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Black Jack Porter - Left Hand Brewing Company

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1,160 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,160
Reviews: 482
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 11.56%
Wants: 41
Gots: 124 | 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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1/5  rDev -73.1%

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2/5  rDev -46.2%

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2/5  rDev -46.2%

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2/5  rDev -46.2%

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2/5  rDev -46.2%

Photo of bashiba
2.4/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Color is a very thin cola brown with almost no head to speak of.

Smell has funky sour milk aroma with hints of burnt malts and chocolate.

Taste is sweet and milky with hints of coffee and chocolate, a bit on the sweet side.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery.

Overall a pretty poor porter, I will avoid this one in the future.

Photo of biglite351
2.44/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - light through the middle of the glass. Nice red-brown. Near white head.

S - I thought it smelled a bit like a lager. A little bitter in the end.

T - mild porter taste, a little chocolate and malt. Bitterness in the after taste.

M - mild coating and mild tingle in front sides of tongue.

D - if it were not for the bitter after taste this could be a drinker.

Photo of kevgod
2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

Photo of MichaelMeister
2.5/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I once made a comment that I’ve never met a porter that I didn’t like. That is, until now. This Porter tastes remarkably like the Left Hand Milk Stout which I didn’t care for either. Too much of a dry, lactose, bittersweet chocolate aftertaste and simply is too thin, watery, flat and lifeless.

Photo of TheBigBoy
2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

Photo of Halcyondays
2.55/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a very dark brown with a small white head. Good retention, some lace.

S: Milk chocolate, some roast, nice.

T: Too much residual sugar and the green hop notes clash with the malt, reminds me of Deschutes Hop in the Dark having the same problem. There is some solid dark chocolate flavours, but it doesn't solve the problem that it just doesn't taste very good.

M: Smooth, creamy, light carbonation. Fairly good chocolately finish.

D: Well made, but just not my kind of flavour profile. Too hoppy for the style, not satisfying.

Photo of Brent
2.6/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pretty average, nothing distinguishing good or bad.

Photo of Jasonkyeager
2.61/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.75

Everything about the approach of this beer is great. When it hits your mouth it seems just okay. Would buy again but only if 3rd or 4th on the shelf.

Photo of Brad007
2.63/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Color: Darkish-brown with a thin one-finger head.

Aroma: Smooth and malty with hints of coffee and caramel in the nose.

Taste: Coffee and caramel mix upfront. Taste is kind of thin and watery in the middle though. Some roastiness but not much.

Mouthfeel: Thin and caramel-ish. Not too impressive.

Drinkability: Ok but nothing spectacular. Maybe my taste buds are off or something but I can't find too much to be impressed about with this porter.

Photo of B967ierhunter177
2.65/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a dark, ruby brown with fleeting head. The aroma has hints of chocolate, toast, and nuts and possibly a bit of vanilla. It's flavor begins as chocolate that turns to dark chocolate, followed by coffee as it warms. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy and filling. Too filling for more than one. Left Hand Black Jack Porter is a decent beer, recommended.

Photo of fscottkey
2.67/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A: Looks black - but there is light penetration that makes it look like a dark red or even purple. Forms a 1 1/2 finger frothy white head. There is nice lacing as the head subsides.

S: Nothing prominent on the nose.

T: Early there is not really much flavor. On the mid palate I am getting some roasted notes and bitter chocolate (very slight)

M: It is okay - not great. Decent body.

O: I usually only rate one beer a day and I was tempted to dump this one and sneak in one more tonight. It is really underwhelming. No real flavor or smell to make it worth continuing. It has a best by date of 7/14/14 (next month) so it still has some life in theory. I won't get this one again.

Photo of PartyBear
2.68/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Dark brown to black in colour, with a small tan head.

Aroma: Dark roasty bitter malts, with subtle caramel undertone. Sightly coppery with a grapey wine aroma.

Taste: The main flavour is a milky chocolate, with a oaty taste. There isn't a great deal of bitterness, the taste has an overall sweet creaminess that isn't too paleteable.

Mouthfeel: Not as thick as I was expecting, watery in places. It has a smoothness but slightly too creamy.

Drinkability: The flavours just aren't powerful enough, which give it an almost bland creamy taste, which is a shame. There are better, much more flavoursome porter out there, which manage to achieve this with a lot lower ABV.

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2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

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Black Jack Porter from Left Hand Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,160 ratings.