Framinghammer Baltic Porter | Jack's Abby Brewing

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Framinghammer Baltic PorterFraminghammer Baltic Porter

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

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

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Reviews: 91 | Ratings: 725
Photo of nmarsceill
4.89/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is my favorite beer from Jack's Abby. Being a local brewery I have probably had more beer from them than any other craft brewery. In fact I have 3 growlers and 2 bottle in my fridge right now and sadly none of them are this beer - but if they were I'd be drinking them instead - its that good.

I am a big fan of the malt flavor in beer, not an overwhelming amount but a nice strong sweet sense, especially when the beer brings a balanced bitter component with it. This beer hits the sweet spot in my taste buds for this balance. Even at 10% ABV I could drink this beer all night, I just might have to do it home.

I find the flavor to ring of mostly molasses with a bit of spice to it - I really can't tell you if that's a cinnamon or a clove or anything else but I think of this beer flavor as having hints of that fall spice motif but with a much stronger smokiness. It causes the sides of the back of my tongue to twinge a little, but the way a good hot sauce causes your mouth to burn just a little - you notice it but it does not dissuade your next sip.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.84/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Black as midnight. Brown foam, rises, froths, settles in, spreads out with a thin cover in the end. The yeast remains active with a bubbly center.

Roasty chocolate malt in the robust nose. Sour-green lager yeast and hops smell earthy and dry. Chocolate covered nuts, alcohol heat and marshmellows rounds out the nose. Mild peanutbutter and brown sugar aroma as it warms.

Let's start with mouthfeel, since it's the very first thing I noticed with the first sip:
Thick, lush and smoooth!! Full-on massive feel !! A crisp bite that just becomes as smooth and thick as possible. Wow.

The flavor is also marvelous. Balance, for one thing , is rather extraordinary and perfect for the style. A dry, green hop bite, followed by alcohol heat, warming and sharp is quickly dulled by the hefty chocolate and cream malty goodness. Heavy bakers chocolate and sweet cream, with its larger than life- style smoothness is off the charts. Bold, balanced and very interesting !

I love the Baltic Porter style, the answer to ale's imperial stout, the beastie lager is a worthy rival as perhaps the worlds most complex brew. Smuttynose blew my mind with it's 2008 version of the style, and the style tends to come and go, relatively rare but oh, what a treat!!

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Photo of AlexonMoon
4.78/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Black with a tan head. Creamy head reminiscent of a nitro but dissipates quickly.
Smell: Rich chocolate malt with some roastiness and a slight vegetal/earthy background.
Taste: Creamy upfront, alcohol in the middle and a lingering roasty bitterness at the back. Thick moderately carbonated mouthfeel. Alcohol lingers in my cheeks and down my throat. Sweetness, alcohol and chocolate are the main flavors but balanced nicely between them.
Mouthfeel: Creamy yet carbonated with a heaviness to it and slightly syrupy (in a good way)
Overall: I heard my heart singing love, love, love. This beer solidified my love for Jacks Abby and sparked my interest in baltic porters. I'm a sucker for dark, strong beers and this is one of the best I've had. I'll have this with my last meal, please...right after a rochefort 8.

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Photo of GregBarleycorn13
4.77/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

What else can be said. A must try for those who have and have not had a baltic porter. Certainly one the best I've tried. Wish I could find the barrel aged, too.

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Photo of brureview
4.73/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I drank this last night at BBC in Framingham at the 1st birthday celebration for Jack's Abby.

This is a great beer. It was poured with little or no head. The color was a dark coffee color and the smell was a light coffee-molasses.

The beer has little carbonation.

The highlight of this beer is its finish: a very smooth coffee-molasses with a light sweet taste.

The serving temp at the BBC was just right.

I am looking forward to the winter when I can purchase this beer in a bottle.

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Photo of Gatch
4.72/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 02/04/16. So exactly a month old. I let this warm up to room temperature for the last third of the bottle or so to provide a proper review. And wow do the complexities and well-crafted character come out when it's warm. Massive dark chocolate, espresso roast coffee, charred malt without any bitterness or unpleasant cloying. Super smooth without any booze in the finish. Very tasty stuff! And very accessible. This can be compete with most big stouts but it's made regularly by a brewery that specializes in lager! For a Baltic Porter, this is top of the pyramid.

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Photo of AirBob
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Notes from 2/5/15

A - 1 cm of beige head. Small, dense bubbles. Solid black body. Ok retention - quickly dissipates to a collar.

S - Roasty dark chocolate. Touch of coffee bitterness. Some vanilla. Maybe some dark fruit sneaking in.
T - Roasty dark chocolate and some vanilla again. Brown sugar sweetness and subtle fruitiness. Coffee bitterness in the finish cuts right through the sweetness.

M - Low carb. Fully bodied but not sticky. Silky.

O - No wonder all the BA variants are outstanding. This is a terrific baltic porter.

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Photo of hopsputin
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: motor oil black, not allowing any light to penetrate. it has a 1/2 finger tan, solid head that seems to be sticking around a lot longer than i would have thought for a 10%abv beer

s: chocolate, molasses, brown sugar, earthy wood, leather, fig, dates, rich caramel malts. this beer smells sticky, if that can make any sense

t: the tastes are subtle at first, but then rush at you once your tongue becomes acclimated. tons of roasted toasted malts and a mixture of milk and dark chocolate upfront. behind that is a really nice woody note with some sweet dark cherry notes. molasses, brown sugar, and a real nice leather flavor all follow. there is a slight sweet fig presence in here as well, but only very faint towards the end. finishes with a hint of bitterness from the roast malts, and with a small alcohol tinge.

m: mouthfeel is heavy, and carbonation is on par with the style. definitely a sipper

o: over time, i've come to realize that i love Baltic Porters, and this is no exception. its subtle at first, but then hits you with a real nice complexity of flavors that is layered in a most enjoyable fashion. take your time with this one, sipping and appreciating. nice representation of the style, and an overall real nice drinker. definitely pickup

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This ones pours chocolate brown in the glass with a pillowy brown head. The scent is some roast and lots of chocolate. The taste follows through. It's a rich coffee-like chocolate flavor. Lots of flavor in this one, and you get the booziness but not a burning heat. Very well crafted beer and the mouthfeel is true to style with the lager body.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.54/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz bottle purchased as a single from Adams Hometown Market, Monson, MA.

Poured into a DFH snifter, formed a 1/2" medium brown head over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head lasts like a champ, with thick coating lace that clings to the glass like crazy. Aroma is roasty dark grains with a undercurrent of alcohol.

Taste is sweet darkness to start, lactic sweet through the middle, and a roasty touch of acrid bitterness through the close, with alcohol coming on strong. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth, and drinkability is scary easy. Wow. Makes me wonder how the FH variants I have waiting can possibly be any better.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.54/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

1 pint .09 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip Style glass. Out of the bottle going into the glass it's sort of a cola brown color, but works its way to a pretty much opaque if not black, darkest of browns. Initially a very thick beige to tan head that goes away after several minutes leavina ring around the top of the liquid, not really a ton in the way of lacing though. Nice looking beer.

Smell is good, but I'm a little disappointed that it's not too strong. Really just covers pretty much all of the classic porter like characteristics in the aromas. There's hint's of milk coco, charred caramel and brown sugar and a little bit of coffee; after that some slight grassy hops. Good, just lacks the potency I expected.

Well, what the smell lacks, is more than made up for in the taste! Lots of chocolate malt flavors. Big malt backbone but not not the heavy chalky flavors you tend to get with big porters sometimes, there's almost a light syrup sweetness. Hints of melted evaporating caramel, molasses, and of course some dark roasted coffee; not quite espresso. After that there's some nice earthy, grassy hops with even the faintest hint of citrus. The flavor is big and bold too, it's really the best non barrel aged porter I've ever tasted.

Mouthfeel is perfect. Could end it there but I wont. Nice easy flowing medium body that has a nice carbonation level. Silky smooth with a nice dry bitter finish from the hops and maybe the coffee flavors as well. SUPER drinkable. I wouldn't have guessed this was 10%, maybe high7's low 8s, but not 10. Awesome beer, love it, the Mr. Hendler nails another one!

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Photo of JPowell712
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really enjoyed this beer! I bought it as a trial down here in PA! Right off of the pour I knew this was a winner! It poured a dark black color with little to no head on it. You could not see any light through the glass, almost like a stout. The smell was of coffee and chocolate with a hint of smoke. The taste was very bold and strong as you would expect from a 10% ABV. It had a nice smoky taste, lot of chocolate and coffee notes. The boldness of the alcohol makes it very warming as it goes down. This would be perfect for those cold or chilly nights. The mouthfeel was incredible creamy and smooth and it went down almost too easy! This is a sipper, but I could drink a few of these. My first offering from Jack's Abby and now I will seek this beer out for sure. This is a fantastic beer in the porter/stout style. Big, bold, and smooth at the same time.

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Photo of beerloserLI
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours out slick black with a white head. Big time nose that is very floral. Lots of rich malts and chocolate.

A big flavorful punch in the mouth on the first taste. Strong tones of roasted malts, and dark chocolate continue from the nose. A pungently sweet finish with a touch of lactose. The 10%, while there, really blends well with the fold flavors. Mouth is feel deep, creamy and smooth.

Overall a really spot on and enjoyable brew that I plan to drink on the regular.

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Photo of sjones5045
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Home 4/5/15

Pour jet black with decent head. Smells sweet and lots of chocolate. The taste is fantastic. Sweet chocolate comes through and keeps building. Extremely smooth. Love this beer in one of the most unappreciated styles.

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Photo of riversider76
4.44/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours the darkest of browns with a nice tan head. Good retention, and a nice lace. Nose is of malted chocolate, and a hint of dark fruit. Body is fairly thick, and silky. Taste is all there. Hints of dark chocolate, and malts with just a hint of roasting. Nice burn from the 10% ABV. Excellent.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had a lot of Baltic Porters at this point, so I'm pretty picky. I'm getting the expected, somewhat blue cheese funk, which I love. Smooth character beyond that. Very easy drinking. I approve. Bring on the barrel-aged version!

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Photo of oberon
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 1/21/16.Pours nearly jet black except for some amber/brown highlights when held up to the light,a thick creamy deep beige head atop.Cocoa powder and coffee roast in the nose,the cocoa is large and in charge.Creamy and lightly carbonated feel just adds more good layers to this beer.The flavor profile is complex and multi layered,wood and char mixed with chocolate....even a bit of lightly smoked meat,the earthy finish makes it crazy drinkable for how big it is.I knew it would be good but this may be the best Baltic porter I have had,kick ass!

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Photo of ZebraCakez
4.41/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours completely black with a little more then a finger of khaki head that dissipates slowly to leave a layer of froth blanketing the surface of the beer.

S: The aroma is of burnt malt and chocolate. Very sweet on the nose, no booze yet.

T: This is a wonderfully balanced porter. Dark chocolate and fresh coffee play in strongly. There are some hops hidden in there, but the middle and finish become a smokey, boozey, warm mix of sensations. It leaves a spicy note afterwards. Very enjoyable.

F: Absolutely the thick, creamy, foamy milkshake that it should be. Feel is fantastic.

O: Every Jack's Abby beer I've had has been amazing and this is absolutely no exception. A strong example of everything a good porter should be, and and absolute joy to sip. Should be on every BA's "must try" list.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.39/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from 7Sport (thanks man!). Bottled 1/30/15. Served in a goblet.

Pours deep, dark cola brown with a two finger cap of milky tan froth. The head persists /for a long while before settling to a healthy collar that deposits clouds of lace on the way down.

Aromas of coffee, cocoa, heavily roasted grains and sugars. Slightly muted but enjoyable.

Thr taste is incredibly smooth and rich. Chocolate, lots of brown sugar, mild coffee, dark grains, flaked oats, caramel, hints of vanilla, traces of dark fruit and a softly pronounced nip of alcohol. All the flavors work in harmony with just enough booze to keep me from chugging this easy drinking treat.

Smooth, creamy texture with a soft carbonated fizz. Chocolate, brown sugar and roasted oats linger on the palate for a long, delicious finish.

Jack's Abbey has really "nailed it" with Framinghammer! The smooth, rich flavors and luscious body make it by far the best baltic porter I've ever had. I may need to find a willing trader to help me procure more of this and its variants. Excellent stuff.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
4.39/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of Alex. Thank you so much buddy.

Black...looks nice

Smells of nuts, roast, fudge, and smoke....smells nice

Taste follows suit....dash of booze, nutty fudge, smoke, roast, and a charry tarry finish....tastes nice

I've loved the BA variants and it's a pleasure to see where these beers began. A fantastic Baltic Porter.

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Photo of cbutova
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Long, long overdue review on this one but that happens to breweries that are so close by. I have been impressed by this one in the past and this is kind of just the official note taking essentially.

A- Motor oil black pour into a tulip and a snifter with a thick body. Light mocha brown head rises to about a finger or two and has nice retention. The cap falls to a foamy, medium thick ring. Lace deposits are spotty all around.

S- Intense roasted malts with just a bit of yeast and hop influence in the back end. The grains bring dark, burnt barley, dark cocoa powder, toasted, nutty and slight caramel notes. Hops and yeast just round it all out, a bit earthy and fruity.

T- Malts carry over from the nose nicely to the flavor. Deep roast grains give off charred grain, dark cocoa powder, fudgey, toast and nutty notes that make up most of the flavor. Hops and yeast are off some importance to provide a balance with dark cherry fruity, raisin, earthy and slight floral hints.

MF- Thick and super silky smooth body. Carbonation at a low-moderate level and it suits this texture and flavor perfectly. Finishes with a tiny bit of warmth on the palate as well as a dark cocoa bitterness.

It is no wonder that the BA variants are so good. I am glad I had this a few times before reviewing it because it just seems to get better and better each time. Jacks Abby is the best brewery in MA for a reason, well many reasons.

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Framinghammer pours near black into the glass. Ruby highlights tinge the edges and a moderate sized, creamy tan head sits on top. The foam fades quickly leaving a few spots of lace behind.

The aroma has nice notes of roast malt, chocolate, a little coffee, and some dark fruit which reminds me of cough medicine.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is creamy, slightly chewy, a little oily with medium carbonation. The flavor begins with roasted malt and chocolate. Other flavors of toffee, smoke, and nuts appear. It finishes a little tart with a cherry like flavor. Once gone the roast malt and tartness lingers on the palate.

Very tasty beer with additional flavors as it warms. The smooth, creamy body is wonderful.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16 oz bottle into a Bruery tulip glass. Purchased in Attleboro, MA.

A- Pours a deep, deep brown, nearly black body with a generous, 3 finger, gushing light brown head that reduces very slowly and leaves thick lacing. Very nice looking.

S- Heavy coffee, milk chocolate, some vanilla and toffee.

T- Upfront I get lots of chocolate, cocoa, creamy coffee flavors.. this gives way to a roasty, lightly charred malt flavor that sticks on the tongue for a minute.

M- Medium-heavy body, pretty rich. Just how a baltic porter should feel.

An impressive baltic porter. Recommendable.

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Photo of kculrich
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 12oz. bottle, undated, served in a tulip.

Pours pitch-black with a modest cola-like crown of foam. Light-to-moderate lacing.

Smells of cocoa, molasses and figs. Clean, sharp and appealing.

Tastes of dusty cocoa, bittersweet chocolate, tobacco and orange peel with a mouth-coating, lightly-toasted earthy maltiness. Oatiness and vanilla toffee becomes more prevalent as it warms up a bit.

Mouthfeel is clean and dry, medium bodied and amply carbonated.

Overall, an incredibly smooth-and-easy drinking tasty beverage in which the relatively high ABV is totally concealed - it's way too easy to consume the entire four-pack and find that your brain is no longer in communication with your legs.

I haven't had a Framinghammer in, probably, a year and I'd forgotten just how good this is - was it this good before or have they tweaked it?

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Photo of Sheppard
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with hues of deep brown. Head is tan. Aroma is of coffee and chocolate. Tastes like roasty chocolate and some light booze, some light coffee too. Overall, an awesome Baltic Porter. Very quaffable for 10%.

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