Bride Maker | Jack's Abby Brewing

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

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.

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Ratings: 294 |  Reviews: 45
Reviews by ajcuster89:
Photo of ajcuster89
4.55/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Everyone at the tasting was blown away by this one. Easily one of JA's best.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of tkelley
4.74/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a large snifter glass.

A - beautiful dark ruby color. Very clear body with a nice thin white head. Good lacing and retention.

N - smells sweet and fruity and barrelly. Enticing.

T - sweet. Oaky. Hints of the beer that was in the barrel first (a Baltic porter). Tastes like a night by a warm fire. Really sexy.

M - smooth and not as boozy as I would have expected. Very pleasant.

O - wow. Thought it would be hard to top Baby Maker, but I think the smoothness, subtle flavors, and a lesser boozy level makes this even better. Wicked good. A must have.


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Photo of logicalparadox
2.83/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

This is a great example of the style, but far too sweet for my tastes. The first lagered barley wine I've had. Lots of deep, rich flavors, yet light,. But it's so sweet and syrupy, and boozy, that after the first few sips it took effort for me to finish this brew,

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

Bottle purchased at Nathaniel Square Corner Store in Rochester, NY.

Pours a dark garnet-ish brown, with a small, fizzy head, and basically no lacing.

Smells so rich and sweet. It doesn't smell cloying, though- sweet bourbon, caramel, raisin, other dark fruits, and vanilla. Dis is gun b gud.

This is honestly one of the best barleywines I've ever had. Rich, only a little bit syrupy, with big notes of vanillla, toffee, dark fruits, vanilla, and oak. It's fairly bourbon forward, but the bourbon plays off all the other flavors very well.

This is somehow, someway not boozy in the slightest- which is a miracle considering the intense ABV. The only way the booze shows itself is in the warmth, and the buzz you get if you drink the whole bottle. It's got a rich, thick, syrupy mouthfeel, a medium body, and a fairly low level of carbonation. One of my few nitpicks with the beer is the lower level of carbonation. I don't want it to be high- but the carbonation is barely perceptible, actually.

This is definitely a top-tier barleywine, and possibly the best thing Jack's Abby has ever made.

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Photo of cbutova
4.34/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Last review (most likely) of an all time insane beer weekend with cousin Sonny in Tampa. One of my offerings from one of the best brewers in New England. Reviewed at time of consumption to IPad.

A- Semi hazy dark brown body from the 500ml to two snifters. A head attempts to form but it is mostly like a small sheet and then a ring. BA and 13% not surprised about low head retention and low spotty lace.

S- Second use barrels are big but the massive base lager wine is the main aroma. Deep caramel and amber candi sugar sweets off the top with figs, plums, vanilla oak, a touch of wood and brown malts depositing cocoa and toast.

T- A balance between a large base lager wine and a very smoothed out oak barrel, which opens up some here. No way around it but this is borderline cloyingly sweet. Huge caramelized sugar, toffee and just sweets like medium candi sugar. Fruit character of raisins, figs, grapes and plums. Light bit of whiskey, oak vanilla dessert sweets and wood hints to round it all out. An old ale like dusty aged caramel raisin at times.

MF- Large and thick overall body. Very oily and slippery on the palate with a fairly creamy consistency. Smooth, fine carbonation bubbles provide no sting but enhance the texture. Finishes with a soothing warmth.

The aroma lead me on to the lager wine aspect of the beer while I found more complexity from the barrels, malts and yeast in the flavor. For 13% this is borderline insane but in the end a huge sweetness keeps it from truly being amazing. In the end it's great minus the sweets and one must be reminded it's a lager; keep it up Jacks Abby

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Photo of gcamparone
4.57/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of superspak
4.72/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Got in a BIF from ZebraCakez. 500 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 9/12/2014. Pours slightly hazy dark ruby red color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings around the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, raisin, prune, fig, date, vanilla, bourbon, oak, and oak/toasted earthiness. Fantastic aromas with awesome complexity and balance of dark/bready malt, dark fruit, and bourbon barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of huge caramel, brown sugar, toffee, toast, brown bread, raisin, prune, fig, date, vanilla, bourbon, oak, and oak/toasted earthiness. Slight oaky bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, brown bread, raisin, prune, fig, date, vanilla, bourbon, oak, and oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Absolutely insane complexity and robustness of dark/bready malt, dark fruit, and bourbon barrel flavors; with an amazing malt/barrel balance and no cloying sweetness after the finish. Light carbonation and very full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and lightly syrupy mouthfeel that is amazing. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an absolutely world class barrel aged barleywine style. All around insane complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, dark fruit, and bourbon barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the huge ABV. An absolutely mind blowing offering.

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Photo of Dope
4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

9/12/14 bottling date.

A: Pours a very dark brown, almost black. Tall and very dense light tan head. Good head retention and surprisingly good lacing to boot. Lots of little walls of lacing everywhere.

S: Super sweet. Dark fruits primarily. Loads of caramel. Get a nice hit of bourbon in there too. All maltiness and generally sweet aromas.

T: Oh yeah. Liquid sugar. Lots and lots of caramel and toasted sugars up front. Huge amount of dark fruits, primarily raisin but definitely picking up some fig too. More toasted sugar into the finish, with a backing of heavy bread drizzled with caramel sauce. Swear I even get honey in this thing, especially on the back end. Lingering oak and a hint of bourbon burn between sips.

M: Heavy, syrupy and smooth. Very smooth.

O: Wow. Very sweet but so smooth. So smooth that it's surprisingly drinkable. Not harsh at all, despite the ABV and the barrel aging. I loved baby maker but this is next level. Another amazing brew from Jack's Abby.

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Photo of AirBob
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - 1cm of off-white head which quickly dissipated to a collar. An opaque ruby-brown body. Good lacing.

S- Caramel and toffee. Some of the BA Framinghammer nose in the back: chocolate ice cream, a little sweet bourbon, and a touch of alcohol.

T - Wow. Rich toffee notes. Milk chocolate and vanilla. Mellow, sweet bourbon. Each flavor has an abundance of depth. A little dark fruit (raisin) in the finish.

M - Low carbonation. Silky. A little sticky in the finish and slightly numbing.

O - A very smooth and very big beer. All the best parts of the BA Framinghammer with very little boozyness.

Edit: From the cellar, 9/19/16

Almost no head. Muddy ruby body. No lacing or rention. Nose is intense brown sugar, toffee, dark fruits, and bourbon. Some vanilla. Very sweet, no booze. Taste follows the nose and is extremely sweet. In addition to brown sugar, toffee, dark fruit, and slight bourbon, there's also distinct notes of maple syrup. Super complex. Mouthful - low carbonation, sweet and sticky. This beer is outrageous, fresh or aged.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.99/5  rDev -8.3%

Bottle. Had Baby Maker at a beerfest, it did not resonate with me. Of course I puke up $10 for a 500ml again. I'm an advocate. It pours a deep, dark Amber color with a head that only manifests itself as an outer halo of tan bubbles. Refuses to lace. Nose is strong. Lots of oak and a boozy, wet, cereal aroma. Loads of toffee and caramel. Some dried hay. The flavor is sneakily very approachable. Boozy, oaky and slick. Sweet, dark, ripe fruit. Oaky and sweet, sugary grain and cereal. Raisin and dried apricot. The body is very full. Mild carbonation. Hot, hot heat and a dry finish. Impressed by how quickly the immense sweetness disperses off my palate. Might have to buy another $10 500ml and throw it in my bag of cellar tricks.

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Photo of 2beerdogs
4.23/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

First Off, Big Thanks and Maximum Respect @Jlabs for this solid gem.

What kind of wizadry are these guys up to at Jack's Abbey? Lager Wine? 13%? Amazing what these guys are coming up with....with LAGERING?!?

Pour is a crimson, amber hue. Frothy head arises, then tapers back to a slowly diminishing finger. Smell graces my nostrils with a smooth sweet Bourbon, caramel, toffee, and I think a hint of dark fruit. Reminds me of a less boozy Mother of All Storms (one of my favs).
Taste is sublime. Sweet Bourbon is a constant, but without any heat. It stays perfectly in the realm of Bourbon in a gentle way. Subsequent contributions include the toffee and caramel again coupled by a back and forth between raisin and fig, and perhaps Medjool dates. This is amazing, such complexity, just like a world class English Barleywine.
Mouthfeel is only slightly liter than said barleywines yet still retains a minor oily, sweet finish. Wow!
Overall I'm am blown away by this. What a category destroyer! While not my favorite "barleywine", it definitely can hang with the big boys. Jack's Abby really knocked this outta da Paaaak!

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Photo of tectactoe
3.87/5  rDev -11%

Photo of t2grogan
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Doomcifer
4.14/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of tigg924
4.54/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Phenomenal beer. Maybe my favorite from the brewery. Taste is vanilla, bourbon, caramel, and oak. A sipper due to the complexity of flavors that unravel with each sip. This is right up there with Firestone Walker's English barleywines for being the king in a really good style. Well done Jack's Abby.

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Photo of alienlifeforcecube
3.62/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

dark caramel color. very malty. the sweetness lingers for a long time. i liked it a lot but should have shared this with a buddy. 2 glasses might be an overload of malt flavor. that being said, can't wait to try this again in 2 years. it should mellow out and develop nicely.

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Photo of Justin8mypants
4.41/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ccurrid
4.16/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cynic-ale
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of doremite
4.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 AdamF625
4.74/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This lager pours a reddish brown with zero head or lacing to speak of. Aromas of caramel, toffee, marshmallows, and hints of bourbon. Flavors are more pronounced with a blend of vanilla, toffee, caramel, black cherries, candy sugar, and bourbon. Mouthfeel is sticky and syrupy. Low carbonation which lends itself well to the beer. Really an excellent alternative to a barleywine.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.05/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter from a 500mL bottle.

The head looks like a vanilla milkshake, creamy and frothy. Lace drags down the glass's sides. Dark amber body with trickles of carbonation here and there. 4.25

Caramel and raisin heavy nose here. Smells like a barleywine, yet it's labeled a lager wine. Not sure if this is barrel-aged but I find some oaken vanilla notes, port qualities and a slight sweet wine deal. 4.25

Caramel and raisin explode on the palate here. Noticeable booze seeps in. Light vanilla lingers with a grape-like flavor. I've made the comparison before but I do feel this tastes like a boozy grape sucker. 4

Hinted at the feel with the taste, or maybe outright declared it: boozy and sweet. It's syrupy and candy-like and it occurs to me it's much like Samiichlaus's brews. 3.75

Candy/dessert/syrup-like but I enjoy.

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4.35/5  rDev 0%

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