while not overbearing on the coffee side.

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Photo of Ahhdball
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy brown, no head to speak of (I think the server had something against properly pouring) but a slight crown of tan lace skimmed the outer rim on top. Smell is coffee, plain and simple no beer just some medium blend roast which was great. As anyone can guess the taste was great. Barley's can rarely make a brew I don't like. Burnt nuts, light to medium coffee (of course) playing well with slight malt and a touch of burnt caramel in the end, very faint. Smooth light mouthfeel. This is a great mixture and very easy to drink. Caution should be taken when drinking a few of these, the coffee stimulates and the alcohol brings ya down but it doesn't mean the alcohol isn't there. I definitely felt the caffiene. Awesome.

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Photo of BeerBuckeye
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Barley's Smokehouse and Brewpub

A - Pours a very dark brown, small tan head with decent retention here.

S - Tons of coffee, just tons of good. Good roasted coffee. But that seems to be about the extent of it.

T - Again, a lot of coffee. A little bit of burnt coffee as well. Oh, and some coffee on the finish.

M - It felt quite thin, almost disappointingly so.

Overall - It was pretty good. As a lover of coffee beers, this certainly packed a lot of it. But it still left a lot out, the mouthfeel was very thin, and the beer seemed to bore me a bit as I drank.

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Photo of Geno78
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Wildman
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Cup O Joe MoJoe:

This beer is also available at these places because is is brewed with there coffee. This beer was a very dark amber color, almost black. There was a very small bubbly light tan head that left trace lace as it subsided. An aroma of malt, coffee and chocolate. The flavor was of malt, coffee and more coffee. The body was fairly light and the finish bas slightly bitter. This beer was served too cold and didn't really give much of it's character until it warmed up.

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Photo of DrJGR629
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of timmlimestone
4.67/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

If it weren't for the overwhelming alcohol in the potion, this could be my morning pick me up. damned good and damned fine Barley's is worth the trip out from downtown columbus for m any rdeasons, the food is great, and the beer is fine, but the pint of joe is tastylicious. Not enough color to denote the name, but when you think about it, this is how my cup of joe would look without a dark mug. sort of clear, and sort of light looking, but man, it kicks you in the act of drinking.

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Photo of leftmindedrighty
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at Barley's Smokehouse and Brewpub

First off, I'm biased towards coffee beers. I expect a lot when someone decides to tango with coffee in their beer. It can be a beautiful thing, or a bitter mess. Now, for the review.

Smell, burnt coffee and a residual sweetness. It smells like a pot of coffee that has been sitting on the burner for 12 hours.

Taste, you guessed it, coffee. And heavy flavors at that. Quite bitter, but the hops only do half the job, as the coffee covers the bases with it's own distinct bitterness. Some nutty flavors as well, along with some chocolate notes, but they're riding in the backseat on this beer.

Overall, quite the strong and unique coffee beer. Very flavorful, but one pint is all I would want. And I love coffee.

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Photo of blakesell
2.02/5  rDev -48.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pulled from the cask into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Beer pulls just dark enough brown to not be black with a two finger head of coffee with cream froth and lacing clings to the sides lightly.

Smell- Smells like fish water and Irish moss. That smell is HEAVY in the brew. Slight peat, a little smoke, NO coffee. Boo.

Taste- Creamy with again very little coffee flavor. Hops are a bit too high.. Make that a lot too high. Bitter with no coffee flavor.

Mouthfeel- Thin and watery with that fishwater/Irish moss, creamy, medium thin bodied, and faintly carbonated. Astringent.

Drinkability- Not a fan, although the tap was entirely different and much better.

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Photo of mattcrill
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served at their 5th anniversary celebration in a special Pint O' Joe pint glass that is yours to keep for an extra $1.25.

Appearance: Looks like they ran across the street and got a big ol' cloudy, nasty sample of the Olentangy River and put it in the glass. For those of you not from around here, it's pale brown and cloudy in the glass with a thin disappating head that clings to the rim of the glass.

Smell: It was served too cold for me to pick up much of a smell. They serve most of their beers too cold for me but that's just personal preference. Hints of sweet malt and Folger's coffee creep out of the glass.

Taste: Mmmm...tastes like a coffee milk shake. Definite prominent coffee flavor with a roasted carmel under tone. Hints of smokiness throughout the sip. No hop bitterness to speak of.

Mouthfeel: slick and creamy. Very smooth and easy going down the hatchet.

Drinkability and overall: This is great! Easy drinking. If you like coffee and porter, this is your beer. I think this is right up there with the best of Barley's offerings. A nice way to kick off the 5th anniversary celebrations!

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Photo of jrallen34
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I drank this on tap into a tasting glass.

The beer is a very dark brown with a light tan head of 2 fingers high. There is decent retention and lacing.

The aroma is a big one noter, which is all roasted coffee. The smell is good but get's overwhelming and boring quickly.

The taste is same way, just all coffee. I tried hard to pull anything else out but its just not there.

The biggest complaint about this is beer is its feel. It should be heavy but its all water.

Overall, not great. Too much coffee, not enough feel or complexity.

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Photo of Dogbrick
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This anniversary beer pours like a cold cup of coffee. Dark brown but it lets quite a bit of light through. Medium thin and rocky sandpaper colored head that dissipated quickly. Thin, spotty lacing throughout the glass. The aroma is all coffee, all the time. A light touch of malt in the nose as well but it is minute compared to the blast of java. Medium-bodied, roasty and very smooth, with coffee at the forefront, especially as it warms. It makes for an enjoyable drink although the downside is that it is one-dimensional. Malt and chocolate are present at times but at no point will you forget that coffee is the name of the game here. The finish is dry and roasty like espresso. A good offering from BarleyÂ’s, and I am interested to try the ice-cream made from this.

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Barley's Pint O' Joe Porter from Smokehouse Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 13 ratings
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