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Framinghammer Baltic Porter - Jack's Abby Brewing

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Reviews: 63
Hads: 596
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: 596
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev -4.5%
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. (557 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
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 (767 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
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. (1,037 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (802 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I purchased this at the Fridge in Lancaster, poured chilled in a stout glass from the 12oz.

The color is black with opaque clarity and 2 fingers of pale brown head with fine bead and thick lace with visible carbonation. The smell is strong with sweetend cocoa type aroma with creamy smell with caramel and slight pine from the hops and mild dried fruit with the yeast ester. The feel is rich smooth and creamy with mild sweetness balanced by the slight spice and mild alcohol rounds out the feel with finish that is semi-dry.

The taste is chewy with caramel with cocoa with slightly creamy flavor and mild dark sugar sweetness and hint of toffee nuttiness with warmth of alcohol on the palate. The taste of malt is layered with only a slight hop taste in the back with nice depth of toasted malts that don't really reach a full on roast flavor. This is a good one to sip on for a good while, nice how the alcohol is noticeable but not overpowering -very tasty and rich! (974 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 smcolw
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
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. (465 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (1,063 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 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 DrJay
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very dark, but there's a faint, clear, ruby hue to the beer when held up to bright light. Tan/brown cap of fine bubbles, lots of lacing, good head retention. Chocolatey aroma, light burnt/smoke character, cocoa and malted milk. Moderate bitterness with just a bit of alcohol. Notes of chocolate, caramel, malt, slight nut and fruit character, bittersweet finish. Creamy and smooth, mild warmth, full bodied with medium carbonation, slight dryness. Really good and super easy to drink for the abv. I'm looking forward to trying some of the other variants. (554 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (639 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
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. (850 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
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. (909 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (837 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 dar482
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (402 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (414 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 sulldaddy
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (744 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 justintcoons
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (540 characters)

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 12.03.2013

A: Pours a pitch black color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a nice cap that lasts for a good while

S: Roasted malts, some dark fruits, dark chocolate, and a hint of coffee

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the roasted malts and dark chocolate followed by a light sweetness brought about by the dark fruits and oats. Finishes with a hint of coffee and more of the subdued sweetness. Alcohol completely hidden

M: Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Big and thick

O: A very solid baltic porter with great balance and complexity. The 10% is very well hidden and sneaks up on you. Definitely well-suited for the winter months as well. If you liked the 3 BA variants, you'll like this one as well, as it's definitely a solid base for those (774 characters)

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.79/5  rDev -9.5%
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. (904 characters)

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.58/5  rDev -14.6%
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! (166 characters)

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Framinghammer Baltic Porter from Jack's Abby Brewing
92 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.