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  • Midwest Brewers Fest

  • Holiday Porter

  • Janahead IPA - Head Brewery

  • Dragon's Milk

  • Smoked Porter

  • Beer Saves The World!

  • Brew Weekend For Friends

  • Spotted Cow Clone

  • Tis' The Season

  • Jack Porter - Head Brewery


Jack Porter - Head Brewery

Jack Porter - Head BrewerySmooth And Punchy!

We got our hands on something that was ready to battle the cold weather that has seemed to roll into the upper Midwest. We were excited to see what Jack Porter would be all about - would it be up to the task of making us feel right at home in the chilly fall weather? Would it live up to that delicious malty, roasty flavor we normally attribute to porters?

In short, Head Brewery's Jack Porter did live up to expectations - mostly. There were some slight disappointments that we felt began in the aroma department. To start, the aroma left us - literally. I was expecting a little more in the aroma department. It was there but the aroma seemed fleeting, perhaps almost 'thin' if that word can be properly applied to the idea of aroma. The aroma that did reach the nose seemed to fit the style with a nice moderate roastiness to it; we just wanted more of it.

Notes Head Brewery is constantly pushing the envelope with their brews. Their small batches get split up even smaller so they can play with different yeasts and different adjuncts in the secondary. Their master brewer is always trying something new!

The appearance of this beer is very dark. Perhaps 'too dark', for the style (if there is such a thing). The head on here pours a nice cream color but doesn't seem to want to hang around too long. It's a fair retention with some decent lacing that goes on after a few drinks are taken - subtly reminding you of what the head once looked like.

A nice dark porter - perhaps too dark? Have I got you wondering how it tasted at this point? Well wonder no more because it tasted pretty darn delicious. Up front it hits your tongue and the carbonation sits there for a second while the medium mouthfeel gives way to a roasty flavor with a slightly bitter 'punch' to it. If we're going to be overly critical, one could argue it was ever so slightly over carbonated - but we are not that picky! The flavor makes you want to hold it in your mouth for a moment before you let your stomach enjoy the brew. There is some sharpness of the aftertaste however; it's not overpoweringly sharp but it is there and is evident in the aftertaste. On the upside it keeps you taking another drink, on the downside - you have soon drank the bottle. Even more unfortunate is that the aftertaste does not linger. Once you have finished the bottle, the flavor is gone before long and you want another to remind you of how nice it was.

Jack Porter has a nice mouthfeel to it - it's very well carbonated which gives you that 'tingle' on the tongue a bit but it doesn't feel light at all. It's not too heavy but not too light. This was a great medium mouthfeel beer, a characteristic of a great porter. It feels so good in the mouth that when your bottle is gone, your tongue is begging you to get more.

Things I liked about this beer:

  • Well balanced roasty flavor against very light hop bitterness
  • Great mouthfeel kept me wanting more
  • Roasty flavor up front was fun and inviting
  • Amazingly easy drinking and delicious

Things I disliked about this beer:

  • Not enough aroma - too light
  • Not enough head retention
  • Slightly overcarbonated
  • Some sharpness in the aftertaste
  • Only had one bottle

While this beer will not be recognized as the best porter in the world, it is a quality porter produced with attention to detail. The flavor is playful and intriguing and keeps you coming back for another drink - one bottle simply isn't enough. On a nice fall evening when the sun has gone down early - this is a beer you are excited to reach for and your mouth is not let down with the flavor that comes pouring in when you take that delicious first drink.

Recipe Download
  • Head Brewery graciously provided the recipe for their Jack Porter (right click and "Save As...")
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This beer is a homebrew so further information is not currently available.

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+1 #1 eanmcnulty 2012-11-07 20:22
We will keep trying!

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