Vanilla Barrel-Aged Framinghammer - Jack's Abby Brewing
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4.05/5 rDev -6%
16.9oz bottle purchased as a single from Adams Hometown Market, Monson, MA.
Poured into a DFH snifter, formed a 1/4" dark brown head over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head skims rather promptly, with leggy slow-falling lace. Aroma is roasty dark grains with ample alcohol and sweetness.
Taste is sweet vanilla and dark maltiness to start, dark fruits in the middle, and then cruises to the close with vanilla and alcohol. Slight numbing after swallow. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth, and drinkability is easy. Nice subtle changes here.
03-17-2014 22:31:47 | More by ppoitras
4.19/5 rDev -2.8%
500ml bottle poured into a goblet.
A - Pours an extremely dark brown in color and displays some mahogany highlights around the edges with some seemingly very good clarity. Minimal head formation that falls immediately leaving behind only a thin, uneven collar of grayish bubbles.
S - Quite roasty up front showing lots of coffee, firm caramel, some burnt sugar and some molasses...light smokey charred aroma, faint barrel character with light vanilla, really only as a highlight.
T - Barrel is much more noticeable in the flavor than the aroma. Alcoholic and boozy up front followed by a rich vanilla character that takes over and begins to smooth things out. Roasted malts, dry and bitter cocoa, a bit of char, burnt sugars, and a firm caramelly sweetness behind it.
M - Boozy up front with an alcohol warmth that hits immediately providing a good tingle on the lips and tongue and finding its way to the back of the throat. A medium body with a lowish carbonation level give this a pretty silky smooth feel, a bit oily too.
O - Another well done barrel aged version of Framinghammer. Great base beer only made better with the barrel treatments. Vanilla is noticeable for sure but not dominant. Everything works together pretty well here - lots of candy bar flavors in here make this a bit of a dessert beer. Jack's Abby keeps putting out really great beers and this is no exception.
03-29-2014 23:57:05 | More by portia99
4.35/5 rDev +0.9%
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!
03-30-2014 22:09:01 | More by AndyAvalanche
Vanilla Barrel-Aged Framinghammer from Jack's Abby Brewing
94 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.