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Black Jack Porter - Left Hand Brewing Company

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Black Jack PorterBlack Jack Porter

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BA SCORE
84
good

974 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 974
Reviews: 459
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 11.86%
Wants: 35
Gots: 48 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-16-2001)
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

big beer for a porter, felt more like a stout to me on all counts. smells like very strong coffee, english dark malts, and burnt sugar. flavor is huge espresso notes up front, mellowed out by a nice chocolatey smoothness and some noticable hops in the finish. mouthfeel is heavy, very full bodied, i was in this particular instance hoping for a more sessionable porter, but not the case here (although i did manage most of my sixpack nonetheless). super thick, almost sludgy at times, again much more like a stout, but im okay with that. overall i am not disappointed with this beer, it definitely pushes the envelope

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 20:03:00 | More by StonedTrippin
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mactrail

Washington

3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark and friendly beer.

Nice foam up with swell carbonation in the mouth. Fairly light body but with a robust assortment of roasted flavors. Taste of dark chocolate may be just what they intended. A lot of caramel, the sweet kiss of Sugar Daddy. Like a Milk Stout but with more rough stuff. Nice hops give a great balance.

Another local Colorado brew I haven't given a chance to. Just bought one in a mixed six and I am impressed that it's one of the better domestic Porters.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2011 05:35:33 | More by mactrail
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jwc215

Wisconsin

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

Pours dark brown with a one-finger tan head that descends to a lasting thin cover. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is of medium-to-dark malt with a hint of licorice and subtle dark fruitiness.

The taste is of lighted roasted dark malt - sweet with an earthy bitterness. Malty character gives it suggestions of cocoa, light coffee and licorice/anise. Sweet, but finishes with a woody dryness.

Fairly creamy in a medium body. Nice texture and carbonation level. Slight astringency doesn't interfere much in smooth character.

A tasty porter - Malty but with some balance. A nice example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2007 18:13:22 | More by jwc215
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

When held up to the light this dark amber, almost black beer shows a brilliantly clear deep ruby red color. It is topped by a frothy light brown head that disappears after a minute or so. The aroma is quite fruity with notes of figs and raisins as well as notes of alcohol and a finish of astringent roasted barley. The aroma is quite rich and enticing, the type of aroma I would expect to find on an imperial stout not a porter.

The taste is light up front, but followed by a rich roasted caramel not and a bit of chalkiness up front. I get sweet fruity notes of burnt raisins as well as some nice rich chocolate notes. This is a really nice malty porter, there is not much in the way of hop notes, just a mix of sweet and dark malt notes. While I really like the malt character this beer is a bit too thin to solely rest on it, there needs to be a bit more hops, or a thicker body to support and compliment the lush maltiness of this Porter.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2005 03:51:05 | More by Gueuzedude
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zestar

California

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

07-29-2014 06:33:34 | More by zestar
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Halcyondays

California

2.48/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a very dark brown with a small white head. Good retention, some lace.

S: Milk chocolate, some roast, nice.

T: Too much residual sugar and the green hop notes clash with the malt, reminds me of Deschutes Hop in the Dark having the same problem. There is some solid dark chocolate flavours, but it doesn't solve the problem that it just doesn't taste very good.

M: Smooth, creamy, light carbonation. Fairly good chocolately finish.

D: Well made, but just not my kind of flavour profile. Too hoppy for the style, not satisfying.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2010 02:53:08 | More by Halcyondays
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.6/5  rDev -3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2009 18:38:18 | More by BlackHaddock
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep dark bronze to almost brown in color with a short 1/2" head that disappeared rather quickly. No lacing forms either. The aroma is pleasant as roasted malt and chocolate are easily detectable. The flavor follows suit, as roasted malt and soft chocolate are joined by some distant coffee and caramel.

Medium bodied. Smooth at the start and finish, witht he roasted malts lasting briefly on the tongue after swallowing. Very drinakble as this follows the porter style well, a session beer with just enough flavor to enjoy all day.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2004 21:53:34 | More by Gavage
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beernads

Florida

3/5  rDev -19.1%

08-23-2013 03:59:44 | More by beernads
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imperialking

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

01-23-2012 16:30:12 | More by imperialking
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark chestnut brown color with dark amber edges and a 1 finger frothy beige head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. No lacing to speak of.

Weak chocolate malt aroma with a slight toasted malt and nut presence.

Light bodied and watered down up front with some oatmeal, smooth chocolate maltiness, toffee and slightly bitter subtle hop presence in the finish.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2009 22:10:09 | More by corby112
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

07-16-2012 01:56:19 | More by MarkyMOD
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barleywinefiend

Washington

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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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2008 21:59:52 | More by tempest
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +10%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2009 18:45:05 | More by stakem
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

05-23-2013 15:24:41 | More by InspectorBob
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

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

(Served in an American pint glass)

A-This beer has a deep brown almost opaque crystal clear body with some tiny bubbles visible. The head is a thin creamy light tan with some big bubbles that last for a bit.

S- This beer has a soft smooth brown malt aroma with a hint of sweet molasses.

T- This beer has some nice roasted and burn malt qualities with a brown malt finish. The finish is slightly sweet but very soft. As it warms there is a note of roasted coffee in the grain that is nice.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a bit of a watery texture at the finish. No astringency or alcohol warmth.

D- The slight sweetness and darker malts add some interest but the finish doesn't offer much.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2006 22:45:03 | More by rhoadsrage
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Northern Soul in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours an opaque very dark brown to black in color with lots of brown and dark brown around the edges when held up to the light. The beer has finger tall creamy light tan head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Significant lacing is observed.

S: Moderate aromas of dark roasted/burnt malts along with some lighter aromas of coffee, cocoa, molasses, and a very light hint of dark fruit (raisin).

T: The taste of this beer very much follows the smell, with the primary flavor being that of the dark roasted/burnt malts. There are some more subtle hints/notes of coffee, cocoa, and some sweetness from molasses/raisin. There is a very nice complexity to the flavors of this beer and there is just a very light amount of bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amount of carbonation. Smooth.

O: Very easy to drink and very enjoyable, feels like a porter made for the summer. I really enjoyed this one and would have grabbed another if I had the time.

Serving type: on-tap

06-15-2012 13:51:20 | More by dbrauneis
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

03-18-2014 01:52:53 | More by DrunkinYogi
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a two-finger tan head that fades quickly to just a thin layer leaving a little lace. Deep red/amber color nearly opaque. Light carbonation, medium bodied. Nose has a hint of chocolate. Starts with a roasted sweetness and finishes smooth with no bitter aftertaste. A good porter; nice to find a 12oz bottle on sale for $1 from Liquor Barn, Lexington, KY. Their site lists the ABV at 5.8%.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2004 22:29:59 | More by jdhilt
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid porter distinguished by its very nice creaminess and licorice notes. Pours a very dark brown edging toward black with a nice creamy head and some spotty lacing. Nice licorice and cream notes in the nose, fairly soft. The taste has more of an edge, but more of that licorice along with a roasty note and some bitter, citrus peel tasting hops. Full but creamy in the mouth. Very solid, and with a delicious creamy finish. Imo, better than most have rated it.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2011 23:20:50 | More by Georgiabeer
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DoubleJ

California

3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2009 03:02:27 | More by DoubleJ
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Wasatch

Utah

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

Thanks Csims

Pours a nice dark brown/black color, nice carbonation, nice small foamy tan head which lasts awhile, nice sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is of nice roasted sweet malts, toffee/caramel. The taste is very nice sweet/roasted malts, and toffee/caramel. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is an awesome little porter, highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2007 01:31:11 | More by Wasatch
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

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

12ozer bottle bought as a single from Spirit Haus, Amherst, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint, formed a small 1/2" beige head over the dark reddish brown brew. Good lacing, and this offering has a light aroma of hearty malts. Taste is sweetly of the dark grains, a combination of what seems to be coffee, chocolate, and maybe rauch. The mouthfeel is excellently smooth, even if a bit too sweet. A bit heavy for major drinkability, but certainly would have another...

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2004 00:41:00 | More by ppoitras
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-23-2009 21:22:54 | More by BARFLYB
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