Black Jack Porter | Left Hand Brewing Company

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84
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1,377 Ratings
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Black Jack PorterBlack Jack Porter
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
Ratings:
1,377
Reviews:
520
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
11.29%
 
 
Wants:
56
Gots:
246
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Lamar
4.51/5  rDev +21.2%
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
2.95/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Aisha
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Devileyedog
4.26/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I'm the writer of practical reviews. It's hard to miss a coffee flavor. It is smooth and delicious... Because it's beer and Left Hand doesn't make a "bad" beer.

Sure, we can nitpick about color and smell (smells like espresso), but realistically if you like porters just try it out for yourself.

It will taste like a porter and a good one at that.

Plus, they get points for the label. It's pretty awesome. And you know, cool label means good beer. Always.

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Photo of hophugger
3.51/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This porter is what a porter should be. Dark color with decent head and spotty lacing. I gt the coffee and chocolate that the bottle says I should get, but I also get a nice cool, black licorice that ads so much to this beer. Clean, cool finish !!!

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.64/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dacrza1
3.99/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

DATE: February 18, 2017... OCCASION: Having finally tracked this one down after a decade of first tasting it, I look forward to remembering it again... GLASSWARE: Hop Devil nonick...pours a dark, opaque body that is velvet-red where light reflects... the head is pure cream, half-finger in height, with a beautiful ring of coral lacing... chocolate, peat, and small hints of spice and hoppiness--small caramel and dankness inhabits its breath... a pleasure to sip, with its creamy introduction giving way to a stern backbone... medium-bodied, agreeable, and hearty... dry at its conclusion.... the chocolate and peat are at the forefront of its profile, while the roasted malts evoke caramel and coffee bean with subtlety and relative sweetness... the sum of its parts, this porter is strong but not bold, formidable yet not big, and drinkable without being thin... worthwhile and a good reason to purchase the mix pack it came in...

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Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.04/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Botulizard
3.57/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jibrahim414
4.24/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of American_Hawk
3.12/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of smitbo7
4.11/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

One of my favorite porters to date. Dark chocolate appearance. Small head. Hints of caramel, cocoa, and malt. Hint of coffee char, bitter finish. Enjoyable cold weather porter.

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Photo of andyjeigh
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sam1991
3.54/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of hunteraw
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bdaggett
4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of OldDirty
3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of FeralFantom
3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of brentblackwell
3.99/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of mmorris15
3.59/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GuyFawkes
4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Unknown vintage; drank 6/5/15 @ the Yarchives.

Murky orange/red rust appearance.

A rough pour yielded a small tan head; strong lace.

Raspberry, red licorice & fresh earth notes in the nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Fresh earth & red licorice flavors up front; raspberry notes on the finish. Faint booze heat emerged as this warmed. A very flavorful porter; I'd have another!

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Photo of LennyBound
2.5/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of 911CROFT
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

355ml bottle into a Spiegleau Stout glass. Paid £2.70 for a single.

Pours a clear, dark brown, cola body, that when held to the light transforms to a bright, almost ruby hue. A three-finger in height, light tan coloured, bubbly head slowly condenses to a thick cap, leaving behind plenty of sticky soapy lace.

The relatively subtle nose predominantly consists of lightly roasted dark malts, semi-sweet chocolate, powdered cocoa and coffee. Hints of burnt grains, ash and woody, herbal hops are faintly perceptible in the background. Taste follows in much the same way, adding only a tart red berry profile to the relatively simple nose. Dry, dark roasted malts and baking chocolate lead initially above lighter notes of burnt grains, white toast and hints of heavily roasted coffee. Mid palate, lightly tart red berries join lingering chocolate malt to provide traces of sweetness and add further acidy to the sharp, dry roasted backbone. In the mouth, a light body and assertive carbonation give feel that despite being thin, remains reasonably smooth and easy drinking. Towards the back end, mildly bitter, green, herbal, and woody hop profiles join lingering berry, coffee, cocoa and char to finish dry, slightly coarse and astringent.

Overall this is a decent, but unremarkable beer. Smooth, dry and roasty, it’s a simple but well-crafted Porter. At a relatively high 6.8% ABV, alcohol is completely imperceptible. While this undoubtedly increases drinkability, it not only makes its depth of flavour and weight of body slightly lacking compared to others with similar gravities, but reduces its suitability as a session beer choice. Ultimately it’s a solid offering, but unlike Left Hand’s excellent Milk Stout Nitro, it isn’t going to become a fridge staple.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.59/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Left Hand's Black Jack Porter has a thin, bone-colored head, a very dark brown appearance, some bubble streams, and almost no lacing left behind. The aroma is of sweet, dark bread crust, toast, chocolate, and medium-roast coffee. Taste is of medium-dark malts, sweetness, low bitterness, brown bread crust, medium-dark toast, and no char. Mouthfeel is light, and Black Jack finishes on the drier side.

RJT

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Photo of martianMan
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Black Jack Porter from Left Hand Brewing Company
3.72 out of 5 based on 1,377 ratings.
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