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

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Big Black Jack (Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter)Big Black Jack (Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter)
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Big Black Jack (Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter)Big Black Jack (Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter)

Brewed by:
Oakshire Brewing
Oregon, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Real pumpkin, cocoa, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, allspice and ginger create a depth of flavor well beyond the ordinary Pumpkin beer.

Added by jdense on 10-29-2011

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Photo of pumpkinking84
3.84/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.68/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Morey
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Poured from a bottle into an ale glass. Aroma of pumpkin, roasted malt, chocolate and a little nutmeg. Pours very dark and thick, almost no light can pass through. Thick head with small bubbles, tan colored. Starts malty sweet, then finishes with bitterness from hops. Medium body, modest carbonation, some alcohol. Liked it.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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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4.12/5  rDev +10.8%

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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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +21%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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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3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber shared with my brother, split into tulips.

A: Opaque brown body, with really decent head and tons of light brown lace on the glass.

S: Spicy pumpkin, cacao, earthy tones...carob, roasted malt, subtle burnt caramel. Big earthy tones bordering on hoppy and..piney?

T: Earthy carob, toasted caramel and toasted, malty grains...lingering, spiced finish. Nice tones of pumpkin and unique porter characteristics in the malt bill. Shades of a black IPA at times with the earthy, natural hop tones.

MF: Moderate creamy, fuller mouthfeel with a dry and even sticky finish.

O: I like it because its unique, not necessarily because its an outstanding pumpkin beer example. Can't say I've ever enjoyed a pumpkin beer with this clear but subdued of a spice presence, well hopped, with a good supporting dark caramel/roasty malt backbone. Pumpkin and hop flavors work well together.

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of RJLarse
4.04/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a bottle of Big Black Jack at a bottle shop, poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a black walnut color, opaque, with a chunky tan head, leaving a lot of creamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell mostly a roasted grain aroma, with charcoal and coffee notes.

Taste very robust. A coffee flavor up front, with a semi-sweet chocolate flavor with a hint of pumpkin on the finish. It all ends with a dry bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is very smooth, medium to full body, with a very slightly clowing character.

Overall a pretty good beer, especially ona cool gray day in the fall/Halloween season.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

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3.12/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a first time trial of this beer, manufactured date unknown, but tasting in Oct. 2013. In my opinion this beer is a better porter than it is a pumpkin beer; the pumpkin and associated spice I found to be very mild where as I like a little more. Mild chocolate note but hardly detectable for me. Easy drinking beer however, I wouldn't necessarily buy it for it's pumpkin qualities and seasonal approach, but I wouldn't pass it up either. Just a 'okay' beer for me all around though.

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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Big Black Jack (Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter) from Oakshire Brewing
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 79 ratings