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Framinghammer Baltic Porter - Bourbon Barrel Aged - Jack's Abby Brewing

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Ratings: 872
Reviews: 126
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 7.8%
Wants: 247
Gots: 204 | FT: 39
Brewed by:
Jack's Abby Brewing visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: taez555 on 03-30-2012)
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4.63/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Finally, Framinghammer is bottled. A BA version. Even better. I have come to love this brewery, and thus will attempt to review this beer as objectively as possible.

The pour is quite pretty. The body is the color of a cup of coffee, while the brew foams up nicely with a multi-hued brown head that forms at the pour and never goes away. Very impressive.

The aroma is a bit muted for some reason- perhaps it's me. I wish I detected a bit more booze and heat from the smell. As it is, it smells a bit like a mild English Brown spiked with a shot of Jack- malty yet slightly sweet.

On the flavor front, this beer kicks serious ass. Like many Jack's Abby beers, they are Lagers almost in name only. This drinks like a barrel-aged porter should, just slightly thinned out. The flavor is very big and complex. It's mildly coffee-forward, with a good shot of brown sugar and vanilla sweetness. So delicious. The barrel adds just a touch of bourbon, and the wood sharpens the flavor a bit.

Mouthfeel is just slightly thin for the big flavors, but it's also clean. Surprisingly, the finish has a bitterness to it that clings. I expected a sweet finish.

I really tried to be objective here. Jack's Abby just keeps hitting home runs. This brew can easily stand with the best of the barrel aged porters and stouts.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2013 02:12:42 | More by stonermouse
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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.

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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)

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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)

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Poured into oversized wine glass

A: Pours deep mahogany-black with a very thin, quickly dissipating russet head.

S: Sweet bourbon notes of vanilla, caramel and wood rule the nose. Roasted coffee and baking chocolate hiding behind the bourbon.

T: Bourbon and dark chocolate fight for flavor domination. Heavy oak, burnt sugar, and vanilla tones are prevalent with more subtle hints of black coffee and dark fruit lurking the background. Roasted malt bitterness lingers in the finish like a quality espresso.

M: Viscous and chewable, but in a lager-y way. Low to mild carbonation in a heavy body. Alcohol warms on the tongue.

O: Boozy and strong in the vein of BCBS, though slightly more subdued. Heavy and sweet bourbon taste balance out the dark roasted malts. The barrel aging works wonders for the already amazing Framinghammer. If you like barrel aged dark beers, this is highly recommended if you can get your hands on it.

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