Sunday, November 13, 2016

Barley John's Old 8 Porter

This 8.0% ABV is from Barley John's Brewing. Their brewpub is in New Brighton, Minnesota, but their cans come from their facility in New Richmond, Wisconsin (which due to Byzantine various state alcohol laws, allows them to sell their cans in Minnesota, which they could not do from their own brewpub).

The beer pours black in appearance, with an inch of thick, foamy, light brown head, velvety on top. The aroma is very chocolatey, dark roasted malt, light char, sweet and milky. The taste follows the aromas, there is sweetness, but the finish is mostly dry and quite bitter. There is some smokey char in the aftertaste. The beer drinks light and smooth, it is hard to believe it is 8% ABV. I do wish it had a bit more body for its big flavors.

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