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

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671 Ratings
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Ratings: 671
Reviews: 109
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 8.01%


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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taez555

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a pitch black body with a small tan off/white head.

Nose is simply ambrosial. Waves of vanilla, oak, coconut, dark malts and bourbon.

Taste is full bodied, but not over the top thick. Immediately hits you with waves of bourbon, dark brown bread, vanilla, chocolate, dark chocolate, chocolate milk, oak, some mild smoke, licorice, figs, raisins, green apples, coconut, alcohol soaked cherries, a nice dark fruit backbone, touches of espresso or coffee. Very milky actually, almost has a Bailey’s Irish Cream sort of flavor to it. Or… like you mix Bailey’s with coffee kind of taste. Actually you know what, it tastes like an Irish Car Bomb. Bailey’s and Guinness or something. It’s crazy. Touches of leather, very faint smoke, loads of vanilla. Sort of tastes like a rum soaked dark chocolate covered cherry. Extremely warming, even after a few sips. You can really taste the 10% ABV in this beer. Hops are present and give it a nice bitterness balance, but the boubon aging really takes a front seat here. The aging actually takes some of the edge of too. I had a growler back the week they first released it in January 2012, and it’s really mellowed nicely. The bourbon aging, like I’ve mentioned, just makes it perfect. Ends with a lingering bourbon, chocolate malt taste and mild bitterness that you just don’t want to go away.

This is it, this is the real thing. Seriously… OH MY GOD THIS BEER IS AMAZING!! I’ve been a fan of JA for months now and stop by the brewery whenever they have a new beer. I have become somewhat of a fan-boy, and really enjoyed the original Framinghammer, but this bourbon barrel aging just takes it to another level. I mean seriously, this beer can hold it’s own any day with the best bourbon stouts or porters out there. I’d go as far as to say this is actually BETTER than Founders KBS or Goose Islands Bourbon Stout. Wow. The bourbon aging was like the missing ingredient to perfect this beer. If they can get this in bottles I wouldn’t be surprised if it sits permanently near the top of the BA 100. Try this beer NOW!!

Serving type: growler

03-30-2012 20:54:26 | More by taez555
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jneiswender

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had a sample of this at the brewery and some out of a growler.

First sample was out of a tasting glass and the other out of a snifter.

Pours a black body with a nice tan head.

Smells like bourbon, chocolate, light coffee and toast.

Taste is boozy bourbon in the front carrying over to raisins and fruit cake to finish. Hops are there but subtle.

Full body and balanced with medium carbonation.

Maybe one of the best sipping beers I have ever had. This is where I think the rest in this style miss the boat with over the top representations of the style. Just a great sipping beer. Almost a reverse order in taste profile. Booze in front and not in the finish. Leaves you WANTING another sip, not BRAVING another sip.

Serving type: growler

03-31-2012 14:16:27 | More by jneiswender
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jtierney89

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2013 15:42:31 | More by jtierney89
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tendermorsel

Massachusetts

4.9/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

Serving type: growler

06-08-2012 20:07:34 | More by tendermorsel
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Psychmusic

Rhode Island

4.9/5  rDev +12.1%
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

Serving type: on-tap

11-21-2012 02:06:12 | More by Psychmusic
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JohnG190

New York

4.86/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Thanks MJ0126 for these great beers! Pours pitch black with a thick mocha head that dissipates quickly. Minimal lacing. Lots of dark fruit on the nose along with vanilla, bourbon, chocolate and coffee. Bourbon, vanilla, chocolate and brown sugar on the palate. Most complex and outstanding! Velvety smooth on the tongue, medium bodied with low carbonation contribute to the velvety mouthfeel. Overall, this is an extremely drinkable Baltic Porter, great work Jack's Abby.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2014 23:51:16 | More by JohnG190
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hail_seitan

Massachusetts

4.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from bottle into a brandy snifter

A - Pours thick and syrupy. Body is as dark as a brown hue can get and completely opaque. A luxurious chestnut head foams on top.

S - Wonderful. Bing cherries, molasses, dark chocolate, oak and vanilla.

T - Even better than the smell. The sweetness of the malt hits you upfront, ushering in waves of brown sugar, raisin, chocolate, and vanilla. The finish is full of oak and saccharine bourbon. Just bit of heat from the alcohol as it goes down, especially as the beer warms to room temperature. Supremely balanced.

M - Pleasantly thick, though not overtly chewy. The carbonation is kept in check to let the rest of the beer shine.

O - Probably my second favorite barrel-aged dark beer after KBS. The bourbon flavor is present, but by no means dominates the beer. Jack's Abby has really asserted itself as an East Coast brewing artist, and this beer clearly shows the lofty heights of their craft.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2014 22:48:01 | More by hail_seitan
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nquigley16

Massachusetts

4.81/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle (Bottled "March 2013") into a snifter.

Very dark dark brown, not quite as pitch black as I expected. Little hints of brown and dark red when held up to the light, but very dark all the same. Pours with a tiny head, which dissipates in less than a minute and leaves little to no lacing. What existed of the head when it was there was a roasted tan color, somewhere around the color of crystal 60L.

The nose starts with a very prominent but balanced and inviting aroma of alcohol, bourbon vanilla and oak. All proportioned at a very nice ratio, they all mesh extremely nicely. The barrel aging doesn't take over like in some BA beers, but it has a great presence.

The taste is amazing. As is the rest of the beer. It starts very simple, malty, chocolate and vanilla flavors, sweet, and then moves to a alcoholic, whiskey strong middle, and ends sweet again with the vanilla and oak coming through in an amazing harmony.

Good mouthfeel, nothing to rage about, but it does not take away from the quality of this beer. Not very thick, with pretty medium carbonation levels. I am imagining how smooth and out of this world this beer would be nitro-carbed though.

Overall an amazing beer. The best bourbon barrel aged RIS/Baltic Porter I've ever had. No I haven't had the pleasure of trying some of the more famous hyped BA beers, but I would be extremely surprised if they were much better than this.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2013 20:30:50 | More by nquigley16
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

4.78/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Draught2012 for picking up this growler for me. I was out of town as the beer was released. We got a preview of this beer last weekend at a tasting hosted by the folks at Jack’s Abbey. It was delicious and I’ve been looking forward to sitting with a glass.

A thin but evident finger plus of tan head forms and remains for a short visit. Very dark brown in color with just a glint of light shining through at the edge. Not much in the way of lace expected. A very glossy finish on the beer.

Aroma is fantastic. Bourbon, a hint of the toasted coconut to be tasted later and a sweet but dark chocolate. Some oak notes and a hint towards vanilla. But not straight vanilla. Perhaps more like vanilla bean, if that makes any sense.

It’s pretty cool to have a special beer like this brewed about 8 miles from my house. The melding of the dark chocolate, toasted coconut, bourbon and dark roasted malt is just fantastic. A wonderful chocolate sauce laced with the toasted coconut/bourbon is the aftertaste.. The 10% abv is so well hidden it’s a bit scary. You’ll have a nice glow on before you realize it. As it warms you get some more coffee notes combining with the chocolate. Fairly complex here.

Velvety smooth mouthfeel, carbonation just brings this to life, but stays out of the way. Silky, silky.

A special beer, that’s for sure. I can only wonder what the future holds for this one. Who knows where this beer and it’s following can go. I’ll get more if it’s available. It’s really quite awesome.

Serving type: growler

04-03-2012 00:34:59 | More by Reagan1984
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thirsty4beer

New York

4.74/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled in March 2013. Purchased at Julio's (near Jack's Abby) on my way home from Boston.

Appearance: dark brown with a tan head

Smell: bourbon, vanilla, a bit of chocolate

Taste: a decent amount of bourbon heat as expected but not until after I was hit with the malty sweetness, dark chocolate, hints of oak and coconut, and some dark fruit.

Mouthfeel: pretty smooth, tame carbonation, slightly masked heat

Overall: top notch beer! wish I had bought a whole case!

Definitely lived up to all the growing hype

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2013 05:26:19 | More by thirsty4beer
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TWStandley

Massachusetts

4.74/5  rDev +8.5%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

01-23-2014 16:02:53 | More by TWStandley
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MCain04

Illinois

4.73/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Got this on an East Coast trip with BostonRyan and brought back to Chicago. 500ml bottle, only $6!! Poured into a FFF Teku.

A: Dark dark brown, nice tan head of 2+ fingers, great retention and lacing

S: Bourbon-forward but not overwhilemingly so. Also some roasted malts, toffee, dark chocolate, and coffee.

T: Complex taste. Lots of vanilla and oak, barrel flavor is huge here. Milk chocolate but not too sweet. Bourbon is there too but blends nicely without overwhelming. Roasty malts are present. Finishes with almost no heat, remarkable that it is 10% ABV.

M: Smooth, creamy, low-medium carbonation, perfect for the style, coats the tongue, damn perfect.

O: Wow, definitely happy to have had a bottle of this. Killer stuff, world class for sure. First non-lager I've had from Jack's Abby but they nailed it on the head. Just a great, great beer. Treat to have, would love to have it again.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2013 23:59:37 | More by MCain04
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dar482

New York

4.73/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in a dark brown black with a light brown head.

The aroma has dark berries, coffee, a bit of sweet vanilla, bourbon barrel character.

The beer follows of bourbon notes in the front, coffee, milk chocolate, hints of dark fruit . It finishes off of licorice and charred barrel character.

The mouthfeel is medium plus, but still quite silky smooth.

A great drinking beer that is really benefited by the barrels with a balanced complexity.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2014 02:22:17 | More by dar482
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AdamF625

Massachusetts

4.7/5  rDev +7.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 16:10:13 | More by AdamF625
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

4.69/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

@ New World Tavern, Plymouth MA

Opaque tar black, one of those deep, deep black beers that after a few you can swear it sucks in the light around it. Only a thin skim of a head left by the time my beer got to the table it still put up several thin rings.

Dark roast malt and dark chocolate counterbalance the equally dark but sweeter burnt caramel and vanilla notes. Molasses cookies. Tastes like molasses cookies in a glass. The roast malt and chocolate again counterbalance the sweeter notes of vanilla and caramel but with added dried fig dark fruit which help distinguish this as a baltic porter. Big chewy body.

I've been raving about JA hoppy beers but hot damn this is good stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

04-14-2013 12:01:22 | More by donkeyrunner
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Seanniek91

Rhode Island

4.68/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Served from a 16oz bottle into a Smuttynose big beer tulip. 2014 bottle. Four Roses barrel I believe. Cellar temp.

Appearance- Black with quick two finger caramel head that left no lacing.

Smell- Cocoa, light coffee, vanilla, sweet bourbon (Four Roses is really sweet), some mild booze heat. Real nice.

Taste- Bittersweet chocolate, vanilla, oak, caramel, cinnamon, light booze heat. The Four Roses is real prevalent. It's damn near perfect as far as bourbon barrel aged beers go.

Mouthfeel- Smooth, creamy, velvety, soft, medium carbonation. Again, damn near perfect. Very, very light booze heat.

Overall- This is a phenomenal beer. I actually didn't have huge expectations for it, but I want more now. The first Jacks Abbey beer to really wow me.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2014 00:26:12 | More by Seanniek91
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GreesyFizeek

New York

4.64/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

16.9 oz bottle purchased at Oliver's in Albany, NY. 2014 vintage, aged in 4 Roses barrels.

Poured into my Abandon Brewing tulip. Pours very dark for a porter, dark brown, almost opaque, almost black.

Smells like oak, vanilla, coconut, chocolate, and whiskey.

Tastes very much the same, with strong, sweet whiskey flavors. Slight roasty bitterness, and dark chocolate brownies. Relatively straightforward and simple, but utterly delicious.

Medium to full bodied, with low carbonation.

Who knew a lager-only brewery could make something like this? Baltic porters are a great style, and JA's barrel aging here works wonders. A delight to drink.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 01:15:13 | More by GreesyFizeek
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stonermouse

Massachusetts

4.63/5  rDev +5.9%
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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GonzoHomebrewer

Massachusetts

4.61/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Like most it seems, I'm incredibly impressed with this beer. This is my second bottle and I've had it on tap a few times at the brewery, side by side with the regular framinghammer.

A- A viscous dark pour with a thick mocha head that disappears to the rim of the glass. Completely black, looks awesome

S- The only part that doesn't really pop to me, but is still solid nonetheless. A creamy roasted malt nose with a light sweetness. I say light sweetness because its not an overpowering bourbon note.

T- A rush of wonderful bittersweet chocolate and roasted malt goodness; touch of dark roast espresso followed by a rush of oaky vanilla that never allows the malt to become too bitter. Fantastic

M- I can't say enough about this aspect of the beer. Full, luscious without being overbearing.

O- Well, my first 5 given out for any field of the beer, this beer is very close to being perfect. I can't imagine how aging will improve this, so I will probably drink more of my stash sooner rather than later. For $6 per .5L, this beer can't be beat price wise.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2013 20:49:03 | More by GonzoHomebrewer
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williamjbauer

West Virginia

4.61/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2013 16:15:05 | More by williamjbauer
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cosmicevan

New York

4.59/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

gigantic thanks to BobZ for throwing this into a proxy box he helped me out with. truly a gentleman and a scholar. enjoyed from a sam adams snifter.

a - brew pours watery black with a bit of a barrel glisten. thin creamy head that didn't hang around long, leaving spotty lacing on the glass in its wake.

s - nice roast with some wood warmth.

t - really nice chocolate smoothed over by the booze and barrel. just a hint of porter char with some vanilla. rich and lush, but smooth as silk.

m - the number one thing about this beer (and there are a lot of good things about this beer) is the feel. silky and smooth, big and bold...the porter char is there, but just a hint...just enough to remind you that this isn't a stout, but lionel richie put it best...oh what a feeling! dancing on the ceiling!

o - overall, paint me impressed. i'm a big fan of porters and baltic porters, but when you stick them in a barrel it really brings it all together. this one is aged just right and really has such lush flavors. another fine beer from jack's abby. this is a brewery to watch if you aren't already sold.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2013 02:19:05 | More by cosmicevan
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portia99

Massachusetts

4.58/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2013 00:53:49 | More by portia99
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greenmtn1111

Massachusetts

4.58/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 01:59:18 | More by greenmtn1111
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Gatch

Massachusetts

4.58/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle from March 2013.

A: Deep brown and a bubbly light brown head. No lace and no retention. Only dark liquid.

S: Heavy on the booze, dark dried fruits, molasses, roasted malt, some chocolate, and a bit of bourbon and barrel.

T: Massive flavor. You get the barrel, the wood, the booze, the malt. And as described, there's some vanilla as well as dome chocolate. Very little bourbon presence which I kind of like. Allows the true character to come through. If any, its in the finish when the beer is at room temperature.

M: Incredibly smooth with very little carbonation. Fairly dry with lots of earthy flavors. Never cloying.

O: Such a great beer that it makes this review boring. It was hard to describe but such a pleasure to drink. super mellow, huge flavor, great complexity. For the style, it's absolutely incredible.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 01:25:06 | More by Gatch
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Wolfpack2005

North Carolina

4.56/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured 500ml bottle into snifter.

A-Black with no transparent qualities. Pours thick leaving a 1 finger head that leaves minimal lacing.

S-Bourbon and chocolate dominate the nose with hints of roasted malts.

T-Sweet chocolate and roasted malts open up the flavor profile. Then the bourbon, vanilla, and oak creep in as a nice complement to the dark chocolate and malts.

M-Medium body with a nice creamy/smooth mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation.

O-Excellent Baltic Porter, probably in the top 3 best BP that I have had. Flavors are balanced perfectly and the bourbon is present but not overpowering.

Serving type: bottle

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