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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: 8.95%
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: MUSHROOMCLOUD on 09-17-2006)
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3/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of crusian
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
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 DoktorZee
3.3/5  rDev -15.6%
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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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of rdooley
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of seaoflament
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to midaszero for the opportunity to try this one.

Pours a light caramel color with about half inch of foam that quickly recedes to a ring. The beer is a couple of shades darker in the glass, a dark mahogany with some cherry highlights on the sides.

Intensely sweet malt aroma as soon as I started pouring, lots of vanilla. A mixture of sweet malts, cherry notes, oak, moderate bourbon, vanilla cookies, sweet raisins, plums, and some nutty malts in the background too. Flowery and a little bit spicy if you look for it. Not a very bold aroma but nothing offensive. As it opens up it starts to release some aromas that remind me of cherry syrup with the most minimal medicinal twist. Ok, I've left this beer in the glass (Chimay) for a few minutes and it seems to be opening up now. I'm getting more vanilla, caramel, biscuit, toast, oak, hints of coffee in the background, and more sweet fruits.

Started off with some toast but the oak flavors overpowered it right away, and that's not such a bad thing. Oak and vanilla rush through and the toasted malts follow close by. A little alcohol and bourbon flavor in the finish. Dried fruits and toast upfront on the second sip. A bit of multi-grain bread, some raisins, and either chocolate or toffee flavors in the aftertaste. Some nutty flavors in the end. A few roasted flavors in the finish. Not bad but I would have preferred more dark fruit notes and a slightly bigger body.

Very thin body but the carbonation really picks this one up as it is very smooth and airy on the palate. Somewhat of a dry finish, very clean.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of inlimbo77
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz, 1/30/13, Garrison Brothers edition, Bottle 37
Riedel tulip

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.

Photo of MUSHROOMCLOUD
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark, dark brown -- mahogany. White cap for a head that leaves thin wisps of lace.

S - Initially all I could detect was some fruitiness because the beer was served way too cold. Towards the end I gat a nice boozy, whisky like aroma out of the aroma.

T - Nutty malt. Fruity. Peat malt?? Mild butteriness. Slight hint of wood. Sweet finish, bourbon at the very end. (I am not sure about the style of this beer, I picked what was closest.)

M - Medium body. Low carbonation.

D - Good drinkability. Served too cold. The barrel aging effect is very limited. 3.6 on my first review.

7-27-07

A - Dark brown. Poured with no head only a white ring. Thin web-like lace pattern.

S - Roasted malt and faint vanilla.

T - Chocolaty, earthy malt. Rich. Brown sugar. Caramel. Vanilla. Boozy bourbon. Late sweetness but not long into the finish.

M - Medium body - medium carb.

D - Good. Much better than the first time I had this. More complex flavor.

Photo of AChamberlain
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
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?

Photo of wampahoofus
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
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 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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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of UTCengOwl
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of hopdog
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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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Black Jack (Bourbon Barrel Aged) from North by Northwest Restaurant & Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.