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Barrel-Aged Framinghammer - Jack's Abby Brewing

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Reviews: 158
Hads: 1,361
Avg: 4.31
pDev: 23.2%
Wants: 309
Gots: 312 | FT: 55
Brewed by:
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: taez555 on 03-30-2012

The 2012 on tap/growlers were aged in Jim Beam barrels. The 2013 bottles were aged in Willet barrels. 2014 release was aged in Four Roses.
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Reviews: 158 | Hads: 1,361
Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My 300th review!
Poured from the 17 oz bottle into a stemmed tulip.
Pours jet black with one finger of deep caramel head.
Aromas are really nice...bourbon, vanilla, roasted malts.
Taste is even better. Rich deep flavor with bourbon very much in balance with roasted malts. Toffee notes.
Mouthfeel is silky and whiloe not viscous, certainly has good feel through my teeth.
This beer is straight up fantastic. Very happy to have this with a good friend and I look forward to another!

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Photo of Ri0
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz. bottle poured into a snifter, bottled June 2014

Pours a deep brown/black with a thin tan head. Head doesn't last long and forms a thin ring around the glass that stays until the end. Some splatterings of lacing around the glass. Soft and sweet bourbon smell, with oak, vanilla and some chocolate. The smell is fantastic. The taste is a nice vanilla and bourbon flavor. I get oak and some bitter chocolate with sweet and roasted malt. Mouthfeel is medium for a porter, but it is creamy and rich. Carbonation is soft and spot on. A delicious and tasty Baltic Porter with good amount of bourbon and vanilla. Ages very well.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.31/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Yeah -3000th review -enjoyed this from a stout glass with my brother from the bottle chilled.

The color is practically black, dark brown with light khaki head with full two fingers depth with a creamy frothed look. The smell is fragrant of malt with a light earhty nutty and slight caramel sweet odor with vanilla from the barrel. The feel is rich and full in body with medium carbonation with a moderately alcohol heavy texture mid palate into the woody finish

A dark nutty woody earthy almost black with thick ecru head with wavy lace pattern and fine bead iwth retnention that is very good. The smel has a lovely vanilla and coffee-like woody toasty quality with light nutty and caramel -like aroma with subtle alcohol in the background. The feel is nice with a mix of moderately sweet and mild bitterness level with moderately low carbonation and semi-full body with medium in the bitterness lightly dry in finish with mild alcohol influence.

The taste has a light toasted taste with a subtle raisin-like element with slight woody earthy taste from the barrel with the sweetness coming through mid palate with semi-caramel and mild cocoa with a more alcohol heavy flavor toward the finish. Overall this is a very enjoyable beer, I think I expected more balance but I would definitely recommend trying this as it has a good amount of barrel character.

The taste has good malt with low roast and medium light bittterness and nutty quality with roasty and woody with light caramel and a nice amount of barrel quality with slight dried fruit and vanilla caramelized taste coming through well with blend of dark toasted malt flavors which smooth roasted malt and subtle coconut/vanilla barrel flavor with a dark carmel note and herbal hop flavor with good dry but not spicy and slight alcohol in the finish -a high quality baltic porter in barrel aged form

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Photo of uvachief
4.44/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2015 bottle into a brandy snifter. Pours a black as your soul black with a full finger of tan fluffy head that lingered from an aggressive pour. Really dark. No light penetrates. Head dissolves into an oily black surface much like a barrel aged stout. Beautiful. Smells like dark chocolate, booze and oats or bread. Little sweetness too. First sip is hot and dark chocolate followed by oats, brown sugar and then hops. Little bitter kick on the back end. Nice and chewy. Complex taste. Love the fullness in the mouth. Excellent Baltic Porter! Boozy as it warms up. Really pleasant porter though. Top notch!

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Photo of ScaryEd
3.7/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Writing a short review as this was based on an 8 oz taster.

A bit disappointed with this one. It had a deep, almost black color with a decent head. The aroma was nice. The bourbon was present and so was the oak.

The taste just felt flat to me. Not flat in terms of carbonation but it just didn't pop like I expected it to. The bourbon and vanilla flavors were far more subdued than I expected and the oak was nowhere to be found. It basically tasted like a boozy porter.

Absolutely want to try this again as I love Jack's Abby, but first impression leaves a lot to be desired. The other iterations of this beer are much better, in my humble opinion.

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Photo of mabermud
4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Look: Black body. Thin, light mocha head, with a skinny appearance. Slick lacing that eventually sticks.
Smell: Dominant roast aroma. Then comes easy coffee, laid back milk chocolate, and dabs of lactose.
Taste: Rich and complex taste that has the elements listed above. This has a surprising taste, not based on the smell. Everything is dialed up in my chomper. Nice and smooth flavors in my mouth. Nice and milk shakey.
Feel: Very short finish. Almost astringent. Up front the beer is thin and weak, but finishes full and creamy.

Overall - I think this beer needs some work on the peripheral aspects. The taste is on point, but the other areas are a bit off for me. Nonetheless, this is a great beer. I just wish it would have met my expectations.

P.S. Maybe it is the fact that this was aged in Jim Beam barrels. I like good whiskey.

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Photo of Gaddabble
4.46/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

400th Review!!!

A: 4.25 - Very dark, but not motor oil black like a stout. Quite dark for a porter.

S: 4.5 - Sweet bourbon, slightly bitter chocolate, and oakiness dominate. Booziness is mild but apparent.

T: 4.5 - Follows nose. Sweet bourbon and bitter chocolate up front with oak lingering. I get a hint of roasted coconut and a touch of caramel. Definitely get some booze heat (which I love) but is not overwhelming (which I also love). Very well balanced. Barrel is definitely present but very balanced into the base beer. Can easily taste both the barrel and the base beer.

F: 4.25 - Medium. Again, porter-like (as expected) rather than stout like.

O: 4.5 - Exceptionally well-balanced and delicious. Does not necessarily stand out with a signature characteristic, but great beer all around.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.38/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I had Barrel-Aged Framinghammer alongside with some of its variants when Jack's Abby first hit distribution in Philadelphia in early 2015.

This beer is not very bourbon-forward. Smooth, feels crushable. Medium body, good chewy carbonation.
Mellow taste, raisin, dark fruits that remind of a Belgian quad. Sweetness, nutty aromas. Marshmallow at the end. The appearance is hefty, with a good-size coffee-colored head and lasting lacing.
Overall, it is enjoyable enough and drinkable… but for a well-praised 10% barrel-aged Baltic Porter… blah. So not impressed.

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Photo of stephens101
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A pour down the middle of a teku results in a dense tan head that is topped by a colony of small bubbles. Black with crimson hues to the light.

Has a superbly complex aroma with milk chocolate, molasses, caramel, marshmallow and a little cherry. Notes of fusel alcohol drifting out along with earthy hops and even hickory.

Creamy with a sharp alcohol edge that's quickly ameliorated by a wave of milk chocolate and caramel. A little hickory woodiness in the background.

Medium to heavy and opens up big and airy despite its weight.

Don't let the delicate, refined delivery of this brew scare you away, because when it's time to kick in heads this ones at the front of the pack, firm and ready for business.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.9/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - The beer poured black with a little collection of bubbles clinging to the sides of the glass.

Smell - The nose was lightly bourbony, not much more.

Taste - My initial impression was a light bourbon impression. Later, black licorice and mild chocolate notes made themselves known. The licorice makes the greatest impression in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - The profile lingers because of the thickness of the stout. It is appropriate for the style.

Overall - For a highly regarded beer, I wanted the taste profile to be a lot more potent.

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Photo of OneEye78
4.19/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 500 ml bottle into a snifter. Look was black brown with a bit of opacity on the edges. Smell had notes of vanilla, roast coffee, and a hint of licorice. Taste starts with some vanilla, milk chocolate, and I get some cherry and raisin flavor on the finish. As it warms I get a lot more brown sugar and oak. Very thin in the mouth for a 10% beer, with a low but sufficient amount of carbonation. Overall this is a nice beer with some good barrel character, but it didn't blow me away.

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Photo of StoutFox
3.58/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

This one just didn't do it for me, A bit of a let down after reading such great reviews, It is such an amazing difference after they add adjuncts. This is by far the worst of the framinghammer series (yes even the no BA is better)

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Photo of h4ger
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jack's Abby does nice work. This is another exceptional brew. I could not drink this on a regular basis but this is a damn good brew. Sit back, take your time and enjoy it!

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Photo of kculrich
4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pint bottle (03/23/15), gentle pour into a nonic. L: well, it's dark in here but it appears to be black as midnight, totally opaque, with a modest creamy head. S: molasses, coffee and smoky booze. T: yum! Brown sugar-burnt caramel - but not sweet - roasty, toasty, malty, boozy goodness. O: full, thick, lip-smacking but not unpleasantly heavy. Nice warm booziness.
Not my usual style, not something I could drink every day, but a nice occasional treat.

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Photo of mzingie
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

3 fingers of head with beautiful lacing and retention. Sleep is powerful, in your face, and screaming with vanilla, bourbon, and oak. Tastes match the smell, the oak really sticks out well in this without being too much. Alcohol is slightly more present than I'd like which is really the only reason I took off half a point for taste. Mouthfeel is where it should be, goes down heavy and sticks to the roof of your mouth and the back of your throat. Amazing beer, I need to try more from jacks Abby.

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Photo of GOBLIN
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Highly enjoyable offering from start to finish. Would have been a delicious and warming beer come winter time. However, it's still not so heavy that it can't be enjoyed on a warm summer evening as well. I really liked the subtle but present chocolate flavors. The time Framing Hammer has spent in the barrel has really done justice by smoothing out what rough edges that may have been there and replaced them with nice barrel characters.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

500mL bottle from Steve000 (thanks man!). Bottled 3/23/15. Served in a Barrel and Barley teku.

Pours a dark tea black with an initial three finger pillar of khaki head. Once the foam subsides a frail but persistent halo remains, leaving only a couple flakes of lace.

Smells of oak, cocoa, bourbon and heavily creamed coffee. Slightly subdued but nice.

Flavors of chocolate, bourbon, lightly charred oak, caramel mochaccino, brown sugar and a fairly pronounced booze heat. The well rounded base is very apparent, with the barrel treatment adding a boozey sweetness.

Airy, creamy, medium full body with a light, fluffy carbonation. The finish is rich and lush with pure dark chocolate, bourbon and burnt caramel.

Jack's Abby delivers a solid variation of the masterful Framinghammer. The barrelling indeed adds some new layers of flavor but for my tastes I'm left with the impression that Framinghammer is a better Baltic porter than this is a barrel aged beer. Still quite glad to have tried it and would have zero qualms drinking it again at any point.

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Photo of dd43
4.19/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 2014 pint bottle into a stout glass. Drink a baltic porter from Jacks Abby and you'll understand why this choice of glassware makes perfect sense.

Comparing this to the standard issue Framinghammer seems entirely appropriate to help form opinions on each beer. I was a fan of that brew, and its a close call between these two as to which I prefer.

The bourbon barrel aging process is readily apparent in the aroma and especially the flavor on this BA baltic. I would describe the alcohol note as fairly warm bordering on hot. More pronounced than the regular Framinghammer for sure.

Wood notes are present on the tongue, accompanied by the unmistakable astringent bourbon character on the tongue. Exhaling the fumes from this beer further enhances the slight smokiness and caramel qualities in bourbon.

Very nice to drink, would love to pair this with a steak or a rich stew. Excellent beer.

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.31/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500mL bottle. Pours a pitch black with a ruby hue and over an inch of frothy tan head. Lots of lacing. Slightly boozey aroma with lots of cocoa, dark chocolate, vanilla, caramel and maybe a hint of coconut. A bit smokey. The taste is lots of cocoa and dark chocolate. Earthy with some smoke. Good amount of Bourbon flavor, especially towards the end. Pretty balanced for a BA beer. Finishes with more of the smoke and roasty taste with some more cocoa. Medium bodied. I love Framinghammer, so I was excited to try the Barrel Aged versions. This one does not disappoint.

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Photo of Roguer
4.31/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Brew pours a dark black with almost purplish highlights, topped by a sizable dark tan head. Great retention and nice lacing.

Bourbon character is a bit strong on the aroma, but simultaneously thin, if that makes sense. Quite a bit of coconut and vanilla. Touch of chocolate from the malts in the background, and some banana from the yeast.

Flavor is much more balanced and representative of the base brew. If regular Framinghammer is a boozy chocolate banana smoothie, then this is a barrel aged chocolate banana smoothie. Quite a bit of roast, especially lingering on the aftertaste as a long, wet, bitter finish.

Thick, lively, full mouthfeel, albeit a touch thinner than regular Framinghammer, and carrying more heat. Very nice feel for the style, although the alcohol shows a little crudely for 10%. A sweet kiss of chocolate on the lips from the lingering finish.

Framinghammer is a fantastic Baltic Porter, deservedly mentioned alongside Founders Imperial Stout. The barrel treatment raises it to another level, and while not quite at BCBS level, I can find very little reason for complaint.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.52/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz. capped bottle into a Cigar City snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a luscious, 2 finger light mocha colored head with great retention. Beer is pitch black. Lacing is thick and layered with good cling. An outstanding looking beer.

Nose is chocolate, molasses and booze. Some light cocoa powder, roast and smoke too. Very mellow. Tickles the nose.

Opens chocolate, molasses, brown sugar and booze. Very sweet with some roast, liquorice and smoke in the middle. Sweet coca cola and more roasted malt at the finish. Boozy, sticky aftertaste. Solid.

Medium to full bodied with low carbonation. Smooth and slightly hot in the mouth and goes down warm and rich. Finishes messy with a long, lingering, sticky aftertaste. Solid.

Honestly, I thought there'd be a bit more to this beer. Slightly disappointing but its fun to compare to the rest of the variants.

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Photo of sprat1960
4.57/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Deep brown with hints of red. Pours with a HUGE 3+ finger creamy tan head that dies down leaving an uneven coating of foam on the surface of the beer and some lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Rich aroma of chocolate, coffee and whiskey. Delicious.

Taste: Starts off with a sweet coffee flavor that progresses to a slightly bitter whiskey flavor and ends with a mild chocolate finish. Rich and delicious, though mildly boozy.

Feel: Medium body. Rich, velvety smooth feel. Perfect.

Overall: An awesome beer. Full of flavor, looks and smells great, smooth. I definitely hope to drink this again!

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.05/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: deep brown - no ruby visible; 1 finger medium brown head that receded to a wispy cap; very nice lacing;

S: deeply roasted grains; chocolate;

T: matches the nose up front; a little sweeter at mid-palate; alcohol is noticeable from mid-palate to the end, but it's not overwhelming; lightly bitter with coffee on the finish;

M: medium bodied; creamy carbonation; very smooth; moderately dry finish; slight alcohol warmth, but you'd never guess that this is 10%;

O: dangerously smooth; really good;

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Photo of PVMT
4.65/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Looks fantastic, smells fantastic, tastes fantastic. A super-bold porter by itself, but the bourbon barrel aging just brings it to an entirely new (and better) level. Just perfect.

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Photo of Brenden
4.26/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This one is pretty heavy-looking, just about black with a tan head somewhere between one and two fingers in height. It displays good retention, remaining creamy, thick and dense while depositing a mix of spotty and patchy lacing on the glass.
The bourbon definitely shows, with vanilla, wood and some dark fruits underneath a heavy, rich and chocolaty overtone with maybe just a touch of roast. It gives a little more of a baker's chocolate in the taste but ups vanilla and brown sugar sweetness while adding a touch of sting in the heat. Roast does build, and there's a hint of leafy hoppiness, but the thick and heavy sweetness is what is most heavily showcased.
The body is thick and full, as expected, rich and smooth. The alcohol doesn't thin it but adds a nice heat in the feel that may accentuate the smoothness. Carbonation is moderate, just enough to keep it moving well.
While this is an excellent beer, it's a bit better if the sweetness doesn't border oppressive. There's excellent use of the barrel and some good complexity, though, and that is not to say it isn't fantastic.

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Barrel-Aged Framinghammer from Jack's Abby Brewing
95 out of 100 based on 158 ratings.