Baby Maker | Jack's Abby Brewing

BA SCORE
93
outstanding
350 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
Baby MakerBaby Maker
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Jack's Abby Brewing
Massachusetts, United States
jacksabbybrewing.com

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
This "Lager Wine" aged for nine months in bourbon barrels previously used for Framinghammer.

Added by Resuin on 10-17-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
350
Reviews:
42
Avg:
4.25
pDev:
10.82%
 
 
Wants:
61
Gots:
66
For Trade:
13
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 350 |  Reviews: 42
Photo of BEERchitect
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

 1,246 characters

Photo of Farnswurth
4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BMart
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dfhhead25
3.74/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NolaHopHead
4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

 242 characters

Photo of MDDMD
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NHhomebrewguy
4.66/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DMcGirr
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AnitaBrewski
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of IrishColonial
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of devilfluff
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of harsley
4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of fehrminator
4.09/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MarkyMOD
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of oline73
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ThickNStout
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

 990 characters

Photo of morebeergood
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Faxmesomehalibut
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hiwattowner
3.73/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Thedrizzle
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

 166 characters

Photo of brpendergast85
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jfstilling
3.94/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of schinebd
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of doremite
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Baby Maker from Jack's Abby Brewing
4.25 out of 5 based on 350 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.