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Black Jack Porter - Left Hand Brewing Company

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1,169 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,169
Reviews: 486
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 11.56%
Wants: 42
Gots: 127 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Left Hand Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

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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Ratings: 1,169 | Reviews: 486
Reviews by DUBinMIA:
Photo of DUBinMIA
3.46/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pours a very clear brown but once in the glass it was opaque brown almost black with about 3/4 in head and some decent foam action.

very grainy smell and some sweetness... mostly grainy. maybe some yeast notes towards the end with slight floral hop notes.

grainy taste to match the aroma. some sweet malt at first and then slightly bitter but not that strong... maybe a toffee flavor followed by light hops...

thought it would be a little thicker.. medium to light bodied with light carbonation.

overall a good beer i might look around some more before picking this one up again but i like alot of variety to begin with.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber with a thin head that leaves a trace of lacing,aroma of coffee and fruit with some bitter chocolate as well but it is subdued.Taste has a fruity edge to it with some milk chocolate and earth it mingles pretty well together.A pretty solid porter what have liked a little more muscle to it but good none the less.

Photo of aszatk01
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of woodchipper
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.89/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Tyler's Taproom in Apex, NC

Arrived at the table in a tapered pint glass, showing off a very dark brown color and a modest 3/4 inch of creamy light brown foam. Head retention was decent on this and there was good lacing all the way down the glass.

The aromas on this were a little different as there seemed to me to be something on the order of molasses mixed in with a light mocha smells. There was something else reminiscent of black licorice but very faint. It all came together quite nicely.

The flavors for this weren't quite as complex as the aromas, but that doesn't make this brew bad by any stretch. Nice full mouthfeel combines with robust flavors of chocolate and light coffee. That creamy head foreshadows a similar silky texture as it wraps around the tongue while light carbonation dances across the taste buds. The finish starts a touch on the sweet side but goes dry pretty quickly with moderate lingering of coffee.

Complex, solid flavors, and smooth textures make this brew quite enjoyable. I only had one but it made an impression. Recommended to the porter lovers out there.

Photo of Bszymkow09
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Todd
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle. Bottled on date stamped on the side.

Appearance: Very dark brown with ruby hues. Pours foamy and thick, then settles to a tan creamy, patchy lace.

Smell: Roasty, touch of smoke and light grain aromas.

Taste: Real smooth and creamy. Full-bodied and near robust. Carbonation is tight. Roasted malt flavours come forth first with a typical black malt astringency. The beer goes crisp, a bit dry. Chocolate, liquorice and dark fruit flavours follow within the beer's sweet malt profile. A touch of hop bitterness and flavour is present, mixing with the roasted astrigency to just about balance the beer. Aftertaste is dry with grain flavours.

Notes: One of the better Porters to have passed along my palate in a while. Just the right level of sweetness and astringency

Photo of Doomcifer
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.29/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a New Belgium snifter.

A - Direct pour produced a minimal tan head that disappeared almost immediately. Very dark brown and opaque.

S - Roasted malt, dark chocolate, simple black breakfast coffee, hint of burnt caramel. Some hops appear in the nose as it warms in the glass.

T - Burnt toast, bitter chocolate. Bitter chocolate spread on burnt toast. An over-baked dark chocolate cookie.

M - Somewhat creamy with moderate carbonation. Reasonable body. Finish is drier than expected from the style, and disappears pretty quickly, making it seem thinner than it is.

D - Not smoked/burnt roasted enough to be an American pseudo-stout, but lacks any sweetness to balance the bitter chocolate taste like a good porter. Imagine drinking quite bitter dark chocolate without the melt-in-your-mouth creaminess.

Photo of tigg924
3.29/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: dark brown with a small head

Smell: malt, molasses, chocolate, and a taste of caramel

Taste: Not nearly as complex as the smell. cream in the beginning followed by an expresso finish

Mouthfeel: sharp, crisp, dry, medium bodied, with a bitter taste right before a sweeter finish

Drinkability: This is not a bad beer by any stretch. It is a victim of timing. I have had a lot of excellent porters lately and this is not up to the same degree. If this was in a variety pack, I would have fun consuming--however I am more likely to get one of those other porters as a single first.

Photo of KolbMarley
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Mora2000
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, the beer poured a dark brown with rust colored highlights when held up to a light. The head was thick, khaki colored and creamy.

The beer smells of roasted malts and coffee, which is also how the beer tasted. The taste also featured some chocolate notes.

This is my first beer from Left Hand and I have was very impressed. I would definitely order this again.

Photo of alyssa1224
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BrianParsons
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of Hugh37
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of jcdiflorio
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle poured into a nonic glass.

Mahogany with ruby red highlights,nice color. 2" creamy light tan head with good retention leaving a nice pillowy layer with spotty lacing.

Dark sweet fruity aroma,clean and pleasing moderate malty aromas carmelly with some cocoa and coffee. Hints of licorace and vanilla also.

Moderate roasty tastes with lots of cocoa/chocolate. Good balance with a clean pleasing citusy finish.

Very smooth with a lighter feeling body,colud pass for a brown ale. Easy drinking beer could put a few of these away.

Photo of NilocRellim
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of possumteeth
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Osiris9588
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, 2/07/07. Pours a dark brown with a caramel bottom. Two-finger off-white head recedes quickly, but leaves behind a sheet of sticky lacing.

It's smells of sweet malt and cocoa, along with some grain. The flavor is dominated by the chocolate and roasted malt, along with hops and a bit of alcoholic sherry presence on the finish.

It's medium-bodied and easy drinking. Has nice complexity, as is oscillates back between the sweet/bittersweet and the roasted and charred elements. Would not turn one of these down.

Photo of bpfrush
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Clandestinex
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 355ml bottle with a BB of March 2013, so it's a little out of date. ABV is stated as 6.8%. Picked up a while back from Trembling Madness in York and stored in my garage. I hope it hasn't deteriorated unduly. For some reason there is a squid on the label....

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A dark reddish-brown hue with light carbonation. Yields a decent head of creamy beige foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a patchy surface layer. Aroma of roasted malt with hints of burnt grain, mild coffee, chocolate, faint molasses and earthy yeast. Initially a metallic note was present but it disappeared after a while. Understated but pleasant.

Tastes of roasted malt with a dry bitter finish. Notes of burnt grain, mild coffee, subtle chocolate, a hint of molasses/caramel and earthy yeast. Dark and well-attenuated, with a restrained bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry and slightly tingly, with decent carbonation but a rather insubstantial body for the style. Somewhat astringent, with an aftertaste of bitter roasted malt and earthiness.

Not bad but not exceptional. Looks a bit lacklustre, though the aroma is nicely rounded. Flavour is OK but not amazing - it lacks depth. Body is a bit too thin. A worthy effort, but it doesn't match the best porters I've tried - increased fruitiness in the flavour/aroma might improve it. There is the possibility that it has faded over time, although it doesn't seem off. Worth sampling, but no need to hunt it down.

Photo of far333
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown with garnet hues around the edges. A light brown frothy head rises up minimally and settles to a fine cap of thin foam.

Aroma of roasty malt and cocoa, a bit of raisin.

Flavors of richly roasted dark malt, cocoa, and espresso. Some oak and charred bark, plus a cherry tartness in the finish. Mild hops flourish in the back of the mouth, cocoa lingers, followed by oaky notes.

Rich and fairly full mouthfeel. Tasty beer, very drinkable.

Photo of yankeeheel
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a semi-transparent brown with a thick taupe head. Lots of retention and lacing.

Smells weakly of coffee and a little bit cocoa.

Tastes nice and malty up front with quite an assertive, astringent oaky bite to it. Slightly acidic ripples of charcoal come to mind. Finishes nice and smooth with just an essence of the cafe and chocolate ebbing away.

Mouthfeel is just a scant thin for a baltic porter.

It's a nice beer after a long week.

Photo of niknar
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A pleasant porter with a very dark brown color. I was a little disappointed by the head however, as it disappeared quickly. I am assuming that my glass was thoroughly clean, but there is a slight chance that this may have affected the head.

The aroma is dinstinctly marked by chocolate and roasted malt. It was quite sweet and enticing, but almost dominated by the chocolate alone. It seemed to me as if there was a slightly fruity element underneath the chocolate that was just dying to be released.

Taste is quite nice, though the chocolate flavors seem to be a little over-done for my personal tastes.

The only notable black mark against this otherwise fine beer is its mouth feel. I would describe it as thin... definitely not what you expect out of a porter style beer.

Depsite the lack of body in this beer (a significant factor to my personal enjoyment of porter styles), it is still quite good. This is my first experience with the Left Hand Brewing Company, and I would definitely like to try more of there offerings.

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Black Jack Porter from Left Hand Brewing Company
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