Framinghammer Baltic Porter | Jack's Abby Brewing

Framinghammer Baltic PorterFraminghammer Baltic Porter
747 Ratings
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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Ratings: 747 |  Reviews: 101
Photo of StormAles
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beerdudenumberone
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NonicPanic
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of q33jeff
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 TheEpeeist
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
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 fthegiants
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of breardon1776
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
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 mmorris15
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of drtth
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
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 Odysseyalien
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Hopheadhiker
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of VoxRationis
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
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 +3.4%
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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Photo of cd34
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hephaestos
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BigSmooth12
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wasatch
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to thebeers for this brew.

12 oz. Bottle
Bottled On: 011617

Poured into a goblet a very nice dark brown color, very nice carbonation, with a nice small/quick tan head, which does leave a medium size island. The nose is malty, roasty, chocolate/toffee. The taste is really nice malty, roasty, with some nice chocolate/toffee notes. Full Body, ABV hidden very well, a nice little sipper, nice little dry/bitter finish. Overall, this is a very tasty brew. Glad to have a chance to try it. Thanks Arthur!

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Photo of Bogdawg
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.56/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I don't remember who gave this to me as an extra, but thank you, rarely score a Baltic porter these days. Pours black, brown head, 1/3" deep. Aroma was more roasty than dark fruit, which is nice.

Wow what a mixture of tastes, chocolate, dry, bitter, toffee, fig, prune, day old roasted coffee. Mouth feel contributes smooth oats, dark fruit, minor sweetness, even honey. Hides the alcohol really well. This is a really good brewery, I've enjoyed everything I've had from them. Couldn't really discern the specific lager yeast impact though, so much RIS similarities taste profile was obscuring that stuff. Could do without the notes of licorice though.

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Photo of Holderness
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L -- 1000 lumens passed through the glass reveal an excessively dark ruby red that is bordering on black. Big light tan head produced by moderate pour, with good retention and minimal lacing.
S -- Smoky malts, biscuit, coffee, faint fruity esters.
T -- Robust dark chocolate, roasted barley malts, and dark roast coffee, backed up by a sugary sweetness. Not particularly nuanced, but enjoyable nevertheless
F -- The light body gives this away as a baltic porter. Very drinkable for 10% ABV, with no harsh booze notes. Finish is a little sour/astringent.
O -- My first time trying this style, and I have to say I like it more than most bottom-fermented porters. The sweetness gives it the character of a RIS, but with a cleaner mouthfeel


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Photo of Iski100
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bierman9
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Stopped into the Grill Next Door (Haverhill MA) today with my lovely wife for lunch. We each had 2 rounds of this nice brew, at $6.00 for a 16oz shaker pint pour. Nice price for a full pint of 10% ABV bier....

Poured a deep, dense, opaque brown, with only some real color showing through at the edges when backlit. Head was initially about 1/4" of tan foam, but it rapidly receded to a very thin layer of bubbles, with most clinging to the edges. Had some lace here and there, but not a lot. Nose had some mild roasty notes, with some choco also coming forth. Body was a decent medium, with not much to rough things up on the tongue.

Flavor? Nice roasty coffee and choco malts start off. Had some caramel mixed in with a bit of molasses. Dark choco and earthyness are quite solid here. Not too bitter at all, but the floral hops make for a nice finishing touch. An über-solid bier! Prosit!

4.15/5 rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25


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Photo of erlenmeyer
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Framinghammer Baltic Porter from Jack's Abby Brewing
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 747 ratings
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