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Barrel-Aged Framinghammer - Jack's Abby Brewing

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Reviews: 158
Hads: 1,361
Avg: 4.31
pDev: 23.2%
Wants: 309
Gots: 312 | FT: 55
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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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Photo of kojevergas
3.55/5  rDev -17.6%
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

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up when I was in Boston a few weeks ago. Kind of glad I did.

A: Pours a rich, black color with a 1/2 finger khaki colored head. Leaves some faint soapy lace down the sides of the glass after every sip.

S: The smell is a bit faint, but it's pretty great. Light bourbon mixed with vanilla, cocoa and charred wood. A faint espresso note in there as well.

T: A good amount of sweetness upfront. Vanilla, brownies, bourbon and some dark chocolate. The middle pulls the sweetness back a bit and brings some charred wood, burnt coffee grounds and a touch of booze. Finishes is just a touch astringent with some dark chocolate and maybe a touch of anise. Mouthfeel is lush and velvety. There's not a lot I would change about this beer. It's fantastic.

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Photo of Damian
2.92/5  rDev -32.3%
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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Photo of FosterJM
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1768th Review on BA
Bottle to 20oz Nonic

Thanks to Jlindros and Rudzud

App- Out of the bottle, this poured like a stout to me. Jet black with a fluffy brown head that was about 2 fingers and took a while to recede. Was nice to see a thicker pouring porter as well. Nice cling down the glass.

Smell- This was a chocolate bar in a glass. The porter changed into something really nice in the aromatics with the addition of the barrel. More alive and awake without being overly roasted and malty forward.

Taste- I really enjoyed this porter. The barrel was subtle but really created a different flavor to a normally, little bitter and roasty style. Smoother, vanilla, chocolate and sweet. The flavors were balanced and a little bit sweet, but not cloying either.

Mouth- A good full medium body with a solid medium bubbly carbonation. The residual flavors were chocolate and vanilla. A good bit of vanilla and remains as well.

Drink- A very good barrel aged porter. I enjoyed the flavors. Jacks Abby does it again.

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Photo of nmann08
4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of brydeen
3.95/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a snifter

A: Pours a very dark, creamy looking brown. Almost black, with a 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch mocha colored head, that dissipates quickly, aside from a thin frothy layer, reminiscent of hot cocoa.

S: Deep roasty aroma. Dark chocolate, coffee, toffee, caramel, with the very slightest hint of bourbon. This aroma is incredibly inviting.

T: Bourbon flavor right off the bat. Alcohol taste is surprisingly strong. The sweetness of the bourbon diminishes the roasty quality in the nose. A little hop bitterness in the background too.

M: Velvety smooth texture. Extremely rich and creamy, with very little carbonation detectable. Full-bodied and boozier than I expected.

O: This beer is half way to an amazing brew. It drinks almost like a BA stout, but the booze taste is just a little too dominant. The aroma is intoxicating, but it comes up short in the flavor as its so bourbon forward. Good, but just not great.

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Photo of BobZ
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16.9 oz Bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Rich, dark, brown with a frothy tan head that actually hangs around for a bit (nice surprise for a BA porter).

Smell: Pleasant oaky bourbon over some chocolate with hints of vanilla.

Taste: A nice roasted malt chocolaty base with the barrel coming forward. The warmth of the bourbon is up front. Again the oaky vanilla is there, a large amount of complexity with this beer. As it warms the chocolate intensifies. Delicious beer.

Mouthfeel: Very good body, smooth, with a good bit of warmth for the bourbon.

Overall: Excellent offering from Jack's Abby, delicious for all the reasons mentioned above. One of the best porters I've ever tasted.

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Photo of tigg924
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: dark brown in color, 1/4 inch head, high carbonation, clear

Smell: cocoa, vanilla, and light oak

Taste: cocoa, vanilla, caramel, and light oak

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, medium-heavy body, sweet with oakiness

Overall: Jack's Abbey makes some of the best beer coming out of Massachusetts and this is right up there with the best that they brew. Very complex, oaky, and chocolaty, without ever being too overpowering in any area. I would certainly get this one again.

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Photo of Wolfpack2005
4.54/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured 500ml bottle into snifter.

A-Black with no transparent qualities. Pours thick leaving a 1 finger head that leaves minimal lacing.

S-Bourbon and chocolate dominate the nose with hints of roasted malts.

T-Sweet chocolate and roasted malts open up the flavor profile. Then the bourbon, vanilla, and oak creep in as a nice complement to the dark chocolate and malts.

M-Medium body with a nice creamy/smooth mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation.

O-Excellent Baltic Porter, probably in the top 3 best BP that I have had. Flavors are balanced perfectly and the bourbon is present but not overpowering.

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Photo of Chico1985
4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
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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Photo of Maxwell
4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours an inky black with a nice had of medium sized, khaki bubbles that settle down at about a half a finger’s width, which is surprising given the beer’s 10% ABV and the fact that it was barrel aged. In body, this beer is impenetrable to the eye, and the beer’s head leaves a curtain of lacing full of slippery, small bubbles on the sides of the glass. On the nose, the beer smells of roasted black coffee and big boozy malt with touches of vanilla bourbon and slight hint of bitter hops and oak. The bourbon isn’t huge in the nose, but it is nice and blends well with the malt of the beer. On the tongue, the beer tastes boozy-bourbon sweet with just a touch of bitter roast and some slight acidic bites. In flavor, this beer speaks of booze, bourbon, and roasted malts. The flavor begins as sweet roasted malt with a touch of chocolate and honey, but this builds into practically cloying boozy bourbon with hints of vanilla and coconut, and a very strong touch of alcohol. The finish is bourbon sweet and full of boozy heat as it runs down the throat, and the aftertaste is slightly sticky sweet with lingering bourbon, coffee and chocolate, but also with alcohol hot in the deep back of the throat. In the mouth, the beer feels smooth and velvety with just a faint bite from the carbonation. It is on the light side of heavy in body and definitely carries a clean lager feel in the mouth. Where a stout of this size would have considerable grip and a chewiness, this beer is silky smooth, almost like a fine hot chocolate in feel. The mouth is, however, left sticky and wet with a lingering heat burn from the alcohol. This beer is most certainly a sipper, in case anyone was overlooking its 10% ABV. Overall, this is a good beer. It’s really a nice sipper, and is probably prime to drink in the early winter when you are looking for a bit of a warmth from your drink. Having just had 2012’s BCBS the other day, I can actually say that there is a similarity between the two, though not definitive. Framinghammer is definitely of lager stock with a beautiful and smooth mouthfeel that helps the drinkability of this beer, and it is also about 5% less in alcohol than BCBS, but it carries a nice bourbon heat and some nice bourbon flavors mixed in with thick malty flavors similar to BCBS. Personally, I would advise sitting on a bottle of this a little bit to let the booze settle down and so that it is winter, but that would probably kill some of the bourbon flavors. Right now I’m not craving the boozy beers, but I would certainly revisit this beer come late fall/early winter and I would certainly sip it in front of a fire. It is a good beer, and fantastically cheap for a bourbon barrel-aged beer. Jack’s Abby has got another great thing here, and I can’t wait to try the coffee version of this beer.

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Photo of MRsojourner
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

black as night with a thick tan head that was really slow to form, I almost thought it was flat at first but it rose mightily and ceased to a thin film throughout the glass.
Aroma: just a touch of bourbon and a little alcohol and slight char.
taste: so smooth, drinks like a milkshake. the flavor is so balanced. big gushes of chocolate and slight roastand dark fruits with just a lick of bourbon and oak.
mouthfeel is full bodied, slick & damn near perfect.
Wow glad I got my hands on some. superbly drinkable and delicious

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.41/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of n2185
4.16/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
3.87/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

$6.79 for a 16 oz bottle from Blanchard's in Boston. Thanks Maddog for the purchase!!

A: opaque, black, great dense creamy head that dissipated
S: rich, cocoa, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, wet leather, medium nose
T: very rich and full, deep roasted malt, great bourbon balance, only criticism was that it was way too hot
M: good malt and bourbon up front, very hot finish

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.9/5  rDev -9.5%
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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Photo of cpetrone84
4/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of Pahn
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of cfrances33
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead taster. Thanks BobZ.

Pour: Nearly pitch black, with a touch of deep brown mixed in. Nice finger os khaki, foamy head. Head recedes to a rim and leaves a little bit of lacing.

Smell: Big roasted malts, bourbon, and toasted oak up front. Almost a spicy coffee aspect. Lots of chocolate, toffee, dark fruits, and coffee throughout the nose.

Taste: Follows the nose with roasted coffee, bourbon, milk chocolate, and dark raisins. Sticky, but not overly sweet. The bourbon character provides a nice heat, but is very integrated into the chocolate, vanilla, and dark fruit flavors of the base beer. Finishes sticky with toffee, chocolate, and bourbon.

Mouthfeel: Lightly spicy, which is interesting and lends a level of complexity. Quite sticky, but as previously stated, never too sweet. Nice bourbon heat throughout.

Overall: This beer was even more impressive than the ABCS had before it. Delicious.

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Photo of jtierney89
5/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

it says barrel aged not bourbon barrell aged but who knows. jet black with a mocha head. sludgey looking consistency. Faint bourbon notes with lots of woodynotes, vanilla and oak, caramel, chocolate and coffee.

Wow! What the hell is this thing? It's damn delicious is what it is. Sweet bourbon notes up front with decadent chocolate malts runs into oaky barrel notes and finishes suprisngly bright and fruity. Huge thick body rolls over the tongue nicely. How did they get these deep bourbon barrel flavors to mesh with this bright fruity finish. One of the best beers i've ever had! 10%? Where? I think it may have to do with where they got the bourbon barrels from as the bourbon flavor is unlike anything i've ever had.

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Photo of brureview
4.51/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

2014 update:
This year's brew is a bit different. More oak, little Bourbon in the aroma/finish.
Vanilla is weak, compared to previous years. The taste is still creamy textured chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, laced with a whiskey finish. There is an alcoholic finish, but the Bourbon presence is diminished. A great beer, but I miss the strong Bourbon aroma/presence.
Poured in balloon glass (goblet). Deep chocolate color. No Head.

Wow! Immediate bourbon from the aroma. With my nose closer in the glass, vanilla.

Mouth feel: mild, but some hops presence.

Taste: bourbon, vanilla- whiskey-like. There is a strong bourbon presence.
The mild body to the beer enhances the taste- a lingering bourbon-vanilla which becomes smoother with warming.

I had this beer last year at the first anniversary party. I like this year's Baltic porter even more. Last year, I thought the beer was excellent and looked forward to it. This year, there is an added complexity, more bourbon-vanilla character. My balloon glass brought out the tasting notes to their fullest.

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Photo of Scotchboy
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Awesome, awesome bottle sent by dope, split into Deschutes tulips with my brothers.

A: Nearly opaque black with caramel-colored highlights...a good amount of tan head caps the beer and leaves behind some lace...little bit of alcohol legs as well.

S: Subtle smoke and brown sugar, molasses, hints of oaky vanilla and bourbon and deep dark caramel...hints of leafy hop and dark fruitiness as well...

T: More cocoa and chocolate emerge on the palate to complement the aromas...bourbon and vanilla and oak...brown sugar, molasses, even some licorice...light hoppiness is apparent and the sweetness isn't overwhelming...more Baltic notes of smoke and malt, and the bourbon is moderate. Pretty balanced for a BA beer, with a coffee-like dry finish.

MF: Not quite full bodied or viscous, a solid medium body with a creamy mouthfeel that hides the 10% very well.

O: Its a good, good Baltic, one of my favorites. No reason not to try this if you can get it.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.98/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

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4.16/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle from the brewery, about 3 weeks past bottling date.

A: Dark Coca cola color, looks filtered though, dark mohogany sudsy head about 3 fingers thick, head reduced quickly.

S: Deep roasted malts. Coffee and Coco. Black Strap Rum. Some Rasins and Dark Fruit. Pungent.

T: Real Dark Malts, vanilla, molasses, rum, bourbon, oak, and espresso. Some floral/herbal hops help balance out the huge malt character and high FG. A subtle smoke/peat flavor too. Also some fig/rasin/dark fruit flavors.

M: Low Carbonation, more syrupy than creamy. Very thick and viscous, though soft on the palate. ABV Character is definitely present as this is 10% and quite fresh.

O: Great Cold weather brew, very strong dark flavors and would pair excellent post meal or with dessert. A bit overwhelming in flavor so I'd suggest sharing. Can be sipped like a whiskey or congnac. Drinks like an RIS but a bit cleaner due to lager yeast. Wasn't quite as mind blowing as I had hoped, but far from disappointing. Given price I would opt for the non barrel aged version.

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Barrel-Aged Framinghammer from Jack's Abby Brewing
95 out of 100 based on 158 ratings.