The Would Drink Again
The Big Red Mitch
Lashes Hopbock Lager
Hibiscus Blood Orange Leisure Time
Coffee Baby Hammer
Session Black IPL
Fire in the Ham
Not too much to note here. The one thing I'd point out is that while I am not a fan of rauchbiers, I thought they did a good job with Fire in the Ham, which is their version of a rauchbier. This is included in this category instead of the next one simply because I don't enjoy the style enough to make even a good rauchbier a regular indulgence.
The Would Happily Drink Again
Ninth Blend (American Wild)
PB&J Barrel Aged Framinghammer (Barrel Aged Baltic Porter)
The Italiano Barrel Aged Framinghammer (Barrel Aged Baltic Porter)
Baby Maker (American Barleywine)
Cranberry Sour (American Wild)
Sour Time Lager (Berliner Weissbier)
Framinghammer Baltic Porter
PB&J and Italiano were both very interesting. You definitely got a strong hint of jam flavor in the PB&J, which made it a bit sweet. I don't mind sweet, but I'm definitely glad I had a 4 ounce flight glass instead of a full serving. In the Italiano, you definitely taste the presence of a strong anise flavor. Interesting to see how it was pulled off, but again, more a beer to sample than drink a large glass of. The Baby Maker was a solid American style barleywine. Not sure what else to say about it. The Cranberry Sour was the best of the three beers with sour flavors, which included the Ninth Blend and Sour Time. I've warmed up to sour flavors in beer a bit lately, so I enjoyed them all, but again, the Cranberry Sour was the clear standout. Nice hint of cranberry broke through, as one might expect from the name, but it didn't overpower it. The Excess IPL and Framinghammer were both very solid versions of their styles. I've had better versions of both and neither would be my one example of the style to store in a beer fridge on a dessert island, but I'd happily order either in a bar.
The Mind Blown
Mole Barrel Aged Framinghammer (Barrel Aged Baltic Porter)
I enjoyed a lot of the beers at Jack's Abby to varying degrees, but even if I had thought everything was mediocre until this point, this one would have made the entire trip and tasting worth it. Just the right hints of a mole sauce flavor (not spicy though) that are nicely soaked up by a strong body with high alcohol content. I need to track this down and try it again. Just truly an incredible beer. I'd probably only get one per sitting as it's pretty damn strong, but I could definitely finish a full pour of this, unlike the other barrel aged Framinghammers.