Baby Maker
Jack's Abby Brewing

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American Barleywine
4.22 | pDev: 10.66%
Jack's Abby Brewing
Massachusetts, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Baby MakerBaby Maker
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
Reviews by frenchblood21:
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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.

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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.

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Damian from Massachusetts, Nov 13, 2014
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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.

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Slatetank from Pennsylvania, May 27, 2014
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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.

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jlindros from Massachusetts, Aug 11, 2014
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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.

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Florida9 from Illinois, May 08, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

BostonPhilly from Massachusetts, Nov 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Rado from California, Feb 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

rjp217 from Massachusetts, Mar 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

braican from Massachusetts, Mar 24, 2014
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3.65/5  rDev -13.5%

Mikeluzzjr from Massachusetts, Nov 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

vonnegut21 from New York, Nov 11, 2013
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2/5  rDev -52.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

CraftEyeDoc from North Carolina, Mar 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

ELECTRONICAnonymous from Massachusetts, Jun 24, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

josephwa from Minnesota, Dec 21, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

dreis from Massachusetts, Feb 15, 2014
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4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500 mL bottle into a snifter. This was bottled yesterday.

Appearance: Pours a very deep amber/dark orange and leaves less than a half finger of off-white head, which fades to nothing quickly. The color is almost a muddled hybrid of half gold, half brown. Just barely translucent (almost opaque).

Smell: Big sweet, delicious bourbon up front with oak and vanilla, and perhaps a dash or orange/citrus, but the bourbon is definitely the dominant scent. It isn't blatantly overpowering but just takes up a majority of the aroma.

Taste: Big bourbon again, and again the bourbon is definitely the main player here. Despite that, this beer is very balanced. Notes of oak, vanilla, caramel, honey, and dark fruits. Finishes so crisp with the alcohol superbly masked. I love that this beer is so bourbony and sweet, but just to the right level and not overly sweet.

Mouth-feel: Pretty well carbonated which gives it almost a spritzy feel to the creamy, medium body it possesses. Finishes crisp and clean. Despite the big flavor, it amazingly maintains that crisp lager mouth-feel which is very interesting.

Overall: This is a lot different than I expected. As a lover of bourbon barrel beers (and bourbon) this is fantastic. If there is a flaw, it is that this the bourbon flavor is so crisp, and dominates the profile (which I love). This is dangerously drinkable for the ABV, and has a well-balanced sweetness to it. I'm amazed by how smooth the finish is for a beer with this much bourbon flavor.

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Resuin from Massachusetts, Oct 17, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Psychmusic from Connecticut, Oct 21, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Gunboat82 from Massachusetts, Nov 03, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

mportnoy from Pennsylvania, Jun 22, 2014
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

ScottStache from Massachusetts, Feb 11, 2014
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4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

jmkoller11 from Arizona, Jan 26, 2015
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

MattGrimley from Massachusetts, Mar 22, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

dubdrop from Massachusetts, Dec 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Davepoolesque from Massachusetts, Nov 07, 2013
Baby Maker from Jack's Abby Brewing
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 352 ratings