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Framinghammer Baltic Porter - Bourbon Barrel Aged - Jack's Abby Brewing

Framinghammer Baltic Porter - Bourbon Barrel AgedFraminghammer Baltic Porter - Bourbon Barrel Aged

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Ratings: 683
Reviews: 110
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 8.01%

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

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  10.00% ABV

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.

(Beer added by: taez555 on 03-30-2012)
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Photo of Seanniek91

Rhode Island

4.68/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Served from a 16oz bottle into a Smuttynose big beer tulip. 2014 bottle. Four Roses barrel I believe. Cellar temp.

Appearance- Black with quick two finger caramel head that left no lacing.

Smell- Cocoa, light coffee, vanilla, sweet bourbon (Four Roses is really sweet), some mild booze heat. Real nice.

Taste- Bittersweet chocolate, vanilla, oak, caramel, cinnamon, light booze heat. The Four Roses is real prevalent. It's damn near perfect as far as bourbon barrel aged beers go.

Mouthfeel- Smooth, creamy, velvety, soft, medium carbonation. Again, damn near perfect. Very, very light booze heat.

Overall- This is a phenomenal beer. I actually didn't have huge expectations for it, but I want more now. The first Jacks Abbey beer to really wow me.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2014 00:26:12 | More by Seanniek91
Photo of woosterbill


3.49/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into a Duvel tulip. Thanks Drew!

A: Black with russet highlights and a finger of fine tan head. Good retention and spotty lace. Attractive.

S: Heady and roasty. Dark chocolate, char, light vanilla, and some sharp aromas that remind me of herbal hops. Weird, and not what I ws expecting, but not bad.

T : Anise, oak, char, baker's chocolate, and a profoundly bitter, astringent finish. Disappointing.

M: Lively, creamy medium body. A little on the thin side, but enjoyable.

O: Nowhere near as good as the base. Here's hiping the Coffee and Vanilla variants are better.


Serving type: bottle

02-18-2014 01:01:23 | More by woosterbill
Photo of MissSarah


4.15/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours an opaque taupe with a creamy-buttermilk head

Smell: Bourbon soaked raisins and roasty dark cocoa

Taste: Sticky-oaky-boozy dark chocolate, coffee, and vanilla beans

Mouth Feel: Like velvet

Overall: Made for winter night caps, chocolate cake binges, and late night campfires

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2014 00:27:17 | More by MissSarah
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New York

4.86/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Thanks MJ0126 for these great beers! Pours pitch black with a thick mocha head that dissipates quickly. Minimal lacing. Lots of dark fruit on the nose along with vanilla, bourbon, chocolate and coffee. Bourbon, vanilla, chocolate and brown sugar on the palate. Most complex and outstanding! Velvety smooth on the tongue, medium bodied with low carbonation contribute to the velvety mouthfeel. Overall, this is an extremely drinkable Baltic Porter, great work Jack's Abby.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2014 23:51:16 | More by JohnG190
Photo of LeRose


4.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into snifter style glass. Looks like black coffee with some reddish hues. Kicks up a small frothy head that dies quick and leaves spotty lacing on glass.

The aroma is clearly bourbon, but substantial chocolate and dark fruits like dates and figs. A little boozy This delivered flavors in waves - the bourbon is up front, then roasty malts come in, dark fruits, a nice vanilla element, and the oakiness carries throughout. Mellows out with some chocolate notes.
The mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy. The alcohol is present but not overwhelming. Surprisingly clean finish for all the flavor the beer packs in there.

This is an excellent beer - a great porter to begin with, and the barrel-aging just takes it a step beyond.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2014 01:38:09 | More by LeRose
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New York

4.49/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz bottle poured into a snifter. 2014 release.

A: Pours a clear slightly reddish brown with a khaki tan head. Appearing black in the glass there isn't much else discernible about this beer. Leaves some spots of lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Bourbon qualities show right off the bat blending with a chocolaty roasty malt mix. Dark fruity characteristics show more as it warms up.

T: Now here is a finely tuned, well crafted porter aged fantastically in bourbon barrels. Loads of roastiness, chocolate and dark fruits with an assertive vanilla, oak bourbon flavor.

M: Smooth and creamy full bodied mouthfeel. Alcohol doesnt overpower the palate. Finish is fairly clean not getting too sticky from either malts or bourbon.

Overall I'm floored, this pushes the boundaries of porter and the bourbon barrel is very nicely done. Pick this one up if you see it.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 01:43:41 | More by CloudStrife
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4.19/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle straight from the brewery.

A- Pours very dark with a thin lighter head.

S- Can smell the bourbon. Also chocolate and maybe brown sugar.

T- Notice the bourbon taste at first. There is also a sweetness to the beer. Hints of chocolate are also present.

M- Fairly smooth though the beer was still a little hot

O- My first experience with a barrel aged beer. Jacks Abby continues to impress. Would like to see how the beer changes and look forward to trying the other varients.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 03:55:15 | More by Vogey77
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4.43/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown near black with a light brown head less than one finger. Lacing is very thin and disappearing quickly.

The smell is bourbon, chocolate, and roasted malts. A slight hint of dates or dark fruit. Very pleasing to the nose for me.

Taste of bourbon and plenty of roasted coffee and chocolate. I get so much roasted flavors in this beer. Also some vanilla and slight booze but they are very subtle. Wow, this is really good and the bourbon and coffee are getting more prominent as it warms.

The mouth is thin and smooth. The bourbon characteristics really stand out here.

Overall this beer exceeded my expectations. It hits on all the great parts a BA porter has. I'm a huge bourbon fan so this is damn near as good as Goose Island BCBS. The more I sip it, the more I want. I definite think if you can get this, get it and savor it's amazing flavors.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 03:40:05 | More by athomasPSU
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4.74/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Enjoyed at Jack's Abby, poured into a snifter.

Appeared a dark brown, nearly black color with a light brown one finger head. The head was quite fluffy and appeared almost like a cross between nitro and regular.

Smell is fantastic. Definite chocolate presence and a bit of dark fruit. Slight roasts. Bourbon is present in the nose but not overpowering.

Taste is wonderfully balanced and complex. Drinks like a slightly aged BCBS though a bit more subtle on the bourbon and stronger on the chocolate/roasted flavors. Some burnt marshmallow and vanilla on the finish. Can definitely detect the booze in the taste but it melds in nicely. Very tasty.

Mouth-feel is silky smooth. Fantastic.

Another home-run by a brewery that is quickly becoming my favorite. Love this one. There are some nights where I want the barrel aged stout/porter flavors but not something quite as intense as a BCBS - this is where BA Framinghammer comes into play. AWESOME! Glad I have a few bottles in the cellar to see what some age does to these, though it will be tough to not drink them now!

Serving type: on-tap

01-23-2014 16:02:53 | More by TWStandley
Photo of Jeffo


3.58/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Happy to give this one a try. Thanks to Masterski for the bottle.

From a 50cl bottle into a snifter
March 2013
OG: 23.5 Plato
IBU: 55

APPEARANCE: A clear brown pour yields a one finger, medium looking, tan head with very good retention. Transparent black body with no carbonation evident. Head fades to a thin wisp and frothy ring. A ring remains until the end but leaves no lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Roasted notes, dark chocolate, bourbon and oak on the nose. Light caramel and vanilla in there as well. Pretty nice.

TASTE: Roasted and caramel flavors up front with a bigger and barrel heavy finish. Bourbon, oak, vanilla and alcohol linger beside some nice bitter dark chocolate and coffee acting as balance to the strong and influential bourbon barrel. Pretty flavorful after the swallow but a little lacking up front.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly sticky. A touch light perhaps, though plenty creamy. A bit of heat lingers on the palate.

OVERALL: This is pretty solid. It's a little barrel heavy maybe, but that's is excusable, and it lacks a touch up front, but besides that, this is a solid barrel aged strong porter. Something worth checking out if you get the chance. Thanks again Masterski. Enjoyed this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2014 20:09:55 | More by Jeffo
Photo of Gatch


4.58/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle from March 2013.

A: Deep brown and a bubbly light brown head. No lace and no retention. Only dark liquid.

S: Heavy on the booze, dark dried fruits, molasses, roasted malt, some chocolate, and a bit of bourbon and barrel.

T: Massive flavor. You get the barrel, the wood, the booze, the malt. And as described, there's some vanilla as well as dome chocolate. Very little bourbon presence which I kind of like. Allows the true character to come through. If any, its in the finish when the beer is at room temperature.

M: Incredibly smooth with very little carbonation. Fairly dry with lots of earthy flavors. Never cloying.

O: Such a great beer that it makes this review boring. It was hard to describe but such a pleasure to drink. super mellow, huge flavor, great complexity. For the style, it's absolutely incredible.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 01:25:06 | More by Gatch
Photo of puboflyons

New Hampshire

4.34/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the 25 fl. oz. bottle. No date of bottling or expiration. Sampled on December 23, 2013.

It pours near black with a tan head that generally sticks around but eventually fades to a ruing. Very opaque.

Loads of toasted roasted malts on the nose a burnt characteristic that is otherwise not so evident unless you look for it. Some smoke.

Medium to full body.

The taste really becomes a Porter that I expect it to become. Dark burnt malt character on the taste with a light to modest bitterness at the finish. It is interesting to say the least.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 00:40:20 | More by puboflyons
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Rhode Island

4.18/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Consumed 11/3/13

Note: 2013 bottle

Appearance: Dark, deep brown - some lighter brown with some hints of red around the edges - some clarity around the edges as well - small, small light tan head, fades to a few wips, leaves a few spots of lacing

Smell: Roasty dark malts with a lot of bourbon - nice depth to the malts, with some dark, roasted malts, chocolate malts, and caramel - some milk chocolate, dark chocolate - some marshmallow-like sweetness - lots of vanilla - bourbon is quite prominent, but it's nice - woody aromas and straight-up bourbon blend well with the roasty chocolate aromas

Taste: Jack's Abby can even make bourbon more drinkable (surprise) - lots of chocolate, nice range - milk chocolate to semisweet chocolate, to dark chocolate - an above-average amount of vanilla - nice amount of caramel sweetness - roasty malts, chocolate malts, and some lighter malts - bourbon is pretty big, but it works - nice bourbon flavor, with some wood - potent without dominating the flavor, and the bourbon itself (Old Weller 107?) is nice

Mouthfeel: On the heavy side of medium, creamy, smooth, nicely carbonated, finishes mostly clean except for some bourbon woodiness

Overall: Does the name of this beer even count as a pun?

This is unexpectedly lovely. It comes close to the line of a bourbon bomb (especially as it warms), but it never actually crosses it. It's a nice mix of chocolate and bourbon with a nice pinch of Jack's Abby goodness. I can't say I've had many barrel-aged Baltic Porters, but I can say that this is better than a lot of barrel-aged stouts I had. Or maybe I'm becoming less jaded with bourbon barrel aging in general (which seems unlikely).

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2013 05:28:49 | More by angrybabboon
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4.11/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle pour at Woodshop 8 held at The Hermosillo in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a clear brown with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, wood, and slight bourbon aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and bourbon flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a great bourbon barrel aged presence that is slightly better in the taste.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 15:52:08 | More by UCLABrewN84
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West Virginia

4.61/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 2013 in TG snifter, an extra, thx bro!!!

Pours dark brown colas, with a thin bubbly white head with poor retention.

Smell, barrelling is apparent, warm oak, vanilla, bourbon notes.

Taste is savory meaty umani note with great smoke, oak, vanilla, hot alcohol, crisp flavors coming out in lager fashion. Mouth is smooth and a touch chewy, a fair amont of warming alcohol that is enjoyable with the other strong notes.

This is in the running for my favorite lager yet. JA is tearing it up!!! Cant wait to try more of their beers.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2013 16:15:05 | More by williamjbauer
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3.36/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pretty much black. Dark browns at edges when held to direct light. Starts with a creamy khaki head that drops to a small cap and collar. Some sheets and splotches of lacing. Minimal carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Sweet roasted malt and a healthy dose of bourbon. Vanilla, caramel, and alcohol. Some dark cocoa and milk chocolate. Milky chocolate with a clean yeast profile. Some caramel malt. Bourbon blends well with the base porter.

Taste: Oh hey bourbon. Silky smooth caramel and toffee with a creamy vanilla for days. Slightly roasted malt with a healthy infusion of chocolate malt. Some cocoa and sweet milk chocolate. Solidly infused with bourbon to the point it masks some of the base flavors. Carries the typical clean yeast finish of a Jack's Abby beer. Warming turns it in to cocoa laced bourbon with a mild roast.

Mouthfeel: Smooth bordering on creamy with a medium body. Minimal carbonation. Clean minus the bourbon.

Overall: More like a velvet hammer.

decent but lacks the general JA I want to drink it all the times thing. Damn good for a barrel aged porter though.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2013 00:40:24 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served alongside the bourbon barrel aged with vanilla beans version. The beer is nearly black with an inch of mocha colored head. Nice aroma, featuring bourbon, oak, chocolate. Very tasty and quite smooth on the palate. Very tasty, though not as wonderful as the version with vanilla beans. Fairly low carbonation with alcohol content well hidden. A delightful beer to sip.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2013 04:34:06 | More by Huhzubendah
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4.58/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 01:59:18 | More by greenmtn1111
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New Hampshire

4.56/5  rDev +4.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2013 01:42:39 | More by DmouthCaliBrewz
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4.58/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2013 00:53:49 | More by portia99
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4.04/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2013 02:26:34 | More by Alieniloquium
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4.34/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2013 22:45:38 | More by MasterSki
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4.49/5  rDev +2.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 02:32:24 | More by BEERMILER12
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4.4/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2013 00:47:07 | More by jondeelee
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New York

4.34/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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