Archive for the ‘Jack’s Abby Brewing’ Category

Val and I are watching a marathon of “Say Yes To The Dress.” One couple wanted to get married in the water with dolphins. That would definitely be an interesting wedding. Anyways, let’s get to the beer.

ABV: 10%

Style: Baltic Porter

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Big, bold, black, and aged in bourbon barrels with orange peel. The lengthy conditioning period in the barrels creates a silky smooth chocolatey mouth feel enhanced by the use of oats and brown sugar during the brew process. Noticeable sweetness gets balanced by roasted malt and hop bitterness. Additional flavors include bourbon, oak, and spice.”

Random: This beer comes in at 45 IBUs.

This beer poured with half a finger of tan head. It went away quickly and left no lacing on the glass, but did leave a small crown on top. The body was black with no visible carbonation. The nose had notes of cigar ash and red wine. I didn’t pick up any of the orange peel. There was also some smoke and roasted malt. The taste had a lot of leather and tobacco. It quickly went into red grapes, licorice and smoke. There was a slight note of orange peel. It had a thick and syrupy body that was a bit overwhelming with apparent alcohol. There was no carbonation to cut it either. The finish was syrupy with orange and bourbon. This was yet another beer gift, so no word on price, but this was my least favorite of the Framinghammer series. I wouldn’t rush to have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

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Tonight’s beer is another selection from the Framinghammer family. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 10%

Style: Baltic Porter

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

Random: This beer came in at 45 IBUs and is an April release.

The brew poured with a huge, three and a half finger than head. It went away slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass along with a significant crown. The body was dark brown with no visible carbonation because of the color. The nose was more charred wood than anything else. It almost had a rye spice with a strong bourbon note and dark, roasted malts. After it warmed, I picked up some vanilla as well. The taste was equally strong bourbon notes with charred wood and dark malts. There was a dark chocolate note as well. Alcohol was overt on this beer. The body was thick and chewy with light carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with bourbon and vanilla. This is yet another beer gift, so no commentary on the cost. I think I did myself a disservice by having some of the variants of the beer first because I thought this was only alright, although it did make for a good Winter sipper.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Tonight’s beer is one that my parents brought me home from a trip. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 12%

Style: Baltic Porter

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Big, bold, black, and aged in bourbon barrels with peanut butter and jelly. 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: I’m in the middle of “Turn.” I love this series. There’s so much history in it. I hope they renew it for another season.

This beer poured with a half a finger of tan head. It dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was dark brown and had no visible carbonation. The nose was filled with grape jelly and cocoa powder. There wasn’t much peanut aspect to the nose. The taste had grape preserves and milk chocolate. There was a very slight hint of peanut butter and needed a lot more to balance this out. There was also a lack of oak and vanilla from the bourbon barrel aging. There was slightly more peanut butter as the beer warmed. It had a thick body with moderate carbonation. The finish was lengthy with grape jelly. I have no clue how much this beer was since I received this as a gift, but no matter what the price, this needed more balance and refining.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

One of the benefits of blogging by my bay window is that I get to see all of the deer walking by. It’s even better when the bunnies are on the lawn. Anyways, beer time.

ABV: 12%

Style: Baltic Porter

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Big, bold, black, and aged in bourbon barrels with cocoa nibs, chili peppers, and whole cinnamon sticks. The lengthy conditioning period in the barrels creates a silky smooth chocolatey mouth feel enhanced by the use of oats and brown sugar during the brew process. Noticeable sweetness gets balanced by roasted malt and hop bitterness. Additional flavors include bourbon, oak, and spice.”

Random: I could go for a Mexican hot chocolate right now.

The brew poured with a half a finger of tan head that dissipated almost instantly. It left no lacing on the glass and no crown either. The body was a dark brown that was almost black, with no visible carbonation. The nose started with a lot of cinnamon and nutmeg. It had some shaved dark chocolate as well, but no chili peppers. There was some smoke too. The taste had a lot more depth than the nose. It started with the same shaved dark chocolate, but the cinnamon was more muted, although present. Chili peppers gave it a slight warming note and some vanilla came through next. The bourbon barrel was at the perfect level and didn’t overwhelm the other flavors. The alcohol was so well-hidden that this beer was ridiculously dangerous. It had a lengthy finish with cinnamon and dark chocolate. All of the flavors worked so well together and having it at 55 degrees was the perfect temperature. I have no idea how much this beer cost since it was a gift, but I would pay a decent amount of money for this one. This is worth searching out.

Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0

Jack’s Abby is now available in Pennsylvania too, so I get it a lot more easily than I used to. I still want to make a trip out to the brewery, but I haven’t had a chance yet. I’m thinking that maybe when we go to Maine next, we can detour to the brewery on the way up. This was a beer that I picked up in Pennsylvania awhile back.

houselager

ABV: 5.2%

Style: Munich Helles Lager

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “House Lager pulls inspiration from the numerous country lagers, or landbiers, found in Franconia. It’s sweet and golden with a full malty body that comes from using a traditional German malt variety. A special beer for year-round enjoyment.”

Random: This beer comes in at 18 IBUs and is available year-round.

The brew poured with a one finger, pure white head. It went away quickly, but left no lacing on the glass. Instead, a small crown was left on the straw yellow body. It was clear and had moderate carbonation. The nose was filled with warm pilsner malt and a slight honey sweetness. The taste was sweet with wildflower honey. It had pilsner malt as well and a touch of mineral water. The body was thin and crisp with moderate carbonation. It had a quick finish with wildflower honey. The pounder can was $1.54, which broke down to $.10 per ounce. This was a simple, but very drinkable beer. If you’re looking for a beer to convert a macro drinker, this would be a good choice.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

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.

vanillabourbonframinghammer

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

I had no idea that Jack’s Abby started canning. When I saw this can on the shelf at Half Time in New York, I was positively shocked. I’m a huge fan of canning beers, so having a solid brewery that only brews lagers putting a session IPL out is great.

calyptra

ABV: 4.9%

Style: American Pale Lager

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This hoppy lager is brewed with two intense and aromatic hops, Calypso and Citra. It’s an easy drinking brew that balances dominating fruity, citrusy, and tropical aromas with a sessionable malt body.”

Random: I like the shade of purple on the can. It makes it jump off the shelves.

The brew poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated quickly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was mildly hazy with lots of carbonation visible. The nose had a lot of tropical notes, obviously from the Calypso hops. I picked out mango, pineapple and then a grapefruit flesh note from the Citra hops. There was no malt on the nose. The taste was more towards grapefruit pith than flesh, which was disappointing. I also wished it had more tropical fruit on the taste. I picked up dried mango, but no pineapple, which I was looking forward to. There was also lemon and lime flesh in the background after a few sips. It had a really light body with high carbonation. The finish was instant with lemon pith and dried mango. A single can of this was $1.67 ($.14 per ounce), which is a great deal. If only I enjoyed this beer more and it had more tropical notes, it could be a go-to.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0