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RATINGS: 42   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 55   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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.


4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mkgrenwel (571) - Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 12, 2014
Black pour, obviously. No highlights at all. Creamy tan head. Not a ton of aroma. Light nutty and sweet. Sweet and smooth up front. Strong roasts dryness in the back. Alcohol warming is serious at times. Cocoa and a slight vinious note in the back. Absolutely smooth as silk. Intense yet delicate. Impressive.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
anthony850 (260) - Andover, New Jersey, USA - JAN 26, 2014
Great tasting porter smooth with hint of chocolate and oatmeal. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SrSilliGose (3260) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAR 24, 2013
Tap. Real nice potent cocoa. Dark chocolate. Touch of fig. Clean. Pleasant roast. Real nice.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
msnelling09 (154) - Beverly, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 30, 2013
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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerathon (1232) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2014
Black, silky, boozy, sweet but balanced with a great hop bitterness. Chocolate and coffee in the flavor. Great porter!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fiulijn (15000) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 1, 2014
Tasting at Matt’s
Black color with large beige head. The aroma is very nice, it has bread and biscuits too; mild roasted malts, cocoa. The body is medium strong, it’s fairly roasty for a Baltic Porter, but the work with the malts is very appreciated, with beautiful chocolate, cocoa and bread notes; warming alcohol.
Excellent.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thornecb (4473) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 12, 2012
Pours black into a shaker. Mocha head with excellent retention recedes to coat surface. Dark chocolate aromas. Dark smoky chocolate front to back with a lasting espresso finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AirForceHops (3318) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 3, 2013
Draft @ Ward Eight, Lowell MA. A slighter darker than coca cola with thick, full tan head, that coated the side of the mug on the way down. Nice roasted malts, chocolate aroma, with molasses, and a hint of smoke. The flavor has charred malts at the core, with lots of roasted grain, coffee notes and nice amount of chocolate through the sip. The alcohol isn’t apparent at all until just after the swallow. Nice warming on the way down. Medium-bodied but leaning on full. This beer definitely didn’t disappoint. Layers of roasted malts. Full of flavor and another great beer from Jacks Abby.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Reynolds314 (2375) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 22, 2014
This is great. Aroma is light cocoa, coffee, and heath bar. Tastes so smooth and full of cocoa, oats, and toffee. Great beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lukaduke (2263) - Portland, Maine, USA - MAR 3, 2014
Wow, I always thought the BA version was amazingly smooth and layered because of the barrel, but after drinking this I was pleasantly surprised just how good this base beer is ! Roasted chocolate malt, silky mouthfeel, touches of vanilla, milk chocolate and a long smooth finish. Really tasty brew !


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