One Eyed Jack (Black Jack Porter) | The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works

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One Eyed Jack (Black Jack Porter)One Eyed Jack (Black Jack Porter)

Brewed by:
The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
Ohio, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly named "Black Jack Porter".

Added by JDV on 03-24-2008

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Reviews: 54 | Ratings: 133
Photo of LiquidCucumber
4.27/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark brown, nearly black. Has a small but creamy tan head that looks pretty good.

S - Surprisingly chocolately malts followed by roasty coffee. A touch of dark fruit.

T - A slightly chalky flavor that is beat to the background by the richness of the chocolately malts. A plethora of flavors exists here; raisins, coffee, earth, plums, soy, dates, and even a little cola. This is rounded out by a small hit of bitter spiciness from the hops.

M - Too light and carbonated to be a stout, but makes a mighty fine porter. Still creamy and sticks all over the mouth.

D - No need to share the bomber with a friend, it's easy to take on the Black Jack and come out a winner. Another hit for TBK!

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Photo of suspect
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle courtesy of RocPorterFanatic (yet again...thanks dog).

A: Deep black color. Aggressive center pour leads to a half-finger head that dissipates quickly. Lacing is consistent and plentiful.

S: Nice nose of roasted malts, cocoa, figs and plum skin. This beer makes me realize that a good American Porter is tough to beat.

T: Big complex, smokey, toasty, full of chocolate, burnt toast and raisins. Nicely complex porter.

M: Big bodied, perfectly carbonated.

O: RocPorterFanatic is making me realize that there is *nothing* better than a fine porter. The bottles he sent in this BIF have turned me into a convert..

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Photo of wvsabbath
4.22/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - BLacksih tan/brown, nice creamy 1 inch head and lots of lacing.

Smell - Malts, nut, chocolate, coffee, mollasses, smoke, dark fruit like rasin and plum. Amazing aromoa, soon as i cracked the bottle it hit me!

Taste - Dark roasted malts and nice smoked coffee make up the main flavor. Not overly sweet or to coffee flavored, very balanced. Some chocolate balanced out the bitterness. Has a nice smoked porter flavor much like stones porter.

Mouthfeel - Its very nice and tasty on the tounge. Smoke and malts cover and coat mouth very nicely. Chocolate and coffee hits palette and adds a nice sweet finish. Aftertaste is coffee and malty.

Overall - I really enjoyed this porter. I would love to have this side by side with stone to see which on i like better. Not going to overtake alaskian smoked porter but id for sure try this one out if your a fan of any smoked porters.

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Photo of jampics2
4.12/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a snifter.

Looks great in the glass. Dark black with some caramel and red touches. White head lingers and leaves some nice lace.

Smell is outstanding. Roasted malt is the rule of the day. Chocolate and coffee, a touch of smoke, nuttiness, and some sweetness. It's almost like the mixture of the roast and caramel sweetness has made some sort of breakfast smell. Coffee, cream, bacon, and maybe even maple syrup. Amazing.

Taste is also great. Coffee and chocolate from the roast. Caramel malt as well. Sweet sugar and cream with the coffee. Some hops and lingering bitterness. Roast overwhelms a touch, otherwise, this would be among the best in the genre.

Mouthfeel is nice for a porter but lacks just a touch of finesse. A touch watery. I love the finish of Founders Porter and Great Lakes Ed Fitz, they have just a touch more substantial viscosity. Finish has lingering bitterness from the roast and hops. This is outstanding, well worth the $3.99 cost. Fans of coffee, porters, and stouts will love this. Another knockout from the Brew Kettle.

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Photo of beerman207
4.12/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First let me say that I'm a fan of the Brew Kettle. I've had several offerings from them and I'm always impressed with the quality considering the low price. Great combination!

A: Pours a deep brown almost black with a nice tan head that doesn't stick around long

S: Nose is chocolate, malt, coffee, a bit of smoke, nice

T: Taste is like drinking a whopper - delicious - malty, chocolate, sweet mollases

M: Mild carbonation - could be a little thicker but then again it's a porter

D: Glad I have a bomber here on Xmas eve. I'm playing santa in a few hours so hopefully I don't drop any toys after finishing this one.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another great beer from the Brew Kettle, this one pours dark almost black with ruby/scarlet highlights when held toward the light. Thicket of tan head forms nicely with a scattered banded lacing pattern. Aroma has dark roasted malts and hints of coffee and dark chocolate with an air of underly fruit and herbal hops. Flavor has a nice big chocolate/nutty combonation going on. Also toffee and dark ripened fruit come about in the flavor with a bit of herbal hops. Complex porter nice girth being a robust porter, medium bodied moderate even carbonation levels going strong. I can't wait to try the rest of their beers, man I might have to visit the brewery again this summer.

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Photo of steve8robin
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a BIF. 22oz bottle...

A: Super deep dark black with subtle ruby red highlights around the edges. A small 1 inch mocha colored head that fades at a decent pace. Good.

S: I get a nice roasty vanilla and hints of coffee upfront. Some roasty caramel in the middle with some faint black licorice on the backend. Good.

T: A nice roasty coffee upfront with some faint chocolate, vanilla, and cocao on the backend. Not much else here. Good.

M: Medium body with a great carbonation. Good.

D: Goes down very easy. Very good.

All in all, this is a good brew. Not great, but good to try if you have access. Don't bother hunting.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.06/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

No. This isn't working for me. This beer tastes like something I really don't want to mention. With that in mind, this beer will never get beyond an "eh" rating. What ya gonna do. Maybe I got too much garlic on my breath or something. Just kidding. I know it's not my breath.

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Photo of palmdalethriller
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A good example of the style, but not outstanding. Roasted barley and chocolate fill the nose and the tongue. The taste is sweeter than I expected, with little noticeable hop presence except in the aftertaste. This fits with the style of course, but a little more bitterness to balance the beer could have been an improvement.

The body could have been beefed up a bit for a creamier mouthfeel, but the lightness did make it incredibly drinkable.

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Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew is a dark brown with some clarity coming through at the edges and some lighter brown highlights. A tight head forms with good retention and lacing.
The aroma is roasted malts with perhaps a mix of some other malts and just a touch of hops. Light smoky, shocolate and coffee notes all come through with a touch of wood.
Mostly roasted malts in the flavor as well, with the same coffee, chocolate and smoky notes coming through with light touches of hops and wood. While this isn't a massive, in-your-face superbeast, there's no astringency that comes through here or the charred woods, making this a solid all-around beer.
The mouthfeel is nicely creamy, a good smoothness coming through to fill the mouth. While it's no monstrous stout, the body is pretty full and there's enough malty robustness to please.
This is a very good porter and well worth a try.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black Jack Porter has a very dark brown body with some ruby highlights thrown in around the edges where light comes through. The tan head is a bout a finger and a half tall and has pretty good retention and lacing.

The aroma has lots of coffee, some chocolate and some roasted malts. Just a hint of hops.

The strongest flavor in Black Jack Porter is probably the coffee, but by no means is it overwhelming. Along with it comes a bit of chocolate and some black malt. Maybe a hint of toffee or molasses also. Roasted malt is also pretty prevalent, and it almost brings a little bit of a smokey flavor. The finish has a low to moderate hop bite, supplying notes of grapefruit and citrus as well as a bitter bite to it. Lingering flavors of dark fruit come through in the finish also, but they are faint and illusory.

Good body for a porter, pretty full with cream carbonation.

This is a good porter. It makes me want to try more of the Brew Kettle beers that are on the darker side.

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Photo of Trystero
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have enjoyed this beer a couple of times and most other beers from Brew Kettle. Finally going to review it.

A - Deep mahogany brown spliced with midnight black swirles. Large cream head from the pour that dies quickly.

S - Refined sweetness in the smell, sugar, chocolate and roasted, malted toffee, combined with bitter burnt coffee.

T - Initial palatte is that of roasted and toffee malts followed by burnt coffee with and underlying backbone of bitter chocolate that leaves a bitter-sweetness lingering in the mouth.

M - Thin, rather carbonated. Very drinkable with a light ABV. Easy to down the entire bomber on my own, but of course, it's always better to share!

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Photo of zac16125
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a chalice/snifter hybrid glass
no born on date, received a number of months ago in a trade

A: Pours a dark cola brown with less than 1 fingers width of light mocha colored head, looks like a coke cola except a bit more opaque. Leaves some small patches of lacing.

S: Roasted malt is the main player here, along with hints of chocolate, creamed coffee, and anise. Its kind of smells like it was raw barrel aged, with hints of oak and vanilla. Quite nice.

T: Follows the nose. Tons of roasted malt. Vanilla, bakers chocolate, a hint of booze which is surprising given the low ABV. Tasty.

M/D: Pretty heavily carbonated, and rather thin. Not this beers strong suit.

O: Overall, above average, but not great. By far the best of the 3 Brew Kettle offerings he sent over via trade ( 4C's Pale and Dark Helmet being the other two; he was supposed to send White Rajah, what a disappointment), this is the only one Id drink again. Nothing special, but a well done and enjoyable American Porter.

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Photo of Deuane
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Deep, dark brown with a thin light brown head. Head reduced to a thin ring and left spotty lace.

S-Dark roasted malt, and a light dose of chocolate malt. A bit of black coffee bitterness in the background.

T-Dark roasted and chocolate malt perform an impressive duet. A nice dose of espresso bitterness in the finish.

M-Medium-full, rich and roasty with nice lingering flavours.

D-A nice full flavoured porter that has all of the taste attributes that I like. Well done and at only 6% ABV this is an easy beer to enjoy multiples of.

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Photo of MrDanno96
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep brown color with chestnut hews and a thin off-white head. Some sparse lacing slides down the sides of the glass.

S: The typical coffee and dark chocolate aromas waft up from the glass.

T: Notes of coffee and a good amount of chocolate. The finish is slightly bitter with hints of burnt coffee.

M: Medium bodied with subtle carbonation. The body feels just a little too light as the beer warms.

D: Overall, a solid porter and at $3.99/bomber you can't really go wrong!

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle, 6.5% ABV. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with about a half inch light tan head. Head retention is good, but not much lacing left on the glass. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee. Taste is pretty much just like the aroma, with the bitter coffee flavor being somewhat stronger compared to the others. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it does seem a bit light for the style. Decent carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and goes down easy enough. I think this is a pretty decent brew overall, not a bad choice for $3.99 a bomber. I'd buy this again in the future.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mine says it's 6.5% ABV. Picked this up at Vintage Estate for a reasonable $2.29

A - Huh not much head is kind of a downer. Even the mocha lace ring is just mildly fizzy. Color is a nice dark almost pitch black. Not the best presentation.

S - Ah it smells of good roasty malt with chalky yeast and a touch of coffee.

T - Not bad it does have some good dry porter aspects. The flavors are there and it does have a nice body with mild cocoa, touch of coffee and a burnt sugar like sweetness. Dry finish and a touch chalky.

M - Medium bodied despite of lack of carbonation.

Overall much better than most of the new beers I picked up from Vintage. Not a bad beer overall will seek others from this brewery.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Closer to burnt umber than jack-of-clubs black. In fact, the beer isn't opaque even with minimal backlighting. A semi-creamy crown of peanut shell colored foam does a pretty good job plugging the opening of the pint glass. Lace is respectable.

The nose delivers the usual dark chocolate and black coffee aromas of the style. Despite 30 IBUs, it doesn't smell like there are many hops in the house... which is fine. This has a chance to be solid beer.

Black Jack Porter is a pretty straightforward version of the style. That doesn't mean that it's bad beer, just that it isn't 'robust', 'full-bodied' or 'complex', as seen on the label. Then again, name more than a handful of 6.5% American porters that are any of those.

Specifics include charred cacao nibs, dark caramel, black coffee, and hints of citrus zest. Good sweet-bitter balance, slightly favoring the latter, especially on the back end. A light tanginess adds yet another interesting facet. This really is well-rounded, enjoyable ale of the roasted malty sort.

The mouthfeel is beginning to fill out a tad with warming. It's at least medium for the style and the bubbles help more than hinder. Don't drink BJP too cold or you won't experience it at its best.

The Brew Kettle does a very nice job with hoppy beer like Red Eye PA and Old 21 Imperial IPA. Black Jack Porter is just as good (even though it would be trounced by Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald) and is a worthwhile pick-up if you like well-crafted American porters. Especially at only $3.99 per bomber.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours crystal clear very dark brown color with a small 1 finger dense tan head with good retention that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Some slight spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of caramel, chocolate, roasted malt, biscuit, roasted nut, cola, and herbal hops. Nice and well balanced standard porter aromas. Taste of caramel, chocolate, toffee, roasted malt, biscuit, roasted nut, coffee, and herbal hops. Light bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, chocolate, roasted malt, and roasted nut on the finish for a bit. Nicely balanced and blended flavor profile. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy mouthfeel. Very easy to drink; with hardly any alcohol warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice and very enjoyable porter. Nice robust flavors and good balance.

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Photo of gford217
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Tifore for this bottle.

Pours deep chestnut brown, not quite black, with a small but thick tan head. Not much lacing.

Aroma is sweet with chocolate malts, roasted coffee and a bit of chalky bakers chocolate. Vanilla and dark fruits as well.

Taste is also sweet with lots of vanilla, caramel and chocolate malts. The toasted malts take a backseat to the sweetness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated with a roasty finish.

This is a sweet porter with lots of chocolate and and a subtle roasty character. Really drinkable and, overall, a seriously tasty porter.

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Photo of adamette
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

RN Black Jack Porter Poured from tap into a clean, clear glass at The Brew Kettle earlier tonight.

A Black, no light gets through. Thin light brown head. A good look and appropriate to the style.

S Dark malt, some chocolate. Later, after the pint sat for a few minutes, the sweet chocolate smell became a bit more prominent. That was nice.

T More dark malt than chocolate but a very nice tasting porter. I think that it is true to style in that it remains thin like a porter and does not become a stout.

M Full for sure. Big tastes, 6.0 ABV make this a big beer.

D Fair to good. This is a big beer but it maintains my interest enough to make it more drinkable than it might otherwise for being so big.

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Photo of Clydesdale
3.87/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark brown with deep reddish notes. A decent amount of light shines through. The light brown head is decently sized, with a foamy and frothy texture. Retention is solid, and some respectable lacing sticks to the glass.

S: Firm notes of dark malt in the nose. Dark chocolate aromas are plentiful, with lesser roasted coffee presence also available. A mild underlying sweetness adds some depth with a light vanilla character. A light leafy hop note.

T: Moderately robust dark/roasted malt flavor up front. I get much more cocoa/dark chocolate flavor than coffee, although both are present. Some mild sweetness pops up mid-sip. I do still get a light lactic creaminess/vanilla flavor into the finish. A mild hop bite is nothing out of the ordinary.

M: Full-bodied. Smooth and creamy, with light carbonation. Light dryness in the finish.

D: A quality porter from the Brew Kettle. I'm digging the chocolaty flavor with a light coffee-and-cream vibe. Drinkability is good but never outstanding. Not enthralling, but well crafted.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received this in the Black Booty BIF from drgonzo. Thanks Paul!

Poured into a Le Cheval Blanc pint glass.

Pours a deep ruby with a light tan head that drops after a few minutes to barely a wisp. Not much lacing.

Aromas of dusty roasted grain, coffee, and chalk. Some cocoa powder hints and anise.

Flavor of light anise, cocoa, mocha java, with a nice roasty bitter finish that is slow to fade. A little carbonic acid bite.

Mouthfeel is medium, with a prickle of carbonation. Roasted grainy dryness.

Overall drinkability is good. Makes for a decent sessionable beer.

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Photo of JayQue
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good one! pours a dense brown color with no light coming through. Medium tan head. Average retention. Some spotty lacing. Enjoyed this one with mild cheese and crackers.

Smell is fairly mild. Mostly semi-sweet chocolate and malt. Tastes is good! Malty and semi sweet chocolate up front, more of a coffee taste after the beer warms up. Hops are not apparent but since the beer is not too sweet, I guess there is some balance here too.

first taste (a little cold) was a bit thin in the mouthfeel department. As it warms, it seems any case it is deceptively smooth for 6.5%

Drinkability is good. You could do several pints of this and enjoy them before you realized the strength!! Nice porter

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One Eyed Jack (Black Jack Porter)
The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
Style: American Porter
ABV: 6.60 %

LOOK: Dark brown, opaque and pretty much black color. Light brown mocha creme head forms and leaves lace down the pint.

SMELL: Roasted malts, smoke, chocolates and black coffee aromas. Smells like how a porter/stout should smell.

TASTE: Robust is the key word, with loads of black patent malt, coffee, milk chocolates, raisin, prune, and light charcoal flavors. Firmly malty, with a small bitterness. The robustness of this brew adds to the bitterness, and a well balanced brew is achieved.

FEEL: Medium bodied, a bit on the light side, thin, but not watery. Carbonation level is good at a medium/high level.

OVERALL: Another tasty brew from the Brewkettle. Solid porter that can stand up to some of the better examples of the style. The small brewpub/restaraunt in Ohio is doing big things with their recipes. Quite good.

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