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Framinghammer Baltic Porter - Jack's Abby Brewing

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Reviews: 63
Hads: 595
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 7.16%
Wants: 70
Gots: 108 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 63 | Hads: 595
Photo of nmarsceill
4.89/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is my favorite beer from Jack's Abby. Being a local brewery I have probably had more beer from them than any other craft brewery. In fact I have 3 growlers and 2 bottle in my fridge right now and sadly none of them are this beer - but if they were I'd be drinking them instead - its that good.

I am a big fan of the malt flavor in beer, not an overwhelming amount but a nice strong sweet sense, especially when the beer brings a balanced bitter component with it. This beer hits the sweet spot in my taste buds for this balance. Even at 10% ABV I could drink this beer all night, I just might have to do it home.

I find the flavor to ring of mostly molasses with a bit of spice to it - I really can't tell you if that's a cinnamon or a clove or anything else but I think of this beer flavor as having hints of that fall spice motif but with a much stronger smokiness. It causes the sides of the back of my tongue to twinge a little, but the way a good hot sauce causes your mouth to burn just a little - you notice it but it does not dissuade your next sip. (1,064 characters)

Photo of AlexonMoon
4.78/5  rDev +14.1%
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. (818 characters)

Photo of GregBarleycorn13
4.77/5  rDev +13.8%
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. (161 characters)

Photo of brureview
4.73/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I drank this last night at BBC in Framingham at the 1st birthday celebration for Jack's Abby.

This is a great beer. It was poured with little or no head. The color was a dark coffee color and the smell was a light coffee-molasses.

The beer has little carbonation.

The highlight of this beer is its finish: a very smooth coffee-molasses with a light sweet taste.

The serving temp at the BBC was just right.

I am looking forward to the winter when I can purchase this beer in a bottle. (489 characters)

Photo of AirBob
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
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. (542 characters)

Photo of PHBoiler
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This ones pours chocolate brown in the glass with a pillowy brown head. The scent is some roast and lots of chocolate. The taste follows through. It's a rich coffee-like chocolate flavor. Lots of flavor in this one, and you get the booziness but not a burning heat. Very well crafted beer and the mouthfeel is true to style with the lager body. (344 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
4.54/5  rDev +8.4%
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. (623 characters)

Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.54/5  rDev +8.4%
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! (1,615 characters)

Photo of JPowell712
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
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. (873 characters)

Photo of beerloserLI
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
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. (485 characters)

Photo of sjones5045
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
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. (233 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
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! (230 characters)

Photo of ZebraCakez
4.41/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours completely black with a little more then a finger of khaki head that dissipates slowly to leave a layer of froth blanketing the surface of the beer.

S: The aroma is of burnt malt and chocolate. Very sweet on the nose, no booze yet.

T: This is a wonderfully balanced porter. Dark chocolate and fresh coffee play in strongly. There are some hops hidden in there, but the middle and finish become a smokey, boozey, warm mix of sensations. It leaves a spicy note afterwards. Very enjoyable.

F: Absolutely the thick, creamy, foamy milkshake that it should be. Feel is fantastic.

O: Every Jack's Abby beer I've had has been amazing and this is absolutely no exception. A strong example of everything a good porter should be, and and absolute joy to sip. Should be on every BA's "must try" list. (801 characters)

Photo of ThickNStout
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
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. (1,067 characters)

Photo of BarrytheBear
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of Alex. Thank you so much buddy.

Black...looks nice

Smells of nuts, roast, fudge, and smoke....smells nice

Taste follows suit....dash of booze, nutty fudge, smoke, roast, and a charry tarry finish....tastes nice

I've loved the BA variants and it's a pleasure to see where these beers began. A fantastic Baltic Porter. (338 characters)

Photo of cbutova
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (1,422 characters)

Photo of WanderingFool
4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (722 characters)

Photo of OrangeMen
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
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. (919 characters)

Photo of gcamparone
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (596 characters)

Photo of Scotchboy
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Awesome 500ml bottle into my New Belgium globe.

A: Dark pour yields a dark, nearly opaque body with transparent edges; light tan head fades at a moderate speed.

S: Toasted sugars, dark black patent malt, subdued espresso beans, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, oats...faint, pleasant smoke.

T: Mostly coffee and oats up front, with a good dose of dark brown sugar and a dusting of cocoa. Malty, moderately sweet, but still balanced with coffee-like qualities lending a pleasant bitterness. Very nice.

MF: Full but not heavy, with a body that is VERY creamy and silky; oats making their presence known here, too.

O: Really, really great Baltic, one of my favorites. Barrel-aging took this thing to another level in the other variants, but this base beer is incredible tasty, balanced, and smooth.

Cheers Adam! (810 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
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. (628 characters)

Photo of BigCheese
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Super roasty and robust. Chocolaty sweet. Got a nice smooth/thick body. Drinks like an imperial Oatmeal stout. Love it. Great for a cold winter night. (150 characters)

Photo of Dope
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12.13.13 bottling date (2 months old).

A: Pours a very dark brown. Tall, dense, chocolate-brown head. Substantial fluffy lacing and good head retention as well.

S: Dark fruits with lots of char. Burnt pretzels (I've been getting this a lot with roasted malt lately, sue me). Some caramel and brown sugar sweetness to round it out.

T: Dark fruits and char (burnt pretzels again, lulz) up front. Dark, toasted bread in the middle. Chocolate throughout but prominent in the finish as a dark, semi-sweet cocoa. Not bitter, just not sweet milk chocolate either. More toast and pretzels in the aftertaste with just a hint of caramel. No sign of alcohol.

M: Somewhat heavy, very smooth and easy drinking.

O: Ahhh, a baltic porter like no other. As of this moment, Jack's Abbey brews 4 out of my top 4 baltic porters (this and the 3 barrel aged variants). Talk about domination of a category. Only thing that comes close is maybe Smuttynose Baltic Porter? Anyway, great example of the style. It's not a big stout like some, it's a proper baltic porter. Nice fruitiness, nice toasted/roasted malt, super drinkability (one of the easiest drinking 10% brews ever). Just a great brew, only made better by the barrel aging of the variants. (1,233 characters)

Photo of GonzoHomebrewer
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Growler of 2012 Framinghammer picked up at the brewery this past Saturday

A-Pours a bold black, but doesn't appear viscous, actually has the closest thing to an effervescent quality ive seen in a stout since black ops. good, but i like a motor oil thick pour

S- Notes of intense dark cocoa with some roast on the back end and just a small note of some earthy hops on the back end.

T- Bitter cocoa dominates, with other notes of earthy hops, some dark fruit and a an alcohol warmth

M- Thicker than expected and the slighter increase of the carbonation than I'm accustomed to in a big dark beer actually helps.

O- this beer really delivers on the bitter dark chocolate fix, but is a tad one dimensional. Fortunately I'm very fond of bitter cocoa, this was pretty easy to put down in spite of the 10% abv. (809 characters)

Photo of Roguer
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (610 characters)

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Framinghammer Baltic Porter from Jack's Abby Brewing
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