Barrel-Aged Framinghammer - Jack's Abby Brewing

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Ratings: 1,280
Reviews: 151
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 7.83%
Wants: 304
Gots: 297 | FT: 55
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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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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 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 tigg924
4.34/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of jondeelee
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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

Highly enjoyable offering from start to finish. Would have been a delicious and warming beer come winter time. However, it's still not so heavy that it can't be enjoyed on a warm summer evening as well. I really liked the subtle but present chocolate flavors. The time Framing Hammer has spent in the barrel has really done justice by smoothing out what rough edges that may have been there and replaced them with nice barrel characters.

Photo of williamjbauer
4.62/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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.

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

16.9oz bottle poured into a snifter. 2014 release.

A: Pours a clear slightly reddish brown with a khaki tan head. Appearing black in the glass there isn't much else discernible about this beer. Leaves some spots of lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Bourbon qualities show right off the bat blending with a chocolaty roasty malt mix. Dark fruity characteristics show more as it warms up.

T: Now here is a finely tuned, well crafted porter aged fantastically in bourbon barrels. Loads of roastiness, chocolate and dark fruits with an assertive vanilla, oak bourbon flavor.

M: Smooth and creamy full bodied mouthfeel. Alcohol doesnt overpower the palate. Finish is fairly clean not getting too sticky from either malts or bourbon.

Overall I'm floored, this pushes the boundaries of porter and the bourbon barrel is very nicely done. Pick this one up if you see it.

Photo of timc100
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark brown with a dark tan colored head. Looks like a barrel aged beer - big bubbles and spotty lacing.

Immediate aroma coconut and vanilla from the bottle - when its in a glass and aerated big brown sugar and oats as indicated, chocolate, bourbon, oak and vanilla.

Very well balanced - has that very clean, smooth body and character as does the regular framinghammer. Mouthfeel is silky smooth. Crazy drinkable.

Great beer - excellent barrel rendition of the phenomenal base.

Photo of Guess2814
4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Love Jack Abby's Brewery.. Definitely my favorite brewers in Massachusetts.. This beer feels stronger then the alcohol percentage it is.. Nice coffee bean type liquor es ... Not huge on barrel aged beer but I like this one.. It has a nice dark look.. Nice beer to have and enjoy what it is..

Photo of AdamF625
4.69/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A- black with a creamy khaki head

S- bourbon toffee and chocolate

T- More of the same from the nose, a sweet sweet blend of bourbon, bitter chocolate malt, and honey. A roasted black malt sits in your mouth after the finish.

M- I would have to say a nice medium body compared to other barrel aged porters and stouts.

O- love this beer. A nice balance of bourbon and creamy chocolate porter. Jack's Abby is the next big thing!

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From half liter bottle into a teku.

Pours pitch black and produces a heavy, thick and foamy head. It's about four fingers thick and persistent. The head eventually dissipates into a half finger thick layer above the body and lace runs up the sides of the glass. Some carbonation is visible in the body, but it's extremely opaque and thus hard to see much.

Heavy aromas of oak, whisky and peat hit my nose. I smell more scotch than bourbon, but it still smells delicious. I eventually get some rye spice and notes of vanilla and chocolate, but the more aggressive aspects of the barrel-aging are most on display here. A few more moments of warming and the beers maltiness becomes more apparent. and with it caramel and sweetness.

All of the more potent bourbon traits extend to the tongue, with heavy oak, smokiness, vanilla and spicy rye all dominant. There's still a good element of sweet malt and dark chocolate to this beer, so the bourbon doesn't run away with the beer.

I have to say, this beer is boozy. It's not unpleasant or off-putting, but it is a force to reckon with. It still drinks smoothly, but you will feel a bit of heat crashing the creamy malt party.

In the end, this beer is damn good with a ton of flavors coming alive. It's a pleasure to drink.

Photo of greenmtn1111
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a glass tulip.
Bottled March 2013

Black in color, but looks more like cola when swished around in the glass. Two fingers worth of head on the pour with decent lacing as you drink it. I smell brown sugar and chocolate, vanilla, with some hops present as well. Taste is sweet with a slight bitterness at the end which balances it out nicely. Bittersweet chocolate, some bourbon is noticeable but doesn’t take over the entire beer. It has a nice chewy quality to it, smooth and creamy on the palate. Overall this is a very well crafted beer – not hugely complex, but it is very well balanced. Very drinkable for its 10% abv.

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 alexbutler
4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Very, very dark amber porter. Thick pour, with very little foam.

S - First thoughts were of nuttiness, creamy and woody smell in the background.

T - Rich and smooth with a thick sweetness that almost reminds me of ice cream. Very delicious.

M - Smooth all the way through.

O - Tasty porter right here, right up with my favorites.

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.01/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black, not inky. Small khaki head. Thin collar.

Smell - Not a lot of barrel. Some though. Vanilla and oak. Secondary bourbon. Chocolate.

Taste - Better. More bourbon, vanilla, and oak. Slightly fruity finish. Chocolate and some nuttiness and oak.

Mouthfeel - Nice chewiness. More than I expected. A touch of booze.

Overall - Pleasantly surprised by this. Not the best barrel, but it seems like a really good beer behind it.

Photo of Vonerichs
4.14/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Black color with an average sandy colored head. The head dissipates quickly, leaving only a ring around the edges.

Chocolate, coffee, light black licorice, and a hefty vanilla/oak bourbon.

It's heavy in the bourbon notes, but still let's the chocolate and coffee pop. Molasses shows as well.

Lower carbonation and a tad thin. Boozy.

I'm a fan of this one. It really hits on the bourbon flavors. The only knock is that it could use more heft in the body.

Photo of jtierney89
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

it says barrel aged not bourbon barrell aged but who knows. jet black with a mocha head. sludgey looking consistency. Faint bourbon notes with lots of woodynotes, vanilla and oak, caramel, chocolate and coffee.

Wow! What the hell is this thing? It's damn delicious is what it is. Sweet bourbon notes up front with decadent chocolate malts runs into oaky barrel notes and finishes suprisngly bright and fruity. Huge thick body rolls over the tongue nicely. How did they get these deep bourbon barrel flavors to mesh with this bright fruity finish. One of the best beers i've ever had! 10%? Where? I think it may have to do with where they got the bourbon barrels from as the bourbon flavor is unlike anything i've ever had.

Photo of Treyliff
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage aged in Willet barrels, poured into a snifter

A- pours dark brown, nearly black with a small fizzy light-tan head that reduces quickly, leaving nothing behind

S- lots of bourbon on the nose with big notes of vanilla, chocolate & caramel, charred oak, licorice. Pretty bourbon forward overall with chocolate mixed in

T- roasted chocolaty malt base mixes with big vanilla flavors and toasted oak, molasses, & caramel malt. Big bourbon hit near the finish with more chocolate

M- medium-viscous body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy, slightly chewy mouthfeel and a warming finish

O- really liked the bourbon/vanilla notes, drinks pretty easy for 10%, I enjoyed this much more than the coffee version

Photo of puboflyons
4.36/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the 25 fl. oz. bottle. No date of bottling or expiration. Sampled on December 23, 2013.

It pours near black with a tan head that generally sticks around but eventually fades to a ruing. Very opaque.

Loads of toasted roasted malts on the nose a burnt characteristic that is otherwise not so evident unless you look for it. Some smoke.

Medium to full body.

The taste really becomes a Porter that I expect it to become. Dark burnt malt character on the taste with a light to modest bitterness at the finish. It is interesting to say the least.

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

Enjoyed at Jack's Abby, poured into a snifter.

Appeared a dark brown, nearly black color with a light brown one finger head. The head was quite fluffy and appeared almost like a cross between nitro and regular.

Smell is fantastic. Definite chocolate presence and a bit of dark fruit. Slight roasts. Bourbon is present in the nose but not overpowering.

Taste is wonderfully balanced and complex. Drinks like a slightly aged BCBS though a bit more subtle on the bourbon and stronger on the chocolate/roasted flavors. Some burnt marshmallow and vanilla on the finish. Can definitely detect the booze in the taste but it melds in nicely. Very tasty.

Mouth-feel is silky smooth. Fantastic.

Another home-run by a brewery that is quickly becoming my favorite. Love this one. There are some nights where I want the barrel aged stout/porter flavors but not something quite as intense as a BCBS - this is where BA Framinghammer comes into play. AWESOME! Glad I have a few bottles in the cellar to see what some age does to these, though it will be tough to not drink them now!

Photo of tendermorsel
4.88/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow this was an amazing beer. I actually was able to score 2 growlers of this so I actualy had multiple glasses.

Nice tight espresso like head. Dark as night.

Lot's of whiskey notes especially compared to the non BA version.

Extremely drinkable. Tasted like it was 5-6 ABV not 13 % ABV. So smooth too. A lot of times some of these extreme dark beers are thick and overmalted. Not this one.

An absolute home run. I am convinced that if this was more avaialable it would be the next uber hyped American beer. I have been told they are gonna do this one again. I hope they do. Please bottle it too! I am very curious how this one would age.

Awesome stuff. World class.

Photo of n2185
4.16/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours black with barely any light tan head that fades into a thin ring with no lacing.

S: Roasted malts with semi-sweet chocolate and creamy coffee followed by vanilla, oak, and a little bourbon. Sweet smelling, overall.

T: Roasted malts here as well with cocoa, bitter chocolate, robust coffee, and a little char. The bourbon is present with a light booziness and a decent amount of oak. There are some more subtle notes of vanilla before a finish with a light alcohol burn.

M: Thick body with carbonation on the lower side of moderate, this beer is a bit more carbonated than many barrel aged stouts/porters, giving it a more robust body rather than creamy.

O: A good beer overall. The nose doesn't have quite the depth that the flavor has, but it's still very enjoyable with a nice mixture of barrel and Baltic porter characteristics.

Photo of Psychmusic
4.89/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Notes from the Jack's Abby meet the brewers night at Armsby Abbey

Appearance- jet black with a dark brown foam around the edges that stuck around impressively considering the ABV

Smell- Very dark chocolate and bourbon forward. Some strong roasted coffee and sweet vanilla notes. I'm in love with the smell of this I can't get enough...

Taste- Deep roasted coffee and dark chocolate. Bourbon adds a certain light coconut and vanilla finish that compliment the bitter roast.

Mouthfeel- silky smooth with medium carbonation. Not syrupy heavy but a certain heft in the mouth was extremely satisfying

Overall- I genuinely love this beer. I'm so broke my girlfriend and I split a single appetizer while we were there but I couldn't help but buy a second glass of this. This beer seriously holds it's own, even against the heavy-hitting barrel aged stouts. I hope they make more

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Barrel-Aged Framinghammer from Jack's Abby Brewing
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