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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

37 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 37
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 8.93%
Wants: 10
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: MUSHROOMCLOUD on 09-17-2006)
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Photo of redraider2323
4.63/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

redraider2323, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of hiikeeba
4.53/5  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!

hiikeeba, May 25, 2007
Photo of Theortiz01
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Theortiz01, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of utfiero
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

utfiero, Jun 08, 2014
Photo of wisegreensoul
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

wisegreensoul, Jun 24, 2014
Photo of barbellsNbeers
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

barbellsNbeers, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of Gagnonsux
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Gagnonsux, Oct 27, 2012
Photo of gfg0020
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

gfg0020, May 26, 2014
Photo of wagenvolks
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
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]

wagenvolks, Jun 13, 2009
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +2%
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.

Mora2000, Apr 27, 2010
Photo of LXIXME
4/5  rDev +2%

LXIXME, Dec 04, 2013
Photo of jheezee
4/5  rDev +2%

jheezee, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of dumptruck81
4/5  rDev +2%

dumptruck81, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of zonker17
4/5  rDev +2%

zonker17, Jan 11, 2014
Photo of JamLand
4/5  rDev +2%

JamLand, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of UTCengOwl
4/5  rDev +2%
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.

UTCengOwl, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of stumac
4/5  rDev +2%

stumac, Apr 09, 2014
Photo of JohnBender
4/5  rDev +2%

JohnBender, Apr 26, 2014
Photo of hopdog
4/5  rDev +2%
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.

hopdog, Apr 15, 2009
Photo of JDV
4/5  rDev +2%
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.

JDV, Mar 01, 2008
Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev +2%

Exiled, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of beersheppard
4/5  rDev +2%
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.

beersheppard, May 11, 2010
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +2%

t0rin0, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of wampahoofus
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

wampahoofus, Feb 09, 2011
Photo of AChamberlain
3.88/5  rDev -1%
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?

AChamberlain, Aug 21, 2008
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Black Jack (Bourbon Barrel Aged) from North by Northwest Restaurant & Brewery
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