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Barrel-Aged Framinghammer - Jack's Abby Brewing

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Barrel-Aged Framinghammer
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1,021 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,021
Reviews: 130
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 7.82%
Wants: 272
Gots: 220 | FT: 41
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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Photo of AirBob
4.74/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Notes from 7/13/14 - Consumed from a snifter

A: 1/2 inch of dark khaki-colored head which quickly dissipates. Body is the color of flat cola.

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.

M: A little thin on the front but turns syrupy on the back. Slight numbness from the booze.

O : Sweet and sippable. I enjoyed it less as it warmed, but delicious nevertheless.

AirBob, Jul 21, 2014
Photo of threeviews
4.64/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle (no Bottled On or Best By Date, but I know it was bottled in the first quarter of 2014) into an oversized (18oz) balloon/snifter glass.

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)

M- This is where the Lager yeast strain shines and is somewhat hard to describe: the body of the beer has an initial sensation of being rather full-bodied. However, the palate is left feeling extremely 'light' after the sip. This attribute is contributed by none other than the yeast (and Barrel-Aged Blockhead is another to prove this point). Although sweet, it is far from cloying and the coffee-like astringency on the finish is quite intense. However, a beer of this nature should be a bit brash, and Barrel-Aged Framinghammer is happy to oblige. (4.75)

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)

threeviews, Jul 17, 2014
Photo of SteveB24
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

appearance is jet black, completely opaque, on an aggressive pour, pours a half finger of brown head.
Aroma is extremely chocolaty, with some sweet, biscuity malt, molasses, and vanilla in there too.
Taste is a mixture of chocolate, vanilla, coffee, cocoa nut, molasses, and a bite from the alcohol.
Mouthfeel is very thick and very oily, low carbonation, has a touch of dryness to it in the finish.
Overall this is an excellent stout, warming and tasty and complex.

SteveB24, Today at 07:11 AM
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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

Jdotswizz, Today at 02:53 AM
Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.7/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours like midnight. Deep mocha head, sensuous. Full-bodied lacing that drips down the glass.

S: Malted sweetness toffee and roasted chocolate. Spruce greens. Some licorice and dark fruit.

M: Full bodied, smooth, aged alcohol but not fiery. I get medium carbonation.

T: Roasted, semi-charred coffee, possibly from barrelling. Prunes and plums, molasses-toffee. Licorice+balsam fir, very green and light grassy bitterness.

orcrist_cleaver, Yesterday at 03:20 AM
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Barrel-Aged Framinghammer from Jack's Abby Brewing
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