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Black Jack Porter - Left Hand Brewing Company

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955 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 955
Reviews: 458
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 11.86%
Wants: 34
Gots: 41 | 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.

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3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2012 22:06:41 | More by Stinkypuss
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4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled 2/12/2012. Pours fairly crystal clear dark reddish brown color with a nice 2 finger fairly dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some decent lacing on the glass. Aromas of chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, biscuit, nuttiness, light coffee, slight fruitiness, and herbal hops. Very pleasant and balanced aromas with decent strength. Taste of chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, biscuit, toast, toffee, nuttiness, slight coffee, light fruitiness, and light herbal spiciness. Light bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, caramel, biscuit, toast, and roasted malt on the finish for a good bit. Great balance of flavors, and a nice malt backbone; with no cloying sweetness at all. Medium carbonation and body; with a nice creamy and slightly slick mouthfeel. Very easy to drink with no alcohol presence other that a slight warming after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice porter. A good amount of robustness, with great flavor balance; and very enjoyable. Really well done.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2012 02:12:42 | More by superspak
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

12-02-2011 03:24:43 | More by rab53
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Ontario (Canada)

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!

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2010 02:03:50 | More by Viggo
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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.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2010 07:44:53 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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New Mexico

4/5  rDev +7.8%

11-18-2013 18:54:49 | More by LXIXME
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North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2012 08:25:45 | More by tdm168
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

11-18-2012 20:09:33 | More by sendbeer
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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.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2002 08:54:47 | More by Gusler
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4.26/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2013 15:11:28 | More by Tone
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2.58/5  rDev -30.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2008 15:44:28 | More by Brad007
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

01-04-2013 22:20:50 | More by dmorgan310
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South Carolina

3.86/5  rDev +4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2013 02:09:39 | More by chinchill
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

03-21-2014 04:39:43 | More by afsdan
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

10-07-2013 21:14:41 | More by harpus
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4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2008 04:58:08 | More by scruffwhor
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

07-22-2012 02:09:01 | More by rolltide8425
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

09-30-2013 19:58:28 | More by GraduatedCashew
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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.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2010 13:12:14 | More by BeerFMAndy
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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.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2007 18:50:45 | More by bark
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South Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2012 12:25:03 | More by avalon07
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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

11-28-2012 05:43:41 | More by AgentZero
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4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2011 04:15:22 | More by DrDemento456
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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.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2003 12:25:15 | More by tavernjef
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4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2010 20:50:20 | More by Cyberkedi
Black Jack Porter from Left Hand Brewing Company
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