Black Jack Porter | Left Hand Brewing Company

BA SCORE
84
good
1,374 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:
1,374
Reviews:
520
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
11.56%
 
 
Wants:
56
Gots:
244
For Trade:
0
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4.5/5  rDev +21%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of captenaj
3.89/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

A: Seems thin and flat with a minimal head. Color is a beautiful deep brown, almost black.
S: Rich coffee aroma with a hint of chocolate.
T: Malty coffee and some chocolate. The alcohol is obvious but not over powering.
M: Thin and watery.

I enjoyed this beer but was a little disappointed. Perhaps I was mentally comparing this to Left Hand Milk Stout, one of my favorites, and it falls short. Overall, a decent beer.

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Photo of mishtif
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of DiscGolfRobot
3.41/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served around 50 degrees in an american pint glass.

A: Brown with a slight reddish hue. One finger light tan head that quickly dissipates. Clarity is a bit opaque.
S: Malty sweet aroma. Light grain and roast. Small amount of esters from an English yeast. After a few drinks I can notice a bit more roast and some chocolate notes coming forward.
T: Strong initial toffee and caramel flavors followed by darker toasted and roasted notes.
M: Initially feels a bit heavy but some bitterness and carbonation at the end cleaned most if that up. Body is medium as well as the carbonation. Flavor lingers just enough on the back of the palette not being cloying.
O: Good solid porter that I could have a few of.

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Photo of Richie24CLE
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of ouits
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of chinchill
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served in a goblet.
The beer poured with moderate size, irregular tan head over the top of a very dark but clear brown body that looks nearly black in the glass. The head settles to a partial coat at a rather fast pace, but then lingers and leaves moderate lace on the glass.

Aroma - Roasted malt with a hint of hops and faint notes of chocolate and warms sugars.

T - More flavor than suggested by the aroma, including a stronger (but mild) spicy hop presence, and notes of toffee, caramel, licorice and roasted nuts. The beer finishes with a light bitterness and a subtle touch of smoke. Overall, excellent sweet/bitter balance. No burnt notes.

M - Medium body is about average for style. Moderate carbonation is well chosen, adding some light pricking to an otherwise creamy smooth feel.

O - This is a nice, well rounded porter. Not particularly strong, rich or complex, but easy drinking, tasty and well-crafted.

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Photo of bcsbeer
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of CaptMaelstrom
3.41/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass.

A: Not much head or lacing to speak of. Dark brown-red in color, transparent all the way through.

S: Best part of this beer, unfortunately. I get a big cocoa/baker's chocolate smell up front, with a little bit of a sweetened coffee smell. None of the herbal hops that were advertised.

T/M: This beer is kind of watery, and maybe I'm partial to stouts, but I've had some really full feeling porters lately that this just doesn't match up to. I do get some toasty coffee and some cocoa notes and the carbonation isn't overkill, but this beer doesn't have much lasting power.

O: Maybe this beer was designed to be a session beer? I can't help but long for creamier, richer, more complex beers like Old Rasputin or Greenman's People's Porter after drinking this beer.

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Photo of KFBR392
3.26/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Looks like what a porter should. Very dark but definitely not the pitch darkness of an imperial porter or stout. About a half finger of lacing on the pour which dissipated and was not present throughout.

Smell: There is a slight malt sweetness here. Mild burnt toffee and some light to medium chocolate in the back of the aroma. Nothing to go crazy about and really is not a major player with this brew.

Taste: The biggest thing that jumps out to me is the slightly artificial sweet caramel malt flavor. Really bright, almost much to bright for me. Underneath the sweetness is some subtle hop bitterness. Leaves a chalky flavor on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Not great, a light body surprisingly brings some sour tones on the palette.

Overall: Not crazy about this brew. Not something I would buy again, but is decent overall. For a similar price go get yourself some Founders Porter.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of LuDookie
4.72/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I can't believe this beer got such a low average. I put this beer very close to the Left Hand Milk Stout, if not better.

Poured this from the bottle into a mug.

It didn't look too dark pouring nor thick, and had no head....all gigs....but it's no pale ale!

It smelled like a typical Porter, no funky sweetness or aromas.

It tasted great...Smooth, somewhat hoppy with a nice roast, and a touch of sweetness.

Mouthfeel was smooth, with light to moderate carbonation.

I was surprised by this beer. It tastes better than its name suggest, which told me it might be a bit bitter being a black jack. It is incredibly smooth and rich.

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

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic pint glass at cellar temperature.

L – Deep brown color with a 1.5-finger bubbly, cream-colored head. Decent retention but not much lacing. Clear with some appreciable bubbles through the darkness. I’d like for it to be a bit darker with some better head retention, but it still looks good.

S – I definitely get cocoa and coffee at first sniff. The more I smell it, some caramel and toasted, nutty malts join the party, too.

T – It starts off sweet with cocoa and caramel, followed by some toasted malts and a hint of licorice. Soon after the initial sweetness, a smooth roasted coffee bitterness comes into play. Some earthy hop bitterness may be there, as well.

F – Medium-to-full-bodied with pretty good carbonation, a somewhat creamy and mouth-coating feel, and a bittersweet and wet finish. I can’t pick out a particular flavor that lingers more than any others, but the entire taste of the beer just seems to stay on the tongue for a while.

O – I was pretty impressed with this porter. Normally, I think of porters as thinner versions of stouts with less robust aromas and tastes. Not so with this beer. While the appearance has me wishing for more, the aroma and taste is pretty damn good. The mouthfeel is one of the best around for a porter as far as I’m concerned. This one is not thin by any means. This is an all-around very nice beer.

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Black Jack Porter from Left Hand Brewing Company
3.72 out of 5 based on 1,374 ratings.
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