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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:
#1,638
Reviews:
102
Ratings:
749
pDev:
7.23%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
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Gots:
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Ratings: 749 |  Reviews: 102
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

Photo of 57md
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown to black color with over a finger of beige head. The nose is mildly roasty with the tingling sensation of a decent dose of hops. The flavor is only mildly roasty but there are interesting sweet notes that poke through. The body is hearty and the mouthfeel is substantial.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz. bottle dated 01/24/17

Pours dark maroon black with a dense creamy tan foam head. Smells very roasty with big chocolate notes, some coffee, apples, pear, dark dried fruit, mildly smoky dark roasted malts, burnt toast, dark molasses, charred brown sugar, toffee, caramel, creamy vanilla, some spice, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes real dark and roasty with big chocolate notes, coffee, mildly smoky dark roasted malts, apples, pear, dark dried fruit, some burnt toast, dark molasses, charred brown sugar, toffee, caramel, creamy vanilla, spice, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium-light bodied, crisp, creamy and smooth with moderate carbonation. Overall a really nice Baltic porter.

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Photo of Klister
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GFD400
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheBigBoy
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Silky smooth, nice porter, 10% well hidden.

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Photo of IdrinkGas
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tekstr1der
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
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 -0.2%
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 +16.6%
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 Wizzle32
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

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

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

Photo of HamdenHector
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
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 -2.7%
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 dfconnor
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ntanner83
4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of aasher
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jsalz21
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of psweendogg
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of riversider76
4.44/5  rDev +7%
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 -0.5%
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 mattmarka1
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Framinghammer Baltic Porter from Jack's Abby Brewing
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 749 ratings
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