Baby Maker - Jack's Abby Brewing

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Ratings: 335
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11%
Wants: 67
Gots: 75 | FT: 17
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Jack's Abby Brewing visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  14.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Resuin on 10-17-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

This "Lager Wine" aged for nine months in bourbon barrels previously used for Framinghammer.
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Photo of frenchblood21
4.59/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of jlindros
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Split with rudzud and threelions,

Small fizzy barely head, crystal clear tan almost toasty brown.

Nose big aged candy malts, caramel, toffee like, done perfumey alcohol, little fig and candied apricot like fruity aromas. Little vanilla barrel, lots of maple, little ethanol.

Taste big sweet candy, toffee and caramel, syrupy thick like maple syrup, candy etc. Tons of vanilla barrel, maple vanilla cream barrel. Then booze, perfumey alcohol and tingly booze. Little nutty note, fruity candied stone fruit, etc. Sticky syrupy finish, lots of alcohol, perfumey alcohol, sweet syrupy candy, etc.

Mouth is a bit heavier bod, syrupy, lots of hot booze, decent but lighter carb.

Overall ok, interesting nice beer but quite boozy.

Photo of Damian
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 1 pint .9 fl. oz./.5 liters bottle purchased at Gordons Fine Wines & Liquors, Waltham, MA
Served in a snifter

The beer poured a brilliant, nearly crystal clear, glowing orangey-amber color. A frothy, one-finger tall, off white crown topped the liquid. The head quickly fell to a lasting bubbly mass.

The nose was really rich and robust. Very malt forward. Sweet and slightly boozy. Quite rummy. Fruity. Caramel and toffee notes came through strong. Good amount of vanilla and honey. Brown sugar was noticeable as well.

The flavor profile was also very malt-centric. Quite sweet on the front end. Almost a bit cloying. Caramel and toffee notes were apparent. Indications of maple and golden raisins came through as well. Touch of honey. Quite boozy on the finish. Given the exceedingly high ABV, however, the alcohol was actually quite restrained. While the beer was aged in bourbon barrels, the booziness seemed more sweet and rummy than bourbony. The barrels also contributed some light tannic notes. Subtle, dry and bitter, piney hop notes lingered.

The mouthfeel was surprisingly lighter bodied. A crisp, fine effervescence gave the beer a creamy smoothness.

The guys at Jack's Abby consistently put out new and exciting beers and Baby Maker is no exception. This "lager wine" is a perfect sipper for a cold winter's night. I really look forward to trying Bride Maker, the supposedly re-tooled and improved version of this beer.

Photo of Slatetank
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this bottle at Capital City Gastropub served chilled-poured in a snifter.

The color is deep golden with amber highlight and hazed with thick white head w/ ultrafine bead and good lace stickage. The smell is very rich with totally sweet malty nuance and light sherry-like hint with malt presence and floral alcohol inviting and has a smell of brown sugar -type molasses hint with fruity and vanilla accents. The feel is excellent- light texture considering the strength - sweet and spiced elements with toasted strong and moderate carbonation backs up the malt with no real alcohol heat-very malt heavy with sweet yet slightly dry finish.

The taste is great -strong malt with mild sweet entry and light fruity tinge of yeast with raisin and golden pear-llike accent some mild golden raisin vinous elemnents and mild floral alcohol in the back with light plum an ddate with wet walnut type sweet nutty taste -and lasting alcohol flavor as it finishes. This is an overall world class beer an interesting strong bock in the teens ..the only thing that holds it back is how smooth it is you don't realize it is in the double digits til it is mostly gone.

Photo of Florida9
4.14/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Slightly hazy orange-amber in color. Forms a modest white head that falls quickly to a thin ring around the edge. Some very light spotty lacing.

S: Aroma is full of vanilla, oak, and bourbon. Creamy smooth. Mildly sweet. Frosting. some lighter alcohol notes.

T: Taste is similar to the aroma, but much hotter. Lots of vanilla and oak. Bourbon. Very mild sweetness. Butterscotch. Boozy and especially hot on the back end.

M: Well, if the alcohol was light on the aroma, it's full forth on the mouth feel. There is a pungent alcoholic heat that lingers all the way down the throat. Very smooth with an almost oily consistency. Lower carbonation. Mild bitterness.

O: Well, I'd never know this was a lager if the bottle didn't say it. Very unique and quite the creative interpretation of what this beer could be.

Photo of MadScientist
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of CruisaC
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle purchased from the Hess in Bushnell's Basin, NY.

Pours out an almost clear, slightly murky copper color. Half inch head, no lacing. Looks a bit oily and sticky.

Smells include bourbon, oak, coffee, vanilla, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, and a whole lot of alchohol.

Just a syrupy sweet booze bomb here in the taste. Don't get me wrong, it tastes good, but it's just too much of everything. The bourbon is very forward, and gets fatiguing quickly- it's hard to put down a whole bottle of this stuff. Incredibly sweet- lots of vanilla and brown sugar, and sticky sweet caramel. It tastes pretty good for about 6 oz, then gets just tiring. The alcohol is not hidden at all that well, which doesn't help.

Full bodied, sticky sweet mouthfeel, starts and finishes very sweet. A slow sipper for sure.

Good to get a taste of, but if you have a bottle, share it. It's so (too) strong.

Photo of angrybabboon
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Split with Goblinmunkey7

Consumed 5/19/14

Appearance: Clear dark copper/amber - becomes cloudy if you pour in the sediment (obviously) - small head, acceptable given the barrel-aging - leaves a few spots of lacing

Smell: Bourbon, vanilla, caramel, and oh yeah, booze - very, very rich with some serious toffee and caramel - lots of vanilla as well - some chewy caramel malts, with some malty sweetness, dark fruits - some molasses, cooked sugar, and maybe even some honey - some big bourbon notes, with some wood - rather clean, no surprise as this is a lager from Jack's Abby, after all

Taste: Surprisingly drinkable for a 14% beer - loads of caramel, toffee, and some caramel - above-average sweetness, but actually somewhat subdued considering how much alcohol is actually in this - nice vanilla, wood, and bourbon notes - not overly potent, but rather the bourbon integrates very well - some dark fruits - I may be imagining some hints of Framinghammer as well, with a light touch of roast and chocolate - strong alcohol component, but I honestly would have expected something more extreme

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, very smooth, unexpectedly smooth finish

Overall: Not recommended for pregnant or nursing

This smells like a lion but drinks like a lamb. That sentence makes sense, right? I was somewhat intimidated by this beer, but it is as oddly drinkable as just about anything else crafted by Jack's Abby. It's sweet, but not too sweet, and boozy, without being too boozy. If this is ever made again, I'd definitely buy it.

Photo of metter98
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is clear yellowish amber in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high light beige head that died down, leaving a short head covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of toffee, toasted oak and vanilla are present in the nose along with hints of caramel.
T: The taste very much follows the smell, except that each of the flavors are stronger in nature.
M: It feels full-bodied, very smooth and a little clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The alcohol lends some warming and no stickiness is noticeable.
O: You can tell this beer is very strong from all of the malty sweetness, although it is quite difficult to perceive any flavors of alcohol in the taste. While it isn't that difficult to drink, it is a nice beer to sip and savor next to a fire on a cold winter night. The smell and taste are very similar to a barleywine, but the mouthfeel definitely resembles that of a lager and doesn't have any stickiness.

Photo of Destructutorial
4.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great beer. Strong sweet honey taste right upfront. Really masks the fact that this is a 14% abv beer. It's definitely the most unique beer Jacks Abby has done in my opinion. I drank this out of one their pint glasses. Also, I enjoyed it as it got warmer. Cheers

Photo of ThickNStout
4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

500mL bottle from 7Sport (many thanks!). No obvious bottle dating. Served in a Barrel and Barley teku.

Pours a near opaque pale orange with a finger and a half ecrue head. The thin halo that lingers leaves no lacing.

Full, rich nose of bourbon, toffee, honey, dark fruit and faint vanilla. Quite nice.

The aromas were not at all deceiving. Many layers of flavor including bourbon, oak, honey, toffee, vanilla, burnt caramel, cereal grains, dark fruit, leather, faint char, brown sugar and a healthy dousing of booze. Everything works well together and despite the obvious heat this drinks much easier than expected for 14% abv. Absolutely delicious.

Slick, full body with subtle carbonation. Bourbon heat lingers in the long, sweet aftertaste along with honey, toffee and vanilla.

My introduction to lager wines has me quite interested in trying more. I'll call Baby Maker the Jack's Abbey response to Bourbon County Barleywine. This was a phenomenal extra and a pleasure to drink.

Photo of cbutova
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Split with Chico1985 two nights ago during a tasting. Fully reviewed on the tablet during consumption.

A- 500ml bottle poured to a small chalice glass and a tulip shared with Chico1985. Light amber hue with a small white cap. The head reaches about one finger before falling at a decent pace. Medium ring remains leaving spotty lace at the top and not much beyond that.

S- Smoothed out Bourbon barrels up front with a vanilla oaky and whiskey feel but not sharp at all. The fact that they are used for the second time shows in the smoothness. Beyond that is toffee, caramel, sweets, raisins/plum and just a hint of alcohol (for 14% it's beyond invisible).

T- Vanilla caramel sweetness followed by the smoothed out Bourbon barrels that lend some of that vanilla as well as oak and whiskey spiciness. Toffee sweet dessert feel compliments notes of caramel and raisin that remind me of an Old Ale.

MF- This part of the beer is most surprising to me. There is absolutely no lack of carbonation and actually a nice creamy texture rather than the undercarbed oily experience of many high ABV brews. Finishes with just a bit of warming from the alcohol.

Smooth whiskey and oak complimented by toffee and caramel sweetness. Certainly reminds me of an Old Ale in many ways but it certainly is a lager, which is impressive.

Photo of SportsandJorts
4.71/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: a nice golden orange color. perfect clarity for the first few mini snifters, last one had some sediment in it but thats expected. a quarter finger of a white head that leaves a surprising lacing for 14%.

Smell: huge initial sweetness, butterscotch, caramel, vanilla, subtle dark fruits. small amounts of bourbon and occasional sharp alcohol.

Taste: opens with sweet candy sweetness. very distinct butterscotch, maybe a bit of maple syrup, a caramelized sugar but no scorching. next wave brings bourbon, oak and vanilla. some times alcohol strikes out with a harsh bite.

Mouthfeel: thick syruplike feel, quite an alcohol kick of astringency that does well to balance all the sweetness of the beer.

Overall: certainly an extreme brew, never before have I tasted such a strong butterscotch taste in a beer, lots of wonderful sweet things in here. a strong and alcohol forward brew but nothing that is out of hand.

Photo of jdhilt
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%

Pours a two finger white head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Hazy amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Bourbon nose and flavor is bourbon, very smooth sweet dark fruit, hints of the high ABV. Decent barleywine. Pricey at $14.99 for a 500ml bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma.

Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.59/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 pint .9 oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Liquid comes out sort of an orange/ light autumn brown color, but hazy. Nice orange cream colored very frothy head, almost all tiny bubbles but a hand full of larger bubbles in the middle of everything that erupt it's way through. Head stays around for a little bit and goes away to a small ring and an island in the middle (that kind of looks like the shape of Australia). Not really much in the way of lacing, but good.

Smell is really good, gets better as it warms up. There's a nice vanilla oak aroma that's probably the strongest part. After that there's aromas of dark dehydrated fruits (raisins, plums, cherries, figs, ext) that have been candy sugar coated.

Taste is really good too, sweet like the smell. Some nice caramel, toffee, oaky vanilla, maybe a hint of honey, and plenty of candy coated dark dehydrated fruits. Maybe hints of brown sugar and some bourbon or whiskey. All of the same aromas mentioned above come up here in the flavor profile as well, but I'd also add the flavor of maple glazed apricots. I like this one, it's bold, complex, yet well balanced all rolled into one, digging it.

I'd say this beer is pretty full bodied, the flavor lingers quite a bit, but not super heavy. Great carbonation level and surprisingly smooth with a subtlety sharp bite from the bourbon/alcohol. Speaking of which, the alcohol is really nice and warming and it doesn't taste or feel like a %14 beer. Pretty well balanced and as sweet as it is, it's not that sticky. The bottle indicates that it's a sipper, but this doesn't drink like your average 14% beer. I like this one a lot. Thanks Mike for the sweet trade!

Photo of Maxwell
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Chico1985
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beer #3 of a tasting. Thanx again, Cam. Been wanting to pick this up.

Appearance - Nice translucent amber color, white head, impressive retention for 14%/barrel-aged.

Smell - More subtle than expected, but distinct flavors of caramel, toffee-covered crackers, super cracker-y. Earthy and buttery tones, flavorful bourbon. Nice, unique and really not boozy considering the ABV.

Taste - Butterscotch, caramel, tons of smooth and flavorful bourbon and oak. Vanilla and bread aplenty. Some dark fruit. Some more booze showing through here but pretty smooth and drinkable for 14%. More flavor intensity and complexity than the nose, but the booze shows itself more as well - it's a fair trade I suppose.

Mouthfeel - Great mouthfeel though boozy - kinda high on the carbonation, sticky, syrupy, full.

Overall - Awesome bourbon flavor+tasty unique complex malts, Euro Strong Lager gone wild. Great all around, a huge beer but quite drinkable and not over the top. Consumption could certainly result in the making of babies.

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to angrybabboon for sharing the bottle.

Appearance: Super clear deep copper. Head is off-white and tiny thanks to the barrel. Minimal carbonation on the pour. Tiny spots of lacing.

Smell: Booze and deeply caramelized malts. Caramel, toffee, raw sugar, it's all there. A touch of vanilla and coconut running through the back. Bourbon actually adds s nice depth pushing some higher alcohol and butterscotch. A ton of alcohol and the associated spicy esters. Sweet. Deeply caramelized malt sugars. A touch bready. Sweet booze. Caramel sauce. A touch of citrus. Macaroons. Fruitcake.

Taste: Straight up caramel corn. Sweet with some bready elements. Tons of caramel and toffee. Crazy sweet but tempered a bit by a bracing alcohol. Some light spicy esters. A bunch of sugared fruit (pears, apples, raisins, plums). Booze. Bourbon burns a bit hot, but balances out a bit as it warms. Loaded with vanilla and coconut. Reminiscent of a macaroon soaked in bourbon. Sweetness builds as it warms. Surprisingly clean. Straight sugar on the back. A hint of real butterscotch and maple.

Mouthfeel: Slick medium leaning toward full body. Minimal carbonation. Clean finish with a bit of a dry end thanks to the alcohol.

Overall: Feelin' frisky.

Unique. Super clean for being so sweet and boozy. Crazy sugars and a nice use of a bourbon barrel.

Photo of Thedrizzle
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Good stuff here. Loads of vanilla followed by bourbon. A solid amount of heat with a sticky mouthfeel. It' has a different taste then most brews. A definite must try.

Photo of Gushue3
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into Jack's Abby mini bulb.

A. Body is light orange with a slight haze. A thin head forms above the beer which quickly goes away leaving some thin froth on top. Body is pretty lively when playing with it.

S. First whiff from a cold beer is big sweet candied sugars, sweet fruits, vanilla. Nose opens up with more of the same as it warms. Nice prominent scent.

T. Really sweet upfront, white raisins, white sugar, candied fruits, honey and subtle vanilla. Sweet from front to back but not too sweet for me. Unbelievably smooth for a 14%, a slight booze hint toward the end. As it warms well integrated bourbon makes itself known

M. Big full feel, almost syrupy. Drinks like a big barleywine and has low carbonation. Feels pretty nice and makes a great sipper.

O. Pretty nice beer. I wasn't sure what to expect when reading about it. Lagerwine? Belgian Golden? Euro Strong Lager? Reminds me somewhat of BANE. Another well done brew from the guys in Framingham.

Photo of Dope
4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

No date but this is quite fresh. Released at the brewery a couple weeks ago, tops.

A: Pours a deep, dark ruby red. Tall, frothy tan head. Head retention is quite good and there is some thick walls of lacing left behind as well.

S: Oh yeah. Big, big bourbon and malt notes. Chock full of vanilla, caramel, raisins, oak and toffee. Stinging alcohol.

T: More of the same. Not nearly as bourbon heavy as the aroma but it's still very present. Toffee, caramel and lots of oaky vanilla initially. Sugary raisins , brown sugar and even honey in the middle. Loaded with vanilla everywhere. Get hints of chocolate here and there, maybe remnants of the framinghammer? Lots of oak in the finish, leading to a surprisingly mildly dry aftertaste. Can practically taste wood pulp mixed with vanilla and sugar as it lingers between each sip. A little honey in the aftertaste too.

M: Heavy but the bourbon cuts it. Honestly not nearly as heavy as you'd expect.

O: Bottle states this one is a sipper, but at the same time this is one of the easiest drinking 14% beers around. There is some sharp alcohol spiciness but honestly it doesn't detract. If anything it helps cut the sweetness of this big malt-heavy brew. The bourbon further helps to cut it down a bit. Overall it is a great balance of flavors, lots of complexity and just tastes and smells wonderful. On top of that, it's very unique, perhaps the very first "lager wine" out there? Not often you get a unique beer that's actually good (hello, DFH). Having said that, this is 95% a bourbon-barrel barleywine. I doubt I could tell the difference if I did a blind taste test. Either way, it's great.

Photo of brureview
4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a rich golden copper color in a Pilsner glass. 1/2 finger head.

Aroma was wafting as I poured the beer: Bourbon, vanilla, sweetness.

Mouth feel: moderately carbonated. Bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass.

Taste: extraordinary- Framinghammer Baltic Porter on steroids. This beer is aged in Bourbon barrels used for aging Framinghammer. Strong Bourbon, vanilla, and very sweet.

overall: my favorite beer from the brewery hands down. A veritable sipper at 14%.

Photo of DrJay
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear burnt orange/coppery colour with a short beige cap. Some soapy bubbles stuck around and the head left a few spots of lacing on the glass as it receded. Sweet, toffee aroma with vanilla and oak, a bit boozy but nicely balanced. Nice flavour too. Mild up front with notes of sweet malts and a hint of bitterness, then --- oak and vanilla and booze, oh my! Big finish with lingering bitterness and toffee/caramel sweetness, along with woody astringency and alcohol warmth. Heavy, almost sticky, body with low carbonation. This is a big beer, perfect for sipping. I may lay a couple of these away for the winter months.

Photo of Jwale73
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle purchased at the brewery. Pours the color of caramel with a slightly hazy clarity. No head, but a tight band around the borders. Nose is very barleywine-esque - lots of toffee and malt with a hint of breadiness. Taste consistent with nose with the addition of a medicinal/ethanol quality. There is also the characteristic flavors of fruitiness with a slightly medicinal bitterness at the finish. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a slightly prickly carbonation and an oily texture. Overall, I was quite surprised at all of the barleywine characteristics present in a lagered beer. Pretty amazing stuff.

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Baby Maker from Jack's Abby Brewing
93 out of 100 based on 335 ratings.