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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Photo of tekstr1der
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Darkest brown in color with a ring of tan foam. Baker's chocolate , roast, and a faint sugar sweetness. Flavor is similar but better - so very balanced with delicious chocolate and roast malt dominating but never dry or acidic. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel and very smooth finish. Well done.

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Photo of metter98
4.14/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is essentially jet black in color—only slight traces of brownish red are visible near the edge of the glass when it is held up to a bright light. It poured tan lacing on the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of dark malts and black licorice are present in the nose along with notes of chocolate malts and hints of brown sugar.
T: The taste follows the smell, except that the licorice flavors are a bit stronger, particularly in the finish. There is a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer tastes somewhat strong, but nothing like something that is 10% abv and hides its alcohol exceptionally well.

Serving type: growler

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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 HamdenHector
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: opaque; very dark brown in color; 1+ finger medium brown head that receded slowly to a thin cap; very nice lacing;

S: deeply roasted grain with black coffee and bittersweet chocolate in the background;

T: follows the nose, but the roasted grain, black coffee, and bittersweet chocolate are equal; mild bitterness on the finish that increases to moderate in the long lasting aftertaste.

M; full bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: complex aromas and flavors; very enjoyable;

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Photo of SawDog505
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a 16 oz snifter bottled on 01/16/17. Pours a very dark brown, with a inch and change of fluffy tan head that leaves behind a few lines of lace.

Smell is dark chocolate, vanilla beans, roasty coffee grounds, molasses, leather, and a hint of booze.

Taste follows bitter dark chocolate, vanilla, back strap molasses, black strong coffee, leather, pipe tobacco, and some warming alcohol lingers in the finish.

Mouthfeel is bigger than medium at room temperature, silky smooth with moderate carbonation, dry and no complaints here, and a sipper that you need to slow down drinking and that is difficult to do.

Overall I really think this is a well rounded and not one dimensional Baltic Porter, that has so much going. Really well done JA!

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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 Stevedore
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Served in a snifter glass. Pours a dark cola brown body, light brown head with one finger's worth, good retention, no lacing. Smells of dark fruit, caramel, milk chocolate, minerals, brown sugar. Flavour is more dark fruit than milk chocolate, but a slight amount of roast, earth, light cocoa. Not particularly hoppy or bitter. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth and silky, slight earthy bitterness on the finish, but overall a fairly sweet beer.

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Photo of Amguerra305
3.74/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a touch watery dark brown that looks dark and opaque in the glass. Smell is toasty with a hint of coffee up front but the back end kind of just gets acrid. Taste follows the same progression of the smell with roastiness up front that finishes a tad acrid. Feel is light and a bit carbonated. Overall it is ok. Notes of greatness brought down by things going on that just don't work.

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Photo of TheDoctor
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Service: Bottle

Pours cola brown out the bottle but is opaque jet black in the glass with three fingers of hearty khaki head that drops to an ok film. OK retention; a little lacing. (4)

Roasty nuts, mocha, and toasted wood with some berry sweetness underneath. (4.25)

Slightly sweet with some red fruits, creamy coffee with some light woody toasted flavors, baker's chocolate with some mineral water in the finish. (4.25)

Smooth and velvety soft, medium+ body with light carbonation unified in all the ways it could be with a lightly charred finish. (4.5)

This is a very well-made beer. It looks great, smells great, tastes great and feels great. The beer is very 'together,' with a nice balance of roasted bitterness, roasted sweetness and yeasty fruitiness. All is seamlessly blended and very well-balanced. Clean, hearty and drinkable.
Would definitely have it again if I came across it. (4.5)

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

$ 11.05/4 pack, tax included. $ 0.188/oz at Max Wines & Spirits, Danbury, CT
Undated bottle at 42 degrees into a hand washed and dried JK snifter, allowed to warm to 50 degrees. I’d have allowed it to warm more, but I was thirstyyyyy.
Aroma – Roasted malt
Head large (Maximum seven cm, aggressive pour), light brown, frothy, diminishing to a three mm frothy ring and partial frothy layer, with some residual foam lacing as the head recedes
Lacing excellent – wide irregular bands of frothy bubbles, mostly tiny but with some small and medium present
Body dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor – mostly roasted malt with a hint of chocolate; no obvious hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, almost creamy, soft carbonation

A very nice Baltic Porter, slightly on the watery side, lacking the flavor complexity of many others. Hop flavor is absent, true of many other Baltic Porters. This one is so easy drinking that it is almost sessionable, until the 10% alcohol slaps you behind the ear with a sock filled with buckshot. Think I’ll have another.

Appearance 4.5, Aroma 4, Flavor 4.25, Palate 3.75, Overall 4.5

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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 AgentMunky
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into an Ommegang tasting glass. Last beer on Baltic Street.
Dark brown. Opaque. Slight brown head.
Smells sweet and roasty. Chocolate.
Big and sticky and loaded with molasses, the dominant flavor. Plenty of licorice as well.
A nice sort of Imperial Stout, but I'll always be yearning for Alice in my Baltic porters.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Acton Wine and Spirits. Dark brown bordering on black with a decent sized tightly bubbled tan head that persists. Chocolate licorice and some faint burnt sugars coupled with some light earth and fruity aromas. Creamy smooth bready pilsner malt is somehow evident with all the darker malt flavors. Chocolate licorice and light fruity flavors offset with just a bit of earthy hops for balance. I've had many of the barrel treatments for this beer and loved them finally found this to try, its a stand up porter.

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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 EmperorBevis
3.99/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jet Black body with 2mm thick full on chocolate milkshake froth head
Smells like porridge mixed with cocoa and burned toast
Tastes like wood glue but bizarrely in a good way
Low carbon but easy drinking

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Photo of Prager62
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I received a couple twelve ounce bottles in the latest round of NBS/BIF courtesy of BA cavedave. There is a batch code/date on the bottle reading #7 1814012116. Pouring this in my 13oz. stout/porter glass for the taste drive!

Look- It pours a dark oily brown leaving a generous and lively amount of mocha colored foam.

Smell- Bakers chocolate, dark roasted malt, molasses, black licorice and a hint of floral hops hiding in the back.

Taste- Chocolate malt, tobacco, molasses, some black licorice and wood. There are some floral notes that try to surface in the finish.

Feel- Oily and a bit on the effervescent side with a crisp dry finish.

Overall- A very flavorful example of the style. While dark, roasty and chocolatey, there is a slightly hoppy quality that reminds me of some Three Floyd's stouts/porters. Topless Wytch comes to mind and that's good company in my opinion. A very solid beer, I'm glad I have one more. I may cellar it a short while for comparison?

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Photo of OrangeMen
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2016 Vintage
3 months from bottling date

Appearance- Pours a black color, opaque. Finger thick, medium tan colored head, frothy and thick. Lots of sticky alcohol legs, some spotty head lacing.

Aroma- Roasty malts, dry cocoa, smoky notes. Sweeter chocolate, caramel, brown sugar, creamy caramalized sugars, and dark fruits. Touch of earthy hops.

Taste- Roasty, smoky malts, slight char and cocoa. Rich caramel, brown sugar, milk chocolate sweetness. Earthy nuttiness, some hops on the finish.

Feel- Medium feel, silky smooth and creamy. Moderate carbonation.

Overall- Real nice balance of rich roastiness and smooth creamy flavors. Roasted malts, smoke, and cocoa are out front, but then comes a wonderful creaminess that refines and balances.

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Photo of PatrickCT
3.94/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip.

a: black body. Opaque with ruby brown edges. 2 finger billowing dark beige head that settles quickly leaving a gentle lace.

s: A wonderfully balanced aroma of chocolate and coffee. There are hints of molasses and a slight earthiness backing up the coffee and chocolate. Delicate and pronounced at once.

t: The taste follows the a degree. The oatiness is pronounced, as is the molasses. Chocolate takes a backseat to the coffee. There is just enough spiciness on the finish to create a bit of excitement.

mf: The body is on the lighter side of heavy. Low carbonation. Overall, a good full mouthfeel.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.91/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Solid beer but pales in comparison with the barrel aged versions. Attractive black bodied brew with a small cap of tan foam, minimal lace, light penetrating the edges. Roasty baker's chocolate aroma, heavy malt character, less so on the tongue. Feels a little light for the bitter roastiness, relatively dry, sort of a bittersweet chocolate and burnt coffee aspect, noticeably hoppy and earthy; medium body at best with a lingering bitter finish. The barrel aged versions add sweetness,
Complexity, and a depth of body that make them more interesting in my opinion; nice enough beer but I'd prefer an imperial stout with some fullness when looking for these flavor notes.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2016 bottle served in a wine glass

Appearance: creamy and dark brown with a large tan head

Nose: chocolate, coffee, boozy, roasty

Taste: follows the nose perfectly and a bit thin mouthfeel

Overall: this beer is good but not great. I'd like to try the BA version to see what some oak time would do. I'll age this one and see where it goes.

December 2016
Cellar review:
This beer has improved immensely. The flavors are very well integrated and cohesive. It drinks like a 6% beer and hides it's heft well. I'm very impressed with this one and how well it aged.

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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 brewme
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very impressive. I am almost exclusively an IPA guy, so this is way out of my wheelhouse. Very well-done by my former hometown brewery. Smell & taste are outstanding, not too boozy, despite the high ABV

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Photo of NWSREM
3.81/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours very dark brown with small beige head. Smells of sweet roasted malt and mild coffee and cola. Quite a range of flavors to taste, starting with sweet burnt malt then bitter chocolate, coffee and some licorice. Finishes slightly bitter with a smokey, tobacco-like aftertaste. Feels moderately rich and smooth without being syrupy.

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Photo of Czarkazm
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark cola colored pour, opaque in the glass, but held up to the light, you find an incredibly dark, crimson body. The head is a tightly packed, soft tan color. Aroma is very clean, with no harshness at all. Smells like a much lower ABV beer. I get milk chocolate, oat grain, sweetened coffee with lots of cream added, vanilla, caramel, some dark fruits. I can't tell if the fruitiness is coming from the malts or the choice of hops. Very creamy mouth feel; very oatmeal stout-like, rich body with lots of flavor. Blonde coffee, chocolate, brown sugar, toasted nuts, slight booziness, burnt toffee, candied fruit hoppiness, and vanilla. Lovely, clean aftertaste, I suspect is due to the use of lager yeast/fermentation. Even though I can't get Jack's Abby's products where I'm from on Long Island, I always try to pick up what I can from them, whenever I spot it somewhere.

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Photo of ChrisP802
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a keg
Pour - thick, black, minimal head
Smell - chocolate, mild coffee, something sweet
Taste - sweet chocolate and coffee. No taste really overpowers.
Overall - not a bad choice. A bit heavy, but not too thick

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