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Barrel-Aged Framinghammer - Jack's Abby Brewing

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Barrel-Aged Framinghammer
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961 Ratings

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Ratings: 961
Reviews: 126
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 7.57%
Wants: 263
Gots: 209 | FT: 37
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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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

GrindFatherBob, Jun 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

MacQ32, Jul 30, 2014
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3.99/5  rDev -8.5%

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.

inlimbo77, Apr 25, 2013
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4.13/5  rDev -5.3%

A-dark brown color with a nice tan head and decent lacing

S-dark malt, chocolate, bourbon, oak, little coffee and dark brown sugar

T-chocolate, dark roasted malt, vanilla, bourbon, oak, dark brown sugar

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O-solid BA Baltic Porter, easy drinking in spite of the ABV

MDDMD, May 21, 2014
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4.29/5  rDev -1.6%

Bourbon Barrel Aged Framinghammer pours black into the glass with a moderate, creamy tan head on top. The foam dissolves slowly leaving a coating of lace on the glass.

The rich aroma has notes of oak, vanilla and chocolate. Some ripe fruit and medicinal alcohol is also present.

Each sip of this medium to full bodied beer is smooth and creamy. Feels velvety on the palate. The flavor has a beautiful blend of oak, vanilla, chocolate, ripe fruit (cherry or strawberry?), nuts and toffee. It finishes with alcohol and a little burn. The oak dominates the flavor, but as the beer warms the other taste come through.

This is a very tasty beer with a great mouth feel. The oak and bourbon dominate, but they mellow out with each sip.

WanderingFool, Apr 06, 2013
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4.23/5  rDev -3%

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.

Kendo, Mar 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

dfhhead25, May 23, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

ElGallo, Apr 03, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

mklisz, May 07, 2013
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4.58/5  rDev +5%

500ml bottle ( March 2013 release) poured into an Idle Hands tulip glass.

A – Super dark brown body…about as brown as it can be and still not be black. A finger of dark tan foamy head settles in for a couple of minutes and falls slowly to the surface leaving a thick collar and some foamy lacing on the glass.

S – Tons of roasted malt with layers of chocolate, coffee and some dark fruit. Barrel does a nice job here to complement the base beer with additions of creamy and sweet vanilla and some light booziness. Smells super smooth.

T – Lots of dark chocolate up front, cocoa powder, coffee. Well placed and appropriately intense barrel contribution. Plenty of warmth and alcohol tingle on the lips and back of the throat. Noticeable bourbony alcohol in the flavor as well. Smooth vanilla, some dark fruitiness and some woodiness as well. Very well balanced – transitioning from sweet and chocolately up front to a roasty, bitter hoppy finish with a healthy dose of bourbon all the way.

M – Very full bodied with a lighter carbonation level. Well integrated bourbon barrel treatment. Plenty of warmth and tingle on each sip, although never overpowering or overdone. Bourbon plays off of the base beer and does not take over the show. Creamy and smooth feeling – a bit slick and oily on the tongue.

O – One of the better BA beers I’ve had in a while. A very solid base beer gets only better with the barrel in this case. Complex and well nuanced – potent but not overpowering bourbon addition…no problem identifying this as a BA beer, but unlike so many, the barrel only complements the base and doesn’t steal the show. Bourbon gives a bit more bite and calms the sweet aspects of the beer while the vanilla’y oak character really smoothes this out and adds to its drinkability.

portia99, Jun 26, 2013
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4.43/5  rDev +1.6%

Reviewed from notes taken last night at Jack's Abby's One year anniversary.

Framinghammer Porter aged 6-weeks in Jim Beam Bourbon Barrels. Supposedly brewed in December and kegged about 3-4 months ago holding on to it for their 1-year anniversary.

Served in a Jack's Abby snifter.

A- Dark black with a slight translucent purplish hue around the edges, a little bit oily, pretty much no head when served, not too much in terms of lacing.

S- Dark fruits- grapes, plums, etc. balanced with dark chocolate, roasted malts, and some bourbon + oak in the background. Definitely more dark fruit then I was expecting.

T- Dark chocolate, roasted malts, dark fruits- grapes, plums, a tiny bit of cherries (again definitely more then I was expecting- not a bad thing though), some light bourbon + oak. Complex yet everything was very well balanced.

M- Very smooth, a little bit of heat but not bad at all for 10% abv, goes down easily, not much carbonation, well-balanced.

O- This was a very good BA porter, however I'm not sure if it exactly lives up the hype it has been receiving. It was definitely very flavorful, complex, smooth, and well balanced. It definitely can stand up to other top-notch BA porters and is surprisingly good for a brewery that just celebrated their 1-year anniversary. I would definitely like to revisit this beer in December when they start bottling it. The beer definitely showed some nice well-balanced bourbon characteristics however it might have lost some of it's presence sitting in a keg for a few months, I'd be interested to try it fresh.

jaasen64, Jul 23, 2012
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4.2/5  rDev -3.7%

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.

n2185, May 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

ajzy, Jul 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

CoolEthan, Nov 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photekut, May 25, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

doremite, Jun 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

I_BYE_MI_BEER, Jun 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

PatGreer, Mar 31, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Damian74Shensky, Feb 11, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

jplopez21, Aug 05, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

trevorpost, Apr 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

nh2032, Mar 16, 2014
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DerekMorgan, Jun 23, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

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Barrel-Aged Framinghammer from Jack's Abby Brewing
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