Barrel-Aged Framinghammer - Jack's Abby Brewing
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Ratings: 926 | Reviews: 126 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Dope:
4.54/5 rDev +4.1%
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.
04-10-2013 02:00:26 | More by Dope
More User Reviews:
4.34/5 rDev -0.5%
Appearance: dark brown in color, 1/4 inch head, high carbonation, clear
Smell: cocoa, vanilla, and light oak
Taste: cocoa, vanilla, caramel, and light oak
Mouthfeel: high carbonation, medium-heavy body, sweet with oakiness
Overall: Jack's Abbey makes some of the best beer coming out of Massachusetts and this is right up there with the best that they brew. Very complex, oaky, and chocolaty, without ever being too overpowering in any area. I would certainly get this one again.
05-20-2013 14:10:07 | More by tigg924
4.4/5 rDev +0.9%
Barrel-Aged Framinghammer opens to a thick, black aroma laced with sugar and vanilla. Fresh-ground oily coffee beans, tobacco, ash, black malt, anise, and burnt toast crust mix nicely with large swaths of toffee, brown sugar, vanilla bean, and heavy whipping cream. Additional chunks of thick brown bread float in the mix, along with toasted pecan and a few dark fruit esters, including fig, date, and raisin. The effects of the barrel aging are pleasantly subtle, adding slight overtones of charcoal and alcohol-soaked wood. As a whole, the nose is very nice, featuring a wide variety of nicely interlaced aromas, and the interplay between roasted coffee, ash, toffee, and whipping cream is especially alluring. The only real fault here lies in the comparative weakness of the aromas, which only manage perhaps a medium-strength appearance.
On the tongue, the beer is bold and darkly beautiful, the barrel aging immediate and potent, with wide swaths of bourbon-laced vanilla and oak crashing instantly against the taste buds. These mix beautifully with the fresh ground oily coffee beans, ash, and smoky tobacco, as well as the toffee, burnt multigrain toast crust, milk chocolate, and heavy whipping cream, the effect vaguely like Bailey’s, but with far more burnt underpinnings. In subsequent sips some of the nuance of the initial sip is gone, the burnt and alcoholic notes overtaking many of the more subtle flavors, but touches of fig, date, and raisin fruit esters are still present, as are bits of pine resin. The beer becomes more ashy and bourbon-laced as it is held on the tongue, never approaching straight bourbon, but moving ever closer, held back by the few remaining sugars. The aftertaste is a continuation of these latter ashy, bourbon-soaked fruits, lingering on the tongue for a decent while. Mouthfeel is an oily, viscous medium to medium-strong, and carbonation is medium-light.
Overall, this is excellent beer, featuring almost everything one could want from a barrel-aged Porter, and in fact the flavors in here are so nice that they show up many barrel-aged Imperial Stouts. But perhaps the best thing of all is the price: for a world-class beer, my .5 liter bottle was only $5.95, making this just about the best buy I’ve ever had.
06-07-2013 00:47:07 | More by jondeelee
4.61/5 rDev +5.7%
Bottled 2013 in TG snifter, an extra, thx bro!!!
Pours dark brown colas, with a thin bubbly white head with poor retention.
Smell, barrelling is apparent, warm oak, vanilla, bourbon notes.
Taste is savory meaty umani note with great smoke, oak, vanilla, hot alcohol, crisp flavors coming out in lager fashion. Mouth is smooth and a touch chewy, a fair amont of warming alcohol that is enjoyable with the other strong notes.
This is in the running for my favorite lager yet. JA is tearing it up!!! Cant wait to try more of their beers.
09-23-2013 16:15:05 | More by williamjbauer
Barrel-Aged Framinghammer from Jack's Abby Brewing
97 out of 100 based on 926 ratings.