Black Jack Porter | Left Hand Brewing Company

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84
good
1,371 Ratings
THE BROS
84
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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:
1,371
Reviews:
518
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
11.56%
 
 
Wants:
55
Gots:
244
For Trade:
0
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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

Bottled
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 EvanRobertson
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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 kkubek
3.99/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of V1per41
4.27/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beginner2
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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 JamesGrove
2.71/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Almasi_
4.45/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of Klister
3.24/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of r_bradley121
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of TylerJ
4.32/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of shigg85
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ItsBeer4Me
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ovaltine
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jaketaz
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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 JDoHo
2.89/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of lilsmizzul1225
4.16/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TimberSwanson
3.29/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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 Hiram_McDaniels
3.69/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Black Jack Porter from Left Hand Brewing Company
3.72 out of 5 based on 1,371 ratings.
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