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Barrel-Aged Framinghammer - Jack's Abby Brewing

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Ratings: 1,225
Reviews: 144
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.06%
Wants: 298
Gots: 276 | FT: 46
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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Ratings: 1,225 | Reviews: 144
Photo of dennarb
4.95/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Rich., complex and oh, so tasty!

Photo of Roguer
4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.52/5  rDev -18.9%
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.

Photo of sprat1960
4.57/5  rDev +5.3%
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!

Photo of JimPottNY
4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Very smooth Interesting roast and slightly sweet finish

Photo of mothman
3.54/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Somewhat bitter and astringent. Kind of watered down. Not very impressed with this one as I drank it side by side with a few other variants.

Photo of HamdenHector
4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
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;

Photo of Brenden
4.26/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Photo of Raziel313
2.51/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The barrel tastes of cheap bourbon or whiskey

Photo of Amalak
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chocolate smooth and uncarbonated. Delicious. Mild chocolate strawberry. A mild bitter bite.

Photo of OrangeMen
4.56/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pours nearly completely black, you have to search hard for some ruby amber hues. One finger thick mocha, deep khaki colored head, fine lacing on sides of glass.
Aroma- Deep roasted malts, charred and bitter. Wonderful cocoa, chocolate aromas. Everything wrapped up in a sugary sweetness, and soft sweet oaky bourbon notes.
Taste- Charred oak, sweet bourbon notes, vanilla and chocolate creaminess. Nutty and smoky character, roasted caramel malts, cocoa, molasses. Overall fairly sweet, just a touch of bitter elements.
Feel- Medium mouthfeel, but very creamy and silky. Moderate carbonation.
Overall- Beautiful rich and creamy beer, with sweetness enhanced from the barrel aging. Bourbon notes are quite forward and boozy, but they really do compliment the underlying flavors rather than overpower. Lots of layers of complexity to the flavor profile, vanilla, chocolate, molasses, sugar, nuts, earthy qualities. Excellent beer to sip and enjoy.

Photo of HoppyBastard2
4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice and smooth, bourbon, chocolate and brown sugar. Very easy to drink

Photo of macher0
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Dark, dark brown.Some dark amber hues at edges. Minimal head of fine bubble head. Low viscosity.

S. Charred dark malts sitting on top of bourbon-soaked oak. Notes of coco, tobacco, toffee, cappuccino, and nuts.

T. The taste follows the nose closely - dark malts and bourbon-soaked oak dominate. Notes of oatmeal, coffee, hazelnuts, creme, and pecans. The coffee flavor combines with the generous hop bill to create a strong bitterness.

M.Moderate body, kind of thin, moderate carbonation, and fairly smooth.

O. The best part of this beer is the way the coffee/nuts/coco flavors meld with the hops to create a porter that's packed with flavors, but not at all sweet. Highly recommended.

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%

Superb. Really enjoyed.

Photo of SteveB24
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

appearance is jet black, completely opaque, on an aggressive pour, pours a half finger of brown head.
Aroma is extremely chocolaty, with some sweet, biscuity malt, molasses, and vanilla in there too.
Taste is a mixture of chocolate, vanilla, coffee, cocoa nut, molasses, and a bite from the alcohol.
Mouthfeel is very thick and very oily, low carbonation, has a touch of dryness to it in the finish.
Overall this is an excellent stout, warming and tasty and complex.

Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.72/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours like midnight. Deep mocha head, sensuous. Full-bodied lacing that drips down the glass.

S: Malted sweetness toffee and roasted chocolate. Spruce greens. Some licorice and dark fruit.

M: Full bodied, smooth, aged alcohol but not fiery. I get medium carbonation.

T: Roasted, semi-charred coffee, possibly from barrelling. Prunes and plums, molasses-toffee. Licorice+balsam fir, very green and light grassy bitterness.

Photo of logicalparadox
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Rich, intense chocolate and espresso flavors.Thick, heavy mouthfeel. Sweet and viscous. This is a huge beer, but one I can only take in small, limited qualities, like a sweet shot of espresso.

Photo of BMMillsy
3.84/5  rDev -11.5%

Bottle as a ridiculous extra in trade. Big thanks! Pours dark brown from the bottle and settles essentially black and opaque in the glass with a small khaki brown head. Aroma is definite whiskey, caramel, vanilla, oak, some marshmallow. Flavor starts with dark fruits, chocolate covered raisins, whiskey, charred oak, long finish of char and vanilla. Pretty smooth but seemingly not a lot of rich flavor coming from the malts. Body is silky smooth, medium plus but perhaps not quite enough to handle the barrel, with low plus carbonation. Solid beer, but not sure I get all the hype I’ve heard about this and it’s variants. Certainly a good beer, but the bar is pretty high for BA stuff these days.

Photo of AirBob
4.74/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Notes from 7/13/14 - Consumed from a snifter

A: 1/2 inch of dark khaki-colored head which quickly dissipates. Body is the color of flat cola.

S: Bourbon, vanilla, caramel/brulee, rich chocolate

T: Bourbon, molasses, vanilla, chocolate coffee ice cream. Slightly boozy. As it warms there's more bourbon and caramel sweetness.

M: A little thin on the front but turns syrupy on the back. Slight numbness from the booze.

O : Sweet and sippable. I enjoyed it less as it warmed, but delicious nevertheless.

Photo of threeviews
4.65/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle (no Bottled On or Best By Date, but I know it was bottled in the first quarter of 2014) into an oversized (18oz) balloon/snifter glass.

A- Pours nearly pitch-black with ruby red highlights noticed at the extreme edges of the glass. The head was khaki in color, yet climbed to less than 1-finger and dissipated rather quickly. This behavior is not surprising for a big and barrel-aged beer. (4.75)

S- Heady aromatics that comprise largely of bourbon, milk chocolate, espresso and vanilla. Although present, subtle notes of coconut and oak tannin are detected. Based on the aroma alone, Baltic Porter is a rather conservative classification for this beer, as it smells more like a bourbon-barrel aged Imperial Stout a la Founders KBS and Goose Island BCBS. (4.75)

T- Much like the nose, bourbon soaked milk chocolate hits first followed by a bourbon soaked coffee bean astringency. The vanilla is also present in the backend and its essence helps smooth things out, providing another ancillary sweetness. (4.5)

M- This is where the Lager yeast strain shines and is somewhat hard to describe: the body of the beer has an initial sensation of being rather full-bodied. However, the palate is left feeling extremely 'light' after the sip. This attribute is contributed by none other than the yeast (and Barrel-Aged Blockhead is another to prove this point). Although sweet, it is far from cloying and the coffee-like astringency on the finish is quite intense. However, a beer of this nature should be a bit brash, and Barrel-Aged Framinghammer is happy to oblige. (4.75)

O- Along with Shmaltz Brewing Co.'s Coney Island Barrel-Aged Blockhead (an Imperial Bock aged in Bourbon Barrels), this is one of the few barrel-aged lagers I am aware of (another being 'Baby Maker,' also from Jack's Abby). This is a massive beer that once again proves that Lager yeast can rightfully due the job of Ale yeast, producing a bombastic Baltic Porter (or better yet because of its roastiness, Russian Imperial Stout) aged in Bourbon Barrels creating a particularly satisfying result. The barrel-aging is significant and only enhances an already well made beer...think again BCBS and KBS! (4.75)

Photo of KelsoSaaz
4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into oversized wine glass

A: Pours deep mahogany-black with a very thin, quickly dissipating russet head.

S: Sweet bourbon notes of vanilla, caramel and wood rule the nose. Roasted coffee and baking chocolate hiding behind the bourbon.

T: Bourbon and dark chocolate fight for flavor domination. Heavy oak, burnt sugar, and vanilla tones are prevalent with more subtle hints of black coffee and dark fruit lurking the background. Roasted malt bitterness lingers in the finish like a quality espresso.

M: Viscous and chewable, but in a lager-y way. Low to mild carbonation in a heavy body. Alcohol warms on the tongue.

O: Boozy and strong in the vein of BCBS, though slightly more subdued. Heavy and sweet bourbon taste balance out the dark roasted malts. The barrel aging works wonders for the already amazing Framinghammer. If you like barrel aged dark beers, this is highly recommended if you can get your hands on it.

Photo of coriswrasse
4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

2014 bottle shared amongst friends in maple syrup glasses.
Very dark amber only revealed slightly with a very bright flashlight.
Smell is very boozy and some oak and slight banana.
Little head but great lace.
Mouthfeel is light even for a porter especially at 10%abv.
Slightly bourbony on the taste. Some good coffee flavor. Nut.
Highly recommend.

Photo of HuskyHawk
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: deep brown, not black, and not fully opaque. Thin head, moderate lacing (alcohol limited is my guess).
S: when very cold, not much of an aroma. As it warms, there is malty, a little coffee and oaky bourbon.
T: When cold, the alcohol was not as well hidden. As it warmed it had nice roasted nutty character with really only moderate bourbon notes. This is not a bourbon bomb like BCBS, the flavors are more subtle.
M: rather thin and slippery. This is not a thick stout, it has the mouthfeel of a lager in many respects. Easy to drink.
O: terrific beer for what it is. Do not expect a monster thick, heavy bourbon flavored stout. This is a porter, it is more approachable, more drinkable and more subtle in all its flavors and smells.

Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.65/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Deep brown, but not quite black. Some light. 1 finger tan head settles into a soft ring. Oily lacing.

S- Roasted oats, charred dark fruits of figs and black cherries. Not a tone of barrel character coming thru on the nose. Reminds me some of Stone IRS with the licorice. Some sharp notes cut through.

T- Just like the nose, but with some intense sugary sweetness. Vanilla and oak on the back end as the barrel finally steps up to the plate, and it does so in a pretty big way with the bourbon. Some brown sugar maybe. A little cloying at times. Mouth is syrupy and sticky. Probably due to the intense amount of sweet malt and sugars added here. Warmth in the back of the throat.

O- Pretty good. A little sweeter than I like. Prefer the style to have more roast and nutty character.

Photo of Andrew041180
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a Jack's Abby snifter. The beer is quite dark, if not black. Around the edges where some light penetrates its a deep brown. Very little head, more like a ring around the glass. No lace to speak of. Not really much to look at.

S - This is getting good. Nice aromas of vanilla, alcohol, mild roastiness, and dark chocolate. I also made a note that I could smell the barrel. Distinct charred wood notes.

T - Follows the nose. Up front flavors included the vanilla and dark chocolate sweetness. There is a spike of alcohol flavor and heat on the finish.

M - Silky, but a little thin on the front end, but on the finish it somehow expands to really fill up my throat. It's a nice mix. A couple points off for a residual stickiness that I'm not a huge fan of.

O - I've had limited experience with bourbon barrel aging, so I liked that the bourbon characteristics didn't seem too overpowering. The alcohol, too, was a little bit more present than I would like. I much prefer the basic Framinghammer.

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Barrel-Aged Framinghammer from Jack's Abby Brewing
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