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Black Jack Porter - Left Hand Brewing Company

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1,109 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,109
Reviews: 472
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 11.56%
Wants: 40
Gots: 97 | 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 BlackBelt5112203
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic pint glass at cellar temperature.

L – Deep brown color with a 1.5-finger bubbly, cream-colored head. Decent retention but not much lacing. Clear with some appreciable bubbles through the darkness. I’d like for it to be a bit darker with some better head retention, but it still looks good.

S – I definitely get cocoa and coffee at first sniff. The more I smell it, some caramel and toasted, nutty malts join the party, too.

T – It starts off sweet with cocoa and caramel, followed by some toasted malts and a hint of licorice. Soon after the initial sweetness, a smooth roasted coffee bitterness comes into play. Some earthy hop bitterness may be there, as well.

F – Medium-to-full-bodied with pretty good carbonation, a somewhat creamy and mouth-coating feel, and a bittersweet and wet finish. I can’t pick out a particular flavor that lingers more than any others, but the entire taste of the beer just seems to stay on the tongue for a while.

O – I was pretty impressed with this porter. Normally, I think of porters as thinner versions of stouts with less robust aromas and tastes. Not so with this beer. While the appearance has me wishing for more, the aroma and taste is pretty damn good. The mouthfeel is one of the best around for a porter as far as I’m concerned. This one is not thin by any means. This is an all-around very nice beer.

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 Samp01
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a nice brown head. (Bottled on 2/03/10) Aroma of dark roasted malts and coffee, caramel.Taste is same as aroma. Palate is full bodied, nice and creamy texture, with good carbonation. Finish is malty, coffee, creamy, with some bitter hops for balance. Overall a very nice porter.

Photo of rkarimi
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of tzieser
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
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 AndyAvalanche
3.13/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured this into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. This beer looked like it was going to be great during the pour, but got closer to pretty average the more time went on. At first it had a huge creamy head on it that looked like it was going to have decent lacing to it but it went away fairly quickly and just left a little bit of lace at the top of the class. Its a hearty mahogany color that has lighter brown highlights to it. Only after it's been out of the fridge for Id say atleast 45 minutes does the smell start to get better than average and even work it's way to good. Initially you can't pick up a whole lot, just sort of a dry pine hop. But as it warms up you can also pick up that it smells well malted with aromas of cocoa and even a feint hint of coffee. Once it warms up it actually smells pretty well blended. The taste is a slight step down. Has the initial taste of the roasted malts chocolate and coffee but it doesn't blend well with the hops at all. On top of that the coffee taste to it is similar to coffee that's been on the burner a little too long. Mouthfeel is ok, I would have to say pretty average for this style and that's probably being a bit generous, complex and finishes with I would say an awkward bitterness. Due to all of the flavors not meshing well together, it's not very drinkable overall. I was a little dissapointed. Only the 2nd beer I've had from this brewery and the first I've reviewed. I've had the milk stout several times and really enjoyed it, I'm hoping maybe I just a bad bottle, but no indications on it seems that it was out of code. I may try it again in the future if I have the opportunity.

Photo of Kaveman
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of BeerDawgs
3.2/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pitch black, with a touch of fizzy head and a light layer of lace left on the top of the brew and glass

S - Mild grains, but not much going on in the nose. Nothing

T - Dark chocolate notes, but not sweet. Maybe a touch of coffee/espresso.

M - Full bodied, highly carbonated. Mouthfeel is probably the best thing this brew has going on

O - A dissapointing brew. Not much going on here.

Photo of carln26
3.28/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of bobhits
3.08/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not really sure what to think about this beer. It pours a very unimpressive head yet it's FULL of bubbles, odd. It's very dark amber, not much light gets through so it might as well be black. The smell is pretty weak, nothing to talk about imo. The taste isn't bad, it's just not interesting or good. It's toasty which can be good but in of itself isn't anything special. It's got another sort of fruit flavored (mostly just a weak sweat flavor). The bubbles and light flavor work well in the mouth if you want a beer to drink a few of. I could definately drink a lot of these if I like the flavor more. I mean it's not bad...I could definately drink a 6 pack if I had it around.

Photo of KFBR392
3.26/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Looks like what a porter should. Very dark but definitely not the pitch darkness of an imperial porter or stout. About a half finger of lacing on the pour which dissipated and was not present throughout.

Smell: There is a slight malt sweetness here. Mild burnt toffee and some light to medium chocolate in the back of the aroma. Nothing to go crazy about and really is not a major player with this brew.

Taste: The biggest thing that jumps out to me is the slightly artificial sweet caramel malt flavor. Really bright, almost much to bright for me. Underneath the sweetness is some subtle hop bitterness. Leaves a chalky flavor on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Not great, a light body surprisingly brings some sour tones on the palette.

Overall: Not crazy about this brew. Not something I would buy again, but is decent overall. For a similar price go get yourself some Founders Porter.

Photo of CesarLopes
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Bandi
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of zenithberwyn
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of assman79
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of capuchinpilates
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Backer2004
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

No bottled on date listed. Could not find ABV, though this site says 6.4% and I bought this in a state that unfortunately could not sell beer over 6%. Nice color porter that had little head and even less carbonation. Great taste for a porter though a stronger than average aftertaste. No real sensation on the tongue but a drinkable beer nonetheless. Definitely try this porter out.

Photo of billybob
4.45/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours almost black with deep ruby highlights, nice tan two finger head holds very well and with good lacing to the finish. nose is big roasted malts with coffee and toffee aromas. taste same with slight hop bite ending, very balanced malt and hop. mouthfeel light to medium, with a light carbonation. had five for the review guess thats a good sign of its drinkability lol.

Photo of hotstuff
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

When poured into my glass, this brew had a small off-white head with small bubbles that quickly diminished. The lacing with this brew was fair. The body was brown in hue. This brew had a moderate malty aroma along with a mild coffee aroma. It had a mild flavor that was long lasting. The body was light and somewhat watery in my opinion.

Photo of ToddGingerich
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of Ispeakforthetrees
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

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

Pours a deep dark brown with a thing creamy head. Head retention and lacing are pretty good.

The nose is fresh and smoothe. Primarily composed of burnt malts with almost a hint of dark fruits hidden in the shadows. Smells crisp.

Following the nose (big ups Toucan Sam), it's a surprisingly crisp brew for a porter. The burnt malts aren't overly musty, and that light fruit undertone carries through. There's some cocoa but it's not particularly strong. Just a hint of spice in there as well.

Thinner than I expected, but certainly not watery, it's almost like a crisp summer take on a porter. Surprisingly drinkable and smoothe. I like it. It's not as good as some other porter's I've had and I still like their Milk Stout better, but this one has kind of grown on me.
Definitely give it a shot (even if just for the bottle art alone: I love the labels Left Hand puts out). Not one that necessarily warrants a fervent hunt for, but certainly worth drinking. Might be good for those who are not accustomed/who aren't super big into big dark beers (aka an intro porter to get a friend newly hooked??).

Photo of tylerstravis
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of vicsju1991
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Black Jack Porter from Left Hand Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,109 ratings.