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Black Jack Porter | Left Hand Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Left Hand Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
lefthandbrewing.com

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Slight malt Sweetness with notes of dark chocolate, espresso and herbal hops.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-16-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#24,918
Reviews:
523
Ratings:
1,389
pDev:
11.26%
Bros Score:
3.73
 
 
Wants:
56
Gots:
245
Trade:
0
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Photo of KingTen144
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Turbo
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of FrauTotenkinder
3.17/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours dark brown. Smells lightly of cocoa and coffee. Thin feel. Taste sweet with abrupt finish. Decent porter.

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Photo of ThaneMcC
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown with over 2fb of light tan, foamy head.
Smells of roasted malts, cocoa, leather.
Taste is sweet malts forward, a little leather and roasted malts with a hint of smoke and then a fairly abrupt transition to earthy, hoppy bitterness and clean finish.
Body is a little thin, with scant effervescence - not astringent, but pleasant and easily quaffable.

Overall, a pretty good porter - smell is definitely superior to its taste - but not bad overall - I wouldn't turn this down at a party or bar - but wouldn't go out of my way to find it.

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Photo of DaveCash
3.52/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of samEBC
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rilesmiles
3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of deereless
3.76/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Branlott42
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chossboss
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jmay9753
3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark but still lite enough to see through.
Thin cream colored head poured into frozen tulip glass.
Smell was fantastic really expected good things from this brew.
Taste was lacking however. Had a decent start some good toffee and dark chocolate but faded quickly leaving a slightly hoppy old funk flavor that finished off slick with little to no aftertaste.
Feel was no heavier than any generic budweiser-ish american lager.

Overall look and smell sure outweigh the taste and left me wishing for a little bit more if something.

Note: unsure of age of beer reviewed. Had to clean dust off bottles when i got home so unsure how long it had been setting on shelf.

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Photo of Commandophile
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of flgimp
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mxsluis
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Metalsnota
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of matcris
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Looks: Dark brown, mahogany up to the light. Half a finger of lingering tan head that leaves some decent looking lacing.
Aroma: Roasted malt, earthy, chocolate, dark roasted coffee. Smells good.
Taste: Dark roasted malts, sweet dark chocolate in the middle, dark bread, very nice dark coffee that lingers on the finish. earthy.
Feel: About average carbonation, slick at first, but, dry on the finish, and medium thin body.
Overall: Just enough sweetness to go with that nice dark coffee quality. Pretty good brew.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was poured into a mug. The appearance was a nice looking dark brown close to black color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute. There was some light lacing sticking and then sliding down into the beer. The smell started off with some sweet to roasty coffee to cocoa. Light dark sweet fruitiness rounds it all out. The taste was mainly sweet with a big underscore of the bitter to roasty on the aftertaste and leading into the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. Carbonation runs fairly light allowing a decent stickiness all around. Overall, I say this was a pretty good English Porter that I would have again.

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Photo of dustin22martin
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SGR1220
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HorseheadsHophead
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The appearance is a very dark brown/black that is black in the middle, but dark brown or even ruby red on the very edges where the light catches. It's top by a thin white foamy head. Retention is fairly poor, but there's some decent lacing.
The aroma is very typical of a porter. Roasted barley and grains, some milk chocolate with vanilla, cocoa, toasted brown bread or pumpernickel bread, some coffee, faint hints of cherry and raisin, and earthy hops.
The taste follows the nose almost to a tee. Almost unnecessary to describe. Milk chocolate, cocoa and burnt toast upfront, with roasted barley and coffee notes in the middle, light earthy hop bitterness, and a big yeasty tart cherry and raisin note. Finishes lightly dry and very balanced between chocolaty sweetness and roasted bitterness. Very crisp and drinkable.
Smooth medium mouthfeel, leaning towards light, but very sluggable without being watery.
Yet another quintessential American porter. Very solid.

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Photo of DaPan
3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Carolvs
3.24/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Not accustomed to being disappointed from Left Hand's offerings, but this one was a real let-down. Threadbare mouthfeel, so lacking in body in fact that it didn't even feel like a porter, but rather more of a scotch ale.

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Photo of Lamar
4.51/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

An extremely tasty porter. Thin head and deep brown in the glass. Very malty with lots of coffee that cover the alcohol content. Mouthfeel is a bit light but in an unusually refreshing way for a porter.

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Photo of dubnation
3.22/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Aisha
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Black Jack Porter from Left Hand Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 1,389 ratings
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