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Framinghammer Baltic Porter | Jack's Abby Brewing

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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 angrybabboon
3.6/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 3/11/14

Appearance: Deep, dark brown with some clarity around the edges - pours with a small, light brown head - fades to a few wisps of a cap, retains a nice collar, leaves some spots of lacing

Smell: Dark chocolate, caramel, and some burnt sugar - roasty malts, with a big dark chocolate component - dark chocolate, chocolate malts, touch of something like burnt cocoa - some lighter caramel aromas, molasses, and sugar - alcohol is unfortunately rather detectable in the nose

Taste: Roasty dark chocolate and some booze - a range of chocolate, including some semisweet chocolate, dark chocolate, and baker's chocolate - very roasty - some hints of dark fruits -some sweetness from caramel and molasses flavors, with some lighter malt and yeasty flavors that serve as a reminder that this is a lager - lots of booze throughout, which is hard to overlook

Mouthfeel: On the heavy side of medium, mostly smooth, kind of syrupy with some residual alcohol

Overall: Much framing, very hammer

The barrel-aged version of this was rather memorable, and the base beer is unsurprisingly tasty. But I can see why there are many variations to this. It has some unexplained levels of booze that work quite well with other flavors (bourbon, for example). This is worth a try, but if I had to choose, I'd stick with one of the variants.

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Photo of DrJay
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very dark, but there's a faint, clear, ruby hue to the beer when held up to bright light. Tan/brown cap of fine bubbles, lots of lacing, good head retention. Chocolatey aroma, light burnt/smoke character, cocoa and malted milk. Moderate bitterness with just a bit of alcohol. Notes of chocolate, caramel, malt, slight nut and fruit character, bittersweet finish. Creamy and smooth, mild warmth, full bodied with medium carbonation, slight dryness. Really good and super easy to drink for the abv. I'm looking forward to trying some of the other variants.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.54/5  rDev +8.9%
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 BarrytheBear
4.39/5  rDev +5.3%
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 Dope
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12.13.13 bottling date (2 months old).

A: Pours a very dark brown. Tall, dense, chocolate-brown head. Substantial fluffy lacing and good head retention as well.

S: Dark fruits with lots of char. Burnt pretzels (I've been getting this a lot with roasted malt lately, sue me). Some caramel and brown sugar sweetness to round it out.

T: Dark fruits and char (burnt pretzels again, lulz) up front. Dark, toasted bread in the middle. Chocolate throughout but prominent in the finish as a dark, semi-sweet cocoa. Not bitter, just not sweet milk chocolate either. More toast and pretzels in the aftertaste with just a hint of caramel. No sign of alcohol.

M: Somewhat heavy, very smooth and easy drinking.

O: Ahhh, a baltic porter like no other. As of this moment, Jack's Abbey brews 4 out of my top 4 baltic porters (this and the 3 barrel aged variants). Talk about domination of a category. Only thing that comes close is maybe Smuttynose Baltic Porter? Anyway, great example of the style. It's not a big stout like some, it's a proper baltic porter. Nice fruitiness, nice toasted/roasted malt, super drinkability (one of the easiest drinking 10% brews ever). Just a great brew, only made better by the barrel aging of the variants.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
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 GJ40
4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 500ml bottle purchased at Yankee Spirits in Attleboro, MA. Date was 12/3/2013.

A - A deep brown with some light coming through at the edges. A big tan head of large bubbles.

S - Hints of toast and cocoa. Not a strong aroma.

T - A mild sweetness with elements of brown sugar, bread, biscuits and raisins. Smooth with no rough edges. A slight bitterness in the finish. The alcohol is well hidden.

M - Creamy with a low carbonation. It slides down nicely.

O - Tasty, smooth and warming. Nice for a cold New England night.

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Photo of cbutova
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
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 Andrew041180
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured from the bottle into a goblet - my tulip was in the dishwasher and I didn't bother to hand wash it. I can't differentiate appearance on many of these dark beers. There was a relatively small head that vanished fairly quickly. Lacing was minimal, if it existed at all.

S - Nice bit of a knockback here. The 10% alcohol level is definitely present in the nose. Also a dark, mildly sweet chocolate smell. Little bit of roastiness.

T - Starts off semi-sweet chocolate. Some roasty characteristics build in very quickly forming a nice blend. The alcohol comes in on the finish with a nice little bite. Definitely some heat here.

M - As advertised. It is silky smooth and full-bodied. Jack's Abby has nailed the mouthfeel on so many of its beers.

O - Another excellent beer from Jack's Abby. The alcohol in this one is a little stronger than I like, and the couple Imperial Stouts that I've had recently compared favorably to this one.

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Photo of hoptualBrew
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to kmurray8621 for this one.

A - Black with brown edges, dark khaki head.

S - Baker's chocolate, coffee, roast, booze, toffee, mixed nuts.

T - Milk chocolate, toffee, coffee, alcohol heat.

M - Silky, medium full body. soft but pretty viscous heat from the booze in the finish.

O - Smooth beer, very solid Baltic Porter, not extraordinarily complex, but very robust in the flavors and characters it does express.

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Photo of Scotchboy
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Awesome 500ml bottle into my New Belgium globe.

A: Dark pour yields a dark, nearly opaque body with transparent edges; light tan head fades at a moderate speed.

S: Toasted sugars, dark black patent malt, subdued espresso beans, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, oats...faint, pleasant smoke.

T: Mostly coffee and oats up front, with a good dose of dark brown sugar and a dusting of cocoa. Malty, moderately sweet, but still balanced with coffee-like qualities lending a pleasant bitterness. Very nice.

MF: Full but not heavy, with a body that is VERY creamy and silky; oats making their presence known here, too.

O: Really, really great Baltic, one of my favorites. Barrel-aging took this thing to another level in the other variants, but this base beer is incredible tasty, balanced, and smooth.

Cheers Adam!

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 12.03.2013

A: Pours a pitch black color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a nice cap that lasts for a good while

S: Roasted malts, some dark fruits, dark chocolate, and a hint of coffee

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the roasted malts and dark chocolate followed by a light sweetness brought about by the dark fruits and oats. Finishes with a hint of coffee and more of the subdued sweetness. Alcohol completely hidden

M: Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Big and thick

O: A very solid baltic porter with great balance and complexity. The 10% is very well hidden and sneaks up on you. Definitely well-suited for the winter months as well. If you liked the 3 BA variants, you'll like this one as well, as it's definitely a solid base for those

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Oneinchaway for sharing this one at jmgrub's tasting.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and slight smoke aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and smoke flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty with a nice smoke presence.

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.36/5  rDev +4.6%
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 rlee1390
4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A-Black in the glass with a two finger tan head that leaves some lacing.

S-Chocolate, roasted malt, oats, brown sugar, very slight coffee

T-Rather sweet, brown sugar, dark chocolate, oats, roasted malt and mild coffee.

M-Medium bodied, nicely carbonated, velvety.

O-Received as an extra so unsure about the price, but a solid Baltic Porter and if it is like other Jack's Abby beers it would be worth the price.

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Photo of Mikeypnh
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a Beautiful tan two finger heady. Nice and frothy that rests just at the top of my tulip glass. Leaves great lacing as it settles down rather slowly. Smells lil roasted malts, maybe a little chocolate and coffee there. Something else I can't put my nose on. Some Sweetness. A lot of roastiness on the taste. Very creamy. Dark chocolate, as well. Thick enough to coat the mouth but not too much that it's a hard one to drink, very smooth. Incredible that this is 10%.I'm picking up a burnt marshmallow taste at the end. I don't think it's overly complex, but its a very flavorful beer and an easy to drink porter. Can't wait to try the barrel aged version!

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Photo of dar482
4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a black color with a frothy off white head.

The beer has tons of roast, chocolate, coffee, spiciness, a bit boozy in the medium, but incredibly clean. Lots of earthy hop quality along with anise and licorice.

The beer is medium to thick.

This beer really drinks easily and hides it's ABV very dangerously. It could be a bit more robust on the flavors, but a good job at the style.

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Photo of Maxwell
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours practically like motor oil, thick and black with just a hint of coffee “browness” reflecting back at the eyes. It forms a beautiful, dark tan head of creamy, small bubbles that settle around a finger’s width above the glass. In body, the beer’s clarity is hard to discern, seeing as how it is totally opaque. The beer seems thick and viscous, but clear of any particles or cloudiness, but that is just going off of what I saw pour into my glass. On the nose, the beer smells magnificent. Dark roasted coffee with a thick nuance of dark fruits like brown sugar and raisins, plums, and just a touch of sweet cherries. Soft char, and a nuttiness also make their way into the nose, along with spicy licorice. Touches of caramel and toffee do blend in with the coffee as the beer swirls around the glass. On the tongue, the beer tastes initially sweet, but then dries out beautifully into gentle coffee bitters with touches of dark fruitiness, and even a light sense of spice. Acidity is light to nonexistent on the palate. Alcohol is just an afterthought at the end of the sip, providing a light heat and spice to the finish, which is very impressive given the beer’s 10% ABV. In flavor, the beer begins as sweet bread, but swiftly unfurls into light char, rich coffee, dark and bitter chocolate, and touches of molasses. Burnt raisins and brown sugar come to mind as the sip hits the mid-palate, along with a nice nuttiness that I also found in Jack’s Evil Brew, and even a touch of toffee on the finish. In the third quarter of the sip is a burst of spice blending a touch of cinnamon with licorice for a nice burst of flavor. The finish is strong but muddled. The flavoring is peculiarly light with coffee, and brings more spice, light alcoholic heat, and even a touch of cherry into play on the palate. There is even a bit of meaty flavoring on the end of the finish, almost like a Christmas Ham… The aftertaste is more expected with roasted malt, coffee, and char lingering on the tongue. I love this beer until the finish, and though it is not awful, the muddling has me confused. In the mouth, the beer feels full bodied and smooth. Velvety carbonation of an above average rate helps to coat the tongue in softness as the beer displays its chewy, yet smooth quality. The mouth is left wet all over with a lingering roast-bitter tingle and a slight warmth in the gullet. Overall, this is a great thick beer that is perfect for sipping in front of a fire. I wasn’t quite as fond of it as I was of its barrel-aged variant, mostly because of the oddness of the finish. The flavors are not awful by any stretch, but merely peculiar and out of place with what I was expecting. This is a good beer that gets even better after sitting down in a barrel.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
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 smcolw
3.97/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Impressive, frothy beige head. Leaves lots of chunky and webby lace on the glass. Dark, dark brown color where light only comes through on the very edges of the glass.

Chalky, dark cocoa aroma.

Starts with chocolate malt flavor. The malted aspects of the darker, more coffee-like malts show up in the swallow. Relatively thin body; high carbonation. Long aftertaste of dark cherry and the aforementioned mocha. I don't notice the alcohol despite the level of it.

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Photo of scotorum
4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the 16.9 oz. bottle into a Samuel Smith English tulip pint.

a: Black with ruby tint at the bottom when seen through light. Two inch tall tan head receded slowly to thick surface foam and patterned lacing.

s: None from the glass, but the bottle mouth smells of dark malt.

t: Smoky malt with some hop bitterness resulting in a little initial puckering effect at the edges of the tongue. Mild smoky aftertaste becomes stronger as it warms. High ABV quite well covered.

m: Very sexy-smooth. Light to medium. Surprisingly lightweight mouthfeel for such a high ABV.

o: A special, tasty and easy-drinking porter that feels good just to swirl in your mouth. Would like to see this in sixpacks like Hoponius Union but that probably won't happen. I do appreciate the unique approach of European size bottles, but at nearly $5 a take-home pint this is not likely to be on many drinkers' list of regulars. Nonetheless, this could definitely spoil me for any other Baltic Porter.

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Photo of GonzoHomebrewer
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Growler of 2012 Framinghammer picked up at the brewery this past Saturday

A-Pours a bold black, but doesn't appear viscous, actually has the closest thing to an effervescent quality ive seen in a stout since black ops. good, but i like a motor oil thick pour

S- Notes of intense dark cocoa with some roast on the back end and just a small note of some earthy hops on the back end.

T- Bitter cocoa dominates, with other notes of earthy hops, some dark fruit and a an alcohol warmth

M- Thicker than expected and the slighter increase of the carbonation than I'm accustomed to in a big dark beer actually helps.

O- this beer really delivers on the bitter dark chocolate fix, but is a tad one dimensional. Fortunately I'm very fond of bitter cocoa, this was pretty easy to put down in spite of the 10% abv.

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Photo of Gatch
4.72/5  rDev +13.2%
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 jlindros
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tap at Westender

Light fizzy head, dark molasses brown beer with hints of molasses light coming through.

Nose is porter like, hint of cocoa, dark caramel, hint of earthy grassy hops, cocoa dust.

Taste brings more dark malts but not crazy dark, some caramel and molasses like syrupy sweetness, a faint bready biscuit malt, light powdered cocoa, lighter feeling with a crisp lager still somehow coming through. Light earthy grassy hops I'm there too. It also brings faint touches of a metallic flavor and a bit of yeasty bready flavor. Finish is a but more bitter with earthy hops, little sticky but crisp lager profile, faint cocoa and caramel.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied, plenty of nice fluffy carb.

Overall nice but doesn't seem as high quality as most of the Jack's Abby beers, esp since I had the barrel aged version of this and it was phenomenal. Maybe this is a bad batch, or my taste buds are off. Malts are nice but a bit syrupy, nice crisp lager coming through, decent hops to balance, but a couple slight flaws I think.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip nonic. Pours a dark brown, almost black, with ruby highlights around the base when backlit. Head is a 1/2 in thickness, dense, creamy and tan-colored and embedded with tiny pinpricks. Head eventually dissipates into a soapy slick with some swaths of lacing present during the tasting. Nose expresses roasted malts, lager yeast and dark, slightly vinous fruits and cocoa. Taste follows nose; however, the fruit profile is not overly assertive and melds with the roasted malts and cocoa. There is also an earthy hops bittering and a bit of ethanol (more flavor than heat) at the back that leaves a slightly acrid aftertaste between quaffs. Mouthfeel is medium-light, with an even carbonation and some mild acidity attributable to the alcohol. Overall, a solid baltic porter with both complexity and balance. That said, I continue to be impressed by this young brewery's innovation and quality.

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Framinghammer Baltic Porter from Jack's Abby Brewing
92 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.
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