Framinghammer Baltic Porter - Bourbon Barrel Aged - Jack's Abby Brewing
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4.11/5 rDev -5.7%
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.
10-28-2013 15:52:08 | More by UCLABrewN84
District of Columbia
4.56/5 rDev +4.6%
50cl Bottle - March 2013 Date
Pours a dark brown, almost black with a light-brown frothy head. The head is very still, in no hurry to go away.
The smell is not over the top as you get with most BA beers. The bourbon exists, hints of vanilla, but the sweetness is the takeaway. Molasses and chocolate.
On the front, dark roasted malts hit you, but its quickly taken over by the bourbon, finishing with a balanced bitterness and cocoa notes. Surprisingly smooth for 10%.
The mouthfeel is amazing for a BA 10% Baltic Porter. It's dare I say, session-able. Very smooth and a light body.
Overall, this is a homerun and while I found the non-BA version to be enjoyable, this is definitely a case of the barrel improving the original.
05-23-2013 23:10:24 | More by nmann08
3.88/5 rDev -11%
Appearance: Pours black with a two inch mocha cap; nice retention and a few shards of lace are left behind
Smell: Chocolate and Bourbon, with vanilla and black cherry undertones
Taste: Chocolate, brown sugar and Bourbon, up front, with just a hint of black cherry developing in the middle; rather sweet, in the finish
Mouthfeel: Full bodied and creamy, with moderate carbonation
Overall: I was really expecting more from this beer not that I don't like it a lot; I just think it is a bit too sweet and, like the base beer, lacks some of the dark fruit; the Bourbon treatment is nicely understated
Thanks, cp45, for the opportunity
06-02-2014 00:51:56 | More by brentk56
4.2/5 rDev -3.7%
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.
07-26-2012 16:53:12 | More by womencantsail
4.16/5 rDev -4.6%
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.
04-28-2013 00:29:56 | More by Knapp85
4.38/5 rDev +0.5%
Poured from a 500ml bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.
A: The beer is a deep black color, with a thin beige head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.
S: The aroma contains roasted malts, bourbon, coffee, chocolate and a touch of hops.
T: The taste starts out with a hearty roasted malt character that is quickly followed by sweet flavors of bourbon, coffee and chocolate. There’s some smokiness in the background but a lot less than the regular version. The hops presence is also weaker than the regular version but is still complementary enough to provide a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.
M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.
O: Very tasty, goes down dangerously easily, not too filling, strong kick, very good representation of style, typically I don’t get as excited by barrel-aging as most but this one beer where I noticed a huge improvement over the regular version.
04-02-2014 04:47:32 | More by TheManiacalOne
4.34/5 rDev -0.5%
Bottle from Greg. Thanks man! Served in a snifter.
A - Tan foam settles to wisps, a thin collar, and specks of lacing. Dark brown body that approaches black but is definitely more suggestive of porter than stout.
S - Lots of vanilla, oak, cocoa powder, roasted malts, a touch of smoke, mild whiskey, milled grains, a bit of rye bread. Well-hidden alcohol for 10%; quite mellow actually.
T - The taste is heavy on chocolate, marshmallow, some caramel and brown sugar sweetness, hints of char and smoke, and a similarly light touch of whiskey.
M - Medium-bodied, creamy texture - I think there are oats in here, lower carbonation, and a slightly tannic and dry finish. Perhaps a touch of light alcohol warming as the beer approaches room temperature.
D - Nice beer that drinks a lot lighter than the listed 10% - more like a 7-8% beer actually. This is in the middle of the variants for me; between the vanilla and coffee versions in flavor integration and enjoyment.
06-24-2013 22:45:38 | More by MasterSki
4.55/5 rDev +4.4%
OK ok... I finally got around to reviewing this. So many people kept telling me to try this cause I'll want more before it runs out. So yes, I'm finally going to drink it, so back off man!
Pours a darker mocha colored almost 1 finger creamy thicker head that fade semi slowly with nice layered lacing and great legs, the top line of the head starts to melt with the legs, it looks really cool. The beer is pitch black, no light getting through that puppy.
Nose is great, reminds me a bit of Tennessee Tats, barrel right out front, a woody dusty shelf oak, with a bit of vanilla, and some definitive whisky but not necessarily bourbon. Under that is the myriad of malts, dark malts mostly, a light caramel and brown sugar sweetness, some nice cocoa and very dark bitter chocolate, a slight cookie dough thing also comes out and, with the dark chocolate and vanilla barrel, brings a great baking aroma. There also seems to be some creamy oats and very faint fresh roasted coffee. Just a touch of booze in the nose.
Taste is awesome! Candy in a glass, more like bourbon chocolate cookie in a glass! Starting again with barrel, light dusty wood shelf oak, with plenty of vanilla, and again the light whisky almost bourbony quality that is definitely there. The wood brings light wood esters and toasted oak. Then malts galore, plenty of chocolate cocoa, mostly bitter dark chocolate and baker's, as well as some caramel and brown sugar, caramelized brown sugar, and plenty of creamy but chewy oats. All together brings a big time dark chocolate oatmeal cookie kinda flavor and it's awesome. A faint estery booze comes through on the back end, and follows with some slightly earthy spicy hops, a fair bitterness too with mostly from the hops but a bit from dark malts. Sweetness is fair as well, not overly but enough to bring more of the cookie feel, and balance the booze and increasingly bitter hops. The finish is fairly bitter actually, an earthy slightly spicy hop character and slight dark malt roast like bitterness, with more super dark chocolate flavors lingering, a little vanilla barrel, and faint whisky, all lingering for a long time.
Mouth is med to fuller bodied, creamy oats feel, decent carb, just a bit of estery booze.
Overall very nice, a great barrel aged stout that tastes like a dark chocolate oatmeal cookie with whisky infused. Great beer, very well done. Now I see why everyone was really pushing me to drink this, as I think I will add more to the cellar now before it's all gone. Now I REALLY can't wait for the vanilla and coffee versions!
04-05-2013 00:55:28 | More by jlindros
4.48/5 rDev +2.8%
i love jack abby, and its beers like this that make them one of the most unique breweries in the country. taking lager to new heights, this is special, and in some ways i like it better than the vanilla edition. it still has a ton of vanilla to it, just naturally and from the barrel, there really is not much need for additional vanilla. matte black brown in color, thick, but still holding on to a pretty solid off white head, almost grey really. the nose is rich in vanilla notes and dark barley, with earthy mineral density, but very little of the bitterness we normally associate with dark brews like this. the oak from the barrel is there, and the sweetness of the bourbon penetrates the beer a bit too. bakers chocolate and lager yeast are there too, but much more in flavor than smell. vanilla and chocolate up front, but the only real sugar in this appears to be from the bourbon. musty woodiness is picked up on by the lager yeast in the finish, giving this beer a very unique character that is both rich and complex, yet also sort of light and drinkable, certainly for what it is. lots of body through, and a longer finish than i remember on most lagers, but still rather clean for its size. the flavors here are just perfectly proportioned, not too much of anything, still grain first, but peppered in are all kinds of little twists, making this a bottle to be shared and considered carefully. very very well done, i am very keen to try the other incarnations of this now. this has to be the best american made baltic porter out there. if it isnt, enlighten me, but i would be surprised!
03-04-2014 20:21:19 | More by StonedTrippin
4.34/5 rDev -0.5%
From 06/02/13 notes. Got to try this side by side with the BA Coffee and BA Vanilla versions. All 2013 vintage, 0.5L bottles, poured into taster glasses.
a - Pours a deep mahogany brown, almost black color, with one inch of light tan head and moderate carbonation evident. All 3 variations look exactly the same, pretty nice.
s - Smells of milk chocolate, roasted malts, sweet bourbon, caramel malts, oak, and coffee. Very nice nose with a ton of milk chocolate to it. As it warms up it gets much better and much more bourbon. Light peanuts as well.
t - Tastes of milk chocolate, cocoa, roasted malts, bourbon, vanilla lot, oak, coffee, toasted malts, and light earthy notes. Taste has a lot of chocolate and cocoa again; very nice.
m - Medium to full body and low carbonation. Smooth and creamy, with no real heat. Very easy to drink for 10% ABV.
o - Overall I thought this was a great BBA porter; while it is 10% it is not hot at all, and feels like less. The bourbon doesn't dominate the beer, but it is definitely there, especially in the nose as it warms up. More than the other two, this one improves greatly as it warms up, and has a lot more milk and sweet chocolate to it. Overall I have this very close to the coffee version in terms of how much I liked it, giving coffee the slight edge, and with both behind the vanilla version. I don't think you can go wrong with any of the three, and think people's favorite will just depend on whether they like vanilla, coffee, or chocolate the best. Would love to have it again.
06-03-2013 14:21:42 | More by mdfb79
Framinghammer Baltic Porter - Bourbon Barrel Aged from Jack's Abby Brewing
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