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RATINGS: 1196   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
A traditional London style beer, our Black Jack Porter highlights chocolate malt and Kent Goldings hops. Its slight initial sweetness quickly yields to the distinctive roastiness of the chocolate malt. The Kent Goldings hops perfectly balance the malt, making it very smooth, with a surprisingly clean finish.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
awaller05 (305) - Sharon, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 9, 2008
Good beer for a cold night. A sweet licorice smell as this one is poured. Nice tan head develops with just a modest bit of lacing. First taste has a sweet start with a small hop bite. Leaves a clean finish and a quite enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorgeLee (1800) - Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 25, 2016
Bottle. Dark brown colour, a bit thin looking, bubbles but not much foam. Quite low carbonation. Malty, lots of chocolate. Hint of milky coffee. Not that bitter. Sweet. Light drinking for abv. Milk stout. I get the attempt to separate this from American style porter in the mind of the drinker but I’ve never seen any traditional London porter taste anything like this. Nice though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AleJones (15) - Colorado, USA - OCT 17, 2016
20oz, on tap at the brewery in Longmont. Dark brown appearance with slight red hue. Vanilla aroma dominates. Coffee and cream hints. Very easy drinking and surprising not over roasty. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ritzn (530) - Bavaria, GERMANY - SEP 19, 2016
Deep black with medium white head. Aroma is totally vanilla ice cream, some peach as well. Taste is very sweet and a little sourness. More vanilla in the finish, also nuts and cream. Very creamy and smooth. A little too sweet for me. Still not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
eruizgarcia (312) - - SEP 4, 2016
Very roasty and chocolatey. Starts smooth then the roast takes over, and the finish is slightly bitter. Very good beer. From a bottle at cabin in the MN north shore. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
voyageurmike (301) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 21, 2016
Bottle from Wegmans. Dark brown with a little bit of head, medium body. Caramel malt aroma, chocolate with coffee undertone taste. Mild malt finish, perfectly decent traditional Porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SinH4 (3191) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - AUG 18, 2016
Tap. Dark brown color with amber highlight and a tan head. Aroma is cocoa powder, nutty, earthy. Taste is earthy, a bit roasted, molasses, quite light-bodied. Medium carbonation. Not too sweet. Feels quite archetypical and not too modern. Good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
graham_murphy (616) - - JUL 30, 2016
Great brewer, great porter. Yes it’s very English and understated. Not pushing any boundaries. Chocolate and vanilla in the malty lightish body with some mildly floral, spicy notes from the hops. Well put together and a good example of the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alengrin (4604) - BELGIUM - JUL 15, 2016
Left Hand porter trying to connect with the style’s English origins. Moussy, pale greyish beige, medium thick head breaking quickly in the middle but well retaining on the edges and in a few thin veils of foam in the middle; deep dark bronze colour with ruby red hue, but fully translucent. Aroma of wet cocoa powder, fudge, some FFF (freshly fermented farmland), hint coffee grounds, milk chocolate, walnut shell, raisins, soggy brown bread, fresh fig, damp tree leaves, brown sugar, cold black tea somewhere, faint candied banana, elderberry, feeble suggestion of liquorish. Sweetish, rounded onset, fig, blackberry, raisin, soft carbo. Pleasantly ’fluffy’ and rounded mouthfeel with somewhat ’stinging’ carbonation, caramelly and nutty malt sweetness with a toasted bittering edge in the end but sweetness prevailing, though a slight ’dim’ sourishness goes through as well, preventing it from becoming too sweet; weak metallic note as well. Well-accomplished finish of ongoing malt sweetness, a tad chocolatey in the very end, paired with this pleasant toasted bittering edge and, all the way at the back, a hint of spicy, leafy hop bitterishness enhancing the toasted bitterness without taking over. I also get a glow of warming alcohol, which should not be the case in a beer below 7% ABV, but it remains subtle. This does come across as very English: Samuel Smith’s Taddy Porter, Fuller’s London Porter or even Meantime London Porter spring to mind and if these English examples are to be considered as semi-archetypes of the contemporary English brown porter style after the style was resurrected from the dead, I can only say that this beer achieves its goal extremely well. It has a light metallic feel to it but that goes for other modern English brown porters as well, and the overall malt profile is very similar to what many more classically oriented English breweries would do with this style. In fact, had I tasted this blind, I’d even situate it in merry old England. Nicely done, convincing as a ’real’, i.e. good old-fashioned brown porter, rather than the often (too) stout-like examples you get from many other breweries across the craft brewing world.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Cajun (417) - Lafayette, Louisiana, USA - JUL 15, 2016
Bottle -Pours black... hardly a head, it went quick. I must have gotten hold of something old; certainly flat. Wasn’t great. Coffee and chocolate notes, yada yada... seemed like a nice porter had it been lively or had creamy head, but it was seriously lacking and weak. I’ll try to re-rate with another, fresher sample.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
WaddlingPlatypus (128) - Durham, ENGLAND - JUL 13, 2016
355ml bottle at the Head of Steam, Durham. Amber pour, with a thin, vanishing mocha head. Faint dark chocolate and coffee aroma. Flavours akin to golden ale, shot through with notes of milk chocolate.

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