Jack’s Abby Vanilla Barrel-Aged Framinghammer

I’ve finally gotten through my backlog of reviews. I also took a week off from drinking and reviewing. I think that I’ll have something special tonight to celebrate getting through all of these reviews. This beer specifically is one that I was very excited to try. Anything that is barrel aged tends to be in wheelhouse and I don’t think I’ve ever had a barrel aged beer from Jack’s Abby.


ABV: 10%

Style: Baltic Porter

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Big, bold, black, and aged in bourbon barrels with vanilla beans. The lengthy conditioning period in the barrels 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. Additional flavors include bourbon, vanilla, and oak.”

Random: This beer is an April release.

The brew poured with a one finger, khaki colored head that dissipated at a moderate pace and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown with no visible carbonation due to the color. The nose had bourbon, leather and tobacco with tons of smoke. The taste was filled with oak, bourbon and smoke. It had a caramel note too. I also picked up some toasted malt and some booze. It had a thick body with light carbonation. The finish was lengthy with booze, oak and smoke. I enjoyed this beer quite a lot, especially because it was free. If I saw it on the shelf again, I would pick it up to see how it aged.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Devils Backbone Danzig Baltic Porter

It’s been awhile since I’ve had a Baltic Porter. I tend to really like the style and given that it’s getting colder, I should find some others to crack open. This is another beer from the Val DC trip stash.


ABV: 8%

Style: Baltic Porter

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A Baltic-style porter that blends a strong English porter with a Germanic lager approach, fairly robust – this strong black lager has notes of chocolate and coffee with hints of caramelized sugar. Black, Roast, Chocolate. Our Trail Blazers stray from the beaten path into a world of robust and daring beers featuring bigger, bolder flavors for fueling your spirit of adventure. Imagine yourself stepping out of the pilot house onto the pitching deck of a merchant ship plunging through the frigid Baltic Sea night. Squinting against the grey black horizon you spy in the distance the odd sparkle and glimmer; the far away lights of the Baltic port of Danzig are bidding you welcome. Tonight you will feast on dark rye bread and smoked pork sausage, all washed down by the famous strong black lager of the region, the Baltic-style Porter.”

Random: I think Danzig is a band…maybe?

This brew poured with a quarter of a finger of tan head that dissipated instantly. It left no lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown, almost black color, with no visible carbonation since it was so dark. The nose was filled with dark, roasted coffee and dark chocolate. It also had roasted malt, smoke and a hint of licorice. The taste was heavy with strong alcohol that took awhile to get used to. It had a coffee flavored syrup and roasted malts. It had smoke, but not nearly as much as the nose. It also had a treacle bread characteristic. The body was syrupy thick and had light carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with the same treacle bread and coffee syrup and dark chocolate. This beer felt unrefined with how syrupy it was and the flavors did not transition well. This was $2 a bottle, which came to $.17 per ounce. As you can tell, I wasn’t a big fan of this beer. There are much better examples of the style.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Sixpoint 4Beans

It’s been about 4 months since my last Sixpoint beer. Much like this one, it was very polarizing in the craft beer community (Sixpoint Jammer) and I was not a big fan of it either. Let’s see how this beer was.


ABV: 10%

Style: Baltic Porter

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “With the addition of Madagascar vanilla beans, 4BEANS takes Sixpoint Imperial Porter to the next level. Romano beans used by bygone brewers provide body, as the flavors of dark malt, cocoa and coffee are rounded out by smooth vanilla. The result is a quadrality of roasted, savory, and complex flavors. Modern formulation meets Baltic tradition and BKLYN partnership… it’s Mad Science.”

Random: This beer is the big brother of Sixpoint 3Beans.

This beer poured with a half a finger of tan head that dissipated slowly and left no lacing on the glass. A slight crown was left on top of the dark brown body that had no visible carbonation. The nose had intense coffee and roasted malts. The taste started with notes of oily, coffee beans with some smoke as well. Roasted malts, dark chocolate and smoke came through as well. After a few sips, I picked up ash as well. The alcohol was well-integrated, but still had some warming that presented on the back of the throat. The body was thick and chewy with light carbonation. The finish was long and sticky with ash and dark chocolate. This was $3.50 for the single can ($.29 per ounce). I know this beer has gotten panned by a lot of people, but I thought it was solid. It wasn’t the best beer I had, but I had no major qualms with it.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Abita Bourbon Street Baltic Porter

By the time you read this, I’ll be in Maine. The other half and I are on vacation and have plenty of beer-related excursions planned. I’m sure I’ll have lots of reviews, but until then, here’s another beer review.


ABV: 9.25%

Style: Baltic Porter

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This Baltic Porter is brewed with pale, caramel and roasted malts. It is fermented at cooler temperatures to accentuate the malt flavors, which gives the beer its dark color and smooth, sweet roasted flavor. After fermentation the beer is cold aged for months before bourbon barrel aging begins.”

Random: The cat is loving the new bird feeder that we got. He’s spent a lot of time staring at it.

When I popped this beer open, the bomber exploded all over. When I finally got it in the glass (after losing about a quarter of the bomber), it had a two finger, tan head. It dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass and a crown. The body was clear and a dark brown, but not nearly as dark as I’m used to. There was moderate carbonation visible as well. The nose had vanilla, oak, bourbon and butterscotch. There wasn’t much in terms of roasted malts. The taste had all of the typical bourbon notes with oak and vanilla and some light smoke. What it didn’t have was roasted malts, cocoa or coffee. The body was way too thin and the carbonation was mild at best. It did have significant booze warming. The finish was quick with bourbon and oak. The bomber was $9.99, which broke down to $.45 per ounce. This beer was reasonably priced for a bomber, but it was missing roasted malts and the body was way too thin. I wouldn’t have this again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Coronado Jurata

EOQ is almost over. I can’t wait. I am so, so very tired. Anyways, let’s see how this collaboration brew between Coronado and Cigar City went.


ABV: 8%

Style: Baltic Porter

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Jurata Baltic Porter, the second of two collaborations between San Diego fave Coronado Brewing and nationally acclaimed Cigar City Brewing out of Tampa, FL, is now hitting shelves and taps across the country. The highly anticipated winter seasonal pulls together the talents of craft brewing on both the left and right coasts. Similar to last fall’s ‘The Last Spike,’ this collaboration represents a unique fusion of styles and balance. It was brewed when CCB brewmaster Wayne Wambles and owner and CEO Joey Redner visited San Diego late last year. The name ‘Jurata’ (pronounced Yoo-­‐rah-­‐tuh) is Polish for ‘sea’, and rings true with both Coronado and Cigar City beside opposite oceans. It is also a mythical mermaid in the Baltic Sea. ‘Jurata is our first Baltic Porter and we appreciate the help CCB has given us,’ said Coronado cofounder Rick Chapman. ‘Working with such a well-­respected brewery as CCB has been a great partnership so far, and from what we hear this winter beer is flying off the shelves.'”

Random: David Price went to the Tigers…that is going to make them very scary.

This brew poured with almost no head. What was there was about a quarter of an inch high and tan. It dissipated quickly and left a touch of lacing and a crown on top of the dark brown body. Due to the dark color, I could only see moderate carbonation, but there was also a decent amount of tan floaties in the body. The nose was filled with roasted malts, dark chocolate and a touch of lactose. The taste had a bit more depth. I got dry cocoa powder first, then some black coffee with black licorice. After a few sips, I also got some light smoke. There was some booze warming on the end of the sip. As it warmed, there was some dark fruit, perhaps figs or prunes? One thing that was missing was a touch of bitterness. The body was silky and on the thick side with moderate carbonation. It had a long finish with dark fruit and dry cocoa powder. This was a decent brew, bordering on pretty good, but nothing mind-blowing. Given the two breweries that collaborated on this beer, I expected a bit more. If you see it and you’re into the style, it’s worth a try.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Sixpoint 3Beans

I love coffee. My sister makes perhaps the best coffee I’ve had. We have a healthy rotation of different flavors and different brands that go in and out of the house. It’s part of our weekend routine. We make coffee and brunch and then I settle in to watch the Phillies game. She then throws whatever is left into the iced coffee pitcher. Since I love coffee so much, I am really enticed by any coffee beer. I missed this one when it was first released, so I was really excited to crack one of these open.

ABV: 10%

Style: Baltic Porter

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Take thou also unto thee wheat, and barley, and beans…and put them into one vessel. The beans of bygone brewers, united with cacao and coffee, to create a trinity of roasted, rich, and savory flavors.”

Random: Why is the 1-877-Kars for Kids jingle so insanely catchy?

This brew poured with a two finger tan head. It dissipated rather slowly and left some healthy lacing behind on the glass. The body was a dark chocolate color with medium carbonation visible throughout the body. The nose was straight out espresso and dark chocolate. This was definitely looking like a promising beer so far. The taste was the dark chocolate that was present in the nose, but instead of espresso, it was like a light roasted regular coffee. It wasn’t bad, but not as strong as the nose would have me believe. The booze was really well-integrated as well. The body was full with moderate carbonation present. The finish was long with more chocolate. Despite the fact that the chocolate and coffee were pretty much all the flavors I got, it really worked for me. I hate drinking a beer that says it’s a “coffee beer” and you’re wondering where the coffee is. This one did it for me. Go grab a four pack of this ASAP.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Dominion Baltic Porter

I’m almost done with this huge freaking backlog. I never seem to have time during the week to update one or two posts, so it always waits until the weekend. It’s one of those things that annoys me about myself. I really need to try to update more often so that I don’t spend an entire day doing this. Anyways, onto the brew…

ABV: 6.8%

Style: Baltic Porter

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Dominion Baltic Porter is brewed to meet your need for warmth on a cold winter’s night. Hints of licorice, toffee & chocolate mingle with a touch of Rye giving our Porter a full-bodied taste. Raise your mug to those who were bold enough to brave the Baltic!”

Random: It seems as if Dominion’s winter seasonal made its way into New Jersey. Nice!

This beer poured with a two finger tan head that dissipated quickly with no lacing left on the glass, but a slight crown left on top of the body. The body was a dark black color with no visible carbonation due to the color. The nose was relatively mild with roasted malts and some hop bitterness as well. The taste had a lot more body with roasted malts, some vanilla, dark chocolate and coffee. I expected a lot more flavor from this beer, but was sadly disappointed. The body was thick for the style with high carbonation. The finish was long and roasty. This was only an okay brew. I was hoping that I got more from it given that it was a winter seasonal, but no. I wouldn’t rush back to have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0