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Barrel-Aged Framinghammer - Jack's Abby Brewing

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Ratings: 1,160
Reviews: 137
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 8.05%
Wants: 293
Gots: 240 | FT: 45
Brewed by:
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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4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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4/5  rDev -8%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.4/5  rDev +1.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of mechamifune
4.26/5  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.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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5/5  rDev +14.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Jwale73
4.36/5  rDev +0.2%
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!

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4.56/5  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.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of pmarlowe
4.09/5  rDev -6%
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.

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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.19/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

Barrel-Aged Framinghammer from Jack's Abby Brewing
96 out of 100 based on 1,160 ratings.