Black Jack Porter - Left Hand Brewing Company

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1,216 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,216
Reviews: 498
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.53%
Wants: 46
Gots: 144 | 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: 1,216 | Reviews: 498
Photo of jzlyo
3.39/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Decent as a session but relatively thin in body.

Photo of BeerWithMike
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Sampled last night on 12/2/14. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a snifter glass.

Pours a very dark mahogany brown with ruby highlights in color, very close to black. Has a thin beige head with some spotty lacing seen when sipped. The aroma is of dark roasted malts, cocoa, and a hint of vanilla. More going on with the taste with a hint of black coffee and even a wee bit of black licorice in the mix. A tasty Porter that isn't over done at all. Medium+-bodied with perfect carbonation. Really liked this one!

Photo of Immortale25
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter. Bottleneck says Best By 04/05/15.

A- Pours a mostly opaque black color with a 1/4 inch light tan head that retains a bit before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of sheer surface foam. Not-so-resilient lacing leaves small specs behind on the glass.

S- Cocoa, mild vanilla and a tinge of booze.

T- Flavor is balanced between bitter and sweet with the dark roasted malt creating some milk chocolate notes along with the aforementioned vanilla.

M- Slick with medium-low carbonation and a fullish body.

O- A straightforward porter that leans more toward the chocolaty side but isn't very sweet.

Photo of Kris450
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

This was HEAVY. A meal on its own. I love and have had many porters, but this one seemed denser than normal. Rich chocolate and Carmel notes. I will say, the label had me slightly confused. The "J" kind of looks like an 'S", and I'm genuinely uncomfortable drinking something called "Black Sack." Ami alone in this?!

Photo of ColdOneKev
4/5  rDev +7.2%

A - Black body, white head really pops in contrast. Low lacing.
S - Cocoa, coffee. Sweet chocolate, not really any roastiness.
T - Chocolate, dark malts, coffee. Really well balanced.
M - Medium/thick body. Feels like it could be a stout. Coats the palate. Coffee bitterness lingers.
O - One of the better porters I've had in a while. My favorite character is the smoothness of the body.

Photo of tillmac62
3.64/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

BBD 3/09/15. Very dark amber pour, but not opaque, with a dark ruby element. Below average head, lacing and retention. Very weak nose of roast and chocolate over a mineral note. Nice medium body with a touch of creamy texture. Below normal carbonation with minimal effervescence on the finish. The flavor profile is outstanding - intense, balanced and complex. It begins with bitter dark chocolate that flows into a blend of light roast and coffee. The middle is moderate hop bitterness over a light sweetness with nut and grain characteristics. The finish is somewhat clean with a slightly astringent note.

Photo of finz2thestout
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Nom nom nom

Photo of corywalston
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A. Slightly aggressive poor ¼ inch white/tan head. No carbonation. Amber in color.
S. Sweet, soy sauce, malt.
T. Cola, light chocolate. The soy sauce is only in the smell. Cannot taste the alcohol.
M. Refreshing, watery. I have to stop myself from slamming the whole glass because it goes down so quick.
O. Slightly above average porter. I would recommend to porter drinkers. Pretty decent buzz for 6.8%. The label is awesome like the rest of LF labels.

Photo of horshack7
3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Rather dark almost black with shades of mahogany. On top is a light beige head only a finger thick.

Aroma: Espresso in the front with dark chocolate in tow. Slight burnt hop notes, dark roasted malts all through it.

Taste: Very sweet and bready a little bit like brown bread and molasses. Chocolate malts, roasted hops, lots of espresso. The mouthfeel is smooth with a light dry finish.

Notes: A very good example of the style and quite drinkable. I will certainly pick this one up again. Cheers.

Photo of dcscientist
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%

This isn't my favorite Left Hand beer, but it's a pretty good porter nonetheless. Has the requisite coffee and chocolate flavor of a porter, but not as smoky as some. Probably would go for their Milk Stout if given the choice between the two.

Photo of Aahstone
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Recommended. Not my favourite porter but certainly one to come back to. Not as flavoursome as the 6.8% ABV might suggest.

Photo of cosmicevan
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%

Thanks for tossing this my way Pete! Enjoyed from a left hand globe.

Brew pours a watery black with a thin off grey head that doesn't hang out long but leaves some spotty lace.
Nose is roast and char with chocolate backbone.
Taste is pretty down the middle with a good amount of porter char and roasted chocolate. Mouth is cooling and char and very porter like. Nothing really fancy about this, just a run of the mill porter. No big coffee, no deep chocolate, no vanilla...good, not great.

Photo of SoCalBeerIdiot
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

One of the lighter-colored porters I've had. It's quite nice.

Photo of Act25
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%

Left Hand is always near front but not front of pack. This beer included. Very solid, would try again, juicy - great aroma - body - mouth feel.

A: 4 - Nice lacing and body, browner, tawnier than other porters.
S: 3.9 - Pungent, astringent, char and chocolate.
T: 3.7 - A nice solid porter, a bit sweeter and less complex than the best, but solid.
MF: 3.8
Overall - suggest a blind taste test with Anchor Steam, Smutty nose, and others.

Photo of barczar
3.73/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of fscottkey
2.67/5  rDev -28.4%
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 Jackson2014
3.49/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A fairly tasty but one dimensional porter.

Dark pour, is not as dark on further examination. Not a lot of carbonation but is a little froathy looking.

Not much smell

Taste is creamy smooth cream. Chocolate and coffee as well.

The medium bodied porter has a creamy mouth feel than manages to finish fairly dry.

Overall I like this beer but it is a little boring.

Photo of califunflyindog
3.17/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had this on a trip to AZ. Was hoping for a a flavorful, slow drinking porter for a night under the stars, but was somewhat disappointed.

A: little to no head. fizzy. looked a bit too much like soda in a glass.

S: bread and nuts. A little bit of sweetness. Milk chocolate. Not too much here, but Im more worried about taste.

T: Not bad at all, but somewhat watery. Not very strong, and a bit too sweet. Think coffee with cream and sugar, as opposed to a black dark roast.

M: Drinks more like a dark lager. a little more carb than necessary, but not overpowering. Thin. Aftertaste becomes sweet before you can really taste any accents.

O: I can't say this is a bad beer, but it pales (literally) in comparison to many other porters. Decent for the price (paid ~11 for the 6 in a low tax state). Might be better with a light meal, and definitely one that can be consumed in high volume. Alcohol is certainly present. If you're looking for a full bodied, knock-your-socks-off, dark flavor, I wouldn't recommend. I would bring to a party, but it didn't satisfy my craving.

Photo of Mistro
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Black Jack has a nice dark complexion right out of the bottle. Smells of a dark roast of coffee with hints of cocoa present. Taste is nutty and filled with coffee, with the chocolate coming in late with a bitter hop finish. A good porter, remarkably easy to drink.

Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is black when viewed from afar but is clear very dark reddish brown when held up to a bright light. It poured with a quarter finger high tan head that quickly died down, leaving wispy lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of roasted chocolate malts are present in the nose.
T: Compared to the smell, the taste seems to have stronger flavors of chocolate malts and less in the way of roasted malts. The hops lend a light amount of bitterness, which is most noticeable in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I found this porter to be very easy to drink. I would definitely consider this beer to be sessionable. The aromas and flavors from the chocolate malts are particularly inviting.

Photo of Mojo
3.59/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle -> snifter

A - pours up a deep mahogany brown with a creamy light tan head about two inches in height, not much in the way of retention or lacing.

S - kind of one dimensional, mostly a mild chocolate smell

T - very malt forward with a lot of chocolate notes. Finishes with a slight roasted taste.

M - kind of thin and watery.

O - This is an easy drinking beer. I would drink more of these without hesitation. My problem is that it is just born to be mild and doesn't really distinguish itself.

Photo of mattLummus
4.26/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really good Porter. Light head and nutty aroma. Mild carbonation and a really smooth body. Dark roasted flavor offset with a soft sweetness, taste some vanilla. Finish is nice and bright with a little bitter hoppiness. Great beer with balance in taste and body.

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with best by date of 04/23/2014 printed on the bottleneck. Another new beer to me from Left Hand Brewing Co.'s year-round line up. My bottle lists a 6.80% abv rather than 6.40% abv. Expectations are above average since I've been generally impressed by this brewery.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a dark cola mahogany colored body with some ruby highlights when held to the light. One finger of small khaki-tan foam head. Looks pretty good.

S - Smell is of dark malt roast, chocolate, cream, coffee beans, & some citrus / herbal hop presence on the end.

T - Taste is of dark chocolate bitterness, coffee bean & dark malt roast, herbal earthiness, and just a twang of citrus on the finish. Very dark, robust, and flavorful.

M - Feel finishes smooth and creamy. Full-bodied, yet still light and drinkable, with excellent carbonation.

Overall, I would say this was one of the better porters that I've had in recent memory. Very deep, dark, and robust. This definitely hits the spot on a cold winter's day. Recommended.

Left Hand Brewing Black Jack Porter ---4/5.

Photo of CFHMagnet
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An aggressive pour gets me just a tiny bit of head that is gone as soon as it is poured.

Smells of well toasted malt, with chocolate and a kiss of coffee.

Toasty malt mixes well with chocolate and a bit of coffee. Subtle but very good.

The body is medium-heavy. The feel is very smooth.

Photo of SPThirtyThree
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
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.

Black Jack Porter from Left Hand Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,216 ratings.