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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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of weonfire
3.26/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A - Dark brown almost black. Light penetrates through. Pencil head. Dissipates after 1 min.

S - Smokey, Chocolate, carmel maybe?

T - A bit smokey. Slight burnt taste- but less than other porters, which is a good thing (the burnt taste i find very bad)

M - Fuller then other porters. Thin. Low viscosity.

O - I have never been impressed with a porter and this once again does not fulfill that task. Average at best. Luckily, this isn't real smokey. In a list of porters I may choose this but overall I would not order this again.

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

Pours a clear, dark brown color. 1/2 inch head of an off-tan color. Good retention and great lacing. Smells of dry hops, sweet malt, oatmeal, slight pale malt, slight roasted malt, and a hint of alcohol. Fits the style of an English Porter. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with a low carbonation level. Tastes of alcohol, roasted malt, sweet malt, dry hops, oatmeal, hint of pale malt, and a hint of liquor. Overall, good appearance, aroma, blend, body, and feel.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.32/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Black Jack Porter is brewed in the style of an English Porter. Available in 6 packs or as a part of the Mountain Mixer variety pack, where this bottle originated from. No label information. Bottle date is 05/08/12.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Served north of 48ยบ Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy head of a crisp consistency, color tan-white. Body color is a dark brown with deep crimson highlights and medium carbonation, much clearer and lighter than I am used to amongst porters. Lacing and surface cover are both thin and spotty. The head was underwhelming in consistency and staying power. It's a lackluster appearance. 2.75

(Smell) Aroma is sweet, a result of chocolate malt and lightly toasted caramel malts with less emphasis on bitter, heavily roasted malt and sharp hop notes. Hop character is of an earthy blend, low bitterness. Some mild fruit notes are evident from the yeast profile. Medium potency at the highest. The aroma is overall a bit sweet and shallow in intensity. As far as porters go, this is relatively middle-of-the-road in intensity as well as character. A pleasing aroma but not an exciting one. 3.25

(Taste) A musty caramel malt front with lingering sweetness. The finish is a growing creamy sugar sweetness with a faint note of pairing chocolate. Bitterness is very low throughout. As desirable as it would be, the notes always seem to be in the background and none really make up the flavor of this beer. As such, the profile is thin but not overly so, making for a drinkable, light-bodied porter. Could have used a bit more bitterness from both a hop blend as well as increased malt body through black patent malt blend or some roasted malts. Finishes moist. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Carbonation is low with a touch of creaminess trailing through to a sweet, wet finish. Body is light/medium for English Porters, medium overall. Carbonation was slightly lacking in presence- a touch more air and creaminess would have better suited the sweetness and consistency of this porter. Alcohol presence is very low. Some slight carbonation tweaks are needed in this beer. A bigger, more forward body would also be desirable, although in the state the flavor is in, I could forgive that omission, as light and drinkable may have been the main goal of this porter. 3.25

(Overall) Differing slightly from American cousins, this porter swings slightly sweet and manages a light, drinkable profile, yet stays the course in body with a decent flavor profile. Lacking a more dominant bitterness and a slightly less sweet malt profile are two big shortcomings of this beer- nonetheless, it's very drinkable with a softer flavor presence than most porters I've tried. Some slight recipe tweaks would really balance this beer out and make it even more drinkable- black malt seems to be the best fix for the malt profile and a notch more hop character is also welcome. In the meantime, this porter remains par-of-the-course amongst a lot of other fine porter options. 3.25

Left Hand Brewing Company's
Black Jack Porter

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of scratch69
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Dark brown color with a half a finger worth of tan head. Very light amount of runny lacing.

Smell- Roasted malt and coffee aromas.

Taste- Mild roasted malt and coffee flavor with hints of dark chocolate and caramel. Also there are some faint herbal hop notes.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied and slightly creamy. Light amount of carbonation.

Overall- A pretty average beer. Drinkable but not outstanding.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Rifugium
3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown pour with a small cap of beige head; moderate retention and a bit of lacing. Dark malts in the nose, typical of a porter, fairly roasty, coffee notes, toasted bread. More of the same in the taste, toasted grains and malts, caramel, notes of coffee and cocoa, decent balance of sweet and bitter. Body was on the lighter side of medium, carbonation was moderate. Not a bad beer overall.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of andrewjraab
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A. Dark brown almost black with a silky layer of muddy brown head. Nice stick and lacing.

S. chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla, cofee beans.

T. Velvety smooth up front with chocolate, and roasted malts coming through. Closes with an balance of bitterness. Drying aftertaste.

O. Well crafted brew. Rock solid porter.

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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.47/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle that is about 1.5yrs old

This is one of those "had this in the back of the fridge for too long" beers

The body sits a dark brown with mahogany highlights when held up to the glass. A tan colored cap rises and falls quickly. Little to no lacing with a thin collar around the edges.

The nose is of caramel, butterscotch, mild roast, vanilla, coffee grounds, and milk chocolate. Well-rounded profile.

Smooth milk chocolate with butterscotch, caramel, and vanilla up top. Mild roast and coffee through the middle with some cherries. The finish is some sweet butterscotch mixed with bitter chocolate.

Smooth and lush in spots, but overall, a little thin. Some lingering roast.

A pretty smooth porter overall with a mild flavor profile. The 1.5yrs seem to have mellowed this out quite a bit.

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