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Framinghammer Baltic Porter | Jack's Abby Brewing

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Framinghammer Baltic PorterFraminghammer Baltic Porter

Brewed by:
Jack's Abby Brewing
Massachusetts, United States | website

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

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

Added by Todd on 01-17-2012

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Photo of johnnnniee
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Acton Wine and Spirits. Dark brown bordering on black with a decent sized tightly bubbled tan head that persists. Chocolate licorice and some faint burnt sugars coupled with some light earth and fruity aromas. Creamy smooth bready pilsner malt is somehow evident with all the darker malt flavors. Chocolate licorice and light fruity flavors offset with just a bit of earthy hops for balance. I've had many of the barrel treatments for this beer and loved them finally found this to try, its a stand up porter.

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Photo of oberon
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 1/21/16.Pours nearly jet black except for some amber/brown highlights when held up to the light,a thick creamy deep beige head atop.Cocoa powder and coffee roast in the nose,the cocoa is large and in charge.Creamy and lightly carbonated feel just adds more good layers to this beer.The flavor profile is complex and multi layered,wood and char mixed with chocolate....even a bit of lightly smoked meat,the earthy finish makes it crazy drinkable for how big it is.I knew it would be good but this may be the best Baltic porter I have had,kick ass!

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.99/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jet Black body with 2mm thick full on chocolate milkshake froth head
Smells like porridge mixed with cocoa and burned toast
Tastes like wood glue but bizarrely in a good way
Low carbon but easy drinking

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Photo of Prager62
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I received a couple twelve ounce bottles in the latest round of NBS/BIF courtesy of BA cavedave. There is a batch code/date on the bottle reading #7 1814012116. Pouring this in my 13oz. stout/porter glass for the taste drive!

Look- It pours a dark oily brown leaving a generous and lively amount of mocha colored foam.

Smell- Bakers chocolate, dark roasted malt, molasses, black licorice and a hint of floral hops hiding in the back.

Taste- Chocolate malt, tobacco, molasses, some black licorice and wood. There are some floral notes that try to surface in the finish.

Feel- Oily and a bit on the effervescent side with a crisp dry finish.

Overall- A very flavorful example of the style. While dark, roasty and chocolatey, there is a slightly hoppy quality that reminds me of some Three Floyd's stouts/porters. Topless Wytch comes to mind and that's good company in my opinion. A very solid beer, I'm glad I have one more. I may cellar it a short while for comparison?

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Photo of OrangeMen
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2016 Vintage
3 months from bottling date

Appearance- Pours a black color, opaque. Finger thick, medium tan colored head, frothy and thick. Lots of sticky alcohol legs, some spotty head lacing.

Aroma- Roasty malts, dry cocoa, smoky notes. Sweeter chocolate, caramel, brown sugar, creamy caramalized sugars, and dark fruits. Touch of earthy hops.

Taste- Roasty, smoky malts, slight char and cocoa. Rich caramel, brown sugar, milk chocolate sweetness. Earthy nuttiness, some hops on the finish.

Feel- Medium feel, silky smooth and creamy. Moderate carbonation.

Overall- Real nice balance of rich roastiness and smooth creamy flavors. Roasted malts, smoke, and cocoa are out front, but then comes a wonderful creaminess that refines and balances.

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Photo of PatrickCT
3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip.

a: black body. Opaque with ruby brown edges. 2 finger billowing dark beige head that settles quickly leaving a gentle lace.

s: A wonderfully balanced aroma of chocolate and coffee. There are hints of molasses and a slight earthiness backing up the coffee and chocolate. Delicate and pronounced at once.

t: The taste follows the nose...to a degree. The oatiness is pronounced, as is the molasses. Chocolate takes a backseat to the coffee. There is just enough spiciness on the finish to create a bit of excitement.

mf: The body is on the lighter side of heavy. Low carbonation. Overall, a good full mouthfeel.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.91/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Solid beer but pales in comparison with the barrel aged versions. Attractive black bodied brew with a small cap of tan foam, minimal lace, light penetrating the edges. Roasty baker's chocolate aroma, heavy malt character, less so on the tongue. Feels a little light for the bitter roastiness, relatively dry, sort of a bittersweet chocolate and burnt coffee aspect, noticeably hoppy and earthy; medium body at best with a lingering bitter finish. The barrel aged versions add sweetness,
Complexity, and a depth of body that make them more interesting in my opinion; nice enough beer but I'd prefer an imperial stout with some fullness when looking for these flavor notes.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
3.74/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2016 bottle served in a wine glass

Appearance: creamy and dark brown with a large tan head

Nose: chocolate, coffee, boozy, roasty

Taste: follows the nose perfectly and a bit thin mouthfeel

Overall: this beer is good but not great. I'd like to try the BA version to see what some oak time would do. I'll age this one and see where it goes.

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Photo of kculrich
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 12oz. bottle, undated, served in a tulip.

Pours pitch-black with a modest cola-like crown of foam. Light-to-moderate lacing.

Smells of cocoa, molasses and figs. Clean, sharp and appealing.

Tastes of dusty cocoa, bittersweet chocolate, tobacco and orange peel with a mouth-coating, lightly-toasted earthy maltiness. Oatiness and vanilla toffee becomes more prevalent as it warms up a bit.

Mouthfeel is clean and dry, medium bodied and amply carbonated.

Overall, an incredibly smooth-and-easy drinking tasty beverage in which the relatively high ABV is totally concealed - it's way too easy to consume the entire four-pack and find that your brain is no longer in communication with your legs.

I haven't had a Framinghammer in, probably, a year and I'd forgotten just how good this is - was it this good before or have they tweaked it?

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

Very impressive. I am almost exclusively an IPA guy, so this is way out of my wheelhouse. Very well-done by my former hometown brewery. Smell & taste are outstanding, not too boozy, despite the high ABV

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Photo of NWSREM
3.81/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours very dark brown with small beige head. Smells of sweet roasted malt and mild coffee and cola. Quite a range of flavors to taste, starting with sweet burnt malt then bitter chocolate, coffee and some licorice. Finishes slightly bitter with a smokey, tobacco-like aftertaste. Feels moderately rich and smooth without being syrupy.

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Photo of Czarkazm
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
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 +2.9%
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 +4.1%
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 -1.9%
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 +14.9%
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 +6.5%
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 +10.1%
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 +3.1%
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 +1.2%
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 -25.5%
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 +14.7%
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 -6.7%
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 +7.5%
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 -13.9%
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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Framinghammer Baltic Porter from Jack's Abby Brewing
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