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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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Reviews: 55
Hads: 130
Avg: 3.68
pDev: 11.41%
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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Reviews: 55 | Hads: 130
Photo of biglite351
2.33/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Light through the center of the glass with a near white thick creamy head.

S - Strong malts smell, some dark chocolate hidden in ther with a touch of dark fruit

T - old watered down coffee with malts and a hint of chocolate. Not actuallt bad, but certainly not good.

M - Thin with a mild coating. Slight tingle on sides of tongue.

O - No reason to buy this again.

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Photo of nrbw23
2.97/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours a dark brown color with red highlights and a tan colored head. Head has ok retention and leaves some nice lacing.

S- Smell is pretty faint but still good. Roasted malts, coffee, darker fruits and chocolate.

T- Taste is really faint even weaker than the nose. Pretty disappointed how the label said robust and complex. The main flavour I'm picking up is stale coffee. A bit of sweetness but not a lot going on here.

M- Fairly light in body with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Not really impressed with this one. I'll be passing on this one.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
2.98/5  rDev -19%
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.

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Photo of PDXHops
3.11/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

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Photo of JDV
3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle received in trade from Crizay. Thanks Chris!
Pours black with slight ruby edges and a lasting tan head. Smell is roasty with some coffee hints. Pretty nice nose overall. Taste is of medium richness of roasty bittersweetness. Balanced with a hint of alcohol and a lingering dark roasted flavor and somewhat of an odd bitterness at the end for me. Decent porter.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
3.22/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

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Photo of Vierenner
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

It doesn't quite live up to the "Robust" claim on the label. Pours fairly well with a natural looking head ... not the infused, fake carbonation-like head present in some other cheaper porters/stouts. It has a burnt, bitter taste. Seems kind of watery. The first sip was promising but I became bored with it fairly quickly.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
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).

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.27/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

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Photo of BB1313
3.29/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

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Photo of Bung
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

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Photo of Beejay
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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Photo of stakem
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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Photo of tlazaroff
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours almsot pitch black with a slight reddish hue around the edges. The head is a mocha colored tan, made of a mixture of big and tiny bubbles

S: I get this wonderful roasted chocolate scent on the nose with this beer. The chocolate soon gives way to a great espresso aroma that you would find in some venetian corner coffee house.

T: I drank half of it before I could determine the taste. Defiantly coffee-dominated, but with a background burnt coffee taste. It tastes good, but there isn't anything special about it.

M: Medium-full bodied and highly carbonated, finishes somewhat dry.

D: This is a good beer to have on-hand, but there are better local choices for me.

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Photo of AwYeh
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another reasonably priced bomber bottle from the Brew Kettle. Poured into my nonic glass. The porter appears a somewhat clear dark brown color with about an inch of fluffy ecru foam. Notes of mild coffee, medium roasted bready grains, milk and bittersweet chocolate, and caramel make up the majority of the nose and taste. A tad better than medium bodied with ample carbonation.

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Photo of BeerBuckeye
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
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.


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Photo of lochef81
3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of akorsak
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
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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Photo of stercomm
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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

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Photo of mdfb79
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From 01/02/11 notes. Shared this one at a local DC tasting. Received as part of the Secret Santa BIF thanks to pwoods.

a - Pours a black color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts, and light dark fruit.

t - Tastes a bit watered down, and of chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and roasted malts. Not bad, just watered down.

m - Light body and low carbonation.

d - A nice porter, just a little thin and watered down in the taste. Would give another shot though.

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One Eyed Jack (Black Jack Porter) from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
83 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.