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Black Jack Porter - Left Hand Brewing Company

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Black Jack PorterBlack Jack Porter

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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
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5/5  rDev +34.4%

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5/5  rDev +34.4%

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5/5  rDev +34.4%

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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5/5  rDev +34.4%

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5/5  rDev +34.4%

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5/5  rDev +34.4%

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

Best porter I've ever had. Ever.

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5/5  rDev +34.4%

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5/5  rDev +34.4%

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4.93/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of my favorite Porters

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4.75/5  rDev +27.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +27.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +27.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +27.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +27.7%

Photo of LuDookie
4.72/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I can't believe this beer got such a low average. I put this beer very close to the Left Hand Milk Stout, if not better.

Poured this from the bottle into a mug.

It didn't look too dark pouring nor thick, and had no head....all gigs....but it's no pale ale!

It smelled like a typical Porter, no funky sweetness or aromas.

It tasted great...Smooth, somewhat hoppy with a nice roast, and a touch of sweetness.

Mouthfeel was smooth, with light to moderate carbonation.

I was surprised by this beer. It tastes better than its name suggest, which told me it might be a bit bitter being a black jack. It is incredibly smooth and rich.

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4.7/5  rDev +26.3%

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4.67/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Left Hand Brewing Company - Black Jack Porter

A - Poured into a Westmalle Trappist goblet, the color is very dark which is what one expects from a porter. Light head with thin even lacing, this leaves a nice oily film on your glass.

T - light coffee taste with dark fruits. Very very pleasant

M - Just a bit of a sting on the tongue and palate.

D - Tops for drinkabilty, very smooth and light, I could drink this all night.

S - Fruity smell with hints of coffee. Extremely pleasing.

Photo of RBorsato
4.67/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown-ish ruby red color w nice tan head. Light hop aroma and light chocolate aroma (sweet). Coffee-ish and chocolatey tones with a light roastiness. Nice balance of all flavors. Medium bodied but leaning towards full. Great drinkability.

per L.H.B.Co. website:
Malts: 2-Row, Crystal, Chocolate & Munich
Hops: East Kent Goldings
Original gravity: 16 Plato ( 1.067 )
IBU's: 26
ABV: 6.40%

2000 Gold Medal, Brown Porter G.A.B.F.
1995 Gold Medal, Robust Porter G.A.B.F.
1994 Bronze Medal, Traditional Porter G.A.B.F.

Note: this beer was #39 in Stuart Kallen's "The 50 Greatest Beers in the World"

Photo of kmpitz2
4.67/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer departs a nice brown color with a ruby hue. The head is a finger that falls to ring the beer. The nose is all about chocolate. Damn it smells nice. The flavor is also a huge blast of chocolate that sticks with me way through the finish. The feel is thick and creamy. The drinkability is really good as well. I like this beer. For my friend Don...This is just a good beer.

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4.65/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another good brew by Left hand brewing company. Nice dark color with a decent tan head. Smells fresh. Taste okay, it is smooth but could be a bit smoother. A bit tarty. Mouthful I would say the same think. One could drink this beer often, but I wouldn't go more than 4 or it will lose its luster.

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4.62/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Part of a Left Hand mixed twelve pack. I'd only had their Milk Stout before. This one pours a cola brown with a finger of off-white head. The dark malts give creamed coffee and, surprisingly, licorice notes. Good.

Light sweetness over mild roast flavors. Very well-balanced. Cream transitions to coffee, finishes with toast. Classic porter with a few extras, and a pleasant surprise. Really, a bit better than the Milk Stout.

Full-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and very mild carbonation. Nearly perfect porter.

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4.59/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz. bottle into a pint glass. Couldn't find any dates on the bottle.

A: Nearly black, very dark brown with dark amber/crimson highlights around the bottom. Not quite opaque if you hold it up to the light, but pretty close. 2 fingers of tan head dissipated quickly and left no lacing, costing a point on the appearance of this otherwise gorgeous porter.

S: Smells delectable. Has a nice amount of nose to it, not overly pungent, but not weak. Smells like dark roasted malts, notes of coffee, nutty, maybe a hint of chocolate. Can't wait to taste this!

T: Wow, I'm very surprised this porter doesn't get more love on here. Starts earthy with heavy malts, dark roast coffee, light hint of bitter hops and/or raw cocoa on the mid palate, sweetens up on the finish with a sweet roasty nutty flavor, then dries up slightly. This is a great tasting beer with plenty of depth.

M: Nice full body, mild carbonation, feels creamy and smooth, slightly chewy, sticks around in the walls of the mouth

O: This is solid 4.5/5 for me. As stated, I'm struggling to figure out why this isn't rated higher on here. I'd consider it to be up there with some of the best porters and stouts I've had. This is a fantastic beer and I'd definitely pick it up again.

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4.57/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into an Imperial pint glass. Bottle says bottled on 8-30-06; why can't more breweries do that? Label depicts a Jack of clubs holding a mug of beer in his left hand, very cool label.

Appearance: Pours with just over a one inch, off-white, creamy head. This falls, leaving lacing behind on the sides and a layer of foam. The beer itself is just barely see-through. A nice, dark mahogany color.

Smell: Amazing smell. It is so strong I can smell it sitting in the glass on my desk while I am typing about its appearance! Strong roasted barley, one of the freshest barley smells I have experienced. It smells like the roasted barley as I crush it to throw it in the mash. A little hint of sweetness.

Taste: A fair amount of carbonation bite upfront. A very small hint of sweetness, followed by a pretty mellow bitterness. The barley is definitely present, but not overly strong.

Mouthfeel: As mentioned earlier, decent level of carbonation. Seems a little high at first, but you get used to it and it seems like the right level for this beer.

Drinkability: I got to say, I am very impressed with this porter, one of the best I have had. I could see drinking this all day as you unload the ships.

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Black Jack Porter from Left Hand Brewing Company
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