Black Jack PorterMarch 1, 2001 Longmont, CO
Left Hand Brewing Co.
Available: CO, KY, OH, MN, WY, PA, TX, WI, IL, NM, NJ
This English-style porter is brewed with two row crystal, chocolate and Munich malts, and East Kent Goldings hops.
Original gravity: 1067
Although the color is a bit on the pale side, this is a smooth brown porter, with rich and aromatic overtones and an elegant roast malt character, not at all harsh. It is eminently drinkable and enjoyable, with soft and relaxing undertones followed by a complex, almost fruity, tail. A made-to-go-with-chocolate beer that demands a nice Italian-made dark giandujia (hazelnut) for company.
- Fred Eckhardt
The russet-brown beer looks like dark maple syrup as it pours, raising a sturdy tan head. The aroma is nice--malt and mocha. Bitterness is light, and balances a slightly sweet, rounded palate showing chocolate, caramel and a hint of coffee. The finish is clipped and clean with some nice biscuity grain flavors showing through in the aftertaste. Perhaps more brown ale than porter, but this is a very nice beer indeed, and harder to brew than it seems. The flavors are subtle and well-married--I could drink plenty of these. Brilliant with a rib-eye steak.
- Garrett Oliver
The first time I tasted this ruby-to-black beer several years ago, I was most struck by its bitter chocolate aroma. I still get that, though treacle-toffee seems more evident. The palate is malty and oily, gradually developing licorice flavors. It has a softness and restraint that are seductive. The flavors gradually creep up, becoming more licorice-like and peppery in a suddenly tingly finish. Very complex and teasingly enjoyable.
- Michael Jackson
Fred Eckhardt lives, writes about and drinks beer in Portland, OR. He is the author of The Essentials of Beer Style and Saké.
Internationally recognized brewer and expert on traditional beer, Garrett Oliver is the brewmaster of the Brooklyn Brewery and the author of The Brewmaster's Table.
Author of Ultimate Beer, the Simon & Schuster Guide to Beer and numerous other works on drinks, Jackson has created legions of converts to fine beer.