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Framinghammer Baltic Porter - Jack's Abby Brewing

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Reviews: 67
Hads: 623
Avg: 4.17
pDev: 22.06%
Wants: 70
Gots: 108 | FT: 8
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Jack's Abby Brewing
Massachusetts, United States | website

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 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 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 angrybabboon
3.6/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

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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 NWSREM
3.81/5  rDev -8.6%
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 jlindros
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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Photo of Altrurian
3.87/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nearly black beer, with deep ruby/brown edges showing up only when held close to a bright light. For several seconds, cascading roils under the tan, three finger head. Said head endures a respectable time, and lacing remains as time passes and drinking proceeds. The aroma, which is not pronounced, is of freshly-baked brownies. The beer's flavor is also that of a rich, semi-sweet chocolate pastry, accompanied by a very slight alcohol burn. Mouthfeel is just right for a robust porter.

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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 brentk56
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a fudge brown color with auburn highlights; the impressive mocha head bubbles up into a three-fingered head leaving plenty of lacing dots

Smell: Chocolate-dominant with hints of caramel and coffee

Taste: Chocolate and mocha, up front, with just a hint of vanilla; in the middle, there is also a hint of leafy hop flavor if you are really paying attention; the aftertaste brings on more of the same but also introduces a vague smoky element

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied and creamy, with moderate carbonation

Overall: This is a beer I have been looking forward to tasting and, while I very much enjoyed it, I marked the scores down as I didn't pick up the dark fruit element I look for in the top examples of the style

Thanks, cp45, for the opportunity

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Photo of smcolw
3.97/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Oneinchaway for sharing this one at jmgrub's tasting.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and slight smoke aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and smoke flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty with a nice smoke presence.

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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 GJ40
4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 500ml bottle purchased at Yankee Spirits in Attleboro, MA. Date was 12/3/2013.

A - A deep brown with some light coming through at the edges. A big tan head of large bubbles.

S - Hints of toast and cocoa. Not a strong aroma.

T - A mild sweetness with elements of brown sugar, bread, biscuits and raisins. Smooth with no rough edges. A slight bitterness in the finish. The alcohol is well hidden.

M - Creamy with a low carbonation. It slides down nicely.

O - Tasty, smooth and warming. Nice for a cold New England night.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip nonic. Pours a dark brown, almost black, with ruby highlights around the base when backlit. Head is a 1/2 in thickness, dense, creamy and tan-colored and embedded with tiny pinpricks. Head eventually dissipates into a soapy slick with some swaths of lacing present during the tasting. Nose expresses roasted malts, lager yeast and dark, slightly vinous fruits and cocoa. Taste follows nose; however, the fruit profile is not overly assertive and melds with the roasted malts and cocoa. There is also an earthy hops bittering and a bit of ethanol (more flavor than heat) at the back that leaves a slightly acrid aftertaste between quaffs. Mouthfeel is medium-light, with an even carbonation and some mild acidity attributable to the alcohol. Overall, a solid baltic porter with both complexity and balance. That said, I continue to be impressed by this young brewery's innovation and quality.

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Photo of dar482
4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a black color with a frothy off white head.

The beer has tons of roast, chocolate, coffee, spiciness, a bit boozy in the medium, but incredibly clean. Lots of earthy hop quality along with anise and licorice.

The beer is medium to thick.

This beer really drinks easily and hides it's ABV very dangerously. It could be a bit more robust on the flavors, but a good job at the style.

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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 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 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 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 dd43
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of Andrew041180
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured from the bottle into a goblet - my tulip was in the dishwasher and I didn't bother to hand wash it. I can't differentiate appearance on many of these dark beers. There was a relatively small head that vanished fairly quickly. Lacing was minimal, if it existed at all.

S - Nice bit of a knockback here. The 10% alcohol level is definitely present in the nose. Also a dark, mildly sweet chocolate smell. Little bit of roastiness.

T - Starts off semi-sweet chocolate. Some roasty characteristics build in very quickly forming a nice blend. The alcohol comes in on the finish with a nice little bite. Definitely some heat here.

M - As advertised. It is silky smooth and full-bodied. Jack's Abby has nailed the mouthfeel on so many of its beers.

O - Another excellent beer from Jack's Abby. The alcohol in this one is a little stronger than I like, and the couple Imperial Stouts that I've had recently compared favorably to this one.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a dark hue. Nearly black. Head is mild. Very little light penetration. Body doesn't seem to be overly viscous.

S-Nose is aromatic but still light for such a big beer. Light boozy whiffs. Chocolatey, roasty and bitter. The nose even has some notes of dried dark fruits.

T-Flavors are overall very nice. The booze whacks you right in the middle of the sip. Bitter dark chocolate segways into some coarse alcohol right befor the roast sets in. The overall flavor is quite attractive however. I enjoyed this beer's flavor components.

M-Maintains a rather light body despite the ABV. This one has the feel of a big Porter rather that a Porter/Stout hybrid. Mellow carbonation with a dry finish.

O/D-I love big Porters. This one is pretty tasty. Jack's Abby makes some awesome brews and this is just another that should be tried when available.

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.13/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of rudzud
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the Armsby Abbey. Reviewed from notes.

A - Poured into a standard snifter an oily black hue with half a finger of mocha head that fades to leave nice sticky side lacing.

S - This is a largered porter?! Get out of here. Lots of good, rich roasted malts and thick creamy chocolate.

T - Taste is really big with lots of roasted malts and more of those deep dark chocolate. Very impressive albeit one dimensional.

M - Mouthfeel uhh..ABV, where the hell is it?! Incredibly hidden ABV, drinks like its 5-6%. Creamy, rich, and delicious.

O - Overal this is a very, very tasty baltic porter. Jacks Abby continues to impress.

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Framinghammer Baltic Porter from Jack's Abby Brewing
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