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Black Jack Porter - Left Hand Brewing Company

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489 Reviews

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Reviews: 489
Hads: 1,239
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 11.05%
Wants: 47
Gots: 161 | 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 Viggo
3/5  rDev -19.1%
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! (710 characters)

Photo of Haybeerman
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear dark brown color; can see through. Poured a 1 finger tan head to an even skim. Laced in thin rings.

S: Chocolate, nuts and dark-colored fruit.

T: Flavorful toasted malts; nuts, chocolate, bitter toffee/caramel. Slight bittering hop character in teh finish.
Smooth and silky. Dry and bitter in the finish.

D: Solid porter. Flavorful and balanced. ther than some aspects of appearance, very good. (406 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.88/5  rDev -22.4%
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. (268 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.61/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on August 14, 2015.

Deep brown pour with a bit of a cloudiness and a full mocha head.

The aroma is milk chocolate through and through with some mild roasted malts in there and some earthy bitterness.

Thin to medium body.

The taste is again milk chocolate sweetness with a slightly bigger bitter finish than expected. (356 characters)

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

The color is a dark nutty brown with an average-sized, off white head. The aroma is of sweet, dark malts with just a touch of roast. The overall taste is a little sweeter and not quite as rich as most porters I've tried; I think that is why I'm enjoying this beer so damn much. The primary malt flavor is still of dark malts with an ample chocolate flavor, but sweeter than expected with perhaps a mild caramel malt taste. Roast flavors come into play towards the middle of a sip and help carry an extra long sweet finish. Black Jack's long-lasting finish has to be the highlight here, the flavor from a sip seems to last forever. This is now one of my favorite porters, the sweet complexity leaves me craving more. A big thanks to Left Hand for bringing this beer to Texas. (774 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
4.02/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown with dark ruby highlights. Not ad with the very light tan head. Aromas of cocoa, dark pecans, and walnuts. The firs sip is chocolatey mixed wih a dark roasted bread. The first sip is a dry, powdery chocolate. Then a srong toasted mt bill with notes of slightly burnt wheat toast. The fnish is a creamy coffee, vanilla, and Hershey's cocoa mix. The palate is smooth and simple. Dark, bright, yet easy drink. (425 characters)

Photo of Brad007
2.63/5  rDev -29.1%
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. (451 characters)

Photo of bark
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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. (608 characters)

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. (655 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love the new cover art. Thought it was "Black Sack" for the squid.

A - Well pours pretty black brown with amber hues. The head was a half inch of tan colored head that turns to a nice ring with plenty of lace.

S - Wow I can actually get a nice smokey hit from the roast. Dominant coffee with little chocolate also.

T - A pretty solid porter, I get roasty flavors that border line smoke then a bit of coffee and finishes rather sweet with a touch of bakers chocolate. I get a mild roasty factor that lingers seconds from my brew.

M - One of the more beefy alcoholic porters I had but only a medium body drink. Very tasty.

Overall it's a shame I can only get this in Ohio because this makes me excited to try there mild stout (love stouts) Not a bad porter and I love how smoky it is! (788 characters)

Photo of Gusler
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
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. (408 characters)

Photo of avalon07
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a slightly hazy consistency. There was an inch of foamy head that lasted a fair amount of time. Good lacing.

S: A very malty aroma, with hints of coffee in it. About what you'd expect.

T: Tasted of roasted malt, light hops, a little yeast, and a hint of coffee. Like most English porters, this beer has a mild flavor. Not bad but not overly assertive either.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: On the whole, a decent enough beer, but not particularly memorable. (570 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
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 Sprecher nonic. Bottled on date smuged. No info.

A - Dark mahogany brown in color, it's clear in the lighter sections of the glass. A one-finger head tops the beer with some longevity and thick, chunky lace.

S - Malty roasted mocha nose with small chunks of toffee and a bitter chocolate finish. Suggestions of woodiness and molasses, very faint ones though. An incredibly light splash of vanilla ends up coming through as well.

T - Just a touch of stale cardboard is concerning in the flavor but it's mostly a smooth toasted caramel and roasted black malt flavor. Some trace notes of fruity raisin and burnt bread. No hop addition to the flavor.

M - Medium-full-bodied, Black Jack is as smooth as a refinished Vegas table's felt but finishes out with a dry bitterness from the roasted malts. Pretty heavy there but it goes down well enough.

D - Not something I'd drink all night while playing cards, but this porter is good nonetheless. (969 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Strong, rich aroma is of quality roast coffee with a firm overtone of sweet chocolate - tres tempting. It pours a semi-opaque Coca-Cola brown with a fairly thick beige head. Flavor is like a fine mocha, roast coffee and chocolate, slightly sweet, with a surprising and pleasant bitter hoppy undertone. Texture is tingly and smooth, very pleasant going down the hatch. (367 characters)

Photo of Durge
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A solid looking blackish-brown color and a two-finger head that fills the pint glass. The head holds as a light brown cover throughout. The aroma is rich and immediately gives off vanilla followed by a little maltiness. First taste blends the same malty warmth with dry smokiness. At times the finish is a bit too bitter for my taste but as you drink it you kind of adjust and it settles into a substantial flavor experience. Ideally it would be a bit more drinkable for me if the bitterness could be toned down a bit but this is a finely crafted brew. There is a subtle chocolate hint as well but it gets hidden at times. (622 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with a 09.09.09 bottled on stamp. Pours a dark crimson color and shows plenty of highlights when held up to light. Aggressive pour yields a decent, 2-finger tan foam. Average retention and pretty nice lacing.

Nose has some strawberry fruitiness along with some pecan nuts and coconut shavings. There is the requisite chocolate and caramel, but they are pretty light for the style.

Taste focuses more on the honeyed malts with a little bit of roast and coffee flavor. Fairly sweet and does not show much in the way of hop bitterness. Just a bit of toasty malt on the finish. There is still a bit of mild light fruit, maybe some honeydew melon and strawberries. Decently creamy mouthfeel and is adequately carbonated. Pretty easy drinking porter that is neither really good nor bad. Falls in the 'above average' category and I could see myself drinking this every once in a while. (893 characters)

Photo of champ103
3.36/5  rDev -9.4%
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. (631 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Fairly light pour, clear deep brown with minimal head that dissipates to nothing. Aroma is chocolatey and nutty, with a hint of roast. Deep caramel emerges. More deep chocolate and bitter roast, with toffee notes and a slightly bitter finish. Lots of chocolate. (261 characters)

Photo of stcules
3.23/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Almost black, with vague ruby reflexes. Beige head, quite creamy.
In the smell notes of chocolate, light toasted.
The taste is similar, with notes of dried fruit. A bit watery. Even notes of cappuccino, and plums.
Toasted notes in the aftertaste too, with caramel in the background.
After all, quite pleasant and drinkable. (327 characters)

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.47/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle that is about 1.5yrs old

This is one of those "had this in the back of the fridge for too long" beers

The body sits a dark brown with mahogany highlights when held up to the glass. A tan colored cap rises and falls quickly. Little to no lacing with a thin collar around the edges.

The nose is of caramel, butterscotch, mild roast, vanilla, coffee grounds, and milk chocolate. Well-rounded profile.

Smooth milk chocolate with butterscotch, caramel, and vanilla up top. Mild roast and coffee through the middle with some cherries. The finish is some sweet butterscotch mixed with bitter chocolate.

Smooth and lush in spots, but overall, a little thin. Some lingering roast.

A pretty smooth porter overall with a mild flavor profile. The 1.5yrs seem to have mellowed this out quite a bit. (804 characters)

Photo of drpimento
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent brew! I let it warm a bit from the cooler and with slightly aggressive pour I got a medium sized, foamy tan head that soon settled down to a light cover. Color is a clear, deep smokey garnet with cherry highlights and a couple of nice bubble trails. Aroma is malt, cocoa, roast, toffee, caramel, hint of fruit. Flavor is like nose, plus a bit of salt, some good carbonic tang and a nice, mild, pleasing balance of bitter and sweet. Good body and carbonation. Finish is like flavor and of average length. This is a very good, traditional English style Porter, I'd like more. (583 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – Served a deep brown colored brew with a small tan head that fades very fast leaving very little lacing.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of roasted malt with strong roasted coffee smells and some dark chocolate. A light sweetness is present as well. It is mainly vanilla and caramel in nature and nicely balances out some of the roasted smells.

Taste – The taste begins with strong tastes of roasted malt and some coffee. The chocolate detected in the nose then start coming to the tongue mixed with some of the lighter sweet flavors of vanilla and caramel. As the taste advances however notes of smoke start working their way to the taste. Toward the end a light bitter hop flavor joins the profile bringing a nice blend of hop, roast and light sweetness to the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is rather average with a carbonation level that is a bit below average. The mix of the two are rather appropriate for the style and make of a smooth tasting brew.

Overall – A fairly easy drinking and balanced porter. Good for a go. (1,099 characters)

Photo of RBorsato
4.67/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown-ish ruby red color w nice tan head. Light hop aroma and light chocolate aroma (sweet). Coffee-ish and chocolatey tones with a light roastiness. Nice balance of all flavors. Medium bodied but leaning towards full. Great drinkability.

per L.H.B.Co. website:
Malts: 2-Row, Crystal, Chocolate & Munich
Hops: East Kent Goldings
Original gravity: 16 Plato ( 1.067 )
IBU's: 26
ABV: 6.40%

2000 Gold Medal, Brown Porter G.A.B.F.
1995 Gold Medal, Robust Porter G.A.B.F.
1994 Bronze Medal, Traditional Porter G.A.B.F.

Note: this beer was #39 in Stuart Kallen's "The 50 Greatest Beers in the World" (624 characters)

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Brown body with a khaki tanish head with decent head and moderate lacing.

Smell: Coffee and chocolate.

Taste: nothing to interesting here, mild chocolate flavor. Some bitterness lends to a slight coffee flavor that just lingers during entire drink.

Mouthfeel: Wished this beer was thicker. Moderate bodied beer with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Thicken this beer up and this beer will really be tasting good. Average porter, nothing fantasic, but it's just average. (511 characters)

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

Color is a dark caramel brown, fizzed out foamy head leaving barely any lacing. Smell is of sweet malt and tangy, slightly roasty and soft. Taste is more of the same, lightly robust of drying dark roasted malt with a light presence of hop bitterness. Light and airy, earthy dry bitterness throughout the finish. Feel is a bit thin for a porter, could have some heavier boldness. Its a drinkable porter for sure but I was a little put off by its lightness. (455 characters)

Black Jack Porter from Left Hand Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 489 ratings.