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Framinghammer Baltic Porter - Bourbon Barrel Aged - Jack's Abby Brewing

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Ratings: 881
Reviews: 126
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 7.78%
Wants: 252
Gots: 203 | FT: 38
Brewed by:
Jack's Abby Brewing visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: taez555 on 03-30-2012)
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Reviews by FosterJM:
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4.34/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1768th Review on BA
Bottle to 20oz Nonic

Thanks to Jlindros and Rudzud

App- Out of the bottle, this poured like a stout to me. Jet black with a fluffy brown head that was about 2 fingers and took a while to recede. Was nice to see a thicker pouring porter as well. Nice cling down the glass.

Smell- This was a chocolate bar in a glass. The porter changed into something really nice in the aromatics with the addition of the barrel. More alive and awake without being overly roasted and malty forward.

Taste- I really enjoyed this porter. The barrel was subtle but really created a different flavor to a normally, little bitter and roasty style. Smoother, vanilla, chocolate and sweet. The flavors were balanced and a little bit sweet, but not cloying either.

Mouth- A good full medium body with a solid medium bubbly carbonation. The residual flavors were chocolate and vanilla. A good bit of vanilla and remains as well.

Drink- A very good barrel aged porter. I enjoyed the flavors. Jacks Abby does it again.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2013 17:02:30 | More by FosterJM
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S: Bourbon, vanilla, caramel/brulee, rich chocolate

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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)

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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)

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Framinghammer Baltic Porter - Bourbon Barrel Aged from Jack's Abby Brewing
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