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RATINGS: 142   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 55   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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.

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3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
ebone1988 (1543) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - MAY 28, 2016
Bottle shared with koleminer20. Aroma is roasty, chocolate, coffee, robust malt. Appearance is dark dark brown, light tan head, poured thin-ish. Taste is...light? Really not that much happening. Oxidation. Just some roast that comes in real late. Mouthfeel is decently thick, soft velvety carbonation, the roast came in with a vengeance late in the aftertaste. Overall, this one is pretty disappointing.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jow (3652) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
johnnnniee (3958) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 14, 2016
Bottle from Acton Wine and Spirits. Dark brown bordering on black with a decent sized tightly bubbled tan head that persists. Chocolate licorice and some faint burnt sugars coupled with some light earth and fruity aromas. Creamy smooth bready pilsner malt is somehow evident with all the darker malt flavors. Chocolate licorice and light fruity flavors offset with just a bit of earthy hops for balance. I’ve had many of the barrel treatments for this beer and loved them finally found this to try, its a stand up porter.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClarkVV (6100) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 12, 2016
Draught at the brewery, 4/23/16.
Jesus, these guys put out so many variants I’ve never actually taken the time to have the regular version. Finally a chance...Dark, milk chocolate brown with deeper ebony shades and a light tan head atop showing strong retention.
Chocolate, very flakey with dark bread and lots of roast. A big caramel character rises up to balance. All of JA’s beers are so much softer and approachable lately and I couldn’t be happier. Not just another obnoxiously overroasted, overbittered imperial stout/imperial porter/baltic porter, etc.....
In the mouth, plenty of dry brown bread balances caramel with milk chocolate and dry roasted notes. Lots of maltiness, with a good attenuation though leaving some residual sugar for body and balance. I don’t know if this beer is specifically sweeter because of how much of it gets barrel aged, and maybe it’s just the placebo effect, but I think it is much better barrel-aged. The malt, chocolate, bread, vanilla, caramel, etc.. really do soak up the tannin and whatever other things are thrown in the barrel. Still, for a barrel aged version to be good, the base beer has to be quite competent. And indeed it is.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
jc1762 (1058) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 8, 2016
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2016 Tap into a snifter showing pitch black with a finger and a half of latte colored foam. The nose shows notes of steel tank and lightly roasted malts. The palate is light bodied and well carbonated. Flavors of light coffee and roasted malts with light hoppy bitterness that matures into a light latte like bitterness. Well done.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tricksta_p (3936) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - MAY 7, 2016
Bottle at home. Aroma is roasted malt, oats, dark chocolate, liquorice, coffee, cocoa, touch of raisins. Flavour is moderate to medium sweet with a roasty bitter finish. Body is medium to full. Very rich Porter, potent roasty chocolate coffee and liquorice aroma.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Quick3Beers (1060) - East Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - APR 2, 2016
Pours a dark as a moonless night black from a bottle. Not much of an aroma, just kind of a general roasted sweetness. Flavor is a slightly chocolately, with faint finishes of licorice and dark cherry. Well balanced bitterness and sweetness, hits both sufficiently and well. Very good beer.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
katseb (10) - Norfolk, Alabama, USA - APR 2, 2016
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!!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vaiz (4455) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - MAR 20, 2016
Bottle. Black pour, thin tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, licorice, stophoest and slightly silty. Flavor is quite bitter, roasted and somewhat dry. Full bodied and with a very nice balance. Nice brew.

4.1
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BroSpud (2116) - , Massachusetts, USA - MAR 12, 2016
Multiple tastings from bottle and on draft. Noticed that I have never rated this one though it has become a favorite since Jack’s Abby came to town. This is one of the best Baltic Porters out there and I love the different twists they come up with. A great brew from a great brewery.


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