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Framinghammer Baltic Porter - Jack's Abby Brewing

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Ratings: 351
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 7.95%
Wants: 69
Gots: 53 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Jack's Abby Brewing visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: Todd on 01-17-2012)
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5/5  rDev +20.5%

MattLatuchie, Jul 20, 2014
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5/5  rDev +20.5%

WildMaverick1200, Mar 03, 2013
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4.9/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

nmarsceill, Feb 28, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

seakayak, Dec 21, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

NRo, May 29, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

kevgod, Dec 17, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Jacob007, Jul 21, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

koflaherty, Feb 27, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Hanzo, Jan 22, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Shaggy9356, May 27, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Jeffreytmoore, Apr 28, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

JISurfer, Jan 09, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Scalawags, Jan 18, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Adamostella, Dec 27, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

bc102782, Feb 23, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

brureview, Jul 20, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

AutumnBeerLove, Apr 18, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

ILiveOffHops, Feb 17, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

ShaneTheWalrus, Jul 03, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

parris, Feb 26, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

comfortablynirm, Apr 01, 2014
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4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
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!

AndyAvalanche, Mar 12, 2014
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4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

PHBoiler, Dec 27, 2013
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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.

ppoitras, Mar 01, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

TimBeaulieu, May 15, 2014
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Framinghammer Baltic Porter from Jack's Abby Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 351 ratings.