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Black Jack Porter - Left Hand Brewing Company

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1,134 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,134
Reviews: 480
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 11.56%
Wants: 41
Gots: 109 | 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 barleywinefiend
3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

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

Black Jack Porter
Left Hand Brewing Company
Style: English Porter
ABV: 6.40 %

LOOK: Dark brown with an off white mocha like foam. Leaves plenty of lacing down the glass. Mostly clear, with no sediment.

SMELL: Roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, and vanilla emerge as a very nice aroma. Smells like something you want to drink.

TASTE: Bitter, unsweetened coffee flavor upfront, giving way to milk chocolate, burnt sugar, and dry cocoa. A bit of sweet vanilla comes out as it warms. The roasted malts and a ghost like hop provide enough bitterness to balance the beer. Quite tasty.

FEEL: Full bodied, velvety smooth, good level of moderate carbonation, lingering coffee and chocolate flavor.

OVERALL: A well crafted beer from Left Hand. Really good flavors and a solid offering altogether.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Photo of chinchill
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served in a goblet.
The beer poured with moderate size, irregular tan head over the top of a very dark but clear brown body that looks nearly black in the glass. The head settles to a partial coat at a rather fast pace, but then lingers and leaves moderate lace on the glass.

Aroma - Roasted malt with a hint of hops and faint notes of chocolate and warms sugars.

T - More flavor than suggested by the aroma, including a stronger (but mild) spicy hop presence, and notes of toffee, caramel, licorice and roasted nuts. The beer finishes with a light bitterness and a subtle touch of smoke. Overall, excellent sweet/bitter balance. No burnt notes.

M - Medium body is about average for style. Moderate carbonation is well chosen, adding some light pricking to an otherwise creamy smooth feel.

O - This is a nice, well rounded porter. Not particularly strong, rich or complex, but easy drinking, tasty and well-crafted.

Photo of jdhilt
3.41/5  rDev -8.3%
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%.

Photo of tdm168
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - dark brown with a reddish hue; very little head

S - roasted malt and faint coffee

T - roasted malt, coffee, mildly sweet, faint bitter finish

M - medium bodied, well carbonated

This is a ncie, sessionable porter. The roasted malts are great. It's well balanced and smooth which makes for easy drinking. I'll buy this again.

Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of Wasatch
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Photo of KAF
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of ppoitras
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
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...

Photo of sendbeer
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of dmorgan310
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of rolltide8425
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Tone
4.26/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear, dark brown color. 1/2 inch head of an off-tan color. Good retention and great lacing. Smells of dry hops, sweet malt, oatmeal, slight pale malt, slight roasted malt, and a hint of alcohol. Fits the style of an English Porter. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with a low carbonation level. Tastes of alcohol, roasted malt, sweet malt, dry hops, oatmeal, hint of pale malt, and a hint of liquor. Overall, good appearance, aroma, blend, body, and feel.

Photo of Boone757
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Viggo
3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, big thanks to grub for sharing.

Pours a clear dark reddish brown, almost burgundy, thin light tan head forms and settles down to a thin ring around the glass, a few lace spots stick, pretty light in colour for a porter.

Smell is weird, a little sour, some candy and fruit, some plastic, a light bit of smokiness, almost a bit grapey, some caramel and honey, kind of sweet, but I'm not really sure whats going on here.

Taste is very light, a bit of maltiness, caramel and biscuit, weird plastic character, kind of bitter and sour in the finish, a bit fruity, not too good.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation, some alcohol comes through. Not a good porter. Thanks Russ!

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.88/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

English Porter, not my style. Looks ok, kinda dark, thick, we're off to a good start.

Taste, eh, why do all English Porter's taste like a little bit of licorice and rubbing alcohol?

Mouthfeel, well, mahogany accompanies the licorice and alcohol. Not too drinkable.

Photo of harpus
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of WoodBrew
4.47/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I tried the Black Jack Porter at The Bank in Wheaton, IL. The beer came in a standard pint glass and was opaque in color with 1/2 finger thick tan head...that didnt lace all that well. The smell was a nice roast earth/peat with hints of sweetness and coffee. The taste followed the scent and made for a very nice porter. The mouthfeel was medium body with good carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good porter and would recommend to anyone.

Photo of Brad007
2.63/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Color: Darkish-brown with a thin one-finger head.

Aroma: Smooth and malty with hints of coffee and caramel in the nose.

Taste: Coffee and caramel mix upfront. Taste is kind of thin and watery in the middle though. Some roastiness but not much.

Mouthfeel: Thin and caramel-ish. Not too impressive.

Drinkability: Ok but nothing spectacular. Maybe my taste buds are off or something but I can't find too much to be impressed about with this porter.

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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

The pour a deep brown to black, mountainous and frothy head, and a fine lace blankets the glass, both are light chocolate in color. Nose is sweet malt, hints of maple syrup, lightly toasted grains. Start is sweet, the middle is moderate , the finish has pertinent carbonation, acceptablely hopped, and a fair to midlin dry aftertaste. A decent drinking beer, good but not great and none the less worth a try.

Photo of Lare453
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of bark
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The colour is black with a tint of brown. The finger thick head is compact and pale brown. It sinks down slowly, leaving some lacing.

The smell is mildly roasted with clean sweet notes of coffee. There is some bitterness too.

The taste is loaded with roasted malt, coffee and hazel nuts. Bitter notes of lemons and herbs gives a fine balance. The aftertaste got a growing bitterness, dry roasted malt with hints of rubber and tar and mild sweet flavours.

The carbonation is medium-mild; small fresh bubbles. The liquid is creamy/dry.

A very drinkable English porter with an interesting American twist.

Black Jack Porter from Left Hand Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,134 ratings.