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RATINGS: 139   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
katseb (8) - Norfolk, Alabama, USA - APR 2, 2016 does not count
Partial to this brewery as I was born in Framingham so Framinghammer was a fun find. Not many porters to my liking, but this one is delicious! Pretty in the glass, head lovely goes great with Beethoven’s 9th. Look forward to trying it at the brewpub which I Love!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mkgrenwel (606) - North Shore, 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
anthony850 (469) - Andover, New Jersey, USA - JAN 26, 2014
Great tasting porter smooth with hint of chocolate and oatmeal. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MelvinKalksma (1018) - UTRECHT, NETHERLANDS - AUG 20, 2016

Medium aroma of malts, caramel, chocolate, roasted malts and coffee.

Opaque black beer with a medium/large head.

Starts with malts, caramel and chocolate; ends slightly bitter and dry with roasted malts and coffee.

This beer is intense, complex and balanced. The amount of roasted malts is insane, this is simply an Imperial Stout. We had a sweet one and an almost smoked one, together creating a perfect balance (once again).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChadPolenz (1701) - Lakeland, Florida, 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hanoi (850) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - DEC 3, 2015
Bottle. Nose is milk chocolate, praline, hazelnut, brown sugars, plums, fruit cake, hints of cola. Taste is chocolate, licorice, plums, cherry and red berry, fruit cake, hint of cola, lots and lots of hazelnut, hint of wood with dark chocolate and vanilla with a touch of tobacco in the finish. Mouthfeel is rich. Baltic porter is a style I don’t have a good working knowledge of, but I enjoyed this a lot.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jow (3527) - New York, USA - MAY 25, 2016
Bottle at home. Black pour with fine beige head. Nose is cocoa and some licorice. Tastes of milk chocolate, roasted malt, bitter espresso, some herbal notes, light licorice. Hides alcohol well. Nice creamy yet bitter palate. I’ve had several variants glad to have the OG.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SrSilliGose (3328) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAR 24, 2013
Tap. Real nice potent cocoa. Dark chocolate. Touch of fig. Clean. Pleasant roast. Real nice.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerathon (1683) - 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!

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