Big Black Jack (Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter) - Oakshire Brewing
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4.06/5 rDev +9.1%
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.
04-01-2013 23:18:37 | More by Smurf2055
4.06/5 rDev +9.1%
I bought a bottle of Big Black Jack at a bottle shop, poured in to a pint glass.
Pours a black walnut color, opaque, with a chunky tan head, leaving a lot of creamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell mostly a roasted grain aroma, with charcoal and coffee notes.
Taste very robust. A coffee flavor up front, with a semi-sweet chocolate flavor with a hint of pumpkin on the finish. It all ends with a dry bitter aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is very smooth, medium to full body, with a very slightly clowing character.
Overall a pretty good beer, especially ona cool gray day in the fall/Halloween season.
10-27-2013 22:14:15 | More by RJLarse
3.96/5 rDev +6.5%
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.
11-01-2013 03:10:25 | More by LiquidAmber
3.93/5 rDev +5.6%
Black with thin tan frothy head with good retention; with an aggressive pour a nicer head appears. Pumpkin and chocolate with light roasted aroma. Pumpkin starts and ends it but in the middle is a nice all around roasty porter with motes of chocolate. Robust sharp feel to the beer with a light linger.
This is a nice and balanced pumpkin beer with a good clean flavor. Alcohol is subdued and blended well into the light sweetness. The pumpkin is not overpowering and gives it enough flavor to make it a little more interesting than your average imperial porter. A nice dark addition for a Halloween or any other fall evening.
09-14-2012 22:45:17 | More by Bfarr
3.88/5 rDev +4.3%
Poured at Oakshire beer dinner at Wildwood, 10.21.11, paired with pumpkin tart, yummy, thanks Paul and Matt. Part of Oakshire Single Batch Series.
Dark brown almost black opaque body, thin ring of brown head around edge of glass, minimal lacing. Chocolate prevalent in the nose, re nibs, some pumpkin pie like spices, not a lot, nutmeg and cinnamon, which Paul made work by cutting back on the spices in the pumpkin tart, hard to pick out hops in the nose due to big chocolate presence. Taste is chocolate up front, some caramel which paired nicely with the sauce, a bit of dark brown sugar re molasses, once again hard to pick out the hops, pretty floral. Mouthfeel well on the full side of medium, decent effervescence, a bit sticky. A sipper to be sure, a really good dessert beer, contemplative, I need a cigar.
10-29-2011 17:31:17 | More by jdense
3.78/5 rDev +1.6%
22oz bottle from Belmont Station.
A: Thick, oily black with a creme head. Slides off the glass.
N: Pumpkin, nutmeg, chocolate, coffee, graham cracker, and cinnamon. The base porter shows through pretty well. Really like this one.
T: Pumpkin and chocolate on the front stage. Nutmeg and allspice. This has a sting of bitterness which doesn’t mesh well. Mint. Needs more pumpkin, less hop.
M: Medium mouthfeel. Very porter-like.
O: Wish this was more like the nose. Would be a surefire winner if that was the case. For now, just a recommend for fans of the style.
10-19-2012 19:29:15 | More by writerLJBerg
3.76/5 rDev +1.1%
22oz bomber shared with my brother, split into tulips.
A: Opaque brown body, with really decent head and tons of light brown lace on the glass.
S: Spicy pumpkin, cacao, earthy tones...carob, roasted malt, subtle burnt caramel. Big earthy tones bordering on hoppy and..piney?
T: Earthy carob, toasted caramel and toasted, malty grains...lingering, spiced finish. Nice tones of pumpkin and unique porter characteristics in the malt bill. Shades of a black IPA at times with the earthy, natural hop tones.
MF: Moderate creamy, fuller mouthfeel with a dry and even sticky finish.
O: I like it because its unique, not necessarily because its an outstanding pumpkin beer example. Can't say I've ever enjoyed a pumpkin beer with this clear but subdued of a spice presence, well hopped, with a good supporting dark caramel/roasty malt backbone. Pumpkin and hop flavors work well together.
10-30-2013 23:54:49 | More by Scotchboy
Big Black Jack (Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter) from Oakshire Brewing
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