Framinghammer Baltic Porter - Bourbon Barrel Aged - Jack's Abby Brewing
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Reviews by jlindros:
4.55/5 rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
OK ok... I finally got around to reviewing this. So many people kept telling me to try this cause I'll want more before it runs out. So yes, I'm finally going to drink it, so back off man!
Pours a darker mocha colored almost 1 finger creamy thicker head that fade semi slowly with nice layered lacing and great legs, the top line of the head starts to melt with the legs, it looks really cool. The beer is pitch black, no light getting through that puppy.
Nose is great, reminds me a bit of Tennessee Tats, barrel right out front, a woody dusty shelf oak, with a bit of vanilla, and some definitive whisky but not necessarily bourbon. Under that is the myriad of malts, dark malts mostly, a light caramel and brown sugar sweetness, some nice cocoa and very dark bitter chocolate, a slight cookie dough thing also comes out and, with the dark chocolate and vanilla barrel, brings a great baking aroma. There also seems to be some creamy oats and very faint fresh roasted coffee. Just a touch of booze in the nose.
Taste is awesome! Candy in a glass, more like bourbon chocolate cookie in a glass! Starting again with barrel, light dusty wood shelf oak, with plenty of vanilla, and again the light whisky almost bourbony quality that is definitely there. The wood brings light wood esters and toasted oak. Then malts galore, plenty of chocolate cocoa, mostly bitter dark chocolate and baker's, as well as some caramel and brown sugar, caramelized brown sugar, and plenty of creamy but chewy oats. All together brings a big time dark chocolate oatmeal cookie kinda flavor and it's awesome. A faint estery booze comes through on the back end, and follows with some slightly earthy spicy hops, a fair bitterness too with mostly from the hops but a bit from dark malts. Sweetness is fair as well, not overly but enough to bring more of the cookie feel, and balance the booze and increasingly bitter hops. The finish is fairly bitter actually, an earthy slightly spicy hop character and slight dark malt roast like bitterness, with more super dark chocolate flavors lingering, a little vanilla barrel, and faint whisky, all lingering for a long time.
Mouth is med to fuller bodied, creamy oats feel, decent carb, just a bit of estery booze.
Overall very nice, a great barrel aged stout that tastes like a dark chocolate oatmeal cookie with whisky infused. Great beer, very well done. Now I see why everyone was really pushing me to drink this, as I think I will add more to the cellar now before it's all gone. Now I REALLY can't wait for the vanilla and coffee versions!
Serving type: bottle
04-05-2013 00:55:28 | More by jlindros
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4.45/5 rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Bottle poured into glass stein
Deep black, pours a taupe foam lid. Settles to a layer of taupe
Aroma of sweet malt, bourbon, brown sugar, tobacco, deep rich figs. Smells great.
Incredibly smooth, sweet on the front of the tongue. Bourbon, caramel, sweet malts. Feel the alcohol on the back of the tongue, still smooth and not a sharp bite. Gentle carbonation but a full mouthfeel because of the alcohol. At 10% abv! this is a one beer at a time! not a session beer.
Great beer, silky smooth, rich, flavorful , enjoyable and repeatable.
Serving type: bottle
03-09-2014 02:32:24 | More by WunderLlama
4.48/5 rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
i love jack abby, and its beers like this that make them one of the most unique breweries in the country. taking lager to new heights, this is special, and in some ways i like it better than the vanilla edition. it still has a ton of vanilla to it, just naturally and from the barrel, there really is not much need for additional vanilla. matte black brown in color, thick, but still holding on to a pretty solid off white head, almost grey really. the nose is rich in vanilla notes and dark barley, with earthy mineral density, but very little of the bitterness we normally associate with dark brews like this. the oak from the barrel is there, and the sweetness of the bourbon penetrates the beer a bit too. bakers chocolate and lager yeast are there too, but much more in flavor than smell. vanilla and chocolate up front, but the only real sugar in this appears to be from the bourbon. musty woodiness is picked up on by the lager yeast in the finish, giving this beer a very unique character that is both rich and complex, yet also sort of light and drinkable, certainly for what it is. lots of body through, and a longer finish than i remember on most lagers, but still rather clean for its size. the flavors here are just perfectly proportioned, not too much of anything, still grain first, but peppered in are all kinds of little twists, making this a bottle to be shared and considered carefully. very very well done, i am very keen to try the other incarnations of this now. this has to be the best american made baltic porter out there. if it isnt, enlighten me, but i would be surprised!
Serving type: bottle
03-04-2014 20:21:19 | More by StonedTrippin
Framinghammer Baltic Porter - Bourbon Barrel Aged from Jack's Abby Brewing
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