Bride Maker
Jack's Abby Brewing

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Jack's Abby Brewing
Massachusetts, United States
Barleywine - English
4.34 | pDev: 8.06%
Apr 13, 2020
Oct 01, 2014
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Notes: 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.
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4.25 by Ben1313 from New Hampshire on Apr 13, 2020
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4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by LeRose from Massachusetts

This bottle is dated 2012, so full disclosure that it has been "aged".

Pours a murky mahogany with a few big bubbles on top that fall to a bit of wispy microbubbles. Looks fairly flat, not lively on the carbonation. Like it should be for the style, I reckon.

Smells pretty boozy, but notes of oak, toffee and caramel are quite pronounced. Roasted malts, and I get a note of sweetness like candi sugar. Then the dark fruits take over, sweet Medjool dates specifically.

The taste is huge...a beer this long in the tooth still laying down the goodness? It is sweet without hitting the annoyingly sweet level. Sweet is balanced by oak, roast, and a bit of vanilla. The dark fruit is not as strong in the flavor, and that is a good thing to keep the sweetness down. Very subtle bourbon. Bready notes ride underneath it all. A bit of a peppery phenolic sting on the finish that builds nicely and cleanses the palate a little.

It is on the heavy side, but not the thickest beer I have ever had. Ample sweetness lingers, a little bit of a tongue coater. The alcohol is pleasingly warming and there's some phenolic and oak in the finish that helps keep this big beer from getting obnoxious. Big, flavor bomb, sweet as I would want, yet restrained and subtle.

Jan 07, 2020
2.64 by Oh_Dark_Star from Washington on May 07, 2019
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4.62/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by mynie from Maryland

I got to say, "lager wine" are two words I normally love hearing that just sound horrible placed next to one another. Let's see how this shakes out.

Pour is nearly flat, very dark reddish brown. The tepidity is fine, considering the style and intense ABV.

Smells boozy, okay, and malty, with big caramel and toffee nodes. None of the sharp chemical nodes you might encounter in a less well-brewed, high-abv lager.

Tastes shockingly smooth. I think age has treated this one well. Sweet biscuits and toffee up front--perhaps the most genuinely toffee-tasting toffee nodes I've ever come across in a beer. While very heavy, this sweetness never becomes unenjoyable. Somewhat sharp fruit comes in near the middle, and finish is pleasantly burny without every becoming too intense.

To be honest, it's rare that age does anything great for a beer. But in this case, I think 4.5 years on is the right time to crack this one open.

May 03, 2019
3.45 by acurtis from New Jersey on Mar 31, 2018
4.24 by paresis from Massachusetts on Nov 05, 2017
4.25 by fosters9 from New York on Sep 29, 2017
4.25 by Patches826 from Massachusetts on Aug 10, 2017
4.47 by BergBeer from Hawaii on Aug 02, 2017
4 by Aisha from Massachusetts on Jul 07, 2017
3.87 by macesq from District of Columbia on Mar 14, 2017
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4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by jlindros from Massachusetts

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.

Dec 17, 2016
4.25 by t2grogan from Arizona on Nov 26, 2016
4.28 by JakerLou from New Hampshire on Oct 30, 2016
2.98 by Keananmichael5 from California on Jul 29, 2016
4.47 by kmoen from California on Jun 28, 2016
4.19 by polopaul20 from Maryland on Jun 01, 2016
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4.91/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by hopley from Massachusetts

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

Apr 05, 2016
4.6 by 7Sport from Massachusetts on Mar 26, 2016
4.39 by Prost76 from New Hampshire on Mar 13, 2016
4.5 by Mattymystique from Massachusetts on Mar 09, 2016
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4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by WesMantooth from Ohio

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.

Jan 31, 2016
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4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

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.

Jan 06, 2016
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4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by JohnnyHopps from Indiana

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.

Jan 01, 2016
4.41 by Justin8mypants from Oklahoma on Dec 28, 2015
4.55 by American_Hawk from Massachusetts on Dec 26, 2015
4 by GRG1313 from California on Nov 23, 2015
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4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Treyliff from West Virginia

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

Nov 17, 2015
4.25 by drewone from California on Nov 15, 2015
4.5 by jbarletto from Massachusetts on Nov 13, 2015
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4.57/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by gcamparone from Rhode Island

Poured from a 16oz bottle into a jacks Abby snifter. Purchased over a year ago.

Pours a muddy brown Amber body with an off white small head that reduces fairly quickly to leave little retention and no lacing.

On the nose is a nice medley of sweet toffee, caramel, dark fruit, vanilla, bourbon, butterscotch, and candied sugar. Smells delightful, definitely going to be a dessert beer.

The tongue matches the nose, tons of sweet caramel, candied sugar, plum, vanilla, bourbon, followed by a delicious roasty, charred flavor almost like dark chocolate that sticks on the the tongue for a while. Chocolate covered raisins.

Mouthfeel is medium heavy but not too boozy for 13% , low carbonation, rich.

Overall this was spectacular, super flavorful, indulgent, rich, and complex.. Envies some of the best barleywines I've had. I think age did this one well.

Nov 13, 2015
4.28 by GreenMind from Pennsylvania on Nov 08, 2015
4.44 by frekky from Massachusetts on Nov 04, 2015
4.76 by TheOakKing from New York on Oct 30, 2015
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4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Jerermy from Massachusetts

Crushable? Can a 13% Barleywine be crushable. Yup. This stuff, is near as makes no difference, perfect.

Oct 22, 2015
4.39 by outoffocus from Pennsylvania on Oct 17, 2015
4.25 by BigRizz62 from Maryland on Oct 03, 2015
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4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by OrangeMen from New York

2014 Vintage
1 year since bottling

Appearance- Pours a medium cherry, brighter ruby red color. Barely a half finger of head and dissipates quickly, soapy, off-white in color. Incredible head lacing and sticky as can be alcohol legs.
Aroma- Toasted malts, charred oak, sweet notes of caramel, vanilla, and honey. Over ripe dark fruits, juicy plum, some berry notes. Sweet and strong bourbon presence accompanied by dry oak.
Taste- Tons of sweetness up front, honey, vanilla, and rich caramel toasty malts. Fruits flavors come through, mostly juicy plum. Charred oak, toasted coconut, and a strong dry bourbon finish.
Mouthfeel- Medium feel overall, but very sticky sweet and creamy at times. Perfect level of carbonation.
Overall- Esquisite sipping beer, bold flavors that blend quite well and just beg you to keep coming back for more. Nothing lacking in the barrel department, yet it does not overtake the beer. Tons of sweetness, but drys right out on the finish. The honey is the highlight, and just blends wonderfully with the vanilla and coconut from the barrel aging. Very unique and tasty.

Sep 26, 2015
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4.6/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Ohiovania from Ohio

Looks like a brilliant English barleywine. Smells really nice but wish it was a little more forward. Flavor is forward and how. Wow! A lot of flavors slaming you in the face at the same time. You really don't mind the alcohol burn either. Toffee and butterscotch with a little vanilla and a generous spirit heat. Mouthfeel is great. I would take this over bourbon county barleywine any day of the week.

Sep 21, 2015
4.46 by MarkJC1018 from Massachusetts on Sep 16, 2015
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