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 Rhettroactive
2.98/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From 22oz bomber to Bruges hybird glass on 10/19/11
*From notes

-- Another one from the Vault de la Sieg --

A: Lighter in color then I'd expected. If I didn't know any better, I'd call this an English Brown. A good pour yields a two finger head with nice retention and above average lacing.

S: Just some grains and what comes off a bit like Cocoa Puffs.

T: Kinda sweet. Hints of milk chocolate and earth. Not nearly as rich as it should be. The finish is a bit milky.

M: Thin. I've had some dense American Porters. This, sadly, isn't one of them.

O: The Brew Kettle's Black Jack Porter is about as average a beer as you can get. Forgettable as yesterday's BM. Leave this one on the shelf and check out the brewery's better brews like White Rajah, as you'll most likely find this one utterly boring.

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Photo of Vierenner
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

It doesn't quite live up to the "Robust" claim on the label. Pours fairly well with a natural looking head ... not the infused, fake carbonation-like head present in some other cheaper porters/stouts. It has a burnt, bitter taste. Seems kind of watery. The first sip was promising but I became bored with it fairly quickly.

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Photo of tlazaroff
3.47/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours almsot pitch black with a slight reddish hue around the edges. The head is a mocha colored tan, made of a mixture of big and tiny bubbles

S: I get this wonderful roasted chocolate scent on the nose with this beer. The chocolate soon gives way to a great espresso aroma that you would find in some venetian corner coffee house.

T: I drank half of it before I could determine the taste. Defiantly coffee-dominated, but with a background burnt coffee taste. It tastes good, but there isn't anything special about it.

M: Medium-full bodied and highly carbonated, finishes somewhat dry.

D: This is a good beer to have on-hand, but there are better local choices for me.

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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 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 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 Thorpe429
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

At tap at the Brew Kettle.

Pours a dark brown color with a light tan head and a bit of lacing. The nose has a good roast character and a fairly-strong coffee presence. Really quite nice; a good in-between beer after going back and forth between all of their hoppy offerings. The taste has mostly coffee and roast as well, though the roast is quite a bit more prevalent and brings it a bit out of balance. The body is medium with a dry finish. Pretty solid and enjoyable.

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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 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 nrbw23
2.97/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours a dark brown color with red highlights and a tan colored head. Head has ok retention and leaves some nice lacing.

S- Smell is pretty faint but still good. Roasted malts, coffee, darker fruits and chocolate.

T- Taste is really faint even weaker than the nose. Pretty disappointed how the label said robust and complex. The main flavour I'm picking up is stale coffee. A bit of sweetness but not a lot going on here.

M- Fairly light in body with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Not really impressed with this one. I'll be passing on this one.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

"Black Jack Porter: A full bodied and complex cark ale with flavor notes of coffee and chocolate complementing its big malty character."

This is my first beer on this Super Bowl Sunday. I plan to imbibe in some Robust Porter homebrew after this. Pours from a 22oz bottle, reasonably priced at $5.99, into a Sam Adams imperial pint glass. Emerges a bit lighter than expected for a robust porter. Pours a dark maroon/purple color with bright ruby highlights and a smooth and creamy tan head. Bits of lacing are a nice touch. A beautiful looking beer indeed.

Aroma was a bit chalky with just a touch of coffee and no noticeable chocolate in the nose. The chalky aroma is kin to a dry stout aroma so maybe some cross-over is apparent.

Good flavors. I get much more of the coffee in the flavor and some generous notes of chocolate as well. The dark grains lend a bit of burnt toast. A good bit of dark fruits are present and make this one interesting.

Coffee in the finish, dry, rather light bodied. Too light bodied for my tastes. Good flavors here, but a little fruity for a robust porter, although the coffee in the finish is nice. Robust porter and stout always skirt some sort of imaginary line between each other and this one goes both ways at times. Solid enough for a second go-round.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From 01/02/11 notes. Shared this one at a local DC tasting. Received as part of the Secret Santa BIF thanks to pwoods.

a - Pours a black color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts, and light dark fruit.

t - Tastes a bit watered down, and of chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and roasted malts. Not bad, just watered down.

m - Light body and low carbonation.

d - A nice porter, just a little thin and watered down in the taste. Would give another shot though.

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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 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 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 Beejay
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Dark brown with ruby hues as it is held to the light. a lovely soft tan head nestled on top. Plenty of carbonation crawled it's way up the side when I poured.

S: Syrupy with hints of roasted malt and molasses. Very nice.

T: Malty and roasty. There is a bit of a sweetness to this that works alongside a bit of a sour note. Something I am not particularly found of in porters. Though still good overall.

M: Fairly thin body, with quite high carbonation.

D: Good overall, but not something I would buy a lot of.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 ClockworkOrange
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another reasonably priced bomber bottle from the Brew Kettle. Poured into my nonic glass. The porter appears a somewhat clear dark brown color with about an inch of fluffy ecru foam. Notes of mild coffee, medium roasted bready grains, milk and bittersweet chocolate, and caramel make up the majority of the nose and taste. A tad better than medium bodied with ample carbonation.

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