Jack's Abby Brewing

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Baltic Porter
Ranked #18
Ranked #2,256
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: 120 | Ratings: 803 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of ovaltine
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.

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Photo of FBarber
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.

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Photo of Act25
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?

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Photo of Glider
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.

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
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.

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Photo of Spiceepicklez
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!

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Photo of Amendm
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.

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Photo of Sprowt20
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.

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Photo of npolachek
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.

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Photo of MikeWard
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.

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Photo of IronLover
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.

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Photo of jmdrpi
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.

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Photo of DIM
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.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
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.

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Photo of ScaryEd
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.

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Photo of gbiello
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.

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Photo of izraelc
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.

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Photo of HanTran
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.

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Photo of -steve-
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.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.87/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle to snifter.

Look: dark black , small white head. Small bubbles,head has legs.
AROMA: chalky malt, medium roastiness. Small hint of cocoa.
TASTE: roasted malt, hints of sweetness, maybe brown sugar or molasses or chocolate.
FEEL: Creamy for a dry porter.

A nice porter, but the bourbon barrel aged and the mole versions really knock this up into a higher tier.


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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into an English pint glass. The appearance was a dark brown almost black color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated nicely. A one finger white foamy head started and dissipated nicely. Messy lacing winds around the glass nicely. The smell takes in roasty dark, milk and baker’s chocolate notes inside of a light bready sticky flavor (lager yeast, I’m guessing). Smooth roasty chocolatey aftertaste and finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium in body with a pretty good sessionability about it. Carbonation runs light and refined. Dark chocolate shows a light bitterness in the harshness of how it hits my tongue. I’d say nice. Overall, really nice Baltic Porter, I’m glad I finally got to try this one. Well worth my time.

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Photo of breardon1776
4.52/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As far as Porters is a winner. Darker than a (enter something slick here)....
Definately a little sweet and malty.
A good one to sip slow....

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

The beer pours out into a Snifter glass a deep dark brown and almost black color with 1/2" dark tan head that soon recedes to a ring of foam and a thin, patchy layer on the surface of the liquid. Sipping creates a sheet of foam that slides back down to the surface leaving behind scattered small patches of lacing. By midway through the beer there’s almost nothing left of the foam.

The aromas include lots of chocolate, along with some dark caramel and just a hint of dark roasted malt.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose with the chocolate and some sweetness upfront. Both are well backed up the dark caramel and roasted malt. There’s a hint of vanilla and some very light bitter character. The alcohol is well concealed here.

The mouthfeel is on the full side of medium bodied and silky smooth with very light carbonation. The finish begins as the chocolate, caramel and sweetness give way to an almost dry, roasted bitterness that moves to the back of the palate and slowly disappears.

Overall a very nice beer that I’ll be happy to have again in the future. The flavors are well integrated and none seems to really dominate the beer. But, given the ABV (10%), it is, for me, a one a night beer for sipping with a good book to read.

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Photo of VoxRationis
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter from tap at Beer Noggin, Bronxville, NY.
A: Near black, quarter inch mocha head, solid lacing
S: Dark roast malts, dark, unsweetened chocolate, black coffee, anise.
T: Dark roast malts, black coffee, pepper.
M: Full bodied, persistent effervescence.
O: Russian Imperial Stout like porter. Very nice.

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Photo of chrishiker1409
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours a solid black with a finger of tan head which recedes relatively quickly leaving a cover over the beer with patchy lacing down the side.

S: Roasted malts, dark chocolate.

T: Roasted, smoked malts, dark chocolate, roasted coffee. Finishes somewhat dry. It has some bitterness.

F: Medium body, moderate carbonation. Quite smooth considering it tastes like an Imperial Stout.

O: I really digged this one and regret I bought only one bottle.

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