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Barrel-Aged Framinghammer - Jack's Abby Brewing

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Ratings: 1,193
Reviews: 139
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.06%
Wants: 301
Gots: 244 | FT: 40
Brewed by:
Jack's Abby Brewing visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
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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Ratings: 1,193 | Reviews: 139
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bought this ...maybe a month ago? at Julio's. Got another agin' as well. March 2013 bottling. Some good hype for this beer, can Jack's Abby pull off bourbon barrel porters as well as they do hoppy lagers???

Poured this sucka into an imperial pint glass. Pretty much black with the slightest of highlights at the bottom.A big beige head puffs up and comes down to a nice swirly cap
with some lace left.

Smell brings some heavy cocoa and roast notes, with bourbon and oak being somewhat laid back but definitely noticeable, comes off a little boozy.

Taste is well-rounded, nothing really coming off too strong here. Dark chocolate, roast, caramel and vanilla stick out with a good amount of bourbon, oak, and hoppy barrel spice. Just a little dark fruit. Definitely improves upon the scent, more going on and less booze.

Mouthfeel is smooth with low carbonation, not very hefty; but this is still a porter after all so it works. Some heat but this is pretty easy drinking for 10%.

Overall this is quite good, especially for the price, and if you like a good balance between porter/stout flavors and bourbon barrels you are sure to enjoy this. It is a little on the simple side, I think I was expecting a bit more, but not too much to complain about.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Inky black pour. Tan head moves from one finger to nothing in a short time, but that's to be expected in a bigger barrel aged beer like this. Lacing is sparse and spotty.

S: Brown sugar, brown molasses, caramel, chocolate chews, cocoa powder, bakers chocolate. Dried fig and dried apple. Slight prick of alcohol. Undercurrent of wood speaks up more as the beer warms. A bit nutty. Subtle bourbon.

T: Dried fig and apple. A touch leathery. Fudge, black cocoa powder, chocolate truffles. Brown sugar and molasses. Spike of alcohol and peppery bourbon flexes just enough muscle. Charred wood. Drying finish really pulls back and leaves a heated bourbon impression lingering on the palate.

M: Heftier medium body. Rich, silky, a bit slick. Very creamy. Very little carbonation. warming. A luxurious mouthfeel.

O: This is a bourbon drinker's beer through and through. It may come off a bit strongly to those who don't normally partake. Not the most complex beer of its kind, but there's a lot to like about it.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Drank from a 1 pint .9 fl. oz./.5 liters bottle
Served in a snifter
Thanks to my friend wdarcy77 for this bottle.

Inky jet black appearance. Slightly thin for the style. The liquid was capped by a tight, creamy, one-finger tall crop of caramel colored foam. The head quickly fell to a film of bubbles. Patchy streaks of lacing cascaded down the glass.

The nose was quite subtle. Roasted malts were most noticeable. Hints of vanilla. Touch of brown sugar sweetness. Crisp and smooth lager yeast notes. Not bad overall, but rather unremarkable. A bit of booziness came forth as the beer warmed. Distinct bourbon notes become noticeably stronger with time. The nose also turned a bit smoother and sweeter.

The flavor profile was rather astringent. Charred malts dominated. Notes of espresso. Slight malt and brown sugar-like sweetness. Touch of vanilla. Lots of harsh, generic booziness. Quite roasty, hoppy and bitter on the back end and the finish. Acrid, ashy notes and oily hop resins lingered on my palate long after each sip. Like the nose, the flavor profile smoothed out a bit as the beer warmed.

The mouthfeel was thinner bodied for the style with a moderate, larger bubbled carbonation. Disappointing for a beer of this magnitude.

I am usually impressed by Jack's Abby's beers, but this one was a big disappointment. The beer was thin in both flavor and texture and seemed quite rough around the edges. Perhaps some age would help round this out.

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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

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Barrel-Aged Framinghammer from Jack's Abby Brewing
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