Barrel-Aged Framinghammer - Jack's Abby Brewing

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pDev: 7.62%
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.09/5  rDev -5.5%
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. (676 characters)

Photo of nmann08
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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. (732 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.89/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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 (635 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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! (1,599 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
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. (552 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (363 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (972 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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! (2,569 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.55/5  rDev -18%
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 (4,962 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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. (970 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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. (1,534 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.94/5  rDev -9%
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. (695 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served alongside the bourbon barrel aged with vanilla beans version. The beer is nearly black with an inch of mocha colored head. Nice aroma, featuring bourbon, oak, chocolate. Very tasty and quite smooth on the palate. Very tasty, though not as wonderful as the version with vanilla beans. Fairly low carbonation with alcohol content well hidden. A delightful beer to sip. (373 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.01/5  rDev -7.4%
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. (479 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.88/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours an expected black... thin dark tan head leaves virtually no lacing atop a viscous brew... I do love my new CCB Teku.

Nose is clean dark malt, turbinado sugar, plenty of bourbon spiked by vanilla and oak.. something that reminds me of tawny port and dark cherry essence.... Pretty damn rich aromas.. weird oak smoke with warmth

Flavor marries all the aromas but doesn't quite deliver... seems a little flimsy.. definite rich brown malt with plenty of barrel presence.. Dark malt plays well, but is a 2nd fiddle with the bourbon barrels..

Body is pretty full.. light carbonation doesn't distract.. smooth.

Syndicate hooked this one up.. Thanks Darrel... I appreciate it my friend.

4/4/3.75/3.75/4 (705 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
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. (556 characters)

Photo of DrJay
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
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. (615 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 4.29.13

A - Pours a dark brown-black with a one and a half inch light brown foamy-bubbly head, fades slowly.

S - Strong coffee, chocolate, roasted malt and pleasant vanilla.

T - Vanilla, then coffee, chocolate. Finishes with a roasted malts and a touch of bourbon.

D - Good carbonation and a medium to light body.

O - Vanilla, chocolate and coffee with some roasted malt-perfection! This may be the best Lager I have ever had. Now if I can only get ahold of the Vanilla and Coffee versions. (513 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the 25 fl. oz. bottle. No date of bottling or expiration. Sampled on December 23, 2013.

It pours near black with a tan head that generally sticks around but eventually fades to a ruing. Very opaque.

Loads of toasted roasted malts on the nose a burnt characteristic that is otherwise not so evident unless you look for it. Some smoke.

Medium to full body.

The taste really becomes a Porter that I expect it to become. Dark burnt malt character on the taste with a light to modest bitterness at the finish. It is interesting to say the least. (549 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a few of these at Julio's. The bottles of this beer were actually aged in High West barrels.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a deep, dark brown nearly black hue with a nice one finger dark mocha head that fades to leave a thin, thin blanket and light lacing.. Good puffy halo too.

S - Guess on tap it translates more "oomph" but yeah. So there is nice chocolate notes along with solid Jim Beam notes. Some coffee in the background along with faint hints of vanilla. As it warms from the cellar the aromas pop more. Initial reaction though is its not earth shattering like some others have made it out to be.

T - MMmmmm...that's more like it. Dark chocolate erupts on the pallet with nice roasted malts. There is a spattering of dark fruits tucked away under the initial chocolate....not quite cherry or plum, just generic dark fruit flavour. That is smashed down even more by the bourbon that while not overpowering definitely makes its presence known. That bourbon lends the nice coconut notes that come from bourbon barrel aging. Some light vanilla too towards the end. The finish starts off chocolatey but ends with well, a mouthful of good, rich High West bourbon.

M - Mouthfeel is quite nice for the style. I'd like a hair thicker/chewier, however, considering this is a lager..uhhhh yeah. So its relatively silky smooth with a small prickly of carbonation. Initially one thinks this is slammable. Nope. That bourbon and 10% hits one like a 2x4 if its drank too fast. Yeah, goes down crazy easy.

O - Overall, this is a damn good bourbon aged porter. Glad I have a few more as this is crazy drinkable. Yeah, need to buy more. (1,644 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A-Pours very close to black. Slight light penetration. Nice, thin head. Softer lacing. Looks bold.

S-Sturdy bourbon notes. A lick of leather and burnt chocolate. Dare I say a hint of my beloved coconut!? Smells great.

T-The flavor is amazing. The bourbon comes in bright, warming waves and crescendos. Definitely some coconut husk. Milky chocolate. Bitter roasted coffee grounds. Excellent.

M-Booze hidden too well. Ultra creamy with massaging bubbles.

O/D-Another stunner by Jack's Abby. One of the better brews I have had recently. One of their top beers easily. Epic and for under $5 dollars. I need more, many more. (623 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2014 vintage served in my DFH Signature glass. Pours the color and clarity of cola with a frothy, quarter-inch, khaki-colored head. Head eventually dissipates into an oily swirl. Some lacing is present but exhibits poor retention. Nose expresses dark fruits, ethanol, vanilla and a suggestion of the barrel. Taste is amazing! Rich cocoa, vanilla and buttery elements nicely co-mingle with the dark fruit and wood revealed in the nose. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a mild, even carbonation and a texture that falls just shy of creamy. This beer is nothing short of spectacular and is only surpassed by the draft offering. Jack's Abby is killing it with pretty much everything they put out. Prosit! (706 characters)

Photo of williamjbauer
4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
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. (539 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
4/5  rDev -7.6%
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. (253 characters)

Photo of Brenden
4.26/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This one is pretty heavy-looking, just about black with a tan head somewhere between one and two fingers in height. It displays good retention, remaining creamy, thick and dense while depositing a mix of spotty and patchy lacing on the glass.
The bourbon definitely shows, with vanilla, wood and some dark fruits underneath a heavy, rich and chocolaty overtone with maybe just a touch of roast. It gives a little more of a baker's chocolate in the taste but ups vanilla and brown sugar sweetness while adding a touch of sting in the heat. Roast does build, and there's a hint of leafy hoppiness, but the thick and heavy sweetness is what is most heavily showcased.
The body is thick and full, as expected, rich and smooth. The alcohol doesn't thin it but adds a nice heat in the feel that may accentuate the smoothness. Carbonation is moderate, just enough to keep it moving well.
While this is an excellent beer, it's a bit better if the sweetness doesn't border oppressive. There's excellent use of the barrel and some good complexity, though, and that is not to say it isn't fantastic. (1,096 characters)

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Barrel-Aged Framinghammer from Jack's Abby Brewing
95 out of 100 based on 145 ratings.