Big Black Jack (Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter) - Oakshire Brewing
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2.75/5 rDev -26.1%
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.
10-20-2012 05:48:13 | More by harrymel
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
3.33/5 rDev -10.5%
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.
01-25-2013 04:14:44 | More by N3rdM3t4l
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
3.58/5 rDev -3.8%
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.
11-02-2011 21:54:58 | More by jbakajust1
3.6/5 rDev -3.2%
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.
11-28-2011 04:53:40 | More by lukester
3.73/5 rDev +0.3%
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
10-12-2012 05:45:41 | More by Docer
Big Black Jack (Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter) from Oakshire Brewing
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