Black Jack (Bourbon Barrel Aged) | North by Northwest Restaurant & Brewery

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Black Jack (Bourbon Barrel Aged)Black Jack (Bourbon Barrel Aged)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
North by Northwest Restaurant & Brewery
Texas, United States
nxnwbrew.com

Style: Belgian Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by MUSHROOMCLOUD on 09-17-2006

BEER STATS
Ratings:
45
Reviews:
16
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
9.16%
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
1
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 45 |  Reviews: 16
Photo of Wiz99
5/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of redraider2323
4.6/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - black with brownish hues around the edges. Nice cap of foam.

S - love it! Vanilla, bourbon, oak, chocolate, caramel

T - more of the same. The malt flavors are a little more prominent than the bourbon and oak in the taste.

M/D - medium thick mouthfeel, but creamy and a little slick. Very drinkable. Not overly sweet at all. Highly recommended.

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Photo of hiikeeba
4.52/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

After a sampler before lunch today, my cousin and I decided the Okenagen (sp?) Black Ale was the beer we wanted. Dawn, our server, told they had just tapped Black Jack. "It's our black ale aged in a whiskey barrel. . ." "We'll take it," we chorused. "You had me at whiskey barrel," I said.

Dawn brought us a cognac glass with a dark black beer, and white creamy head. Whiskey aroma is prominent. It offsets the roasted malt nicely. The roasted malt flavor slowly builds up, though.

This was an excellent beer!

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Photo of Theortiz01
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of MichialTanner1
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of utfiero
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of wisegreensoul
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of barbellsNbeers
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Gagnonsux
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of cgrunin
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of UTCengOwl
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Filled a growler at NXNW and decided to upgrade to the barrel aged option. Glad I did. Served in a Great Divide balloon glass.

The beer itself is a dark, deep brown. The head is a relatively white foam that leaves good lacing. Good contrast.

The nose is a wonderfully smooth bourbon. Vanilla and wood. Fantastic. Maybe a bit caramelly, too. The nose has good retention of it's smell, too. Just wonderful.

The taste is bourbon dominated, but that's about it. The base beer seems bland... and the barrel flavors are a bit muted. Not nearly the match of the nose. At times, this seems watery, but the carbonation is good. All of these combined make it very drinkable. A very nice offering.

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Photo of hopdog
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bottle acquired in trade with lb4lb (thanks!).

Poured a deep, dark orange/amber (almost brown) color wtih an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of strong woody/oakiness, earthy, roasty, with light chocolate, and a trace of bourbon. The earthy/woodiness definitely dominates the aromas. Tastes of vanilla, whisky (more than the aromas), caramel, lighter roast, and vanilla. Body a bit on the thinner side.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the NXNW brewpub, poured into a snifter.

The body of Black Jack was an attractive plum-mahogany hue, while the thin head displayed a toasted custard color. The draft pour didn't create much head, but a quick swirl of the glass built the foam to a quarter inch in height--no lacing. Delicate aroma, although the barrel-aging wasn't immediately apparent. Sweet, fruity notes of raisin, fig, red grapes, backed by a hint of toasted chocolate and caramel malts. The slightest hint of vanilla and wood pulled through as the beer warmed.

Oh my...the flavor showed up in a major way; these NXNW brewers know how to barrel-age a beer! Creamy vanilla notes from the bourbon paired effortlessly with toasted caramel malt, raisin rum, chocolate liquor, and earthy hops. No one flavor outshined the other, as the slick, medium mouthfeel finished on the dry side with a heated spice note from the alcohol. Drinkability is fantastic; despite tastes of bourbon and other booze, there was very little alcoholic heat or thickness to this beer, making it a joy to consume. Well done!

[EDIT: Tried again 1/11...bourbon-ness that I loved so much in the original is all but a ghost of its former self. For shame...review adjusted accordingly]

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to angrypirate06 for sharing this handbottle.

I have tried this before but never reviewed it. The beer pours a brown color with a tan head. The aroma is oak and bourbon, just what I look for in a bourbon-barrel aged beer. The flavor is vanilla, brown sugar, oak, bourbon and some roasted malts. Low carbonation and medium mouthfeel.

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Photo of LXIXME
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of jheezee
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of dumptruck81
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of zonker17
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of JamLand
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of stumac
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of JohnBender
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of greenspointexas
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JDV
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almost opaque black pour in a tulip on draft. Color of black licorice after you bite into it with shades of chalky dark brown to black. Smell isn't overly strong but is quite inviting and nice. Subtle deep roasty malt, & some bourbon as well. Taste is incredibly smooth. Rich licorice like roasty malt, and a nice hit of bourbon flavor without the boozy, hot feel. Better than the Okanogan schwarzbier itself, and the Barrel aging adds some nice complementing character to this beer. I'd recommend this, and I'm not a regularly a schwarzbier fan.

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Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.93 out of 5 based on 45 ratings.
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