Framinghammer Baltic Porter - Jack's Abby Brewing

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Framinghammer Baltic PorterFraminghammer Baltic Porter

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Ratings: 578
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 7.47%
Wants: 69
Gots: 104 | FT: 10
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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 Roguer
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful clear, dark brown brew, settling to very dark, nearly black in the glass. Topped by a 1 finger dark tan head with good retention.

Strong, inviting aroma, teasing dark fruit and equally dark roast. Coffee comes to mind.

Flavor follows, with enormous roasty notes hinting strongly at rich espresso, coated in prunes and bananas. Bitterness provided by the roast.

Medium to medium-thin mouthfeel while cold, with a long, wet, lingering finish.

This is an absolutely delicious Baltic Porter, on par with some of the best imperial stouts out there. Flavor really reminds me of Founders Imperial Stout.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.79/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Photo of hoptualBrew
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to kmurray8621 for this one.

A - Black with brown edges, dark khaki head.

S - Baker's chocolate, coffee, roast, booze, toffee, mixed nuts.

T - Milk chocolate, toffee, coffee, alcohol heat.

M - Silky, medium full body. soft but pretty viscous heat from the booze in the finish.

O - Smooth beer, very solid Baltic Porter, not extraordinarily complex, but very robust in the flavors and characters it does express.

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the otherside- pours a thick black with a one finger cappuccino head. Decent retention and nice creamy lacing.

Smell is unimpressive- a little chocolatey dark malt, a little booze and a little lager yeast.

Taste is big- pretty sweet, a little roasty, nice round and full malt profile, and a little bit of yeast.

Mouthfeel is nice as well- medium to full bodied with a little carbonation. Definitely a nice Baltic porter- get it if you see it and live darker beer.

Photo of sjones5045
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of dd43
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Following instructions, I drank this on a bitterly cold New England night. As my first Baltic porter, I wasn't sure what to expect. I certainly didn't expect what is structurally a lager to be a virtual doppelgänger for an imperial stout. From alcohol warmth to roasted flavor and aroma notes, one could be forgiven for thinking this was a stout in a blind tasting.

Beautiful chocolate milkshake colored head. The semisweet chocolate notes on the nose help to further the milkshake vibe. However this changes on the palate, as pronounced roast and hop bitterness play against brown sugar and licorice from the malts.

I think I would need to drink a traditional Baltic in order to truly appreciate what differences, if any, I can detect from a regular strong porter. That said, this is a great beer and the other three bottles in my fridge won't last long.

Photo of angrybabboon
3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 3/11/14

Appearance: Deep, dark brown with some clarity around the edges - pours with a small, light brown head - fades to a few wisps of a cap, retains a nice collar, leaves some spots of lacing

Smell: Dark chocolate, caramel, and some burnt sugar - roasty malts, with a big dark chocolate component - dark chocolate, chocolate malts, touch of something like burnt cocoa - some lighter caramel aromas, molasses, and sugar - alcohol is unfortunately rather detectable in the nose

Taste: Roasty dark chocolate and some booze - a range of chocolate, including some semisweet chocolate, dark chocolate, and baker's chocolate - very roasty - some hints of dark fruits -some sweetness from caramel and molasses flavors, with some lighter malt and yeasty flavors that serve as a reminder that this is a lager - lots of booze throughout, which is hard to overlook

Mouthfeel: On the heavy side of medium, mostly smooth, kind of syrupy with some residual alcohol

Overall: Much framing, very hammer

The barrel-aged version of this was rather memorable, and the base beer is unsurprisingly tasty. But I can see why there are many variations to this. It has some unexplained levels of booze that work quite well with other flavors (bourbon, for example). This is worth a try, but if I had to choose, I'd stick with one of the variants.

Photo of rlee1390
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A-Black in the glass with a two finger tan head that leaves some lacing.

S-Chocolate, roasted malt, oats, brown sugar, very slight coffee

T-Rather sweet, brown sugar, dark chocolate, oats, roasted malt and mild coffee.

M-Medium bodied, nicely carbonated, velvety.

O-Received as an extra so unsure about the price, but a solid Baltic Porter and if it is like other Jack's Abby beers it would be worth the price.

Photo of ThickNStout
4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of GregBarleycorn13
4.77/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

Photo of OrangeMen
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 days old

Appearance- Pours black color, opaque. Khaki colored, pillowy/frothy head, about one finger thick. Excellent sticky lacing on sides of glass.
Aroma- Roasted/charred malts, some bitter cocoa notes as well. Certain sweetness detectable, brown sugar, caramel, and some sweet chocolates, create a velvety smooth aspect to offset bitterness.
Taste- Bitter dark cocoa, charred malts, sweet chocolates as well. Caramel, brown sugar, and a light almond nuttiness. Slight bitter hop lingers on the finish along with roastiness and slight alcohol.
Feel- Medium mouthfeel, very smooth and clean, flavors just seem very concise and clear. Moderate carbonation.
Overall- Real enjoyable, bitterness and sweetness play well off each other and work in balance. Sweeter flavors are quite pleasant and add an undeniable smooth quality to this beer. Roasted malts and cocoa are very forward and flavorful. Excellent offering.

Photo of cbutova
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Long, long overdue review on this one but that happens to breweries that are so close by. I have been impressed by this one in the past and this is kind of just the official note taking essentially.

A- Motor oil black pour into a tulip and a snifter with a thick body. Light mocha brown head rises to about a finger or two and has nice retention. The cap falls to a foamy, medium thick ring. Lace deposits are spotty all around.

S- Intense roasted malts with just a bit of yeast and hop influence in the back end. The grains bring dark, burnt barley, dark cocoa powder, toasted, nutty and slight caramel notes. Hops and yeast just round it all out, a bit earthy and fruity.

T- Malts carry over from the nose nicely to the flavor. Deep roast grains give off charred grain, dark cocoa powder, fudgey, toast and nutty notes that make up most of the flavor. Hops and yeast are off some importance to provide a balance with dark cherry fruity, raisin, earthy and slight floral hints.

MF- Thick and super silky smooth body. Carbonation at a low-moderate level and it suits this texture and flavor perfectly. Finishes with a tiny bit of warmth on the palate as well as a dark cocoa bitterness.

It is no wonder that the BA variants are so good. I am glad I had this a few times before reviewing it because it just seems to get better and better each time. Jacks Abby is the best brewery in MA for a reason, well many reasons.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, with a large beige head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a strong smokiness followed by bitter-sweet flavors of coffee and chocolate. There’s a hearty roasted malt character as you would expect. The hops presence is strong for the style but not over-powering and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly smoky and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a nice big porter worth drinking for a long time.

Photo of ppoitras
4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz bottle purchased as a single from Adams Hometown Market, Monson, MA.

Poured into a DFH snifter, formed a 1/2" medium brown head over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head lasts like a champ, with thick coating lace that clings to the glass like crazy. Aroma is roasty dark grains with a undercurrent of alcohol.

Taste is sweet darkness to start, lactic sweet through the middle, and a roasty touch of acrid bitterness through the close, with alcohol coming on strong. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth, and drinkability is scary easy. Wow. Makes me wonder how the FH variants I have waiting can possibly be any better.

Photo of ohbeer89
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Photo of PicoPapa
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle with MFG 1/30/15 on the side. Pours a pitch black color with a small amount of head. Good amount of lacing. The aroma is chocolate syrup, caramel, molasses, brown sugar and roasted malts. Hints of licorice and tobacco. The taste is roasted malts and chocolate syrup with some leather and tobacco. Boozey. Some woody notes as it warms. Finishes with more tobacco, roasted malts and chocolate syrup. Hint of coffee. Slick, velvety mouthfeel. Really digging this one. I'm hoping I can get my hands on some of the variants. Overall, fantastic beer.

Photo of predikit
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

Photo of jlindros
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tap at Westender

Light fizzy head, dark molasses brown beer with hints of molasses light coming through.

Nose is porter like, hint of cocoa, dark caramel, hint of earthy grassy hops, cocoa dust.

Taste brings more dark malts but not crazy dark, some caramel and molasses like syrupy sweetness, a faint bready biscuit malt, light powdered cocoa, lighter feeling with a crisp lager still somehow coming through. Light earthy grassy hops I'm there too. It also brings faint touches of a metallic flavor and a bit of yeasty bready flavor. Finish is a but more bitter with earthy hops, little sticky but crisp lager profile, faint cocoa and caramel.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied, plenty of nice fluffy carb.

Overall nice but doesn't seem as high quality as most of the Jack's Abby beers, esp since I had the barrel aged version of this and it was phenomenal. Maybe this is a bad batch, or my taste buds are off. Malts are nice but a bit syrupy, nice crisp lager coming through, decent hops to balance, but a couple slight flaws I think.

Photo of sulldaddy
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of justintcoons
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

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

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

Taste
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.

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

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

Photo of smcolw
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Impressive, frothy beige head. Leaves lots of chunky and webby lace on the glass. Dark, dark brown color where light only comes through on the very edges of the glass.

Chalky, dark cocoa aroma.

Starts with chocolate malt flavor. The malted aspects of the darker, more coffee-like malts show up in the swallow. Relatively thin body; high carbonation. Long aftertaste of dark cherry and the aforementioned mocha. I don't notice the alcohol despite the level of it.

Photo of WanderingFool
4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Framinghammer pours near black into the glass. Ruby highlights tinge the edges and a moderate sized, creamy tan head sits on top. The foam fades quickly leaving a few spots of lace behind.

The aroma has nice notes of roast malt, chocolate, a little coffee, and some dark fruit which reminds me of cough medicine.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is creamy, slightly chewy, a little oily with medium carbonation. The flavor begins with roasted malt and chocolate. Other flavors of toffee, smoke, and nuts appear. It finishes a little tart with a cherry like flavor. Once gone the roast malt and tartness lingers on the palate.

Very tasty beer with additional flavors as it warms. The smooth, creamy body is wonderful.

Photo of gcamparone
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16 oz bottle into a Bruery tulip glass. Purchased in Attleboro, MA.

A- Pours a deep, deep brown, nearly black body with a generous, 3 finger, gushing light brown head that reduces very slowly and leaves thick lacing. Very nice looking.

S- Heavy coffee, milk chocolate, some vanilla and toffee.

T- Upfront I get lots of chocolate, cocoa, creamy coffee flavors.. this gives way to a roasty, lightly charred malt flavor that sticks on the tongue for a minute.

M- Medium-heavy body, pretty rich. Just how a baltic porter should feel.

An impressive baltic porter. Recommendable.

Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

1 pint .09 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip Style glass. Out of the bottle going into the glass it's sort of a cola brown color, but works its way to a pretty much opaque if not black, darkest of browns. Initially a very thick beige to tan head that goes away after several minutes leavina ring around the top of the liquid, not really a ton in the way of lacing though. Nice looking beer.

Smell is good, but I'm a little disappointed that it's not too strong. Really just covers pretty much all of the classic porter like characteristics in the aromas. There's hint's of milk coco, charred caramel and brown sugar and a little bit of coffee; after that some slight grassy hops. Good, just lacks the potency I expected.

Well, what the smell lacks, is more than made up for in the taste! Lots of chocolate malt flavors. Big malt backbone but not not the heavy chalky flavors you tend to get with big porters sometimes, there's almost a light syrup sweetness. Hints of melted evaporating caramel, molasses, and of course some dark roasted coffee; not quite espresso. After that there's some nice earthy, grassy hops with even the faintest hint of citrus. The flavor is big and bold too, it's really the best non barrel aged porter I've ever tasted.

Mouthfeel is perfect. Could end it there but I wont. Nice easy flowing medium body that has a nice carbonation level. Silky smooth with a nice dry bitter finish from the hops and maybe the coffee flavors as well. SUPER drinkable. I wouldn't have guessed this was 10%, maybe high7's low 8s, but not 10. Awesome beer, love it, the Mr. Hendler nails another one!

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Framinghammer Baltic Porter from Jack's Abby Brewing
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