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

Framinghammer Baltic Porter - Bourbon Barrel AgedFraminghammer Baltic Porter - Bourbon Barrel Aged

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677 Ratings
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Ratings: 677
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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Damian

Massachusetts

2.88/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Drank from a 1 pint .9 fl. oz./.5 liters bottle
Served in a snifter
Thanks to my friend wdarcy77 for this bottle.

Inky jet black appearance. Slightly thin for the style. The liquid was capped by a tight, creamy, one-finger tall crop of caramel colored foam. The head quickly fell to a film of bubbles. Patchy streaks of lacing cascaded down the glass.

The nose was quite subtle. Roasted malts were most noticeable. Hints of vanilla. Touch of brown sugar sweetness. Crisp and smooth lager yeast notes. Not bad overall, but rather unremarkable. A bit of booziness came forth as the beer warmed. Distinct bourbon notes become noticeably stronger with time. The nose also turned a bit smoother and sweeter.

The flavor profile was rather astringent. Charred malts dominated. Notes of espresso. Slight malt and brown sugar-like sweetness. Touch of vanilla. Lots of harsh, generic booziness. Quite roasty, hoppy and bitter on the back end and the finish. Acrid, ashy notes and oily hop resins lingered on my palate long after each sip. Like the nose, the flavor profile smoothed out a bit as the beer warmed.

The mouthfeel was thinner bodied for the style with a moderate, larger bubbled carbonation. Disappointing for a beer of this magnitude.

I am usually impressed by Jack's Abby's beers, but this one was a big disappointment. The beer was thin in both flavor and texture and seemed quite rough around the edges. Perhaps some age would help round this out.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2013 01:59:33 | More by Damian
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

3.36/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pretty much black. Dark browns at edges when held to direct light. Starts with a creamy khaki head that drops to a small cap and collar. Some sheets and splotches of lacing. Minimal carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Sweet roasted malt and a healthy dose of bourbon. Vanilla, caramel, and alcohol. Some dark cocoa and milk chocolate. Milky chocolate with a clean yeast profile. Some caramel malt. Bourbon blends well with the base porter.

Taste: Oh hey bourbon. Silky smooth caramel and toffee with a creamy vanilla for days. Slightly roasted malt with a healthy infusion of chocolate malt. Some cocoa and sweet milk chocolate. Solidly infused with bourbon to the point it masks some of the base flavors. Carries the typical clean yeast finish of a Jack's Abby beer. Warming turns it in to cocoa laced bourbon with a mild roast.

Mouthfeel: Smooth bordering on creamy with a medium body. Minimal carbonation. Clean minus the bourbon.

Overall: More like a velvet hammer.

decent but lacks the general JA I want to drink it all the times thing. Damn good for a barrel aged porter though.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2013 00:40:24 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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woosterbill

Connecticut

3.49/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into a Duvel tulip. Thanks Drew!

A: Black with russet highlights and a finger of fine tan head. Good retention and spotty lace. Attractive.

S: Heady and roasty. Dark chocolate, char, light vanilla, and some sharp aromas that remind me of herbal hops. Weird, and not what I ws expecting, but not bad.

T : Anise, oak, char, baker's chocolate, and a profoundly bitter, astringent finish. Disappointing.

M: Lively, creamy medium body. A little on the thin side, but enjoyable.

O: Nowhere near as good as the base. Here's hiping the Coffee and Vanilla variants are better.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2014 01:01:23 | More by woosterbill
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kojevergas

Texas

3.55/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

March 2013 vintage. .5 litre brown glass bottle with standard silver unbranded pressure cap acquired in a trade with the gracious ICCULIS (thanks again!) and served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. 10% ABV confirmed. Self-identifies as a baltic porter; I'm reviewing it as such. Expectations are high given the recommendation of a friend (Duff27) and the brewery's mounting reputation for quality - though I've yet to have a Jack's Abby beer that really blows me away.

Served cold, straight from the fridge, and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger head of nice tan colour. Not the richest or darkest tan colour I've seen, but quite lovely. Nicely creamy. Good thickness. Decent (~2 minute) retention for the high ABV. No bubble show. Light even lacing as the head slowly recedes. Overall, quite a good head for the style.

Body colour is a dark solid black - not quite a jet black, but dark. Opaque (both nontransparent and non-translucent). No yeast particles are visible.

It's a predictable appearance for the style, but within conventions it's rather attractive.

Sm: I get a pleasant subtle roasted barley character hidden beneath dark malts - the most prominent of which is chocolate malt. Definite bourbon barrel notes - including wonderfully well integrated vanilla, which is itself very natural feeling and not at all too sweet. Also some light oak; I'd prefer it come on a bit stronger because it's rather timid here. Bourbon character is delightful overall and seems seamlessly integrated with the base beer; there's a deliberate intentionality to the use of barrel aging here - a feature so often missing from so many recent attempts at barrel aged dark beers. Oats are noticeable.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. The woody oaky barrel notes are too restrained, lacking evocative character. I imagine this didn't spend an extended period of time in bourbon barrels - no more than 9-12 months I'd guess.

Scanning the reviews of others, I notice many are detecting spicy or more whiskey-centric barrel notes. To me, knowing nothing about it beforehand, it screamed bourbon. I look for these spicy/whiskey notes and do not find them; the vanilla alone makes it identifiably bourbon-y to me.

A moderate strength aroma of superb execution. Really looking forward to tasting it.

T: Lovely vanilla sweetness on the open, which lingers throughout. Definitely more sweet than the aroma made it seem - and to its detriment. Moving past the open into the body, I'm getting a balanced dark malt foundation with prominent chocolate malt notes. Maybe even some actual milk chocolate as well. Bourbon-y touches throughout the second act, but oak is sorely missed here. I'd like more from the roast as well; it's way too buried. The balance would really benefit from the added complexity and dimension of the roasted barley. Vanilla reemerges on the climax and carries through the finish. Aftertaste features a pleasant - if a bit too sweet - blend of vanilla and chocolate notes.

No yeast character or alcohol comes through - quite a feat for the ABV. Any hop character is unnoticeable.

Light, light touches of caramel in the second act. Oats lend it a bit more body (and certainly aid the smoothness of the mouthfeel) but offer little in terms of flavour.

The label notes that it was brewed with brown sugar. I get none of that from the flavour profile whatsoever.

Overall, it's a nicely complex baltic porter with some nice subtle touches and good balance. I'm a big fan.

Mf: Silky smooth and wet. Great thickness - enough to support the flavours but not so much as to be overbearing or limit drinkability. Good carbonation. Soft and pleasant on the palate. I'd venture to call it somewhat teasing. The silky character works here, but over time (i.e. the more I drink) the more the smoothness starts to be a bit too much. Good body. Not at all hot or gushing. Quite easy and relatively light on the palate - especially for the style. Good presence. Complements the flavour profile quite well.

Dr: Extraordinarily drinkable for the high ABV - which is itself largely unnoticeable. I could happily drink more than one of these alone in the same night. I'd love to try it on-draught, but I'm not convinced it'd age well. The main flaws are overdone sweetness and overdone smoothness, but they're largely minor. Its lack of roasted barley is a symptom of a greater issue - that of a missed opportunity for impressive complexity. Still, it's an obscenely enjoyable baltic porter that shouldn't be missed by any fan of the style. I was waiting to be impressed by Jack's Abby but I wait no more. This is the real deal. Love the marriage of the barrel notes with the base beer, but please tone down the sweetness. I'd like it more robust.

Low B

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2013 04:12:06 | More by kojevergas
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Jeffo

Netherlands

3.58/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Happy to give this one a try. Thanks to Masterski for the bottle.

From a 50cl bottle into a snifter
March 2013
OG: 23.5 Plato
IBU: 55

APPEARANCE: A clear brown pour yields a one finger, medium looking, tan head with very good retention. Transparent black body with no carbonation evident. Head fades to a thin wisp and frothy ring. A ring remains until the end but leaves no lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Roasted notes, dark chocolate, bourbon and oak on the nose. Light caramel and vanilla in there as well. Pretty nice.

TASTE: Roasted and caramel flavors up front with a bigger and barrel heavy finish. Bourbon, oak, vanilla and alcohol linger beside some nice bitter dark chocolate and coffee acting as balance to the strong and influential bourbon barrel. Pretty flavorful after the swallow but a little lacking up front.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly sticky. A touch light perhaps, though plenty creamy. A bit of heat lingers on the palate.

OVERALL: This is pretty solid. It's a little barrel heavy maybe, but that's is excusable, and it lacks a touch up front, but besides that, this is a solid barrel aged strong porter. Something worth checking out if you get the chance. Thanks again Masterski. Enjoyed this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2014 20:09:55 | More by Jeffo
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Jacobob10

New Jersey

3.76/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Black in color with a small tan head. The head dissipates almost immediately and cannot be revived, even with a swirl of the glass. The beer sticks to the side of the glass, a common feature I've noticed in many bourbon barrel aged beers. Great aroma, dominated by bourbon, with notes of vanilla, dark chocolate, and brown sugar. The taste follows suit. Full-bodied, yet surprisingly drinkable despite how boozy it is. The bourbon is up front and on your face, which is ok with me but should be noted regardless. I did get tired of this beer towards the end. Very smooth but really hurts from the lack of carbonation. Add those fizzy bubbles in and this is a winner. Without them, it's still tasty, but just falls a little flat.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2014 00:38:28 | More by Jacobob10
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gueuzedreg

Colorado

3.78/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- Dark brown hazelnut in color, transparent on edges. No head to speak of. Silent

S- Malt base, oak and some sour smell (had the word and lost it)

T- Ya, a baltic porter that has a bit of bourbon barrel aged characteristic to it. Malt, barrel and vanilla at the end for me.

M- Pretty standard as far as thin or thick; again I can't think of words right now. Feels like it has been sitting out for 5 days in the fridge with the lack of carb. That doesn't really bother me though.

O- I well done BA Baltic. I like that I got to taste a well done version of this

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2014 00:45:27 | More by gueuzedreg
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wisrarebeer

Wisconsin

3.85/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

$6.79 for a 16 oz bottle from Blanchard's in Boston. Thanks Maddog for the purchase!!

A: opaque, black, great dense creamy head that dissipated
S: rich, cocoa, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, wet leather, medium nose
T: very rich and full, deep roasted malt, great bourbon balance, only criticism was that it was way too hot
M: good malt and bourbon up front, very hot finish

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2013 03:26:20 | More by wisrarebeer
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

3.89/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Inky black pour. Tan head moves from one finger to nothing in a short time, but that's to be expected in a bigger barrel aged beer like this. Lacing is sparse and spotty.

S: Brown sugar, brown molasses, caramel, chocolate chews, cocoa powder, bakers chocolate. Dried fig and dried apple. Slight prick of alcohol. Undercurrent of wood speaks up more as the beer warms. A bit nutty. Subtle bourbon.

T: Dried fig and apple. A touch leathery. Fudge, black cocoa powder, chocolate truffles. Brown sugar and molasses. Spike of alcohol and peppery bourbon flexes just enough muscle. Charred wood. Drying finish really pulls back and leaves a heated bourbon impression lingering on the palate.

M: Heftier medium body. Rich, silky, a bit slick. Very creamy. Very little carbonation. warming. A luxurious mouthfeel.

O: This is a bourbon drinker's beer through and through. It may come off a bit strongly to those who don't normally partake. Not the most complex beer of its kind, but there's a lot to like about it.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2013 04:46:51 | More by ryan1788a5
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brydeen

Minnesota

3.89/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a snifter

A: Pours a very dark, creamy looking brown. Almost black, with a 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch mocha colored head, that dissipates quickly, aside from a thin frothy layer, reminiscent of hot cocoa.

S: Deep roasty aroma. Dark chocolate, coffee, toffee, caramel, with the very slightest hint of bourbon. This aroma is incredibly inviting.

T: Bourbon flavor right off the bat. Alcohol taste is surprisingly strong. The sweetness of the bourbon diminishes the roasty quality in the nose. A little hop bitterness in the background too.

M: Velvety smooth texture. Extremely rich and creamy, with very little carbonation detectable. Full-bodied and boozier than I expected.

O: This beer is half way to an amazing brew. It drinks almost like a BA stout, but the booze taste is just a little too dominant. The aroma is intoxicating, but it comes up short in the flavor as its so bourbon forward. Good, but just not great.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2013 01:03:25 | More by brydeen
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks SteveOldrati for the hookup. 500ml bottle poured into a tulip, the bree appears dark brown in color with a rich mocha head. Some lighter brown clarity and ruby hinted hues are seen when held to the light.

The aroma is strikingly nutty like peanuts. Was not expecting that...before the onset of charred grain, roast, earth and chocolate with some raw woodiness.

The taste includes coconut and vanilla before turning to some whiskey soaked woody aspect. More sips reveal caramel and boozy bourbon with slight citrus and earthiness.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Quite boozy but enjoyable too. Where did that nuttiness come from? Strange but enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2014 19:08:38 | More by stakem
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inlimbo77

Delaware

3.99/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16oz, March 2013
Kate the Great snifter

A: Pours a deep dark brown black color. Full finger of tight bubbled tan head. Lingers on top for a while. Nicely carbonated.

S: I don't see it in others reviews, but I am getting what might be the opening stages of infection here unless I'm crazy. Definitely smelled of slight butterscotch. Diacdyl maybe? It doesn't ruin the beer though, as it seems like it's coming on now. Still get nice Chocolate. Roasted malts. Slight coffee. Vanilla from the oak.

T: Bitterness on tip of the tongue. The butterscotch seems to take hold for just a bit. Then I do get nice dark chocolate and roasted malt character. Wish it was vanilla and bourbon and not the slight welcoming of infection. Really solid beer other than that and I marked it up for that.

M: Full bodied. Creamy. Nice mouthfeel here.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2013 15:33:49 | More by inlimbo77
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is oily black with a dark tan head. The nose is big and rich with a roasty with light charred wood, rich dark chocolate and cake batter. Taste is strong caramel, rich chocolate cake and light charred barrel. Dry finish, creamy body and soft palate.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2013 13:07:11 | More by cpetrone84
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle purchased as a single from Adams Hometown Market, Monson, MA.

Poured into a DFH snifter, formed a 1/4" dark brown head over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head that is present quicly skims and recedes to the rim, with leggy lacing. Aroma is roasty dark grains with ample alcohol.

Taste is sweet darkness to start, lactic and dark fruits in the middle, a peek of coconut, and then smooths out with some alcohol warmth to the close. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth, and drinkability is easy. Nice nuances here, but liked the base brew better.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 03:17:56 | More by ppoitras
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Alieniloquium

Florida

4.04/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black, not inky. Small khaki head. Thin collar.

Smell - Not a lot of barrel. Some though. Vanilla and oak. Secondary bourbon. Chocolate.

Taste - Better. More bourbon, vanilla, and oak. Slightly fruity finish. Chocolate and some nuttiness and oak.

Mouthfeel - Nice chewiness. More than I expected. A touch of booze.

Overall - Pleasantly surprised by this. Not the best barrel, but it seems like a really good beer behind it.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2013 02:26:34 | More by Alieniloquium
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maximum12

Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks again to mjg0725 (been doing that a lot lately) for this bottle among many others. Slender 500ML bottle poured into a big ol' snifter.

The beer is tame with little carbonation, only a hard pour the last few ounces brings any rise off the surface, quickly subsiding. Very dark brown with zero light penetration (hehehe...I typed 'penetration'). Nose is similarly quiet with a dose of vanilla, light roast. Avid sniffing doesn't reveal much more.

Framinghammer - Bourbon Barrel Aged is a pondering beer. I feel like striking the Thinker pose after each sip: is this sublime or merely pretty good? Let us dissect the beer & chronicle its strengths & weaknesses, shall we? First, the barrel isn't the protagonist, but part of the supporting cast, lending more vanilla & back-o-the-throat heat than actual bourbon flavor, which is present but mild. Plucky roast & a pellet of chest-warming alcohol in the middle, along with lesser notes of chocolate. Finish is slightly numbing bourbon, strong tannins, sweet brown sugar. Really opens up as it warms, & it takes a good twenty plus minutes. Just like the Coffee, this is dangerously drinkable; I'd like a crazy straw, please. Large bore.

Verdict: gotta go with this being an excellent beer. Not sure if its the artistry or the lager yeast or what, but these Jack's Abby beers are lapping drinkable. Not a bad defining characteristic to have if you're a brewery. Looking forward to the other two Jacks' beers in the fridge!

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2014 02:14:24 | More by maximum12
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pmarlowe

District of Columbia

4.09/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2013 vintage. RR Tion glass.

A: An aggressive pour yields a Coca Cola-brown color with a half inch of light sand-colored, creamy, dense head. The head recedes slowly to a collar of large bubbles. A few streaks of lacing and above average retention.

S: Holy bourbon, batman! Lots of sweetish bourbon front and center, along with substantial hazelnut, some boozy vanilla extract, and a bit of dark chocolate, roast, and black cherry/black fruit. Aroma is well integrated, and gets better approaching room temp.

T: Lots of round bourbon, straight up. Tastes like bourbon was poured directly into a porter. Finishes with dark roast coffee and some oak. Slight taste of booze.

M: Silky smooth, medium body and medium-light carbonation.

O: Fundamentally, this tastes like bourbon was poured into a porter. The aroma is nice, but the taste is a bit one dimensional. This feels pretty light bodied and drinkable given the ~10% ABV, so that’s a plus.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2014 03:20:29 | More by pmarlowe
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.11/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle pour at Woodshop 8 held at The Hermosillo in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a clear brown with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, wood, and slight bourbon aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and bourbon flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a great bourbon barrel aged presence that is slightly better in the taste.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 15:52:08 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Chico1985

Massachusetts

4.14/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bought this ...maybe a month ago? at Julio's. Got another agin' as well. March 2013 bottling. Some good hype for this beer, can Jack's Abby pull off bourbon barrel porters as well as they do hoppy lagers???

Poured this sucka into an imperial pint glass. Pretty much black with the slightest of highlights at the bottom.A big beige head puffs up and comes down to a nice swirly cap
with some lace left.

Smell brings some heavy cocoa and roast notes, with bourbon and oak being somewhat laid back but definitely noticeable, comes off a little boozy.

Taste is well-rounded, nothing really coming off too strong here. Dark chocolate, roast, caramel and vanilla stick out with a good amount of bourbon, oak, and hoppy barrel spice. Just a little dark fruit. Definitely improves upon the scent, more going on and less booze.

Mouthfeel is smooth with low carbonation, not very hefty; but this is still a porter after all so it works. Some heat but this is pretty easy drinking for 10%.

Overall this is quite good, especially for the price, and if you like a good balance between porter/stout flavors and bourbon barrels you are sure to enjoy this. It is a little on the simple side, I think I was expecting a bit more, but not too much to complain about.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2013 00:55:41 | More by Chico1985
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MissSarah

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours an opaque taupe with a creamy-buttermilk head

Smell: Bourbon soaked raisins and roasty dark cocoa

Taste: Sticky-oaky-boozy dark chocolate, coffee, and vanilla beans

Mouth Feel: Like velvet

Overall: Made for winter night caps, chocolate cake binges, and late night campfires

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2014 00:27:17 | More by MissSarah
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BigCheese

Massachusetts

4.16/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle from the brewery, about 3 weeks past bottling date.

A: Dark Coca cola color, looks filtered though, dark mohogany sudsy head about 3 fingers thick, head reduced quickly.

S: Deep roasted malts. Coffee and Coco. Black Strap Rum. Some Rasins and Dark Fruit. Pungent.

T: Real Dark Malts, vanilla, molasses, rum, bourbon, oak, and espresso. Some floral/herbal hops help balance out the huge malt character and high FG. A subtle smoke/peat flavor too. Also some fig/rasin/dark fruit flavors.

M: Low Carbonation, more syrupy than creamy. Very thick and viscous, though soft on the palate. ABV Character is definitely present as this is 10% and quite fresh.

O: Great Cold weather brew, very strong dark flavors and would pair excellent post meal or with dessert. A bit overwhelming in flavor so I'd suggest sharing. Can be sipped like a whiskey or congnac. Drinks like an RIS but a bit cleaner due to lager yeast. Wasn't quite as mind blowing as I had hoped, but far from disappointing. Given price I would opt for the non barrel aged version.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2013 13:04:35 | More by BigCheese
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.16/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured out as a nice black color with a thin light brown head on top. The retention is thin, there is also a bit of scattered lacing. The smell of the beer gives off a good amount of barrel aged aromas. There is a subtle wooden vanilla aroma along with some roasted malt and chocolate on the nose. The taste is slightly spicy, it's males sense knowing they used Jim Beam barrels. The vanilla notes and roasted malts wok well together. The mouthfeel is smooth, good carbonation and very drinkable for 10%. Overall it's a great brew, really worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2013 00:29:56 | More by Knapp85
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angrybabboon

Rhode Island

4.18/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Consumed 11/3/13

Note: 2013 bottle

Appearance: Dark, deep brown - some lighter brown with some hints of red around the edges - some clarity around the edges as well - small, small light tan head, fades to a few wips, leaves a few spots of lacing

Smell: Roasty dark malts with a lot of bourbon - nice depth to the malts, with some dark, roasted malts, chocolate malts, and caramel - some milk chocolate, dark chocolate - some marshmallow-like sweetness - lots of vanilla - bourbon is quite prominent, but it's nice - woody aromas and straight-up bourbon blend well with the roasty chocolate aromas

Taste: Jack's Abby can even make bourbon more drinkable (surprise) - lots of chocolate, nice range - milk chocolate to semisweet chocolate, to dark chocolate - an above-average amount of vanilla - nice amount of caramel sweetness - roasty malts, chocolate malts, and some lighter malts - bourbon is pretty big, but it works - nice bourbon flavor, with some wood - potent without dominating the flavor, and the bourbon itself (Old Weller 107?) is nice

Mouthfeel: On the heavy side of medium, creamy, smooth, nicely carbonated, finishes mostly clean except for some bourbon woodiness

Overall: Does the name of this beer even count as a pun?

This is unexpectedly lovely. It comes close to the line of a bourbon bomb (especially as it warms), but it never actually crosses it. It's a nice mix of chocolate and bourbon with a nice pinch of Jack's Abby goodness. I can't say I've had many barrel-aged Baltic Porters, but I can say that this is better than a lot of barrel-aged stouts I had. Or maybe I'm becoming less jaded with bourbon barrel aging in general (which seems unlikely).

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2013 05:28:49 | More by angrybabboon
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Vogey77

Massachusetts

4.19/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle straight from the brewery.

A- Pours very dark with a thin lighter head.

S- Can smell the bourbon. Also chocolate and maybe brown sugar.

T- Notice the bourbon taste at first. There is also a sweetness to the beer. Hints of chocolate are also present.

M- Fairly smooth though the beer was still a little hot

O- My first experience with a barrel aged beer. Jacks Abby continues to impress. Would like to see how the beer changes and look forward to trying the other varients.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 03:55:15 | More by Vogey77
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Thickfreakness

New York

4.19/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A pitch black pour into my Darkness tulip. A thin tan head, no decernable carbonation, but amazing oily legs as you swirl the glass.
Deep dark chocolate meets subtle touches of bourbon, vanilla, black coffee and hints of citrusy hops. This is really nicely done. Not one certain thing overwhelms you, everything is blended together seemlessly.
Dark chocolate and cocoa powder, espresso and sweet bourbon. Hints of vanilla and finishes with a nice little touch of orange/citrus.
A touch thin, barely a hint of carbonation... but an amazing burst of citrus finish. Not as much BBA as I was hoping for, but very nicely balanced.
Really nice! Not as great as it was hyped to be imho, but has a great balance and smooth flavors overall. I'd grab this again for sure. Nothing ground breaking, but very well done indeed.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2014 04:54:48 | More by Thickfreakness
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