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Cocoa-Nut Barrel Aged Framinghammer - Jack's Abby Brewing

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Reviews: 28
Hads: 389
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 4.28%
Wants: 106
Gots: 61 | FT: 8
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Jack's Abby Brewing visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Resuin on 02-26-2014

Framinghammer with Coconut and Cocoa Nibs added and aged in bourbon barrels.
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Photo of PHBoiler
4.28/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nice balanced flavor. The coconut comes through more than the cocoa, but overall is fairly light and tends to elevate the base beer and the barrel treatment. (158 characters)

Photo of OneEye78
4.46/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark black with a half inch tan head. Smell has a rich chocolate, and a strong, but not overpowering coconut, with a hint of vanilla. Taste followed suit with dark chocolate, coconut, vanilla, cherries, and oak. Feel was a bit thin, but with nice staying power. Overall this is a great beer, very well integrated with a lot of complexity. (346 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.44/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at the brewery last year, shared with rudzud. 2014

Light fizzy creamy like seeker darker small head, pretty much pitch black nice legs.

Nose nice dark chocolate, fudgey, decent but mild coconut, toasted marshmallow, little caramel thing, mild toasted vanilla barrel, mild nutty note in the background.

Taste brings tons of sweet mild chocolate, super creamy lush milk chocolate, cocoa, a mild coconut milk, nice toasted marshmallow, some vanilla like barrel and little baking spices, and hint of bourbon, hint toasted oak, mild bitterness, toasted coconut starts to really come through as it goes. Finish nice bitterness, little sticky sweetness, lingering milk chocolate and creamy cocoa, mild coconut, mild barrel, etc lingering.

Mouth is med bod but super creamy lush milky, decent carb, mild sticky.

Overall quite nice, so lush creamy milky, nice coconut and marshmallow, tasty and enjoyable even after the age. (939 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.44/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to JLindros for sharing this 2014 vintage.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a super dark brown almost black with a fat mocha head that leaves thin wisps and thick halo.

S - Aromas of light coconut and chocolate, good bourbon barrel notes. Toasted marshmallows, light barrel nuttiness, vanilla, oak. Really aromatic.

T - Taste is loads of milk chocolate, toasted marshmallows, nice coconut, good barrel notes, lots of natural vanilla, nice bourbon as well. The chocolate is really fudgy with some nice coconut milk too. Good bourbon, pleasant with the alcohol hidden nicely.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, creamy, smooth, alcohol hidden well.

O - Overall this beer was really delicious, great marshmallow notes, the coconut is nice too. Milk chocolate too, man I wish I had this fresh.

Serving type: bottle (837 characters)

Photo of StrongRepublican
4.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours a rich and dark shade of deep brown that appears virtually black in the glass. Leaves a full, voluminous, pillowy dark khaki head and stacks of thick creamy lacing.
S: Toasted coconut and charred oak dominate the aroma with hint of milk chocolate, Bourbon, and roasted barley.
T: Rich chocolate, vanilla, creamy coconut milk, toasted oak/char/Bourbon, leather, and molasses. Framinhammer shines as the base with just enough nuttiness and rich coconut to give it an extra bit of depth and complexity.
M: Creamy and smooth, carbonation is medium, body is full but not quiet chewy. It has some sweet viscosity that coats the palate.
O: Another shining example of what a BA Baltic Porter can be. JA has done it yet again, taking a fantastic base and making it even better without reinventing the wheel. (807 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
4.1/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

About one year old. 500ml bottle served in a snifter 4/19/2015.

A- Darker brown body, almost black. Quite opaque. One finger white head that fades away quickly, no retention or lacing.

S- I would let this beer warm up before serving. Chilled, it gives off a slightly metallic aroma that only hints at what is beneath. When it gets warmer, you can smell a fair amount of coconut and a bit of acidic coffee. Slightly metallic, but it is outpaced by the milk chocolate, mild vanilla, bourbon and the coconut of the remainder of the beer.

F- Milk chocolate, bourbon, hint of vanilla, plenty of coffee and a fair amount of coconut. The coconut is definitely complementary here to the base beer and coffee. The barrel is present just enough to remind you that it is there but without overwhelming anything else. Drinking solid at one year.

M- Medium bodied, smooth with good carbonation. Not difficult to drink, but certainly a sipper.

O- Very solid offering from Jacks Abby. Not too hot, plenty of coffee and just enough coconut although I wish it had a bit more of it. (1,070 characters)

Photo of mothman
4.21/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Coconut and cocoa definitely show. This adds a lot of flavor to the base beer. Bourbon with a little heat. Some vanilla. The best out of the 4 I tried side by side. (164 characters)

Photo of SportsandJorts
4.34/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: pours a deep mahogany color. a small tan head forms but has pours retention and leaves behind a very slight lacing. opaque but some bright brown spots around the edges.

Smell: strong chocolate. coconut sweetness, some roasty malt character and a slight bourbon.

Taste: opens with some chocolate along with a good dose of coconut. very sweet up front. Booze and bourbon come through behind, along with some vanilla from the barrels. ends with a little bit of roasted malts coming through.

Mouthfeel: full and syrupy. slight heat comes through nicely.

Overall: the highlight of the framinghammer series. really nice balance. sweet but no where near cloying. (674 characters)

Photo of deschutes_fan
4.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great roasty dark appearance with tan foam.
Flavor is very nice balance of chocolate, roasted malt, oak, bourbon, and coconut.
Silky smooth mouth feel, medium body.
Love this beer, not quite as thick and rich as the truly elite BA stouts, but in some ways that is a good thing when you are in the mood for something 'lighter' (relatively speaking, of course). Flavors are well balanced, excellent beer overall. (410 characters)

Photo of Tbub18
4.54/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This was a phenomenal beer. I've never had a coconut beer before but my instinct tells me this would be easy to screw up. The coconut flavor mixes so well with the coffee, chocolate, and bourbon flavors. They definitely took a risk by the amount of coconut (first the smell) and then the forward tasting flavors. Could have been a disaster but it's well done. Great work Jack's Abby. (388 characters)

Photo of Chico1985
4.2/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Cam for sharing another intriguing Framinghammer variation.

This coconut-laden sucka pours black with a quickly fading beige head, a thick remains for the duration.

The scent is great, pretty noticeable coconut, chocolate, bourbon, nutella, toast.

The taste is even MORE upfront with the coconut, decadent dessert-y coconut cream cocoa bourbon. Nutty and toasted malts along with some oaky vanilla and spice.

Like other Framinghammers, mouthfeel is fine but a bit on the light side maintaining that porter feel. Lowish carbonation. A little hot with alcohol but this was noticeably less boozy than the Coffee version.

Very good, the coconut is bit obvious and cloying, but it's nice that it's not overly subtle like in other beers I've had. Also melds great with cocoa nibs and bourbon. (802 characters)

Photo of cbutova
4.36/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- Oily black pour into some pint glasses for a tasting. Pitch black with a light tan cap up to half a finger. Foamy with decent retention. Puffy ring deposits spotty lace.

S- Delivers the name with a blast of toasted coconut and fudgey, dusty cocoa nibs. Smoothed out Bourbon barrels with a smooth oak, vanilla and whiskey donation.

T- I can't tell if the coconut intensifies here but it seems to oscillate in and out with the Bourbon barrels. Plenty of chocolate throughout and that is the most consistent theme with whiskey, vanilla and sweet oak. Somewhat sweet.

MF- Thick and oily body that is slick on the palate with a frothy consistency at times. Carbonation is medium-low but supports the rich flavors just fine. Finishes fairly warm.

Decadent mix of BA Framinghammer and lots of toasted coconut. The chocolate is felt throughout perhaps just a bit more than the regular but still big. The whiskey and oak only pulls it together more with some vanilla sweets. (972 characters)

Photo of gcamparone
4.56/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500 mL bottle into a Jack's Abby snifter. Purchased at the Brewery.

Pours a deep brown, nearly black body with a a finger dark brown head that reduces quickly but leaves spotty lacing.

Big coconut aromas take center stage here, along with vanilla, coffee, chocolate. Very, very enticing. I wasn't expecting that much coconut, complimented by some nice bourbon barrel stout notes.

Taste follows the nose, very coconut-vanilla forward upfront, followed by roasty coffee, chocolate, some dark fruit, vanilla, bourbon, toffee, caramel. finish is roasty and toasty, somewhat bitter. Very nice, complex, and balanced.

Mouthfeel is medium-heavy, but drinkable at 10%. medium-low carbonation. rich and indulgent.

What a great beer. Super complex and tasty, while really nailing the coconut-chocolate flavors. Easy drinker, and definitely a sipper. (862 characters)

Photo of Ri0
4.61/5  rDev +3.8%

poured pint bottle into a chalice.

A - Dark cola coloring with a 2 finger khaki head and good retention. Lacing is small and spotty.

S - The scent is enticing, like a coconut infused bourbon. Good amounts of cocoa and caramel, with some vanilla and a touch deep roasted malt.

T - This is so delicious! The coconut really shines and blends wonderfully with the coca notes. There are nice waves of sweet caramel, followed by some vanilla, marshmallow, and just a touch of bourbon. What an amazing blend of flavors!

M - I think that this is my first beer that has coconut added and it is awesome. Highly recommend trying this beer at least once. (647 characters)

Photo of Ericness
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Poured bottle from the beer fridge into a teku glass.

Appearance: Dark black body with a tannish head that sticks around for a little bit before slowly bubbling away.

Smell: Hints of chocolate and coconut.

Taste: Good balance of the chocolate and coconut again on top of a mildly roasty porter. Very smooth and as it warms the flavors and slight alcohol taste develop. Amazingness.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied but silky smooth. Very pleasing to drink.

Overall: Excellent beer. I think the PBJ still claims best variant for me but this was a very drinking experience. Its reputation is well earned. (602 characters)

Photo of AirBob
4.8/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Notes from 8/9. Bottle from the most recent release. Poured into a snifter.

A: 1/2 inch of khaki head which quickly dissipates. Deep, black body.

S: Milk chocolate. Sweet bourbon and coffee ice cream. Toasted coconut/almond joy. As it warms, there's more cocoa, some coffee, toasted coconut, and bourbon.

T: Cocoa to start. Toasted coconut and bourbon finish. Not boozy at all. A lot less coffee or bitterness than the BA Framinghammer. As it warms, I got more booze and toasted coconut.

M: Smooth and creamy. A lot less syrupy stickiness than the BA Framinghammer or PB&J.

O: Like the BA Framinghammer and the other variants I've tried, this is a terrific beer. Unlike the others, it's more of a dessert beer geared towards slow sipping. (745 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.6/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Tried after PB&J variant, I think I love coconuts just as much or more than said sandwich.

A-Pours pretty like of of the Framinghammer variants. Dark, full and enticing. When agitated, the head grows to a respectable pillow if light tan foam. Lacing is a constellation of tan dots.

S-Impressive coconut aroma. There are also cocoa nibs added to this beer and I do get a bitter cocoa aroma. To me, the cocoanut and cocoa nibs are fairly balanced in the nose. Also, I dare not neglect the base beer which is ripe with oak, coffee and roast.

T-The flavor is unsurprisingly spectacular. I actually think this is the least harsh of the Barrel Aged Framinghammer varients I have tried. Sweet, fleshy coconut. Intense cocoa nib. Oak, residual chocolate, roast and noticeable vanilla.

M-I found this beer to be softer than its cousins. Booze hidden better. Lacks soft of the hedonistic values of its kin. Still feels sexy, though.

O-Hard to judge which one of these Framinghammer's I like the most. They are all so close together because the base beer never becomes overshadowed. (1,077 characters)

Photo of Dope
4.28/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 06/11/2014.

A: Pitch-black pour with a nice tall and dense medium brown head. Nice head retention but fairly sparse lacing.

S: Bitter cocoa with some sweet caramel to back it up. Lots of vanilla. No coconut that I can really discern, maybe I'm mistaking it for the vanilla because there's quite a bit. Light bit of oak.

T: Whoa, bourbon barrel from nowhere. Strong caramel, toffee and vanilla with a bunch of oak. Loads and loads of bittersweet cocoa up front with a decent chunk of coconut. A little coconut in the middle. Back end is loaded with bourbon and oak. Pure bourbon, I can barely tell that I was just sipping on a beer. Maybe I get a bit of toasted coconut in there...maybe.

M: Heavy but ultra smooth. Not too sweet but very bourbon-heavy at the same time.

O: Interesting, I've had the vanilla and coffee versions of this, this year and I thought they were somewhat underwhelming compared to last year (very little bourbon this year). This however, is the opposite. Bourbon everywhere. From start to finish. Maybe even a little too much? Seems to overshadow the base beer and the adjuncts quite a bit. (1,127 characters)

Photo of WunderLlama
4.57/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First had this on tap at the brewery. Had to buy a bottle.

Bottle poured into a snifter

Black liquid, no light escapes. Thin taupe layer if foam with minimal lacings

Aroma, this beer smells great. Deep rich chocolate malts, cocoa nut , coffee and hint of alcohol. I think about a mounds bar, but, it works for this beer.

Taste: sweet on the tip of the tongue, chocolate and coconut in the middle,deep rich Malt on the finish.

Mouthfeel: smooth, slight carbonation,chewy, slight alcohol at the back.

Love this beer. Sweet and delicious . Could not drink several of these in arrow, but, this is a wonderful beer to savor. I will stock up more in my fridge. Another great Jacks Abby beer. Taste this beer. (710 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.41/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

Pours a dark brown almost black, similar to the rest of these variants. Small quarter inch head, recedes quickly to an oily film. A little bit of lacing.

Smells like rich chocolate fudge, vanilla, and oak. No coconut aromas.

The coconut comes through a little better in the taste, but the the "cocoa" part of the "cocoa-nut" comes through a little better. A little bit of roasted malt, very mild toasted coconut, and tons of rich, dark chocolate, very fudgey.

Medium bodied, creamy and smooth mouthfeel, low carbonation.

The 3rd best Framinghammer variant of the night, probably. (631 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Growler opened on 3.14.14

A - Pours a dark brown with a fine light brown head that fades very slowly.

S - Roasted malt, chocolate, and some coconut.

T - Coconut dominates, but subtle and pleasant, some chocolate and roast as well.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body.

O - Silky coconut is dominate and thick. (317 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.52/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The aroma has a touch of coconut, but with the standard bourbon, chocolate.

The follows with a punch of coconut in the front, unlike Prop. Then onto the roasted malt, coffee, then onto some smooth bourbon and coconut touching off at the finish.

The mouthfeel is slightly thin as the beer lacked carbonation in the growler.

Surprising that the coconut is so forward in the palate. (382 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
4.31/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours the color of cola with a loose, khaki-colored head. Nose expresses roast, dark malts, cocoa, char and caramel. Taste is fantastic! Toasted coconut really comes out. This beer tastes just like an almond joy; however, there is also a touch of artificial sweetener. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a mild, even carbonation; however, it all comes off a bit thin in the end. Overall, this is another exceptional framinghammer variant. Not my favorite, but quite impressive nonetheless. (493 characters)

Photo of SadMachine
4.56/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours black with brownish hues around the edges. A decent sized light tan head recedes to a thin film and collar, leaving a decent amount of lacing.

S- The aroma is rich chocolate, coconut, and vanilla. Deep, complex, and sweet. Some fig and date complimented by a bit of roasty malt. Sweet and smooth bourbon as well. Awesome!

T- This is like drinking a liquid almond joy with some bourbon added! Wonderfully rich with chocolate and coconut. Toffee and a ton of vanilla. Only minimal bitter roasted malt. The oak is great, but it is a bit more boozy than I'd like.

M- The mouth feel is medium bodied, nicely carbonated, smooth, and mouth coating.

O- This is a fantastic barrel aged porter. So much flavor from the cocoa nibs and coconut, as well as the bourbon barrel. A bit boozy, but excellent none the less! (818 characters)

Photo of tkelley
3.97/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pour from a 32 oz growler into a tulip glass.

A -- Dark body. Blackish with brown highlights. Not much head.

N -- Coconutty and sweet. Chocolatey.

T -- Strong alcohol taste. Coconuts and chocolates dominate.

M -- Super smooth and creamy.

O -- Pretty good. (261 characters)

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Cocoa-Nut Barrel Aged Framinghammer from Jack's Abby Brewing
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