Left hand Brewing Co. Black Jack Porter (5.8%)

This little bottle of porter is packed full of mashed Sun-Maid California raisins.
And I mean packed.
Raisins and booze.
Lovely warm booze.
The malting is all soft biscuits and coffee soaked goodness.
Hints of dark chocolate, some stewed plums and damson skins fill your mouth and are followed by good spicy pepper and the ever present American beer resinous maple syrup thing.
I’m not complaining though, it’s a very good thing.
For a porter everything here is big and round and meaty and verging on a stout.
Towards the end everything starts to go all dry and sparkly.
Lime juice and salted peanuts, liquorice and forest fruit smoothie give a thick tongue coating and very satisfying feeling before you get hit by a good full on dryness stuffed with crunchy bitter loveliness.
And raisins.
I like Left Hand.
They make good beer.

About Simon Williams

Founder of CAMRGB. Member of The British Guild Of Beer Writers. Leftist bigmouth. Old and grumpy.
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