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Black Jack Porter | Left Hand Brewing Company

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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:
#24,551
Reviews:
523
Ratings:
1,386
pDev:
11.26%
Bros Score:
3.73
 
 
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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Rifugium
3.56/5  rDev -4.6%
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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Photo of vfgccp
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of smcolw
3/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

No head, only a few bubbles near the rim. Oddly, there are a few spots on the glass. Dark amber color (light easily passes through the center of the glass.

Nearly no smell. I think I get some sugar but it is really too faint to tell.

The flavor is an improvement with some lightly toasted malt and modest hop bitterness. Very low carbonation and the body is thin enough to make the beer come across as watery. The aftertaste is short lived semisweet chocolate.

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Photo of XmnwildX12
3/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of russpowell
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled on 07 011 07, fresh beer yeah!

Pours mahogany with 3 fingers of puffed up tan colored head. Above average lacing & good head retention

S: Roasted malt & a slight alder or beechwood smokeyness.

T: Chocolate, roasted grains & smokeyness up front. As this warms, I get dryness, a little molasses, some oaky notes & baker's chocolate. Finishes with espresso, charred (not burnt) grain

MF: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation & a nice chewyness, plus some good oilyness

Drinks too easy for the abv, this & , Odells Cutthroat, New World (Avery) porter are two of the better porters on offer from the centennial state IMO. Would pair great with dessert or game (might marinade some elk steaks I have in this)

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark brown body with a medium-sized, khaki-colored head.

Smell: Somewhat mild aroma, with notes of dark malts, earthy chocolate, and one single coffee bean.

Taste: Dark malts with a small handful of roasted grains. Semi-sweet chocolate flavor along with a decent amount of sweetness. Very light bitterness, just enough to help balance things out. Hint of coffee with two teaspoons of sugar added on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Just a touch watery.

Drinkability: A solid porter that's certain to make for easy drinking.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.39/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Russet with pumpkin orange edges. Porters that are this clear and this, uh... non-brown... always make me wonder about their seriousness as porters. Give me opaque walnut any day. The head is also disappointing. Toasted bread ecru in color, it's about as far from thick and creamy as possible. It's also a pathetic lace generator. I'm not feeling good about this.

The nose is actually pretty good. It smells like cocoa powder with the merest whiff of coffee with cream. Although deeper and richer would be better, what has been provided is more than adequate.

Black Jack is definitely a graduate of the 'lighter porters are better porters' school of brewing. Given the body, it's amazing that there's as much flavor as there is. Unsweetened chocolate with a splash of coffee and a minimal light fruitiness make up the flavor profile. A little stray hoppiness struggles to be heard on the finish. Bitter and sweet are roughly equal and both are at a low ebb.

A more substantial body would help this beer a great deal since the basic flavors are good ones. They're in dire need of a more sturdy vehicle, something to transport them with style and allow them to remain on the taste buds for longer than an instant. While not quite a dark mild, Black Jack is on the wimpy end of the porter scale... as if that point wasn't painfully obvious by now.

Left Hand is capable of brewing outstanding dark beer (Imperial Stout) and lousy dark beer (Milk Stout). Black Jack Porter falls somewhere in the cavernous middle. It's okay, I suppose, and should be acceptable to a wide range of beer drinkers, but I'm trying my damnedest to suppress a yawn.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.57/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

So another in the line of regulars from Left Hand graces my glass. This one I was looking forward to as the Porters have always been a favorite of mine. This one poured a nice thick dark brown with a large creamy tan colored head on the top. Great retention let it hang around for what seemed like forever before finally being nestled down into just a thin layer across the top. The aroma was very full and sweet. Lots of chocolate roaming through it along with a touch of coffee and lots of sugar. A slight smoked presentation as well. The flavor was also very full for a porter. This almost had a stout like feel to it as it was very thick and full with a great robust profile. Lots of chocolate and coffee notes dominated it. Overall it was hard to believe this was actually not a stout. It was so full bodied, a really great porter. This would make an excellent addition to a winter lineup. A great beer and something that I will defiantly be looking forward to trying again.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jgunther71
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks, Lee.

A: The beer pours a very dark brown color with a small off-white head.

S: Pretty typical porter aromas on this one. Starts off with a lot of roasted malt as well as some coffee. There is a mild licorice note, a touch of molasses and some earthy hops. Not a very intense nose.

T: A sort of surprising dark fruit flavor to it. Sweetness in the form of toffee which is counteracted by the mild coffee flavor and the roasted malts. Just a very light flavor of licorice and molasses.

M: The body is sort of light for a porter with a medium carbonation.

O: This wasn't too bad. I don't know if I'd seek it out again, but it was respectable.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.47/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I tried the Black Jack Porter at The Bank in Wheaton, IL. The beer came in a standard pint glass and was opaque in color with 1/2 finger thick tan head...that didnt lace all that well. The smell was a nice roast earth/peat with hints of sweetness and coffee. The taste followed the scent and made for a very nice porter. The mouthfeel was medium body with good carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good porter and would recommend to anyone.

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Photo of MarkyMOD
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a shaker pint glass at Durty Nellie's.

They're givin' this out cheap now, so I decided to give it a go before my world is rocked by '80s music. It pours a dark ruby-tinged black-brown topped by a half-finger of light ecru foam. The nose comprises light roasted malts, light coffee, dark chocolate, and a decidedly light twinge of pine. The taste holds notes of mild roasted malts, milder coffee, cocoa, and some light spruce bits. The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry-ish finish. Overall, a pretty standard, nice, unoffensive porter. Straightforward all the way.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nice ruby brown body with an excellent one finger head. Select bubbles in this tan foam topping.

S - Lots of roasty caramel and burnt brown sugar. Sweet vanilla notes and a hint of syrup covered tobacco. Some oak scents in this very rich nose.

T - Nice heavy caramel/brown sugar bite. Some syruppy molasses and burnt toffee here. Sweet and roasted dry. A background of oak and vanilla bean.

M - On the heavier medium side this one has the perfect body to match this flavor profile. Smooth, silky and soft.

O - A really great porter this beer is complex and rich. A very well rounded flavor with a great balance.

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Photo of krome
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of thatoneguymike
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of stakem
4.09/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a little deep red hue along the edges. It also initially poured with a nice 1 finger white head that dissolved way too fast and left little lacing. The smell is quite pleasant with traces of cocoa. Mouthfeel is a little lighter than what I would want but it makes it easier to drink and want another. Taste has a little bit of hop bitterness up front and on the finish. All around you can taste a little bit of chocolate.

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Photo of tdm168
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - dark brown with a reddish hue; very little head

S - roasted malt and faint coffee

T - roasted malt, coffee, mildly sweet, faint bitter finish

M - medium bodied, well carbonated

This is a ncie, sessionable porter. The roasted malts are great. It's well balanced and smooth which makes for easy drinking. I'll buy this again.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.27/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appears a dark mahogany with ruby highlights it's hard to call this porter black especially when held toward the light. It forms a creamy light khaki colored head that dwindles typically with non descript even fine lacing. Aromatics offer up a touch of black licorice aka anise, with a roasted malt character bringing out some dark chocolate and mild coffee accent notes. Herbal hops in the back ground, a bit of caramel complements the party as well. Flavor brings out the dominant caramel presence with a touch of roasted malt characteristics including the mild coffee and dark chocolate, again a mild herbal hop bitterness in the finish for some balance. Mouthfeel is medium bodied evenly carbonated, there is a harsh bitterness that is left on the palate giving me an aftertaste that I don't truly care for between sips. Drinkability overall is decent not my favorite dark that's would have to be their milk stout, but this will do for now average dark brown/porter style ale.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Black Jack Porter from Left Hand Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 1,386 ratings
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