In a nutshell: A dark and decadent Baltic Porter aged in bourbon barrels from Jack's Abby Brewery near Boston, USA.
The lowdown: This unusual style has many similarities to Imperial Stouts. A lengthy conditioning period in oak creates a smooth, chocolatey texture enhanced by additions of oats and brown sugar. The noticeable sweetness gets balanced by roasted malt and hop bitterness and additional flavours include bourbon, vanilla, and oak.
Founded in 2011 by three brothers, Jack, Eric, and Sam Hendler, Jacks Abby has, in short order, become a mainstay of the craft brewing scene in New England, the wider USA and more recently in th UK. Theyve got quite the story to tell, and more in the making. Since opening, their brewery has tripled in size and is continuing to grow. With their most recent addition being their experimental and barrel-aging tap room.