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Black Jack Porter - Left Hand Brewing Company

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1,050 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,050
Reviews: 466
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 11.86%
Wants: 36
Gots: 76 | 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.

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Photo of ChopperSmith
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of a variety six-pack from Left Hand Brewing.

Poured from a longneck 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Very dark brown and slightly hazy. Slight reddish hue when held to the light. One finger of tan foam that faded quick and left a little lacing.

Smell: Sweet and malty, with hints of chocolate and coffee and maybe a hint of fresh baked bread.

Taste: Very good. Sweet, malty and and burnt caramel up front, hints of dark chocolate and coffee underneath. A little more flavorful than Left Hand's Milk Stout (which I also really enjoy). Overall, a very well done Porter.

Mouth Feel: Medium body and good carbonation. Not overly thick or heavy. Nice.

Drinkability: It's a very good Porter with a lot of flavor, but never too heavy. Flavors come out a little more as it warms, so don't serve it too cold. Will definitely drink this one again when I want a good porter.

ChopperSmith, Jun 17, 2011
Photo of moosemoose
4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into pint glass

A: Rich brown w/ khaki head. Decent retention. Average lacing.

S: Coffee. Chocolate. Smoke.

T: Caramel and milk chocolate. I got a hint of vanilla in it as well.

M: Smooth. A bit watery and a bit of a bitter aftertaste.

O: Another solid Left Hand product. Shouldn't disappoint any fan of porters or sweet stouts.

moosemoose, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of Lauthaha
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a beer mug.

Appearance: Nice mahogany color, foams beautifully on the pour, and brings a pretty cappuccino head which fizzles down to a ring around the glass.

Smell: Bitter, with some heavily toasted (near burned) wheaty malts. Some dark chocolate flavor in it. Not bad.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Rich and creamy, mostly sweet malt with just a hint of bitter hop flavor in the aftertaste. Goes down wet. Super-tasty, but somewhat plain.

Overall: A solid good beer.

Lauthaha, Jun 14, 2011
Photo of Duff27
3.23/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- One inch tan head on a extremely dark brown/black beer. Head dissipates into a bunch of clumpy bubbles, very nice(!) lacing.

S- Smells of sweet chocolate.

T- Follows the nose only with a small coffee aspect. Rich and roasty. Hint of booze every other sip but nothing major.

M- Smooth and creamy.

D/O- Nothing sticks out on this one, which isn't necessarily a bad thing...just an easy drinking porter. With all the great examples of the style, both American and English, I recommend reaching for something else.

Duff27, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of mactrail
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark and friendly beer.

Nice foam up with swell carbonation in the mouth. Fairly light body but with a robust assortment of roasted flavors. Taste of dark chocolate may be just what they intended. A lot of caramel, the sweet kiss of Sugar Daddy. Like a Milk Stout but with more rough stuff. Nice hops give a great balance.

Another local Colorado brew I haven't given a chance to. Just bought one in a mixed six and I am impressed that it's one of the better domestic Porters.

mactrail, Jun 06, 2011
Photo of DrDemento456
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love the new cover art. Thought it was "Black Sack" for the squid.

A - Well pours pretty black brown with amber hues. The head was a half inch of tan colored head that turns to a nice ring with plenty of lace.

S - Wow I can actually get a nice smokey hit from the roast. Dominant coffee with little chocolate also.

T - A pretty solid porter, I get roasty flavors that border line smoke then a bit of coffee and finishes rather sweet with a touch of bakers chocolate. I get a mild roasty factor that lingers seconds from my brew.

M - One of the more beefy alcoholic porters I had but only a medium body drink. Very tasty.

Overall it's a shame I can only get this in Ohio because this makes me excited to try there mild stout (love stouts) Not a bad porter and I love how smoky it is!

DrDemento456, May 27, 2011
Photo of rawfish
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a shaker glass, vigorous pour nets a one inch high khaki head over a rich black body with some dark brown highlights. Average retention leaving a thin film on the surface and spotty lacing. The new art for Left Hand is stellar.

Aroma fits the bill as advertised solid mix of sweet chocolate and light espresso with some nuttiness. Not much hop profile but overall very nice both cold and warm.

Malts are a bit corase and grainy, cereal grains and is bit thin. Chocolate and coffee flavors are there much much lighter than in the nose. Nothing assertive or exciting here, some herbal bitterness helps tone down the coffee acidity.

Thin body, watery with low carbonation. Nothing unpleasant or special in the mouthfeel or after drink. Thin and flat.

Not really anything special about this porter, delivers a nice aroma still easy to down, I wish something else stood out here to keep it unique from every other porter out there.

rawfish, May 22, 2011
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.2/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Brown body with a khaki tanish head with decent head and moderate lacing.

Smell: Coffee and chocolate.

Taste: nothing to interesting here, mild chocolate flavor. Some bitterness lends to a slight coffee flavor that just lingers during entire drink.

Mouthfeel: Wished this beer was thicker. Moderate bodied beer with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Thicken this beer up and this beer will really be tasting good. Average porter, nothing fantasic, but it's just average.

4DAloveofSTOUT, May 17, 2011
Photo of bens0n
3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear dark brown color with a small amount of foamy light tan head that fades pretty quickly but still clings to the rim of the glass. There is a small amount of lacing that stays on the glass in between sips.

On the nose there is an extremely rich chocolately aroma, its hard to pick out anything else. It just smells sweet and rich.

Flavor wise it starts out on the bland side but finishes with a bitter kick. There are some hints of coffee that come in at the end, nothing really distinguishable flavor wise. The malts are there but theres nothing special about it.

There is a little more carbonation than I like in a porter but its still easy to down. Not one of my favorite English porters but still decent.

bens0n, May 01, 2011
Photo of nickfl
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - The beer pours with one finger of light tan head that rests on top of a very dark brown body with slear, amber highlights. The foam settles at an average pace and leaves moderate lace on the glass.

S - Light roasted malt with notes of chocolate, licorice, red apple yeast, and a hint of smoke.

T - Dark caramel and milk chocolate comes out first. There is a little bit of licorice in the middle and some dry molasses. The beer finishes with a bit more chocolate and some fruity, red apple notes as well as light bitterness.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - This is a nice, well rounded porter. It has a nice level of malt complexity with notes of licorice and smoke, though its sweetness and restrained roasted character prevent it from being mistaken for a stout.

nickfl, Apr 28, 2011
Photo of secondtooth
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Black with someruby tones, and a rich, tan head. Some basic lace, but there's no detail to it. Pretty average.

Aroma exhibits some chocolatey goodness to the malts. Not roasty, mind you, but just chocolate. Not bad.

Flavor profile begins with sweetness, but smooth. Again, basic chocolate malts and a hint of nuttiness...easy enough to drink. Not complex or heavy, this is a solid, basic porter.

secondtooth, Apr 27, 2011
Photo of TheHoppiest
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a dark brown with a minimal tan head.

Smells of mild malt with hints of vanilla and honey.

Tastes of malt, with an almost bready undertone. Definite vanilla, mild brown sugar and molasses. This beer grows sweeter as it warms, though not as sweet as LH's milk stout. Mild bitter ends it.

Smooth, especially for a porter. Could use a it more bitterness to it.

A decent porter, but in a style with so many good examples, this one is slightly too sweet. Still, I always find LH's offerings to be decent, and this is no exception.

TheHoppiest, Apr 25, 2011
Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unless I travel out of Iowa, this will be my last Left Hand review for a long time.

The glass is filled with a very dark brown brew caped with almost no foam. The aroma sweet malt that's somewhat robust. The taste is sweet with hints of cocoa, cinnamon, nutmeg, caramel; there is a slight earthiness that I found appealing. I found the body to be a hair on the thin side. It is very smooth with a good aftertaste. I hope to eventually find more of this.

DesMoinesMike, Apr 24, 2011
Photo of Brunite
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a semi-transparent black. Decent head. Not as dark as I would like.

S: Aroma is good. Some sweetness...some twang...right on for a porter.

T: Good. A little like the Milk Stout. A bit of lactic-tasting sweetness/sour. Nice balance here. Very drinkable.

M: Medium...thicker than the appearance.

O: I like it. Will add this to the porter rotation.

Brunite, Apr 18, 2011
Photo of WankelEngine
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass

A: Dark in color, nearly black with a little bit of brown around the edges. Off-white foamy head of two fingers with excellent retention.

S: Sweet and malty. There are notes of caramel and light coffee. There is also a bit of pine and citrus from the hops.

T: A sweet malt flavor dominates every aspect of the taste. There is a somewhat earthy taste. Caramel comes through clearly. I was hoping the hops would be more discernible in the taste, but alas, they are even less notable than in the smell. The aftertaste is short and bittersweet.

M: Moderately thick and slightly syrupy. There is little carbonation and next to no alcohol feel.

O: Decent. I wish it had slightly more hops for balance, but still enjoyable.

WankelEngine, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nice ruby brown body with an excellent one finger head. Select bubbles in this tan foam topping.

S - Lots of roasty caramel and burnt brown sugar. Sweet vanilla notes and a hint of syrup covered tobacco. Some oak scents in this very rich nose.

T - Nice heavy caramel/brown sugar bite. Some syruppy molasses and burnt toffee here. Sweet and roasted dry. A background of oak and vanilla bean.

M - On the heavier medium side this one has the perfect body to match this flavor profile. Smooth, silky and soft.

O - A really great porter this beer is complex and rich. A very well rounded flavor with a great balance.

BeerForMuscle, Apr 13, 2011
Photo of hosehead83
3.2/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass. Bottled on 3-1-2011
Ruby/brown in color, with a prety short head of tan foam.
Aroma-Very faint chocolate note
Taste-Subtle chocolate and coffee, some roastiness-rather thin, almost watered-down mouthfeel.
Overall, a bit of a letdown in flavor and character. Much better English porters are to be had either from England or the U.S. in my opinion.

hosehead83, Apr 04, 2011
Photo of B967ierhunter177
2.63/5  rDev -29.1%
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.

B967ierhunter177, Apr 04, 2011
Photo of bgildea
3.3/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark brown color with a hint of amber. Thin white tannish head that fades quickly and leaves some slight lacing.

S: Slight hints of roasted malts in the background, no real strong smells come across.

T: The flavors are very muted. Slight taste of roasted malts with hints of coffee and semi sweet chocolate in the background. The flavors are very dull, and I would have liked more of a punch to it.

M: Really thin beer, not much chew to it.

O: Overall the beer was just ok. I had some high expectations for Left Hand, and I was a little let down. The flavor and smell were both very underwhelming but hints of roasted malts, semi sweet chocolate and coffee come through. I wouldnt necessarily recommend this beer to other, because I think there are definitely better porters out there.

bgildea, Mar 26, 2011
Photo of eric5bellies
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very dark mahogany colour almost stout like in appearance. Smallish head that dies quick.

S - Aromas odf roasted malt, pecans and cocoa.

T - Really nice balance flavours of burnt toffee, cocoa and a ltlle nutty. Finishes with a very lingered toffee.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation.

O - If there was such a thing as a sessionable porter, this would be it.

eric5bellies, Mar 19, 2011
Photo of feylure
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It says Black Jack Porter, but for some reason it looks like a squid on the artwork. Bottled 1/31/11

Appearance is nice. It's a dark, dark brown that is almost opaque.

Smell is like alcohol and sweet, dark malts.

Taste is pretty great. Sweet and smokey at first, then really bold, malty and smokey. A small amount of sweetness and smoke linger on the tail. All around, it has a full mouthfeel.

Extremely well balanced brew; I find it to be quite drinkable.

feylure, Mar 14, 2011
Photo of PorterLambic
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours good and dark, just less than black, more of an extremely dark mahogany/garnet blend. Good head produced, tan colored but dissipates fairly quick. Decent lace.
Smell is malty, soy, light smoke and caramelized brown sugar.
Taste holds close with a well-balanced attack of roster malts, soy and smoke (beef jerky)with faint brown sugar and a touch of hops for balance.
Medium body, relatively light effervescence, slightly warming the throat. A really nice brew, balanced throughout. Glad I got a six-pack instead of just one.

PorterLambic, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of JRed
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Muddy brown with reddish edges and off white head that leaves lacing. Inviting scent of brown sugar, burning wood, hops, and slight chocolate. Tastes of chocolate syrup, slight cinnamon, brown sugar, some hops in the background. Medium bodied with light carbonation. A sweet porter with some nice flavorn notes but some of them could be annoying on the palate. Worth a try but not one of the best porters around due to it's sugar characteristics.

JRed, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of Jazzcrop
3.15/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a French roast dark color but appears to not only be syrupy but unsettlingly thick. Roasted stuff hits the nostrils and basically attacks my whole body nutil I take a sip. It tates rather blandly of a two-dimensional dark lager with some artificial fruit flavorings to the side. Not much else. The roasted flavor is prevalent but it can't really save this one.

Jazzcrop, Feb 09, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a shaker pint glass at Durty Nellie's.

They're givin' this out cheap now, so I decided to give it a go before my world is rocked by '80s music. It pours a dark ruby-tinged black-brown topped by a half-finger of light ecru foam. The nose comprises light roasted malts, light coffee, dark chocolate, and a decidedly light twinge of pine. The taste holds notes of mild roasted malts, milder coffee, cocoa, and some light spruce bits. The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry-ish finish. Overall, a pretty standard, nice, unoffensive porter. Straightforward all the way.

TMoney2591, Jan 26, 2011
Black Jack Porter from Left Hand Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,050 ratings.