Framinghammer Baltic Porter - Bourbon Barrel Aged - Jack's Abby Brewing
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Reviews by Pinknuggets:
4.44/5 rDev +1.8%
Bottle (2013) to Rock Art pint glass
A: Dark brown coffee colored with basically no head, but a thick light brown lining around the top of the glass. It is dark but not completely opaque especially when under brighter light. Seems pretty standard good but nothing really stands out.
S: The bourbon flavor is strong upfront though there are hints of alcohol that are present with that smell. There are hints of chocolate in there but they are not strong the same can be said about the malt in the porter backbone but both these scents are very much in the background.
T: At first there only seems to a standard porter with a lager influence, but then the bourbon hits you with waves of bourbon chocolate flavor that heavy things up and bring it to another level. The presence of oats is definitely noticeable to balance out the power of the chocolate and the bourbon which it is very effective in doing along with the oak from the barrel that mixes in to help with this. The bourbon does last into the finish but there is a decent roasted malt backbone to make sure the bourbon is not overpowering
M: Upfront this beer is surprisingly porteresque it is light in feel and the lagered nature of the beer is clearly noticeable. However, after the initial impression it becomes much heavier with an almost thick syrupy feel as there is also very little carbonation though that does seem to add to its drinkability, as it is very smooth (the barrel aging and brown sugar definitely has added to this) and is above average considering how heavy it is abv wise and it is not an imperial stout.
O: Though I was not that impressed with the smell and look of this beer the taste and feel are really something special. This beer manages to maintain a solid porter base that is noticeably lagered more so then others but perhaps thats just because I know it is a Jack's Abby brew. That being said the chocolate flavors that are enhanced with the bourbon barrel aging really add to this beer that is drinkable and noticeable of its 10% abv. Within the style this definitely the best barrel aged porter I have tasted its up there with some quality BA stouts in terms of taste and feel so as with pretty much every Jack's Abby beer I recommend this.
04-12-2013 02:14:27 | More by Pinknuggets
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
Framinghammer Baltic Porter - Bourbon Barrel Aged from Jack's Abby Brewing
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