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Black Jack Porter | Left Hand Brewing Company

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3.73/5
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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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Ratings: 1,389 |  Reviews: 523
Photo of rodbeermunch
2.91/5  rDev -22%
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 -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 -7.2%
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 DrAnnaNemis
3.59/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Beervana
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

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

Photo of akopczyk
4.59/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of shelby415
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kamahl16
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mpenske
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mikexw
3.56/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Stofko1992
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of oldn00b
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
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 datalager
4.09/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bigpoppa67
3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RyanK252
3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
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 -4%
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 -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BWED
3.99/5  rDev +7%
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%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of V1per41
4.27/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beginner2
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.87/5  rDev +3.8%
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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Black Jack Porter from Left Hand Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 1,389 ratings
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