Barrel-Aged Framinghammer - Jack's Abby Brewing

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Hads: 1,314
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 7.64%
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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 WunderLlama
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into glass stein

Deep black, pours a taupe foam lid. Settles to a layer of taupe

Aroma of sweet malt, bourbon, brown sugar, tobacco, deep rich figs, chocolate. Smells great.

Incredibly smooth, sweet on the front of the tongue. Bourbon, caramel, sweet malts. Feel the alcohol on the back of the tongue, still smooth and not a sharp bite. Gentle carbonation but a full mouthfeel because of the alcohol. At 10% abv! this is a one beer at a time! not a session beer.

Great beer, silky smooth, rich, flavorful , enjoyable and repeatable. (552 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i love jack abby, and its beers like this that make them one of the most unique breweries in the country. taking lager to new heights, this is special, and in some ways i like it better than the vanilla edition. it still has a ton of vanilla to it, just naturally and from the barrel, there really is not much need for additional vanilla. matte black brown in color, thick, but still holding on to a pretty solid off white head, almost grey really. the nose is rich in vanilla notes and dark barley, with earthy mineral density, but very little of the bitterness we normally associate with dark brews like this. the oak from the barrel is there, and the sweetness of the bourbon penetrates the beer a bit too. bakers chocolate and lager yeast are there too, but much more in flavor than smell. vanilla and chocolate up front, but the only real sugar in this appears to be from the bourbon. musty woodiness is picked up on by the lager yeast in the finish, giving this beer a very unique character that is both rich and complex, yet also sort of light and drinkable, certainly for what it is. lots of body through, and a longer finish than i remember on most lagers, but still rather clean for its size. the flavors here are just perfectly proportioned, not too much of anything, still grain first, but peppered in are all kinds of little twists, making this a bottle to be shared and considered carefully. very very well done, i am very keen to try the other incarnations of this now. this has to be the best american made baltic porter out there. if it isnt, enlighten me, but i would be surprised! (1,599 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
4.03/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle purchased as a single from Adams Hometown Market, Monson, MA.

Poured into a DFH snifter, formed a 1/4" dark brown head over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head that is present quicly skims and recedes to the rim, with leggy lacing. Aroma is roasty dark grains with ample alcohol.

Taste is sweet darkness to start, lactic and dark fruits in the middle, a peek of coconut, and then smooths out with some alcohol warmth to the close. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth, and drinkability is easy. Nice nuances here, but liked the base brew better. (556 characters)

Photo of DrJay
4.19/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Again, looks like Framinghammer - very dark with ruby highlights, tan/brown cap with lacing and good head retention. Slight booze and wood on top of the base beer, chocolate and malt for the most part, cocoa and roast. Nice flavour -- sweetness blends with the mild boozy alcohol and bitterness, chocolate and malt sit just underneath, a bit nutty, woody tannins follow through in the finish. Mild astringency, full bodied, moderate carbonation, not as creamy as the other Framinghammers I've had, but still quite smooth. Quite enjoyable and very drinkable for a barrel aged beer. I'd definitely pick this up again. (615 characters)

Photo of alaimoa
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 poured admittedly a bit too cold but I think will warm nicely and I look forward to buying more
A: jet black silky mocha head not much lingering leg
S: heavy bourbon up front, bitter chocolate, spent coffe grinds
T: initially bourbon and dark choc bitterness. Warming into a nice depth getting some dark boozy fruit in the mix with no booze burn lingering... impressive at 10%
M: not as thick as some bb stouts with a nice silkiness (440 characters)

Photo of unclejazz
4.49/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared a bottle with my lady and in hindsight I have a hint of regret for sharing. This beer looks good, dark brown with mahogany edges, tan had that recedes after a minute or so, solid legs as one would expect from a 10% beer. Aroma of black malt, anise, toffee, and pit fruit. Taste has bourbon out front with a solid anise and a bit of blackberry. Rich mouthfeel with a sweetness that is not cloying and little to no bitterness. Very good beer, but a bit pricy at $8. Would like to see this some day in 4 packs. (514 characters)

Photo of MarcWP
4.31/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours one shade lighter than black. Dark brown edges let some light through. One finger saddle tan head that dissipates to a thin ring around the edge of glass.

Aroma is of vanilla, milk chocolate, faint roast, bourbon sweetness, and artificial maple syrup. Aroma is smooth and mellow, expected giving this is lagered.

The taste brings a much stronger bourbon presence. The flavors are smooth but the bourbon heat is there to remind you where it rested for a good portion of its life. More milk chocolate, maple sweetener, thinned out creamed coffee, and a shy peatiness. Bourbon is sharp but doesn't quite overpower. Very nice.

Mouthfeel silky and the beer glides through the palate. Medium body, creamy, and slightly lower than optimal carbonation.

Overall a real treat. Hides the ABV truly well. Reminiscent of some other lower abv barrel aged beers such as Velvet Merkin. The oats and brown sugar are what make this feel more like a light stout than a Baltic Porter. Creamy, rich, and smooth! Paired with bourbon barrel aged maple syrup drizzled bacon. Fantastic food/beer combo. (1,088 characters)

Photo of mechamifune
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours not quite a pitch black. A bit of a brownish tinge to everything. Nice lacing.

Smell is pleasant chocolate and roasted noted, but ultimately a bit muted. Still nice enough though.

Taste is a little chocolaty upfront, followed by somewhat subtle bourbon and then a bit of residual sweetness. A very pleasant finish and nothing really abrasive about this beer at all. Hard to believe it is 10%

Mouthfeel is really interesting. Not "full" in the way a lot of BBA imperial stouts are, but still super super smooth (it's a baltic porter right? so I guess that makes sense). Somehow manages to feel light on the palate but still maintains a really nice sense of body. I really nice example of a brewery making the most of the style.

Overall this is a very enjoyable beer to drink. The bourbon element is pleasant but ultimately a little underwhelming. The mouthfeel is great, and a nice differentiation from the BBAIS genre. As a whole this beer might not be mindblowing, but it is a nice change of pace in the BBA world and shows a great deal of craftsmanship. (1,066 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2014 vintage served in my DFH Signature glass. Pours the color and clarity of cola with a frothy, quarter-inch, khaki-colored head. Head eventually dissipates into an oily swirl. Some lacing is present but exhibits poor retention. Nose expresses dark fruits, ethanol, vanilla and a suggestion of the barrel. Taste is amazing! Rich cocoa, vanilla and buttery elements nicely co-mingle with the dark fruit and wood revealed in the nose. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a mild, even carbonation and a texture that falls just shy of creamy. This beer is nothing short of spectacular and is only surpassed by the draft offering. Jack's Abby is killing it with pretty much everything they put out. Prosit! (706 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz bottle purchased at Oliver's in Albany, NY. 2014 vintage, aged in 4 Roses barrels.

Poured into my Abandon Brewing tulip. Pours very dark for a porter, dark brown, almost opaque, almost black.

Smells like oak, vanilla, coconut, chocolate, and whiskey.

Tastes very much the same, with strong, sweet whiskey flavors. Slight roasty bitterness, and dark chocolate brownies. Relatively straightforward and simple, but utterly delicious.

Medium to full bodied, with low carbonation.

Who knew a lager-only brewery could make something like this? Baltic porters are a great style, and JA's barrel aging here works wonders. A delight to drink. (646 characters)

Photo of pmarlowe
4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2013 vintage. RR Tion glass.

A: An aggressive pour yields a Coca Cola-brown color with a half inch of light sand-colored, creamy, dense head. The head recedes slowly to a collar of large bubbles. A few streaks of lacing and above average retention.

S: Holy bourbon, batman! Lots of sweetish bourbon front and center, along with substantial hazelnut, some boozy vanilla extract, and a bit of dark chocolate, roast, and black cherry/black fruit. Aroma is well integrated, and gets better approaching room temp.

T: Lots of round bourbon, straight up. Tastes like bourbon was poured directly into a porter. Finishes with dark roast coffee and some oak. Slight taste of booze.

M: Silky smooth, medium body and medium-light carbonation.

O: Fundamentally, this tastes like bourbon was poured into a porter. The aroma is nice, but the taste is a bit one dimensional. This feels pretty light bodied and drinkable given the ~10% ABV, so that’s a plus. (951 characters)

Photo of Thickfreakness
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A pitch black pour into my Darkness tulip. A thin tan head, no decernable carbonation, but amazing oily legs as you swirl the glass.
Deep dark chocolate meets subtle touches of bourbon, vanilla, black coffee and hints of citrusy hops. This is really nicely done. Not one certain thing overwhelms you, everything is blended together seemlessly.
Dark chocolate and cocoa powder, espresso and sweet bourbon. Hints of vanilla and finishes with a nice little touch of orange/citrus.
A touch thin, barely a hint of carbonation... but an amazing burst of citrus finish. Not as much BBA as I was hoping for, but very nicely balanced.
Really nice! Not as great as it was hyped to be imho, but has a great balance and smooth flavors overall. I'd grab this again for sure. Nothing ground breaking, but very well done indeed. (815 characters)

Photo of Seanniek91
4.66/5  rDev +7.9%
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. (753 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
3.52/5  rDev -18.5%
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.

Cheers! (590 characters)

Photo of MissSarah
4.16/5  rDev -3.7%
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 (295 characters)

Photo of JohnG190
4.85/5  rDev +12.3%
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. (471 characters)

Photo of LeRose
4.45/5  rDev +3%
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. (736 characters)

Photo of CloudStrife
4.49/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (874 characters)

Photo of Vogey77
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
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. (496 characters)

Photo of athomasPSU
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (872 characters)

Photo of TWStandley
4.74/5  rDev +9.7%
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! (1,071 characters)

Photo of Jeffo
3.59/5  rDev -16.9%
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. (1,324 characters)

Photo of Gatch
4.58/5  rDev +6%
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. (829 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
4.36/5  rDev +0.9%
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. (549 characters)

Photo of angrybabboon
4.16/5  rDev -3.7%
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). (1,682 characters)

Barrel-Aged Framinghammer from Jack's Abby Brewing
95 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.