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Black Jack Porter - Left Hand Brewing Company

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1,158 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,158
Reviews: 481
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 11.56%
Wants: 41
Gots: 122 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +21%

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of bigbluebeerguy
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Rich brown color with nice ruby highlights when backlit. One and a half finger sandy colored head, nice and bubbly. Recedes slowly but leaves little lacing.

Nose is mostly semi-sweet chocolate and a little espresso, just a little of the milk-like sweetness.

Taste improves on the nose a little. Initial chocolate, toffee sweetness gives way to some roasted coffee bean bitterness that lingers.

Feels a touch thin to me. I would have preferred a little more lasting sweetness, less astringency.

Overall, not a beer I would seek out, but I would like to try it on tap if available.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of undeadozzy
4.31/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Vigorous pour resulting in an awesome frothing head, almost like something I'd see on a Guinness. Deep brown/black hue, completely opaque. Nice and dark, looks like we're off to a good start so far..

S - Picking up on faint smells of dark chocolate, raisins, dried fruit, and something almost like raisin bread. Very friendly on the nose, but I wish it was a more powerful odor.

T - Delicious. Tastes exactly like it smells. Very smooth dark taste with hints of the aforementioned scents, as well as some newfound tastes of allspice and maybe a little cinnamon.

M - Like a thick wine. Very heavy beer, but that's to be expected with the style. Wish it was maybe a little thicker.

O - Great porter, will definitely drink again.

Photo of TTAmod
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into pint glass

A: This beer pours a nice coca-cola color that develops a pretty good khaki head, which fades into spotty bits of head about the top.

S: Smells primarily of coffee and roasted malts. I also pick up hints of licorice and wood.

T: Chocolate and licorice notes make up most of the drink. Develops into a nice coffee and cream taste that finishes with just a bit of hops and alcohol. Ends with a slight bitter black coffee note.

M: Appropriately creamy. A little bit of carbonation is noticeable at the end.

O: Overall, a very nice and easy drinking porter. Nothing too crazy, but it doesn't really have any off-notes. Good beer to have around when it's winter.

Photo of Ralphs66
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of Clowerweb
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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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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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  rDev -46.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of tbern007
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown but not solid. Tan head is gone kind of quickly and the lacing is just so-so.
Scent is lighter than I want- coffee, roasty, a little chocolate. Mild all around.
Taste follows what has occured thus far- milder than expected. Medium coffee, roasted malt, a little semi-sweet chocolate. Taste is good but does not remain.
Medium all around and a tad watery.
overall decent and drinkable but kind of weak.

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

Black Jack Porter from Left Hand Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,158 ratings.