Black Jack - Port Barrel Aged | De Struise Brouwers

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De Struise Brouwers

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by MasterSki on 12-12-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.5/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of stakem
2.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

750ml bittle into a matching Struise cervoise. The brew appears dark brown with a 3 finger brown froth atop that slowly collapses leaving patches of lace. When held to the light, lighter brown clarity is seen around the edges and deep ruby through the body.

The aroma is very muted. What does emit from the glass is faintly reminescent of watered down stale coffee. Very faint plain oak character with a very mild vinous touch. As it warms up, the faintest inclusion of mild chocolate. Nothing about the smell is off or is just very dainty for a barrel aged 7% brew.

The flavor has a very neutral sort of solvent alcohol character. A very faint roast like watered down old coffee is present and at times there are trace amounts of raw oak and mineral aspects. Once the brew goes beyond ideal temperature, a bit of bitterness like citrus hops is present but it is vague. Unfortunately, the flavor ends up also being as mild as the nose.

This is a light bodied brew with a bit higher than expected level carbonation. Overall a very watery and plain brew from a group of guys who produce some of the most amazing dark beers ive had. This is a brew that is worth trying just to say you did but most certainly not something I enjoyed enough to want to have again. Had it not been for the label stating it was 7% and port barrel aged with berries, I would have thought this was just a watered down attempt at just a plain old schwarzbier.

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Photo of JAHMUR
3.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of Jeffo
2.16/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Reviewing this one from notes. Wasn't going to bother as I figured it was just going to go under the older 2009 version, but I guess this bottling is considerably different. Anyways, cheers to Dennoman for opening this at our party a while back.

From a 750ml bottle into a taster

APPEARANCE: Pours brown and relatively transparent. Pour produces a small, medium looking, creamy tan head with good retention. Dark bistre brown in color with zero carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a wisp leaving no lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Basically no smell at all. A touch of roast, dark fruit maybe and some light, light port barrel. I could make up more, but I'd be reaching. Lack-luster.

TASTE: Like the nose, this is just way too plain to be memorable. A bit of roast and port barrel with some faint wood notes in there, but not much else. A mild and dry finish with some light port flavors, a touch of roast and light bitter coffee. In the end, this is just way too mild to be noteworthy. I've had 4% beers with more flavor. At least it's not a sweet wood bomb like the 2009 vintage was.

PALATE: Medium body and slightly higher levels of carbonation. Relatively light on the palate, creamy enough, goes down fine and finishes slightly mouth-coating.

OVERALL: Struise is one of my favorite breweries, but this beer just doesn't do it for me. Why age a 7% beer in barrels for two years? Mild, boring, and ever so unimpressive, if I were in charge, I'd scrap Black Jack all together and brew anything else. These guys have been making kick ass stuff over the last couple years, so I have no idea why they even considered bringing this one back from the dead. I guess the two years of aging meant it was too late to abandon ship here. At least it was not offensive like the 2009 was. Pass.

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Black Jack - Port Barrel Aged from De Struise Brouwers
Beer rating: 2.92 out of 5 with 4 ratings