HeadyDE (825) - Delaware, USA - APR 25, 2014
black color bottle to snifter..slight tan head..nose is wonderful with waves of real vanilla, coconut, bourbon..wow..mouthfeel is phenomenal with subtle coconut..tobacco..sweetness is easily kept in check with the malt and just a perfect amount of warmth and goodness from the bourbon barrel..lingers on the palate with that wonderful barrel character..complex to say the least..easily one of the best bourbon barrel aged offerings I have ever had and somewhat reminiscent of that bourbon cherry taste of the GI cherry rye..well deserving of recent awards..wonderful barrel aged offering..snatch up any that you see this exceeds the hype.. davey101 (751) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 30, 2013
March, 2013 vintage. 500ml bottle into a tulip glass.
A - Pours a dark brown body thats bordering on black. Lets a little bit of light through but very little. Three fingers of super dense and creamy mocha foam upon pouring. Settles into thick edging. Sticky lacing with some solid retention.
S - Loads of sweet and rich milk chocolate up front give way to some light anise and roasted malts. Finishes with subtle but smooth vanilla and bourbon. A bit of alcohol heat.
T - Follows the nose with a predominately chocolaty flavor with light anise and roasted malts. Bourbon is again pretty modest here with some light vanilla, oak, and butterscotch. Alcohol is pretty noticeable but very pleasant.
M - Probably the best part of this beer. Not sure what kind of voodoo magic these guys pull, but the beer is rich and creamy...but at the same time its light and highly drinkable. Really fantastic.
O - This is a very delicious beer. I know Baltic porters tend to warp the line between ales and lagers, but I adore anything that Jack’s Abby does and this is no exception. The fact that they are experimenting with barrels now is just too awesome. Plus the $6 price tag is super reasonable. Eklectik (5) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2015 does not count
A little light on the nose, but very big on flavor. Roasty, a little sweet, a little chocolate, balanced with just the right amount of hops. Lukaduke (3206) - Gray, Maine, USA - APR 20, 2013
Pours a deep umber black color with a two finger of mocha foam head that sticks nicely. On the nose its rich sweet chocolate, coconut cream and nice vanilla and roasted malts. The palate is dialed into perfection when it comes to bourbon flavor... Perfect mouthfeel, smooth, creamy rich yet highly drinkable too. This beer is really speaking to me. Sweet, smooth boozy... Damn I can’t stop crushing these ! crajun (1226) - , Texas, USA - FEB 5, 2014
UPDATED: JUN 22, 2014 re-rate 06/14.....................bumped up from 4.2 Not sure how you get much better. my favorite style. aroma as below - wonderful. sweetness of oats and sugars with roast and alcohol - a little better cold vs. warm. wowwowo!!! Whoa!! Bottle from phatdog1?? Dated 03/13. Subdued aromas of bourbon wood roast and vanilla. Creamy smooth mouthfeel taste is DAMMMM good like aroma heat comes and goes better colder than room temp must find again. That is why I love this style
rlgk (18847) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 12, 2014
Cask at GBBF 2014. Opaque black beer with a small brownish head. Vinous aroma, licorice, caramel, figs, raisins, chocolate, caramel, banana notes, plums, cocoa, vanilla, bourbon notes. Vanilla flavor, figs, raisins, dades, plums, licorice, chocolate, some cocoa and bourbon. Alcohol is incredibly well hidden. Full bodied and just amazing!!! LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - MAR 22, 2015
Appearance: Pours dark brown with a decent tan head that fades to a pin stripe around the edges.fernans (54) - Rhode Island, USA - APR 9, 2015
Aroma: Dark chocolate, port wine, fig, bourbon.
Taste: Dark chocolate, peppery hops, grape. Finishes with a nice touch of bourbon.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied, silky, modest carbonation.
Overall: One of the best Baltic Porters I’ve ever tried. The malts and barrel treatment worked perfect together, not too boozy or rich, but definitely decadent.
Great Porter. Inky black color with off white head. Taste of near coffee notes and smooth mouthfeel. puboflyons (3397) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 21, 2017
From the .5 liter bottle with no date that I can see. It pours a deep dark brown to near black with a moderate tan head that fades. The Bourbon barrel aging is most evident in the aroma along with roasted dark malts, sweet dark bread, and a low to no hop profile. But if you are looking for some barrel-aged sensation you will not be disappointed with this one. The body is smooth and around medium. The sweet roasted dark malts can be found more so in the taste along with that slightly boozy barrel aging sensation that sticks with the palate from start to finish. And yet it maintains the sweetness of a good Porter. Nice job Jack’s Abby. MacBoost (1884) - Victor, New York, USA - APR 27, 2013
Pours really, really dark for a lager... Even when held directly up to a light bulb only yields a little brown around the edges, not the usual red. Intense aromas of bourbon and oak. Rally meaty. Very round taste... Oaky and flavorful, while retaining a slight sweetness and a little boozy punch. It’s quite good. Finishes with a lingering bourbon aftertaste that sticks in your mouth for ages. Nice.
Another world class beer from what is quickly becoming my favorite brewery.