Big Black Jack (Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter) - Oakshire Brewing
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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
3.76/5 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
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
3.1/5 rDev -16.7%
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.
10-13-2013 21:59:19 | More by Distilled
3.34/5 rDev -10.2%
Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.
Pours a clear super dark brown with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and pumpkin pie spice aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer with a nice smell but the flavors are a bit unrefined in my opinion.
09-30-2013 23:27:50 | More by UCLABrewN84
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
Big Black Jack (Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter) from Oakshire Brewing
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