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RATINGS: 110   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 55   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chad9976 (1502) - Albany, New York, USA - JUN 18, 2015
It make sense that Jack’s Abby – a brewery that only makes lagers – would be adept at making a Baltic Porter (which, despite the name, is traditionally a lager rather than an ale). This beer is definitely to-spec in every way and on top of all that it’s delectable and fun to drink. What more could you ask for?

I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. There was no freshness date and it cost $4.95 ($0.41 per ounce).

Appearance: Essentially opaque inky black with blood red highlights. Pours to a large, dark tan, frothy head which retains and laces extremely well.

Smell: Dark grape and dark malt with a general lager scent. Nose is actually rather mild and is probably the beer’s weakest feature.

Taste: There’s a difference between porters and stouts and there’s a difference between Baltic and regular imperial porters – this beer is a good example of that. Sweet to be sure, but not too sweet. There’s a strong sensation of dark malt, but it’s not dark chocolate, coffee or burnt toast. A smooth, milky sweetness derived from the use of oats in the brew. Brown sugar is used as well (as an adjunct I’m assuming), though I think I can taste it in the aftertaste. A quick, distinct, dry hop bite at the apex of the swig offers a nice balance and contrast, though I would not describe this as being a hoppy brew per se.

Drinkability: I was a little worried that this beer was going to be a challenge to drink consider it’s pretty strong at 10% ABV. However, I knew it was going to be a breeze after the first sip. The mouthfeel is extremely comfortable with smooth texture and finish to match. There is no heat from the booze; nor does it feel like a beastly brew in any way. I’d pair Jack’s Abby Framinghammer with dessert or enjoy it as a nightcap year-round.

Score: 9/10

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dlovell2 (1366) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 11, 2015
Pours black with a tan head. Aroma is chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla, and dark fruit. Creamy mouth feel. Flavor is roasted malt, brown sugar, vanilla, dark dried fruit, and coffee. Finish is dark roasted coffee and earthy hops. Alcohol is nicely masked.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (37013) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUN 2, 2015
From tap. Pours hazy dark brown toblack, small brown head. Aroma is liqourice and solid dark roasted malty. Dark malty. Liqourice, roasted malty and sweet malty. Bitter and roasted malty. Dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joergen (24434) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 30, 2015
Draught at Ølbaren. Black colored with a medium sized beige head. Sweet and roasted aroma of caramel and licorice. Sweet and roasted chicken flavor of caramel and licorice. Roasted finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DYCSoccer17 (3513) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 29, 2015
6oz sample from a 12 oz bottle purchased at the beer cabin in plattsbugh. Aroma has a nice anise character with light sweetness present. A little roasted mocha, too. Slight transparent mahogany body with a small to medium tan head. Good lacing. Starts with a sweet chocolate flavor, before this becomes quite roasted in the middle. Has a little vinous alcohol kick to finish. Velvety finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alomtnez (228) - SPAIN - MAY 24, 2015
On tap at Irreale. Brownish creamy head with good retention. Clear very dark brown colour. Aroma is roasted malt, black coffee and biscuit. Taste is rich and balanced, roasted malt, cocoa, black coffee and cookies with bitter finish. Medium body medium creamy palate. A very good Baltic porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Torrefacto (1095) - Madrid, SPAIN - MAY 23, 2015
Negro opacon y espuma beis. Aromas intensos se cacao, chocolate, regaliz, vainilla y tostados. Cuerpo medio y sedoso, sabor intenso de chocolate y regaliz con final de amargor moderado tostado.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
UDBeernut (2312) - Between JAX and SGJ, Florida, USA - MAY 17, 2015
Dark pour, small tan head. Smokey nose. Lots of roasted malt, smoke. Medium body with ample booze burn.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
markextrae (2490) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 14, 2015
shared bottle with a friend. bought from web order at saveur biere. poured a dark black colour with a tanned head. notes of silky smooth chocolate. oats, cacao, vanilla notes. roasted malts, licorice, toffe, roasted caramel, some dark fruits, and a slight hint of smoke, anise, medium bodied. was expecting a bit more i gues.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SlackerMads (2344) - DENMARK - MAY 8, 2015
Bottle. Black with a medium sized beige head. Treackle, dusty grain, dry plant material. Flavour offers the same, wooden, syrupy. I Think I see what it is aiming at, but it is too sweet and rough. I don’t like this much. Why the high alcohol? What’s going on here?

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