Barrel-Aged Framinghammer - Jack's Abby Brewing

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Ratings: 1,283
Reviews: 151
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 7.83%
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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 Treyliff
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage aged in Willet barrels, poured into a snifter

A- pours dark brown, nearly black with a small fizzy light-tan head that reduces quickly, leaving nothing behind

S- lots of bourbon on the nose with big notes of vanilla, chocolate & caramel, charred oak, licorice. Pretty bourbon forward overall with chocolate mixed in

T- roasted chocolaty malt base mixes with big vanilla flavors and toasted oak, molasses, & caramel malt. Big bourbon hit near the finish with more chocolate

M- medium-viscous body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy, slightly chewy mouthfeel and a warming finish

O- really liked the bourbon/vanilla notes, drinks pretty easy for 10%, I enjoyed this much more than the coffee version

Photo of gueuzedreg
3.78/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- Dark brown hazelnut in color, transparent on edges. No head to speak of. Silent

S- Malt base, oak and some sour smell (had the word and lost it)

T- Ya, a baltic porter that has a bit of bourbon barrel aged characteristic to it. Malt, barrel and vanilla at the end for me.

M- Pretty standard as far as thin or thick; again I can't think of words right now. Feels like it has been sitting out for 5 days in the fridge with the lack of carb. That doesn't really bother me though.

O- I well done BA Baltic. I like that I got to taste a well done version of this

Photo of SweetChicken
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Heard about this from a friend. Bought a single bottle and poured it to a tulip.

A - It poured to a nice dark-brown/black color. The head was on the thin side, pretty bubbly, but a nice creamy khaki color.

S - I was very impressed. It really made me want to dig in. Bold sweet vanilla at the front, chocolate in the middle, and a sweet, mild boozy bourbon finish.

T - The taste was a great follow and match to the smell. Great caramel malt base, notes of dark fruit, high % cocoa dark chocolate, and a nice lazy boozed end.

M - almost perfect for a porter.

O - Can't wait to get a six pack and age this for 6 months and try again. This beer is a must try.

Photo of dar482
4.73/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in a dark brown black with a light brown head.

The aroma has dark berries, coffee, a bit of sweet vanilla, bourbon barrel character.

The beer follows of bourbon notes in the front, coffee, milk chocolate, hints of dark fruit . It finishes off of licorice and charred barrel character.

The mouthfeel is medium plus, but still quite silky smooth.

A great drinking beer that is really benefited by the barrels with a balanced complexity.

Photo of Kendo
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from the 500 ml bottle into a Piraat tulip/snifter-type glass. On the pour the body looks dark chestnut brown, but in the glass it's black - incredibly midnight black, actually - with a small tannish head.

S: Bourbon and wood dominate; the bourbon was noted on the pour, and sticking your nose in the glass only makes it stronger. There's also some molasses noted on the nose as well.

T: Caramel malt, molasses and brown sugar sweetness is there up front; there's also some chocolate malt and dark chocolate, with a touch of roast or dark chocolate bitterness. Finishes with a modest taste of bourbon that doesn't overwhelm the overall package like you get with some bourbon barrel-aged beers. Heat is felt in belly but not really noted on the palate.

M: Medium-bodied in heft, smooth in feel, as carbonation is modest.

D: This is a solid beer.

Photo of WunderLlama
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.47/5  rDev +3%
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!

Photo of ppoitras
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Photo of DrJay
4.19/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Photo of alaimoa
4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
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

Photo of unclejazz
4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Photo of MarcWP
4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of mechamifune
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of Jwale73
4.34/5  rDev 0%
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!

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Photo of pmarlowe
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Photo of Thickfreakness
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of Seanniek91
4.66/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Photo of woosterbill
3.52/5  rDev -18.9%
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!

Photo of MissSarah
4.16/5  rDev -4.1%
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

Photo of JohnG190
4.85/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

Photo of LeRose
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of CloudStrife
4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Photo of Vogey77
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Photo of athomasPSU
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Barrel-Aged Framinghammer from Jack's Abby Brewing
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