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Barrel-Aged Framinghammer - Jack's Abby Brewing

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Reviews: 151
Hads: 1,338
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 2.55%
Wants: 308
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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 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. (483 characters)

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. (606 characters)

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. (1,254 characters)

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. (2,837 characters)

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 (524 characters)

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. (513 characters)

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. (844 characters)

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 (373 characters)

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. (1,053 characters)

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. (253 characters)

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. (2,074 characters)

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. (937 characters)

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. (724 characters)

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. (1,062 characters)

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. (953 characters)

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. (552 characters)

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. (832 characters)

Photo of BigCheese
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. (1,060 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
4.59/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

gigantic thanks to BobZ for throwing this into a proxy box he helped me out with. truly a gentleman and a scholar. enjoyed from a sam adams snifter.

a - brew pours watery black with a bit of a barrel glisten. thin creamy head that didn't hang around long, leaving spotty lacing on the glass in its wake.

s - nice roast with some wood warmth.

t - really nice chocolate smoothed over by the booze and barrel. just a hint of porter char with some vanilla. rich and lush, but smooth as silk.

m - the number one thing about this beer (and there are a lot of good things about this beer) is the feel. silky and smooth, big and bold...the porter char is there, but just a hint...just enough to remind you that this isn't a stout, but lionel richie put it best...oh what a feeling! dancing on the ceiling!

o - overall, paint me impressed. i'm a big fan of porters and baltic porters, but when you stick them in a barrel it really brings it all together. this one is aged just right and really has such lush flavors. another fine beer from jack's abby. this is a brewery to watch if you aren't already sold. (1,103 characters)

Photo of Gosox8787
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (1,210 characters)

Photo of thirsty4beer
4.74/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled in March 2013. Purchased at Julio's (near Jack's Abby) on my way home from Boston.

Appearance: dark brown with a tan head

Smell: bourbon, vanilla, a bit of chocolate

Taste: a decent amount of bourbon heat as expected but not until after I was hit with the malty sweetness, dark chocolate, hints of oak and coconut, and some dark fruit.

Mouthfeel: pretty smooth, tame carbonation, slightly masked heat

Overall: top notch beer! wish I had bought a whole case!

Definitely lived up to all the growing hype (515 characters)

Photo of Resuin
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 50 cL bottle into a teku glass. This was bottled in March 2013 so it is quite young (about a month as of this review).

Appearance: Pours a deep brown/black color and leaves a finger or two of nice, medium-brown/tan head. Good looking imperial stout.

Smell: Chocolate malts, light coffee, dark fruits like plum, raisins and figs. Very subtle - I'm not picking up a whole lot here from this one.

Taste: This is where this one shines: Chocolate, coffee, light bourbon, vanilla figs, malts, plum. Finishes really smooth.

Mouth-feel: Extraordinarily smooth, medium to heavy bodied, light carbonation. Alcohol is hidden masterfully.

Overall: This is a killer beer. Supremely well balanced with its shades of chocolate, coffee and bourbon and really delicious. Definitely glad I came across this one. I love a chocolate-forward porter and this is definitely a great example of one. (893 characters)

Photo of donkeyrunner
4.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

@ New World Tavern, Plymouth MA

Opaque tar black, one of those deep, deep black beers that after a few you can swear it sucks in the light around it. Only a thin skim of a head left by the time my beer got to the table it still put up several thin rings.

Dark roast malt and dark chocolate counterbalance the equally dark but sweeter burnt caramel and vanilla notes. Molasses cookies. Tastes like molasses cookies in a glass. The roast malt and chocolate again counterbalance the sweeter notes of vanilla and caramel but with added dried fig dark fruit which help distinguish this as a baltic porter. Big chewy body.

I've been raving about JA hoppy beers but hot damn this is good stuff. (691 characters)

Photo of Boomblaze
4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours nice and dark but the head dissipates quickly and there is no lacing.

S - Nice malty, coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla & bourbon.

T - lots of dark chocolate and figs with some bourbon, id like a lil more Bourbon but that's probably just cause of my Vegas 5 'A's cigar I'm having with it.

M - Smooth and velvety like it comes promoted

O - Overall this beer is pretty awesome and I would recommend it to any who enjoys the style and can get there hands on some. I had to go to the brewery and I'm out I. Western Mass. (528 characters)

Photo of Pinknuggets
4.39/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2013) to Rock Art pint glass

A: Dark brown coffee colored with basically no head, but a thick light brown lining around the top of the glass. It is dark but not completely opaque especially when under brighter light. Seems pretty standard good but nothing really stands out.

S: The bourbon flavor is strong upfront though there are hints of alcohol that are present with that smell. There are hints of chocolate in there but they are not strong the same can be said about the malt in the porter backbone but both these scents are very much in the background.

T: At first there only seems to a standard porter with a lager influence, but then the bourbon hits you with waves of bourbon chocolate flavor that heavy things up and bring it to another level. The presence of oats is definitely noticeable to balance out the power of the chocolate and the bourbon which it is very effective in doing along with the oak from the barrel that mixes in to help with this. The bourbon does last into the finish but there is a decent roasted malt backbone to make sure the bourbon is not overpowering

M: Upfront this beer is surprisingly porteresque it is light in feel and the lagered nature of the beer is clearly noticeable. However, after the initial impression it becomes much heavier with an almost thick syrupy feel as there is also very little carbonation though that does seem to add to its drinkability, as it is very smooth (the barrel aging and brown sugar definitely has added to this) and is above average considering how heavy it is abv wise and it is not an imperial stout.

O: Though I was not that impressed with the smell and look of this beer the taste and feel are really something special. This beer manages to maintain a solid porter base that is noticeably lagered more so then others but perhaps thats just because I know it is a Jack's Abby brew. That being said the chocolate flavors that are enhanced with the bourbon barrel aging really add to this beer that is drinkable and noticeable of its 10% abv. Within the style this definitely the best barrel aged porter I have tasted its up there with some quality BA stouts in terms of taste and feel so as with pretty much every Jack's Abby beer I recommend this. (2,238 characters)

Barrel-Aged Framinghammer from Jack's Abby Brewing
95 out of 100 based on 151 ratings.