Jack's Abby Brewing

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Porter - Baltic
Ranked #19
Ranked #2,451
4.16 | pDev: 7.21%
Jack's Abby Brewing
Massachusetts, United States
Notes: Big, Bold, and Black. This unusual lager style has many similarities to Imperial Stouts. A lengthy conditioning period creates a silky smooth chocolatey mouth feel enhanced by the use of oats and brown sugar. Noticeable sweetness gets balanced by roasted malt and hop bitterness. At 10% alcohol by volume, this beer is sure to keep you warm on a cold winter night.

55 IBU
Reviews: 127 | Ratings: 819 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

appearance is solid black
Body is light carbonation, just above average body with a bit of a slick almost oily feel.
Aroma is sweet bourbon malt, molasses, brown sugar,
Taste is very mild sweetness, malt, bitter earthiness. Mild dark fruit and a little bourbon.
Really nice beer, very strong pleasing aroma and very flavorful. A beer I would try again

Aug 25, 2020
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DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

3.54/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Deep brown pour with a mocha head. The mouthfeel is ample and decidedly silky. Smooth-tasting with a well-concealed big time ABV. I wasn't crazy about how sweet-forward this beer tasted, though, at times bordering on cloying. Felt the brown sugar should have been in the back seat rather than riding shotgun.

Jul 10, 2020
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My next brewery horizontal will CANsist of a curious admixture of bottles & CANs, the latter in support of The CANQuest (tm) while it all serves to reduce the ever-shrinking backlog here at Chez Woody. 3/7.

From the CAN: "Big, Bold, & Black"; "Framinghammer Baltic Porterr"; "OG 23.5 Plato//IBUs 45"; "Unfiltered// Unpasteurized"; "Independently Owned & Operated"; "Big, bold, and black - a lengthy conditioning period creates a silky smooth mouth feel. At 10% alcohol by volume, this beer is sure to keep you warm on a cold winter night."; "#DrinkLager 12 fl. oz. of Lager".

This last is interesting since a Porter is usually/generally an Ale, vice a Lager. That said, I am all for Lagering! The best type of Hefeweizen, IMHO, is one that has been fermented under Lager, vice Ale, conditions. Doing so causes my beloved clove esters to become forward, surpassing my less-appreciated banana esters. Let us hope that Lagering brings that level of success to this beer!

I beCAN by Crack!ing open the vent, followed by a slow, gentle C-Line Glug into the awaiting glass. This initially resulted in a pseudo-cascade, followed by the formation of two-plus fingers of fizzy, foamy, soapy, deep-brown head with limited retention that quickly fell to wisps. Color was Very Dark Brown to Black/Opaque (SRM = > 34, < 44) with cola highlights at the edges. Nose was very roasty with notes of Baker's chocolate, anise & treacle. Mouthfeel was big, full & dense, like a dollop had been scooped into my mouth & onto my tongue. The taste was anise; treacle; Baker's chocolate; light charcoal smoke, brown sugar & dried, dark fruits, like prunes & raisins. Mmm. The alcohol was well-hidden & when CANpled with its smooth mouthfeel, it was dangerously drinkable! Finish was dry, but not gaspingly so. The Lagering process had definitely used up the fermentable sugars. Next, some of its variants!

Jul 10, 2020
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tradershmulie from Connecticut

4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Absolutely gorgeous color out of the can. Deep deep brown, with a beautiful rich dark head. Love the visible bubbles in the beer itself.

Taste is very good - exactly what you would expect from a Baltic porter. Extremely satisfying taste as you drink, high abv, that is not noticeable - exactly the way it should be!

Excellent beer - well worth it.

Jun 23, 2020
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wisrarebeer from Wisconsin

4.51/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured an intense, thick, frothy, tan head - amazing. Nose was full, deep burnt malt, and incredible. Taste is sublime with deep malts and silky smooth. A bit of bittering hops in the finish. Great beer.

Jan 24, 2020
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philbe311 from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

An active beautiful pour yields a fingers worth of creamy khaki colored froth... Good retention... Pleasant nose highlighted by cocoa nibs and roasted malt... The flavor profile is consistent with the nose, but on steroids... Mouthfeel is full and start creamy before drying out a bit... Rock solid and highly enjoyable...

Jan 19, 2020
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ovaltine from Indiana

4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This looks like an imperial stout, with an onyx black pour and no leakage on the edges at all, underneath a tan head.

This smells like an imperial stout, with outrageous toffee notes squishing dark chocolate and heavy char notes - and a brief appearance from Mr Stone Fruit.

This tastes like an imperial stout, with the toffee army barely vanquishing the dark chocolate army, and the stone fruit provide triage to both armies. What a magnificent beer this is.

Apr 21, 2019
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FBarber from Illinois

3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark shiny black color. Thin tan head dissipates quickly leaving just a thin ring of foam along the outside of the beer.

Aroma has notes of doughy malts, roasted malts, and some light vanilla notes. Hints of piney hops peep through. Chocolate bread, and some earthy woody notes.

Taste has strong roasted malt notes up front with some dark fruit, pine, and coffee-ish notes. Light molasses like sweetness. Touch of vanilla bean and some earthy woody notes. Slight bitterness on the finish on the roof of the mouth.

Feel is light and drinkable. Incredibly smooth.

Overall a very nice drinkable baltic porter. Very nicely done.

Apr 14, 2019
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Act25 from New Jersey

4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sum greater than the parts.
a) Deep dark brown with reddish highlights, khaki head, lasts and rings and rings of laces.
s) Chocolate, plum, prune, caramel and coffee. Dark fruit, cherry, fruitcake. Buy some.
t) Follows smell but more complex with twists of vanilla and spice cabinet. Some leafy, hempy hop. Dark fruit, cherry, fruitcake. But not too sweet.
f) : Full-bodied, creamy, with moderate carbonation, rich.
o) Best Baltic?

Feb 21, 2019
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Glider from Massachusetts

4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours ebony with chestnut highlights and a nice tan head. Smells of chocolate, dried figs, and caramel with some booze. Taste jumps out with chocolate, then goes into boozy dark fruits. Sweetness is well tempered by a light bitterness, and a bit of roast. Feel is lovely, nice and thick and very smooth. Overall a great beer, one of my favorite imperial dark beers.

Jan 18, 2019
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HorseheadsHophead from New York

4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pitch black in color, with an enormous rocky tan head. Good retention and lacing.
Smells of coffee, bitter dark chocolate, lagered malt, soy sauce, molasses, and raisin.
Smacks upfront of dark roast coffee, followed by cacao, dark chocolate, burnt toast, toffee, molasses, fig, and raisin. Lagered clean and smooth throughout. Finishes with some soy sauce savoriness and then a pleasant lingering coffee bitterness. Incredibly drinkable for 10%.
Feels medium-plus, well carbonated, smooth, rich, clean, and slightly oily.
Incredibly well made Baltic Porter. Delicious.

Dec 24, 2018
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Spiceepicklez from New York

4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amazing beer. Dark and creamy body with and incredibly foamy and milkshaky head. Smell is reminiscent of strong coffee, chocolate, and tiramisu. Taste is even more vivid and lively. Incredible taste from the mix of bitter, salty, and sweet! Amazing beer. Hides the alcohol amazingly too. Great value as well. Wonderful!

Dec 24, 2018
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Amendm from Rhode Island

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A strong down the middle pour creates a finger sized frothy khaki head with average retention and spotty lacing. Opaque ebony color.
Sweet and roasted malts great the nose with alcohol and coffee in reserve.
Taste begins semi-sweet from baked brown sugar, chocolate and malt.
The middle is dryer with roasted malt, coffee and faint peppery alcohol.
The finish is semi-dry as baking chocolate and roasted malt flavors return, the peppery alcohol and faint floral hops linger. Evenly low bitterness throughout.
Above average richness to the body with ample carbonation. Smooth easy drinker considering the ABV, not quite a sipper.

Dec 18, 2018
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Sprowt20 from New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: Dark as the night. This porter is stout black without the head.
Smell: The booziness tingles the nostrils. Sweetness follows.
Taste/Feel: The first thing you notice is the viscosity. It pours thick over your tongue, coating as it rolls front to back and over the sides. Sweetness leads the charge, with chocolate malt pervasive. As it gets to the back your tongue, the bitterness of the coffee comes through. After swallowing, the lingering booziness tingles the nose on the exhale.
Overall: Good, generic baltic porter. Better with age, smoothing out the rough edges.

Nov 20, 2018
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npolachek from New York

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a nice head that remains for a good minute. Taste has brown sugar and oats. Mouthfeel rounded and well balanced. Smell is fine - perhaps a bit more mild than some of the other Franinghammer series.

Nov 02, 2018
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz can into a tulip. Canned 1/5/18, so about 7 months old.

pours like motor oil, leaving a black body with a big oatmeal pancake type head. Excellent lacing.

On the nose, Only getting a mild hit of dried dark fruit and molasses

pretty good tasting stout though. Molassess give it a sweetness. malts seem medium roast, so not overpowering. Good balance.

Between medium and full on the mouth. roasty and treacley on the finish.

overall, a nice tasty baltic porter. A word of warning though. The 10.0abv is VERY well hidden.

Aug 20, 2018
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IronLover from Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Black in color with dark brown hues on the edges of the glass. Poured with a moderate, creamy, dark beige foam with medium retention. Dark malt, sweet dark chocolate and light roasted malt aromas with light earthy hop notes. Full bodied mouthfeel with medium light carbonation. Thick, creamy, silky smooth feel with emerging boozy warmth from the middle to the end. Sweet dark malt up front with roasted malt notes followed by medium hop bitterness. Grainy malt with light roasted notes on the back end followed by biting boozy heat. Finished semi-dryly with lingering earthy hop bitterness, dark malt and booziness. Great look and smooth feel. Bitterness through the middle balances the sweet maltiness very nicely. Booziness is pleasant and warming. Definitely a sipper.

May 22, 2018
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can

Jet black in color, opaque. Thin tan colored head that fades after a bit. Aroma of bitter cocoa and a touch of coffee. Similar flavors, just a touch of sweetness. Thick, smooth full bodied. Very nice mouthfeel.

Apr 30, 2018
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DIM from Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 12 ounce can. Light on the aromatics but this has everything I was looking for flavor-wise. Lots delicate flavors combine to form a satisfyingly robust beer.

I found clean, lightly roast chocolate, some dark fruits, and light smoke at a very clean finish.

Apr 29, 2018
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IvoryFoxhole from Virginia

4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can from January, 2018 so hope it is in good shape. Purchased at Yankee Liquors in Sturbridge on 4/6/18. It was in the cooler, which is good.

L: Nice 2F+ tan head with decent retention, leaving webby lacing and a cap and ring. Beer is dark black.

S: Mostly roasted malts and some chocolate. Quite nice. No real sense of the ABV, which is good.

T: I would say it is "almost fresh," so it held up pretty nicely. Basically lots of roasted malts, with chocolate and cocoa peeking out with some molasses-like sweetness, but balanced by the hops and ABV (barely noticeable). Probably a tiny bit better on tap, but only tiny. I approve.

F: Medium to full-bodied. Drinks well. A bit of carbonation helps that along. Solid construction and balance.

O: I really like this style, so a very good beer in it is going to get a good score from me.

Apr 18, 2018
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ScaryEd from New Hampshire

4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz can into a tulip glass.

Pours a near pitch black color with 2 fingers of caramel head. The head has modest retention, leaving a solid ring of lacing before settling into a creamy film.

The aroma brings a tidal wave of dark roasted malts, as well as some dark fruits and a touch of caramel. The back end has some dark chocolate, bread, and a hint of floral hops. Nicely balanced and complex.

The flavor is a bit more straightforward, bringing notes of dark chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts with a kiss of hops on the finish.

The feel is medium bodied with soft carbonation. Very creamy and smooth with a dry finish. Alcohol is present but only just.

Overall, a great Baltic Porter that's full of bold, roasted flavors and aromas. It comes exactly as advertised.

Mar 24, 2018
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gbiello from Massachusetts

3.55/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looks very dark, just a touch of ruby redness around the thin part of the glass. Monster head on the pour. Slight floral nose, not getting much of coffee/choc/dark fruit mentioned in other reviews. Nice creamy mouth-feel. Bits of chocolate on the taste. Overall a good beer to find in the fridge at a cookout if I wanted something dark, but not sure I'd buy this one again.

Mar 14, 2018
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izraelc from New York

3.18/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Black as night. About what you would expect from a Baltic porter. Nothing special. Chocolate and coffee are the dominant flavors. The 10% really gets you. Seems to be its only redeeming quality. After you finish the second one you forget why you didn't like it.

Jan 28, 2018
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HanTran from Connecticut

4.52/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Needs a fast pour to get a two finger head, retains a nice skim coat that is medium tan over an opaque black body. Nose of raisins and dark chocolate with a floral hop note. Hits sweet with notes of licorice and chocolate and a slight sour note at the end. Hints of ripe fruit, tobacco and a spot on bitter bite. Creamy medium-bodied mouth really hits the whole pallet.

Nov 27, 2017
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-steve- from Canada (ON)

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Was in Massachusetts a month ago with high plans to visit Jack's Abbey but the weather turned on me. Sadly had to leave before I could visit. Did however, pick up a 12 oz. bottle at Premier in Buffalo.
Pours dark with a brown head. Chocolate and molasses on the nose. Roasted. A delicious creamy wash over the tongue ending in bitter, roasted notes. Chocolate sweetness and the faintest of licorice. Viscous on the tongue. Overall an excellent beer to be savored.

Nov 16, 2017
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