Framinghammer Baltic Porter - Bourbon Barrel Aged - Jack's Abby Brewing
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Reviews by Dope:
4.54/5 rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
Bottle dated March 2013.
A: Pours a very dark brown. Nice medium chocolate brown head. Dense, slightly fizzy head. Fades slowly with excellent head retention. Pretty solid lacing too.
S: Oh yeah, that is nice. Like bourbon brownie batter. Bourbon isn't overpowering but has some decent caramel, vanilla and oak. Roasted malt is there but not huge like a big RIS. Some nice mellow chocolate and a little char. Lots of dark fruits peeking through with some cherry and raisin. A little bit of alcohol sting from the bourbon.
T: Sweet bourbon initially with some caramel, marshmallow and vanilla. REALLY nice up front. Mixed with some char, some chocolate and a little smoke. Dark fruits poke through once again, very mild this time. Hints of cherry, raisin, prunes maybe? Sweetness fades a bit, leaving a chalky, acrid char, bitter chocolate and a some burnt, drying oak. Lingering mellow bourbon between sips, with just a slight hint of booziness.
M: Creamy, smooth, heavy and mellow.
O: This is one hell of a baltic porter. It has to be the smoothest drinking 10% ABV barrel-aged porter ever. Wonderful variety of flavors with great balance to boot. Nice contrast of ultra sweet dessert up front, turning a bit bitter and acrid and drying in the finish. Goes down very easily. Too easily. Excellently crafted, as always.
Serving type: bottle
04-10-2013 02:00:26 | More by Dope
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4.74/5 rDev +8.5%
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.
Serving type: bottle
07-21-2014 19:09:16 | More by AirBob
4.64/5 rDev +6.2%
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)
Serving type: bottle
07-17-2014 21:00:50 | More by threeviews
Framinghammer Baltic Porter - Bourbon Barrel Aged from Jack's Abby Brewing
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