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Framinghammer Baltic Porter - Jack's Abby Brewing

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Reviews: 66
Hads: 606
Avg: 4.17
pDev: 22.06%
Wants: 71
Gots: 106 | FT: 9
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Jack's Abby Brewing visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 01-17-2012

Big, Bold, and Black. This unusual lager style has many similarities to Imperial Stouts. A lengthy conditioning period creates a silky smooth chocolatey mouth feel enhanced by the use of oats and brown sugar. Noticeable sweetness gets balanced by roasted malt and hop bitterness. At 10% alcohol by volume, this beer is sure to keep you warm on a cold winter night.

55 IBU
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Photo of Czarkazm
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark cola colored pour, opaque in the glass, but held up to the light, you find an incredibly dark, crimson body. The head is a tightly packed, soft tan color. Aroma is very clean, with no harshness at all. Smells like a much lower ABV beer. I get milk chocolate, oat grain, sweetened coffee with lots of cream added, vanilla, caramel, some dark fruits. I can't tell if the fruitiness is coming from the malts or the choice of hops. Very creamy mouth feel; very oatmeal stout-like, rich body with lots of flavor. Blonde coffee, chocolate, brown sugar, toasted nuts, slight booziness, burnt toffee, candied fruit hoppiness, and vanilla. Lovely, clean aftertaste, I suspect is due to the use of lager yeast/fermentation. Even though I can't get Jack's Abby's products where I'm from on Long Island, I always try to pick up what I can from them, whenever I spot it somewhere.

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Photo of ChrisP802
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a keg
Pour - thick, black, minimal head
Smell - chocolate, mild coffee, something sweet
Taste - sweet chocolate and coffee. No taste really overpowers.
Overall - not a bad choice. A bit heavy, but not too thick

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Photo of Sheppard
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with hues of deep brown. Head is tan. Aroma is of coffee and chocolate. Tastes like roasty chocolate and some light booze, some light coffee too. Overall, an awesome Baltic Porter. Very quaffable for 10%.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Deep mocha to tan two finger head, foaming up nicely, almost had a minty green tinge to it strangely. Body color is a dark walnut brown, quite opaque and just a bit of chestnut brown edges when held to the light.

Real inviting aroma. Thick malt, with a large creamy sensing nutty character. Whispy powdered malt quality, some sensing char and thick qualities abound. Stays away from overly sweetened which is a nice touch on the nose too.

Interesting palate. Clean bodied, with a lager like quality which seems to give less depth to the mouthfeel. Charring grain with a touch o roast in the mid palate. Sticky coffee quality finish and very big on the char for the aftertaste. Comes off a bit too light bodied for me personally but still manages depth of flavor. Noticeably after boozy taste. Some good warming licorice stick as well with frequent sips, just comes off a little watery.

Different Baltic porter take it seems that went for a much lighter feel, but doesn't skimp on flavor by any means.

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Photo of AlexonMoon
4.78/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Black with a tan head. Creamy head reminiscent of a nitro but dissipates quickly.
Smell: Rich chocolate malt with some roastiness and a slight vegetal/earthy background.
Taste: Creamy upfront, alcohol in the middle and a lingering roasty bitterness at the back. Thick moderately carbonated mouthfeel. Alcohol lingers in my cheeks and down my throat. Sweetness, alcohol and chocolate are the main flavors but balanced nicely between them.
Mouthfeel: Creamy yet carbonated with a heaviness to it and slightly syrupy (in a good way)
Overall: I heard my heart singing love, love, love. This beer solidified my love for Jacks Abby and sparked my interest in baltic porters. I'm a sucker for dark, strong beers and this is one of the best I've had. I'll have this with my last meal, please...right after a rochefort 8.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had a lot of Baltic Porters at this point, so I'm pretty picky. I'm getting the expected, somewhat blue cheese funk, which I love. Smooth character beyond that. Very easy drinking. I approve. Bring on the barrel-aged version!

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Photo of AirBob
4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Notes from 2/5/15

A - 1 cm of beige head. Small, dense bubbles. Solid black body. Ok retention - quickly dissipates to a collar.

S - Roasty dark chocolate. Touch of coffee bitterness. Some vanilla. Maybe some dark fruit sneaking in.
T - Roasty dark chocolate and some vanilla again. Brown sugar sweetness and subtle fruitiness. Coffee bitterness in the finish cuts right through the sweetness.

M - Low carb. Fully bodied but not sticky. Silky.

O - No wonder all the BA variants are outstanding. This is a terrific baltic porter.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark black color with a light tan head. The aroma has plenty of roasted malt essence, dark cocoa, and alcohol is noticeable.

Flavor of dark chocolate, coffee, dark fruits, caramel and nuts. Complex for a Baltic Porter, a style that is often overlooked in the beer scene. This has delicious roasted malt flavor, even bitterness and some alcohol making the brew one to be sipped and savored.

Full bodied, well carbonated, creamy dark lager. Really a special beer, one I would often drink if it were more easily obtained. Overall, consider this a must try and a solid beer when in search of strong and dark lagers.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sampling a cellar temp 12 oz bottle poured into a snifter. The beer pours a dark cola brown with a creamy beige head that fades slowly to a sturdy surface layer.
Aroma is toasted malt and some brown sugar with a bit of chocolate and some dark fruit with a little bit of booze.
First sip is a smooth textured beer with very spacious and rolling carbonation. Body isnt as thick as I anticipated and the beer has physical traits that make it easy to drink.
Flavor is malty and rich with molassess and brown sugar, roasted malt and a raisin. There is some warming booze after each sip and my burps are a little warm too.
This beer is tasty and even though it is fairly boozy on the finish, it isnt difficult to drink. I would purchase it again.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.1/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: [4.50] Looks black in the glass. Pours out with just shy of a finger of khaki head. The head looks creamy with tight bubbles. The bubbles cascade down the sides when tipped and form small arcs of lacing. The beer lists the ABV (10%). This beer was born 2/3/15.

S: [3.25] Smoke. Thick syrupy chocolate. Some earthy notes. Dark fruit.

T: [3.00] The taste is pretty subdued. There are roasted malts but then the 2nd strongest flavor I get is alcohol. Maybe small hints of chocolate - but I am really digging for flavors.

M: [2.50] The beer feels a little too light on the tongue. The mouthfeel is wrong for this ABV. The alcohol taste lingers.

O: [3.00] I have been saving this beer for a while. I had high expectations. Jack's Abby makes really good stuff. I do not include this beer in that list. The mouthfeel is very strange. Like the carbonation flares up on your tongue. The taste is muted. There are much better porters at 1/2 the ABV.

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Photo of GregBarleycorn13
4.77/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

What else can be said. A must try for those who have and have not had a baltic porter. Certainly one the best I've tried. Wish I could find the barrel aged, too.

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Photo of ohbeer89
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

This is my first Baltic Porter. Very unusual, characteristics that you'd expect from an imperial stout mingle with unmistakable flavors derived from the bottom fermenting yeasties, although the use of lager yeast seems to be peculiar to Jack's Abbey.

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Photo of beerloserLI
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours out slick black with a white head. Big time nose that is very floral. Lots of rich malts and chocolate.

A big flavorful punch in the mouth on the first taste. Strong tones of roasted malts, and dark chocolate continue from the nose. A pungently sweet finish with a touch of lactose. The 10%, while there, really blends well with the fold flavors. Mouth is feel deep, creamy and smooth.

Overall a really spot on and enjoyable brew that I plan to drink on the regular.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.58/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A little light and thin for 10%, but tasty and well-crafted. Nice roastiness around the edges and chocolate base. So much better than the bourbon and coffee versions!

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Photo of Slatetank
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I purchased this at the Fridge in Lancaster, poured chilled in a stout glass from the 12oz.

The color is black with opaque clarity and 2 fingers of pale brown head with fine bead and thick lace with visible carbonation. The smell is strong with sweetend cocoa type aroma with creamy smell with caramel and slight pine from the hops and mild dried fruit with the yeast ester. The feel is rich smooth and creamy with mild sweetness balanced by the slight spice and mild alcohol rounds out the feel with finish that is semi-dry.

The taste is chewy with caramel with cocoa with slightly creamy flavor and mild dark sugar sweetness and hint of toffee nuttiness with warmth of alcohol on the palate. The taste of malt is layered with only a slight hop taste in the back with nice depth of toasted malts that don't really reach a full on roast flavor. This is a good one to sip on for a good while, nice how the alcohol is noticeable but not overpowering -very tasty and rich!

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.39/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from 7Sport (thanks man!). Bottled 1/30/15. Served in a goblet.

Pours deep, dark cola brown with a two finger cap of milky tan froth. The head persists /for a long while before settling to a healthy collar that deposits clouds of lace on the way down.

Aromas of coffee, cocoa, heavily roasted grains and sugars. Slightly muted but enjoyable.

Thr taste is incredibly smooth and rich. Chocolate, lots of brown sugar, mild coffee, dark grains, flaked oats, caramel, hints of vanilla, traces of dark fruit and a softly pronounced nip of alcohol. All the flavors work in harmony with just enough booze to keep me from chugging this easy drinking treat.

Smooth, creamy texture with a soft carbonated fizz. Chocolate, brown sugar and roasted oats linger on the palate for a long, delicious finish.

Jack's Abbey has really "nailed it" with Framinghammer! The smooth, rich flavors and luscious body make it by far the best baltic porter I've ever had. I may need to find a willing trader to help me procure more of this and its variants. Excellent stuff.

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Photo of JPowell712
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really enjoyed this beer! I bought it as a trial down here in PA! Right off of the pour I knew this was a winner! It poured a dark black color with little to no head on it. You could not see any light through the glass, almost like a stout. The smell was of coffee and chocolate with a hint of smoke. The taste was very bold and strong as you would expect from a 10% ABV. It had a nice smoky taste, lot of chocolate and coffee notes. The boldness of the alcohol makes it very warming as it goes down. This would be perfect for those cold or chilly nights. The mouthfeel was incredible creamy and smooth and it went down almost too easy! This is a sipper, but I could drink a few of these. My first offering from Jack's Abby and now I will seek this beer out for sure. This is a fantastic beer in the porter/stout style. Big, bold, and smooth at the same time.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Jet black with 1+ finger of light brown head. Good retention.

Dark chocolate syrup, caramel, roasted barley, charcoal, and raisin.

Dark chocolate syrup, molasses, and caramel. Roasted barley and earthy char. Raisin and prune. Finishes with an earthy bitterness along with hints of cocoa nib and peppery alcohol.

Medium-plus bodied, smooth, oily, off-dry, and well carbonated with a medium bitterness.

Big, robust, and very flavorful. Smooth but packs a punch.

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Photo of keithmurray
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - dark mahogany almost black body with tan head

Smell - Molasses, coffee grind, chocolate, cola, mixed nuts

Taste - molasses, coffee grind, semi sweet chocolate, cola

Mouthfeel - heavier side of medium bodied, medium plus carbonation, slight sweetness upfront, enough bitterness in the back to create balance

Overall - nice take on a Baltic Porter from Jack's Abby. Best beer I've had from them

PricePoint - $3/12 oz single

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Photo of sjones5045
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Home 4/5/15

Pour jet black with decent head. Smells sweet and lots of chocolate. The taste is fantastic. Sweet chocolate comes through and keeps building. Extremely smooth. Love this beer in one of the most unappreciated styles.

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Photo of kanno
4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

poured from a 2 month old 12oz bottle

L: Pours black/dark dark brown like an imperial stout. Two fingers of a head that sticks around a good bit. Lacing covered a good portion of the glass, like frost on a window.

S: Either I have a cold or this one doesn't have much of a nose. Faint cocoa and roasted malt hints.

T: Sweet oatmeal and chocolate tastes at first but then gives way to a nice lingering hoppy bitterness and noticeable alcohol burn, not surprising given its 10% abv. Leaves a nice sweet taste on your lips. A little more punch than your usual porter.

F: The only thing that I've noticed differentiating this from most imperial stouts I've tried is that it is a bit thinner in mouthfeel, but definitely still thick enough to be a porter. A little more bitey carbonation than I expected, but nothing that really detracts from the beer. Quite smooth really.

O: Not the best porter for me, but really close. I certainly wouldn't ever turn one away. Super excited to try one of the variants.. I believe some vanilla would make this thing sing. The PB&J version sounds just crazy enough to be excellent.

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Photo of predikit
3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep brown, settles in the glass black, leaves a dark tan head that has decent retention, leaves no lacing on the glass.

Smells hoppy and sweet, molasses, oat notes.

Tastes starts out with hops and brown sugar, sweet bitter combination blending into a robust bitter chocolate middle. The alcohol starts to make itself known in the middle, and the chocolate takes the finish, with a lasting bite to the aftertaste.

Full bodied, leaves a chewy thick residue in the mouth. Fairly smooth and creamy otherwise.

A good porter, almost a stout or imperial stout by taste and feel.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.79/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz. bottle into a Cigar City snifter.

Pours a thin, cream colored head with moderate to low retention. Beer is pitch black and semi-viscous. Lacing is spotty and stringy with little stick but thick, oily legs. Solid.

Nose is hazelnut, roast, smoke, liquorice, dark chocolate, and cocoa. Dense and aromatic.

Opens chocolate, roast, smoke and hazelnut shells. A fudge sweetness in the middle mixed with molasses, liquorice and more dark chocolate. End is cocoa powder, vanilla, coca cola and tobacco. Pretty good.

Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and full in the mouth and goes down rich and slightly hot. Messy finish with a filmy, lingering aftertaste. Could be a touch less carbed.

I'm not convinced of the hype over this beer. The taste is there. Complex, with nicely complementing flavors. However, everything else is just average. Worth trying but not a standout among its peers.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased at Nathaniel Square Corner Store in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a very dark, Stygian-type black, with a 1.5 inch fluffy and full head, with a little bit of lacing.

Smells pretty intensely roasty, with some dark chocolate, and a surprising hop presence- a good amount of pine.

This is less sweet than I figured, given the sweetness of the barrel-aged version. This appears to be a stout made for barrel-aging, but it's still pretty special on its own. Pretty bitter, with a large roasty espresso like flavor, a bit of char and smoke, and a good dosing of piney hops. Very little sweetness here.

This is medium bodied, fairly thick, but certainly not super thick. This has a lower level of carbonation, and is super drinkable.

Another really solid beer from Jack's Abby. One of the most consistent breweries around.

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Photo of Beric
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving: Bottle into tulip
Served: 6 March 2015

Appearance: Pours a deep black. Yields only a small off-white, brownish head even when poured rather aggressively. Some bubbles hanging out round the edge.

Smell: Very sweet malts with a touch of burnt roastiness.

Taste: Good interplay between the sweet malt base and the assertive roasted notes from the darker roasted malts used. Some astringent burnt notes after swallowing, but in general a relatively sweet beer with a good interplay between malt sweetness and soft notes of baker's cocoa and espresso.

Mouthfeel: Silky, without feeling too thick.

Overall: A great beer, and one that's extremely drinkable given the 10% ABV. Highly recommended.

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Framinghammer Baltic Porter from Jack's Abby Brewing
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