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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3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown with a thing creamy head. Head retention and lacing are pretty good.

The nose is fresh and smoothe. Primarily composed of burnt malts with almost a hint of dark fruits hidden in the shadows. Smells crisp.

Following the nose (big ups Toucan Sam), it's a surprisingly crisp brew for a porter. The burnt malts aren't overly musty, and that light fruit undertone carries through. There's some cocoa but it's not particularly strong. Just a hint of spice in there as well.

Thinner than I expected, but certainly not watery, it's almost like a crisp summer take on a porter. Surprisingly drinkable and smoothe. I like it. It's not as good as some other porter's I've had and I still like their Milk Stout better, but this one has kind of grown on me.
Definitely give it a shot (even if just for the bottle art alone: I love the labels Left Hand puts out). Not one that necessarily warrants a fervent hunt for, but certainly worth drinking. Might be good for those who are not accustomed/who aren't super big into big dark beers (aka an intro porter to get a friend newly hooked??).

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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3.36/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a mahogany color with a tan ead that fades slowly to nice lacing.

S: Aroma of chocolate, coffee and some roasted malt.

T: Taste is a mixture of bittersweet chocolate, roasted malt and coffee. There is a nie bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Medium body, smooth and a bit creamy.

O: Not bad for the style. Not overpowering just an enjoyable Porter.

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4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer was served out of a 12oz. bottle dispensed into a glass....

Presentation - Label artwork is fresh and intense visually. I really really like the way Left Hand does their labels.

Appearance - Pours a dark root beer brown with a 1 finger tan airy foam head which stick around for a bit before dissipating into a light foam ring. Light lacing left behind on the glass.

Smell - Smells of toasty smokey toasted caramel malts and very slight hints of cherry. Hints of dark chocolate are evident as well.

Taste - Tastes of smokey roasted caramel malts that give way to a smokey coffee bitterness on the back end.

Mouthfeel - Smooth. Medium to light bodied with light carbonation.

Drinkability - Very drinkable in my opinion. The flavors and smell are very nice and blend together excellently. The lighter feel of this beer leads me to say a 6-pack would go down very easily!

Overall a very solid porter which I enjoyed greatly and would definitely recommend trying if given the chance. Classified as an "English Porter" which would be my first as far as I know.

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3.08/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes:

P: Very thin with no head, cloudy dark but not transparent. Looks like watered down cola.

S: Sweet caramel, vanilla, roasted nuts, prunes, subtle spice and a touch of coffee.

T/M: Big bitter sweet bite of floral hops, roasted malts, caramel, spice and vanilla. Surprisingly effervescent with apple, pear traces of butterscotch and pepper on the finish.

O: Solid porter but didn't really care for the mouthfeel or the floral hops in this combo.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.03/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Black Jack isn't bad beer, it's actually pretty decent beer, but it's too light even for English-style Porter. More like an English Brown with it's crystal malt driven backbone. Toffee, caramel chewiness, a hint of nutty roast in the background. Mild hopping with an earthy spice current just beneath the maltiness. With the exception of the Fade to Black Series, Left Hand beers seem to be getting dumbed down slowly over the years - just sayin'.

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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3.14/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A pours a deep ruby red, with 3 fingers of tan kahki foam.

S - Not much. Nothing offensive, just a litte roast malt.

T - First I get malts, sweet,slight coffee. Not very full flavored.

M- Straight up medium. Slight astringency, but it's from the malts rather than hops.

O - a nice middle of the road porter.

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Black Jack Porter from Left Hand Brewing Company
3.72 out of 5 based on 1,377 ratings.
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