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Black Jack Porter - Left Hand Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
84
good

1,097 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 1,097
Reviews: 470
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 11.56%
Wants: 39
Gots: 94 | 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:
Slight malt Sweetness with notes of dark chocolate, espresso and herbal hops.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-16-2001)
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5/5  rDev +34.4%

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5/5  rDev +34.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +27.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +27.7%

alltakn, Jul 05, 2013
Photo of LuDookie
4.73/5  rDev +27.2%
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.

LuDookie, Feb 13, 2013
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4.7/5  rDev +26.3%

squibbs, Sep 11, 2014
Photo of RBorsato
4.7/5  rDev +26.3%
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%

Awards:
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"

RBorsato, Oct 17, 2002
Photo of kmpitz2
4.7/5  rDev +26.3%
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.

kmpitz2, Nov 01, 2004
Photo of Squaretooth
4.68/5  rDev +25.8%
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.

Squaretooth, Jan 31, 2008
Photo of aristeros
4.65/5  rDev +25%
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.

aristeros, Aug 01, 2011
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4.63/5  rDev +24.5%
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.

yuenglingfan101, Oct 06, 2010
Photo of mikesgroove
4.58/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

So another in the line of regulars from Left Hand graces my glass. This one I was looking forward to as the Porters have always been a favorite of mine. This one poured a nice thick dark brown with a large creamy tan colored head on the top. Great retention let it hang around for what seemed like forever before finally being nestled down into just a thin layer across the top. The aroma was very full and sweet. Lots of chocolate roaming through it along with a touch of coffee and lots of sugar. A slight smoked presentation as well. The flavor was also very full for a porter. This almost had a stout like feel to it as it was very thick and full with a great robust profile. Lots of chocolate and coffee notes dominated it. Overall it was hard to believe this was actually not a stout. It was so full bodied, a really great porter. This would make an excellent addition to a winter lineup. A great beer and something that I will defiantly be looking forward to trying again.

mikesgroove, Nov 20, 2007
Photo of Clowerweb
4.58/5  rDev +23.1%
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.

Clowerweb, Jan 24, 2012
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4.55/5  rDev +22.3%
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.

beveritt, Dec 14, 2006
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4.55/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Deep brown head, ruby red highlights when angled towards bright lights. Gorgeous large tan head, patchy and stringy lacing noted throughout. Sweet nose—molasses, toasty malts and plums. A nicely balanced porter—the initial palate is full of caramel and burnt malts, traces of chocolate and cocoa. Loads of other flavorings—raisins, figs, nuts and freshly ground french-vanilla coffee beans. Slightly carbonated, just an underlying touch of English-like hops. Very nice, oily slick and quite smooth—a standout English porter.

GeoffRizzo, Feb 05, 2006
Photo of JEdmund
4.55/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Looks perfect—black body with a healthy than head that has good formation and retention.

Really nice aroma—big! And it’s not so big it might as well be a stout (not overly roasty). It’s just a big porter with a lot of cocoa coming through with some toasty notes and a bit of caramel sweetness. I’m really impressed by the smell of this.

Flavor doesn’t disappoint. Starts off with everything I’m getting in the aroma, and it just feels nice—good light and fluffy body, right in line style-wise for a porter’s drinkability. Pretty big finish with a lot chocolate/cocoa powder flavor. They kept harsh roast to an utmost minimum, clearly making this a porter to style. Hop bitterness peaks out only in the finish, helping to dry up any residual sweeness.

Black Jack Porter is one of the best porters I’ve ever had. It’s more wowing than Sierra Nevada’s totally respectable and enjoyable porter, though not as massive and flooring as Founders’. Glad to realize this is a year-round beer, as I will not want to wait a year for another release. I will be buying more soon. I like it a lot. Good work, Left Hand!

JEdmund, Apr 29, 2012
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Black Jack Porter from Left Hand Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,097 ratings.