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Black Jack Porter - Left Hand Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Black Jack PorterBlack Jack Porter

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492 Reviews

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Reviews: 492
Hads: 1,264
Avg: 3.72
pDev: 18.28%
Wants: 52
Gots: 176 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Left Hand Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
English Porter |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-16-2001

Slight malt Sweetness with notes of dark chocolate, espresso and herbal hops.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 492 | Hads: 1,264
Reviews by feylure:
Photo of feylure
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It says Black Jack Porter, but for some reason it looks like a squid on the artwork. Bottled 1/31/11

Appearance is nice. It's a dark, dark brown that is almost opaque.

Smell is like alcohol and sweet, dark malts.

Taste is pretty great. Sweet and smokey at first, then really bold, malty and smokey. A small amount of sweetness and smoke linger on the tail. All around, it has a full mouthfeel.

Extremely well balanced brew; I find it to be quite drinkable.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Grant_Satterthwaite
5/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Don't be fooled by the BA score of 84. This is literally a perfect porter. The first time I had it, it blew me away. The second time I had it I got it on tap at a bar and it was even better. Smooth and chocolatey with a roasted coffee aroma, it was nearly too beautiful to drink. As the beer warmed up the flavours became even more pronounced. This beer is beyond a score of 84, I'm not exactly a 'beer expert' but I know that everyone I know who has had this porter has raved about it. Go out and give it a try.

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Photo of beaulabauve
2.81/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Weak watered-down brew, with no backbone.

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Photo of interzen
4.32/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

355ml bottle poured into a tulip glass

Look: Struck me as being rather light for a porter - dark, translucent brown with some nice ruby highlights. Fairly thin, bubbly head with good retention. Not much in the way of lacing - some, but not much.

Smell: My immediate thoughts were that it smelt a bit like a watered-down version of Sam Smiths Chocolate Stout. Perhaps a bit unfair, but a fairly good point of reference. There's quite a chocolatey aroma, along with some coffee notes and the barest hint of hops. Roasted malt smells, if they were there at all, were not evident.

Taste: More coffee than chocolate, with a bit of zing from the hops. There's a hint of slightly medicinal herbs too - think in terms of liquorice or sasparilla - it doesn't dominate by any means, but it's just 'there' and enough to add a bit of extra interest.

Feel: Medium body with fairly light carbonation - the coffee and chocolate flavours make it feel a bit 'chalky' in the mouth, but the flavour profile makes up for it. Nice bitterness in the finish.

Overall: Another win for Left Hand in my book - it doesn't displace their Milk Stout as my favourite Left Hand brew but as porters go this is a mighty good one.

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Photo of oberon
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber with a thin head that leaves a trace of lacing,aroma of coffee and fruit with some bitter chocolate as well but it is subdued.Taste has a fruity edge to it with some milk chocolate and earth it mingles pretty well together.A pretty solid porter what have liked a little more muscle to it but good none the less.

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Photo of aszatk01
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of woodchipper
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.89/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Tyler's Taproom in Apex, NC

Arrived at the table in a tapered pint glass, showing off a very dark brown color and a modest 3/4 inch of creamy light brown foam. Head retention was decent on this and there was good lacing all the way down the glass.

The aromas on this were a little different as there seemed to me to be something on the order of molasses mixed in with a light mocha smells. There was something else reminiscent of black licorice but very faint. It all came together quite nicely.

The flavors for this weren't quite as complex as the aromas, but that doesn't make this brew bad by any stretch. Nice full mouthfeel combines with robust flavors of chocolate and light coffee. That creamy head foreshadows a similar silky texture as it wraps around the tongue while light carbonation dances across the taste buds. The finish starts a touch on the sweet side but goes dry pretty quickly with moderate lingering of coffee.

Complex, solid flavors, and smooth textures make this brew quite enjoyable. I only had one but it made an impression. Recommended to the porter lovers out there.

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Photo of Bszymkow09
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Todd
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle. Bottled on date stamped on the side.

Appearance: Very dark brown with ruby hues. Pours foamy and thick, then settles to a tan creamy, patchy lace.

Smell: Roasty, touch of smoke and light grain aromas.

Taste: Real smooth and creamy. Full-bodied and near robust. Carbonation is tight. Roasted malt flavours come forth first with a typical black malt astringency. The beer goes crisp, a bit dry. Chocolate, liquorice and dark fruit flavours follow within the beer's sweet malt profile. A touch of hop bitterness and flavour is present, mixing with the roasted astrigency to just about balance the beer. Aftertaste is dry with grain flavours.

Notes: One of the better Porters to have passed along my palate in a while. Just the right level of sweetness and astringency

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Photo of Doomcifer
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.29/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a New Belgium snifter.

A - Direct pour produced a minimal tan head that disappeared almost immediately. Very dark brown and opaque.

S - Roasted malt, dark chocolate, simple black breakfast coffee, hint of burnt caramel. Some hops appear in the nose as it warms in the glass.

T - Burnt toast, bitter chocolate. Bitter chocolate spread on burnt toast. An over-baked dark chocolate cookie.

M - Somewhat creamy with moderate carbonation. Reasonable body. Finish is drier than expected from the style, and disappears pretty quickly, making it seem thinner than it is.

D - Not smoked/burnt roasted enough to be an American pseudo-stout, but lacks any sweetness to balance the bitter chocolate taste like a good porter. Imagine drinking quite bitter dark chocolate without the melt-in-your-mouth creaminess.

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Photo of tigg924
3.29/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: dark brown with a small head

Smell: malt, molasses, chocolate, and a taste of caramel

Taste: Not nearly as complex as the smell. cream in the beginning followed by an expresso finish

Mouthfeel: sharp, crisp, dry, medium bodied, with a bitter taste right before a sweeter finish

Drinkability: This is not a bad beer by any stretch. It is a victim of timing. I have had a lot of excellent porters lately and this is not up to the same degree. If this was in a variety pack, I would have fun consuming--however I am more likely to get one of those other porters as a single first.

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Photo of KolbMarley
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Mora2000
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, the beer poured a dark brown with rust colored highlights when held up to a light. The head was thick, khaki colored and creamy.

The beer smells of roasted malts and coffee, which is also how the beer tasted. The taste also featured some chocolate notes.

This is my first beer from Left Hand and I have was very impressed. I would definitely order this again.

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Photo of alyssa1224
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BrianParsons
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of Hugh37
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of jcdiflorio
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle poured into a nonic glass.

Mahogany with ruby red highlights,nice color. 2" creamy light tan head with good retention leaving a nice pillowy layer with spotty lacing.

Dark sweet fruity aroma,clean and pleasing moderate malty aromas carmelly with some cocoa and coffee. Hints of licorace and vanilla also.

Moderate roasty tastes with lots of cocoa/chocolate. Good balance with a clean pleasing citusy finish.

Very smooth with a lighter feeling body,colud pass for a brown ale. Easy drinking beer could put a few of these away.

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Photo of NilocRellim
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of possumteeth
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Franziskaner
3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown in color but some light will seep through when held up to a light source. A fingernail of off white head surrounds the rim and not even a quarter of the top. Aroma is sweet dark malt, plum, and faint leather. I taste sweet dark malt and faint smoke. There's a slight pine hop bitterness in the finish. The mouth is smooth and lightly chewy.

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Photo of Osiris9588
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, 2/07/07. Pours a dark brown with a caramel bottom. Two-finger off-white head recedes quickly, but leaves behind a sheet of sticky lacing.

It's smells of sweet malt and cocoa, along with some grain. The flavor is dominated by the chocolate and roasted malt, along with hops and a bit of alcoholic sherry presence on the finish.

It's medium-bodied and easy drinking. Has nice complexity, as is oscillates back between the sweet/bittersweet and the roasted and charred elements. Would not turn one of these down.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Clandestinex
4/5  rDev +7.5%

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Black Jack Porter from Left Hand Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 492 ratings.