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Black Jack (Bourbon Barrel Aged) - North by Northwest Restaurant & Brewery

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Black Jack (Bourbon Barrel Aged)Black Jack (Bourbon Barrel Aged)

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BA SCORE
87
very good

38 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 8.7%
Wants: 11
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
North by Northwest Restaurant & Brewery visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Dark Ale |  ABV ?

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MUSHROOMCLOUD on 09-17-2006

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Ratings: 38 | Reviews: 15 | Display Reviews Only:
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to angrypirate06 for sharing this handbottle.

I have tried this before but never reviewed it. The beer pours a brown color with a tan head. The aroma is oak and bourbon, just what I look for in a bourbon-barrel aged beer. The flavor is vanilla, brown sugar, oak, bourbon and some roasted malts. Low carbonation and medium mouthfeel.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of UTCengOwl
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Filled a growler at NXNW and decided to upgrade to the barrel aged option. Glad I did. Served in a Great Divide balloon glass.

The beer itself is a dark, deep brown. The head is a relatively white foam that leaves good lacing. Good contrast.

The nose is a wonderfully smooth bourbon. Vanilla and wood. Fantastic. Maybe a bit caramelly, too. The nose has good retention of it's smell, too. Just wonderful.

The taste is bourbon dominated, but that's about it. The base beer seems bland... and the barrel flavors are a bit muted. Not nearly the match of the nose. At times, this seems watery, but the carbonation is good. All of these combined make it very drinkable. A very nice offering.

Photo of Big_Dave
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Theortiz01
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of hiikeeba
4.52/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

After a sampler before lunch today, my cousin and I decided the Okenagen (sp?) Black Ale was the beer we wanted. Dawn, our server, told they had just tapped Black Jack. "It's our black ale aged in a whiskey barrel. . ." "We'll take it," we chorused. "You had me at whiskey barrel," I said.

Dawn brought us a cognac glass with a dark black beer, and white creamy head. Whiskey aroma is prominent. It offsets the roasted malt nicely. The roasted malt flavor slowly builds up, though.

This was an excellent beer!

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of wampahoofus
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A nice deep chocolate brown. Somewhat clear. No head or lacing at all.

Smell: That sweet, boozy bourbon smell comes through. A bit of vanilla and just a touch of nutty malt.

Taste: The bourbon flavor dominates. It tastes like a bit was poured right in. There is very little bitterness of hops, just a round malt backbone. The beer is very light and clean for an ale. The ales here resemble lagar beers. Very german in nature.

Mouthfeel: It has a thin and clean mouthfeel. I expected something richer but this brew maintains a light and delicate nature, which is atypical of this style.

Drinkability: This beer is not as loud and extreme as the style and barrel aging would suggest. It is a very delciate take on the style making it quite drinkable.

Photo of hopdog
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bottle acquired in trade with lb4lb (thanks!).

Poured a deep, dark orange/amber (almost brown) color wtih an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of strong woody/oakiness, earthy, roasty, with light chocolate, and a trace of bourbon. The earthy/woodiness definitely dominates the aromas. Tastes of vanilla, whisky (more than the aromas), caramel, lighter roast, and vanilla. Body a bit on the thinner side.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of crusian
3.26/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on my phone, so shortened... also reviewing to style... hence the lower score.
Served in a 10 oz snifter with little head. Nose is bourbon, vanilla, oak...and not much else. Taste is a nice mellow bourbon with the typical vanilla and oak, but that's about it. A little on the boring side but still, it is nice to see brewpubs making bourbon aged brews, and it hits the spot nicely.

Photo of AChamberlain
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just got this after arriving and finding the Kodiak IPA is no longer available. This ended up being a nice surprise though in the end. Appearance wise, not too impressive, no head, black color. Can't pull much of an aroma off this one, too many food smells wafting around the joint. Bourbon right away in the flavor, nice warming. Went and smooth drinker. Very enjoyable. Wen well with my burger.

I wonder if there are any beer flavored bourbons?

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3/5  rDev -23.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of JDV
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almost opaque black pour in a tulip on draft. Color of black licorice after you bite into it with shades of chalky dark brown to black. Smell isn't overly strong but is quite inviting and nice. Subtle deep roasty malt, & some bourbon as well. Taste is incredibly smooth. Rich licorice like roasty malt, and a nice hit of bourbon flavor without the boozy, hot feel. Better than the Okanogan schwarzbier itself, and the Barrel aging adds some nice complementing character to this beer. I'd recommend this, and I'm not a regularly a schwarzbier fan.

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Black Jack (Bourbon Barrel Aged) from North by Northwest Restaurant & Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.