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 | website

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 GregBarleycorn13
4.77/5  rDev +14.4%
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 ohbeer89
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

This is my first Baltic Porter. Very unusual, characteristics that you'd expect from an imperial stout mingle with unmistakable flavors derived from the bottom fermenting yeasties, although the use of lager yeast seems to be peculiar to Jack's Abbey.

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Photo of beerloserLI
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
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 DoubleSimcoe
3.58/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A little light and thin for 10%, but tasty and well-crafted. Nice roastiness around the edges and chocolate base. So much better than the bourbon and coffee versions!

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Photo of Slatetank
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I purchased this at the Fridge in Lancaster, poured chilled in a stout glass from the 12oz.

The color is black with opaque clarity and 2 fingers of pale brown head with fine bead and thick lace with visible carbonation. The smell is strong with sweetend cocoa type aroma with creamy smell with caramel and slight pine from the hops and mild dried fruit with the yeast ester. The feel is rich smooth and creamy with mild sweetness balanced by the slight spice and mild alcohol rounds out the feel with finish that is semi-dry.

The taste is chewy with caramel with cocoa with slightly creamy flavor and mild dark sugar sweetness and hint of toffee nuttiness with warmth of alcohol on the palate. The taste of malt is layered with only a slight hop taste in the back with nice depth of toasted malts that don't really reach a full on roast flavor. This is a good one to sip on for a good while, nice how the alcohol is noticeable but not overpowering -very tasty and rich!

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.39/5  rDev +5.3%
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 JPowell712
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
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 justintcoons
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Jet black with 1+ finger of light brown head. Good retention.

Dark chocolate syrup, caramel, roasted barley, charcoal, and raisin.

Dark chocolate syrup, molasses, and caramel. Roasted barley and earthy char. Raisin and prune. Finishes with an earthy bitterness along with hints of cocoa nib and peppery alcohol.

Medium-plus bodied, smooth, oily, off-dry, and well carbonated with a medium bitterness.

Big, robust, and very flavorful. Smooth but packs a punch.

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

Appearance - dark mahogany almost black body with tan head

Smell - Molasses, coffee grind, chocolate, cola, mixed nuts

Taste - molasses, coffee grind, semi sweet chocolate, cola

Mouthfeel - heavier side of medium bodied, medium plus carbonation, slight sweetness upfront, enough bitterness in the back to create balance

Overall - nice take on a Baltic Porter from Jack's Abby. Best beer I've had from them

PricePoint - $3/12 oz single

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Photo of sjones5045
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
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 kanno
4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

poured from a 2 month old 12oz bottle

L: Pours black/dark dark brown like an imperial stout. Two fingers of a head that sticks around a good bit. Lacing covered a good portion of the glass, like frost on a window.

S: Either I have a cold or this one doesn't have much of a nose. Faint cocoa and roasted malt hints.

T: Sweet oatmeal and chocolate tastes at first but then gives way to a nice lingering hoppy bitterness and noticeable alcohol burn, not surprising given its 10% abv. Leaves a nice sweet taste on your lips. A little more punch than your usual porter.

F: The only thing that I've noticed differentiating this from most imperial stouts I've tried is that it is a bit thinner in mouthfeel, but definitely still thick enough to be a porter. A little more bitey carbonation than I expected, but nothing that really detracts from the beer. Quite smooth really.

O: Not the best porter for me, but really close. I certainly wouldn't ever turn one away. Super excited to try one of the variants.. I believe some vanilla would make this thing sing. The PB&J version sounds just crazy enough to be excellent.

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Photo of predikit
3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep brown, settles in the glass black, leaves a dark tan head that has decent retention, leaves no lacing on the glass.

Smells hoppy and sweet, molasses, oat notes.

Tastes starts out with hops and brown sugar, sweet bitter combination blending into a robust bitter chocolate middle. The alcohol starts to make itself known in the middle, and the chocolate takes the finish, with a lasting bite to the aftertaste.

Full bodied, leaves a chewy thick residue in the mouth. Fairly smooth and creamy otherwise.

A good porter, almost a stout or imperial stout by taste and feel.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.79/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz. bottle into a Cigar City snifter.

Pours a thin, cream colored head with moderate to low retention. Beer is pitch black and semi-viscous. Lacing is spotty and stringy with little stick but thick, oily legs. Solid.

Nose is hazelnut, roast, smoke, liquorice, dark chocolate, and cocoa. Dense and aromatic.

Opens chocolate, roast, smoke and hazelnut shells. A fudge sweetness in the middle mixed with molasses, liquorice and more dark chocolate. End is cocoa powder, vanilla, coca cola and tobacco. Pretty good.

Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and full in the mouth and goes down rich and slightly hot. Messy finish with a filmy, lingering aftertaste. Could be a touch less carbed.

I'm not convinced of the hype over this beer. The taste is there. Complex, with nicely complementing flavors. However, everything else is just average. Worth trying but not a standout among its peers.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased at Nathaniel Square Corner Store in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a very dark, Stygian-type black, with a 1.5 inch fluffy and full head, with a little bit of lacing.

Smells pretty intensely roasty, with some dark chocolate, and a surprising hop presence- a good amount of pine.

This is less sweet than I figured, given the sweetness of the barrel-aged version. This appears to be a stout made for barrel-aging, but it's still pretty special on its own. Pretty bitter, with a large roasty espresso like flavor, a bit of char and smoke, and a good dosing of piney hops. Very little sweetness here.

This is medium bodied, fairly thick, but certainly not super thick. This has a lower level of carbonation, and is super drinkable.

Another really solid beer from Jack's Abby. One of the most consistent breweries around.

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Photo of Beric
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving: Bottle into tulip
Served: 6 March 2015

Appearance: Pours a deep black. Yields only a small off-white, brownish head even when poured rather aggressively. Some bubbles hanging out round the edge.

Smell: Very sweet malts with a touch of burnt roastiness.

Taste: Good interplay between the sweet malt base and the assertive roasted notes from the darker roasted malts used. Some astringent burnt notes after swallowing, but in general a relatively sweet beer with a good interplay between malt sweetness and soft notes of baker's cocoa and espresso.

Mouthfeel: Silky, without feeling too thick.

Overall: A great beer, and one that's extremely drinkable given the 10% ABV. Highly recommended.

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Photo of BigCheese
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Super roasty and robust. Chocolaty sweet. Got a nice smooth/thick body. Drinks like an imperial Oatmeal stout. Love it. Great for a cold winter night.

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Photo of Roguer
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful clear, dark brown brew, settling to very dark, nearly black in the glass. Topped by a 1 finger dark tan head with good retention.

Strong, inviting aroma, teasing dark fruit and equally dark roast. Coffee comes to mind.

Flavor follows, with enormous roasty notes hinting strongly at rich espresso, coated in prunes and bananas. Bitterness provided by the roast.

Medium to medium-thin mouthfeel while cold, with a long, wet, lingering finish.

This is an absolutely delicious Baltic Porter, on par with some of the best imperial stouts out there. Flavor really reminds me of Founders Imperial Stout.

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle with MFG 1/30/15 on the side. Pours a pitch black color with a small amount of head. Good amount of lacing. The aroma is chocolate syrup, caramel, molasses, brown sugar and roasted malts. Hints of licorice and tobacco. The taste is roasted malts and chocolate syrup with some leather and tobacco. Boozey. Some woody notes as it warms. Finishes with more tobacco, roasted malts and chocolate syrup. Hint of coffee. Slick, velvety mouthfeel. Really digging this one. I'm hoping I can get my hands on some of the variants. Overall, fantastic beer.

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Photo of Ian_B
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Black as tar, with a tall & finely-carbed beige head that presents thick, solid lacing.

Aromas of chocolate and lager yeast present upfront, with the yeast lending very slightly fruit esters along the lines of fig and blackberry. Slightly present acidic/salty notes that are characteristic of the style.

The acidic/salty notes are much more present in the taste, while the beer is quite forward in its sweetness. However, this is very well-balanced by hop bitterness and high alcohol content. Beginning with roasty, acidic dark malts, each sip takes you through deep, sweet chocolate with a touch of smoke before moving through more savory brown malt and nutty flavours. Balanced by a touch of brightly sharp hop bitterness, this beer is quite complex on the palate.

Overall very smooth mouthfeel. Sharply acidic on the front, full and roasty in the middle, with a lingering, smooth, lager-ed finish.

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Photo of dd43
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Following instructions, I drank this on a bitterly cold New England night. As my first Baltic porter, I wasn't sure what to expect. I certainly didn't expect what is structurally a lager to be a virtual doppelgänger for an imperial stout. From alcohol warmth to roasted flavor and aroma notes, one could be forgiven for thinking this was a stout in a blind tasting.

Beautiful chocolate milkshake colored head. The semisweet chocolate notes on the nose help to further the milkshake vibe. However this changes on the palate, as pronounced roast and hop bitterness play against brown sugar and licorice from the malts.

I think I would need to drink a traditional Baltic in order to truly appreciate what differences, if any, I can detect from a regular strong porter. That said, this is a great beer and the other three bottles in my fridge won't last long.

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Photo of ZebraCakez
4.41/5  rDev +5.8%
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 brentk56
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a fudge brown color with auburn highlights; the impressive mocha head bubbles up into a three-fingered head leaving plenty of lacing dots

Smell: Chocolate-dominant with hints of caramel and coffee

Taste: Chocolate and mocha, up front, with just a hint of vanilla; in the middle, there is also a hint of leafy hop flavor if you are really paying attention; the aftertaste brings on more of the same but also introduces a vague smoky element

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied and creamy, with moderate carbonation

Overall: This is a beer I have been looking forward to tasting and, while I very much enjoyed it, I marked the scores down as I didn't pick up the dark fruit element I look for in the top examples of the style

Thanks, cp45, for the opportunity

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Photo of Altrurian
3.87/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nearly black beer, with deep ruby/brown edges showing up only when held close to a bright light. For several seconds, cascading roils under the tan, three finger head. Said head endures a respectable time, and lacing remains as time passes and drinking proceeds. The aroma, which is not pronounced, is of freshly-baked brownies. The beer's flavor is also that of a rich, semi-sweet chocolate pastry, accompanied by a very slight alcohol burn. Mouthfeel is just right for a robust porter.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, with a large beige head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a strong smokiness followed by bitter-sweet flavors of coffee and chocolate. There’s a hearty roasted malt character as you would expect. The hops presence is strong for the style but not over-powering and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly smoky and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a nice big porter worth drinking for a long time.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.54/5  rDev +8.9%
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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Framinghammer Baltic Porter from Jack's Abby Brewing
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