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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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54 Ratings
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Ratings: 54
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 11
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Oakshire Brewing visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jdense on 10-29-2011)
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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.

UCLABrewN84, Oct 01, 2013
Photo of GRG1313
3/5  rDev -19.4%

GRG1313, Oct 21, 2013
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

ygtbsm94, Oct 25, 2013
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.

StonedTrippin, Oct 11, 2014
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.

mactrail, Sep 24, 2014
Photo of mdaschaf
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

mdaschaf, Nov 07, 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
Photo of strongaf
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

strongaf, Nov 16, 2012
Photo of msubulldog25
4/5  rDev +7.5%

msubulldog25, Oct 27, 2012
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.

harrymel, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of ADTaber
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

ADTaber, Oct 12, 2014
Photo of Morey
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Morey, Saturday at 01:03 PM
Photo of Kopfschuss
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Kopfschuss, Aug 06, 2012
Photo of Hopmodium
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Hopmodium, Oct 29, 2013
Photo of jrohrbacher
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

jrohrbacher, Aug 06, 2013
Photo of jdense
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

jdense, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of MastaShonuf
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

MastaShonuf, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of NickThePyro
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

NickThePyro, Sep 20, 2014
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 Scotchboy
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Scotchboy, Oct 30, 2013
Photo of LakerLeith
4.5/5  rDev +21%

LakerLeith, Jun 22, 2014
Photo of RJLarse
4.06/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

RJLarse, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of johnnyboy76
4.5/5  rDev +21%

johnnyboy76, Oct 07, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

bernat1971, Jan 15, 2014
Photo of Mphis
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Mphis, Feb 04, 2014
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Big Black Jack (Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter) from Oakshire Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.