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Peanut Butter & Jelly Barrel Aged Framinghammer - Jack's Abby Brewing

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Reviews: 37
Hads: 386
Avg: 4.14
pDev: 34.06%
Wants: 107
Gots: 47 | FT: 5
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Resuin on 03-11-2014

Framinghammer Baltic Porter aged in bourbon barrel with peanut butter and raspberries.
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Reviews: 37 | Hads: 386
Photo of snowmageddon
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a rather frothy head for a BA lager. Dark black, mocha head.
S: peanuts mixed with strawberry, some barrel . The peanuts dominate. Not inviting, frankly.
T: this beer is hot up front, with noticeable bourbon-barrel wood character. Peanut. Tiny bit of jam but I was expecting more fruit.
M: creamy, low carb.
O: interesting take, and they definitely hit the pbj, but the heat/bourbon don't mesh well with the peanut for me.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.49/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Only faint hints of peanut. Raspberry jam was the star in this one. It blew past the barrel and the base beer. Hints of chocolate and roast to balance the berry sweetness.

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Photo of StrongRepublican
4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark, rich brown, hints of amber in the pour but appears almost black in the glass. A thick finger of khaki head forms initially, but fades quickly leaving a thin tan collar. A quick swirl brings the head back into a nice billowing stack and shows some spotty lacing and clear alcohol legs.
S: Milk chocolate, creamy peanut butter, vanilla/oak/toasted coconut, hints of bourbon, subtle trace of jammy sweetness, maybe some strawberry or raspberry in the very back end.
T: Wow the first sip is completely unexpected, lots of jamminess/ sweet fruit, toasted oak, dark chocolate/cocoa. The next sip is all chocolate/biscuit/charred oak/bourbon with hints of dry roasted peanuts and then a semi-sweet dark fruit note at the end. The base Framinhammer really starts to shine as it warms with PB&J notes fading in and out, complimenting but not overpowering the beer. Bourbon barrel character is prominent throughout.
F: Smooth, crisp, and creamy, medium body, velvety mouth feel.
O: The base BA Framinhammer is a fantastic beer and this variant does great in adding some new and interesting flavors without foregoing it's roots. It's complex and rich, infinitely drinkable, and overall a very well put together beer.

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Photo of WesMantooth
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I notice the peanut butter, even though very subtle, but I wouldn't have been able to pinpoint the jelly other than the sweetness. I also think that the bourbon flavors are more subdued compared to the BA Framminghammer. Still an outstanding beer.

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Photo of TBonez477
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Reservoir. Great look and mouth feel on this. Viscous and smooth. Smell and taste are both booze forward. However after warming taste becomes much more chocolate and berry. Very little peanut representation here. Overall a very good Baltic porter.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.87/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tap at ACBF.
Aromas of rich chocolate and brown sugar with yup peanut butter and jelly. I couldn't drink a lot of this but it was really interesting to try.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.51/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

500mL bottle from Steve000 (many thanks for the chance to try this!). The last six digits of the bottling code are 04/27/15 but I'm not positive that is the bottle date. Served in a Barrel and Barley teku.

Pours a deep crimson brown but rests in the glass black, much like cola. Two fingers of sand hued froth linger before settling to a modest ring around the edge. Healthy patches of lace cling to the glass in spots where the foam rested between sips.

Sweet, intriguing aromas of berry jam, peanut butter, bourbon, cocoa and some subtle oak. Very different from anything else I've encountered and I really dig it.

Wow. What a crazy mesh of flavor. Bourbon, raspberry jam, peanut butter, charred oak, dark chocolate, brown sugar, hints of coconut, faint vegetable oil, a hint of vanilla and a subtle underlying booze heat. Very smooth and very flavorful.

Silky smooth, creamy, medium full feel with soft carbonation. Notes of roasted peanuts, soft boozey bourbon and raspberry skins make for an enjoyable finish.

PB&J Barrel Aged Framinghammer may come across as borderline gimmicky but it is amazingly delicious. Traces of the base beer shine through the barrel notes and both peanuts and berry jam are present and balanced. This was a real treat from Jack's Abby that I would love to drink again sometime.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours one shade shy of black with a loose, quarter inch, khaki-colored head that quickly dissipates towards the shoulders leaving a soapy slick across the center. Nose reveals roast, char, cocoa, ethanol and raspberry jam. Taste expresses char up front, an ethanol presence most likely attributable to the barrel, cocoa/roast in the middle and raspberry at the finish. Peanut butter is detectable, but barely. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body (but closer to medium) with an even carbonation and some residual alcohol heat at the back. Overall, a very tasty offering; however my least favorite of the bunch.

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Photo of brureview
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I made a special trip to the brewery to find this beer.
Serve warm! The balanced flavors will be more prominent at a warmer temp. 50+

Poured a dark brown opaque color with a 2F head in a Moa Snifter.

At first, the aroma was oak. As the beer warmed- light peanut butter and oak.

The taste was wonderful: well balanced sweetness, peanut butter, jelly, vanilla,
oak. More malty than other Framinghammers - I like this. Good- but not overwhelming alcoholic finish.

Overall- the key to this beer is balance. Lots of flavor blended well together. Another masterful brew from Jack's Abby.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz bottle poured into snifter

A: completely black in appearance had a pretty good head but it disappeared before it could say goodbye

S: bourbon mostly and I want to say jam but is that my mind because of the bottle no there is some sweet currant smells maybe cherries maybe raspberry

T: holy shit this beer is extraordinary you get some bourbon then this jammy Berry taste and then this like thick taste afterwards I want to say peanut butter but I'm not quite getting it

M: This beer is lush and very layered the way it lays on the tongue

O: This beer is one of a kind. I know there are a lot of PB&J beers this doesn't have much peanut butter but the awesome jam taste and the bourbon crank this beer to another level.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
2.77/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: pours a deep mahogany with a purplish hue coming in around the edges. small tannish head with weak retention and a slight lacing. opaque through the middle but purplish bright hues on the edges.

Smell: peanut butter and grape jelly, and some chocolate and roasted malts.

Taste: opens with syrupy, sweet grape jelly. strong peanut butter nuttiness. chocolate and roastiness. some bourbon.

Mouthfeel: cloyingly sweet and syrup.

Overall: the gimmicky one of the framinghammer and easily the worst of the bunch. strong artificial fruitiness and over sweetness make this beer almost undrinkable.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.34/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Half liter bottle poured into an Odell snifter. Bottled on date of June 12, 2014.

Creamy yet wispy oatmeal-colored head that quickly dissipates. Lace forms over the body in clumps of bubbles. The liquid was semi-viscous and dark brown on the pour, but it sits in the glass looking a like a rich stout. 4.25

Smells of boozy chocolate, vanilla and raisins. There seems to be a barleywine-like aroma there, deep sticky caramel lingers in my nostril piece. Sweet fruity notes are buried at first, but become more and more noticeable and evoke jelly. Peanut butter notes eventually make a quiet appearance. 4.5

Man this beer is interesting. There's definitely a boozy element too it and barrel character is pronounced giving off some major oakiness, but a number of other flavors manage to punch through. Grape notes like those in a barleywine and a smooth nuttiness do show up, accompanied by a good dose of vanilla, that then get a bit mangled by solventy booze flavor. 3

The booze simply overwhelms this beer. It's overly hot and solvent-like. It reminds me of drinking a shot of cheap vodka almost. There's a creamy body and the carbonation seems just right but neither of these can overcome the heat. 2

Sad stuff. I really was looking forward to this beer but I can't hardly drink it. I keep hoping some warmth will aid its drinkability but it seems hopeless after a solid half hour or so.

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Photo of Ri0
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

poured bottle into chalice. Bottled June of 2014.

A - Very dark brown/black with a 1.5 finger mocha head that fades to thin ring. Only a few spots of lacing on the glass.

S - Bourbon is noticeable with the Baltic porter. Hints of cocoa and vanilla yield to peanut aromas and some berry jam notes.

T - Starts off with the Baltic Porter and moves into bourbon, vanilla, and cocoa. Nuttiness in the middle along with some berry jam notes. A bit of alcohol heat on the finish

M - Heavy body with a creamy carbonated feel. A bit too much heat on the finish.

O - This was pretty good and I waited 6 months. It could have used another 6 months to temper the BB flavor.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of mike...thanks so much buddy!

Cola like pour with a touch of lace

Smell is awesome...like someone smashed a peanut butter and jam sandwich in glass and soaked it in chocolate malt.

Peanut butter is present upon the initial sip but segues quickly into grape jam and nuts. Barrel is understated, mellow, and smooth. Grape sweetness lingers while peanut is faint at the edges. Cocoa and nuts edge in as well. Booze kicks in hard on the finish.

Overall, another fun Framinghammer variant and one that I'm thrilled to try, but not my favorite on the bunch. The jelly parts of this are too present while inhibiting some of the finer elements of the base/barrel.

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Photo of jlindros
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up at the brewery a few weeks ago, shared with rudzud to continue our peanut butter beer night.

Nice creamy thick 1/2 finger darker colored head fades at a med to slower pace with decent lacing. Pitch black color.

Nose brings tons of stout, dark cocoa and black like malts. Nice jammy berry fruit, lots of oak, toasted oak and raspberry all over, light nutty malt, good cocoa, faint whisky like note.

Taste brings rich creamy dark malts, cocoa all over, chocolate and fudgey dark malts, nice vanilla barrel almost bourbon like flavor, little nutty and caramel. Faint raspberry jam, little jammy raspberry, not really pb&j though. Mild bitterness from the dark malts, little tannin, light nutty note lingering on the finish, more jammy raspberry and creamy chocolate.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, decent carb, booze hidden well.

Overall pretty nice but missing real Peanutbutter, nice raspberry jam and overall base beer with chocolate, etc, but just missing the Peanutbutter.

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Photo of rudzud
4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to JLindros for the share.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark brown almost black hue with a nice thin mocha head that fades to leave a thin blanket with light lacing.

S - Aromas of Really light nuttiness, awesome raspberry notes, good roast malts, chocolate is nice, good barrel notes almost too oaky. Bourbon is nice, smooth, balanced.

T - Taste is really Framinghammer, great Baltic notes and pleasant bourbon, lots of raspberry, crazy amount, fresh berry, light jam, the raspberry and bourbon play so well together.

M - Mouthfeel is nice, Alcohol hidden well.

O - Overall this beer was just what I expected, though not nearly enough peanut butter. Still, tasty.

Serving type: Bottle

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Photo of Hendry
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%

Pours black as night with a small khaki head, minimal lacing in the tulip.

Aroma lets you know this has been barrel aged long enough for the bourbon to be a factor, and there is roasty, dark chocolate wrapped jelly candy in the nose. I was looking for more peanut butter infusion in the aroma as achieved by a pair of peanut butter/chocolate infused Porters that I've enjoyed.

The initial flavor is sweet, boozy, and immediately brings to mind the turban wearing caricature on the Joyva brand jelly rings covered in dark chocolate that my Grandparents used to have in the house around the holidays. Dark chocolate jelly rings weren't necessarily that great, or a favorite, nevertheless they were palatable and have a very specific flavor. The flavor of the jelly seems to be of the raspberry variety, just like the candy it reminds me of. The lack of peanut butter presence was disappointing to me despite giving it a chance to warm up as other reviewers have suggested.

Mouthfeel is heavy with a lower level of carbonation. There is a creamy,silky mouthfeel. The booze makes this a sipper.

Enjoyable and unique, but dial up the P, and dial down the J in the mix to make this Baltic Porter what it could be. Still recommended, but a touch let down.

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Photo of nmann08
3.89/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a bottle, pours a heavy jet black color with a light than head.

The nose is, well surprise, a peanut butter and jelly flavor. Lots of peanut skins, grape jam, a little spice, nutmeg, vanilla and some faint bourbon. The flavor does not live up to the hype of the smell. The jam really dominates, grape jelly, a little sugary, purple drink, vanilla very sweet. The nuts and roast come back in on the back end, but at that point, it's too late to provide balance.

These type of beers are cool and this is a better version of this style, but alot of jelly.

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Photo of Tbub18
4/5  rDev -3.4%

A--Thick, jet black
S--I'm getting peanuts up front followed by raspberry jam and bourbon
T--dark malts, chocolate and raspberry jam throughout. I'm smelling the PB but not really tasting it. Also a boozy bourbon finish
M--Definitely full body
O--Very interesting beer. If you are in the mood for a beer outside the box than this beer is for you. I thought it was very well done but could understand if this wasn't for you. Would have liked a little more peanut butter taste but overall this was pretty solid

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Photo of chinchill
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Flavor: subtle jelly (grape?) and slightly more apparent PB mix well with BBL effects and dark malts. Good complexity and (about even) bitter/sweet balance.

Well hidden ABV - drinks like 7-8% ABV and alcohol esters contribute positively to the overal flavor.

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Photo of jbertsch
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Aroma: rasperry jam, coconut note from the bourbon barrel, nutty, little cocoa

Taste: starts with raspberry jam again, cocoa, sweetish nuts, fairly significant hits of oak and cocunut from the barrel which dominate the lingering flavors on the finish.

Mouthfeel: very smooth, but not heavy. Lager drinkability is still relatively there for a 10% beer.

Overall: the PB&J flavors are there...As long as you like your pb&j with rasperry jam, which I do. Hilarious how well it works here. The level of flavors work nicely. I really like the residual barrel notes. I think this was a big success, but Im not sure the flavorshere would be to everyone's preference. I hope they brew this variant again in the future.

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.68/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is delicious in spite of how weird it is- the guys at jacks Abby really blended these unusual flavors together well. It smells of bourbon, peanut butter and jam. It tastes like all of those things fuzed very well into a serious Baltic porter. Smooth mouthfeel,just delicious. The reason I didn't give it a five all around is because the peanut butter is strong at first in smell and taste and then is overcome by the jam as the beer warms. It's delicious though. Buy it.

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Photo of SFC21
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Updated review (5/30/15) - 3.75 (Bottled 6/12/14)
After letting this sit for almost a year, the bourbon has mellowed and blended in a bit better, but it still seems a bit disjointed. There are just so many damn good BA porter/stouts out there that this just doesn't stack up. A good but not great beer that will leave you tasting bourbon.

Original review (3.5) 9/28/14
Bottled 6/12/14. A bit disappointed with this one. Flavors aren't really harmonious. Vanilla, subtle peanut, hint of raspberry, smack of bourbon at the end. Finish is medicinal and lingers.

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Photo of jageraholic
3.14/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 2.5

I'm torn with this beer. I wanted a more Peanut butter and jelly focused like no crusts and its definitely heavily barrel aged. PB is heavier in the smell and taste and aroma cold, but gets light as it warms. Jelly is subtle throughout. Around 55-60, it gets to be bourbon heavy with subtle hints of pb&j. I want more. There already is a barrel aged framinghammer. And coffee and vanilla are so strong. Torn damnit.

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Photo of ClimberJohn
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Defintely get hints of peanut butter but the finish is an awesome blend of chocolate and dark berry flavors. I wouldn't describe it as grape but more like blackberry.

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Peanut Butter & Jelly Barrel Aged Framinghammer from Jack's Abby Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.