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Baby Maker - Jack's Abby Brewing

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Reviews: 40
Hads: 340
Avg: 4.25
pDev: 31.53%
Wants: 65
Gots: 76 | 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 ThrewRedButter
5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a Hill Farmstead glass. Bought the bottle at the brewery.

A- Very dark orange bordering on ruby red with a nice one finger white head

S- Heavenly! Sweet toffee, caramel, vanilla, oak, and bourbon.

T- !!! Follows the nose. Such sweet caramel and vanilla. This was aged for nine months in bourbon barrels and you get such a sweet bourbon taste. At 14% abv, I don't know where they're putting the alcohol because it sure isn't in the beer. This is ridiculously drinkable and smooth.

M- Medium to thick. A little more carbonation than others, but it helps to move the high abv along.

O- This is a world-class beer. It is comparable to Pelican's MOAS, but it doesn't have the alcohol sting. I was fortunate enough to have this on the same day I had FW Sucaba on tap and this is just as good, if not better. Buy this, trade for it, just acquire it if you can. Since it doesn't have the hype as the others, you can probably get it for cheap, but let me tell you you, this deserves to be mentioned with the elite. 100/100!

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Photo of Pahn
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

500ml bottle into Captain Lawrence tulip.

Appearance: Free pour yields a big frothy white head that lasts awhile. Pours a crystal clear reddish yellow, and leaves sweeping lacing--much more than expected from a 14% ABV beer.

Smell: At first, just straightforward bourbon, oak, and thick Raisinets like malt. Opens up beautifully with time, with some booziness and perfectly integrated barrel and malt depth. As with the taste, this beer rewards taking your time with it.

Taste: My kind of beer. Deep pastry-like malt with a lot of vanilla oak. Sweet, but with the complexity to back it up. The alcohol heat serves as a further balancer and a flavor intensifier. Tastes like the beginning of maple, or bourbon soaked cookie dough.

Reminds me of Abacus, in that it's a superb blend of barrel and barleywine. Love it.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and great. Full side of medium bodied. Neither dry nor sticky. Stays great even hours into the bottle.

Overall: High expectations exceeded. Jack's Abby does everything right, and big BBA x-wine is no exception. I keep coming back to the Abacus comparison because, like that beer, I'm just completely in love with this.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
4.71/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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Photo of Gatch
4.67/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

No date but I'm guessing this is a one-time release. Seems to be a beer that can't be defined. A new style or one that defies all styles and is just a beer with all kinds of crazy character.

A: Gorgeous. Deliberately poured this directly into the center of the glass because I knew it would be viscous stuff. Builds an impressive yet short, bubbly bright white head. What's left is some great lacing and some decent retention. Again...gorgeous!

S: Massive nose. Seriously. Wow. Wood, bourbon, barrel, caramelized sugar, booze, sweet sugary dried fruit, booze-soaked oak, more booze, and...ah...straight up bourbon barrel goodness!

T: "Complex" doesn't do it justice. It's way beyond complex. Lots of sweet, sugary booze but it only complements all the flavors. Wood, bourbon, caramelized sugar and butter, barrel, earth, roasted and lightly smoked malt, brown sugar, molasses...lots of "darker" flavors while being a relatively "lighter" beer. Has the smooth feel of a lager with the complex character of an ale that's been given the royal treatment. This is top-notch stuff!

M: Also way beyond smooth. So creamy. So damn delicious. But also pretty hot and boozy. Doesn't detract at all from the experience, though. Creamy, heavy body with minimal carbonation. Sweet, sugary finish but never cloying.

O: A seriously unique beer. Only gets better as it warms. Glad I was able to drink this. Such a well-crafted beer. But what else would you expect Jack's Abby? Superb sipper. Puts a smile on your face with each delicious gulp. I'd like to pick up another bottle, let it warm to room temperature, and sit on it alll night!

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Photo of frenchblood21
4.59/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.59/5  rDev +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!

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Deep amber colored body with some tan notes. Big boozy nose with dried fruits and caramel. Toffee, plum, raisin, and brown sugar on the palate. The body is so clean due to the lagering. This beer is surprising. You do not get the booze in the taste, but you know it is there. Very impressive. As satisfying as almost any barleywine out there. Only thing is the difference from the lagering. It isn't thick and sticky. Very unique. Best beer I've had from Jack's Abby.

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Photo of Resuin
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500 mL bottle into a snifter. This was bottled yesterday.

Appearance: Pours a very deep amber/dark orange and leaves less than a half finger of off-white head, which fades to nothing quickly. The color is almost a muddled hybrid of half gold, half brown. Just barely translucent (almost opaque).

Smell: Big sweet, delicious bourbon up front with oak and vanilla, and perhaps a dash or orange/citrus, but the bourbon is definitely the dominant scent. It isn't blatantly overpowering but just takes up a majority of the aroma.

Taste: Big bourbon again, and again the bourbon is definitely the main player here. Despite that, this beer is very balanced. Notes of oak, vanilla, caramel, honey, and dark fruits. Finishes so crisp with the alcohol superbly masked. I love that this beer is so bourbony and sweet, but just to the right level and not overly sweet.

Mouth-feel: Pretty well carbonated which gives it almost a spritzy feel to the creamy, medium body it possesses. Finishes crisp and clean. Despite the big flavor, it amazingly maintains that crisp lager mouth-feel which is very interesting.

Overall: This is a lot different than I expected. As a lover of bourbon barrel beers (and bourbon) this is fantastic. If there is a flaw, it is that this the bourbon flavor is so crisp, and dominates the profile (which I love). This is dangerously drinkable for the ABV, and has a well-balanced sweetness to it. I'm amazed by how smooth the finish is for a beer with this much bourbon flavor.

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Photo of Destructutorial
4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
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

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Photo of Dope
4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of JohnG190
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very deep amber with a thin quickly dissipating head. One word describes the nose - bourbon! Hints of vanilla and oak but it's the bourbon that dominates. Sweet on the palate, dominated by, you guessed it, bourbon! Notes of honey, toffee, and oak, but this is a bourbon bomb! The 15% ABV is well concealed. Medium bodied and nicely carbonated; finishes crisp and smooth, very much a sipper. Overall, this beer is unique. My only complaint is that it isn't quite balanced with the bourbon dominating the nose and the palate.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%

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.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of brureview
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
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%.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of Gushue3
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of Thedrizzle
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of Damian
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of Chico1985
4.25/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of maximum12
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks one more time to mjg0725 for this bottle, the last glass standing from our trade. Svelte 500ML bottle split with my wife (you wonder why? No, not that, we're done with babies, knock violently on wood).

The pour is going fine until the last few ounces, when a glop of sediment flows off the lip of the bottle & hits the surface of the beer with an (almost) audible 'plop.' Result is a dark orange beer that one cannot see through, though most of the solids seem to have sunk quickly. Minimal carbonation. Nose has more toffee flavor than toffee. Actually, that's all I get, but hey, I like toffee.

Baby Maker does, indeed, make me want to strip off my clothes. Actually, I want to do that most of the time, er, the beer certainly packs a wallop of alcohol. The toffee roar is mixed liberally with candied oranges. Mid-palate is the brain-punch: strong bourbon, gorgeous vanilla, hair-numbing alcohol. Honey & sugary sweetness wrap up the package. If there's a weakness, it's a touch flat & heavy, but hey, I could drink a couple of these. And probably live.

Unique, tasty, aggressive. What's not to like? This kicks ass. Excellent beer.

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Photo of jlindros
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of rudzud
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Split with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice crystal clear copper hue with a nice head that faded to leave light sudsy halo.

S - Aromas of caramel, alcohol, vanilla, barrel, toffee. Loads of booze.

T - Taste is barrel galore, vanilla, bourbon, booze, caramel, toffee, quite boozy.The beer heeled better with more sips.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, a sipper for sure and quite boozy.

O - Overall this beer was incredibly boozy but tasty. Will age nicely.

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Photo of DrJay
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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Photo of jaasen64
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle picked up at the brewery today, poured into a old TreeHouse goblet.

A- Pours a darker copper golden appearance with lots of small carbonation bubbles slowly rising to the top of the glass, forms a thin white head when poured that has decent retention and coats the glass in thin lacing.

S- Fairly malty, sweet honey, plums, brown sugar, a bit of bubble gum, bourbon. Fairly aromatic, not too boozey, well balanced.

T- Plums, honey, bourbon, raspberries, brown sugar, vanilla, some light spices, finishes fairly malty with more dark fruits and bourbon coming out, booziness comes out a bit on the back-end but not bad for 14%, lingering aftertaste of dark fruits. First off this is very sweet but the sweetness is balanced with a nice presence of dark fruits, a lot more then what I was expecting- I think aging in the Framinghammer barrels added a nice quality. Overall the beer was very well balanced and fairly complex.

M- Medium bodied, maybe just a hint of syrupiness but more of a nice creaminess, fitting carbonation, very smooth for the whopping 14% abv, almost no burn.

O- This beer was better then I was expecting, admittedly I wasn't sure what to expect from a barrel-aged 14% "lager-wine" golden lager- not something you drink every day. Sure this beer is sweet and boozey as to be expected, but it had a nice balance of dark fruits (way more then I was expecting), bourbon, etc. that masked the high abv nicely. If you're into big, complex beers this is definitely worth checking out.

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Baby Maker from Jack's Abby Brewing
92 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.