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Framinghammer Baltic Porter - Bourbon Barrel Aged - Jack's Abby Brewing

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Ratings: 873
Reviews: 126
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 7.8%
Wants: 248
Gots: 205 | 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:
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%

02-26-2014 11:26:51 | More by Gotti311
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New York

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

06-16-2013 02:34:51 | More by IndyDad
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4.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle from March 2013.

A: Deep brown and a bubbly light brown head. No lace and no retention. Only dark liquid.

S: Heavy on the booze, dark dried fruits, molasses, roasted malt, some chocolate, and a bit of bourbon and barrel.

T: Massive flavor. You get the barrel, the wood, the booze, the malt. And as described, there's some vanilla as well as dome chocolate. Very little bourbon presence which I kind of like. Allows the true character to come through. If any, its in the finish when the beer is at room temperature.

M: Incredibly smooth with very little carbonation. Fairly dry with lots of earthy flavors. Never cloying.

O: Such a great beer that it makes this review boring. It was hard to describe but such a pleasure to drink. super mellow, huge flavor, great complexity. For the style, it's absolutely incredible.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 01:25:06 | More by Gatch
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West Virginia

4.29/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage aged in Willet barrels, poured into a snifter

A- pours dark brown, nearly black with a small fizzy light-tan head that reduces quickly, leaving nothing behind

S- lots of bourbon on the nose with big notes of vanilla, chocolate & caramel, charred oak, licorice. Pretty bourbon forward overall with chocolate mixed in

T- roasted chocolaty malt base mixes with big vanilla flavors and toasted oak, molasses, & caramel malt. Big bourbon hit near the finish with more chocolate

M- medium-viscous body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy, slightly chewy mouthfeel and a warming finish

O- really liked the bourbon/vanilla notes, drinks pretty easy for 10%, I enjoyed this much more than the coffee version

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 03:46:41 | More by Treyliff
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New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

04-07-2013 22:39:37 | More by ChrisL24481
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

06-21-2014 21:37:26 | More by ucsbmullet
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

06-24-2014 18:50:03 | More by kbuzz
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

04-11-2013 19:03:20 | More by Archemedies
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

08-05-2013 00:46:13 | More by jplopez21
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New York

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

06-19-2013 01:09:31 | More by scotv
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

03-05-2014 16:02:08 | More by Bartos
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

03-08-2014 14:02:32 | More by brother_kenneth
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New Hampshire

4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 500 mL bottle chilled and poured into my Cigar City snifter glass. Purchased the other day for the very reasonable price of $5.50.

Appearance: Dark brown to black in color. Pours a light, one finger dark beige head that recedes into a nice lacing.

Aroma: Dark chocolate, molasses and bourbon upfront. The booze tones are not too strong. Really nice bourbon soaked dark fruit character. The roasted character of the dark chocolate and espresso notes really keeps this from being overly sweet.

Taste: Unsweetened cocoa powder, roasted coffee beans and caramel notes upfront. Soem light oak, bourbon and dark fruit notes. Really nice balance of sweet and roasted. The alcohol is incredibly well balanced too. Really nice well integrated barrel presence that is not overwhelming.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with plenty of carbonation. Creamy, but not as heavy as a barrel aged stout.

Overall, a really great barrel aged porter for an incredible price. The barrel presence is really well integrated and doesn't overpower the base beer at all. Really nice balance of dark chocolate roast and sweet caramel and dark fruit character. Definitely a great addition to Jack's Abby regular lineup.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2013 01:51:13 | More by Gosox8787
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

06-25-2013 04:42:00 | More by Zuidman
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

01-28-2014 06:04:15 | More by ArchEnemyBrew
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -14%

07-07-2013 02:39:00 | More by POTABLE83
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

03-30-2014 19:19:29 | More by wtkphoto
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

07-04-2013 01:31:10 | More by jayhunter357
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

04-25-2014 03:45:33 | More by Wowcoolman
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New York

4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

500ml bottle into a red wine glass.

Appearance: Free pour yields a 1.5 inch tan head that sticks around. Decent strings of tan lacing for such a high ABV beer. Pours solid black.

Smell: Nutty roasted malt. Underwhelming, promising little at first. Some cola-like effervescence and character.

No booziness and almost no barrel. With time some fruit and vanilla come out, with some Twix / coffee liqueur to it. Nice, but still a bit weak.

Taste: From the first sip it's apparent that this beer is the real deal, overdelivering in flavor despite underpromising in aroma. The rounded, creamy body asserts itself right away, delivering espresso and husky roasted malt compressed into an oaky, caramely package. Tastes like a beer that was in oak barrels just long enough.

Further in the flavor revs up with a decent complexity without the base beer being overwhelmed by oak or bourbon. There's some great (oak) vanilla tinged cocoa and just a bit of subtle dark fruit (I'm being purposefully general, as it's just a vague highlight). Powerfully high IBU cuts the sweet flavors, keeping the overall experience far from dessert (noticeable alcohol heat does this too).

The base beer shines through as a recognizably high end porter (not as good as Everett, probably not quite as good as Founder's, better than Anchor and other greats). The barrel aging mostly elevates the mouthfeel (substantially) and adds vanilla and caramel highlights along with smoothing out the base flavors.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, somewhat silky and somewhat slick. High side of moderate carbonation. Great dry finish, augmented by the high IBUs.

Overall: This beer is a fantastic mix of rough and delicate; smooth desserty flavors along with hearty roasted malt, abrasive (but enjoyable) bitterness, etc. Not the deepest BA beer in the world, but really well balanced and enjoyable. Plus, I remain a sucker for any beer with a world class mouthfeel.

A great beer, just under world class overall I'd say. Not the best thing I've had from Jack's Abby, but something I would happily drink again.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2013 03:47:01 | More by Pahn
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4.44/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Huge thanks to BobZ for hooking me up with a bottle... his generosity will never cease to amaze me. 2013 vintage:

The darkest brown body, not too thick with a nice creamy cap of khaki carb... great lacing and legging.

Dense layers of fudge and brownie with sweet bourbon and minimal heat. There some vanilla and caramel in the background... molasses or licorice... a slight suggestion of red fruit. Very welcoming in this respect.

Bitter chocolate, vanilla oak, sort of a raw unforgiving mouthfeel that really fits the bill. Chocolate, bourbon and candied sugar linger... each sip seems to last a minute.

This is tremendous stuff. Thank you Bob!!

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2013 04:29:35 | More by yamar68
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

04-07-2014 04:44:27 | More by gueuzegossage
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New York

4.49/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz bottle poured into a snifter. 2014 release.

A: Pours a clear slightly reddish brown with a khaki tan head. Appearing black in the glass there isn't much else discernible about this beer. Leaves some spots of lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Bourbon qualities show right off the bat blending with a chocolaty roasty malt mix. Dark fruity characteristics show more as it warms up.

T: Now here is a finely tuned, well crafted porter aged fantastically in bourbon barrels. Loads of roastiness, chocolate and dark fruits with an assertive vanilla, oak bourbon flavor.

M: Smooth and creamy full bodied mouthfeel. Alcohol doesnt overpower the palate. Finish is fairly clean not getting too sticky from either malts or bourbon.

Overall I'm floored, this pushes the boundaries of porter and the bourbon barrel is very nicely done. Pick this one up if you see it.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 01:43:41 | More by CloudStrife
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

05-14-2013 00:48:02 | More by TheRuss9585
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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

03-09-2014 20:45:20 | More by Chingringo
Framinghammer Baltic Porter - Bourbon Barrel Aged from Jack's Abby Brewing
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