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Baby Maker - Jack's Abby Brewing

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Reviews: 40
Hads: 338
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 2.34%
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 metter98
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (1,020 characters)

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. (730 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
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. (1,160 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%

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. (305 characters)

Photo of DrJay
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (621 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (488 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Sampled at EBF, not sure if it was from a bottle or a keg. Pours a lighter copper color.

S-Super sweet with a pleasant dose of bourbon oak.

T-Flavor is more complex. The oak is my favorite aspect of the flavor. It's got a bunch of sweet corn starch sugar, caramel and fermented pale fruit.

M-Full bodied. Feel creamy. Alcohol is not shy by any means.

O/D-I wanted to cop a bottle of this a while back but missed the chance. Now I feel like a small sample pour doesn't do it justice, as Jack's Abby is one foamy favorites. Still, I liked it a lot. (554 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (620 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.8/5  rDev -11.2%
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. (887 characters)

Photo of maximum12
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (1,148 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had at Ale Arsenal.

Pale. Clear. Smell is super busy, crazy sweet. Very bourbony. Woody. Mmm. Sweet tasty whiskey. That's about it. Super smooth. Strong. Obvious lager notes. interesting. Wouldn't want a whole one, but I'd recommend it. I'm not really crazy about the imperial lager thing, but the whiskey is inspired. (320 characters)

Photo of cbutova
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
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. (1,318 characters)

Photo of Florida9
4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (818 characters)

Photo of Dope
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (1,647 characters)

Photo of Resuin
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (1,509 characters)

Photo of Thedrizzle
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
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. (166 characters)

Photo of jaasen64
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (1,514 characters)

Photo of Chico1985
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (1,022 characters)

Photo of Damian
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (1,449 characters)

Photo of Mikeypnh
4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark copper, no head, just a few bubbles. Was expecting this to be darker. The smell is barley wine like. Sweet! Vanilla, caramel, butterscotch?, bourbon. The taste follows. Very sweet, vanilla and caramel way up front, with some alcohol on the back end. You get some raisin in the flavor, too, with a dry finish. Has a somewhat thin mouthfeel, with very little carbonation, if any. It has dried out my lips. Not sure what's up with that haha. Very dry and alcohol heavy finish. Has some nice flavors, although the finish is not my favorite. Very sweet, a nice bottle to share. (585 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (1,346 characters)

Photo of PHBoiler
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
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. (467 characters)

Photo of angrybabboon
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (1,543 characters)

Photo of ThickNStout
4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
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. (990 characters)

Photo of Gatch
4.67/5  rDev +9.1%
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! (1,626 characters)

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