Barrel-Aged Framinghammer - Jack's Abby Brewing

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Reviews: 146
Hads: 1,311
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 2.55%
Wants: 309
Gots: 306 | FT: 58
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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 by Maxwell:
Photo of Maxwell
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours an inky black with a nice had of medium sized, khaki bubbles that settle down at about a half a finger’s width, which is surprising given the beer’s 10% ABV and the fact that it was barrel aged. In body, this beer is impenetrable to the eye, and the beer’s head leaves a curtain of lacing full of slippery, small bubbles on the sides of the glass. On the nose, the beer smells of roasted black coffee and big boozy malt with touches of vanilla bourbon and slight hint of bitter hops and oak. The bourbon isn’t huge in the nose, but it is nice and blends well with the malt of the beer. On the tongue, the beer tastes boozy-bourbon sweet with just a touch of bitter roast and some slight acidic bites. In flavor, this beer speaks of booze, bourbon, and roasted malts. The flavor begins as sweet roasted malt with a touch of chocolate and honey, but this builds into practically cloying boozy bourbon with hints of vanilla and coconut, and a very strong touch of alcohol. The finish is bourbon sweet and full of boozy heat as it runs down the throat, and the aftertaste is slightly sticky sweet with lingering bourbon, coffee and chocolate, but also with alcohol hot in the deep back of the throat. In the mouth, the beer feels smooth and velvety with just a faint bite from the carbonation. It is on the light side of heavy in body and definitely carries a clean lager feel in the mouth. Where a stout of this size would have considerable grip and a chewiness, this beer is silky smooth, almost like a fine hot chocolate in feel. The mouth is, however, left sticky and wet with a lingering heat burn from the alcohol. This beer is most certainly a sipper, in case anyone was overlooking its 10% ABV. Overall, this is a good beer. It’s really a nice sipper, and is probably prime to drink in the early winter when you are looking for a bit of a warmth from your drink. Having just had 2012’s BCBS the other day, I can actually say that there is a similarity between the two, though not definitive. Framinghammer is definitely of lager stock with a beautiful and smooth mouthfeel that helps the drinkability of this beer, and it is also about 5% less in alcohol than BCBS, but it carries a nice bourbon heat and some nice bourbon flavors mixed in with thick malty flavors similar to BCBS. Personally, I would advise sitting on a bottle of this a little bit to let the booze settle down and so that it is winter, but that would probably kill some of the bourbon flavors. Right now I’m not craving the boozy beers, but I would certainly revisit this beer come late fall/early winter and I would certainly sip it in front of a fire. It is a good beer, and fantastically cheap for a bourbon barrel-aged beer. Jack’s Abby has got another great thing here, and I can’t wait to try the coffee version of this beer. (2,837 characters)

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Photo of Brenden
4.26/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (1,096 characters)

Photo of AirBob
4.74/5  rDev +9.7%
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. (507 characters)

Photo of threeviews
4.65/5  rDev +7.6%
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) (2,207 characters)

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of -DF-
4.19/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of dandaugherty1221
4.41/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of StoutFox
3.58/5  rDev -17.1%
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) (230 characters)

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.6/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of tigg924
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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. (483 characters)

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3.5/5  rDev -19%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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Barrel-Aged Framinghammer from Jack's Abby Brewing
95 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.