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Big Black Jack (Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter) - Oakshire Brewing

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Big Black Jack (Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter)Big Black Jack (Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter)

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59 Ratings
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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 9.68%
Wants: 11
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Oakshire Brewing visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: jdense on 10-29-2011)
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

mdaschaf, Nov 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

bradleyp, Mar 26, 2013
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3/5  rDev -19.4%

GRG1313, Oct 21, 2013
Photo of lukester
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had 12 oz of this at Uber Tavern last night. I was in search of something hoppier that night but alas Uber was pouring mostly big sweet beers. I don't recall much in the way of chocolate or pumpkin but then my taste buds are not that keen anymore.. Hop death?

Appearance: Deep and dark almost stout like with decent head

smell: Very much a porter with distinctive yeasty porter smell.

taste: Nice dark to roasted malt flavor.. could be some chocolate in there. No pumpkin that I could taste.

mouth feel: Good

overall: Good porter and certainly one you won't find just anywhere.

lukester, Nov 28, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +21%

LakerLeith, Jun 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

fivetime, Oct 05, 2013
Photo of Docer
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: (3.5)

- Pours a nice dark coffee color with a light thin layer of khaki foam and a small ring around the glass. Barely see through the edges of the beer in the light though looks rather filtered.

Smell: (3.5)

- The brew has a light sweet cocoa aroma behind a stronger aroma of pumpkin spice. Bit of clove, cinnamon and perhaps nutmeg in the mix. That's about it really.

Taste: (4.0)

- Nice balance in flavor. A solid basic robust porter with some sweet chocolate character is lightly dosed with some nice caramelized pumpkin and spice. It's balanced, and even has a bit of a grassy and earthy hop presence to handle the sweetness. Higher marks for flavor.

Mouth Feel: (3.5)

- This is a rather medium bodied brew, and isn't the slightest bit syrupy. It's a touch drying in the finish, and is well carbonated. Not very thick and foamy though at all, more like a house pale yeast kind of feel. Little cloying.

Overall: (3.5)

- This one sits slightly above many of the other pumpkin beers out there competing with the squash ingredient. I like that it isn't just another simple amber ale. It's not astounding by any means, but is certainly a nice drinker, and I would grab a pint on tap if it were available. Will I buy any more bottles? Probably not.

Docer, Oct 12, 2012
Photo of n2185
3.61/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours black with a finger of light brown head that fades into a frothy ring with a little lacing.

S: Roasted malts with semi-sweet chocolate, a bit of char, and then sweet pumpkin and spice aromas bringing up the finish.

T: Roasted malts, cacao, and char dominate here. There are light pumpkin spice flavors underneath before a roasty, moderately bitter finish.

M: Medium-thick body with moderate carbonation, this beer has quite a lively feel rather than being super thick.

O: A solid beer, overall, though I wish the pumpkin flavors were more present.

n2185, Nov 12, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

hannaho, Oct 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

Hopmodium, Oct 29, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

tjcamm, Oct 21, 2013
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, appearing nearly opaque in the glass. Half finger brown head slowly dissipates to tha thin film and thick ring around the glass. Nice aroma of sweet toasted malt, light pumpkin, orange, hints of chocolate and pumpkin pie spices. Flavor follows with toasted, lightly charred malt, chocolate, grassy hops with only a suggestion of pumpkin and spices in the finish, which leaves a long, lingering charry malt and hop taste. Medium bodied, somewhat lighter than in looks or pours. A quite nice porter, bordering on toasty imperial stout territory. The pumpkin is fairly subdued. Probably not a beer to get for a pumpkin beer, but a very enjoyable flavorful and robust porter that has hints of pumpkin, setting it apart.

LiquidAmber, Nov 01, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

AxesandAnchors, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of Smurf2055
4.06/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

At Uber in Seattle

Pours dark with about a finger of off white head. Black. Some larger bubbles remain for the course of the beer. Nice lacing.

Smells strongly of pumpkin and spices. Not much from the porter comes out.

Taste was no surprise; rich and creamy pumpkin with a hint of smokiness and and chocolate. A bit of a bitter finish.

Palate was a reasonably carbonated, creamy, but a bit watery.

Overall, this is right up there with Dark’O’the’Moon, but not as full bodied. Very good take on it though, a great blend.

Smurf2055, Apr 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

BESTIALEX, Apr 04, 2013
Photo of Braz
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%

Very rich beer. My problem is the pumpkin is too overshadowed by the other spices and the porter taste. Not sure porter is an ideal vehicle for pumpkin.

Braz, Nov 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

blurredline, Oct 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

ygtbsm94, Oct 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

wchasse222, Nov 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Morey, Oct 18, 2014
Photo of John_M
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

On tap at 16 tons cafe the other day, BBJ is a fairly sizeable pumpkin porter, with considerable spice and light chocolate. I thought the beer could really use a bit more chocolate flavor (the menu indicates that the beer is aged on chocolate nibs), as the spice ovepowers the porter and chocolate flavor, and with the hoppy bitterness, I just didn't feel the flavors meshed well on the finish. Still an interesting beer, and perhaps one that will improve with some short term aging, but otherwise not something I would seek out.

My understanding is that Oakshire now makes this on a regular basis over the fall harvest season, and so will try to update the data bank accordingly.

John_M, Oct 31, 2014
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3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured @ Bier Stein into 8oz snifter

A - Pours a deep opaque black w/ faint brown highlights, 1 finger tan head that fades to nothing and leaves a little lacing

S - Smells of pumpkin pie spices and ginger, chocolate, pumpkin flesh, graham crackers, and alcohol

T - Tastes of bitter chocolate, cocoa powder, spicy cinnamon and ginger, pumpkin pie, alcohol bite, and burned Starbucks coffee. Graham crackers and alcohol. Ginger lingers after every sip.

M - Very bitter and slightly astringent. Med/Full body w/ dry roasted finish.

O - Not bad, but way too much roast, too bitter and astringent. Pumpkin and spices were spot on. If it weren't for the burned coffee, bitterness and astringency this would be an easy A.

jbakajust1, Nov 02, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

bernat1971, Jan 15, 2014
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3.1/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a first time trial of this beer, manufactured date unknown, but tasting in Oct. 2013. In my opinion this beer is a better porter than it is a pumpkin beer; the pumpkin and associated spice I found to be very mild where as I like a little more. Mild chocolate note but hardly detectable for me. Easy drinking beer however, I wouldn't necessarily buy it for it's pumpkin qualities and seasonal approach, but I wouldn't pass it up either. Just a 'okay' beer for me all around though.

Distilled, Oct 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Vancoubeer, Nov 29, 2012
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Big Black Jack (Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter) from Oakshire Brewing
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