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
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