One Eyed Jack (Black Jack Porter) - The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works

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One Eyed Jack (Black Jack Porter)One Eyed Jack (Black Jack Porter)

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Ratings: 129
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 2
Gots: 10 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: JDV on 03-24-2008

Formerly named "Black Jack Porter".
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Ratings: 129 | Reviews: 55
Photo of WoodBrew
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The One-Eyed Black Jack Porter is a nice easy drinking porter with enough oomph to make it quite good. The beer poured a opaque black with tan had that is not leaving much of a lace. The scent carries some hints of vanilla and cocoa. The taste is a nice balance between roast and bitterness to come off the pallet clean. The mouthfeel is medium in body with smooth carbonation. Overall.....very nice.

Photo of stercomm
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

A - Dark black with a very slight tan head, minimal lacing
S - Toasted malts, some caramel.
T - Roasty malts, coffee, dry chocolate on the finish
M - Very slight carbonation
O - I agree with a previous rating, a bit watery but I like the taste

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Undated bottle at 40 degrees into imperial pint
Marked aroma of toasted/roasted malt
Head large (6 cm), light brown, creamy with some rocks, slowly diminishing
Lacing OK, some partial rings and stalactites with small bubbles
Body dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor starts with a roasted malt bitterness and flavor, drifting into a light sweetness. No hint of alcohol, hops, or diacetyl.
Palate is medium to full, watery, with lively carbonation.

Overall, not a bad tasting porter, but seems a little too watery to me. Would like to try this on tap (they were out the last trip there).

Photo of angelmonster
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pitch black body with a khaki, 1/4 inch head. Beer is completely opaque. Head retention and lacing were good.

First aromas are of tons of smoked and burnt caramel malts. Oak flavors are also present, hops are very faint. There is a weird copper scent that lingers and alcohol isn't apparent.

Dominent flavor at first is definitely smoke, reminiscent of a smoked porter or rauchbier. There is also a touch of caramel sweetness with end notes of slight bitterness. For 6.5 abv, alcohol is pretty subtle. Only blemish on taste is a weird copper aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and smooth as you would hope for the style. Head added some thickness to the beer. Carbonation was pretty lively.

Overall this was a pretty solid beer. Nothing mind blowing but good in all aspects. Wouldn't seek out this beer but glad I tried it

Photo of lochef81
3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is one of my last bottles from an Ohio buying trip a few months back. It pours a handsome near black with a short lived tan head that leaves a nice film and lacing. The aroma is bittersweet chocolate, lightly roasted coffee, caramel malts, and vanilla. The mouth is light and easy to drink. Surprisingly refreshing for this dark of a beer. The flavor is indeed a robust blend of roasted malts, coffee, and vanilla. Sligtly sweet but pleasantly bitter on the tail end. This is a very well crafted porter. Its no Deschutes or Founders but very good none the less.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The Brew Kettle One Eyed Jack Robust Porter has a thin, tan head (which becomes thick, when the bottom of the bottle, with the sediment, is swished and poured in), a very dark brown, almost black appearance, and substantial lacing left behind. The aroma is mild, but one can pick up a slight bit of roasted malt and some sourness. The taste is of medium-roasted barley malt, chocolate, coffee, brown bread crust, and a touch of bitterness, as well. Mouthfeel is medium and slick. One Eyed Jack finishes wet, refreshing, mild, and easy going. Overall, this is a very good beer.

RJT

Photo of McNealc31
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Color is nice. Almost no head. Very chocolatey aroma. Smooth and surprisingly light on the tongue. It's got all the flavors you want in a porter. Bitter coffee, loads of chocolate, light smoke, some oak and vanilla.

The first couple sips didn't do a lot for me, but now that it's warmer, all the flavors are coming out more. Definitely give this some time to come up to temp. It'll make a difference.

This is very good, but it's a step below the elite porters I've had. But I couldn't tell you what's missing. Certainly not a disappointment.

Photo of stakem
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into a snifter. This bottle is circa 2010 and was lodged in the back of the fridge. The brew pours a dark brown with clarity around the edges and a frothy khaki head sits atop. Some spotty webs of lace stick to the glass.

The aroma includes notes of milk chocolate mixed with a little bit of roast. It is somewhat oxidized with earth and mild citrus to fruity hops components blended into the nose. A mild fruity tinge is present somewhat reminescent of raisins.

The taste includes a flavor of raisins and the previously mentioned milk chocolate character with minimal dry roasty flavor. A little hint of earth breaks things up coupled with an aftertaste of tobacco and citrus to fruity hops.

This is a medium to lighter bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. It is overall a bit lighter in the feel than expected with almost too much of a watery and easy drinking feel. Overall though it id nice and without fault. Just an everyday easy drinking porter that id probably enjoy again if offered but wouldnt go out of my way for.

Photo of zac16125
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a chalice/snifter hybrid glass
no born on date, received a number of months ago in a trade

A: Pours a dark cola brown with less than 1 fingers width of light mocha colored head, looks like a coke cola except a bit more opaque. Leaves some small patches of lacing.

S: Roasted malt is the main player here, along with hints of chocolate, creamed coffee, and anise. Its kind of smells like it was raw barrel aged, with hints of oak and vanilla. Quite nice.

T: Follows the nose. Tons of roasted malt. Vanilla, bakers chocolate, a hint of booze which is surprising given the low ABV. Tasty.

M/D: Pretty heavily carbonated, and rather thin. Not this beers strong suit.

O: Overall, above average, but not great. By far the best of the 3 Brew Kettle offerings he sent over via trade ( 4C's Pale and Dark Helmet being the other two; he was supposed to send White Rajah, what a disappointment), this is the only one Id drink again. Nothing special, but a well done and enjoyable American Porter.

Photo of suspect
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle courtesy of RocPorterFanatic (yet again...thanks dog).

A: Deep black color. Aggressive center pour leads to a half-finger head that dissipates quickly. Lacing is consistent and plentiful.

S: Nice nose of roasted malts, cocoa, figs and plum skin. This beer makes me realize that a good American Porter is tough to beat.

T: Big complex, smokey, toasty, full of chocolate, burnt toast and raisins. Nicely complex porter.

M: Big bodied, perfectly carbonated.

O: RocPorterFanatic is making me realize that there is *nothing* better than a fine porter. The bottles he sent in this BIF have turned me into a convert..

Photo of PDXHops
3.11/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle from Ryan011235, poured into a LaChouffe tulip. Fairly dark brown with an initial explosive tan head that quickly settles into a foamy finger or so, and then slowly into a skim over time. Several loosely formed rings of lacing are left behind.

The nose features burnt and roasted malts with bittersweet chocolate. Leans a little heavily toward the burnt end of things, a theme that carries over into the flavor profile. A touch of sweetness might smooth out the acridity of the burn malts. Campfire coffee with a moderate hop bite and surprising viscosity, but with a fair dose of carbonation to keep things moving along. The lack of sweetness doesn't really hurt drinkability, I tend to like my dry porters more roasty than sharp. Not bad, a middle-of-the-pack kinda porter.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.06/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

No. This isn't working for me. This beer tastes like something I really don't want to mention. With that in mind, this beer will never get beyond an "eh" rating. What ya gonna do. Maybe I got too much garlic on my breath or something. Just kidding. I know it's not my breath.

Photo of schoolboy
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a pretty good porter, with a lot going on, all in a mild way. It's not as hoppy, as the style would dictate, but OK for a porter. It's also somewhat thick and malty as it should be.

This stuff is dark dark brown and nearly opaque. It has nice bubbles and lace.

The aroma is a bit watery. The taste is about where it should be, but not something that makes me want to declare this my favorite of the style (far from it). It is one of my least favorite Brew Kettle beverages.

Not recommended.

Photo of hosehead83
3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Dark brown/black in color, with ruby highlights. Moderate head of tan foam.
Aroma-Faint chocolate and coffee
Taste-Dark roast coffee, chocolate. A bit thin-bodied but decent flavor overall. A nice match for a cheeseburger or a pulled pork sandwich.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One Eyed Jack (Black Jack Porter)
The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
Style: American Porter
ABV: 6.60 %

LOOK: Dark brown, opaque and pretty much black color. Light brown mocha creme head forms and leaves lace down the pint.

SMELL: Roasted malts, smoke, chocolates and black coffee aromas. Smells like how a porter/stout should smell.

TASTE: Robust is the key word, with loads of black patent malt, coffee, milk chocolates, raisin, prune, and light charcoal flavors. Firmly malty, with a small bitterness. The robustness of this brew adds to the bitterness, and a well balanced brew is achieved.

FEEL: Medium bodied, a bit on the light side, thin, but not watery. Carbonation level is good at a medium/high level.

OVERALL: Another tasty brew from the Brewkettle. Solid porter that can stand up to some of the better examples of the style. The small brewpub/restaraunt in Ohio is doing big things with their recipes. Quite good.

Photo of AwYeh
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Undated 12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Dark brown, reddish-tinged body with a half-finger or so of fine off-white head. Just a bit of lacing.

S: Sweet chocolate flavors, a good amount of a cola type smell, plus light smoky, coffee, and musty tones compose this one. Pretty pleasant– maybe just a bit too sweet for me to fully appreciate it, but above average.

T: Bittersweet, roasted chocolate malts form a backbone here, with coffee and smoke complementing things nicely. Still tastes a bit like cola, with a light nuttiness and lingering bitterness coming in. It's

M: Fairly thin body with moderate carbonation. The finish is dry and lasting, even without a sticky, dense body.

O: Another solid offering from Brew Kettle; it's not the biggest or thickest porter but is still well worthy of respect.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mine says it's 6.5% ABV. Picked this up at Vintage Estate for a reasonable $2.29

A - Huh not much head is kind of a downer. Even the mocha lace ring is just mildly fizzy. Color is a nice dark almost pitch black. Not the best presentation.

S - Ah it smells of good roasty malt with chalky yeast and a touch of coffee.

T - Not bad it does have some good dry porter aspects. The flavors are there and it does have a nice body with mild cocoa, touch of coffee and a burnt sugar like sweetness. Dry finish and a touch chalky.

M - Medium bodied despite of lack of carbonation.

Overall much better than most of the new beers I picked up from Vintage. Not a bad beer overall will seek others from this brewery.

Photo of Ryan011235
3.27/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 4/24/12

Pours a medium brown and settles dark, though held to the light the beer shines with a pretty deep purple and ruby hue. One finger cap of smooth, tan colored foam drops quickly to a thin layer.

Chocolate plays a big part of the aroma; somewhat sweet and a little burnt. Roasted coffee notes round it out giving the nose balance. Vanilla overtones and a hint of earthy hops. There are some tangy fruit notions on the second pour.

One Eyed Jack has a snappy combo of hops and carbonation right off the rip. However, the hops taper off to a roasted coffee bitterness that stays throughout. Chocolate isn't as prominent as in the aroma. On the whole, this beer smells better than it tastes.

Aside from the aforementioned assertive carbonation, the over all feel tends toward the smooth, with the medium-full body having an inky feel. The carbonation needs a time out.

Overall impression - Not bad, but it's not in the tier of some of the better porters out there.

Photo of Bung
3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. A pretty carbonated looking dark brown pour, off white head atop.

Aroma, malty caramel, chocolate. Small amont of toasted malt. Some cola like qualities.

Taste, some slightly earthy malt, cocoa, toffee. Pretty dry, some roast and cocoa finish. Didn't really get any cola here thankfully.

A lighter body, lively carbonation. Drinks quite easy, could work even on a warm day.
Nothing too big or complex, but solid.

Photo of Hoptometrist
3.22/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served from the bottle into a nonic glass

A- Poured a very dark brown with a frothy head that dissipated quickly. No lace

S- Some sweet dark fruits, cocoa powder, roasted barley, and big mineral aroma

T- Strong Dr. Pepper/cola like taste, some dark fruits, and roasted barley. Definitely a sweeter porter, not really much roastiness to speak of.

M- Pretty fizzy mouthfeel, light bodied for a porter

O- There are a lot of great porters available in NE Ohio so I don't think I will pick this one up again. Tastes very much like a flat Dr. Pepper and drinks like pop too.

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours crystal clear very dark brown color with a small 1 finger dense tan head with good retention that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Some slight spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of caramel, chocolate, roasted malt, biscuit, roasted nut, cola, and herbal hops. Nice and well balanced standard porter aromas. Taste of caramel, chocolate, toffee, roasted malt, biscuit, roasted nut, coffee, and herbal hops. Light bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, chocolate, roasted malt, and roasted nut on the finish for a bit. Nicely balanced and blended flavor profile. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy mouthfeel. Very easy to drink; with hardly any alcohol warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice and very enjoyable porter. Nice robust flavors and good balance.

Photo of BB1313
3.29/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours jet black with a little light getting through. There's not much head to speak of, even with a hard pour; not much lacing or retention. Nice aromas, tons of dark roasted chocolate and some black coffee. There's a nice touch of smoke as well. Flavors are dominated by roasted malts and bitter chocolate. More coffee/expresso notes. There's not too much sweetness going on. Mouthfeel is interesting. It has alot of carbonation going on and is pretty thin, but still remains smooth. Finishes pretty dry. Alcohol goes unnoticed even at 6.5% abv, which is technically high for your traditional porter, but not in general. Not bad..

This is your typical average porter. I really like the coffee notes. Nice and enjoyable, but I personally feel there are better examples, especially locally. This is still worth a shot if you come across it.

Photo of BeerBuckeye
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a mahogany/brown. Small, 1 finger tan head that dissipates quickly and leaves a bit of lacing along the sides.

S - Roasted malt, a tinge of coffee and dark chocolate.

T - Pretty full taste present. Definitely a lot of roasted coffee, dark malts, and just a bit of chocolate. Blended well.

M - Very smooth, decent carbonation. A tad thin.

Overall - I thought this was a pretty solid porter. I've had better, I've had worse. This is definitely on the good side. It was a little light in my opinion but still very good. Even tasty on an 80-degree day here in Ohio.

Photo of wvsabbath
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - BLacksih tan/brown, nice creamy 1 inch head and lots of lacing.

Smell - Malts, nut, chocolate, coffee, mollasses, smoke, dark fruit like rasin and plum. Amazing aromoa, soon as i cracked the bottle it hit me!

Taste - Dark roasted malts and nice smoked coffee make up the main flavor. Not overly sweet or to coffee flavored, very balanced. Some chocolate balanced out the bitterness. Has a nice smoked porter flavor much like stones porter.

Mouthfeel - Its very nice and tasty on the tounge. Smoke and malts cover and coat mouth very nicely. Chocolate and coffee hits palette and adds a nice sweet finish. Aftertaste is coffee and malty.

Overall - I really enjoyed this porter. I would love to have this side by side with stone to see which on i like better. Not going to overtake alaskian smoked porter but id for sure try this one out if your a fan of any smoked porters.

Photo of akorsak
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A bomber from somewhere in the Buckeye state.

A: A dark beer, cola brown with mild ruby highlights. Another head that doesn't amount to much, both on the initial pour and in the aftermath -- just a thin white band that just a bit of darker color to it.

S: Rather stout-like, dark roasted with a palpable sweetness. Chocolate, cocoa, mild spices and even a bit of vanilla come through, with the chocolate repeatedly standing out with its smooth sweetness.

T: Roasted with a lingering 'old' flavor that adds a depth. Chocolate joins the darker malts, adding sweetness. Mild vanilla flavors join the chocolate, just a little spicy against the dark backdrop. The old flavors, just a little off, add a pleasant twist near the finish. Sweet fruits follow, soft before being folded back into the porter's chocolate finish. The porter sports a rather dry finish.

M: Chocolate takes a starring role in this porter, pushing aside most of the other darker flavors. A mild spice profile adds diversionary relief.

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One Eyed Jack (Black Jack Porter) from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
83 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.