Bride Maker | Jack's Abby Brewing

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BEER INFO

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

Style: British Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
This is our 2nd take on a barrel aged lager wine. This 13% abv beer was brewed last winter and has been aged in bourbon barrels. While Bride Maker is the same style of beer as Baby Maker, the recipe was reworked. The main difference is the use of Special B malt to give it more color and body as well as notes of caramel, toffee and dark fruits. We feel that Bride Maker is a sweeter, more well rounded take on the style.

Added by ThatsThatDude on 10-01-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
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Reviews:
45
Ratings:
294
pDev:
7.82%
 
 
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50
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48
Trade:
4
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Photo of acurtis
3.45/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of paresis
4.24/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fosters9
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Patches826
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BergBeer
4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Aisha
4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of macesq
3.87/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jlindros
4.22/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is a nice one on a cold wintery night

Pours a mild fizzy bubbly 1/2 finger head that fades at a fair pace, little lacing but long legs, somehow very clear but a dark mahogany color.

Nose big sweet candy malts, a little toasty biscuity, reddish toasted malts, a little toffee and caramel, candi sugar, a hint of booze with some dark fruity esters, touch date, some soft lagering like notes, and faint bourbon.

Taste brings sweet candy out front again, pretty sweet beer in general, but mixed with a very soft smooth lagering effect s really nice, some booze warmth and fusel notes but fairly smooth, a little bourbon but not much, faint chocolatey note too maybe from the Framinghammer, rich malts, toasted reddish, candy malts, candi sugar, caramel toffee, smooth caramel creams, mild plum and date like fruits, chewy nougat, etc. Finish is sticky sweet but not too sticky, a touch of booze warmth, lingering sweet candy flavors.

Mouth is med to fuller bod but lush creamy rich caramely smooth almost velvety like, decent carb, but some warming tingly booze, not a ton.

Overall a pretty interesting beer, I wonder if fresh it was more boozy but also probably had more bourbon, the Framinghammer notes come through a bit too which is nice.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JakerLou
4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Keananmichael5
2.98/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of kmoen
4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.19/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hopley
4.91/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is about one of the sweetest, tastiest, most balanced barleywine I've ever had.

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Photo of 7Sport
4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Prost76
4.39/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mattymystique
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of WesMantooth
4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It is a very pretty mahogany color. Minimal head and carbonation.

Smells very sweet. Vanilla, carmalized candy like sugar, dark fruits, and oak.

Tastes the same. Lots of brown sugar sweetness, wood and subtle bourbon flavor, some fig/cherry/red grapes, toffee, red apple, and malty.

Fairly heavy, almost syrupy, body. Lots of malt. Not difficult to drink though.

This is rich, and a bit of a sipper. Kind of like a brandy. Very clean, distinct flavors and nothing overbearing though. Just an outstanding beer all around.

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4.24/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Chestnut brown with mahogany hues. Great clarity. Off white head sputters out quickly. Minute spots of lacing.

S: Sweet notes of caramel, molasses, and toffee. Brown sugar. Bread crust, nuts, and a pinch of cocoa too. Sugar dates. Fig newtons. Sweet bourbon notes and whiffs of oak. Hint of alcohol.

T: Big honeyed sweetness. Thick caramel. Nutty cocoa and milk chocolate. Brown molasses and brown bread. Sugar dates and fig spread. The barrel adds bold but gentle notes of sweet and warming bourbon and a touch of drying wood that builds toward the back and into the finish.

M: Thick, syrupy, and honey-like. Absolutely rife with residual sugars. Coating and weighty. Warming alcohol. Ghostly wood astringency. Little carbonation. It's a lot like mead in weight and texture.

O: A nice slow sipper. It's huge and sweet, but the alcohols are warming and soothing. The flavors are clean and focused and meld together perfectly. It's absolutely perfect for what I'm doing tonight: hunkering down under a pile of blankets to escape this frigid New England winter night. This needs to return at some point.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - The beer poured a murky brown with a slight white head.

Smell - The beer smells sweet like candy ingredients.

Taste - The initial is sweet and almost maple syrup like. There were notes of butterscotch, dark fruits, and sweet malts. The bourbon is muted because of the aging. One might not know its there. Downright sticky, sweetness clings to the tongue in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - The mouthfeel is thick, which gives an impression of sticky sweet.

Overall - This beer is massive. As far as bourbon barrel aged English barleywines go, this is top of the line.

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4.41/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of American_Hawk
4.55/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Treyliff
4.39/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 pint .9oz bottle poured into a snifter, bottled 9/12/14

A- pours a deep amber color with a ruby hue, small fizzy off-white head eventually dissipates, leaving nothing behind

S- huge aroma of dark fruits jump out of the glass, followed by notes of caramel/toffee, brandy, rum soaked oak, brown sugar, dark cherry, bourbon, vanilla, red apple skin, toasted brown malts & alcohol. Outstanding aroma

T- big sweet malts open up initially with notes of brown sugar & molasses, followed by loads of dark fruit flavors, including dark cherry, fig & raisin. Notes of oak, bourbon and vanilla open up mid-palate. Hints of chocolate, caramel & sherry close it out. Lingers of sweet malt and just a hint of alcohol

M- viscous body with low carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel and a thick slightly warming finish that lingers on the palate

O- an outstanding English barleywine that is worthy of sipping

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Photo of drewone
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Bride Maker from Jack's Abby Brewing
Beer rating: 4.35 out of 5 with 294 ratings