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Framinghammer Baltic Porter - Jack's Abby Brewing

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Reviews: 66
Hads: 603
Avg: 4.17
pDev: 22.06%
Wants: 70
Gots: 105 | FT: 9
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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Photo of BigCheese
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of Roguer
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle with MFG 1/30/15 on the side. Pours a pitch black color with a small amount of head. Good amount of lacing. The aroma is chocolate syrup, caramel, molasses, brown sugar and roasted malts. Hints of licorice and tobacco. The taste is roasted malts and chocolate syrup with some leather and tobacco. Boozey. Some woody notes as it warms. Finishes with more tobacco, roasted malts and chocolate syrup. Hint of coffee. Slick, velvety mouthfeel. Really digging this one. I'm hoping I can get my hands on some of the variants. Overall, fantastic beer.

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Photo of Ian_B
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Black as tar, with a tall & finely-carbed beige head that presents thick, solid lacing.

Aromas of chocolate and lager yeast present upfront, with the yeast lending very slightly fruit esters along the lines of fig and blackberry. Slightly present acidic/salty notes that are characteristic of the style.

The acidic/salty notes are much more present in the taste, while the beer is quite forward in its sweetness. However, this is very well-balanced by hop bitterness and high alcohol content. Beginning with roasty, acidic dark malts, each sip takes you through deep, sweet chocolate with a touch of smoke before moving through more savory brown malt and nutty flavours. Balanced by a touch of brightly sharp hop bitterness, this beer is quite complex on the palate.

Overall very smooth mouthfeel. Sharply acidic on the front, full and roasty in the middle, with a lingering, smooth, lager-ed finish.

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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 OrangeMen
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of ZebraCakez
4.41/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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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 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 TheManiacalOne
4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.54/5  rDev +8.9%
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!

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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 DrJay
4.21/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.54/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
4.39/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of Dope
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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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 cbutova
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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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 hoptualBrew
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to kmurray8621 for this one.

A - Black with brown edges, dark khaki head.

S - Baker's chocolate, coffee, roast, booze, toffee, mixed nuts.

T - Milk chocolate, toffee, coffee, alcohol heat.

M - Silky, medium full body. soft but pretty viscous heat from the booze in the finish.

O - Smooth beer, very solid Baltic Porter, not extraordinarily complex, but very robust in the flavors and characters it does express.

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Photo of Scotchboy
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
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!

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
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

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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 WanderingFool
4.36/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Framinghammer Baltic Porter from Jack's Abby Brewing
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