Black Jack | Arrowhead Brewing Company

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Black JackBlack Jack

Brewed by:
Arrowhead Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by biboergosum on 11-29-2013

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Ratings: 16 |  Reviews: 4
Reviews by Kmat10:
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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

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Photo of biboergosum
3.78/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

20oz pint at the Underground in Edmonton. Nice to see a new interior BC brewery show up around here.

This beer appears a murky, dark reddish cola hue, with two fingers of puffy and loosely foamy beige head, which leaves a stellar array of disintegrating iceberg cliff lace around the glass as things delve downwards.

It smells of dry chalky cocoa, mild bittersweet coffee, gritty pale and caramel malt, and herbal, leafy hops. The taste is much more chocolate oriented up front, followed closely by a sturdy bready caramel malt, with a hint of meaty umami, a subtle overarching hint of general roastiness, and soft weedy, floral, and herbal hops.

The carbonation is quite on the down low, and hardly noticeable at times, the body a decent medium weight, and a just a bit tacky in its overall smoothness. It finishes on a large drying kick - roasted caramel and chocolate malt, and emboldened earthy, leafy, and herbal hops.

An agreeable enough rendition of the style, way more flavour than is the norm, especially from the progenitors of the style - that's Guinness, in case y'all are ignorant as such. Well worthy of supporting, so I shall be anticipating bottles (and that includes growlers) anon.

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Photo of imbibehour
3.19/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured on tap at Barley Brother's into a shorty pilsner glass, and another observed snifter from a friend. From notes.

Deep mahogany brown body fairly opaque as well, with a simple light tan collar presented. Some possible hints of faint red along the edges. Quite nice appearance.

Nose is light but also has some sugar noticeable sweetness. A very noticeable milk chocolate sense but also seems a bit watery.

Palate comes off far too sweet. Lots of sweet cola like sensations and doesn't help the brew feels a little watery and sort of comes off like flat soda. Milk chocolate character does make an appearance and is quite nice but the Yoohoo reminders are over this beer. Roast character not that noticeable either.

While easy drinking and tolerable, it's far too sweet for my tastes and looses the sensation with the cola side that this is supposed to be beer rather than soda.

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Photo of Mlkluther
3.73/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

3.16/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of BigBry
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RevCraig
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Slongie
3.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JonCorbett
3.23/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bomber, bottled April 28, 2016.

Appearance: Fairly typical, dark cola black; Pretty good light khaki coloured head; loose and frothy made of medium sized bubbles. Pretty good retention and surface foam, and pretty good lacing.

Aromatics: A fresh leafy-floral and slightly citrusy that gives way to mildly bitter cacao/coffee and a rather heady yeast scent. I get the subtlest of caramel sweet malts and had to struggle to get any indications of roastedess.

Taste: Almost citrus-like sour tinge that blankets the other flavours. It fairly subdued in the bitterness department, as the main contributors to the scents seem pretty equivalent to the flavour - floral and herbals mixing with cacao, but I also get a flavour similar to coffee that was strained through used grounds.

Mouth: Pretty medium weight in my opinion, the carbonation does lose out over time leaving an almost watery like consistency in the mouth. There is a slight crisp to it as opposed to creaminess. I think it needs a good shot of nitro to make it more noteworthy. It finishes really cleanly though, no linger in the aftertaste-mouthfeel, and is very gentle on the palate.

Overall: Mmmm… I’m going to say it was ok. For me there was not enough noteworthy to make it a repeatable purchase. It does an ok job at being a stout just not enough in any one category to make it stand out. I’m a little disappointed that I didn’t get some of the flavours I was expecting - so I might try again at another time to see if maybe it was just the batch/bottle or if that was actually it.

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Photo of Howlader
2.5/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of atsir
3.6/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of sherpahigh
3.92/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of IanSpindler
3.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of Marope
3.02/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Spiced in the front Netflix in the back. But seriously, 5.4% with a bitter celery-like start ending smooth short finish. Binge watch/drink for best results.

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Photo of Bunman3
3.37/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Niceroad77
4/5  rDev +17.3%

Black Jack from Arrowhead Brewing Company
3.41 out of 5 based on 16 ratings.
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