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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4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of bschmidt_37
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of katan
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint

A - Pours a very dark and opaque black color. Head formation is the trademark stout/porter mocha color, but very light. Dissipates to a film.

S - Roasted malt flavors - a coffee and burnt aroma. A small amount of chocolate combined with yeast.

T - Starts off with a potent roasted specialty malt flavor - sweet but with a coffee combination. Bitterness builds to a balance in the mid-stream. No overt hop taste. Some yeast flavors. Finishes with a stronger chocolate flair - solidly sweet.

M - Moderately strong body - thick and creamy. Almost milk like. Carbonation is strong enough to add additional body. Very clinging to the palette.

D - Little palette fatigue here from the flavors - very smooth and easy to drink. ABV is higher but is manageable.

A solid porter.

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Photo of MammothTarantula
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wildman
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Has a good color to it, if not a dark as other porters. Good flavor, if a bit light, with chocolate overtones. Not one of the best ones out there, but definitly worth trying.

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Photo of Hibernator
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Left Hand Black Jack Porter
12 oz brown bottle
Bottled on 02-07-07
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass

Pours a deep black color with ruby highlights on the bottom of the glass. A fluffy tan colored head forms on top. Sticky trails of lacings cling all over the glassware.

Whiffs of coffee grinds, milk chocolate and some spicy hops in the background.

Dark and robust flavors with cocoa, caramel, chocolate syrup and coffee. A nice porter quality with that roasted malt profile that I enjoy. A touch of sour dairy mixes in with a mini hop bite on the finish. Solid drinkability level overall.

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4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cvstrickland
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12-ounce bottle poured into a shaker pint glass yields a clear chestnut body with a semisolid cap of fine-bubbled beige foam.The head reduces quickly and leaves only a smattering of lacing on the glass.

The smell of the drink is faintly chocolatey with a note of harsh black coffee.

The taste is a bit watered-down, but good flavors of semisweet chocolate with dry cocoa powder and winey coffee on a dry malty backbone arise from the watery depths. No indication of alcohol anywhere.

Light-medium in body with unobtrusive carbonation. It's like Left Hand took a decent porter, cut it with mineral water, and bottled it. The end product is entirely drinkable, but pretty forgettable.

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Photo of TheSarge
3.42/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This stout pours perfectly with mounds of tan head, which sticks well to the glass. The body is cleanly filtered and is dark ruby red and black in color.

In the way of aroma, I'm getting copper metallic like tones, along with a light cocoa fragrance too.

The taste has a good mild sweetness of chocolate and light coffee flavors.

The mouth feel really is on the bubbly side, but not prickly or crisp.

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Photo of eric5bellies
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very dark mahogany colour almost stout like in appearance. Smallish head that dies quick.

S - Aromas odf roasted malt, pecans and cocoa.

T - Really nice balance flavours of burnt toffee, cocoa and a ltlle nutty. Finishes with a very lingered toffee.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation.

O - If there was such a thing as a sessionable porter, this would be it.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of brendan13
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured into a pint glass a dark brown with a few centimetres of dark beige head that falls away quite quickly. A bit of lacing.
S - Hard to get much from the smell. Some roasted malts and some slight dark chocolate hints.
T - Luckily the taste comes up with the goods. Roasty chocolate goodness & some dark fruit notes.
M - Medium to full bodied with a fairly low carbonation. Slightly sticky.
D - Not really a session porter but could put away 2 or 3 without any complaints.

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Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.04/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JayS2629
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clean, thin black with murky elements, a medium head with ok retention and lacing.

The aroma is of chocolate, caramel, and dark bread.

The flavor is of dark breads, pumperknickle, dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, roasted touches and a faint note of coffee.

Simple, clean, medium body. a little thin for style.

Overall, very drinkable, enjoyable dark beer.

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Photo of claytong
3.19/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

appearance - dark dark black, oil like, head is tan and about an inch

smell - malts, nothing special, very light, some cream

taste - grainy malts, also pretty light tasting, some coffee

mouthfeel - thick and smooth but otherwise a bit lifeless. sticky

not much going on here

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - this is a very dark porter, with a half finger thick pumpkin pie filling colored head, too dark too see any carbonation

S - strong chocolate/espresso aromas emanate from the alcohol, very rich and enticing, but overpowering

T - the coffee and chocolate flavors are very strong, a nice smooth finish, man this is a great porter, the best ive ever had

M - again very smooth and refershing, a robust delicious porter

D- results in a high drinkability for any porter lover, otherwise it may not be as high

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4.5/5  rDev +21%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of damndirtyape
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (bottled on 08/04/11) poured into a Shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Clear dark ruby red to brown beer. Light tan head was about 1/4" thick on pouring, but died down to a ring at the edge and very little across the top - barest skin of foam. Some strands of persistent lacing noted.

Smell: Molasses mostly - maybe a little bit bready on a swirl.

Taste: Molasses again. Malt-heavy beer. Molasses at the front, some roasted and caramel flavor malt in the middle, and a quite mild bitter finish, mildly metallic and part black coffee. Is indeed a pretty tasty porter.

Mouthfeel: Decent carbonation, just a hair thicker than water.

Overall / Drinkability: A decent English Porter. Quite drinkable, went well with food (Welsh Rabbit) and I could see myself having another. Simplistic flavor profile, but that's not a bad thing really.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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2.88/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours out a ruddy ruby with a frothed tan head and nice lacing. Chocolate is most powerful in the nose with underlying raisin and roasty grain, but mostly it's Hershey's chocolate syrup. Smells pretty thin overall. Chocolate again comes out strong in the flavor with some loud esters, and a toasty yet midly roasty and lactic finish. Mouthfeel is thin and watery yet smooth. Not interested. Won't buy this again.

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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