Baby Maker - Jack's Abby Brewing
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Reviews by Maxwell:
4.04/5 rDev -3.3%
The beer pours a deep, golden orange, like blonde syrup. It forms a small head of tight, white bubbles that are just barely off-white, and have little to no retention. As it sits in the glass, I start to detect amber highlights in the beer’s color. In body, the beer is clear and clean, as a lager should be, but with a nice darkness from the amount of malt found in this beer. The beer is translucent, but you can tell there is some viscosity to the liquid found within the glass. On the nose, the beer smells of boozy rum-soaked raisins, rum cake, a touch of plum, and smooth sherry. Hints of caramel and brown sugar tickle at the nose, and the oxidation of the beer briefly touches at wet cardboard, but not in a bad way. The boozy scent is surprisingly rum-like on my nose, especially given the fact that the barrels for this beer were third-use bourbon barrels. As the beer opens up, the sherry becomes more prominent and complex, swaying between candied sugars, maple syrup, and touches of raisin. On the tongue, the beer tastes smoothly sweet with a touch of candy and a definite boozy heat that is not quite out of control, and is richly complex and balancing. Tannic bitters definitely touch the second half of the sip along with subtle herbal hop bitters, which do wonders keeping the beer just shy of cloying. In flavor, the beer is nicely complex. The beer opens with rich maple syrup, which travels into rum soaked raisins, slight plum, maybe even a touch of blackberry, and boozy caramel sugar. A touch of bourbon can be sensed on the middle of the palate, providing vanilla and rich oak flavors to the mix. The heat also gets a bit hot in the middle of the sip, giving a spicy flavor that varies with the sip. As the beer warms richer oak flavors come into play. The finish is smooth and syrupy with sherry flavors alongside maple syrup, vanilla, raisin, and hot booze. The finish is a bit boozy right now, and could stay a touch longer on the tongue. The aftertaste is rich with oak flavors tinged by caramel, sherry, and light booze. In the mouth, the beer feels heavy in body, with a chewy, syrupy mouthfeel and a very mild carbonation. The tongue is left slightly tingling from booze with a sheen of acid-canceling spittle on the tongue and a faint stickiness in the mouth. Overall, this is a tremendous candidate for cellaring for a year or two. The flavors are rich and complex, but the booze is just a touch too hot at the moment. Honestly, I would only cellar this for a year and then pop it, as longer than that may add too much oxidation and might lose some of the wonderful complexity already present in the beer. I love the rich rum, oak, and malt flavors, and I feel that the lager yeast allows for more of these flavors to come through, which I like. It is fairly similar to a barrel-aged barleywine, but the mouthfeel and appearance are really where it varies wildly. This is a great beer. If you can get to the brewery, you should buy two and age one.
02-12-2014 00:28:44 | More by Maxwell
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4.09/5 rDev -2.2%
A: A hazy, light copper colored beer with an orange hue. It pours with a half a finer of creamy, light tan bubbles with good retention that leave a fine cover of lacing on the glass.
S: A rich, biscuit and bread malt moderate notes of toffee and treacle. A medium strong whisky barrel aroma that bring oak, bourbon and a light vanilla aroma to the nose. slight fruity aroma like oranges. A moderate floral alcohol aroma.
T: The flavor pretty well matches the nose with the initial sip tasting mostly of oak and progressing into rich layers of lighter malt flavors like toast, toffee, bread and treacle. The balance somewhat towards the sweeter side having a light hops bitterness, a some alcohol and mild, light colored fruit flavors against a medium malt sweetness. There is the bourbon and vanilla from the oak. The finish is medium with an aftertaste of malt, bourbon oak and alcohol.
M: A medium-full bodied beer with a light level of carbonation. A fairly substantial alcohol warmth going from the palate to the belly without being harsh.
O: An impressive lager with noticeable but smooth alcohol content. A sipping beer for certain but one that I'd love put a few bottles away to try in a few years.
12-29-2013 04:18:53 | More by MadScientist
4.63/5 rDev +10.8%
Poured from bottle into KBS goblet. Date of review is 8/13/14.
Appearance- Gives me a first impression of a peach mead. Honey is the color that pops in my mind. A beautiful white head was present for a few seconds, but it's gone now.
Smell- Smells an awful lot like a barleywine. I get strong flavors of fig, apricot and white cherries. Maybe just a hint of bourbon and vanilla, but the fruit steal the show.
Taste- WOW! It takes a lot to take my breath away from beer, but this is outstanding. Bourbon is the most forward ingredient and it's so super smooth. After the initial bourbon rush, I get tropical fruits. Pineapple, banana and mango. A hint of prunes and figs in the back.
Mouthfeel- This beer wants to be hot, but it's just too smooth. 14% ABV is not present and that's an amazing accomplishment. Hops are present, but not in the way of the other flavors at all.
Overall- I wanted to try this beer, but was not super pumped about it...man was I wrong. Fantastic in every way. I will be trading for this again.
08-13-2014 22:42:38 | More by frenchblood21
4.01/5 rDev -4.1%
Box showed up today with a few of these "babies" in it. Thanks Bill!
Pours a dark apricot with an inch of caramel head. Settles with some nice lacing.
Smell is a little one dimensional. Very malt heavy without much barrel presence.
Taste is better. There still a ton of malt flavor, but there's some oak, a little bourbon, and some sticky apricot, raisin on the back end.
Mouthfeel is smooth. Alcohol is present, and there's some burn going down.
Probably needs a little time. Maybe a little more barrel. First is possible, second probably not so much. Glad to have a couple more to settle down for a minute.
11-14-2013 02:00:10 | More by CruisaC
Baby Maker from Jack's Abby Brewing
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