One Eyed Jack (Black Jack Porter) - The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
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3.63/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
04-29-2011 13:18:56 | More by Thorpe429
3.93/5 rDev +7.7%
Closer to burnt umber than jack-of-clubs black. In fact, the beer isn't opaque even with minimal backlighting. A semi-creamy crown of peanut shell colored foam does a pretty good job plugging the opening of the pint glass. Lace is respectable.
The nose delivers the usual dark chocolate and black coffee aromas of the style. Despite 30 IBUs, it doesn't smell like there are many hops in the house... which is fine. This has a chance to be solid beer.
Black Jack Porter is a pretty straightforward version of the style. That doesn't mean that it's bad beer, just that it isn't 'robust', 'full-bodied' or 'complex', as seen on the label. Then again, name more than a handful of 6.5% American porters that are any of those.
Specifics include charred cacao nibs, dark caramel, black coffee, and hints of citrus zest. Good sweet-bitter balance, slightly favoring the latter, especially on the back end. A light tanginess adds yet another interesting facet. This really is well-rounded, enjoyable ale of the roasted malty sort.
The mouthfeel is beginning to fill out a tad with warming. It's at least medium for the style and the bubbles help more than hinder. Don't drink BJP too cold or you won't experience it at its best.
The Brew Kettle does a very nice job with hoppy beer like Red Eye PA and Old 21 Imperial IPA. Black Jack Porter is just as good (even though it would be trounced by Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald) and is a worthwhile pick-up if you like well-crafted American porters. Especially at only $3.99 per bomber.
10-29-2010 12:24:54 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.08/5 rDev +11.8%
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.
08-20-2012 03:41:10 | More by RblWthACoz
4.1/5 rDev +12.3%
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.
04-29-2011 15:04:00 | More by WVbeergeek
3.73/5 rDev +2.2%
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.
01-05-2011 02:07:00 | More by mdfb79
3.43/5 rDev -6%
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.
01-03-2013 16:36:09 | More by stakem
3.68/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
01-15-2012 20:28:07 | More by akorsak
3.9/5 rDev +6.8%
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.
04-18-2012 03:35:43 | More by superspak
3.85/5 rDev +5.5%
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.
07-01-2012 16:17:18 | More by Stinkypuss
District of Columbia
2.98/5 rDev -18.4%
From 22oz bomber to Bruges hybird glass on 10/19/11
-- 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.
11-11-2011 23:14:38 | More by Rhettroactive
3.85/5 rDev +5.5%
Sample at the brewpub. This beer pours black with dark brown around the edges. Medium thin beige head that has good retention. Thin sheet of lacing on the glass. Roasty aroma of malt and coffee. Medium-bodied with a rich coffee character, with sweet malt and mild hops flavors supporting it. The finish is equal parts hoppy and malty with a lingering espresso aftertaste. Pretty good all around.
06-05-2008 16:14:00 | More by Dogbrick
3.93/5 rDev +7.7%
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.
05-19-2012 02:39:57 | More by DrDemento456
3.93/5 rDev +7.7%
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.
10-01-2010 20:59:11 | More by bluejacket74
3.93/5 rDev +7.7%
Thanks to Tifore for this bottle.
Pours deep chestnut brown, not quite black, with a small but thick tan head. Not much lacing.
Aroma is sweet with chocolate malts, roasted coffee and a bit of chalky bakers chocolate. Vanilla and dark fruits as well.
Taste is also sweet with lots of vanilla, caramel and chocolate malts. The toasted malts take a backseat to the sweetness.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated with a roasty finish.
This is a sweet porter with lots of chocolate and and a subtle roasty character. Really drinkable and, overall, a seriously tasty porter.
03-01-2011 03:15:53 | More by gford217
4/5 rDev +9.6%
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.
12-27-2010 21:30:58 | More by Brenden
3.98/5 rDev +9%
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.
04-08-2009 01:12:21 | More by Deuane
3.35/5 rDev -8.2%
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.
04-29-2012 02:27:57 | More by Bung
4/5 rDev +9.6%
Black Jack Porter has a very dark brown body with some ruby highlights thrown in around the edges where light comes through. The tan head is a bout a finger and a half tall and has pretty good retention and lacing.
The aroma has lots of coffee, some chocolate and some roasted malts. Just a hint of hops.
The strongest flavor in Black Jack Porter is probably the coffee, but by no means is it overwhelming. Along with it comes a bit of chocolate and some black malt. Maybe a hint of toffee or molasses also. Roasted malt is also pretty prevalent, and it almost brings a little bit of a smokey flavor. The finish has a low to moderate hop bite, supplying notes of grapefruit and citrus as well as a bitter bite to it. Lingering flavors of dark fruit come through in the finish also, but they are faint and illusory.
Good body for a porter, pretty full with cream carbonation.
This is a good porter. It makes me want to try more of the Brew Kettle beers that are on the darker side.
06-09-2011 20:13:58 | More by Hojaminbag
One Eyed Jack (Black Jack Porter) from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
83 out of 100 based on 117 ratings.