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:
14
Gots:
1
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Texasfan549
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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

Photo of JamLand
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3/5  rDev -23.7%

Photo of zonker17
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of JohnBender
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of jheezee
4/5  rDev +1.8%

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 Exiled
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of wisegreensoul
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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 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 inlimbo77
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz, 1/30/13, Garrison Brothers edition, Bottle 37
Riedel tulip

A: Doesn't pour as dark as I thought it would be as a "dark ale". Darkish amber I guess. Looks dark brown with light coming through and reddish tint. Initially a half finger of slight off white light tan head. Sticky lacing.

S: I am actually getting some tartness on the front. Some vanilla and wood notes. Wonder if that's infection? It's slight but seems to be starting to come through, although it's still a nice nose outside of that.

T: Initially a touch of tartness up front. Very carbonated. Some creaminess. Some nuttiness. Chocolate. Not dark, but milk. Dryness. Lingering booze.

M: It's full bodied. Not as creamy as I would have thought.

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

Photo of stumac
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of rdooley
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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

Reminds me of a Guinness on nitro with a bunch of sweetness added. The sweetness reminds me of honey but it's supposed to be vanilla. Maybe the Belgian sugar burnout barrel and vanilla make it taste so sweet.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of GreatStoutman
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of seaoflament
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to midaszero for the opportunity to try this one.

Pours a light caramel color with about half inch of foam that quickly recedes to a ring. The beer is a couple of shades darker in the glass, a dark mahogany with some cherry highlights on the sides.

Intensely sweet malt aroma as soon as I started pouring, lots of vanilla. A mixture of sweet malts, cherry notes, oak, moderate bourbon, vanilla cookies, sweet raisins, plums, and some nutty malts in the background too. Flowery and a little bit spicy if you look for it. Not a very bold aroma but nothing offensive. As it opens up it starts to release some aromas that remind me of cherry syrup with the most minimal medicinal twist. Ok, I've left this beer in the glass (Chimay) for a few minutes and it seems to be opening up now. I'm getting more vanilla, caramel, biscuit, toast, oak, hints of coffee in the background, and more sweet fruits.

Started off with some toast but the oak flavors overpowered it right away, and that's not such a bad thing. Oak and vanilla rush through and the toasted malts follow close by. A little alcohol and bourbon flavor in the finish. Dried fruits and toast upfront on the second sip. A bit of multi-grain bread, some raisins, and either chocolate or toffee flavors in the aftertaste. Some nutty flavors in the end. A few roasted flavors in the finish. Not bad but I would have preferred more dark fruit notes and a slightly bigger body.

Very thin body but the carbonation really picks this one up as it is very smooth and airy on the palate. Somewhat of a dry finish, very clean.

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