Framinghammer Baltic Porter - Bourbon Barrel Aged - Jack's Abby Brewing
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4.49/5 rDev +3%
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 +0.9%
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 -0.5%
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
4.44/5 rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Huge thanks to BobZ for hooking me up with a bottle... his generosity will never cease to amaze me. 2013 vintage:
The darkest brown body, not too thick with a nice creamy cap of khaki carb... great lacing and legging.
Dense layers of fudge and brownie with sweet bourbon and minimal heat. There some vanilla and caramel in the background... molasses or licorice... a slight suggestion of red fruit. Very welcoming in this respect.
Bitter chocolate, vanilla oak, sort of a raw unforgiving mouthfeel that really fits the bill. Chocolate, bourbon and candied sugar linger... each sip seems to last a minute.
This is tremendous stuff. Thank you Bob!!
Serving type: bottle
05-31-2013 04:29:35 | More by yamar68
3.55/5 rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
March 2013 vintage. .5 litre brown glass bottle with standard silver unbranded pressure cap acquired in a trade with the gracious ICCULIS (thanks again!) and served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. 10% ABV confirmed. Self-identifies as a baltic porter; I'm reviewing it as such. Expectations are high given the recommendation of a friend (Duff27) and the brewery's mounting reputation for quality - though I've yet to have a Jack's Abby beer that really blows me away.
Served cold, straight from the fridge, and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: Pours a one finger head of nice tan colour. Not the richest or darkest tan colour I've seen, but quite lovely. Nicely creamy. Good thickness. Decent (~2 minute) retention for the high ABV. No bubble show. Light even lacing as the head slowly recedes. Overall, quite a good head for the style.
Body colour is a dark solid black - not quite a jet black, but dark. Opaque (both nontransparent and non-translucent). No yeast particles are visible.
It's a predictable appearance for the style, but within conventions it's rather attractive.
Sm: I get a pleasant subtle roasted barley character hidden beneath dark malts - the most prominent of which is chocolate malt. Definite bourbon barrel notes - including wonderfully well integrated vanilla, which is itself very natural feeling and not at all too sweet. Also some light oak; I'd prefer it come on a bit stronger because it's rather timid here. Bourbon character is delightful overall and seems seamlessly integrated with the base beer; there's a deliberate intentionality to the use of barrel aging here - a feature so often missing from so many recent attempts at barrel aged dark beers. Oats are noticeable.
No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. The woody oaky barrel notes are too restrained, lacking evocative character. I imagine this didn't spend an extended period of time in bourbon barrels - no more than 9-12 months I'd guess.
Scanning the reviews of others, I notice many are detecting spicy or more whiskey-centric barrel notes. To me, knowing nothing about it beforehand, it screamed bourbon. I look for these spicy/whiskey notes and do not find them; the vanilla alone makes it identifiably bourbon-y to me.
A moderate strength aroma of superb execution. Really looking forward to tasting it.
T: Lovely vanilla sweetness on the open, which lingers throughout. Definitely more sweet than the aroma made it seem - and to its detriment. Moving past the open into the body, I'm getting a balanced dark malt foundation with prominent chocolate malt notes. Maybe even some actual milk chocolate as well. Bourbon-y touches throughout the second act, but oak is sorely missed here. I'd like more from the roast as well; it's way too buried. The balance would really benefit from the added complexity and dimension of the roasted barley. Vanilla reemerges on the climax and carries through the finish. Aftertaste features a pleasant - if a bit too sweet - blend of vanilla and chocolate notes.
No yeast character or alcohol comes through - quite a feat for the ABV. Any hop character is unnoticeable.
Light, light touches of caramel in the second act. Oats lend it a bit more body (and certainly aid the smoothness of the mouthfeel) but offer little in terms of flavour.
The label notes that it was brewed with brown sugar. I get none of that from the flavour profile whatsoever.
Overall, it's a nicely complex baltic porter with some nice subtle touches and good balance. I'm a big fan.
Mf: Silky smooth and wet. Great thickness - enough to support the flavours but not so much as to be overbearing or limit drinkability. Good carbonation. Soft and pleasant on the palate. I'd venture to call it somewhat teasing. The silky character works here, but over time (i.e. the more I drink) the more the smoothness starts to be a bit too much. Good body. Not at all hot or gushing. Quite easy and relatively light on the palate - especially for the style. Good presence. Complements the flavour profile quite well.
Dr: Extraordinarily drinkable for the high ABV - which is itself largely unnoticeable. I could happily drink more than one of these alone in the same night. I'd love to try it on-draught, but I'm not convinced it'd age well. The main flaws are overdone sweetness and overdone smoothness, but they're largely minor. Its lack of roasted barley is a symptom of a greater issue - that of a missed opportunity for impressive complexity. Still, it's an obscenely enjoyable baltic porter that shouldn't be missed by any fan of the style. I was waiting to be impressed by Jack's Abby but I wait no more. This is the real deal. Love the marriage of the barrel notes with the base beer, but please tone down the sweetness. I'd like it more robust.
Serving type: bottle
05-31-2013 04:12:06 | More by kojevergas
Framinghammer Baltic Porter - Bourbon Barrel Aged from Jack's Abby Brewing
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