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Barrel-Aged Framinghammer - Jack's Abby Brewing

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1,196 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,196
Reviews: 139
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.06%
Wants: 299
Gots: 242 | 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:
Beer added by: taez555 on 03-30-2012

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.
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Ratings: 1,196 | Reviews: 139
Photo of Knapp85
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Photo of n2185
4.16/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours black with barely any light tan head that fades into a thin ring with no lacing.

S: Roasted malts with semi-sweet chocolate and creamy coffee followed by vanilla, oak, and a little bourbon. Sweet smelling, overall.

T: Roasted malts here as well with cocoa, bitter chocolate, robust coffee, and a little char. The bourbon is present with a light booziness and a decent amount of oak. There are some more subtle notes of vanilla before a finish with a light alcohol burn.

M: Thick body with carbonation on the lower side of moderate, this beer is a bit more carbonated than many barrel aged stouts/porters, giving it a more robust body rather than creamy.

O: A good beer overall. The nose doesn't have quite the depth that the flavor has, but it's still very enjoyable with a nice mixture of barrel and Baltic porter characteristics.

Photo of angrybabboon
4.16/5  rDev -4.1%
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).

Photo of MissSarah
4.16/5  rDev -4.1%
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

Photo of BigCheese
4.16/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Photo of sourdog
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Vogey77
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Photo of DrJay
4.19/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Again, looks like Framinghammer - very dark with ruby highlights, tan/brown cap with lacing and good head retention. Slight booze and wood on top of the base beer, chocolate and malt for the most part, cocoa and roast. Nice flavour -- sweetness blends with the mild boozy alcohol and bitterness, chocolate and malt sit just underneath, a bit nutty, woody tannins follow through in the finish. Mild astringency, full bodied, moderate carbonation, not as creamy as the other Framinghammers I've had, but still quite smooth. Quite enjoyable and very drinkable for a barrel aged beer. I'd definitely pick this up again.

Photo of Thickfreakness
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of belgbeerdrinker
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of GreenMind
4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rlee1390
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as an extra in a trade, big thanks.

A-Black one finger tan/beige head.

S-Bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, roasted malt and candied sugar.

T-Great balance, bourbon, oak, chocolate, vanilla and candied sugar.

M-Medium bodied, could use some more carbonation though.

O-Had a tad too much candied sugar as the beer warmed, which threw off the balance. Still a great beer.

Photo of womencantsail
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The pour is black in color with minimal head formation. Starts off with some bourbon notes (wood, vanilla, etc.), followed by lots of roasted malt and dark chocolate. A light fruitiness in the background. The palate also features the bourbon nicely along with some notes of coffee, chocolate, and roasted malt. Fairly simple and straight forward, but really nice.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From half liter bottle into a teku.

Pours pitch black and produces a heavy, thick and foamy head. It's about four fingers thick and persistent. The head eventually dissipates into a half finger thick layer above the body and lace runs up the sides of the glass. Some carbonation is visible in the body, but it's extremely opaque and thus hard to see much.

Heavy aromas of oak, whisky and peat hit my nose. I smell more scotch than bourbon, but it still smells delicious. I eventually get some rye spice and notes of vanilla and chocolate, but the more aggressive aspects of the barrel-aging are most on display here. A few more moments of warming and the beers maltiness becomes more apparent. and with it caramel and sweetness.

All of the more potent bourbon traits extend to the tongue, with heavy oak, smokiness, vanilla and spicy rye all dominant. There's still a good element of sweet malt and dark chocolate to this beer, so the bourbon doesn't run away with the beer.

I have to say, this beer is boozy. It's not unpleasant or off-putting, but it is a force to reckon with. It still drinks smoothly, but you will feel a bit of heat crashing the creamy malt party.

In the end, this beer is damn good with a ton of flavors coming alive. It's a pleasure to drink.

Photo of jinan
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kendo
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from the 500 ml bottle into a Piraat tulip/snifter-type glass. On the pour the body looks dark chestnut brown, but in the glass it's black - incredibly midnight black, actually - with a small tannish head.

S: Bourbon and wood dominate; the bourbon was noted on the pour, and sticking your nose in the glass only makes it stronger. There's also some molasses noted on the nose as well.

T: Caramel malt, molasses and brown sugar sweetness is there up front; there's also some chocolate malt and dark chocolate, with a touch of roast or dark chocolate bitterness. Finishes with a modest taste of bourbon that doesn't overwhelm the overall package like you get with some bourbon barrel-aged beers. Heat is felt in belly but not really noted on the palate.

M: Medium-bodied in heft, smooth in feel, as carbonation is modest.

D: This is a solid beer.

Photo of Ivan52
4.24/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of freshcarl
4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CraftFan5
4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of griffey123
4.24/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of tectactoe
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of BubalooBrewMaster
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Ben7773
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Jason
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of fenlop54
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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Barrel-Aged Framinghammer from Jack's Abby Brewing
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