Vanilla Barrel-Aged Framinghammer - Jack's Abby Brewing
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Ratings: 51 | Reviews: 6 | Display Reviews Only:
4.13/5 rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
I'm reviewing this under the BA vanilla framinghammer listing as per previous listings assertions that plan ol' vanilla framinghammer hasn't been brewed in a while. That being said I'm pretty darn sure the beer I am currently drinking never saw a barrel. Either way... black, its black. Coffee colored head, tight bubbles, scant lacing, nice looking porter. Aroma is of cacao, milk chocolat, and vanilla, its a clean aroma. It is an assertive aroma. Incidently I always find beers with vanilla to have a bit of a plastic-y quality in the aroma and taste. Taste complements the aroma. Roasty cacao married o vanilla, like mexican chocolate. Appropriate bitterness is lent from hops and roast. This beer should be more chewy, but it has a dense body and a relatively clean finish with a slight bitter chocolate lingering around the tongue.
Serving type: bottle
04-19-2014 01:53:06 | More by pmlondrigan
4.35/5 rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
According to the label it just says Vanilla Framinghammer, but my understanding from the brewery, it was just a label error and this is the BA version (a non-barrel aged vanilla hasn't been brewed and distributed to date). 1 Pint .09 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel tulip style glass. Coming out of the bottle the liquid is slightly darker than a cola brown and gets darker as it accumulates and rises in the glass. Liquid eventually gets to the point where you can't see through it, not really even any highlights. Huge frothy and foamy head with large bubbles, really not much in the way of lacing though and it goes away fairly quickly. Still a really good looking beer.
Smell is really good, just the right kind of sweet. Smells of burned sugar, caramel, and butterscotch. Vanilla certainly present, but more of a french vanilla medium roasted coffee. Hints of weak smoke and some nice vanilla oak wood, barrel noticeable but not over bearing.
Taste is a little more boozy than the nose, but for some reason better to me still. Still large malt backbone here, but vanilla is certainly far more prominent in the flavor profile than the smell. I mentioned vanilla roasted coffee in the nose, there are coffee flavors, but weak in comparison to the flavor, the vanilla is much more prominent. Sort of a chewy caramel or butterscotch that got burned on a cast iron pan smokey sweetness. Barrel present again, provides nice vanilla sweetness and some woody bitterness, great tasting barrel aged beer.
Mouthfeel is really good, and it grows on you the more you drink it. I'd say it actually doesn't feel very heavy, sort of a thin medium feel, but the lingering flavor of a full bodied heavyweight. Nice carbonation level, and it's hot but not too hot, I guess we'll say warm. While being hot, it's still close to silky smooth with a nice woody and earthy finish. Great balance between bitter and sweet. Another great beer from Jack's Abby!
Serving type: bottle
03-30-2014 22:09:01 | More by AndyAvalanche
Vanilla Barrel-Aged Framinghammer from Jack's Abby Brewing
94 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.