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: 100 | 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 saccro
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
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
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Photo of SLeffler27
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A large, rocky, taupe head looms over a black, highly carbonated beer in this tulip glass, leaving rings of lace.

Black Jack is highly aromatic, with grains and some roasted malt.

Begins sweet with cappuccino, molasses, and vanilla. The alcohol presence is higher than expected, followed by a brief, bitter finish.

Soft carbonation adds texture to the almost creamy medium body.

A nice, simple beer for after work as apparently has been tradition.

Date consumed: 12 September 2008

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

The beer pours a deep brown to black with a huge, frothy head (decent retention), and a fine lace blankets the glass, both are light chocolate in color. Aroma is of sweet malt and hints of (possibly) syrup. Start is sweet, the middle is moderate , the finish has some carbonation. Decently hopped, and a fair to midline dry aftertaste. An ok beer - one that is alright for a session, however better porters are out there.

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

Fairly dark brown, although the bar light may have skewed it, as there were still some highlighted patches. Head is reasonably sticky, with a hue that is slightly tanned whip cream. Although whip cream would have left more lacing.

The nose isn't exactly British to the extreme, but finding out that Black Jack was listed as an English porter smooths out some of the wrinkles I was having with this one. The yeast component is larger than the roast, and there is a lot of chocolate in the nose. The power is 'just ok' but better than many and the flavor portion is pretty nice.

The taste is a mixture of chocolate, dessert-like sweetness and a more business-like roast coffee flavor. Dark fruits round out the flavor, but if you drink it fast enough they might never emerge. This is possible, because it's a very light-bodied porter, which isn't bad, but isn't totally up my alley.

Firm this one up and the flavor is there. Middling for now.

Photo of echdk3
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Served into a mug

A_Opaque, black, thin off white head that goes quickly to a halo. Not very lively. Small small lacing

S_Smoky, fresh biscuits, roasted oats, strong and very nice aroma

T_Primarily biscuits and smoke. Smooth and sweet smoky aftertaste. Some fig notes

M_Medium-chewy, low-medium carbonation. Nice heavy body

D_Heavy body is very filling. Repeatability is low

Photo of Cs1987
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Almost black, 2 fingers of beige head, which reduced.

Smell - Fairly hoppy, but not much of the expected mocha odour.

Taste - Pretty much the expected malty taste, with some hoppy bitterness. A little weaker than your average porter.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, low carbonation.

Drinkability - I didn't find this quite as drinkable as most porters.

Overall - Pretty good. Not much else to say about this beer.

Photo of hoplover82
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black Jack pours an almost black brown color. With a very fleeting off white head.

Smoky aroma notes dominate.

The flavor is smoky with a little spiciness from the hops.

The beer is so smooth all the way through. Feels medium bodied.

Very drinkable.

A pretty good porter indeed.

Photo of rmmm16
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This porter pours a typical porter color with a one finger khaki head. Some lacing remains throughout the glass. Smell is chocolaty and sweet, think tootsie rolls. Tastes sweet initially but finish has some nice bitterness. This beer seems a little thicker than some other porters, but it works very well.

Photo of champ103
3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark ruby brown. A two finger beige head forms and leaves rings of lace.
S: Faint chocolate and coffee notes. Lots of citrus hops that is out of style.
T: A bit more roasted malt in the taste than in the nose. Chocolate and coffee again. Slightly astringent and metallic. Again, citrus hops that I don't want in a porter.
M/D: This has a medium body, and a good creamy texture that is well carbonated. Easy and smooth to drink.

This is not an English Porter IMO. I need tons of roasted malt. I do not get that with this beer. Don't get me wrong, it is a good beer that I enjoy. Just not what I think of for the style.

Photo of mcsquint
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass.
A - Daaaark brown with tinges of red. Big tan head. Nice lacing.
S - Not much to go on. A faint milky chocolate aroma
T - Chocolate and roasted malt with notes of chocolate.
M - Heavy mouthfeel with nice carbonation. The balance of malt and hops make it finish very nicely.
D - I would have to add this to my list of favorite porters. Nothing objectionable about this at all. For an American version of a British ale, this one is spot-on!

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

Now this is a damn good porter. More tasty than most. Aroma was a little weak. HInts of chocolate were there but slight. Pour was a deep dark brown with a thin tan ring for a head.The flavor was big for a porter. Strong chocolate malt in the beginning which is very sweet. Then a bitter roastiness comes in and balances it out with a dry finish. Thick and chewy but with a lot of carbonation. Nice.

Photo of IPAs4lyfe
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice dark color with an off white head that didnt stick around for too long, left some good lacing.

S: Chocolate, with some espresso notes and a slight smell of earthy hops.

T: Chocolate and roasted espresso up front, follwed by some slightly bitter hops. Finish is somewhat long but clean.

M: Very good. Creamy, just the right amount of carbonation, little bit of warming which was a pleasant surprise.

D: Drinkability is good for the style. I could enjoy quite a few of these in one night.

Overall a good sessionable porter. Pairs very well with white cheddar cheez-its!

Photo of DoctorDog
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- Very dark brown. Hard pour produces 2+ fingers of creamy tan head, which fades slowly to a thin ring, leaving no lacing.

S- An earthy, sweet espresso type smell.

T- Slightly earthy with a bit of sweetness, and a cocoa/coffee finish with mild bitterness.

M- Extremely smooth and creamy for a porter. Very nice.

D- Good. One could easily enjoy several of these in an evening.

Future outlook: Probably won't seek this out, but it seems to be a nice addition to the Mountain Mixer in which it came.

Photo of praufs01
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Dark reddish brown with a creamy tan head.

Aroma - Very mild sweet milk chocolate aroma, not much of anything else.

Mouthfeel - Silky smooth with small bubble carbonation.

Taste - Milk chocolate with a hint of espresso. There is a hint of alcohol in the aftertaste that warms you up quite nicely.

Overall - I like it. It's a very smooth porter. I could be quite happy drinking four of five of these in an evening.

Photo of Jeffo
3.13/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this at the Cracked Kettel in Amsterdam

Bottle into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Dark brown in color with a tan one finger head. Retains decently. Ends up with a decent flat film and leaves next to no lacing. Mild to medium carbonation evident, and bubbles collect around the edges of the glass. Carbonation decorates the top nicely.

SMELL: Roasted malt with a hint of pure chocolate. Some caramel and dark fruits come through as well. Strong enough nose on this one.

TASTE: Roasted malt flavor. Mostly dark fruit flavor with a slight bit of pure chocolate there at the end. No real bite or aftertaste evident, which is slightly disappointing.

PALATE: Medium body. Somewhat creamy on the palate and finishes pretty dry. Carbonation is just right and it goes down smooth with no real bite. Could be fuller and creamier for the style, but decent non-the-less.

OVERALL: Definitely drinkable. Needs a stronger aftertaste to bring it up a notch, but it's certainly a good brew that I'd go for again.

Photo of currysage1
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark shade of hazy burgundy with a one finger espresso crema colored head. Quickly fades to just a light covering.

Smell is of egg nog, brandy, slight coffee sweetness, cloves, and cinnamon.

Taste is More on the light roast coffee side, dark chocolate notes as well, decent balance between the malt background and the hop presence.

Mouthfeel could be a little heavier, certainly not thin but then again this is an English Porter. Drinkability is pretty high, solid brew nothing that really stands out but solid anyways.

Photo of cdkrenz
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - Straight from the bottle with a hand of 21. Take a look. You'll see what I mean.

S - Very much chocolate and very much nice.

T - The flavor to start is chocolaty moving to a smokey character and finishing with a slight hop flavor.

M - The feel is a bit coarse accross the tip of my tongue. I don't think the texture really does much for the brew.

~ This is a solid beer. I'll certainly recommend to my pals that they offer it a shot. Also, even though I write with my right I swing lefty!

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

Out of a variety case from Shangy's. Pours an opaque black with a short tan head, a little lacing.

The aroma is a rich blend of semi-sweet chocolate, light java, and cream. The flavor follows up with a hint of spicy hops at the end in addition to the chocolate grains. MY only complaint is that it could be more complex. The mouthfeel is pretty balanced, and while this is a bigger beer, it's still fairly drinkable. Worth a try for a big, chocolatey porter.

Photo of Proteus93
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

- served with a chilled glass which I needed to give some time to warm up

A: Pours like a cola with the exception of the creamy head with a few nice bubbles bursting.

S: Freshly ground coffee, and a soft but warm roasted malt aroma.

T: Coffee again... like an iced coffee, with a sweet maltiness. Rather decent.

M + D: A crisp carbonation... maybe a little sharp, but not too much. A nice roundness to the body that kinda saves it. It's a good enough beer... not the best I've experienced, but not too shabby.

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

12 oz bottle poured very dark , almost black, 1/2 inch head that somewhat quickly faded away

Smells of roasted malt. Also of chocolate milk mixed with alcohol, almost like a white russian.

Taste was rich, sweet, chocolate coffee with a slight bitter aftertaste. For being only 6.4 abv it tastes abit too alcoholic

Mouth feel was a little heavy on carbonation, goes down good and not too heavy.

Overall drink ability was good , one or two bottles at a time , have bought this beer many times and would recommend to others

Photo of uwmgdman
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a clear, very dark brown with a nice garnet hue. The head is thin and tan. The aroma is chocolately and sweet with a bit of roasted malt. The flavor is quite chocolately, bittersweet and mouthfeel is quite smooth. Carbonation is medium-low and body medium. Overall an easy drinking, flavorful porter.

Photo of jbphoto88
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mahogany brown beer with a strong creamy tan head. As light hits the edges the beer reveals leathery brown and garnet highlights. The head dissipates to a collar and bubbly island mixed with some fine lacing.

Smell is rich with dark chocolates with a decadent sweetly scorched malt then in the second sniff its... musty malts. I'm slightly confused by this one, in one whiff its great and then in the next it smells like stale beer. It is more good then bad but it's got to make you wonder.

Taste is buttery sweet with a nice touch of bitterness. A big burnt malt taste gives a nice smokiness to this beer. There are some dark bittersweet chocolates following the initial taste that subsides quickly to a slightly sour finish. Mouthfeel is moderately dry with a tiny bit of smoked chalkiness.

Not bad for a porter. I like the simple flavors that make up the layers of this beer. Dark but not too dark, sweet but not overly saccharine, bitter but not too sour. I think this is a good workhorse of a beer. It isn't a very big or innovative porter but it has my thumbs up.

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