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Barrel-Aged Framinghammer | Jack's Abby Brewing

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Barrel-Aged FraminghammerBarrel-Aged Framinghammer

Brewed by:
Jack's Abby Brewing
Massachusetts, United States | website

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

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.

Added by taez555 on 03-30-2012

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Photo of greenmtn1111
4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a glass tulip.
Bottled March 2013

Black in color, but looks more like cola when swished around in the glass. Two fingers worth of head on the pour with decent lacing as you drink it. I smell brown sugar and chocolate, vanilla, with some hops present as well. Taste is sweet with a slight bitterness at the end which balances it out nicely. Bittersweet chocolate, some bourbon is noticeable but doesn’t take over the entire beer. It has a nice chewy quality to it, smooth and creamy on the palate. Overall this is a very well crafted beer – not hugely complex, but it is very well balanced. Very drinkable for its 10% abv.

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Photo of DmouthCaliBrewz
4.52/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Dartmouth College snifter. Lest the old traditions fail...

A: Pours a murky and deep brown, almost black in the middle, with a slight ring of deep brown around the edges. Delicious looking fluffy tan head rises 2 fingers instantly and recedes to about a 2cm with heavy lacing. This looks like it'll be good boys...

S: Have a cold, so everything is a little muted, but bourbon and vanilla on the nose, with some booze revealing itself at the end of a deep whiff. mmm

T: At first there is nothing. A microsecond of calm before the storm. All you can percieve is the mouthfeel. Then, almost immediately it hits you. The front is a Big bold blast of bourbon, and a huge sticky-sweet vanilla wall of flavor. Soon, caramel, toffee, and other sweet candy-like flavors begin to develop as it warms on the tongue, overpowering, but not dominating, a beautiful toffee-biscuit like malt character. Right when I attempt to discern some of the subtleties of the malt backbone, a warming boozy heat comes on and leaves me unable to pick out anymore flavors until the next sip. It finishes just how it started--bourbon and vanilla, maybe a touch of oak, but this time with the alcohol on the finish.

M: Absolutely superb is the only way I can describe this. Perfect carbonation, sticky, and chewy, but not overly so. Done just right. Really amazing what these guys do with lagers.

O: This is absolutely a world class brew. I approached this beer expecting it to be good, but also expecting to have to make exceptions for a thin body and slightly lacking in complexity due to the nature of the yeast used. But boy was I wrong. I have never had a lager like this. Yes, it is barrel aged, but I did not think the flavors that I am used to in my imperial stouts and barleywines would be able to be so well executed in a lager. You can tell it is a lager, as the flavors are more subtle and take a few seconds to hit your tongue, but it just adds another element to this incredible beer. By far, one of the smoothest, most drinkable, BBA beers I have had, but not lacking in depth or complexity by any measure.

Thanks Huddyball, for the opportunity to try this gem!

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Photo of portia99
4.56/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.01/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black, not inky. Small khaki head. Thin collar.

Smell - Not a lot of barrel. Some though. Vanilla and oak. Secondary bourbon. Chocolate.

Taste - Better. More bourbon, vanilla, and oak. Slightly fruity finish. Chocolate and some nuttiness and oak.

Mouthfeel - Nice chewiness. More than I expected. A touch of booze.

Overall - Pleasantly surprised by this. Not the best barrel, but it seems like a really good beer behind it.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Greg. Thanks man! Served in a snifter.

A - Tan foam settles to wisps, a thin collar, and specks of lacing. Dark brown body that approaches black but is definitely more suggestive of porter than stout.

S - Lots of vanilla, oak, cocoa powder, roasted malts, a touch of smoke, mild whiskey, milled grains, a bit of rye bread. Well-hidden alcohol for 10%; quite mellow actually.

T - The taste is heavy on chocolate, marshmallow, some caramel and brown sugar sweetness, hints of char and smoke, and a similarly light touch of whiskey.

M - Medium-bodied, creamy texture - I think there are oats in here, lower carbonation, and a slightly tannic and dry finish. Perhaps a touch of light alcohol warming as the beer approaches room temperature.

D - Nice beer that drinks a lot lighter than the listed 10% - more like a 7-8% beer actually. This is in the middle of the variants for me; between the vanilla and coffee versions in flavor integration and enjoyment.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.49/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a pitch black color with a fingers worth of brown-tan head that fades down quickly

S: Roasted malts, chocolate, and light coffee open things up. Goes into some bourbon, vanilla, and oak. Smells quite sweet, but in a good way

T: Starts off with the roasted malts, chocolate (both milk and dark), and coffee. Slowly transitions into bourbon and oak. Some sweetness comes along as well, with vanilla and caramel attributing. Alcohol barely noticeable

M: Medium-full bodied with low-moderate carbonation. Fairly thick

O: One of the best baltic porters I've ever had, even without the wonderful barrel aging attributes that the barrel provides. Surprisingly not hot at 10% plus the BB, which makes this all too easy to drink. A little pricier than most JA offerings I've seen, but that is expected. Awesome brew

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Photo of jondeelee
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Barrel-Aged Framinghammer opens to a thick, black aroma laced with sugar and vanilla. Fresh-ground oily coffee beans, tobacco, ash, black malt, anise, and burnt toast crust mix nicely with large swaths of toffee, brown sugar, vanilla bean, and heavy whipping cream. Additional chunks of thick brown bread float in the mix, along with toasted pecan and a few dark fruit esters, including fig, date, and raisin. The effects of the barrel aging are pleasantly subtle, adding slight overtones of charcoal and alcohol-soaked wood. As a whole, the nose is very nice, featuring a wide variety of nicely interlaced aromas, and the interplay between roasted coffee, ash, toffee, and whipping cream is especially alluring. The only real fault here lies in the comparative weakness of the aromas, which only manage perhaps a medium-strength appearance.

On the tongue, the beer is bold and darkly beautiful, the barrel aging immediate and potent, with wide swaths of bourbon-laced vanilla and oak crashing instantly against the taste buds. These mix beautifully with the fresh ground oily coffee beans, ash, and smoky tobacco, as well as the toffee, burnt multigrain toast crust, milk chocolate, and heavy whipping cream, the effect vaguely like Bailey’s, but with far more burnt underpinnings. In subsequent sips some of the nuance of the initial sip is gone, the burnt and alcoholic notes overtaking many of the more subtle flavors, but touches of fig, date, and raisin fruit esters are still present, as are bits of pine resin. The beer becomes more ashy and bourbon-laced as it is held on the tongue, never approaching straight bourbon, but moving ever closer, held back by the few remaining sugars. The aftertaste is a continuation of these latter ashy, bourbon-soaked fruits, lingering on the tongue for a decent while. Mouthfeel is an oily, viscous medium to medium-strong, and carbonation is medium-light.

Overall, this is excellent beer, featuring almost everything one could want from a barrel-aged Porter, and in fact the flavors in here are so nice that they show up many barrel-aged Imperial Stouts. But perhaps the best thing of all is the price: for a world-class beer, my .5 liter bottle was only $5.95, making this just about the best buy I’ve ever had.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From 06/02/13 notes. Got to try this side by side with the BA Coffee and BA Vanilla versions. All 2013 vintage, 0.5L bottles, poured into taster glasses.

a - Pours a deep mahogany brown, almost black color, with one inch of light tan head and moderate carbonation evident. All 3 variations look exactly the same, pretty nice.

s - Smells of milk chocolate, roasted malts, sweet bourbon, caramel malts, oak, and coffee. Very nice nose with a ton of milk chocolate to it. As it warms up it gets much better and much more bourbon. Light peanuts as well.

t - Tastes of milk chocolate, cocoa, roasted malts, bourbon, vanilla lot, oak, coffee, toasted malts, and light earthy notes. Taste has a lot of chocolate and cocoa again; very nice.

m - Medium to full body and low carbonation. Smooth and creamy, with no real heat. Very easy to drink for 10% ABV.

o - Overall I thought this was a great BBA porter; while it is 10% it is not hot at all, and feels like less. The bourbon doesn't dominate the beer, but it is definitely there, especially in the nose as it warms up. More than the other two, this one improves greatly as it warms up, and has a lot more milk and sweet chocolate to it. Overall I have this very close to the coffee version in terms of how much I liked it, giving coffee the slight edge, and with both behind the vanilla version. I don't think you can go wrong with any of the three, and think people's favorite will just depend on whether they like vanilla, coffee, or chocolate the best. Would love to have it again.

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Photo of yamar68
4.44/5  rDev +3%
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!!

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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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Barrel-Aged Framinghammer from Jack's Abby Brewing
95 out of 100 based on 167 ratings.