Big Black Jack (Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter) | Oakshire Brewing

Big Black Jack (Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter)Big Black Jack (Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter)
BA SCORE
3.72/5
78 Ratings
Big Black Jack (Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter)Big Black Jack (Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Oakshire Brewing
Oregon, United States
oakbrew.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by jdense on 10-29-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#25,841
Reviews:
23
Ratings:
78
pDev:
9.95%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
7
Trade:
0
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a clear super dark brown with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and pumpkin pie spice aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer with a nice smell but the flavors are a bit unrefined in my opinion.

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Photo of GRG1313
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

dark pumpkin beers are in vogue right now, and this is a solid take on the style, really fluffy and full bodied, with minimal spicing, which allows the pumpkin and the dark malt to jive a little better. not much head on this though, and is maybe a little still on the palate, but the chocolate malt really comes out nicely, lacking the bitterness of the dark roasted barley but adding a similar richness and depth. pumpkin is present throughout, and since the spice level is low i can taste it all the way. its like butternut squash, sweet and textured. my knock against this one is that there is a sharp sort of tannic thing going on in the finish that disrupts the mellowness of the beer, makes it less smooth and satisfying, its sort of a buzzkill in a beer that tastes as nice as this. still, i like it because its different, and because the spice is really tame compared to others in its class.

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Photo of SocalKicks
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mactrail
3.64/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This "Single batch seasonal" is back for 2014. This is quite a stew of ingredients, according to the brewer, with Nugget being the only hop. Rated at 25 IBUs but it has a substantial bitter twang though some of it may come from all the spices.

Malty but rather dry with just an undertone of grainy sweetiness. Tastes more like coffee than chocolate. The spice is distinct, especially the cloves, but not outrageous. An interesting and different entry in the pumpkin fest.

From the 22 oz bottle purchased this week at Hallam's Wine in La Conner, Wash.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of atrocity
2.75/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of mdaschaf
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, appearing nearly opaque in the glass. Half finger brown head slowly dissipates to tha thin film and thick ring around the glass. Nice aroma of sweet toasted malt, light pumpkin, orange, hints of chocolate and pumpkin pie spices. Flavor follows with toasted, lightly charred malt, chocolate, grassy hops with only a suggestion of pumpkin and spices in the finish, which leaves a long, lingering charry malt and hop taste. Medium bodied, somewhat lighter than in looks or pours. A quite nice porter, bordering on toasty imperial stout territory. The pumpkin is fairly subdued. Probably not a beer to get for a pumpkin beer, but a very enjoyable flavorful and robust porter that has hints of pumpkin, setting it apart.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.06/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Erik-P
3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NickThePyro
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of John_M
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

On tap at 16 tons cafe the other day, BBJ is a fairly sizeable pumpkin porter, with considerable spice and light chocolate. I thought the beer could really use a bit more chocolate flavor (the menu indicates that the beer is aged on chocolate nibs), as the spice ovepowers the porter and chocolate flavor, and with the hoppy bitterness, I just didn't feel the flavors meshed well on the finish. Still an interesting beer, and perhaps one that will improve with some short term aging, but otherwise not something I would seek out.

My understanding is that Oakshire now makes this on a regular basis over the fall harvest season, and so will try to update the data bank accordingly.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2015 bottling... Had the last couple of years, but haven't gotten around to the review until tonight.. Bottle picked up at the COOP for about $7ish.. Standard porter look with a decent tannish head.. Aroma and flavor are nice and dry, cocoa and light roasty malt barely carries the light spice... Definitely digging the light hand with the sweet spices.. I appreciate that it isn't overly sweet or malty .. Nice and drinkable for a PNW pumpkin brew.. Not my favorite style ever, but this one is light and hits on all the right notes.

All 3.75

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Photo of WDJersey
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ADTaber
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of n2185
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours black with a finger of light brown head that fades into a frothy ring with a little lacing.

S: Roasted malts with semi-sweet chocolate, a bit of char, and then sweet pumpkin and spice aromas bringing up the finish.

T: Roasted malts, cacao, and char dominate here. There are light pumpkin spice flavors underneath before a roasty, moderately bitter finish.

M: Medium-thick body with moderate carbonation, this beer has quite a lively feel rather than being super thick.

O: A solid beer, overall, though I wish the pumpkin flavors were more present.

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Photo of Morey
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of strongaf
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of msubulldog25
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of harrymel
2.84/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Supposedly this is a one time thing (or at least that's how the label makes me feel)

Pours black with just a rim and scattered few tan bubbles. Smells richly of chocolate, nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice and ginger. I like the nose - it seems inviting and warm. The flavor is vastly deviated from the nose. Dry and bitter, with flavors of seeds, coffee (burnt), char, soil and ash. The flavor is a far cry from the nose - that is such a let down. Body is full with soft carb and an overall nice feel. Overall this beer had so much going for it, but fails to bring it together and drastically fails in the flavor department.

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Photo of Jcarriglio
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LakerLeith
4.5/5  rDev +21%

Photo of Hopmodium
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of Kopfschuss
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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Big Black Jack (Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter) from Oakshire Brewing
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 78 ratings
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