Framinghammer Baltic Porter - Bourbon Barrel Aged - Jack's Abby Brewing
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Reviews by portia99:
4.58/5 rDev +5%
500ml bottle ( March 2013 release) poured into an Idle Hands tulip glass.
A – Super dark brown body…about as brown as it can be and still not be black. A finger of dark tan foamy head settles in for a couple of minutes and falls slowly to the surface leaving a thick collar and some foamy lacing on the glass.
S – Tons of roasted malt with layers of chocolate, coffee and some dark fruit. Barrel does a nice job here to complement the base beer with additions of creamy and sweet vanilla and some light booziness. Smells super smooth.
T – Lots of dark chocolate up front, cocoa powder, coffee. Well placed and appropriately intense barrel contribution. Plenty of warmth and alcohol tingle on the lips and back of the throat. Noticeable bourbony alcohol in the flavor as well. Smooth vanilla, some dark fruitiness and some woodiness as well. Very well balanced – transitioning from sweet and chocolately up front to a roasty, bitter hoppy finish with a healthy dose of bourbon all the way.
M – Very full bodied with a lighter carbonation level. Well integrated bourbon barrel treatment. Plenty of warmth and tingle on each sip, although never overpowering or overdone. Bourbon plays off of the base beer and does not take over the show. Creamy and smooth feeling – a bit slick and oily on the tongue.
O – One of the better BA beers I’ve had in a while. A very solid base beer gets only better with the barrel in this case. Complex and well nuanced – potent but not overpowering bourbon addition…no problem identifying this as a BA beer, but unlike so many, the barrel only complements the base and doesn’t steal the show. Bourbon gives a bit more bite and calms the sweet aspects of the beer while the vanilla’y oak character really smoothes this out and adds to its drinkability.
06-26-2013 00:53:49 | More by portia99
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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