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Black Jack Porter - Left Hand Brewing Company

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965 Ratings
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Ratings: 965
Reviews: 459
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 11.86%
Wants: 34
Gots: 46 | FT: 1
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 botham

New York

3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a sam adams glass. pours a deep brownish garnet with wonderfully rich garnet highlights. moderate lacings.

aroma is notably roasted, with a unique base of a subtle spiced earthy quality that imparts an intriguing character to the overall profile.

taste is more of the same, with a wonderfully smooth quality that blends the flavors together into a contiguous mass that is indiscernable into simple flavors. a great profile.

mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a silky smooth texture. finishes on a mellow note with residual roasted malt and a base of dark fruit.

drinkability is good. this brew is mild and easy going, with solid flavors and an intriguing profile. very smooth and drinkable porter. cheers!

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2008 23:58:53 | More by botham
Photo of animal69


3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

#3 on "porter day" was one from the left hand sampler ; pours a deep garnet color w/ a thin tan head which dissipates quickly leaving a moderate lacing in my nonic ; a moderate smell, sweet, biscuty malt w/ dark fruit and nuts, maybe a hint of hop, but not discernable ; a sweet darker-malt heavy flavor, a strong date/fig-like undertone throughout, blends well with the toasty nut flavor, also detect a bit of woody hops ; drinks a bit lighter than the flavor, though still pretty full feeling, it just seems like this brew should be way fatter ; a very good beer, extremely quaffable for a 6.4% ABV porter, i'm glad i have some more to enjoy...

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2008 22:54:18 | More by animal69
Photo of Mora2000


3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, the beer poured a dark brown with rust colored highlights when held up to a light. The head was thick, khaki colored and creamy.

The beer smells of roasted malts and coffee, which is also how the beer tasted. The taste also featured some chocolate notes.

This is my first beer from Left Hand and I have was very impressed. I would definitely order this again.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2008 04:13:08 | More by Mora2000
Photo of ColoradoBobs


3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Old Chicago in Louisville, CO, April 7, 2008.

Too cold, but aside from that, served well.

Arrived at table with a moderate creamy tan head over an opaque dark brown mahogany body. Lots of lacing.

Smell of chocolate, malt, coffee, burned sugar, bergamot, strong tea and (?!) garam masala.

Taste is very similar to the smell, with a vinous oak-tannin-vanilla note added. Very spicey, yet nice and richly chocolate.

Mouthfeel is not as creamy as it appears, but very smooth and round nonetheless.

Drinkability is nice and easy-going smooth!

Serving type: on-tap

04-08-2008 05:56:08 | More by ColoradoBobs
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New York

3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle brewed on 1/23/08

A- Pours a rich dark red-brown. Looks a bit on the thin side- light coming through. Very little head retention- Thin dark cream-colored cap lingering on walls of glass

S- Good nose- mocha and coffee quite prevalent as well as light roasted malts. A bit of a sour tinge lingering somewhere in the back

T- Unexpectedly unique! Strong roasted malt flavors with some light coffee bean taste. Toasted wheat bread flavors hanging around in there too.

M- A thin bodied English porter. Carbonation is a little high for the style

D- Good session beer. Nothing too overwhelming but unique enough to stand out amongst other English style porters

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2008 02:05:10 | More by Avryle
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Rhode Island

3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Body poured a rich, deep oak brown with a thick creamy off white head. Bits of muddy lacing were evident on the sides of the glass.

S- Dark roasted malts and hint of coffee.

T- Dark roasted malts and coffee with some bready notes and a nutty aftertaste.

M- Full bodied and rich; thicker and breadier than some. Coats the tongue like a decent porter should.

D- Goes down easy and without complaint. A decent session beer, though by no means phenomenal as porters go.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2008 04:04:49 | More by Lothar666
Photo of MrHungryMonkey


4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Mostly black - red deep hues / moderate head.

Sweet roasted chocolate deep malt. A little balancing hops. Sugary sweet rich fruity.

Sweet thick malt - sugar and roasted burnt semisweet chocolate espresso, roasted barley type earthy woody bitterness. Hops give significant bitterness, floral herbal slight spice.

Creamy medium body, light carbonation.

Pretty good. Easy to drink, rich and deep. Good subtle complexities.

Dark roast, raisin/dark fruit caramel/molasses tones - quite nice.

Very dark caramel brown, mild head.

Creamy, creamy mouthfeel - top notch. Lots of deeply roasted malt flavors come in to play along with dark sweet notes and bright fruit. Caramel sweetness really hits the spot. Finish is ripe with hop and roasted malt/barley bitterness. Raisin dark fruit tones materialize. There's a lot going on here and the mouthfeel is so creamy.

The whole beer just turns to creamy head when I sip it, giving that spot-on feel that those Guinness widgets try to do. There's so much going on in the flavor - it tastes very good and doesn't get old. World class!

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2008 01:42:23 | More by MrHungryMonkey
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3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours mahogany with cherry hues. Has a one-finger light tan head that fades fairly precipitously leaving little in the way of lacing. Sweet caramel drifts up to the nose followed by almonds, various other nuts, coffee and a hint of tea. Tastes a little bitter up front with some toffee and a light maltiness left behind. Goes down smooth with a medium-bodied mouth-feel. Very drinkable porter, and not as hefty as many of it's other brothers.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2008 22:23:25 | More by stephens101
Photo of Rayek


3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I will be visiting this one again. My favorite local Porter.

A: Dark nut brown, with good clarity. Not as dark as most Porters. Cream colored head dissolves slowly. Leaves a small amount of lace.

A: Cherry, chocolate, charcoal and grape aromas mix well.

T: Cherry up front. Followed by toffee and chocolate. Hops add bitterness, but not flavor. That's the job of the malt in this case. Dry finish. Very well balanced.

M: Medium body with the right amount of carbonation.

D: I will be going back to this one again. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2008 19:09:49 | More by Rayek
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4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown with dark ruby highlights. Not ad with the very light tan head. Aromas of cocoa, dark pecans, and walnuts. The firs sip is chocolatey mixed wih a dark roasted bread. The first sip is a dry, powdery chocolate. Then a srong toasted mt bill with notes of slightly burnt wheat toast. The fnish is a creamy coffee, vanilla, and Hershey's cocoa mix. The palate is smooth and simple. Dark, bright, yet easy drink.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2008 04:58:08 | More by scruffwhor
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3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A very dark brown colour, it looks almost black, yet if you hold it up to the light, y u can see the dark brown at the bottom. A cream coloured head on it that is about a cm in height. It doesn't stick around very long though

S: A very pleasing smell to the beer; however, nothing really sticks out except the malts.

T: The malts in this beer play an interesting roll; they have a layer of complexity to them that quite pleasing. There is a slight roasted malt taste to it; however, there are definitely different layers in this beer that stand out.

M: This beer is quite carbonated with a perfect thickness for a porter. It's slightly thicker than a pale ale, yet not as thick as a stout.

D: This is a porter that has a quite range of flavours, but isn't as complex as a lot of porter so it's pretty drinkable.

The flavours in this porter are quite nice, but there is nothing that sets this apart from the other porters; this is quite nice and almost an introduction to the porter style.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2008 01:20:32 | More by swizzlenuts
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3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured deep brown to black with a thin tan colored head. The nose is dominated by milk chocolate. There is a touch of roast malt, and just a little citrus in the end. The flavor has the milk chocolate, followed by roast malt (it's almost a burnt malt character). A bit of sweetness accompanies a mild citrus finish that gives it just a hint of bitterness, and offsets the chocolate well. The mouth feel is a little thin, a bit slick. Drinkability is OK.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2008 02:18:51 | More by barleywinefiend
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3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle; bottled on 01/12/08
A: Poured a dark coffee color with a little light penetration. Not much head to speak of.
S: Sweetened coffee and malt dominate with a smoky backdrop.
T: All the smells come through on the palate. First comes coffee, followed by the malt and maple syrupy sweetness, finishing with a slight hop bitterness. A longer finish than I would have expected, but it's great. Fantastic balance in this one.
M: Nice smooth beer with medium to heavy body, for a porter.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2008 23:24:47 | More by FleeVT
Photo of SpencerT


3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. Bottle poured into a pint glass left a cola colored body with a moderate pale mocha head. The lacing was decent.
The scent of brown sugar with a hint of coffee is prevalent. The scent translated into the taste, with a nutty taste up front and a bittersweet coffee finish. The aftertaste lingers for much longer than most Porters.
This would be a good accompaniment for BBQ or Burgers.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2008 23:14:10 | More by SpencerT
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Rhode Island

3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A clean dark brown beer with mahogony highlights. Has a small creamy light brown head with a little bit of lace. The aroma is full of roasted malt notes, Chocolate, coffee, molasses and a hint of licorice. The roasted malt bitterness bites at the tip of your tongue with bittersweet chocolate notes. There is a hint of coffee just before a sweet nut like malt character washes it down your throat.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2008 01:58:59 | More by ybnorml
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West Virginia

3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle poured into a nonic glass.

Mahogany with ruby red highlights,nice color. 2" creamy light tan head with good retention leaving a nice pillowy layer with spotty lacing.

Dark sweet fruity aroma,clean and pleasing moderate malty aromas carmelly with some cocoa and coffee. Hints of licorace and vanilla also.

Moderate roasty tastes with lots of cocoa/chocolate. Good balance with a clean pleasing citusy finish.

Very smooth with a lighter feeling body,colud pass for a brown ale. Easy drinking beer could put a few of these away.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2008 04:07:10 | More by jcdiflorio
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3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Almost blackwith a small, fizzy head that disappears quickly.

S: Smells like biscuits, malt with some coffee notes.

T: Tastes like creamy malt up front with a carbonation sting in the swallow. Aftertaste is a little astringent with some roasted coffee notes.

M: Mouthfeel is appropriate for the style.

D: This beer is a good, solid Porter, but nothing to go crazy over.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2008 04:14:23 | More by PaleAlien2
Photo of blakesell


4.38/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 1-03-07. Poured into a belgian style "cereal bowl" chalice.

Appearance- Beer pours a dark reddish brown that is clear when held to the light. A mere fingernail thin head the colour of brown eggs at the supermarket, quickly dissapates to a microbacterial slide of small bubbles over the top. Lacing clings to the glass well.

Smell- Roasty malty goodness with a nutty tinge. A light graininess with a moderate noble hop aroma. So far this is smelling quite nice.

Taste- Now that is nice.. Malty with a big cashew, chocolate, biscuit feel to it. Very smooth on the palate with just the right amount of hop bitterness to balance it out. I have had a lot of porters lately and this is shaping up to be one of the best I've had this season.

Mouthfeel- Medium-light bodied, creamy, and moderately carbonated. The creaminess really stands out and makes this extra drinkable.

Drinkability- Really smooth and a pleasure to drink. Roasty, nutty and creamy with a nice soft mouthfeel to it. Much more balanced than the smoked porter Left Hand also makes that I also enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2008 00:14:33 | More by blakesell
Photo of littleshamrocks


4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz brown bottle with a bottled on date stamped on the label. Served in a nonic.

Pours a very dark brown with some ruby highlights and three fingers of creamy tan head. This is a nice looking brew that appears plenty dense. The head settles to a crown after a bit and leaves some spotty lace-work going down. The aroma starts with sweet malts, which soon give way to a roast-y chocolate and coffee essence. The taste is of those smooth chocolate and coffee flavors, with an infusion of smoke and a pleasant roasted malt finish. Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with a silky smooth texture and just the right amount of carbonation.

Overall, I find this to be solid across the board. I was mostly impressed by the ease of consumption, the depth to the flavors and the smooth feel on the palate. I really enjoy a good robust porter and this is a quality example to be sure. I will definitely have this one again.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2008 00:48:32 | More by littleshamrocks
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3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours up a dark mahogany color with ruby highlights with a thin off white head.

S - Faint smell of roasty malts, hint of coffee.

T - The faint roasty malts didn't lead me to expect such a big roasty, almost burnt flavor. As it finishes, the roasty malt leaves behind a sweet chocolate flavor.

M - Good.

D - The roast is a little too upfront for this to be very drinkable. After two it gets overpowering. Still a nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2008 21:53:48 | More by hiikeeba
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4.68/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Left Hand Brewing Company - Black Jack Porter

A - Poured into a Westmalle Trappist goblet, the color is very dark which is what one expects from a porter. Light head with thin even lacing, this leaves a nice oily film on your glass.

T - light coffee taste with dark fruits. Very very pleasant

M - Just a bit of a sting on the tongue and palate.

D - Tops for drinkabilty, very smooth and light, I could drink this all night.

S - Fruity smell with hints of coffee. Extremely pleasing.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2008 23:41:08 | More by Squaretooth
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3.18/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark oak brown with translucent orange-ruby highlights if you hold it up to the light. A foamy tan head accompanies. The smell is soft. Some sweet caramel malts along with bitter cocoa, and roasted malts. Mouthfeel is medium-light and slightly sharp. The sharpness being the result of some bitter cocoa and light molasses sweetness. The finish is dry and roasted and that sharpness spreads to the sides and edges of my tongue. This beer is just very mediocre. It isn't bad; it has flavor and hits the style profile but it doesn't really stand out anywhere. A coach class porter.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2008 04:39:28 | More by Slynger
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New York

3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Black Jack Porter looks good - dark brown body with moderate head and good amount of lacing on the glass. Appearance is the highlight. Aroma offers only faint chocolate. The taste is of chocolate, coffee and a hint of hops. It's not bad, there just isn't enough to make much impact.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2008 04:59:21 | More by buzzworthy
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4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Served in a Sam Adams BL glass, the beer pours very dark brown with about an inch frothy tan head. Head retention is average, lacing is excellent. It smells like dark chocolate, roasted malt and a bit of coffee. The taste is similar to the aroma, although I can also pick up a smoky taste too. Nice robust flavor overall. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's a little bit slick and creamy with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and it wouldn't be hard to put a few of these away in a night. Alcohol isn't noticable at all in the aroma or taste. I think it's a good overall porter. I'd recommend this to others to try.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2008 02:01:06 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of RblWthACoz


4.38/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an extremely dark brown. Tan-nish head that actually sticks around for a while, even as it falls. Nose is like mildly scented dark chocolate bits that my mother used to cook with. Flavor is surprising. Smooth and even with a more robust chocolate and roasted bean flavor than I had expected. There is almost a sweet fruit edge to it. I want to say there are very slight cherry hints, but that still might be over-exaggerating. Feel is very smooth. Goes right down. On the end of the liquid feel it seems to get a slight bit watery. I still say it is good though. Very drinkable. A pretty robust porter and one that definitely has enough character to justify trying.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2007 10:07:25 | More by RblWthACoz
Black Jack Porter from Left Hand Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 965 ratings.