Black Jack Porter - Left Hand Brewing Company
Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
Ratings: 968 | Reviews: 459 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by SPThirtyThree:
4.5/5 rDev +21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Glad to see I'm not the only one who thought the label read "Black Sack." I'm not touching that one...
Pours murder black but lets a few jets of deep ruby through when held to the sun. A thin, half-finger head quickly drops leaving some ramdon swirls of bubble film and a lumpy collar. The lack of head retention seems to be an obvious fault.
Smells malty, roasty, and clean. I let it warm to about 50°F and now I'm being rewarded for my patience. Chewy toffee, fig, cocoa, coffee, vanilla, and all the usual players in a delicious roasty beer, alongside a slightly floral hop that's present, but certainly takes a backseat to the dark malts. Some salty coconut as well.
Black J(s)ack tastes just as the nose suggested, though perhaps a bit more acrid than I'd hoped. Starts sweet and malty, finishes dry and chocolatey, with just a hint of smoke. It's quite straightforward, but very delicious. The finish is so dry and crisp and has such a good, mocha aftertaste that I keep going back for another sip.
The body is medium/thin, and the carbonation is low, but I think both of these attributes really highlight the smoothness of the beer and let the flavor stand with less distraction. There's a roasty bitterness towards the finish that dominates the mouthfeel.
Overall, this beer is great. I would say it's pretty drinkable, although it's very filling. I would recommend to anyone looking for a dark, roasty 'Robust Porter,' and will definitely buy again. Certainly a contender for my 'go-to beer' for the upcoming winter.
Serving type: bottle
11-11-2013 22:57:09 | More by SPThirtyThree
More User Reviews:
3.73/5 rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Fairly light pour, clear deep brown with minimal head that dissipates to nothing. Aroma is chocolatey and nutty, with a hint of roast. Deep caramel emerges. More deep chocolate and bitter roast, with toffee notes and a slightly bitter finish. Lots of chocolate.
Serving type: bottle
07-17-2014 22:46:59 | More by barczar
Black Jack Porter from Left Hand Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 968 ratings.