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Black Jack Porter - Left Hand Brewing Company

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Black Jack PorterBlack Jack Porter

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1,172 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,172
Reviews: 486
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 11.56%
Wants: 42
Gots: 129 | 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: 1,172 | Reviews: 486
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3.2/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A dark brown beer with a very small head that leaves only a small off-white ring around the glass.

Smell is roasted with a nice malty base. There are traces of husk, but this adds to the complexity. Dark crystal malts add the midpiece of the breadcrust smell.

Taste is lightly roasted around a light sweet caramellic center. The beer has notes of chocolate, tabacco and an earthy taste. Bitterness is quite low, but seems to be into balance with the mouthfeel. The body of the beer is quite thin. Sometimes this fades when the glass is empty, but the last sip is also thin. I am not too sure about this beer. It all lacked a bit.

Photo of BB1313
3.47/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on date noticeable. 12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a dark brown, with light getting through giving it some transparent brown ruby hues. Not much head lacing to speak of, but it's there. The aromas are nice with lots of milk chocolates and roasted malts. The flavors really do match the nose. More milk chocolate with a touch of vanilla and coffee. Mouthfeel is nice, light, smooth, nice carbonation. Pretty bold. The bitterness isn't over the top, making this easy to drink. It reminded me alot of an American porter, more than an English porter. Either way, nice.

Overall, this is a good porter.. definitely worth a shot, but it's just short of being something really special.

Photo of drpimento
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent brew! I let it warm a bit from the cooler and with slightly aggressive pour I got a medium sized, foamy tan head that soon settled down to a light cover. Color is a clear, deep smokey garnet with cherry highlights and a couple of nice bubble trails. Aroma is malt, cocoa, roast, toffee, caramel, hint of fruit. Flavor is like nose, plus a bit of salt, some good carbonic tang and a nice, mild, pleasing balance of bitter and sweet. Good body and carbonation. Finish is like flavor and of average length. This is a very good, traditional English style Porter, I'd like more.

Photo of ArrogantB
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark black color, thin head. Smells like chocolate, dark chocolate. Flavor is more dark chocolate, cocoa, bakers chocolate, tootsie roll. The flavor reminded me of the old barrel-aged imperial stout a bit. Overall, very easy to drink but not sure I'd want more than one of these since the chocolate flavor was so overwhelming.

Photo of BeerLover99
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: dark brown body. tan head, random lacing

S: mild dark chocolate, ripe fruit, malt.

T: light dark chocolate, mild malt, hint of rip fruit/nuts,
light crisp bitter finish

S - unsweetened cocoa and roasted coffee. Hints of toffee and a little caramel provide for some sweetness.

M: light/med body, more on semi-dry mouth

D: Not bad, dark fruit/nutty porter.
I would try again, but maybe try again.


Photo of Zimbo
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Somewhere between a rebooted H P Lovecraft Cthulhu and a damp squid, the illustration on the label gives a pretty bad first impression.
But once popped there is a nice medium richish smell of mocha and coffee. Dark cola body. Fleshy one inch magnolia head. Taste is similar being earthy, somewhat dry, and with a degree of (metallic?) chocolate. Somewhat limited in development and complexity it lacks that delicious morish quality you find in the better porters.

In the end the damp squid wins out.

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a fluffy, creamy pillow of a head, but dissipates to a wisp with a cream ring of bubbles around the edge. The beer is rich coffee color, held up to the light the coffee brown shows through. Pretty decent sticky lacing. Slightly alcoholic smell to this, with a hint of bitter chocolate. This beer tastes of bitter chocolate and deep roasted malts. It doesn't have that burnt charcoal profile, and that's a good thing in my eyes. Mouthfeel is a bit watered down. This is a nice porter, pretty drinkable, but I gotta admit it's a bit strong for my liking. At 6.4%, the alcohol really comes through, but overall this isn't a bad effort from Left Hand, but there are better porters out there.

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

A - Very dark brown with a large, foamy, light, bubbly, light tan head. Pretty good retention leaving very speckled lace.

S - Mix between unsweetened coffee and chocolate and dark fruit aromas. Hints of caramel and toffee as well.

T - More dark fruit compared to the coffee/cocoa. Plum and slight vinous flavors are strongest among those flavors. Some unsweetened cocoa and roasted coffee. Hints of toffee and a little caramel provide for some sweetness.

M - Lighter body with average carbonation. A touch on the thin/watery side.

D - A little too much dark fruit to make me want to drink a lot of this, but it is fairly well balanced.

Notes: Definitely an English porter with a good amount of dark fruit and toffee/caramel. Some roasted malt and coffee/cocoa as well. Not a bad porter but not my favorite.

Photo of StoutHunter
3.72/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Left Hand's Black Jack Porter last week from The Lager Mill for $1.79. I have tried Left Hands Milk Stout a couples years ago and thought it was pretty good so when I saw that their brews were now available in Michigan I decided to give their porter a try and see how it is. There was a bottling date but it was smudged and unreadable. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- The label on this beer is pretty weird, I don't know what the drawing on the bottle is, but it doesn't look bad, just weird. It poured a deep dark brown color that was bordering on being black with lots of ruby highlights when held to the light. It had a fingers worth of tan head that quickly died down to a thin ring with a thin lump in the middle that stayed till the end.

S- The aroma is pretty much all roasted malts. They impart some nice bitter and milk chocolate aromas along with a slight bit of coffee and a good amount of roasted grain aroma. The aroma is pretty on par from an English Porter.

T- The taste starts off with all those roasted malts that I picked up in the aroma that imparted some nice bitter and milk chocolate along with a very slight coffee flavor. The finish has medium amount of bitterness to it that gives it a bitter chocolate aftertaste.

M- Smooth, creamy, on the light side of being medium bodied, and it had a light amount of carbonation that could have been kicked up a couple notches.

Overall I thought this was a good English Porter. I don't have a lot of experience with this style but I am starting to like the lightness and complexity of this style as apposed to some of the more robust American Porters that border on being a stout. This beer was pretty damn drinkable, it went down pretty fast and if I had another one I would drink it, I could see drinking 3 or 4 of these on a cool fall night. What I liked most about this beer was the flavor, it wasn't overly robust and it turned out to be pretty complex. What I liked least about this beer was the mouthfeel, the carbonation needed to be bumped up a couple notches and it wouldn't hurt to make it a little thicker for a medium body. I could see myself buying this again when looking for a nice and easy drinking English Porter. I would recommend giving this beer a try it has just the right amount of balance and complexity to do this style justice. I still think Arcadia's London Porter is my favorite English Porter, but this beer comes pretty close to it although still being pretty different, but I have yet to have a traditional English Porter from England so I really can''t tell which one is more tradition, but I am willing to bet that Black Jack is closer to a traditional English Porter. I am glad that Left Hand is now available in Michigan, so far I have only tried their darker beers so I am interested to see what they can do with some of the lighter styles, guess I am going to have to track some down next time I am at the store.

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Black Jack Porter from Left Hand Brewing Company
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