Friday, 16 March 2012

REVIEW #71: Black Jack Porter (Left Hand Brewing Co.)

Pours out a reddish brown with a dark beige head. Chestnut, bread and treacle nose. This one's got a sweet demerara sugar and treacle malt note running all the way through it. Lurking behind that are more complicated flavours imparted from the malts like pumpernickel bread, caramel, burnt sugar bitterness... A sturdy slug of alcohol wraps up the beer. Hop aroma takes a back seat but some bitterness comes through. Overall a good example of the style but its a little too sweet for my tastes (it almost has that Belgian candy sugar sweetness about it), I prefer a slightly drier porter. I'm glad I've tried it though and would probably drink it again.

Black Jack Porter won bronze at the 2007 Australian Internation Beer Awards and is a highly regarded beer in general (mid to high eighties scores on BeerAdvocate and Ratebeer). Left Hand Brewing also do a seasonal porter series called Fade to Black composed of three 'volumes' at present. I reviewed vol. 2, a Baltic style porter, previously here.
  • MALTS: pale 2-row, crystal, chocolate, munich, wheat
  • IBU: 35
  • ABV: 6.8%`

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