Barrel-Aged Framinghammer - Jack's Abby Brewing
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4.56/5 rDev +4.6%
Poured into a Dartmouth College snifter. Lest the old traditions fail...
A: Pours a murky and deep brown, almost black in the middle, with a slight ring of deep brown around the edges. Delicious looking fluffy tan head rises 2 fingers instantly and recedes to about a 2cm with heavy lacing. This looks like it'll be good boys...
S: Have a cold, so everything is a little muted, but bourbon and vanilla on the nose, with some booze revealing itself at the end of a deep whiff. mmm
T: At first there is nothing. A microsecond of calm before the storm. All you can percieve is the mouthfeel. Then, almost immediately it hits you. The front is a Big bold blast of bourbon, and a huge sticky-sweet vanilla wall of flavor. Soon, caramel, toffee, and other sweet candy-like flavors begin to develop as it warms on the tongue, overpowering, but not dominating, a beautiful toffee-biscuit like malt character. Right when I attempt to discern some of the subtleties of the malt backbone, a warming boozy heat comes on and leaves me unable to pick out anymore flavors until the next sip. It finishes just how it started--bourbon and vanilla, maybe a touch of oak, but this time with the alcohol on the finish.
M: Absolutely superb is the only way I can describe this. Perfect carbonation, sticky, and chewy, but not overly so. Done just right. Really amazing what these guys do with lagers.
O: This is absolutely a world class brew. I approached this beer expecting it to be good, but also expecting to have to make exceptions for a thin body and slightly lacking in complexity due to the nature of the yeast used. But boy was I wrong. I have never had a lager like this. Yes, it is barrel aged, but I did not think the flavors that I am used to in my imperial stouts and barleywines would be able to be so well executed in a lager. You can tell it is a lager, as the flavors are more subtle and take a few seconds to hit your tongue, but it just adds another element to this incredible beer. By far, one of the smoothest, most drinkable, BBA beers I have had, but not lacking in depth or complexity by any measure.
Thanks Huddyball, for the opportunity to try this gem!
06-27-2013 01:42:39 | More by DmouthCaliBrewz
Barrel-Aged Framinghammer from Jack's Abby Brewing
97 out of 100 based on 924 ratings.