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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jdense on 10-29-2011)
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Photo of harrymel
2.75/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Supposedly this is a one time thing (or at least that's how the label makes me feel)

Pours black with just a rim and scattered few tan bubbles. Smells richly of chocolate, nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice and ginger. I like the nose - it seems inviting and warm. The flavor is vastly deviated from the nose. Dry and bitter, with flavors of seeds, coffee (burnt), char, soil and ash. The flavor is a far cry from the nose - that is such a let down. Body is full with soft carb and an overall nice feel. Overall this beer had so much going for it, but fails to bring it together and drastically fails in the flavor department.

Photo of stript
2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of GRG1313
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of Distilled
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.

Photo of tjcamm
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of MastaShonuf
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of N3rdM3t4l
3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Chilled bomber into standard pint.

A: light what light nothing gets through this beer. An inch or so of light brown head fell to a pretty solid cap but this foam refuses to stick to the glass.

S: rich chocolate aroma dominates, some roasty notes, and a hint of alcohol actually. A little bit of sweet spice but not much pumpkin actually.

T: imperial porter for sure. Bit of roasted flavor and the chocolate shines. Not much pumpkin in the flavor but the associated spices are present on the finish. The hops are there for balance only. Finishes a little sweet actually.

M: expected mouthfeel. A chewy medium. Feels like one would expect a pumpkin porter would. A little carbonation lightens it up some. Smooth drinking.

O: was hoping for more pumpkin but got the spice and the imperial porter. So I am happy. Good beer if you like porters and stouts. If you are after a pumpkin beer you need to go elsewhere.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.34/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of hannaho
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of AxesandAnchors
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Morey
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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.

Photo of bernat1971
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Mphis
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of mpenning13
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of ADTaber
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of jbakajust1
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.

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.

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.

Photo of mactrail
3.64/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This "Single batch seasonal" is back for 2014. This is quite a stew of ingredients, according to the brewer, with Nugget being the only hop. Rated at 25 IBUs but it has a substantial bitter twang though some of it may come from all the spices.

Malty but rather dry with just an undertone of grainy sweetiness. Tastes more like coffee than chocolate. The spice is distinct, especially the cloves, but not outrageous. An interesting and different entry in the pumpkin fest.

From the 22 oz bottle purchased this week at Hallam's Wine in La Conner, Wash.

Photo of enznevr
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%

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.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

dark pumpkin beers are in vogue right now, and this is a solid take on the style, really fluffy and full bodied, with minimal spicing, which allows the pumpkin and the dark malt to jive a little better. not much head on this though, and is maybe a little still on the palate, but the chocolate malt really comes out nicely, lacking the bitterness of the dark roasted barley but adding a similar richness and depth. pumpkin is present throughout, and since the spice level is low i can taste it all the way. its like butternut squash, sweet and textured. my knock against this one is that there is a sharp sort of tannic thing going on in the finish that disrupts the mellowness of the beer, makes it less smooth and satisfying, its sort of a buzzkill in a beer that tastes as nice as this. still, i like it because its different, and because the spice is really tame compared to others in its class.

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Big Black Jack (Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter) from Oakshire Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.