Framinghammer Baltic Porter - Bourbon Barrel Aged - Jack's Abby Brewing
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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
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
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
06-03-2013 14:21:42 | More by mdfb79
Framinghammer Baltic Porter - Bourbon Barrel Aged from Jack's Abby Brewing
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