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Black Jack Porter - Left Hand Brewing Company

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1,135 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,135
Reviews: 480
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 11.56%
Wants: 41
Gots: 110 | 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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Photo of stakem
4.09/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a little deep red hue along the edges. It also initially poured with a nice 1 finger white head that dissolved way too fast and left little lacing. The smell is quite pleasant with traces of cocoa. Mouthfeel is a little lighter than what I would want but it makes it easier to drink and want another. Taste has a little bit of hop bitterness up front and on the finish. All around you can taste a little bit of chocolate.

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

Served on tap in a pint glass.

A- Black Jack was not completely black but close enough, just a small shade down from it in fact. BJ had a 1/2 inch tan head that faded into a small skim, sparse lacing.

S- This has a big roasted malt scent coming from it with even lighter chocolate and barely noticable coffee. Im picking up a hint of smoke. Just a small amount of hops rounding out the scent.

T- Taste like a robust porter that does not step outside the box at all, so it's pretty standard. Roasted malts, chocolate, slight bittering hops and a touch of smoke. I dont get the coffee that everybody else seems to be picking up.

M- This one has a medium feel with light carbonation, a tad more would have been welcomed. Pretty robust and full to begin with but towards the end it feels a bit watery. A small smoky after taste.

D- I like how the ABV is not dangerously high but this one did not quite do it for me so one pint was enough. I have yet to be wowed by Left Hand offerings and I hope to find one more to my liking in the future.

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Deep, dark brown with dark copper highlights. Head is decent and shows quite a few streams of carbonation.

S- Left Hand scents. That is, somewhat grainy bread smell along with sweet caramel and subtle, bitter, roasted characters.

T- Taste is mostly roasty, toasty goodness with moderate sweetness and hop bittering. Hops come off as piney, minty, and floral. Alcohol makes a nice appearance in the background.

M- Pretty thick body and moderate carbonation

D- A porter it is, nothing special it be. I do like the name.

Photo of drunkboxer1
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep/dark brown. Almost black. Creates a tan head that disappears rapidly. Smells of roasted malt, and maybe some dark chocolate. Tastes almost sweet with the fairly decent sized roasty/toasty malt profile. Theres a good amount of hop bitterness present, as well as some earthy hop flavor in the finish. Nice and warming. A fairly decent porter.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown 355ml bottle, lot code 1007, hope it was in date in mid May 2009. Poured into a Thistle shaped Gordon Finest Golden glass.

Very dark, the glass showed it off nicely, a firm half inch tanned head sat on top of the deepest, dark ruby body. The lovely velvety head sadly faded to a thinner covering a bit too quickly for me, but there was a little head even at the end of the tasting.

Liquorice dominated the aroma at first, then dark chocolate and some burnt coffee bean smells began to assert themselves, very interesting.

Rich more than creamy feel to it, dry, unsugared coffee taste is the strongest flavour by far.

Carbonisation was fairly high for an English Porter, but it wasn't fizzy or over the top by any means, just a bit lively throughout.

I enjoyed it, not sure I'd want another straight after though, more of a nightcap for me than a session beer.

Photo of CHL
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark, clear, and red-amber in the light. Pretty beer, with a lighter and sweeter aroma than porters usually have. I also love the natural (black jack) on the bottle.

The feel and flavor reminds me of Left Hand's milk stout, except I found it much more moderate and tolerable. Very sweet for a porter, with a smooth texture, low hops, and almost no detectable roasted notes.

The chocolate and sweetness makes it quite drinkable and accessible. This is the first beer that me and my girlfriend both enjoyed, although I wish the malt was a bit more roasted and bitter.

Photo of far333
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown with garnet hues around the edges. A light brown frothy head rises up minimally and settles to a fine cap of thin foam.

Aroma of roasty malt and cocoa, a bit of raisin.

Flavors of richly roasted dark malt, cocoa, and espresso. Some oak and charred bark, plus a cherry tartness in the finish. Mild hops flourish in the back of the mouth, cocoa lingers, followed by oaky notes.

Rich and fairly full mouthfeel. Tasty beer, very drinkable.

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

12 oz bottle into a pint

A - Pours a very dark and opaque black color. Head formation is the trademark stout/porter mocha color, but very light. Dissipates to a film.

S - Roasted malt flavors - a coffee and burnt aroma. A small amount of chocolate combined with yeast.

T - Starts off with a potent roasted specialty malt flavor - sweet but with a coffee combination. Bitterness builds to a balance in the mid-stream. No overt hop taste. Some yeast flavors. Finishes with a stronger chocolate flair - solidly sweet.

M - Moderately strong body - thick and creamy. Almost milk like. Carbonation is strong enough to add additional body. Very clinging to the palette.

D - Little palette fatigue here from the flavors - very smooth and easy to drink. ABV is higher but is manageable.

A solid porter.

Photo of RickKrumenacker
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours to a one-fingered, tan head...patches of larger bubbles surrounded by smaller, pillowy carbonation...deep mahogony with some cherry highlights...soft lacing that slowly works its way down the side of the glass

S - Initially licorice and alcohol...roasted grains and coffee comes through...pick up some dark chocolate about half way through

T - Initially struggled to pick up anything other than roasted coffee...as it warmed some caramel came through...dark chocolate aftertaste

M - Somewhat creamy...taste more bitterness than expected...alcohol warming...leaves a nice coating on the tongue that is mix between the coffee and dark chocolate

D - Pretty smooth...as much as I liked the other areas of the beer it took more of an effort to get through it than expected...maybe too much of an alcohol presence with this beer

Photo of zdk9
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a shade to the brown side of black with deep mahogany highlights. Half a finger of head (though in previous glasses I've had a full finger- could be that I'm using my nice new Rahr and Sons glass).

S- Heavy roasted aromas- dark coffee, almost wood smoke. There's also some deep brown sugar without the sweetness (maybe that's more molasses?) And some sweet bready notes like a moist carrot muffin.

T- Dominated by coffee. There's also some lighter fruit- blueberry, grape, yellow raisins. Hard to really taste the hops, but I do feel the bitterness on the back of the mouth- though that's somewhat of a roasted bitterness so I don't know.

M- Pretty full. It's creamy and coats the mouth. More of a stout mouthfeel really. I thick this somewhat highlights the sweetness of the beer which helps to balance out the large amount of coffee flavor, so i'll take it.

D- Overall I'm liking this beer. It's not the most balanced porter in the world and I could do with some more hop flavor (or maybe just some more flavor that isn't coffee) but I'd order it in a pinch.

Photo of indiapaleale
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark inky black with a thin bright white head that quickly fades leaving little to no foam or lacing.

Smell is a bit lacking in any main characters. Its a bit sweet and caramel-esque but not the roasted coffee/dark malt smell that usually accompanies a porter.

Taste seems to be on the line of a little sweeter, darker brown ale. Its a flavor that doesn't totally match the color. Lots of sweet malt but no roasty/toasty flavors.

Not a bad (English) porter but nothing amazing.

Photo of BirdFlu
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was sort of let down overall with this beer.. It has many characteristics similar to german bocks, as opposed to a porter.. The aroma is a bit smokey and malty with some caramel but its quite subdued.. Pour is very cola-like, dark with a slight head and reddish when light passes thru.. Taste is dry and malty, a bit chocolate-malty, but a bit watery almost.. Mouth is lighter than expected but its not bad and is one of the strong points.. Its drinkable in that its not too heavy or such, but it has flaws

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

Blackjack is my favorite card game, and porter is my favorite style of beer. Is this beer a winning hand for me? On to the beer:

Dark ruby brown color, almost cola black with hues of red. Centimenter thick, creamy head on top with some form of retention. Bittersweet chocolate chips in the aroma. The taste...on the sweeter side of things. Strong smokey chocolate flavor dominates, sweetness starts to dry up. Molasses too. A snap of booze is felt, it seems larger than the listed 6.4% here on the site. The beer has a pretty big body, and has a smooth texture.

If this beer were a Blackjack hand, it would be a 10 and an 8. It's good enough to win some hands, but not enough to win against others.

Photo of jjboesen
3.89/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Its' beginning is spectacular; there is a thick slab of lather that crowns a foreboding body of blackness, one that admits no light to pass. Along the glass, there is heavy lacing that is retained long after the initial pour.

Let us taste it. First, we discover the chocolate at first sip; then, our palate is greeted by a warm blanket of malt that denotes a rather smooth, yet biscuit-like, mouthfeel.

Many bars make the mistake of pouring porters too cold. This one, if ordered on draught, must be allowed to sit if you wish to truly experience it - the way it was meant to be. A complex beer that is surely deserves our respect.

Photo of tigg924
3.29/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: dark brown with a small head

Smell: malt, molasses, chocolate, and a taste of caramel

Taste: Not nearly as complex as the smell. cream in the beginning followed by an expresso finish

Mouthfeel: sharp, crisp, dry, medium bodied, with a bitter taste right before a sweeter finish

Drinkability: This is not a bad beer by any stretch. It is a victim of timing. I have had a lot of excellent porters lately and this is not up to the same degree. If this was in a variety pack, I would have fun consuming--however I am more likely to get one of those other porters as a single first.

Photo of RickS95
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium sized tan head that dissipates quickly. Beer is a nice looking syrupy color. Smell of hops, licorice, malt and spices.

Like most porters, has a nice, creamy mouthfeel. Has that dark, portery taste, but there is so much going on, it's kind of hard to tell what's going on; like everything balances out everything else.

The finish is the same way. There is no bitter finish, and there is no hint of sweet, everything counterbalances so you're left with nothing.

Photo of allergictomacros
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a ruby red with a good sized creamy head. Coffee and toasted grain in the nose with a bit of a solvent edge. Flavour is quite toasty, very fruity, with some chalkiness and coffee. Moderate bitterness with a soft body and moderate carbonation. Little bit sweet, and tart. Fairly refreshing and drinkable.

Photo of skrib09
4.43/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured out a very dark black with some ruby red coming through over a light. creamy head.

smells just ok to me. not too roasty, maybe more malty.

taste is exceptional to me. just enough roasty sweetness to pass for a porter but very crisp taste.

crispy mouthfeel.

great drinkability.

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

A: Very dark brown with a tan head which dissapates quickly.

S: Burnt smokey malt aroma with light hops.

T: Burnt smokey malt also in taste. kind of like coffee grounds. Kind of sooty.

M: a very rich body with medium carbonation.

D: An average porter. I am a big porter fan but this did not strike my fancy that much.

Photo of tzieser
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this one a while ago in a left hand mixed 12 pack.

pours a pitch black color with decent head that simmers into a decent lacing

smells really good. alot of burnt and roasted malts....maybe a bit of coffee grinds

tastes good. alot of toasted/burnt malts are balanced by fresh hops. balanced very well. about what i expected.

mouthfeel was pretty average for a porter

i couldnt see myself drinking more than 4 of these without feeling crappy

overall a nice high quality porter. just dont plan on drinking all of them in 1 sitting.

Photo of AdmiralDiaz
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured to pint glass.

A: very dark brown with a puffy/creamy looking two finger head with great retention. Small amount of lacing that looks like a spiderweb.

S: Roasted malts with hints of choclate and coffee

T: Coffee flavor hits frist along with roasted malts with a small chocolate finish. Taste become bolder as the drink gets warmer, I'd say serve this one at about 55.

Overall very drinkable and great mouthfeel, not too carbonated but noticable. Very good for the price will buy again.

Photo of saccro
4.16/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance -- not much of a head, could use more foam. Color is on the low end of a porter -- almost more of a brown ale. Dark brown, cola color.

smell -- is great. sweet aroma with hint of chocolate raisin like raisinettes.

taste -- very malty, but balanced well by a delayed bitterness. Chocolatey. A bit roasty. I'd prefer a bit more hop flavor. But clean

mouthfeel -- heavy from maltiness...nice carbonation.

overall, I like this beer. I'm a brown ale fan, and for me this feels more like a brown ale plus. I'm happy with the malty profile of this beer. Could use more hop flavor.

Photo of mwilbur
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into shaker pint glass.
A: Pours a very dark garnet with thin light tan head that quickly dissipates.
S: Caramel and toffee notes with a hint of raisin.
T: Caramel, light roast coffee, and a bit of cream.
M: Smooth overall feel with a hint of dry bite.
D: A nice drinkable porter. Nothing too stupendous, but definitely above average. Good sessionability.

Photo of flexabull
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with a nice big off white / tan colored head.

Aromas are a bit oaky, with a light nut character, and some cream and sugar.

Taste is somewhat sweet, with creamy malts, chocolate, cocoa, and a hint of coffee. This is a very malt forward porter, with a bit of pine hops on the finish. This a robust english porter with lots of malt flavors.

Mouthfeel start out kind of thick, not too heavy, but there is a underlying watery feeling that holds this back a little. Not bad at all though.

Drinkability is good. This is a solid porter that is well worth trying.

Photo of theBubba
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a 1/8 inch head that quickly disappears. Lace is minimal. This brew is fairly similar to Left Hands Milk Stout, with a few exceptions. First off there is a hint of caramel in the nose and taste, along with the coffee and dark chocolate that's dominant in the Milk Stout. There's also a tiny bit more carbonation and a touch more of hops that leaves a slight hop bitterness in the aftertaste. Like the Milk Stout, there is some sweetness. A good brew overall, but two is enough.

Black Jack Porter from Left Hand Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,135 ratings.