jredmond (8288) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 1, 2016
Deep blackish brown body with thin chocolate tan lacing. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with notes of beautiful rich tobacco roast, lush dark chocolate and bitter dry oak. Jack’s Abbey FH portfolio is a world class example of how delicious and well-executed the Baltic porter can potentially be as a style. MelvinKalksma (1536) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 20, 2016
Frank (4195) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 17, 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).
This is not a Baltic porter but anyone who cares is dumb. I’d say it’s basically an imperial stout or an imperial porter if you believe such a thing is different than in imperial stout. (Hint: it isn’t.) I like this stuff fine. It’s got a pretty nice roast grain and chocolate character and is reasonably smooth even though it burns way too much for ten percent. I suppose it is on the lighter bodied side for a big American brew, something along the lines of what you’d expect from a well-made Belgian ale of this strength. It is still a bit creamy even though it’s not too heavy and this helps further bring out the chocolate as well as some cherry/fruity notes. I’d say this is definitely above average for a big beer. It is not completely obnoxious but still very flavorful and lends itself to slow sipping w/o being pancake syrup. I will likely never drink this again in my entire life but that goes for all beers so why point it out for this one? I don’t know. You tell me. koleminer20 (3599) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAY 28, 2016
500 mL bottle shared with ebone1988. Got this in a trade a while back. The pour is a lighter black, light brown color with a thinner cap of light khaki head that falls to a bubbly collar. The aroma is very roasty. It’s got the bitterness and heavy roast to go with a light dark chocolate. There is a light molasses and a decent sweetness to it that is pretty appreciated. The flavor is one dimensional. There is a very subdued oxidation up front, but the roast and bitterness really comes charging through. A dark chocolate is present in the back end. It’s one dimensional, but it’s in the right dimension. The mouth feel is excellent. There is a soft carbonation and a nice viscosity. It really clings to the palate and gets a little better as it warms. The chocolate and bitter roast dominate, and that’s what tasty in a Baltic. ebone1988 (1931) - 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.
Jow (3926) - 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. johnnnniee (4312) - 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. ClarkVV (6709) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 12, 2016
Draught at the brewery, 4/23/16.jc1762 (1436) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 8, 2016
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.
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. tricksta_p (4663) - 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.