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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Ratings: 1,400 |  Reviews: 525
Photo of Tballz420
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a very dark brown that shows a bit of red when held to the light. A nice little tan head sits on top of that. The smell is heavily roasted. As is the taste, roasted, with coffee and creamy flavors coming through as well. This is a very smooth tasting beer, a pretty damn good porter.

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

This was a nice porter that poured a dark brown colour with an ample beige head. The aromas were all chocolate, coffee, caramel malts, and yeast. The taste was a nice nutty caramel candy bar, with some bitter chocolate on the tip of the tongue, and some nice lactic astringency in the back of the throat. The mouthfeel was a little thin for a porter, but the drinkability was quite nice. Good stuff.


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Photo of mzwolinski
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown, ruby in color with ample carbonation resulting in a large, persistent, and very lacy light tan head. Aroma is malty sweet and chocolatey. Sweet chocolate starts off the flavor, too, which develops a rich, creamy mouthfeel and a roasty finish and aftertaste. A good porter, though without a ton of depth.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.57/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown color. Medium head. Aroma is chocolate malts and sweet. A light bodied porter. Malts are chocolate, coffee and sweet. Hops are piney and spicy. Well balanced. Very choclately. Finish is more coffee than chocolate. Finishes a little light for a porter, but still tasty and very drinkable. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

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Photo of tar
3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle with what I think is a very cool bottle cap featuring a red left hand on a white background. Pours a dark brown to black with a one finger thick off-white (almost yellowish) head. The head diminishes rather quickly leaving an unimpressive looking beer---it does look purplish when held up to light which is a cool feature. Smells very pleasant, with aromas of coffee, roasted malt, and some chocolate. A fairly nice taste is also present, although a bit mild--dominant flavors are that of malt and a bit of chocolate. A very smooth beer (although feels a bit thin in the mouth) which I found to be easy drinking. While I wouldn't seek this beer out, I'd certainly try it again if the opportunity came up.

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Photo of Suds
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Gift from a friend who lives out west....
Pours a dark, reddish brown. Thin, sudsy, and relatively stable head. Smell is of roasted grains and american hops, but I'd call it lacking and muted for a good porter. Taste is malty-sweet with bitter chocolate. It's a little on the sweet side of things, but has a creamy, full-bodied texture. At times, it seems a little acidic....don't know where to place that sensation. All in all, it's a decent, enjoyable beer, but not outstanding.

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Photo of StevieW
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle served at the Food Shack in J-Town, FL. Murky deep brown color. Hints of purple-ruby edges depending on the light. Smooth, silky, rich smell of roasted coffee and sweet chocolate. Same tastes follows. Nice hop snap follows. Both bitter and sweet chocolate tastes are present. This beer then takes a turn, the flavors are full and rich, but a slick chalkiness lingers, then the body turns watery. I gave it lower grades for mouthfeel and drinkability for this reason. I am still glad to see it Florida and would buy it again.

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Photo of TheDM
3.64/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured a small head of fine off-white bubbles and a semi-transparent dark brown body. It had a nice malty aroma and a coffee flavor with some mild roasted caramel notes that was smooth from start to finish.

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Photo of hotstuff
3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

When poured into my glass, this brew had a small off-white head with small bubbles that quickly diminished. The lacing with this brew was fair. The body was brown in hue. This brew had a moderate malty aroma along with a mild coffee aroma. It had a mild flavor that was long lasting. The body was light and somewhat watery in my opinion.

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Photo of Loki
4.27/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12oz. bottle with a freshness date on it.

Poured a deep brown with an one inch beige head. The head fades to a thin covering but leaves spider webs of lacing that cling to the glass.

Aromas of sweet roasted caramel malt with a buttery hint.

The taste was of caramel with a sweetend coffee finish. Medium-full body, but still a little light, that goes down very clean and smooth and is very creamy. Very nice porter.

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Photo of BigHead
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice looking dark porter, not that dark, with a decent creamy head. I detect a caramel like malt aroma. It has a nice mild hop bite. Tastes more like an amber ale but the caramel and coffee undertones come through after more sips. Leaves a dry aftertaste.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color is a dark caramel brown, fizzed out foamy head leaving barely any lacing. Smell is of sweet malt and tangy, slightly roasty and soft. Taste is more of the same, lightly robust of drying dark roasted malt with a light presence of hop bitterness. Light and airy, earthy dry bitterness throughout the finish. Feel is a bit thin for a porter, could have some heavier boldness. Its a drinkable porter for sure but I was a little put off by its lightness.

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Photo of TXHops
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

-Original Gravity: 1.067
-Final Gravity: 1.019
-ABV: 6.4%
-ABW: 4.96
-Attenuation: 70.5%
-Real Extract: 6.91P
-Calories per 12 oz: 222.5
-IBU’s: 26
-Malts: 2-Row, Crystal, Chocolate & Munich
-Hops: East Kent Goldings

Left Hand’s Black Jack Porter is considerably redder in the glass than it is black. It looks like a West Coast Winter Warmer more than a typical Porter. The briallinantly clear body sits under a clumpy light beige head that contrasts starkly against the darker liquid below. A sweet smell of chocolaty, roasty malt leads off, followed by a similar taste. The drying aspects of the chocolate malts lend an earthy cleanness to the flavor, which is well balanced by non-assertive, earthy Goldings hops. Even through the dryness of the kilned malt and the slight bitterness of the hops, a sweet chocolaty undertone provides a solid base for the other flavors to trickle through the experience. Interestingly, the color of the beer really belies its flavor—it’s way more roasty than the non-black or brown hue suggests.

As it warms, the dry chocolaty aroma grows, as does the earthy, slightly metallic subflavor. Inexplicably, the balancing, subtle hoppy bitterness grows right along with the maltiness. Finally, a late flavor of slightly green coffee, or possibly moist coffee grounds rounds out an enjoyable bomber of beer. This one was nice and fresh, malty, subtle and well balanced: a well made-detail oriented effort.

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Photo of Viking
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark coppery-brown body, initially a big 3-finger head. Head retention good, some residual lace on surface and glass. Pretty straight forward malty, chocolatey aroma. Very chocolatey, slightly bitter flavor with notes of roasted grains. Flavor is very good, but perhaps a bit thin. A bit light bodied for a baltic porter, but smooth and rather creamy. Leaves a thick oily hop coating in the mouth. A very quaffable brew.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.51/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown color, with ruby tinges, and a firm, fine, crackly cream-colored head. There's something sadly amiss in the aroma department, though: I expect bigger, bolder flavor in a robust porter, but the espresso, cocoa elements I so enjoy are being a bit shy. They're there, but they're awfully soft.
Mouthfeel is decent, balance is right on target for a porter, nice bitterness on the palate. Hops fade some in the finish, I could have used a bit more. Some chocolatey flavor lingers on the palate, but, again, not enough.
This one landed at #39 in Stuart A. Kallen's 1997 book "The 50 Greatest Beers In the World" with Samuel Smith's at 7 and Geary's at 34. I'd have to disagree. It's good, don't get me wrong, but I've been drinking a lot of Anchor Porter lately.

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Photo of Jarod
3.61/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured into the glass a dark ruby/gold/brown color. THe head was fairly thick and beige in color. Somewhat lasting to 1/2 glass. Lace was foamy. The aroma was light, hints of grains and malt. The taste was decent, tastes of malt, chocolate, some dark fruit, semi-sweet in the beginning and middle but dry at the end. Only thing I wanted more from this beer is more aroma, with this I believe the tastes would have been more prominent.

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

Dark black in color, nice lasting creamy off white head, roasty chocolatey malty aroma. Roasted malty burnt coffee flavors, nice dry burnt bitternes in the finish. Light-medium body light creamy mouthfeel, the hops really stand out in the end, this is decent porter, I like it.

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Photo of Amdahl
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A couple of notes on this beer. For some reason i forgot what year it was and accidently purchased a beer that was a year old thinking it was 2 weeks old. Second, I have spent a couple of summers Longmont and woke up to the smells of this brewery a few times. If I had a penny for every time I walked by this brewery, I'd have a lot of pennies. With that done, onto the review.

This beer pours with about a half inch of creamy headand nice lace. Very light colored for a porter (it is almost red). Light carbonation. Very well balanced taste with a hint of chocolate. An above average beer that I will have again.

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Photo of Gusler
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The pour a deep brown to black, mountainous and frothy head, and a fine lace blankets the glass, both are light chocolate in color. Nose is sweet malt, hints of maple syrup, lightly toasted grains. Start is sweet, the middle is moderate , the finish has pertinent carbonation, acceptablely hopped, and a fair to midlin dry aftertaste. A decent drinking beer, good but not great and none the less worth a try.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.67/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown-ish ruby red color w nice tan head. Light hop aroma and light chocolate aroma (sweet). Coffee-ish and chocolatey tones with a light roastiness. Nice balance of all flavors. Medium bodied but leaning towards full. Great drinkability.

per L.H.B.Co. website:
Malts: 2-Row, Crystal, Chocolate & Munich
Hops: East Kent Goldings
Original gravity: 16 Plato ( 1.067 )
IBU's: 26
ABV: 6.40%

2000 Gold Medal, Brown Porter G.A.B.F.
1995 Gold Medal, Robust Porter G.A.B.F.
1994 Bronze Medal, Traditional Porter G.A.B.F.

Note: this beer was #39 in Stuart Kallen's "The 50 Greatest Beers in the World"

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Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear but dark reddish brown color, with a decent tan head. Aroma is lightly malt, notes of caramel and dark bread. On the palate, the flavors are moderately sweet, caramel, slightly husky, and dark bread. Mouth feel is slightly watery but smooth... light to medium body. The finish is semi-sweet with caramel notes. Overall I like this porter.

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Photo of Wildman
3.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Has a good color to it, if not a dark as other porters. Good flavor, if a bit light, with chocolate overtones. Not one of the best ones out there, but definitly worth trying.

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Photo of ADR
3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Short but staying caramel head. Unexpectedly light in color, amber. Nice malt/carbonation balance (not highly carbed). An initial dark malt, intersected by a side-cutting tofee and coffee sweetness. Overall, a distinctly sweetened coffee flavor. A little thin. Nice.

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Photo of Todd
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle. Bottled on date stamped on the side.

Appearance: Very dark brown with ruby hues. Pours foamy and thick, then settles to a tan creamy, patchy lace.

Smell: Roasty, touch of smoke and light grain aromas.

Taste: Real smooth and creamy. Full-bodied and near robust. Carbonation is tight. Roasted malt flavours come forth first with a typical black malt astringency. The beer goes crisp, a bit dry. Chocolate, liquorice and dark fruit flavours follow within the beer's sweet malt profile. A touch of hop bitterness and flavour is present, mixing with the roasted astrigency to just about balance the beer. Aftertaste is dry with grain flavours.

Notes: One of the better Porters to have passed along my palate in a while. Just the right level of sweetness and astringency

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Photo of Brent
2.6/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pretty average, nothing distinguishing good or bad.

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Black Jack Porter from Left Hand Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 1,400 ratings