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Barrel-Aged Framinghammer - Jack's Abby Brewing

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Ratings: 1,088
Reviews: 130
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 8.05%
Wants: 271
Gots: 238 | FT: 43
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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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

JKV96, Sep 29, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

starrdogg, Aug 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Rado, Apr 25, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

Soneast, Nov 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

monitorpop, Jan 30, 2014
Photo of Vonerichs
4.14/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Black color with an average sandy colored head. The head dissipates quickly, leaving only a ring around the edges.

Chocolate, coffee, light black licorice, and a hefty vanilla/oak bourbon.

It's heavy in the bourbon notes, but still let's the chocolate and coffee pop. Molasses shows as well.

Lower carbonation and a tad thin. Boozy.

I'm a fan of this one. It really hits on the bourbon flavors. The only knock is that it could use more heft in the body.

Vonerichs, May 31, 2014
Photo of taez555
5/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a pitch black body with a small tan off/white head.

Nose is simply ambrosial. Waves of vanilla, oak, coconut, dark malts and bourbon.

Taste is full bodied, but not over the top thick. Immediately hits you with waves of bourbon, dark brown bread, vanilla, chocolate, dark chocolate, chocolate milk, oak, some mild smoke, licorice, figs, raisins, green apples, coconut, alcohol soaked cherries, a nice dark fruit backbone, touches of espresso or coffee. Very milky actually, almost has a Bailey’s Irish Cream sort of flavor to it. Or… like you mix Bailey’s with coffee kind of taste. Actually you know what, it tastes like an Irish Car Bomb. Bailey’s and Guinness or something. It’s crazy. Touches of leather, very faint smoke, loads of vanilla. Sort of tastes like a rum soaked dark chocolate covered cherry. Extremely warming, even after a few sips. You can really taste the 10% ABV in this beer. Hops are present and give it a nice bitterness balance, but the boubon aging really takes a front seat here. The aging actually takes some of the edge of too. I had a growler back the week they first released it in January 2012, and it’s really mellowed nicely. The bourbon aging, like I’ve mentioned, just makes it perfect. Ends with a lingering bourbon, chocolate malt taste and mild bitterness that you just don’t want to go away.

This is it, this is the real thing. Seriously… OH MY GOD THIS BEER IS AMAZING!! I’ve been a fan of JA for months now and stop by the brewery whenever they have a new beer. I have become somewhat of a fan-boy, and really enjoyed the original Framinghammer, but this bourbon barrel aging just takes it to another level. I mean seriously, this beer can hold it’s own any day with the best bourbon stouts or porters out there. I’d go as far as to say this is actually BETTER than Founders KBS or Goose Islands Bourbon Stout. Wow. The bourbon aging was like the missing ingredient to perfect this beer. If they can get this in bottles I wouldn’t be surprised if it sits permanently near the top of the BA 100. Try this beer NOW!!

taez555, Mar 30, 2012
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3.36/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pretty much black. Dark browns at edges when held to direct light. Starts with a creamy khaki head that drops to a small cap and collar. Some sheets and splotches of lacing. Minimal carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Sweet roasted malt and a healthy dose of bourbon. Vanilla, caramel, and alcohol. Some dark cocoa and milk chocolate. Milky chocolate with a clean yeast profile. Some caramel malt. Bourbon blends well with the base porter.

Taste: Oh hey bourbon. Silky smooth caramel and toffee with a creamy vanilla for days. Slightly roasted malt with a healthy infusion of chocolate malt. Some cocoa and sweet milk chocolate. Solidly infused with bourbon to the point it masks some of the base flavors. Carries the typical clean yeast finish of a Jack's Abby beer. Warming turns it in to cocoa laced bourbon with a mild roast.

Mouthfeel: Smooth bordering on creamy with a medium body. Minimal carbonation. Clean minus the bourbon.

Overall: More like a velvet hammer.

decent but lacks the general JA I want to drink it all the times thing. Damn good for a barrel aged porter though.

Goblinmunkey7, Aug 27, 2013
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3/5  rDev -31%

fossage78, Sep 29, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Bartos, Mar 05, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

ralerwen, Jul 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

HattedClassic, Jul 12, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

vinny21bal, Oct 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Norseman, Sep 04, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

BarrytheBear, Apr 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

ldhughes3, Mar 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

HoppySeb, Aug 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

smutty33, May 14, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

scott2269, Jun 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8%

Danielr26, Mar 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

MastaShonuf, Oct 09, 2014
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4.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Consumed 11/3/13

Note: 2013 bottle

Appearance: Dark, deep brown - some lighter brown with some hints of red around the edges - some clarity around the edges as well - small, small light tan head, fades to a few wips, leaves a few spots of lacing

Smell: Roasty dark malts with a lot of bourbon - nice depth to the malts, with some dark, roasted malts, chocolate malts, and caramel - some milk chocolate, dark chocolate - some marshmallow-like sweetness - lots of vanilla - bourbon is quite prominent, but it's nice - woody aromas and straight-up bourbon blend well with the roasty chocolate aromas

Taste: Jack's Abby can even make bourbon more drinkable (surprise) - lots of chocolate, nice range - milk chocolate to semisweet chocolate, to dark chocolate - an above-average amount of vanilla - nice amount of caramel sweetness - roasty malts, chocolate malts, and some lighter malts - bourbon is pretty big, but it works - nice bourbon flavor, with some wood - potent without dominating the flavor, and the bourbon itself (Old Weller 107?) is nice

Mouthfeel: On the heavy side of medium, creamy, smooth, nicely carbonated, finishes mostly clean except for some bourbon woodiness

Overall: Does the name of this beer even count as a pun?

This is unexpectedly lovely. It comes close to the line of a bourbon bomb (especially as it warms), but it never actually crosses it. It's a nice mix of chocolate and bourbon with a nice pinch of Jack's Abby goodness. I can't say I've had many barrel-aged Baltic Porters, but I can say that this is better than a lot of barrel-aged stouts I had. Or maybe I'm becoming less jaded with bourbon barrel aging in general (which seems unlikely).

angrybabboon, Nov 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

Basoos1, Sep 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

VonZipper, Sep 08, 2013
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4.36/5  rDev +0.2%

kmanjohnson, Oct 31, 2014
Barrel-Aged Framinghammer from Jack's Abby Brewing
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