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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: 1,386 |  Reviews: 523
Photo of chinchill
3.88/5  rDev +4%
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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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of CaptMaelstrom
3.41/5  rDev -8.6%
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 -12.6%
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 +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of LuDookie
4.72/5  rDev +26.5%
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%
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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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of weonfire
3.26/5  rDev -12.6%
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 +14.2%
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 -11%
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 48º 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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Photo of RedneckBeerz
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of pgh_04
3/5  rDev -19.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of scratch69
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
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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Black Jack Porter from Left Hand Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 1,386 ratings
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