Framinghammer Baltic Porter | Jack's Abby Brewing

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Framinghammer Baltic PorterFraminghammer Baltic Porter
BEER INFO

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

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by Todd on 01-17-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,235
Reviews:
117
Ratings:
791
pDev:
7.23%
 
 
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Ratings: 791 |  Reviews: 117
Photo of Glider
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of tuowl74a
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dannycohen62
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of Spiceepicklez
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
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!

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Photo of aboji
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Amendm
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of KMcGrath
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sprowt20
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

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Photo of npolachek
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of samEBC
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Scottsbeer
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cp45
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of MikeWard
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of MakeBeerGreatAgain
3.64/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of probert
3/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of dpgoblejr
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of IronLover
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of dextermcgurk
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Almighty1
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark chocolate malty goodness! Would never guess this is 10%. So smooth!

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of DIM
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of DBosco
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ScaryEd
4.19/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Framinghammer Baltic Porter from Jack's Abby Brewing
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 791 ratings