Framinghammer Baltic Porter - Bourbon Barrel Aged With Vanilla Beans - Jack's Abby Brewing
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Reviews by Dope:
4.66/5 rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
Released about 2 weeks ago.
A: Not-quite-black pour with a nice big and dense medium brown head. Head fades slowly, with a spectacular frothy head retention always sticking around. Pretty solid walls of lacing too.
S: Notable vanilla but not as overpowering as I was expecting. Smells just like vanilla beans, and not that artificial vanilla extract flavor you commonly get, therefore not as sweet as you would think. Kinda gives it an almost creme brulee aspect. Combines nicely with the chocolate and dark fruits but the vanilla is definitely at the forefront.
T: Char, bitter chocolate and burnt sugars up front with hints of dark fruits. A wave of sweet vanilla and caramel sweeps in in the middle and takes over. Wonderful. Finish starts to turn a little bitter once the sweetness fades, leaving a little char and cocoa again. There is some toasted coconut and oak in the aftertaste from the barrels. Lingering charred oak and vanilla between sips. Almost has a marshmallow flavor at times, I assume that's some combination of the vanilla and the bourbon.
M: Heavy, viscous, a little creamier than the coffee version but somehow not as smooth at the same time.
O: Damn, another great beer from Jack's Abby. I just had the Coffee version of this two days ago. I would have thought I'd like the vanilla version better (I don't even like or drink coffee), but I think the coffee one beats this one out slightly. The coffee added a nice bitter contrast to the smooth sweet flavors of the base beer. However, the coffee version was so mind blowing maybe if I had reversed the order in which I drank them, the vanilla would have really wowed me the first time around. In any case, this beer is still stunning. Smooth, sweet, creamy, well balanced and with great variety of flavors. Jack's Abby keeps knocking it out the park. Awesomely crafted.
Serving type: bottle
05-11-2013 03:56:50 | More by Dope
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4.46/5 rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
The beer pours a surprisingly light amount of head that dissipates quickly but still leaves some creamy stuff on the side. The head is a light brown color. The beer itself is a very dark brown bordering on black that is opaque. The beer also has a silky smooth appearance. The beer smell has strong dark chocolate notes and roasted malts. The beer has a strong vanilla presence that is very noticeable but not too pervasive. The alcohol is also noticeable in the smell. The beer taste is very similar to the beer smell. However, the vanilla is much stronger and the notes mix very well to create a pretty baltic porter. The taste also has that slight funk that is typical of the style but isn't very strong such that it'll turn people away. The mouthfeel is very smooth and heavy bodied. The carbonation is very little and almost unnoticeable. Overall, a fantastic beer worth getting again. I enjoy how strong and distinct the flavors are in this brew.
Serving type: bottle
07-13-2014 01:18:18 | More by HattedClassic
Framinghammer Baltic Porter - Bourbon Barrel Aged With Vanilla Beans from Jack's Abby Brewing
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