Baby Maker
Jack's Abby Brewing

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Barleywine - American
4.22 | pDev: 10.66%
Jack's Abby Brewing
Massachusetts, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Notes: This "Lager Wine" aged for nine months in bourbon barrels previously used for Framinghammer.
Reviews: 43 | Ratings: 352 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Highly complex and certainly not trying to be an imperial IPA, the brewers of Jack's Abby put together a malt bomb of a beer that balances beautifully with American hops, and then aged in oak barrels for added complexity and charm.

Hazy and peachy, the golden amber lager pours with a hazy viscosity that shows a slow separation of beer from creamy froth. Its scent billows over with candied malts, stone fruit, citrus and pine. To taste, the beer's bready sweet introduction is redolent with poundcake, honey and caramel.

Deliciously malty, the lager showcases the taste of malted barley at an extremely high degree. Candied fruit flavors of apricot, apple, cherry, plum and sultan skirt over a persistent caky sweetness with those honey and caramel flavors holding firmly in place. Its balance from hops come with the fresh zests of grapefruit and orange ahead of a growing bitterness that's laced with torn pinecone, muddled grasses and a peppery spice from alcohol.

Full bodied and lavishly sweet, the beer's malt to hop ratio is impeccable while an overcast of light wine, oak and sherry savoriness provided a nuanced tier of taste that continues to reward the tastebuds deep in aftertaste even though the bitterness continues to tighten.

Jul 17, 2017
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NolaHopHead from Louisiana

4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle. Pours bright golden, finger white head, nice lacing. Sweet candy aroma, mild booze. Big sticky sweet taste with plenty booze, but not burning. Fruity notes. Medium to full slick feel was impressive. Slow sipper, very tasty brew.

Sep 24, 2016
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ThickNStout from Georgia

4.36/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

500mL bottle from 7Sport (many thanks!). No obvious bottle dating. Served in a Barrel and Barley teku.

Pours a near opaque pale orange with a finger and a half ecrue head. The thin halo that lingers leaves no lacing.

Full, rich nose of bourbon, toffee, honey, dark fruit and faint vanilla. Quite nice.

The aromas were not at all deceiving. Many layers of flavor including bourbon, oak, honey, toffee, vanilla, burnt caramel, cereal grains, dark fruit, leather, faint char, brown sugar and a healthy dousing of booze. Everything works well together and despite the obvious heat this drinks much easier than expected for 14% abv. Absolutely delicious.

Slick, full body with subtle carbonation. Bourbon heat lingers in the long, sweet aftertaste along with honey, toffee and vanilla.

My introduction to lager wines has me quite interested in trying more. I'll call Baby Maker the Jack's Abbey response to Bourbon County Barleywine. This was a phenomenal extra and a pleasure to drink.

May 11, 2015
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Thedrizzle from Florida

4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Good stuff here. Loads of vanilla followed by bourbon. A solid amount of heat with a sticky mouthfeel. It' has a different taste then most brews. A definite must try.

Apr 15, 2015
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Damian from Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 1 pint .9 fl. oz./.5 liters bottle purchased at Gordons Fine Wines & Liquors, Waltham, MA
Served in a snifter

The beer poured a brilliant, nearly crystal clear, glowing orangey-amber color. A frothy, one-finger tall, off white crown topped the liquid. The head quickly fell to a lasting bubbly mass.

The nose was really rich and robust. Very malt forward. Sweet and slightly boozy. Quite rummy. Fruity. Caramel and toffee notes came through strong. Good amount of vanilla and honey. Brown sugar was noticeable as well.

The flavor profile was also very malt-centric. Quite sweet on the front end. Almost a bit cloying. Caramel and toffee notes were apparent. Indications of maple and golden raisins came through as well. Touch of honey. Quite boozy on the finish. Given the exceedingly high ABV, however, the alcohol was actually quite restrained. While the beer was aged in bourbon barrels, the booziness seemed more sweet and rummy than bourbony. The barrels also contributed some light tannic notes. Subtle, dry and bitter, piney hop notes lingered.

The mouthfeel was surprisingly lighter bodied. A crisp, fine effervescence gave the beer a creamy smoothness.

The guys at Jack's Abby consistently put out new and exciting beers and Baby Maker is no exception. This "lager wine" is a perfect sipper for a cold winter's night. I really look forward to trying Bride Maker, the supposedly re-tooled and improved version of this beer.

Nov 13, 2014
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jdhilt from New Hampshire

4.4/5  rDev +4.3%

Pours a two finger white head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Hazy amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Bourbon nose and flavor is bourbon, very smooth sweet dark fruit, hints of the high ABV. Decent barleywine. Pricey at $14.99 for a 500ml bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma.

Sep 25, 2014
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frenchblood21 from Ohio

4.59/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into KBS goblet. Date of review is 8/13/14.

Appearance- Gives me a first impression of a peach mead. Honey is the color that pops in my mind. A beautiful white head was present for a few seconds, but it's gone now.

Smell- Smells an awful lot like a barleywine. I get strong flavors of fig, apricot and white cherries. Maybe just a hint of bourbon and vanilla, but the fruit steal the show.

Taste- WOW! It takes a lot to take my breath away from beer, but this is outstanding. Bourbon is the most forward ingredient and it's so super smooth. After the initial bourbon rush, I get tropical fruits. Pineapple, banana and mango. A hint of prunes and figs in the back.

Mouthfeel- This beer wants to be hot, but it's just too smooth. 14% ABV is not present and that's an amazing accomplishment. Hops are present, but not in the way of the other flavors at all.

Overall- I wanted to try this beer, but was not super pumped about was I wrong. Fantastic in every way. I will be trading for this again.

Aug 13, 2014
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Split with rudzud and threelions,

Small fizzy barely head, crystal clear tan almost toasty brown.

Nose big aged candy malts, caramel, toffee like, done perfumey alcohol, little fig and candied apricot like fruity aromas. Little vanilla barrel, lots of maple, little ethanol.

Taste big sweet candy, toffee and caramel, syrupy thick like maple syrup, candy etc. Tons of vanilla barrel, maple vanilla cream barrel. Then booze, perfumey alcohol and tingly booze. Little nutty note, fruity candied stone fruit, etc. Sticky syrupy finish, lots of alcohol, perfumey alcohol, sweet syrupy candy, etc.

Mouth is a bit heavier bod, syrupy, lots of hot booze, decent but lighter carb.

Overall ok, interesting nice beer but quite boozy.

Aug 11, 2014
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Split with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice crystal clear copper hue with a nice head that faded to leave light sudsy halo.

S - Aromas of caramel, alcohol, vanilla, barrel, toffee. Loads of booze.

T - Taste is barrel galore, vanilla, bourbon, booze, caramel, toffee, quite boozy.The beer heeled better with more sips.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, a sipper for sure and quite boozy.

O - Overall this beer was incredibly boozy but tasty. Will age nicely.

Aug 08, 2014
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DrJay from Texas

4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear burnt orange/coppery colour with a short beige cap. Some soapy bubbles stuck around and the head left a few spots of lacing on the glass as it receded. Sweet, toffee aroma with vanilla and oak, a bit boozy but nicely balanced. Nice flavour too. Mild up front with notes of sweet malts and a hint of bitterness, then --- oak and vanilla and booze, oh my! Big finish with lingering bitterness and toffee/caramel sweetness, along with woody astringency and alcohol warmth. Heavy, almost sticky, body with low carbonation. This is a big beer, perfect for sipping. I may lay a couple of these away for the winter months.

Jul 27, 2014
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maximum12 from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks one more time to mjg0725 for this bottle, the last glass standing from our trade. Svelte 500ML bottle split with my wife (you wonder why? No, not that, we're done with babies, knock violently on wood).

The pour is going fine until the last few ounces, when a glop of sediment flows off the lip of the bottle & hits the surface of the beer with an (almost) audible 'plop.' Result is a dark orange beer that one cannot see through, though most of the solids seem to have sunk quickly. Minimal carbonation. Nose has more toffee flavor than toffee. Actually, that's all I get, but hey, I like toffee.

Baby Maker does, indeed, make me want to strip off my clothes. Actually, I want to do that most of the time, er, the beer certainly packs a wallop of alcohol. The toffee roar is mixed liberally with candied oranges. Mid-palate is the brain-punch: strong bourbon, gorgeous vanilla, hair-numbing alcohol. Honey & sugary sweetness wrap up the package. If there's a weakness, it's a touch flat & heavy, but hey, I could drink a couple of these. And probably live.

Unique, tasty, aggressive. What's not to like? This kicks ass. Excellent beer.

Jun 20, 2014
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metter98 from New York

4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is clear yellowish amber in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high light beige head that died down, leaving a short head covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of toffee, toasted oak and vanilla are present in the nose along with hints of caramel.
T: The taste very much follows the smell, except that each of the flavors are stronger in nature.
M: It feels full-bodied, very smooth and a little clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The alcohol lends some warming and no stickiness is noticeable.
O: You can tell this beer is very strong from all of the malty sweetness, although it is quite difficult to perceive any flavors of alcohol in the taste. While it isn't that difficult to drink, it is a nice beer to sip and savor next to a fire on a cold winter night. The smell and taste are very similar to a barleywine, but the mouthfeel definitely resembles that of a lager and doesn't have any stickiness.

May 31, 2014
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Slatetank from Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this bottle at Capital City Gastropub served chilled-poured in a snifter.

The color is deep golden with amber highlight and hazed with thick white head w/ ultrafine bead and good lace stickage. The smell is very rich with totally sweet malty nuance and light sherry-like hint with malt presence and floral alcohol inviting and has a smell of brown sugar -type molasses hint with fruity and vanilla accents. The feel is excellent- light texture considering the strength - sweet and spiced elements with toasted strong and moderate carbonation backs up the malt with no real alcohol heat-very malt heavy with sweet yet slightly dry finish.

The taste is great -strong malt with mild sweet entry and light fruity tinge of yeast with raisin and golden pear-llike accent some mild golden raisin vinous elemnents and mild floral alcohol in the back with light plum an ddate with wet walnut type sweet nutty taste -and lasting alcohol flavor as it finishes. This is an overall world class beer an interesting strong bock in the teens ..the only thing that holds it back is how smooth it is you don't realize it is in the double digits til it is mostly gone.

May 27, 2014
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SportsandJorts from Virginia

4.71/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: a nice golden orange color. perfect clarity for the first few mini snifters, last one had some sediment in it but thats expected. a quarter finger of a white head that leaves a surprising lacing for 14%.

Smell: huge initial sweetness, butterscotch, caramel, vanilla, subtle dark fruits. small amounts of bourbon and occasional sharp alcohol.

Taste: opens with sweet candy sweetness. very distinct butterscotch, maybe a bit of maple syrup, a caramelized sugar but no scorching. next wave brings bourbon, oak and vanilla. some times alcohol strikes out with a harsh bite.

Mouthfeel: thick syruplike feel, quite an alcohol kick of astringency that does well to balance all the sweetness of the beer.

Overall: certainly an extreme brew, never before have I tasted such a strong butterscotch taste in a beer, lots of wonderful sweet things in here. a strong and alcohol forward brew but nothing that is out of hand.

May 26, 2014
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angrybabboon from Massachusetts

4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Split with Goblinmunkey7

Consumed 5/19/14

Appearance: Clear dark copper/amber - becomes cloudy if you pour in the sediment (obviously) - small head, acceptable given the barrel-aging - leaves a few spots of lacing

Smell: Bourbon, vanilla, caramel, and oh yeah, booze - very, very rich with some serious toffee and caramel - lots of vanilla as well - some chewy caramel malts, with some malty sweetness, dark fruits - some molasses, cooked sugar, and maybe even some honey - some big bourbon notes, with some wood - rather clean, no surprise as this is a lager from Jack's Abby, after all

Taste: Surprisingly drinkable for a 14% beer - loads of caramel, toffee, and some caramel - above-average sweetness, but actually somewhat subdued considering how much alcohol is actually in this - nice vanilla, wood, and bourbon notes - not overly potent, but rather the bourbon integrates very well - some dark fruits - I may be imagining some hints of Framinghammer as well, with a light touch of roast and chocolate - strong alcohol component, but I honestly would have expected something more extreme

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, very smooth, unexpectedly smooth finish

Overall: Not recommended for pregnant or nursing

This smells like a lion but drinks like a lamb. That sentence makes sense, right? I was somewhat intimidated by this beer, but it is as oddly drinkable as just about anything else crafted by Jack's Abby. It's sweet, but not too sweet, and boozy, without being too boozy. If this is ever made again, I'd definitely buy it.

May 19, 2014
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Goblinmunkey7 from Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to angrybabboon for sharing the bottle.

Appearance: Super clear deep copper. Head is off-white and tiny thanks to the barrel. Minimal carbonation on the pour. Tiny spots of lacing.

Smell: Booze and deeply caramelized malts. Caramel, toffee, raw sugar, it's all there. A touch of vanilla and coconut running through the back. Bourbon actually adds s nice depth pushing some higher alcohol and butterscotch. A ton of alcohol and the associated spicy esters. Sweet. Deeply caramelized malt sugars. A touch bready. Sweet booze. Caramel sauce. A touch of citrus. Macaroons. Fruitcake.

Taste: Straight up caramel corn. Sweet with some bready elements. Tons of caramel and toffee. Crazy sweet but tempered a bit by a bracing alcohol. Some light spicy esters. A bunch of sugared fruit (pears, apples, raisins, plums). Booze. Bourbon burns a bit hot, but balances out a bit as it warms. Loaded with vanilla and coconut. Reminiscent of a macaroon soaked in bourbon. Sweetness builds as it warms. Surprisingly clean. Straight sugar on the back. A hint of real butterscotch and maple.

Mouthfeel: Slick medium leaning toward full body. Minimal carbonation. Clean finish with a bit of a dry end thanks to the alcohol.

Overall: Feelin' frisky.

Unique. Super clean for being so sweet and boozy. Crazy sugars and a nice use of a bourbon barrel.

May 19, 2014
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.04/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Baby make or put you to sleep like a baby, either way this one packs a punch. Murky dark brown with no head save a clear bubble ring. Malt bomb with toffee, barley, raisin, bourbon, wood tannins, vanilla, brown sugar, and caramel. Taste adds even more candied peach, pine resin, lots of booze, and more dark fruit. A lot to wrap the palate around, complex but overly potent. Feel is where this is seen most, so boozy, so sweet, so much of everything.

May 10, 2014
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Florida9 from Illinois

4.14/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Slightly hazy orange-amber in color. Forms a modest white head that falls quickly to a thin ring around the edge. Some very light spotty lacing.

S: Aroma is full of vanilla, oak, and bourbon. Creamy smooth. Mildly sweet. Frosting. some lighter alcohol notes.

T: Taste is similar to the aroma, but much hotter. Lots of vanilla and oak. Bourbon. Very mild sweetness. Butterscotch. Boozy and especially hot on the back end.

M: Well, if the alcohol was light on the aroma, it's full forth on the mouth feel. There is a pungent alcoholic heat that lingers all the way down the throat. Very smooth with an almost oily consistency. Lower carbonation. Mild bitterness.

O: Well, I'd never know this was a lager if the bottle didn't say it. Very unique and quite the creative interpretation of what this beer could be.

May 08, 2014
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cbutova from Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Split with Chico1985 two nights ago during a tasting. Fully reviewed on the tablet during consumption.

A- 500ml bottle poured to a small chalice glass and a tulip shared with Chico1985. Light amber hue with a small white cap. The head reaches about one finger before falling at a decent pace. Medium ring remains leaving spotty lace at the top and not much beyond that.

S- Smoothed out Bourbon barrels up front with a vanilla oaky and whiskey feel but not sharp at all. The fact that they are used for the second time shows in the smoothness. Beyond that is toffee, caramel, sweets, raisins/plum and just a hint of alcohol (for 14% it's beyond invisible).

T- Vanilla caramel sweetness followed by the smoothed out Bourbon barrels that lend some of that vanilla as well as oak and whiskey spiciness. Toffee sweet dessert feel compliments notes of caramel and raisin that remind me of an Old Ale.

MF- This part of the beer is most surprising to me. There is absolutely no lack of carbonation and actually a nice creamy texture rather than the undercarbed oily experience of many high ABV brews. Finishes with just a bit of warming from the alcohol.

Smooth whiskey and oak complimented by toffee and caramel sweetness. Certainly reminds me of an Old Ale in many ways but it certainly is a lager, which is impressive.

Apr 22, 2014
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Chico1985 from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beer #3 of a tasting. Thanx again, Cam. Been wanting to pick this up.

Appearance - Nice translucent amber color, white head, impressive retention for 14%/barrel-aged.

Smell - More subtle than expected, but distinct flavors of caramel, toffee-covered crackers, super cracker-y. Earthy and buttery tones, flavorful bourbon. Nice, unique and really not boozy considering the ABV.

Taste - Butterscotch, caramel, tons of smooth and flavorful bourbon and oak. Vanilla and bread aplenty. Some dark fruit. Some more booze showing through here but pretty smooth and drinkable for 14%. More flavor intensity and complexity than the nose, but the booze shows itself more as well - it's a fair trade I suppose.

Mouthfeel - Great mouthfeel though boozy - kinda high on the carbonation, sticky, syrupy, full.

Overall - Awesome bourbon flavor+tasty unique complex malts, Euro Strong Lager gone wild. Great all around, a huge beer but quite drinkable and not over the top. Consumption could certainly result in the making of babies.

Apr 20, 2014
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Jwale73 from Rhode Island

4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle purchased at the brewery. Pours the color of caramel with a slightly hazy clarity. No head, but a tight band around the borders. Nose is very barleywine-esque - lots of toffee and malt with a hint of breadiness. Taste consistent with nose with the addition of a medicinal/ethanol quality. There is also the characteristic flavors of fruitiness with a slightly medicinal bitterness at the finish. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a slightly prickly carbonation and an oily texture. Overall, I was quite surprised at all of the barleywine characteristics present in a lagered beer. Pretty amazing stuff.

Apr 14, 2014
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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Sampled at EBF, not sure if it was from a bottle or a keg. Pours a lighter copper color.

S-Super sweet with a pleasant dose of bourbon oak.

T-Flavor is more complex. The oak is my favorite aspect of the flavor. It's got a bunch of sweet corn starch sugar, caramel and fermented pale fruit.

M-Full bodied. Feel creamy. Alcohol is not shy by any means.

O/D-I wanted to cop a bottle of this a while back but missed the chance. Now I feel like a small sample pour doesn't do it justice, as Jack's Abby is one foamy favorites. Still, I liked it a lot.

Mar 26, 2014
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AgentMunky from New York

4.04/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had at Ale Arsenal.

Pale. Clear. Smell is super busy, crazy sweet. Very bourbony. Woody. Mmm. Sweet tasty whiskey. That's about it. Super smooth. Strong. Obvious lager notes. interesting. Wouldn't want a whole one, but I'd recommend it. I'm not really crazy about the imperial lager thing, but the whiskey is inspired.

Mar 07, 2014
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brureview from Massachusetts

4.36/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a rich golden copper color in a Pilsner glass. 1/2 finger head.

Aroma was wafting as I poured the beer: Bourbon, vanilla, sweetness.

Mouth feel: moderately carbonated. Bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass.

Taste: extraordinary- Framinghammer Baltic Porter on steroids. This beer is aged in Bourbon barrels used for aging Framinghammer. Strong Bourbon, vanilla, and very sweet.

overall: my favorite beer from the brewery hands down. A veritable sipper at 14%.

Mar 05, 2014
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Mikeypnh from New Hampshire

4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark copper, no head, just a few bubbles. Was expecting this to be darker. The smell is barley wine like. Sweet! Vanilla, caramel, butterscotch?, bourbon. The taste follows. Very sweet, vanilla and caramel way up front, with some alcohol on the back end. You get some raisin in the flavor, too, with a dry finish. Has a somewhat thin mouthfeel, with very little carbonation, if any. It has dried out my lips. Not sure what's up with that haha. Very dry and alcohol heavy finish. Has some nice flavors, although the finish is not my favorite. Very sweet, a nice bottle to share.

Feb 25, 2014
Baby Maker from Jack's Abby Brewing
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 352 ratings