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Free State Black Jack Porter

Free State Black Jack Porter
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RATINGS: 50   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 237   ABV: 7.9%
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This Baltic-Style Porter marries the chocolate character of an English Porter with the strength more typical of an Imperial Stout. The lager yeast employed lends a smoothness and neutrality not typically seen in a Porter. Named for the Battle of Black Jack between John Brown’s men and the pro-slavery forces of Henry C. Pate in a Black Jack oak grove near Baldwin City in 1856.
O.G. - 18.25ºP/1.073
Hops - Northern Brewer and Saaz


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TomDecapolis (4485) - Milton, Delaware, USA - FEB 23, 2014
Pours a deep almost black with a medium creamy tan head that left sticky lacing. Aroma of coffee, molasses,caramel, dark fruits and dark chocolate. Flavor of toffee, nuts, caramel, milk chocolate and light coffee notes.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
sm5561 (118) - Kansas City, Alabama, USA - DEC 22, 2012
From a growler - Poured black, opaque, two inch tan head that receded fairly quick but left a little foamy lacing. The aroma was light but pleasant with chocolate coffee and dark roasted malts noticeable. Flavor followed the aroma with the chocolate a little more prominent. It was pretty evenly balanced, not too sweet but not much noticeable bitterness. It had a full body and a nice creamy texture with soft carbonation.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ads135 (2966) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - DEC 13, 2012
Great porter. Dark black, opaque, with a thick tan head. Smells of licorice, bread, and coffee. Tastes of chocolate, molasses, and coffee.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RobertDale (3477) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - NOV 30, 2012
On tap at the brewery. Comes almost black with a small tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, and fruit. Taste is roasted malt, dark chocolate, dark fruit, some wood, and some coffee. Very nice!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
adnielsen (9134) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 24, 2012
Growler @ Exira Beer Summit III. Thanks Jetson! Pours a black appearance with a creamy, light brown head. Anise, dark chocolate, a bit zippy, dark fruity aroma. Milky dark chocolate, anise, cocoa, light coffee flavor. Pretty tasty.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcnielsen (2125) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 23, 2012
On tap at Free State. Pours a black color with off white head. Roasted, malty, burnt, slight charred flavors. Interesting porter.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
high_on_hops (625) - Burlingame, California, USA - MAR 9, 2012
On tap @ Free State Brewery. A dark black with a bubbly ran head with tons of lacing. The aroma is toasted malts with bits of chocolate and coffee. The flavor is like a toned-down imperial stout, with malt and coffee up front, and a smooth chocolate and bourbon aftertaste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beastiefan2k (2441) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - MAR 5, 2012
Shaker pint at the brewpub consumed today. This is a damn good porter. Its strong but no trace of alcohol. Hops are low and not interfering with the porter. There is a slight prune character but no heavy handed ash or bitterness. Its hard to say what is present but easy to pick out what over the top characteristics are absent, which is what makes this a damn good porter.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wavers1 (879) - Notown, California, USA - MAR 19, 2010
64oz growler courtesy of mreusch, thanks a ton for this want list rarity! pours thick dense, opaque brown with a medium brown head that has some late rising bubbles. a lot od roast in this one, the nose is predominantly roast, bitter cocoa, and sweet licorice. there are hints of hops, oak, and slightly earthy yeast as well. the taste starts much the same, a ton of roast, but in the finish and aftertaste the oak comes through a lot more, and the hops a bit more as well. it leaves a spicy, earthy aftertaste with hidden notes of caramel and vanilla under the roast. the mouthfeel is creamy and medium, would do a world of good if it was a bit thicker. a nice offering, glad i got a hold of this!

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ratman197 (9874) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 27, 2008
Growler courtesy of Beastiefan2k, thanks Eugene. Poured a clear dark brown nearly black with a small lingering brown head. Aromas of carmel, roastiness, coffee, bitter chocolate and vanilla. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of coffee, carmel, roastiness, vanilla and light chocolate with a smooth lingering roasty bitter finish.


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