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

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

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BA SCORE
87
very good

31 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 31
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 9.23%


Brewed by:
North by Northwest Restaurant & Brewery visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Dark Ale |  ABV ?

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: MUSHROOMCLOUD on 09-17-2006)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 31 | Reviews: 15 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by beersheppard:
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beersheppard

Texas

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark brown, tan thin head, no lacing.

Smell: roasty malts, smoky

Taste: rich malts, deep smokiness, bourbon, vanilla, tobacco

Mouthfeel: surprisingly thin, nothing special

Drinkabilty: definitely get again when I am in the mod for a flavorful beer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-11-2010 01:17:45 | More by beersheppard
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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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A: Doesn't pour as dark as I thought it would be as a "dark ale". Darkish amber I guess. Looks dark brown with light coming through and reddish tint. Initially a half finger of slight off white light tan head. Sticky lacing.

S: I am actually getting some tartness on the front. Some vanilla and wood notes. Wonder if that's infection? It's slight but seems to be starting to come through, although it's still a nice nose outside of that.

T: Initially a touch of tartness up front. Very carbonated. Some creaminess. Some nuttiness. Chocolate. Not dark, but milk. Dryness. Lingering booze.

M: It's full bodied. Not as creamy as I would have thought.

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3.3/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at NXNW along with a delicious meal. On tap in a chalice via an imperial-size pour.

A - very dark brown, not quite black, arrived with no head and very slight streaky lacing

S - sweet, dark fruit on the nose dominate, also a hint of vanilla

T - light initial grassy hops quickly replaced with dark fruits (plum and raisin), slight enduring bitterness but not very powerful

M - surprising light with low carbonation

D - quite drinkable, but expecting more character

I was hoping for a little more from this beer, not sure if it was just this batch but it seemed to lack concentration and intensity. While it's in a Belgian style, it doesn't have nearly the punch of a true Belgian.

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11-20-2011 18:34:46 | More by DoktorZee
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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

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03-29-2011 23:13:46 | More by crusian
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UTCengOwl

Texas

4/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: growler

02-20-2011 22:30:39 | More by UTCengOwl
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wampahoofus

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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redraider2323

Texas

4.63/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - black with brownish hues around the edges. Nice cap of foam.

S - love it! Vanilla, bourbon, oak, chocolate, caramel

T - more of the same. The malt flavors are a little more prominent than the bourbon and oak in the taste.

M/D - medium thick mouthfeel, but creamy and a little slick. Very drinkable. Not overly sweet at all. Highly recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

12-21-2010 20:54:51 | More by redraider2323
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: growler

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wagenvolks

Texas

4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the NXNW brewpub, poured into a snifter.

The body of Black Jack was an attractive plum-mahogany hue, while the thin head displayed a toasted custard color. The draft pour didn't create much head, but a quick swirl of the glass built the foam to a quarter inch in height--no lacing. Delicate aroma, although the barrel-aging wasn't immediately apparent. Sweet, fruity notes of raisin, fig, red grapes, backed by a hint of toasted chocolate and caramel malts. The slightest hint of vanilla and wood pulled through as the beer warmed.

Oh my...the flavor showed up in a major way; these NXNW brewers know how to barrel-age a beer! Creamy vanilla notes from the bourbon paired effortlessly with toasted caramel malt, raisin rum, chocolate liquor, and earthy hops. No one flavor outshined the other, as the slick, medium mouthfeel finished on the dry side with a heated spice note from the alcohol. Drinkability is fantastic; despite tastes of bourbon and other booze, there was very little alcoholic heat or thickness to this beer, making it a joy to consume. Well done!

[EDIT: Tried again 1/11...bourbon-ness that I loved so much in the original is all but a ghost of its former self. For shame...review adjusted accordingly]

Serving type: on-tap

06-13-2009 04:37:28 | More by wagenvolks
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Black Jack (Bourbon Barrel Aged) from North by Northwest Restaurant & Brewery
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