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Black Jack Porter | Left Hand Brewing Company

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Black Jack PorterBlack Jack Porter

Brewed by:
Left Hand Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

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

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Reviews: 508 | Ratings: 1,342
Photo of Nimbus_
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Pours a dark cola color with ruby accents when held up to light. A thin tan head coats the top, though it dissipates quickly so only a very thin layer remains for the session. Somewhat underwhelming for a porter, in my opinion.

Smell: Unfortunately, the aroma is somewhat underwhelming as well. I get subtle hints of vanilla, cocoa, and coffee. I wish the aroma was a little stronger, because I'm sure it would be a great combination of scents for a brew like this.

Taste: This is where things get a bit better. Right away there is lots of sweet chocolate and a little bit of coffee. The finish has a nutty flavor to it, which is surprisingly pleasant. Delicious overall. While I really enjoy the taste of this beer, I would never know that I was drinking a porter. I don't mind though.

Feel: Pretty light and thin for a porter. The carbonation is very mild as well. It's quite session-able, which is nice, because I enjoy the flavor. However, as with the other aspects of this brew, the mouth-feel just doesn't represent a porter.

Overall: I like this beer, and I would buy it again. However, nothing about it makes it good porter specifically. I wish it was categorized as a different type of beer. That said, it is pretty tasty, and I still recommend it to folks who enjoy lighter porters or brown ales.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.91/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown and black for the most part, brown head, 1/2". Aroma has the roast and a dark fruit edge, are English porters just like the Russian Imperial Stout to the rest of that style? Dark fruit and alcohol.

Taste has plenty of woody licorice feels. So much hot alcohol in the mouthfeel. I wish the chocolate malt notes came out more than the yeast. Instead of a sweet edge I get a bitter alcohol boozy fueled one.

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Photo of Vader444
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour into Left Hand 2/3 pint glass.

A muddy and frankly unappealing looking brown beer with short lived cream coloured head. Smells quite fruity and tastes good with gentle coffee and chocolate notes. Not my favourite Left Hand creation but, for some reason, I rather enjoyed the second half of this after initial disappointment. Too cold perhaps? Will try again but not in a big hurry. Cheers!

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Photo of akolb
3.46/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Last beer in the 6 pack, dated 1/27/2017. Remind me not to buy LH beers close to the expiration date. With a vigorous pour a tan head is formed over a dark-red brown, slightly transparent body. Smells like coffee, cocoa, sweet caramel, and a bright herbal fruitiness that's a bit disconcerting against the other aromas. Taste has coffee and tasty rich chocolate. Nice. Then a bit of a medicinal quality that's not so nice. Bitterness is moderate. Body is weak for the style and ABV. Drinkable and has some nice elements, but there are far better porters out there.

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Photo of oldn00b
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty standard porter but does lean to the sweet side. Definitely enough roasted malt to balance it out but it still skews a bit sweet for my taste. Body and feel are very nice - the nose on this is a nice standout.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.84/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours chestnut brown, not super dark, with a frothy tan head that settles to a light layer and leaves a little nice lacing.

S: Roasty toasty malt, cocoa powder, milk chocolate, slightly nutty, hint of espresso, and a little toffee sweetness.

T: Toasty roasty malt, milk chocolate, bready toffee sweetness, a bit nutty, and a mild herbal note on the finish.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Not exactly what I was expecting, but still a solid brew. Very easy drinking.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a jet black body with off white head that gives way in parts but pretty much sticks
Good coffee regular aroma
Thinner than I imagined and not quite the dark beer stormer either some cocoa some wholemeal bread with the flavour
It's either thin or dangerously drinkable and I'm thinking thin
Kind of like Porter Lite :/

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Photo of BWED
3.99/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

A- Dark brown with a light tan head. Retains at a quarter inch. Good lacing.

S- Bready sweetness, roasty, a little nutty and chocolatey.

T- Sweet and nutty. Mild earth hop flavor. Base malt backbone is a little grainy and light.

M- Medium full body. Nice balance; just enough hop to cut the sweetness, which makes for a smooth clean finish.

O- Solid. This is a prime example of a porter. It doesn't blur that line with a stout. Lighter color, body, and flavor. Well done.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.87/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A hellish night deserves a nice beer.

Pours from the bottle a hazelnut-cola color, forming into the tulip a muddy chocolate brown. I like my porters DARK, so this one isn't really earning points with me. The head is all but fleeting, forming a measely finger to start and gasping away to a thin ring.

A nice roasted malt aroma comes out, with total chocolate and a touch of sassafrass. I like the waves of chocolate.

Heavy handed malts lead to a rather metallic tails' side of the coin, the flavor tumbling around unstable proffering both flavors simultaneously. Faint whispers of baked brownie and vanillin/root beer finish off the flavor profile. Not impressive but drinkable enough to keep me going after it.

Feel is important and a good number here, providing apt carbonation and a slick, smooth finish. A taint semi-dryness dances on the palate with style.

Overall, this is one of the more mediocre porters I've had, but it's on the high side of that. It's drinkable, sessionable, easy, and simple. The metals throw it off for me a bit, but the brownie finish and cocoa dustings make it a formidable competitor.

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Photo of happenstance
2.13/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Weak tasting.

L: Translucent brown... Not really "black" at all (as the label advertises).

S: Smells like Goose Island IPA.

T: Way too much hops to be a porter. The hops taste overcomes anything that is supposed to suggest a porter.

F: Honestly, it felt like medicine in my mouth.

Very bad beer.

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Photo of smcolw
3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

No head, only a few bubbles near the rim. Oddly, there are a few spots on the glass. Dark amber color (light easily passes through the center of the glass.

Nearly no smell. I think I get some sugar but it is really too faint to tell.

The flavor is an improvement with some lightly toasted malt and modest hop bitterness. Very low carbonation and the body is thin enough to make the beer come across as watery. The aftertaste is short lived semisweet chocolate.

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Photo of Slowjamcdub
2.82/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours cola brown with almost no head.

Not a lot going on with the nose. Some dark fruit. Hint of coffee.

Tastes mellow but good. Some coffee there. A little chocolate, some hops.
Good brew nothing is to over powering and in some cases like in this one, that's a good thing. Over all good brew. Sometimes less is more and in this case for sure

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Photo of PA-hunter
3.54/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter glass. 6.8% abv

Appearance- Pours a charcoal brown. Two finger head that dissipates fast. Opaque.

Smell- Roasted grains, carmamel. Some chocolate

Taste- Bready, roasted malt. Earthy flavor. Not heavy on the chocolate malt flavor but the expresso like flavor builds steady. The coffee bean taste lasts into the finish leaving a dry and bitter taste on the palate.

Mouthfeel- Medium in body, active carbonation.

Overall- Not bad. This one wasn't too impressive as it could have had a better malt profile. The expresso quality was bold and this is on the hoppy side for a porter which was interesting.

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Photo of microbrewlover
4.46/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a solid black with red highlights when held up to the light. There is a two finger mocha colored head which lasts for a while; some of it lasts until the end. Lots of lacing.

The smell is roasted malts, oats, chocolate, licorice, milk, fruits and nuts.

The taste follows the nose with roasted malts and oat sweetness coming in first. Then milk, light fruit, maybe pears, and some nuts. There is a hint of licorice as well. The feel is smooth and creamy; there is a little dryness on the backend but the cream remains after swallowing.

A good porter for sure.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Cola brown, opaque, with a tan half finger head that dissipates fast.

S: Dark chocolate, bready malts, espresso.

T: Chocolate slides in with a nice espresso finish. Sweet and robust. Light bitterness. Herbs on the finish.

M: Medium with medium, chewy mouthfeel.

O: A nice surprise. A decent porter. Would drink again.

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Photo of gmoneyproductions
3.86/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

on tap pint glass
look is amber brown with a small off white head
smells fruity, nutty and chocolatey
taste is nutty fruity and chocolate
feel is light for a porter and easy to drink
overall solid porter
nice on a warm fall day

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: dark brown with ruby accents throughout; can see through it clearly when held up to the light; less than a 1 finger light tan head that receded to a wispy cap; very nice lacing;

S: mild; roasted grains, a little sweetness; a hint of black coffee;

T: roasted grains with bittersweet chocolate, nuts, and a bit of coffee in the background; moderate bitterness at mid-palate that fades quickly;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: very nice;

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.89/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark mahogany color with a fingers worth of head that fades down to a very thin cap

S: Roasted malt, dark chocolate, light coffee, and some caramel sweetness stick out the most. Earthy and herbal hops in the background

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with some roast and dark chocolate and goes into some coffee notes. Finishes with some herbal hoppiness and light bitterness

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A solid, easy to drink porter that goes well any time. Could easily be a go-to

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Photo of DissentFatsquirrel
5/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Excellent Beer, had a great feeling of drinking coffee, with a bit of chocolate, would have again in the near future, and is another example of the ways that left hand brewing is starting to make a name for themselves.

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Photo of JamesBondGA
3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured a deep, dark red, almost brown in color. Thin caramel colored head, with nice lacing on the glass. Smell of Chocolate and coffee. Taste is coffee at first, then the chocolate comes thru. Little thin for a porter.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.61/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on August 14, 2015.

Deep brown pour with a bit of a cloudiness and a full mocha head.

The aroma is milk chocolate through and through with some mild roasted malts in there and some earthy bitterness.

Thin to medium body.

The taste is again milk chocolate sweetness with a slightly bigger bitter finish than expected.

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Photo of MacMalt
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into snifter. The color is a very attractive dark red/brown-not as dark as many porters-with a thin milk white head and lacing. If it had more of a head, it would really be a beautiful beer. The smell is dark cherry, burnt coffee, and malt. The taste is coffee forward, followed by chocolate with a little bit of fruity sweetness but a somewhat bitter finish. Like many Left Hand offerings, it is medium bodied and carbonated; I prefer a chewier porter. Overall, it is pleasant but not really special.

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Photo of gonzo000
4.19/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I love this porter. I am not a big porter guy, but this porter is something special. That being said, you have to like a sweet beer, which I do. The color is a brown, cola like color with carbonation that continues to roll up the side of the glass 5 minutes into the beer. The head was 1 finger on the pour and it remains as a thin layer with pockets of thicker foam. For all of those positive notes, it does look a bit thin. Smell is Coffee, Chocolate and a bit of funk. The taste is coffee on the front, blending into the chocolate on the back. Feel is silky smooth. I am very impressed with this beer. Another HIT for the Hit and miss left hand brewing company.

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Photo of crob3888
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: pours brown with a neigh head and mahogany tinted edges
Smell: roasted barley, sweet vanilla, toffee, a little chocolate
Taste: caramelized sugar, burnt toast, some delicate hopping
Feel: light bodied and refreshing for a dark ale
Overall: a very good beer that could be a good introduction to dark beers

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
4.21/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A nicely roasted porter. Left Hand has consistently given me the impression that they're bread and butter is stouts and porters, and this only backs it up.

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Black Jack Porter from Left Hand Brewing Company
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