On the docket: Left Hand Brewing Co.’s Black Jack Porter
Poured into: Innis & Gunn stemmed tulip
S: Deep dark mahogany with orange and red highlights split the visual duty of the body, while a khaki colored head builds then recedes down to a small cap. Tiny bubbles lazily make their way to the top.
A: Rich, roasted dark malt doubled-down by subtle chocolate and coffee. Faint herbal notes show up too, giving some insurance from the hops. There’s also a small hit of heat from the alcohol, but nothing to get busted over.
T: Washes of coffee and chocolate deal a one-two combination in the beginning. Sweet malt and roast in the middle of the hand, with a small bite of astringency, alcohol and herbal hops round out this beauty. The boozy quality is a bit more apparent as this one warms up.
F: Smooth, velvety mouthfeel; likely due to the wheat used in this interpretation. Medium weight and a pleasant carbonation. The bubbles are enough to allow the beer to stay refreshing and not flat.
O: Pleasant, easy to drink American take on an English style. I’d argue that this is more a robust porter than an actual brown due to the roasted qualities. Regardless, it’s a delicious beer, one I’d bet on having again.
S: 4 A: 4.25 T: 4.25 F: 4 O: 4.25
Suggested food pairing: low-and-slow barbecue ribs, earthy Havarti cheese, chocolate or coffee flavored desserts