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Black Jack Porter - Left Hand Brewing Company

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Black Jack PorterBlack Jack Porter

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495 Reviews

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Reviews: 495
Hads: 1,285
Avg: 3.72
pDev: 18.28%
Wants: 54
Gots: 190 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Left Hand Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

Style | ABV
English Porter | 6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-16-2001

Slight malt Sweetness with notes of dark chocolate, espresso and herbal hops.
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Photo of PA-hunter
3.54/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter glass. 6.8% abv

Appearance- Pours a charcoal brown. Two finger head that dissipates fast. Opaque.

Smell- Roasted grains, carmamel. Some chocolate

Taste- Bready, roasted malt. Earthy flavor. Not heavy on the chocolate malt flavor but the expresso like flavor builds steady. The coffee bean taste lasts into the finish leaving a dry and bitter taste on the palate.

Mouthfeel- Medium in body, active carbonation.

Overall- Not bad. This one wasn't too impressive as it could have had a better malt profile. The expresso quality was bold and this is on the hoppy side for a porter which was interesting.

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Photo of microbrewlover
4.46/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a solid black with red highlights when held up to the light. There is a two finger mocha colored head which lasts for a while; some of it lasts until the end. Lots of lacing.

The smell is roasted malts, oats, chocolate, licorice, milk, fruits and nuts.

The taste follows the nose with roasted malts and oat sweetness coming in first. Then milk, light fruit, maybe pears, and some nuts. There is a hint of licorice as well. The feel is smooth and creamy; there is a little dryness on the backend but the cream remains after swallowing.

A good porter for sure.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Cola brown, opaque, with a tan half finger head that dissipates fast.

S: Dark chocolate, bready malts, espresso.

T: Chocolate slides in with a nice espresso finish. Sweet and robust. Light bitterness. Herbs on the finish.

M: Medium with medium, chewy mouthfeel.

O: A nice surprise. A decent porter. Would drink again.

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Photo of gmoneyproductions
3.86/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

on tap pint glass
look is amber brown with a small off white head
smells fruity, nutty and chocolatey
taste is nutty fruity and chocolate
feel is light for a porter and easy to drink
overall solid porter
nice on a warm fall day

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: dark brown with ruby accents throughout; can see through it clearly when held up to the light; less than a 1 finger light tan head that receded to a wispy cap; very nice lacing;

S: mild; roasted grains, a little sweetness; a hint of black coffee;

T: roasted grains with bittersweet chocolate, nuts, and a bit of coffee in the background; moderate bitterness at mid-palate that fades quickly;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: very nice;

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.89/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark mahogany color with a fingers worth of head that fades down to a very thin cap

S: Roasted malt, dark chocolate, light coffee, and some caramel sweetness stick out the most. Earthy and herbal hops in the background

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with some roast and dark chocolate and goes into some coffee notes. Finishes with some herbal hoppiness and light bitterness

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A solid, easy to drink porter that goes well any time. Could easily be a go-to

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Photo of CoryJones
5/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Excellent Beer, had a great feeling of drinking coffee, with a bit of chocolate, would have again in the near future, and is another example of the ways that left hand brewing is starting to make a name for themselves.

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Photo of JamesBondGA
3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured a deep, dark red, almost brown in color. Thin caramel colored head, with nice lacing on the glass. Smell of Chocolate and coffee. Taste is coffee at first, then the chocolate comes thru. Little thin for a porter.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.61/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on August 14, 2015.

Deep brown pour with a bit of a cloudiness and a full mocha head.

The aroma is milk chocolate through and through with some mild roasted malts in there and some earthy bitterness.

Thin to medium body.

The taste is again milk chocolate sweetness with a slightly bigger bitter finish than expected.

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Photo of MacMalt
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into snifter. The color is a very attractive dark red/brown-not as dark as many porters-with a thin milk white head and lacing. If it had more of a head, it would really be a beautiful beer. The smell is dark cherry, burnt coffee, and malt. The taste is coffee forward, followed by chocolate with a little bit of fruity sweetness but a somewhat bitter finish. Like many Left Hand offerings, it is medium bodied and carbonated; I prefer a chewier porter. Overall, it is pleasant but not really special.

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Photo of gonzo000
4.19/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I love this porter. I am not a big porter guy, but this porter is something special. That being said, you have to like a sweet beer, which I do. The color is a brown, cola like color with carbonation that continues to roll up the side of the glass 5 minutes into the beer. The head was 1 finger on the pour and it remains as a thin layer with pockets of thicker foam. For all of those positive notes, it does look a bit thin. Smell is Coffee, Chocolate and a bit of funk. The taste is coffee on the front, blending into the chocolate on the back. Feel is silky smooth. I am very impressed with this beer. Another HIT for the Hit and miss left hand brewing company.

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Photo of crob3888
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: pours brown with a neigh head and mahogany tinted edges
Smell: roasted barley, sweet vanilla, toffee, a little chocolate
Taste: caramelized sugar, burnt toast, some delicate hopping
Feel: light bodied and refreshing for a dark ale
Overall: a very good beer that could be a good introduction to dark beers

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
4.21/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A nicely roasted porter. Left Hand has consistently given me the impression that they're bread and butter is stouts and porters, and this only backs it up.

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Photo of shoob13
3.21/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought this at Total wine as part of a make your own six pack. The labeling kind of drew me in. I poured it into a pint glass. Black upon first glance but a deep red when penetrated with light. Scent was a bit underwhelming but this may just be my sensory deficit. Taste was predominantly bitter followed by the burst of chocolate, coffee, and molasses. Felt creamy and mildly carbonated. A nice porter overall but nothing to sell your first born over.

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Photo of Marraybay
4.09/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This was actually surprisingly good: Really nails the style quite well. Very nice general sweetness, roastiness, and mouthfeel throughout, with fair coffee/espresso bitterness at the close. Not a lot of foam or lacing here, but all and all, a very drinkable beer for fans of this style. (Blows something like Young's Chocolate Stout away, at least for me.)

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Best by: 9/21/15.

Pours a clear super dark orange-brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Thin streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, and cream aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa powder, char, caramel, and cream flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with great chocolate and cream qualities all around.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of NonSnob_BeerSnob
3.57/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The bottle doesn't lie you can taste the chocolate at first and finishes with the espresso flavor. It doesn't make my favorite list but it is a nice porter. I'd drink it again

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown in color but some light will seep through when held up to a light source. A fingernail of off white head surrounds the rim and not even a quarter of the top. Aroma is sweet dark malt, plum, and faint leather. I taste sweet dark malt and faint smoke. There's a slight pine hop bitterness in the finish. The mouth is smooth and lightly chewy.

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Photo of Jeffsta1
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A bit pale for a porter. Brown with hints of red.

Malty bouquet, with hints of sweet corn (?!). No Pilsener notes, at least.

Decent taste. Not especially intense. Malty, hints of chocolate, licorice. True to type, no mistaking this for a stout.

Slightly resinous hints on the finish.

Nice mouthfeel, richer than the color suggests, a bit more carbonation than I prefer.

Overall a decent porter. Nothing to write home about, but fine to buy again if one is in the mood for a porter and there's no better alternative on the shelf.

Downgraded on second try of this. Don't re-buy.

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Photo of beergoot
2.8/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Reddish-hued brown body; thick, dense off-white head. Mild wood ash and mild chocolate aroma. Faint presence of charred grain; light bitterness; bitter chocolate. Soft and mild body; weak and watery; mostly dry finish.

It's definitely a dark ale yet lacks the flavor and body of a real porter. Other than the ABV, this brew lacks depth and character with the flavor and body. If you're looking for a session Cascadian dark ale, perhaps this would fit the bill, but if you're in the mood for a luscious, sumptuous classic porter, you are advised to look elsewhere.

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Photo of Grant_Satterthwaite
5/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Don't be fooled by the BA score of 84. This is literally a perfect porter. The first time I had it, it blew me away. The second time I had it I got it on tap at a bar and it was even better. Smooth and chocolatey with a roasted coffee aroma, it was nearly too beautiful to drink. As the beer warmed up the flavours became even more pronounced. This beer is beyond a score of 84, I'm not exactly a 'beer expert' but I know that everyone I know who has had this porter has raved about it. Go out and give it a try.

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Photo of Trueant1
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice off white head that dissipates quickly. decent lacing. Brown color on the pour sits in glass almost black. Smells of sweet raisins, cocoa, and some off flavors of , hmmm how can i describe? "dank"
Tastes of old coffee, red wine, sweet figs, and pepper.Very robust flavors in your face. If this one were a double...it would become an Old Rasputin. Very sweet porter...a tad too thin for my liking. but Very solid brew overall.
Great job again Left Hand!

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Photo of interzen
4.32/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

355ml bottle poured into a tulip glass

Look: Struck me as being rather light for a porter - dark, translucent brown with some nice ruby highlights. Fairly thin, bubbly head with good retention. Not much in the way of lacing - some, but not much.

Smell: My immediate thoughts were that it smelt a bit like a watered-down version of Sam Smiths Chocolate Stout. Perhaps a bit unfair, but a fairly good point of reference. There's quite a chocolatey aroma, along with some coffee notes and the barest hint of hops. Roasted malt smells, if they were there at all, were not evident.

Taste: More coffee than chocolate, with a bit of zing from the hops. There's a hint of slightly medicinal herbs too - think in terms of liquorice or sasparilla - it doesn't dominate by any means, but it's just 'there' and enough to add a bit of extra interest.

Feel: Medium body with fairly light carbonation - the coffee and chocolate flavours make it feel a bit 'chalky' in the mouth, but the flavour profile makes up for it. Nice bitterness in the finish.

Overall: Another win for Left Hand in my book - it doesn't displace their Milk Stout as my favourite Left Hand brew but as porters go this is a mighty good one.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.83/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a dark ruby color. The head is one and a half fingers high, and off-white in shade. The retention isn't anything special, but it has a nice texture. Streaks of lacing stick to the glass. (3.25)

Smell: Nothing impressive, unfortunately. I get some notes of brown sugar, along side some subtle milk chocolate. Some light floral hopping comes through, as well. This aroma just doesn't pop at all. (2.75)

Taste: The flavor doesn't pop, either. Starts with a little brown sugar, and finishes with some chocolaty roast. Hops are moderately light yet evident. Welp, that's about it. Pretty damn boring if you ask me. (2.75)

Mouthfeel: Medium in body, it has a neutral finish (neither overly sweet nor dry). On the other hand, vibrant carbonation helps it go down easily. It doesn't feel like nearly 7%...then again, it doesn't taste like 7%, either. (3.25)

Overall: Meh. While there's nothing really wrong with it, it's just really dull. With all the great porters on the market, there just isn't any reason to revisit this one. (2.75)

2.83/5: Whoops, I just went bust

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Photo of Jeffreysan
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a very pretty, completely opaque, pitch-black color with a quarter of a finger of white-colored head that completely dissolved away into a few wispy clouds of foam that partially covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Pretty weak in the aroma department. I do get some faint notes of roasted malt and a touch of brown sugar, but only very faint notes.

Taste: Not weak in the flavor, though! This beer is delicious! Strong flavors of roasted malt, imparting notes of toasted pumpernickel bread and a slight touch of coffee, followed by lots of brown sugar-like sweetness, a touch of star anise or licorice, finished by a touch of nicely balanced floral hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied to slightly chewy and very creamy as there is very little carbonation. With an ABV of 6.8%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a damn good porter! Great flavors of toasted malt and brown sugar! Delicious!

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