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

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Ratings: 351
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 92
Gots: 46 | 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

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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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Photo of chinchill
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.34/5  rDev -19.7%
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.

Photo of SomethingClever
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of alexbutler
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Very dark coloring here... almost pitch black. Almost motor oil with a light beige head. The head thins out to almost nothing, not a big retention.

S - Big malt backbone here, with notes of coffee and peanut butter. Very interesting! Hint of raspberry at the finish. Malt heavy, you almost have to look for the fruit. There's a lot going on...

T - Here's where the raspberry makes a big presence. Great balance with the malt and fruit, with the malt as a strong foundation.

M - Medium to heavy body - heavy boozy feel which tends to linger.

O - As a fan of Jack's Abby, this sit pretty well. Surprisingly balanced blend here, very complex flavors bouncing off each other. Very well done. Without the power of suggestion, you could still pick up PB&J here.

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

Photo of Tbub18
4/5  rDev -3.8%

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

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Pours out a dark brown, almost black, with a quarter inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like peanuts, roasted malt, chocolate, and a little bit of dark fruits.

I didn't get the raspberries as strong as other people did with this one, but it's there. Much more roasty and authentic peanut butter here, just a great flavor. The typical rich chocolate flavor of BA Framinghammer, plus a small amount of smoky bourbon and vanilla.

Medium bodied, very low carbonation, very drinkable. Creamy, smooth mouthfeel.

I wish the raspberries came through a bit stronger, but the peanut butter flavor is very strong, real-tasting, and awesome.

Photo of ThickNStout
4.51/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle shared by Dan - thanks.

A: Pours a dark brown with faintly reddish highlights under a thin (1/4") tan head which fades to a cap and leaves spotty lace.

N: Complex vanilla, crushed peanuts, berry jam, and slightly boozy.

T: Sweetish raspberry jam up front followed closely with peanuts, then faint roast and vanilla.

M: Full body and medium carbonation. Smooth, creamy, slightly sweet raspberry finish.

O: Like a bourbon soaked PB&J sando. Enjoyed.

Photo of KevSal
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Had after no crust, this is a better beer! lots of peanut in the nose, lots of kelly in the taste. Not artificial, very well intergrated and yummy.

Photo of Ri0
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of kdown
1.78/5  rDev -57.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 1.5

Complex flavor, but too much jelly

Photo of RollBounce
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark and sweet. Smell is of chocolate raspberry jelly rings. The bourbon barrel is not overbearing with that jelly ring flavor being slightly artificial.

Overall a fun beer to try just if you hate chocolate and raspberry like my girlfriend you will be disapointed. Peanut butter needs to show more.

Photo of Mikeluzzjr
3.26/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Outlier. Pretty noticeable alcohol and I did't get any peanut butter. A little berry flavor late. My least favorite of the framinghammers. Still really good, just more of a J than a PB&J.

Photo of jlindros
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of SportsandJorts
2.77/5  rDev -33.4%
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.

Photo of WunderLlama
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nutty, fresh peanut taste layered over a good coffee flavored porter

Good beer

Photo of jageraholic
3.14/5  rDev -24.5%
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.

Photo of gcamparone
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16 oz bottle into a jacks abby snifter. Purchased at jacks Abby brewery.

Appearance - pours a deep, deep brown , nearly black body with a 2 finger mocha colored fluffy head that reduces slowly to leave a thick layer behind. Little lscing.

Smell - lots going on here, very unique in the sense that you get the chocolatey, roasty, molasses characteristics of a stout mixed with a berry , jammy aroma. Some booziness

Taste - upfront it's roasty, chocolatey, coffee, toffee, on the follow through is berries and fruitiness, followed by a distinct peanut butter, nutty flavor that brings this beer to a whole new level. This is peanut butter and jelly flavored beer. The barrel adds slight vanilla notes.

Mouthfeel - medium heavy body, low carbonation. Easy drinker actually for the abv

Very unique , but they really hit the peanut butter and jelly flavor on the head. Worth a try! Seek it out.

Photo of nmann08
3.89/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.87/5  rDev -7%
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.

Photo of dar482
4.77/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The aroma pops out of peanuts and grape jelly. A mindblowing aroma very like Funky Buddha's No Crust.

The flavor follows of peanut butter then chocolate, bourbon, and then a nice hint of grape jelly. We had this after Cocoa-Nut, and this blew that out of the water. This is an extremely successful flavored attempt at the BA base beer.

Photo of SFC21
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Photo of BarrytheBear
4.12/5  rDev -1%
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 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.

Photo of Dope
4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 6/1/14. 2 months old.

A: Pitch black pour. Tall, dense and dark brown head. Head fades slowly with top notch retention. Almost solid wall of heavy lacing left behind.

S: Uh, well, it smells like PB&J. Raspberry jelly, peanut butter and bread. Really nice raspberry aroma, the peanut butter is a little muted but it's there. Underneath you get some sweet caramel from the bourbon and a little bit of chocolate from the roasted malt. Remarkably unique aroma that's not only wonderful but it hits the mark perfectly.

T: Up front there is lots of bourbon. Super heavy on the toffee and caramel. Somewhat boozy. In the middle you get a good chunk of raspberry jam. Roasted malt floats in with some chocolate to boot. Charred oak and lots of thick toffee lingers in the aftertaste. Not sure about the peanut butter, I feel like there is a general subtle nuttiness to this one but it's hard to tell if I'm just imagining it.

M: Heavy, smooth, a bit sharp with booze.

O: Welp, certainly a unique combination and one that was executed quite well. The bourbon is a little too harsh and overpowers the beer to an extent but a couple months of age on this should mellow it out. Raspberry is wonderful and really adds a nice layer of complexity to the beer. Peanut butter could be a little stronger but regardless of the nit-picking, this was a nice unique take on a delicious base beer.

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