German Style Porter
Jack's Abby Brewing

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Porter - Baltic
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3.95 | pDev: 7.34%
Jack's Abby Brewing
Massachusetts, United States
Very Good
German Style PorterGerman Style Porter
Notes: Formerly Heavy Trommel

This German-style black lager features prominent flavors of dark roast coffee, bitter chocolate, and pumpernickel, with a dry and lingering finish. Like all of our Kellerbiers, this porter is left unfiltered to maximize flavor and adhere to tradition. Prost!

Heavy Trommel is our take on a German-style porter. This kellerbier is brewed with a significant amount of dark malt, making it roasty and full bodied. Like the rest of the beers in our keller series, Heavy Trommel is left unfiltered.
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Amendm from Rhode Island

4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An easy pour from a 16-oz. can yields a finger of dark beige rocky froth with long retention and wide swatches of lacing.
Opaque dark rosewood brown color, almost black.
Smells of chocolate, coffee, fresh baked bread, sweet and roasted malt (unmalted barley?). These are prominent during the taste.
Neutral on the sweetness with mild bitterness, even throughout. Some smoke flavor peeks in, ripe stone fruit and baked bread are prominent. Balanced malt flavors (bitter and sweet) plus yeast and a moderate astringency at the long finish. Roasted flavors linger during the long aftertaste.
Light bodied, on the thin side with above average carbonation. Smooth and light, easy drinker.
Porter like looks and taste, Dunkel Lager smell, Schwarzbier like feel and balance of sweet and bitter.
Lots of flavor packed into a light body, another beauty from the Kellerbier series.

Mar 12, 2019
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ichorNet from Massachusetts

4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Finally drinking a can of this one... have heard many good things. I guess it's supposed to be a "German style porter," but by technique it's a dark kellerbier, likely using a variety of Munich and roasted malts. Interesting idea, and Jack's Abby usually crushes these unusual things. Let's hope this is a winner.

Pours a dark brown color with some nice clarity, strangely enough. If held up to light, for example, I can see some medium-brown filtering through the bottom of my can-shaped glass. Intense head of light-mocha foam that lasts and lasts... excellent foam stability with great legs and surprisingly awesome lace as well. This just looks great in my glass!

The nose kind of reminds me of a mid-point/coalescence of a dunkelweizen, a schwarzbier, and an English porter... it has the slight spice/yeasty funk of the former with the breadiness and Munich-like malt presence of a schwarz, with some very roasty, chocolate-y notes like an old school porter. Light caramel and toffee with solid yeastiness and clove-like spice. Very interesting. Bready and lightly herbal from what I assume is a decent dose of Noble hops. Very interested to see what this is like on the palate!

Thinner-bodied than expected... drinks more like a schwarzbier for sure, with a high degree of attenuation giving it kind of an English porter feel due to the dry and roasty nature of the mid-palate. Soft spice, breadiness, caramel and herbal/grassy hops. Light earthiness in there, too. Kind of nutty suggestions in the mid-palate, with a finish that feels strangely woody with a yeasty bent to it. Hmm... an interesting combination of flavors. It doesn't really have the heft I expected from the nose, but it's well put-together I think. Still think this has a little bit of a dunkelweizen strain in it, just from the spicy yeast elements peeking through.

The carbonation is on the lower end of things, which makes sense given the "keller" nature of this beer. It has a drinkable and approachable nature with a slightly doughy feel at the end of each sip. Softer than many dark lagers... though it's crisp, it's also really smooth. A very cool and interesting dark beer, kinda borrowing from different ideas throughout the ages. I like it!

Apr 01, 2019
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Jarling from Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm a fan of Jack's Abby, but expecting something more like a porter, I am disappointed with this. For me the best porters are smooth, rich, and a little complex. The hops overpowers everything else in this for me. Still it's not bad, I just won't seek it out.

Apr 06, 2019
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Patches826 from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Mar 31, 2020
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mnj21655 from Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with mahogany highlights at the edges and two fingers of dense off white/light tan head. When held to the light this is clear and deep coppery red/brown in color. Aroma is toasted malt, dark bread, and some subtler coffee and chocolate notes. Taste is dark bread, more toasty malt, subtle dark fruit notes, and some chocolate before a moderately bitter finish that borders on roasty. Medium-light body and moderate carbonation. Overall a tasty and easy drinking beer. It stands well on its own but also has enough flavor to pair well with a meal.

Feb 23, 2020
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

4.69/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours clear, chestnut brown in color with 1/4 inch head. Taste is delicious roasted malt, dark chocolate, earthy hops and some smokiness. Dry, medium-heavy bodied, slightly bitter. Reminds me of the porters I have had in Germany. Not really getting the sweetness or heavy body I associate with a Baltic porter though--more of a robust or English version by style. Either way this is exceptionally clean and extremely tasty. Jack's Abby can do no wrong with lagers. Excellent and complex for the style. I feel so spoiled being within driving distance to both Jack's Abby and Fox Farm.

Aug 10, 2020
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smithj4 from New York

3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Mar 01, 2020
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Jacobier10 from New Jersey

3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16 oz can, canned on 2/20/19.

Deep brown color and opaque. But, if you hold it up to the light, you can see it has great clarity with a reddish-brown hue around the edges. Big, creamy, tan head that is quite persistent. Sticky lacing on the glass.

Smells like dark bread, nuts, chocolate, coffee, and lightly roasted malt. It's not without a healthy dose of earthy hops, though. The finish is bitter with long-lasting flavor. Medium-full bodied and clean.

Interesting beer here that drinks heavier than it actually is. If you're trying to nail down a style that you've had before, it most closely resembles a schwarzbier. Darker, drier, and roastier than a Dunkel.

May 02, 2019
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium light carbonation with a just above average body.
Aroma is smoke, wood, roasted malt, dark chocolate
Taste is definitely smoke,wood upfront followed by roasted malt,black coffee, bakers dark chocolate.
Overall this is an excellent Baltic porter,it really gets better as it warms just a bit. Very flavorful without going too far in any one direction. Overall delicious

Jul 19, 2020
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can from a Lazy Dog.
Dark brown bordering on black in color with a small but long lasting off white head. Earthy chocolate and caramel aroma and flavor. Light carbonic bite. Nice porter.

Feb 12, 2020
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mikeinportc from New York

4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Canned 2/20/19, so a month old. It's been in the trunk of my car for an hour , at 37F, so maybe 40F ?

Opaque dark brown, with maybe a little reddish-brown tint at the edges. ???(Might be the evening light.) Three fingers of long-lasting tan head that leaves about 1 1/4" of lacing . It's exactly what it's supposed to be, & looks very inviting, hence the 5. Was going to go lower, but there's no fault at all , so why not 5?

Smells of wet decaying wood, damp , after-a-rain earth, chocolate milk, a little char, and freshly-cut brown bread. (Gingerbread, without the ginger & other spices.) }> I.e., like a porter. ;)

Taste is cola, cocoa, slight peat/charred wood , a bit of roasted hazelnut , and a litle tang, as with rye pumpernickel bread crust. Moderate bitterness that build towards finish , and lingers a bit.

Feel is light side of medum, slightly creamy - some foam mixing in, because it's STILL THERE :) - moderate very fine carbonation that gives some prickle/tingle on the tip of the tongue on finish & beyond. Just noticed that it's 5.5% abv. I would have guessed something in the 7.5%-8% range .

Overall, a beautiful beer. Comes across as porter+schwarzbier. Highly recommend it. As I mentioned above, I never would have guessed 5.5%. Seems bigger. Smooth, & easy-drinking. Dangerous! - for my wallet. ;)
Why such an outlier? Maybe just the perfect moment? Just not the style for others reviewing it? They drank it too cold? Bouncing around in my trunk? (It's upstate NY in spring, afterall - potholes! ;) ) Anyway , worth a try if you like porters & schwarzbier .

Mar 22, 2019
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metter98 from New York

3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very dark brown in color. It poured with a short beige head covering the surface that has good retention properties.
S: Moderate aromas of dark, roasted malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has flavors of dark and roasted malts, the latter of which lingers into the finish. There is a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The roasted malts lend dryness to the mouthfeel.
O: This beer tastes like a hybrid between an English Porter and a Baltic Porter as it is very roasty but doesn't have as full of a body.

Serving type: can

Mar 01, 2020
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officerbill from New York

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Deep brown with a slight ruby tint, a loose tan head that dissolves into film
S: Toasted malt, coffee, some smokiness
T: Roasted malt, coffee, dark bread, some cocoa, a little smoke with a pleasant black coffee/hops bitterness
F: Medium bodied with mild carbonation that tingles the tongue without being fizzy. Smooth swallow with a slightly bitter aftertaste
O: A excellent porter. A rich complex porter at a welcome 5.5% (13 Plato, 35 IBU) making it a pleasure to have more than one. JA calls this a "german style porter", but it most reminds me of Founder's porter.

Edit: upped smell from 3.75 to 4 not that my sinuses have cleared up ;-)

Jan 19, 2020
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mikeg67 from New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can. Pours dark brown with tall, long-lasting, foamy, off-white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of toasted malt, grassy hops and some smoke. Body is full and crisp. Taste is of toasted malt, burnt grain and earthy hops. Finish is long and bitter. Tasty brew.

Feb 11, 2020
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Heftklammer from Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Mar 24, 2019
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M4CDO from Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Mar 29, 2019
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fossage78 from Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Feb 23, 2020
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paulish from New York

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nov 26, 2019
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Maltyhead from Massachusetts

3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Feb 23, 2020
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Fettpopps from Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jul 18, 2019
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smcolw from Massachusetts

4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Deep, dark brown color where light does not pass. Moderate head with streaks of beige lace.

Lots of dark, unsweetened chocolate and mocha to the nose. I can smell the burnt black patent malt.

This could best be described as a watery stout with a touch bread. As a Kellerbier, this is one of the darkest, most "burnt" toast beers ever. The body is expectedly light but the flavor is very rich with darker (not semisweet) chocolate. Higher carbonation. The finish reminds me of burnt cocoa. Long aftertaste of the remnants at the bottom of the hot cocoa sauce pan.

Jul 21, 2018
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Jwale73 from Rhode Island

3.76/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16oz. can served in a willbecker. Pours a hue slightly darker than mahogany with ruby highlights when backlit. Two inch head is khaki-colored and dense and embedded with pinpricks, ringlets and honeycombs. Nose expresses chocolate malts and a hint of grassiness at the back. Taste reveals light, smoky notes, char and chocolate malts. Finishes with a light, ashy/grassy quality between quaffs. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body (closer to light) with an even carbonation. Overall, I think this might be my first dark Kellerbier - quite drinkable and a fair amount of character.

Mar 15, 2019
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Big creamy thick head, nice retention and lacing, dark brown almost black

Nose nice chocolate cocoa, milk chocolate, soft lager fruit, little roasty note

Taste more chocolate cocoa, caramel and little roast, creamy, mild soft crisp lager, bit of grassy hop, drier slight crisp finish, nice lingering bitterness

Mouth is med bod, softer lager, nice carb

Overall petty nice, good lager, nice dark malts, good hop balance,

May 12, 2018
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trevorpost from Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

May 31, 2018
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ElGallo from New Hampshire

3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Mar 16, 2019
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