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Black Jack Porter - Left Hand Brewing Company

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1,055 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,055
Reviews: 466
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 11.86%
Wants: 36
Gots: 79 | 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 swizzlenuts
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.

swizzlenuts, Mar 02, 2008
Photo of barleywinefiend
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.

barleywinefiend, Mar 01, 2008
Photo of FleeVT
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.

FleeVT, Feb 27, 2008
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.

SpencerT, Feb 25, 2008
Photo of ybnorml
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.

ybnorml, Feb 19, 2008
Photo of jcdiflorio
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.

jcdiflorio, Feb 18, 2008
Photo of PaleAlien2
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.

PaleAlien2, Feb 16, 2008
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.

blakesell, Feb 14, 2008
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.

littleshamrocks, Feb 13, 2008
Photo of hiikeeba
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.

hiikeeba, Feb 10, 2008
Photo of Squaretooth
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.

Squaretooth, Jan 31, 2008
Photo of Slynger
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.

Slynger, Jan 10, 2008
Photo of buzzworthy
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.

buzzworthy, Jan 04, 2008
Photo of bluejacket74
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.

bluejacket74, Jan 04, 2008
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.

RblWthACoz, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of Daredevil
3.15/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

this brew offers some promise: first the well drafted label, then an almost opaque black-brown color with a creamy head ...
however neither the smell (charcoal, licorice and fresh hay) nor the rather soapy taste envoque any comparison to the real great porters, nor to the elegance of some eastern german or czech dark lagers ...
nice try, but not much above average ...

Daredevil, Dec 29, 2007
Photo of mentor
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a half finger of caramel-brown head over a ruby dark mahagony liquid. Smells chocolate, nut, roast, creamy sweetness. Like a strong sweet brown. Bit of hop grassiness and some celery.

Tastes wet sweet with chocolate and hazelnut. Roast is mild and there is some ashy from dark grains. Hops are english, perhaps fuggles. Underlying dark caramel flavor really fills this one out and there is almost an oatmeal-type creamines. Finish has a sour tang that accompanies a revisit of the sweet chocolate wonderfully. Md body and md-heavy thickness. Strong fine carbonation strips the sweet off the tongue in the finish and leaves an acrid and metallic sting on the tastebuds. A heavy brown more than an english porter

mentor, Dec 20, 2007
Photo of brendan13
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured into a pint glass a dark brown with a few centimetres of dark beige head that falls away quite quickly. A bit of lacing.
S - Hard to get much from the smell. Some roasted malts and some slight dark chocolate hints.
T - Luckily the taste comes up with the goods. Roasty chocolate goodness & some dark fruit notes.
M - Medium to full bodied with a fairly low carbonation. Slightly sticky.
D - Not really a session porter but could put away 2 or 3 without any complaints.

brendan13, Dec 17, 2007
Photo of jeffmonarch
3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Nice dark brown color. Caramel colored head that disappears quickly. No lace.

S - Some Chocolate.

T - Smooth with a roasted flavor and some chocolate hints.

M - Medium bodied with good carbonation.

D - Good porter. Very easy to drink.

jeffmonarch, Dec 16, 2007
Photo of Redwood21
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is a dark chocolate blackish brown. The head is off white one finger that dwindles to a bit of lacing that sticks semi well to the edge of the glass
S: This beer has a great aroma there is some mocha and coffee chocolate aromas, earthy roasted aromas as well.
T: this is a solid tasting beer with some roasted malt and coffee tastes. nothing is too evident however or over powering. I would call this a very mild mannered mellow porter that is easy to enjoy but wont shock you. Same is true for mouthfeel and drinkability. An above par porter than wont shock the senses.

Redwood21, Nov 29, 2007
Photo of mikesgroove
4.58/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

So another in the line of regulars from Left Hand graces my glass. This one I was looking forward to as the Porters have always been a favorite of mine. This one poured a nice thick dark brown with a large creamy tan colored head on the top. Great retention let it hang around for what seemed like forever before finally being nestled down into just a thin layer across the top. The aroma was very full and sweet. Lots of chocolate roaming through it along with a touch of coffee and lots of sugar. A slight smoked presentation as well. The flavor was also very full for a porter. This almost had a stout like feel to it as it was very thick and full with a great robust profile. Lots of chocolate and coffee notes dominated it. Overall it was hard to believe this was actually not a stout. It was so full bodied, a really great porter. This would make an excellent addition to a winter lineup. A great beer and something that I will defiantly be looking forward to trying again.

mikesgroove, Nov 20, 2007
Photo of ultralarry2006
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Leaves a two finger biege head that has excellent retention, and leaves excellent lacing. Body is the deepest brown.

Smell - chocolate, toffee, roasted malt. Smells somewhat hearty.

Taste - same as the smell. Chocolate, toffee, and roasted malt. Simple and straightforward.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied.

Drinkability - this is a decent ale, but not terribly exciting.

ultralarry2006, Nov 19, 2007
Photo of Gehrig
2.8/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Though the rating scores should speak volumes toward my viewing this "porter" with mediocrity, I'm going ahead and assessing the beverage in writing anyway. On the whole, this didn't pique my interests as I drank it. The presentation was nice, 1 1/2 fingers of tan, frothy head atop a dark walnut-brown, almost reddish hued body. Yet the taste and flavors didn't live up to the initial good look. I found it a bit weak, lightly reminiscent of chocolate, but overall sweet and with no overall strong flavoring. if it weren't for the occasional scent of chocolate wafting under my nose, I might have mistaken this for a medium bodied lager in texture and flavor.

This, unfortunately, ends up on the lower end of my personal porter scale. It lacked some meat, if you will, in terms of flavor and complication. Overall, not an impressive porter, and I can't say that Left Hand has wowed me on the whole, with the exception of their Milk Stout. Other than that, I won't be stopping in front of its place in the display case anytime soon, sad to say. There are too many other good, bold porters to drink.

Gehrig, Nov 15, 2007
Photo of MichaelMeister
2.45/5  rDev -34%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I once made a comment that I’ve never met a porter that I didn’t like. That is, until now. This Porter tastes remarkably like the Left Hand Milk Stout which I didn’t care for either. Too much of a dry, lactose, bittersweet chocolate aftertaste and simply is too thin, watery, flat and lifeless.

MichaelMeister, Nov 14, 2007
Photo of NitroGen
2.98/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. Brown longneck bottle, Bottled on 10/07 is discernable in the date field.

P: Poured like a dark coca cola pour with a ½ finger of foam that quickly settles to a scattered cover

S: roasted coffee and bittersweet choclate .

T: Roasted and slightly bitter malt feint trace of coffee.

M: Found this a bit too thin and very one dimensional from beginning to end.

D: Passable porter and will drink again, however one would keep searching for better examples before sharing with friends.

NitroGen, Nov 13, 2007
Black Jack Porter from Left Hand Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,055 ratings.