Baby Maker - Jack's Abby Brewing
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4.44/5 rDev +6.2%
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.
05-27-2014 18:39:25 | More by Slatetank
4.71/5 rDev +12.7%
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.
05-26-2014 20:38:28 | More by SportsandJorts
4.18/5 rDev 0%
Split with Goblinmunkey7
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.
05-19-2014 22:55:40 | More by angrybabboon
4.36/5 rDev +4.3%
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.
05-19-2014 22:43:01 | More by Goblinmunkey7
4.14/5 rDev -1%
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.
05-07-2014 23:08:45 | More by Florida9
4.14/5 rDev -1%
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.
04-22-2014 01:21:29 | More by cbutova
4.25/5 rDev +1.7%
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.
04-20-2014 21:41:02 | More by Chico1985
Baby Maker from Jack's Abby Brewing
93 out of 100 based on 283 ratings.