Baby Maker - Jack's Abby Brewing
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4.48/5 rDev +7.2%
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.
11-03-2013 01:47:14 | More by Dope
4.75/5 rDev +13.6%
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.
11-02-2013 04:54:20 | More by Pahn
Baby Maker from Jack's Abby Brewing
93 out of 100 based on 284 ratings.