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: 130
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 2
Gots: 10 | FT: 1
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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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Reviews by zac16125:
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another great beer from the Brew Kettle, this one pours dark almost black with ruby/scarlet highlights when held toward the light. Thicket of tan head forms nicely with a scattered banded lacing pattern. Aroma has dark roasted malts and hints of coffee and dark chocolate with an air of underly fruit and herbal hops. Flavor has a nice big chocolate/nutty combonation going on. Also toffee and dark ripened fruit come about in the flavor with a bit of herbal hops. Complex porter nice girth being a robust porter, medium bodied moderate even carbonation levels going strong. I can't wait to try the rest of their beers, man I might have to visit the brewery again this summer.

Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew is a dark brown with some clarity coming through at the edges and some lighter brown highlights. A tight head forms with good retention and lacing.
The aroma is roasted malts with perhaps a mix of some other malts and just a touch of hops. Light smoky, shocolate and coffee notes all come through with a touch of wood.
Mostly roasted malts in the flavor as well, with the same coffee, chocolate and smoky notes coming through with light touches of hops and wood. While this isn't a massive, in-your-face superbeast, there's no astringency that comes through here or the charred woods, making this a solid all-around beer.
The mouthfeel is nicely creamy, a good smoothness coming through to fill the mouth. While it's no monstrous stout, the body is pretty full and there's enough malty robustness to please.
This is a very good porter and well worth a try.

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 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 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 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.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle, 6.5% ABV. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with about a half inch light tan head. Head retention is good, but not much lacing left on the glass. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee. Taste is pretty much just like the aroma, with the bitter coffee flavor being somewhat stronger compared to the others. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it does seem a bit light for the style. Decent carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and goes down easy enough. I think this is a pretty decent brew overall, not a bad choice for $3.99 a bomber. I'd buy this again in the future.

Photo of Beejay
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Dark brown with ruby hues as it is held to the light. a lovely soft tan head nestled on top. Plenty of carbonation crawled it's way up the side when I poured.

S: Syrupy with hints of roasted malt and molasses. Very nice.

T: Malty and roasty. There is a bit of a sweetness to this that works alongside a bit of a sour note. Something I am not particularly found of in porters. Though still good overall.

M: Fairly thin body, with quite high carbonation.

D: Good overall, but not something I would buy a lot of.

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 JamnesCameron
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received this in the Black Booty BIF from drgonzo. Thanks Paul!

Poured into a Le Cheval Blanc pint glass.

Pours a deep ruby with a light tan head that drops after a few minutes to barely a wisp. Not much lacing.

Aromas of dusty roasted grain, coffee, and chalk. Some cocoa powder hints and anise.

Flavor of light anise, cocoa, mocha java, with a nice roasty bitter finish that is slow to fade. A little carbonic acid bite.

Mouthfeel is medium, with a prickle of carbonation. Roasted grainy dryness.

Overall drinkability is good. Makes for a decent sessionable beer.

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 Rhettroactive
2.98/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From 22oz bomber to Bruges hybird glass on 10/19/11
*From notes

-- Another one from the Vault de la Sieg --

A: Lighter in color then I'd expected. If I didn't know any better, I'd call this an English Brown. A good pour yields a two finger head with nice retention and above average lacing.

S: Just some grains and what comes off a bit like Cocoa Puffs.

T: Kinda sweet. Hints of milk chocolate and earth. Not nearly as rich as it should be. The finish is a bit milky.

M: Thin. I've had some dense American Porters. This, sadly, isn't one of them.

O: The Brew Kettle's Black Jack Porter is about as average a beer as you can get. Forgettable as yesterday's BM. Leave this one on the shelf and check out the brewery's better brews like White Rajah, as you'll most likely find this one utterly boring.

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 Clydesdale
3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark brown with deep reddish notes. A decent amount of light shines through. The light brown head is decently sized, with a foamy and frothy texture. Retention is solid, and some respectable lacing sticks to the glass.

S: Firm notes of dark malt in the nose. Dark chocolate aromas are plentiful, with lesser roasted coffee presence also available. A mild underlying sweetness adds some depth with a light vanilla character. A light leafy hop note.

T: Moderately robust dark/roasted malt flavor up front. I get much more cocoa/dark chocolate flavor than coffee, although both are present. Some mild sweetness pops up mid-sip. I do still get a light lactic creaminess/vanilla flavor into the finish. A mild hop bite is nothing out of the ordinary.

M: Full-bodied. Smooth and creamy, with light carbonation. Light dryness in the finish.

D: A quality porter from the Brew Kettle. I'm digging the chocolaty flavor with a light coffee-and-cream vibe. Drinkability is good but never outstanding. Not enthralling, but well crafted.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

At tap at the Brew Kettle.

Pours a dark brown color with a light tan head and a bit of lacing. The nose has a good roast character and a fairly-strong coffee presence. Really quite nice; a good in-between beer after going back and forth between all of their hoppy offerings. The taste has mostly coffee and roast as well, though the roast is quite a bit more prevalent and brings it a bit out of balance. The body is medium with a dry finish. Pretty solid and enjoyable.

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 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 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 JayQue
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good one! pours a dense brown color with no light coming through. Medium tan head. Average retention. Some spotty lacing. Enjoyed this one with mild cheese and crackers.

Smell is fairly mild. Mostly semi-sweet chocolate and malt. Tastes is good! Malty and semi sweet chocolate up front, more of a coffee taste after the beer warms up. Hops are not apparent but since the beer is not too sweet, I guess there is some balance here too.

first taste (a little cold) was a bit thin in the mouthfeel department. As it warms, it seems richer...in any case it is deceptively smooth for 6.5%

Drinkability is good. You could do several pints of this and enjoy them before you realized the strength!! Nice porter

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 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 Deuane
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Deep, dark brown with a thin light brown head. Head reduced to a thin ring and left spotty lace.

S-Dark roasted malt, and a light dose of chocolate malt. A bit of black coffee bitterness in the background.

T-Dark roasted and chocolate malt perform an impressive duet. A nice dose of espresso bitterness in the finish.

M-Medium-full, rich and roasty with nice lingering flavours.

D-A nice full flavoured porter that has all of the taste attributes that I like. Well done and at only 6% ABV this is an easy beer to enjoy multiples of.

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 LiquidCucumber
4.27/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark brown, nearly black. Has a small but creamy tan head that looks pretty good.

S - Surprisingly chocolately malts followed by roasty coffee. A touch of dark fruit.

T - A slightly chalky flavor that is beat to the background by the richness of the chocolately malts. A plethora of flavors exists here; raisins, coffee, earth, plums, soy, dates, and even a little cola. This is rounded out by a small hit of bitter spiciness from the hops.

M - Too light and carbonated to be a stout, but makes a mighty fine porter. Still creamy and sticks all over the mouth.

D - No need to share the bomber with a friend, it's easy to take on the Black Jack and come out a winner. Another hit for TBK!

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