Black Jack Porter | Left Hand Brewing Company

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Black Jack PorterBlack Jack Porter
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:
#25,405
Reviews:
524
Ratings:
1,396
pDev:
11.26%
Bros Score:
3.73
 
 
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56
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Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +7.2%

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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Photo of InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of rolltide8425
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of smartassboiler
3/5  rDev -19.6%

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 RblWthACoz
4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an extremely dark brown. Tan-nish head that actually sticks around for a while, even as it falls. Nose is like mildly scented dark chocolate bits that my mother used to cook with. Flavor is surprising. Smooth and even with a more robust chocolate and roasted bean flavor than I had expected. There is almost a sweet fruit edge to it. I want to say there are very slight cherry hints, but that still might be over-exaggerating. Feel is very smooth. Goes right down. On the end of the liquid feel it seems to get a slight bit watery. I still say it is good though. Very drinkable. A pretty robust porter and one that definitely has enough character to justify trying.

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Photo of jwc215
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a one-finger tan head that descends to a lasting thin cover. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is of medium-to-dark malt with a hint of licorice and subtle dark fruitiness.

The taste is of lighted roasted dark malt - sweet with an earthy bitterness. Malty character gives it suggestions of cocoa, light coffee and licorice/anise. Sweet, but finishes with a woody dryness.

Fairly creamy in a medium body. Nice texture and carbonation level. Slight astringency doesn't interfere much in smooth character.

A tasty porter - Malty but with some balance. A nice example of the style.

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Photo of Duff27
3.24/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- One inch tan head on a extremely dark brown/black beer. Head dissipates into a bunch of clumpy bubbles, very nice(!) lacing.

S- Smells of sweet chocolate.

T- Follows the nose only with a small coffee aspect. Rich and roasty. Hint of booze every other sip but nothing major.

M- Smooth and creamy.

D/O- Nothing sticks out on this one, which isn't necessarily a bad thing...just an easy drinking porter. With all the great examples of the style, both American and English, I recommend reaching for something else.

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Photo of Lare453
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.51/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown color, with ruby tinges, and a firm, fine, crackly cream-colored head. There's something sadly amiss in the aroma department, though: I expect bigger, bolder flavor in a robust porter, but the espresso, cocoa elements I so enjoy are being a bit shy. They're there, but they're awfully soft.
Mouthfeel is decent, balance is right on target for a porter, nice bitterness on the palate. Hops fade some in the finish, I could have used a bit more. Some chocolatey flavor lingers on the palate, but, again, not enough.
This one landed at #39 in Stuart A. Kallen's 1997 book "The 50 Greatest Beers In the World" with Samuel Smith's at 7 and Geary's at 34. I'd have to disagree. It's good, don't get me wrong, but I've been drinking a lot of Anchor Porter lately.

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

Thanks Csims

Pours a nice dark brown/black color, nice carbonation, nice small foamy tan head which lasts awhile, nice sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is of nice roasted sweet malts, toffee/caramel. The taste is very nice sweet/roasted malts, and toffee/caramel. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is an awesome little porter, highly recommended.

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Photo of Sweffin
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sendbeer
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Gavage
4.07/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep dark bronze to almost brown in color with a short 1/2" head that disappeared rather quickly. No lacing forms either. The aroma is pleasant as roasted malt and chocolate are easily detectable. The flavor follows suit, as roasted malt and soft chocolate are joined by some distant coffee and caramel.

Medium bodied. Smooth at the start and finish, witht he roasted malts lasting briefly on the tongue after swallowing. Very drinakble as this follows the porter style well, a session beer with just enough flavor to enjoy all day.

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Photo of tommy5
4/5  rDev +7.2%

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

Photo of beernads
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of bigred89
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of tempest
3.72/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Out of a variety case from Shangy's. Pours an opaque black with a short tan head, a little lacing.

The aroma is a rich blend of semi-sweet chocolate, light java, and cream. The flavor follows up with a hint of spicy hops at the end in addition to the chocolate grains. MY only complaint is that it could be more complex. The mouthfeel is pretty balanced, and while this is a bigger beer, it's still fairly drinkable. Worth a try for a big, chocolatey porter.

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

Photo of sd123
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Black Jack Porter from Left Hand Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 1,396 ratings
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