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Black Jack Porter - Left Hand Brewing Company

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1,114 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,114
Reviews: 473
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 11.56%
Wants: 40
Gots: 101 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-16-2001)
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Photo of TheHoppiest
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Photo of Brunite
3.98/5  rDev +7%
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.

Photo of WankelEngine
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Photo of hosehead83
3.2/5  rDev -14%
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.

Photo of B967ierhunter177
2.63/5  rDev -29.3%
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 bgildea
3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

Photo of eric5bellies
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Photo of feylure
4/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Photo of PorterLambic
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Photo of JRed
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Photo of Jazzcrop
3.15/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Photo of rembrant
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Eye- Deep deep brown very near an opaque black. Does a 1 finger tan head with not much lace

Scent Some dark fruit,chocolate and bread crust but not a big aroma. A little brandy in back.
Tase is rather smooth,chocolaty with some raisin. Relative to Ed Fitz,sweeter and less robust. Just a bit of coffee to the finish.
Warmed more the chocolate still dominates and it's sort of a Lindt Milk Choc. truffle. However,there's not a lot of other stuff,until the raisin and coffee show in the finish. Good flavors but a bit less roasty than some.
Mouthfeel is on the thin side for a Porter with just enough fizz to keep it from seeming weak More a "session" sort of Porter than a slow sipper and with it's reasonable price,broad availability,that works out well for drinkability

Photo of JamnesCameron
4.45/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Le Cheval Blanc pint glass.

Pours a deep, clear ruby, with a light tan head that did not last at all. Some lacing is present.

Aromas of light roasted malt. Hints of bittersweet chocolate. Almost a milk chocolate quality. No hop aroma at all.

First sip is of roasted malt, coffee, and that milk chocolateliness. No hop flavors either. Emphasis is on the roast. A light sweetness. Finish light and roasty, and does not last long, begging for another sip.

Mouthfeel is medium. Good level of carbonation.

Very drinkable beer. A little strong for a session beer, but very sessionable. Could drink these all night and not tire of the flavors.

Photo of emmasdad
3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up as part of a mixed six. Pours a rich black color, with an inch of medium tan foam. Aromas of roasted malt, sweet milk chocolate and coffee. On the palate, this one was medium bodied, with flavors of milk chocolate, a little black licorice and roasted malt.

Photo of Shrews629
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - Dark brown to very dark amber color. Off white/tan semi-creamy head with adequate size, solid retention and very nice lacing. Some light burnt orange highlights at the bottom of the glass. Not as dark as some of the previous Porters I have reviewed.

Smell - Nice bit of a smooth, sweet, milk chocolate aroma at first. Minute hints of roast and smoke. Maybe some coffee in there, but it is very mild. The chocolate is the primary fragrance. I even picked up a nice oatmeal raisin cookie note.

Taste - Nice touches of chocolate in the taste. Again, some coffee makes an appearance, but it is more subdued. The minor bits of smoke give it some complexity.

Mouthfeel - Medium mouthfeel. Goes down smooth and easy. Not as dry as I was expecting, but not watery either. Covers the palate pretty well. Mostly average in the mouthfeel.

Drinkability - This is an ok Porter. Not the best, but nothing to scoff at either. This would be a fair entry level Porter for someone interested in the style in my opinion. It is easily drinkable and I wouldn't have a problem quaffing it for a night.

Photo of Stoneyrok
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A very dark, poured into etched globe mug ( my favorite) channels aromas and retains heads, but there is no head on this pour. Swishing the glass creates a slight head. Nice color though.

S malty, maybe some roasted bitter coffee, not much happening for me by way of smell, surprising with my glass. Dull distant hops. ever slight chocolate.Ever slight Coffee notes.

T medium maltyness, dry-ish, lacks any sweetness, noticeable dry bitterness, lacks complexity.

M thin, more than average carbonation, slightly prickly on the tongue.

D could drink throughout evening, but I would think they do not consider this a signature beer. It leaves more to be desired. I was expecting a little more being that I LOVE their milk stout, more so than bells double cream, and compare their milk stout to duck rabbit milk stout... I cannot get this is NC, sop when I got this during a Florida trip, I was really looking forward to it being great. I can see where this could be someones session beer who can get it easily.

Photo of StJamesGate
3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a semi-translucent ruby black with a carpet of white head that's quick to fade with some trailers. Nose is roasty char and some brown sugar sweetness. Faint ash, barrel and red fruit followed by leafy hops. Tingly finish, bittersweet slightly sickly Pepto Bismol linger. Medium, flat, slight chew.

Mistakes weakness for English subtlety. Way too strong for the amount of flavor it brings. More than enough range in this style to come up with some more defined and interesting than this.

Was never drawn to this beer for some reason; my instincts were right.

400th review, unfortunately

Photo of pioppo
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Very dark amber. Dark, fine and quite persistente beige foam.

S - Quite intense aromas of roasted bottom of coffee. Then come chocolate, almond and a little of ethylic.

T - First, bitter by roasting and bitter by hopping appear, then a little of chocolate and the hot and ethylic of alcool.

M - It seems to be a good body but it's actually a smoothness.

D - A delicate carbonation and the bitter that balances sweetness make this beer very drinkable.

Photo of LeftyEtc
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - In your hand is this thick and black, up to light is becomes more reddish brown. A sold half inch head lingers for quite a while.

S- Sweet malt, toasted coffee, subtle hops.

Taste - Heavy chocolate presence, slight coffee and late finish of bitter hops.

M - Thinner in feel then in appearance. Creamy fullness of a full body.

D - I like the feel of a solid porter but this seems to have a strange bitter finish that persists after drinking. I wouldn't drink more than two in a row. Still enjoyable and interesting.

Photo of Frothboss
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Darker than a black steers tuchis on a moonless prarie night. No head but to be expected with a porter. Dont see any carbonation...but its pretty dark in there. Smell sweet, coffee, chocolate, toffee. Tastes pretty good. Thick and rich, taste some chocolate. Mealy comes to mind. Overall pretty tastey porter.

Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a New Belgium snifter.

A - Direct pour produced a minimal tan head that disappeared almost immediately. Very dark brown and opaque.

S - Roasted malt, dark chocolate, simple black breakfast coffee, hint of burnt caramel. Some hops appear in the nose as it warms in the glass.

T - Burnt toast, bitter chocolate. Bitter chocolate spread on burnt toast. An over-baked dark chocolate cookie.

M - Somewhat creamy with moderate carbonation. Reasonable body. Finish is drier than expected from the style, and disappears pretty quickly, making it seem thinner than it is.

D - Not smoked/burnt roasted enough to be an American pseudo-stout, but lacks any sweetness to balance the bitter chocolate taste like a good porter. Imagine drinking quite bitter dark chocolate without the melt-in-your-mouth creaminess.

Photo of Samp01
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a nice brown head. (Bottled on 2/03/10) Aroma of dark roasted malts and coffee, caramel.Taste is same as aroma. Palate is full bodied, nice and creamy texture, with good carbonation. Finish is malty, coffee, creamy, with some bitter hops for balance. Overall a very nice porter.

Black Jack Porter from Left Hand Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,114 ratings.