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 Scotchboy
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
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 +1.2%
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 -4.3%
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 +4.3%
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 -1%
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 -0.2%
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 -3.3%
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 -0.2%
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 +8.9%
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 -5%
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 -1%
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 +2.2%
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 +12.9%
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 -7.9%
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 -3.6%
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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Photo of nmarsceill
4.89/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is my favorite beer from Jack's Abby. Being a local brewery I have probably had more beer from them than any other craft brewery. In fact I have 3 growlers and 2 bottle in my fridge right now and sadly none of them are this beer - but if they were I'd be drinking them instead - its that good.

I am a big fan of the malt flavor in beer, not an overwhelming amount but a nice strong sweet sense, especially when the beer brings a balanced bitter component with it. This beer hits the sweet spot in my taste buds for this balance. Even at 10% ABV I could drink this beer all night, I just might have to do it home.

I find the flavor to ring of mostly molasses with a bit of spice to it - I really can't tell you if that's a cinnamon or a clove or anything else but I think of this beer flavor as having hints of that fall spice motif but with a much stronger smokiness. It causes the sides of the back of my tongue to twinge a little, but the way a good hot sauce causes your mouth to burn just a little - you notice it but it does not dissuade your next sip.

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Photo of brureview
4.73/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I drank this last night at BBC in Framingham at the 1st birthday celebration for Jack's Abby.

This is a great beer. It was poured with little or no head. The color was a dark coffee color and the smell was a light coffee-molasses.

The beer has little carbonation.

The highlight of this beer is its finish: a very smooth coffee-molasses with a light sweet taste.

The serving temp at the BBC was just right.

I am looking forward to the winter when I can purchase this beer in a bottle.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a dark hue. Nearly black. Head is mild. Very little light penetration. Body doesn't seem to be overly viscous.

S-Nose is aromatic but still light for such a big beer. Light boozy whiffs. Chocolatey, roasty and bitter. The nose even has some notes of dried dark fruits.

T-Flavors are overall very nice. The booze whacks you right in the middle of the sip. Bitter dark chocolate segways into some coarse alcohol right befor the roast sets in. The overall flavor is quite attractive however. I enjoyed this beer's flavor components.

M-Maintains a rather light body despite the ABV. This one has the feel of a big Porter rather that a Porter/Stout hybrid. Mellow carbonation with a dry finish.

O/D-I love big Porters. This one is pretty tasty. Jack's Abby makes some awesome brews and this is just another that should be tried when available.

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Photo of rudzud
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the Armsby Abbey. Reviewed from notes.

A - Poured into a standard snifter an oily black hue with half a finger of mocha head that fades to leave nice sticky side lacing.

S - This is a largered porter?! Get out of here. Lots of good, rich roasted malts and thick creamy chocolate.

T - Taste is really big with lots of roasted malts and more of those deep dark chocolate. Very impressive albeit one dimensional.

M - Mouthfeel uhh..ABV, where the hell is it?! Incredibly hidden ABV, drinks like its 5-6%. Creamy, rich, and delicious.

O - Overal this is a very, very tasty baltic porter. Jacks Abby continues to impress.

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the otherside- pours a thick black with a one finger cappuccino head. Decent retention and nice creamy lacing.

Smell is unimpressive- a little chocolatey dark malt, a little booze and a little lager yeast.

Taste is big- pretty sweet, a little roasty, nice round and full malt profile, and a little bit of yeast.

Mouthfeel is nice as well- medium to full bodied with a little carbonation. Definitely a nice Baltic porter- get it if you see it and live darker beer.

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Photo of taez555
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I’m glad they decided not to name this one “Harry Porter and the Dark Malts” and went with Framinghammer instead. :-)

This beer pours a pitch black body with a solid off-white/tan head.

Nose is actually pretty subtle with a dark malt and fresh grain smell, but it’s not overly assertive.

Taste is full bodied and what catches me off-guard the most at first is that it doesn’t hint one bit that it’s 10% ABV%. Rich and very smooth. Lots of fresh dark malts, very mild dark fruit flavors, but just lots of fresh thick not overly burnt malts. I’d say it has a coffee taste, but it’s so smooth it’s like that perfectly brewed cup of coffee with cream that’s not overly bitter or overly burnt, but… just right. Other flavors include licorice, figs, raisins and some touches of chocolate. The big ABV really starts to take over as it warms, and you can really tell this isn’t just a normal porter or dark lager. Hops are really in the background in this beer with only a nice earthy touch to give it some balance. Same with the bitterness, it has a backbone and you can taste the hop bitterness, but the malts really shine through and it’s just perfectly in balance. Ends with a very mild licorice sort of earthy bitterness and malt, but really what hits you in the finish is the alcohol that slowly creeps up.

At first it almost reminds me of a less smoky version of their other dark beer, the smoke and dagger. But after a few sips the ABV really starts to sneak up on you. This is such a well-balanced Baltic Porter. It’s not in your face with malt, or hops. According to the brewery, much like all other JA’s beers, the beer is actually a lager and not an ale like most Porters. That definitely accounts for the very smooth and easy drinking of this beer. Almost reminds me, at least in the sipping sort of way, an English Barleywine vs American Barleywine in that it’s not over the top in any area, but just right in a good malty sort of way. Just another stellar beer from Jack’s Abby.

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Framinghammer Baltic Porter from Jack's Abby Brewing
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