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Knockmealdown Porter | Eight Degrees Brewing

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3.86/5
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31 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Eight Degrees Brewing
Ireland
eightdegrees.ie

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
New from May 2011

Like tackling the Knockmealdowns in a blizzard, this beer is not for wimps. Our evolution of the traditional Irish stout, it resembles a Victorian-era Irish porter and provides complex dark malt characteristics with distinctive espresso flavours.

Without the weight of a stout, the porter is well rounded with mellow English hops.

Added by JohnfromDublin on 05-19-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#17,859
Reviews:
11
Ratings:
31
pDev:
10.62%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
9
Trade:
0
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4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of desint
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kevin67
3.33/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Maureeece
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beerinabottle
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of ManforallSaisons
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of metter98
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle at Saint Soul Food, Dublin, Ireland

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a short tan head that died down and left a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of chocolate and roasted malts are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of dark and roasted malts along with a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I found this porter to be very flavorful for a beer that is nice and easy to drink.

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2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

Photo of biboergosum
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

330ml bottle - cute play on, um, 'words' in the name, referencing a local Irish mountain range, and crossing out a few specific letters, insomuch as to imply a 'knock ya over' sort of offering. At any rate, more Irish craft brew, please - I've made my way through the whiskey, a few times over.

This beer pours a clear (I think), very dark russet brown hue, with subtle cola highlights, and two fingers of puffy, rocky, and tightly foamy beige head, which leaves a bit of sparse island group lace around the glass as it slowly sinks away.

It smells of pungent cocoa powder, semi-sweet caramel malt, softly astringent black coffee notes, mild brown sugar, a grainy nuttiness, an ethereal black fruitiness, and earthy, somewhat leafy hops. The taste kicks off with a more gritty, grainy, and dry bready caramel maltiness, bittersweet chocolate, day-old coffee, a slight lactic sourness, wet ash, reduced brown sugar syrup, and leafy, earthy, and kind of weedy hops.

The bubbles are a bit testy, but eventually settle to a dull, reverberating hum, the body an adequate medium weight, and really quite smooth, with a touch of creaminess. It finishes well off-dry, the chocolate, coffee, and emerging milkiness holding it over any meekly lingering hoppiness.

While the ingredient list does specify wheat, I sure as hell would expect to see oats on that mash bill, after tasting this porter. Perhaps that's the 'knockmedown' part of this offering - make a pleasant London (hsss!) Porter, but render it silky and sexy at the same time. If so, then mission accomplished, boyos.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

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3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beer bottle (33 cl.) purchased from Le Souffleur de Bières, and tasted in 2014.

Appearance : black brown color with tan foamy head.
Smell : roasted malt aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : dark roasted malty flavors, with bitter finish.
Overall : a good beer in the English style Porter.
Explain about 8 ° : "why the name ? Ireland is located at the Eight Degrees west longitude which as it happens is also the perfect serving temperature for our beer".

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4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Served from the tap.

The beer was a clear, dark brown colour.

It smelled malty and chocolaty with a hint of bitterness. Very rich.

It tasted like chocolate, bitter hops, and light malts with a slight lingering bitterness. Very smooth and very drinkable.

Would I buy it again? Yes.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of MDDMD
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-dark brown black color with a smallish tan head and decent lacing

S-cocoa, dark malt, coffee, hint of molasses

T-dark roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, light molasses, moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth and creamy

O-solid porter, good flavor and feel

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of Eramen
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown with ruby edges as it's held up to light. Thick ring of a head floating on the surface but thin in the center.

S - Cocoa beans, mellow hops and coffee, very palatable.

T - Tastes very much of mocha, chocolate ice cream, dark syrup and brown sugar which are all nicely leveled out with exactly the right amount of hop bitterness and a lovely relaxed floral flavor.

MF - Medium with low carbonation.

O - Had this on-tap a year ago and wasn't too impressed, but something seems to have changed since then, (perhaps my taste-buds?!). A delicious chocolatey and well-balanced porter.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark, no head (probably due to the fact it was not served properly)

S: Roast, coffee, low bitterness

T: Roast, chocolate with strong bitterness cutting in.

M: Chocolate comes through in the flavour, it has a great bitterness to it and the finish is dry.

O: This is a great Porter. Bitterness cuts through the roast and chocolate bringing a great dry finish. This is a porter that does not have the sweetness that others has so I found it to be great with a nice steak.

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Knockmealdown Porter from Eight Degrees Brewing
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 31 ratings
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