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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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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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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

fivetime, Oct 05, 2013
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
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

KetchumSuds, Sep 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

BigJYoungblood, Sep 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

jrohrbacher, Aug 06, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

MastaShonuf, Jul 21, 2013
4/5  rDev +7.5%

BESTIALEX, Apr 04, 2013
Photo of Smurf2055
4.06/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

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.

Smurf2055, Apr 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

bradleyp, Mar 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +21%

chugamugofsud, Feb 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Dunkelhund, Feb 03, 2013
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.

N3rdM3t4l, Jan 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

iKrystin, Jan 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Vancoubeer, Nov 29, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

AxesandAnchors, Nov 22, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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

msubulldog25, Oct 27, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

BobDole007, Oct 21, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

hannaho, Oct 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

Beertopia, Oct 20, 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
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3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Sarlacc83, Oct 19, 2012
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
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4.5/5  rDev +21%

johnnyboy76, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of Bfarr
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Bfarr, Sep 14, 2012
Big Black Jack (Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter) from Oakshire Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.