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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 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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as an extra in a trade, big thanks.

A-Black one finger tan/beige head.

S-Bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, roasted malt and candied sugar.

T-Great balance, bourbon, oak, chocolate, vanilla and candied sugar.

M-Medium bodied, could use some more carbonation though.

O-Had a tad too much candied sugar as the beer warmed, which threw off the balance. Still a great beer.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

2013 version which to my understanding is the Framinghammer Baltic Porter aged in High West bourbon Barrels.

1 pint .9oz. bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip style glass. The pour looks like a coca-cola brown color until it hits the glass where it gets close to black in color. There are brown highlights along the edges and when held up to the light. The tan comes up huge with many different sized bubbles. Actually pretty good amount of lacing to it. Overall a pretty darn good looking brew.

Smell is really good. Bourbon/whiskey comes out right away. Vanilla and a very sweet oak/woody smell. Plenty of dark roasted malts, classic to any baltic porter, caramel/toffee sweetness with additions of some melted brown sugar and maybe a bit of molasses. Overall very good in the nose.

I initially thought the taste wasn't quite as good as the smell, but it grew on me along the way as it warmed up a bit. Again as noted in the smell, the bourbon comes out first. It has a strong woody and strong notes of vanilla. Sweet caramel malts and a bit toasty flavors, almost over toasted. Hops are present, sort of provide a slight spicy/earthy flavor to the addition to everything, slightly boozy at the end. Really good overall and balances out pretty good.

Mouthfeel is really the only thing that wasn't mind blowing. Pretty thin overall, almost feels like a baltic porter that was cut with a shot of bourbon to thin it out. Earthy, spicy and a little hot at the end. Carbonation is pretty much on point though. Overall pretty good, just not stellar like the rest of it. Still pretty drinkable and overall another well done beer by Jack's Abby.

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Photo of Dope
4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle dated March 2013.

A: Pours a very dark brown. Nice medium chocolate brown head. Dense, slightly fizzy head. Fades slowly with excellent head retention. Pretty solid lacing too.

S: Oh yeah, that is nice. Like bourbon brownie batter. Bourbon isn't overpowering but has some decent caramel, vanilla and oak. Roasted malt is there but not huge like a big RIS. Some nice mellow chocolate and a little char. Lots of dark fruits peeking through with some cherry and raisin. A little bit of alcohol sting from the bourbon.

T: Sweet bourbon initially with some caramel, marshmallow and vanilla. REALLY nice up front. Mixed with some char, some chocolate and a little smoke. Dark fruits poke through once again, very mild this time. Hints of cherry, raisin, prunes maybe? Sweetness fades a bit, leaving a chalky, acrid char, bitter chocolate and a some burnt, drying oak. Lingering mellow bourbon between sips, with just a slight hint of booziness.

M: Creamy, smooth, heavy and mellow.

O: This is one hell of a baltic porter. It has to be the smoothest drinking 10% ABV barrel-aged porter ever. Wonderful variety of flavors with great balance to boot. Nice contrast of ultra sweet dessert up front, turning a bit bitter and acrid and drying in the finish. Goes down very easily. Too easily. Excellently crafted, as always.

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.29/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bourbon Barrel Aged Framinghammer pours black into the glass with a moderate, creamy tan head on top. The foam dissolves slowly leaving a coating of lace on the glass.

The rich aroma has notes of oak, vanilla and chocolate. Some ripe fruit and medicinal alcohol is also present.

Each sip of this medium to full bodied beer is smooth and creamy. Feels velvety on the palate. The flavor has a beautiful blend of oak, vanilla, chocolate, ripe fruit (cherry or strawberry?), nuts and toffee. It finishes with alcohol and a little burn. The oak dominates the flavor, but as the beer warms the other taste come through.

This is a very tasty beer with a great mouth feel. The oak and bourbon dominate, but they mellow out with each sip.

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Photo of MCain04
4.72/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Got this on an East Coast trip with BostonRyan and brought back to Chicago. 500ml bottle, only $6!! Poured into a FFF Teku.

A: Dark dark brown, nice tan head of 2+ fingers, great retention and lacing

S: Bourbon-forward but not overwhilemingly so. Also some roasted malts, toffee, dark chocolate, and coffee.

T: Complex taste. Lots of vanilla and oak, barrel flavor is huge here. Milk chocolate but not too sweet. Bourbon is there too but blends nicely without overwhelming. Roasty malts are present. Finishes with almost no heat, remarkable that it is 10% ABV.

M: Smooth, creamy, low-medium carbonation, perfect for the style, coats the tongue, damn perfect.

O: Wow, definitely happy to have had a bottle of this. Killer stuff, world class for sure. First non-lager I've had from Jack's Abby but they nailed it on the head. Just a great, great beer. Treat to have, would love to have it again.

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

OK ok... I finally got around to reviewing this. So many people kept telling me to try this cause I'll want more before it runs out. So yes, I'm finally going to drink it, so back off man!

Pours a darker mocha colored almost 1 finger creamy thicker head that fade semi slowly with nice layered lacing and great legs, the top line of the head starts to melt with the legs, it looks really cool. The beer is pitch black, no light getting through that puppy.

Nose is great, reminds me a bit of Tennessee Tats, barrel right out front, a woody dusty shelf oak, with a bit of vanilla, and some definitive whisky but not necessarily bourbon. Under that is the myriad of malts, dark malts mostly, a light caramel and brown sugar sweetness, some nice cocoa and very dark bitter chocolate, a slight cookie dough thing also comes out and, with the dark chocolate and vanilla barrel, brings a great baking aroma. There also seems to be some creamy oats and very faint fresh roasted coffee. Just a touch of booze in the nose.

Taste is awesome! Candy in a glass, more like bourbon chocolate cookie in a glass! Starting again with barrel, light dusty wood shelf oak, with plenty of vanilla, and again the light whisky almost bourbony quality that is definitely there. The wood brings light wood esters and toasted oak. Then malts galore, plenty of chocolate cocoa, mostly bitter dark chocolate and baker's, as well as some caramel and brown sugar, caramelized brown sugar, and plenty of creamy but chewy oats. All together brings a big time dark chocolate oatmeal cookie kinda flavor and it's awesome. A faint estery booze comes through on the back end, and follows with some slightly earthy spicy hops, a fair bitterness too with mostly from the hops but a bit from dark malts. Sweetness is fair as well, not overly but enough to bring more of the cookie feel, and balance the booze and increasingly bitter hops. The finish is fairly bitter actually, an earthy slightly spicy hop character and slight dark malt roast like bitterness, with more super dark chocolate flavors lingering, a little vanilla barrel, and faint whisky, all lingering for a long time.

Mouth is med to fuller bodied, creamy oats feel, decent carb, just a bit of estery booze.

Overall very nice, a great barrel aged stout that tastes like a dark chocolate oatmeal cookie with whisky infused. Great beer, very well done. Now I see why everyone was really pushing me to drink this, as I think I will add more to the cellar now before it's all gone. Now I REALLY can't wait for the vanilla and coffee versions!

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

Sampled into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours deep brown (nearly opaque) with mousse-like khaki-colored head. Head remains for > 1 min then gradually collapses to a rocky ring at the edges of the glass. Ruby/mahogany colored highlights are observed at edges.

Aroma: Prominent wood, vanilla, ethanol aroma. Bourbon aroma is screaming out of the glass, but not overwhelming. Hints of brown sugar and light roast malts.

Flavor: Smooth, very very smooth. Rich, dark malt flavors (chocolate, especially) give rise to firm bitterness. Wave of "barrel" flavors follow: vanilla, tannin, holy bourbon. Malt flavor is smooth, not overly roasty. Hint of smoke in finish (may be from barrel). Barrel flavor lingers to lreave behind light, but noticeable, malt sweetness. Upon warming, bourbon flavor comes through much more strongly.

Mouthfeel: Holy baby jesus, this is smooth. Light carbonation with med-full mouthfeel. Almost creamy, but not quite nitro-like.

Overall: Not quite a beer you would drink after work everyday, but pretty damn close. Incredibly smooth for 10% ABV and not a single component overpowers another. Very well balanced, even with the prominent barrel characteristics.

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Photo of cbutova
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Awesome to see a local Bourbon Barrel aged Porter. I'm excited to see how Jacks Abby pulls this off. 2013 vintage.

A- Poured into a 12oz snifter with a pitch black body. A light mocha colored head forms to about a finger in size with a creamy texture. Cap retention is nice and a frothy ring stays atop the beer. A small ring deposits an impressive amount of lace all around the glass.

S- Chocolate, whiskey and oak forward. I would say the whiskey is at a medium level for such beers, balanced in there nicely. Some dark fruits, caramel, vanilla and roast grains as well.

T- A good interplay between the Bourbon barrels and the roast malt profile. The barrels lend a nice rounded out oak, whiskey, vanilla and spicy pepper flavor. Beyond that there is cocoa, raisin, caramel, fig and other dark fruit hints supporting the barrel notes nicely. The oak sticks out nicely here, at a high level but not harsh like oak sometimes gets.

MF- Very creamy and silky thick body. Foams up nicely on the palate with some agitation and the carbonation is at a lower level which works very nicely. Some alcohol warming in the finish.

Very flavorful and smooth for a 10% Porter aged on Bourbon. Impressed once again by Jack's Abby, that is getting redundant.

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Photo of davey101
4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

March, 2013 vintage. 500ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A - Pours a dark brown body thats bordering on black. Lets a little bit of light through but very little. Three fingers of super dense and creamy mocha foam upon pouring. Settles into thick edging. Sticky lacing with some solid retention.

S - Loads of sweet and rich milk chocolate up front give way to some light anise and roasted malts. Finishes with subtle but smooth vanilla and bourbon. A bit of alcohol heat.

T - Follows the nose with a predominately chocolaty flavor with light anise and roasted malts. Bourbon is again pretty modest here with some light vanilla, oak, and butterscotch. Alcohol is pretty noticeable but very pleasant.

M - Probably the best part of this beer. Not sure what kind of voodoo magic these guys pull, but the beer is rich and creamy...but at the same time its light and highly drinkable. Really fantastic.

O - This is a very delicious beer. I know Baltic porters tend to warp the line between ales and lagers, but I adore anything that Jack's Abby does and this is no exception. The fact that they are experimenting with barrels now is just too awesome. Plus the $6 price tag is super reasonable.

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Photo of Poorpatz
4.46/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Just opened the bottle poured into my Hill Farmstead stemmed glass. Nice brownish head about one finger thick, from a pour down the middle of the glass. Color is very dark black no light shining through this beer. On the nose picking up a lot of chocolate (which I like on my Baltics) maybe some of the bourbon but not much. Head stays strong as it slowly recedes down the sides of the glass. First sip and there is the bourbon, not overpowering but definitely asserting itself. Wow nice flavors as the beer coats your tongue with dark porter flavors the bourbon comes in at the back of your tongue. Mouthfeel is a good silky coating of the tongue. I really like this beer Jack's Abby knocked it out of the park for me on this a very drinkable right now barrel aged beer.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
4.39/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours deep brown with a head, that upon a vigorous pour, builds and billows. Nice tan thick foam appearance that dissipates to nothing.

Nice nose of dark roasted malt, some booze, some fruit, and cherry/bourbon note. Vanilla, some wood round this out.

Charred malt flavor, with dark roast coffee, some woody vanilla, bitter chocolate, alcohol, and mild cherry in the background. Bitterness rises but is wonderfully balanced within the malt. A hint of booze that lets you know this brew is no joke. Finishes with malt and coffee and alcohol.

Fuller bodied, slight alcohol burn.

Very good beer. Complex, drinkable (for 10%), and well balanced, a very good effort by this brewer.

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Photo of nquigley16
4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle (Bottled "March 2013") into a snifter.

Very dark dark brown, not quite as pitch black as I expected. Little hints of brown and dark red when held up to the light, but very dark all the same. Pours with a tiny head, which dissipates in less than a minute and leaves little to no lacing. What existed of the head when it was there was a roasted tan color, somewhere around the color of crystal 60L.

The nose starts with a very prominent but balanced and inviting aroma of alcohol, bourbon vanilla and oak. All proportioned at a very nice ratio, they all mesh extremely nicely. The barrel aging doesn't take over like in some BA beers, but it has a great presence.

The taste is amazing. As is the rest of the beer. It starts very simple, malty, chocolate and vanilla flavors, sweet, and then moves to a alcoholic, whiskey strong middle, and ends sweet again with the vanilla and oak coming through in an amazing harmony.

Good mouthfeel, nothing to rage about, but it does not take away from the quality of this beer. Not very thick, with pretty medium carbonation levels. I am imagining how smooth and out of this world this beer would be nitro-carbed though.

Overall an amazing beer. The best bourbon barrel aged RIS/Baltic Porter I've ever had. No I haven't had the pleasure of trying some of the more famous hyped BA beers, but I would be extremely surprised if they were much better than this.

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Photo of stonermouse
4.58/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Finally, Framinghammer is bottled. A BA version. Even better. I have come to love this brewery, and thus will attempt to review this beer as objectively as possible.

The pour is quite pretty. The body is the color of a cup of coffee, while the brew foams up nicely with a multi-hued brown head that forms at the pour and never goes away. Very impressive.

The aroma is a bit muted for some reason- perhaps it's me. I wish I detected a bit more booze and heat from the smell. As it is, it smells a bit like a mild English Brown spiked with a shot of Jack- malty yet slightly sweet.

On the flavor front, this beer kicks serious ass. Like many Jack's Abby beers, they are Lagers almost in name only. This drinks like a barrel-aged porter should, just slightly thinned out. The flavor is very big and complex. It's mildly coffee-forward, with a good shot of brown sugar and vanilla sweetness. So delicious. The barrel adds just a touch of bourbon, and the wood sharpens the flavor a bit.

Mouthfeel is just slightly thin for the big flavors, but it's also clean. Surprisingly, the finish has a bitterness to it that clings. I expected a sweet finish.

I really tried to be objective here. Jack's Abby just keeps hitting home runs. This brew can easily stand with the best of the barrel aged porters and stouts.

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Photo of rudzud
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a few of these at Julio's. The bottles of this beer were actually aged in High West barrels.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a deep, dark brown nearly black hue with a nice one finger dark mocha head that fades to leave a thin, thin blanket and light lacing.. Good puffy halo too.

S - Guess on tap it translates more "oomph" but yeah. So there is nice chocolate notes along with solid Jim Beam notes. Some coffee in the background along with faint hints of vanilla. As it warms from the cellar the aromas pop more. Initial reaction though is its not earth shattering like some others have made it out to be.

T - MMmmmm...that's more like it. Dark chocolate erupts on the pallet with nice roasted malts. There is a spattering of dark fruits tucked away under the initial chocolate....not quite cherry or plum, just generic dark fruit flavour. That is smashed down even more by the bourbon that while not overpowering definitely makes its presence known. That bourbon lends the nice coconut notes that come from bourbon barrel aging. Some light vanilla too towards the end. The finish starts off chocolatey but ends with well, a mouthful of good, rich High West bourbon.

M - Mouthfeel is quite nice for the style. I'd like a hair thicker/chewier, however, considering this is a lager..uhhhh yeah. So its relatively silky smooth with a small prickly of carbonation. Initially one thinks this is slammable. Nope. That bourbon and 10% hits one like a 2x4 if its drank too fast. Yeah, goes down crazy easy.

O - Overall, this is a damn good bourbon aged porter. Glad I have a few more as this is crazy drinkable. Yeah, need to buy more.

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

A-Pours very close to black. Slight light penetration. Nice, thin head. Softer lacing. Looks bold.

S-Sturdy bourbon notes. A lick of leather and burnt chocolate. Dare I say a hint of my beloved coconut!? Smells great.

T-The flavor is amazing. The bourbon comes in bright, warming waves and crescendos. Definitely some coconut husk. Milky chocolate. Bitter roasted coffee grounds. Excellent.

M-Booze hidden too well. Ultra creamy with massaging bubbles.

O/D-Another stunner by Jack's Abby. One of the better brews I have had recently. One of their top beers easily. Epic and for under $5 dollars. I need more, many more.

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Photo of GonzoHomebrewer
4.58/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Like most it seems, I'm incredibly impressed with this beer. This is my second bottle and I've had it on tap a few times at the brewery, side by side with the regular framinghammer.

A- A viscous dark pour with a thick mocha head that disappears to the rim of the glass. Completely black, looks awesome

S- The only part that doesn't really pop to me, but is still solid nonetheless. A creamy roasted malt nose with a light sweetness. I say light sweetness because its not an overpowering bourbon note.

T- A rush of wonderful bittersweet chocolate and roasted malt goodness; touch of dark roast espresso followed by a rush of oaky vanilla that never allows the malt to become too bitter. Fantastic

M- I can't say enough about this aspect of the beer. Full, luscious without being overbearing.

O- Well, my first 5 given out for any field of the beer, this beer is very close to being perfect. I can't imagine how aging will improve this, so I will probably drink more of my stash sooner rather than later. For $6 per .5L, this beer can't be beat price wise.

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Photo of AdamF625
4.69/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A- black with a creamy khaki head

S- bourbon toffee and chocolate

T- More of the same from the nose, a sweet sweet blend of bourbon, bitter chocolate malt, and honey. A roasted black malt sits in your mouth after the finish.

M- I would have to say a nice medium body compared to other barrel aged porters and stouts.

O- love this beer. A nice balance of bourbon and creamy chocolate porter. Jack's Abby is the next big thing!

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4.89/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Notes from the Jack's Abby meet the brewers night at Armsby Abbey

Appearance- jet black with a dark brown foam around the edges that stuck around impressively considering the ABV

Smell- Very dark chocolate and bourbon forward. Some strong roasted coffee and sweet vanilla notes. I'm in love with the smell of this I can't get enough...

Taste- Deep roasted coffee and dark chocolate. Bourbon adds a certain light coconut and vanilla finish that compliment the bitter roast.

Mouthfeel- silky smooth with medium carbonation. Not syrupy heavy but a certain heft in the mouth was extremely satisfying

Overall- I genuinely love this beer. I'm so broke my girlfriend and I split a single appetizer while we were there but I couldn't help but buy a second glass of this. This beer seriously holds it's own, even against the heavy-hitting barrel aged stouts. I hope they make more

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