Vanilla Barrel-Aged Framinghammer - Jack's Abby Brewing

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Ratings: 747
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 7.16%
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Resuin on 05-02-2013

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.16/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16.9 ounce bottle poured into a stout/porter glass.

Pour produces a thick, cushion-like coffee-with-milk-colored head. Persists well. Shows good carbonation. Body seems pitch-black but has hues that lean towards darker brown. It's a fine looking brew sitting in a glass.

There's a potent order surging from the glass and I get something Dr. Pepper-like and certainly reminiscent of vanilla. Dark chocolate thickness and sweetness have me thinking of brownies. Dessert anyone? A tad of alcohol is detectable but mostly this is appealing to the nose.

Brownies still seem an appropriate descriptor for this brew as I'm getting abundant sweet, almost gooey, dark chocolate with a lingering vanilla finish. It tastes a bit boozy, but not so much as the PB&J which was almost undrinkable booze-laden. It's a bit oaken and somewhat suggestive of bourbon, but I'm again left thinking of brownies, albeit boozier ones.

As with the PB&J, there's a boozy heat that seems in need of toning down, but it's not nearly as harsh and unpleasant here. I can roll with this one because enough creaminess and sweetness are present to offset the booze.

Of the three Framinghammers I've had, this one seems to have the most character. I like it. I have a few more I have to try, but this may be the winner. It isn't flawless, but a year or two of age could change that.

Photo of mackeyse
4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look,feel,smell are impeccable. I don't really get the hit of vanilla but do taste a little sweetness at the end.
I taste the alcohol and while I know it's a hefty 10%, it tastes heavier...not an apt comparison but BCBS runs 13-14% and hides the alcohol better.
A little cloying aftertaste knocks it down a peg for me. Price per oz doesn't make this a regular purchase by any means but I'd recommend it if it's a "want". You won't be disappointed.

Photo of Roguer
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Extremely dark blackish brew with purple hue. Moderate dark brown head with OK retention and spotty lacing.

Aroma matches that of the base BA Framinghammer; any added vanilla is difficult to separate from the barrel characteristics. Bourbon, oak, chocolate, and banana notes are all prominent, along with coconut and vanilla.

Flavor also matches the "regular" BA Framinghammer, with a very noticeable added dose of vanilla. Very smooth throughout. In this variant, vanilla and roasted barley really dominate vice the bourbon, which instead complements. Earthy hop and roast bitterness.

Smooth and full mouthfeel without quite coming across as thick, although it's damn close. No hint of the 10% ABV. Quite a bit of foaming.

Having had Framinghammer, BA Framinghammer, and Vanilla BA Framinghammer, I think this is hands down the most drinkable and balanced yet. Really fantastic brew where the base beer and the vanilla take center stage.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.93/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2015 vintage. 160z. bottle into Night Shift stemware. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a luxurious .5 finger light mocha colored head with moderate to low retention. Beer is pitch black but not too dense. Lacing is stringy and spotty with low stick. Legs are oily, slick and rich. Pretty nice.

Nose is vanilla, roast, smoke, cocoa powder, liquorice, brownie and booze. Robust and thick. Flavors together are aromatic but each component is pretty mellow.

Opens big, creamy, sweet vanilla notes that descend into flavors of chocolate, roast, smoke, liquorice and cocoa powder. Some brownie and booze sweetness in the middle mixed with hints of coarse burnt malt. Ends more vanilla and boozy sweetness. Same aftertaste. DRINK FRESH! The vanilla presence is huge in this one and it'll only fade with time.

Medium bodied with low carbonation. Chewy and smooth on the palate and goes down rich with some bubbles at the end. Accented finish with a long, lingering aftertaste. Solid.

Certainly a unique vanilla-based imperial beer if only due to the fact that the vanilla flavor is so prominent throughout the experience. Drink this one fresh to really get a feel for what vanilla can do for the flavor profile.

Photo of MLR1013
4.91/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is one of my favorite beers around. These guys are killing it. I have yet to have a beer from them that I disliked and this one is my favorite. The regular barrel-aged one, the non-barrel-aged one, and the coffee barrel-aged one are all excellent beers, but this one is it for me. The imperial stout-like Baltic Porter lager, mixed with the vanilla sweetness and the slightly boozy notes from the bourbon barrels make this a perfect fit for a cold New England night, although I also enjoyed a few of these during hot New England summers. Drink it, age it, but buy it if you see it!

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.9/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black but no real head. Thin collar. Nothing else.

Smell - Roasty malts, but it isn't really strong. No real barrel, but vanilla comes through.

Taste - Much more barrel. Vanilla. Bourbon. Roasted malt. Some bright flavors come through. Clean finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium low carbonation. Maybe too thin.

Overall - Better flavor than any other aspect. Tastes good, but it would probably be better as an ale.

Photo of ChrisL24481
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark black with a finger width light brown head. Not as quick to dissipate but when it did, it left a tiny ring around the edge. Strong bourbon and vanilla aromas come through up front. A touch of chocolate comes through as well. The taste is just the same. Bourbon, vanilla, and dark chocolates shine throughout. Full bodied and full of flavor. A bit light/thin on the tongue with some carbonation. Overall, a great variant of an otherwise great BA Baltic Porter!

Photo of Treyliff
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into an oversize wine glass

A- pours a dark, nearly opaque black color with a small fizzy khaki colored head that disappears rather quickly, leaving a few alcohol legs behind

S- toasted marshmallow mixed with milk chocolate bar & toasted coconut up front, spicy rye-like whisky notes with a hint of oak barrel, dried vanilla bean mixes with fresh whipping cream, caramel malt & burnt brown sugar, very nice

T- lots of malty dark fruit notes initially, with notes of fig, prune & even black cherry. Spicy whisky notes kick in with underlying tones of charred oak & toasted coconut. Chocolate malt sweetness mixes with brown sugar & caramel. The vanilla kicks in near the finish, although pretty subtle. A bit of booze as it closes with more whisky linger

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel and a warming, slightly sweet finish

O- a nice sipping beer that showcases the barrel aging. The vanilla is there, but not as prominent than it is in the aroma.

Photo of n2185
3.79/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours black with a finger of tan head that fades into a frothy ring with no lacing.

S: Vanilla dominates here with roasted malts, sweet cocoa, and creamy milk chocolate.

T: Roasted malts here as well with strong flavors of vanilla, cocoa, and semi-sweet chocolate. There is a light char flavor as well before a moderately boozy finish.

M: Medium-thick body with low carbonation, this beer could use a little creamier body to smooth over the boozy finish.

O: An enjoyable beer, overall. Not terribly complex, but lots of nice chocolate and vanilla flavors going on.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours pitch black with a finger of light brown head that receded to a thin layer.

S - Rich milk chocolate, bitter roast and sweet vanilla. A very nice nose.

T - A great balance of bitter roast, milk chocolate and sweet vanilla. Dangerously smooth and drinkable for 10% ABV.

M - Medium to full body. Creamy. Light carbonation.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

Pours out a dark, glossy black, with a quarter inch head, and no lacing.

Smells like rich dark chocolate, dark roasted malt, and creamy vanilla
I could've thought this was a chocolate and vanilla variant, but it was just a vanilla one. Unbelievably smooth vanilla beans and chocolate, creamy and nice, with some chocolate, roasted malt, and a bit of oak. Very smooth, the smoothest variant that I tried tonight.

Medium bodied, slightly sticky. Creamy, smooth mouthfeel. Very low carbonation.

An amazing variant, great vanilla flavor.

Photo of HattedClassic
4.46/5  rDev +3%
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.

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

0.5 L bottle into pretty things globe...nice deep color - white rim/foam.
deep rich roasty chocolatey stout aromas with a noticeable vanilla sent.
Taste is perfect balance of vanilla and roasted chocolate. This beer is nearly perfect. Boozy as hell but drinkable as milk.
If you see it, pick it up...if you have it, drink it...if you want it, get it!
Amazing brew. (period)

Photo of Ri0
4.26/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

poured 500ml bottle into chalice. Bottled 6/6/14.

A- Dark brown body with a thin tan head that fades into a slim ring. Minimal spotty lacing on the glass.

S - Vanilla and a chocolate cola aroma from the porter. Notes of bourbon, wood, and plenty more vanilla grace the glass.

T - Starts out with a hefty bourbon flavor along with the Baltic porter base. Plenty of vanilla, soft chocolate truffle, hints of wood, brown sugar, caramel, with a touch of chocolate cola and molasses. The finish is more vanilla and porter notes.

M - Medium body with just enough carbonation to keep in lively on the palate. Smooth and creamy with a touch of heat.

O - A delicious Baltic porter that any vanilla lover should seek out. It would good, but I have a feeling that this would be best if consumed after aging 6-12 months. It would mellow it out just a bit more.

Photo of cbutova
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this one a few times now, finally reviewing my last bottle. Really doesn't need any age and I don't see it benefiting from more. Notes taken over weekend.

A- Pitch black body with a light mocha head. Silky and creamy texture to the foamy cap with one finger height and decent retention. Spotty webbing of lace coats the interior walls of the glass.

S- Fairly sweet dessert chocolates and bourbon smoothed out superbly by toasted oak, relaxed whiskey and of course vanilla. Roast grains and coffee hints.

T- Vanilla bean really opens up and comes out here as compared to the aroma, it adds just what is needed to put this into a higher class. Smooth oak and whiskey from the barrels layered with decadent chocolate, roast grain and caramel. Like a great brownie.

MF- Thick bodied with low-medium carbonation and a nice creamy texture. There might as well not be any alcohol in this because it drinks so smoothly.

Love the vanilla layered with the chocolate and whiskey barrels. Everything just blends together nicely and it makes me confident that more world class beers will be coming out of Central MA in the future.

Photo of ppoitras
4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle purchased as a single from Adams Hometown Market, Monson, MA.

Poured into a DFH snifter, formed a 1/4" dark brown head over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head skims rather promptly, with leggy slow-falling lace. Aroma is roasty dark grains with ample alcohol and sweetness.

Taste is sweet vanilla and dark maltiness to start, dark fruits in the middle, and then cruises to the close with vanilla and alcohol. Slight numbing after swallow. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth, and drinkability is easy. Nice subtle changes here.

Photo of PicoPapa
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500mL bottle. 2015 vintage. Pours a pitch black color with dark ruby hues and an inch of khaki colored head. Good amount of lacing. The aroma is boozey with chocolate, vanilla, espresso, and caramel. The taste is a nice mix of the chocolate syrup and Bourbon with nice vanilla notes. Molasses, raisins, and some roasted malts. Finishes with the woody Bourbon and some vanilla. Medium body. Solid variant of an already awesome beer, but I think I prefer the regular Barrel Aged version over this one.

Photo of 31Sam13
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Truly excellent. Kind of alcohol-forward but its so complex you will forget that in the myriad other tastes...wonderful

Photo of jlindros
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to rudzud for sharing.

Decent creamy dark head hits almost 1 finger and fades at a med pace, some lacing pitch black beer.

Nose has some vanilla but hard to get, compared to the original I get more vanilla bean rather than just vanilla barrel. Nice light dusty oak and vanilla barrel too, plenty of dark malts, cocoa and dark choc without the heavy burnt roast, although a hint of coffee, loads of chocolate in waves.Light booze, nice vanilla too comes out more as it warms.

Taste starts with nice vanilla, this time plenty of vanilla, both vanilla bean and vanilla barrel with light dusty oak. Plenty of chocolate too, dark choc, cocoa, chocolate and vanilla ice cream with a nice creamy feel. booze comes out more than the base, and more bitterness from some earthy hops and bitter dark choc, more dark chocolate than the base too. Nice long finish, tons of bitter dark chocolate and cocoa, hint if coffee even, light vanilla barrel and some vanilla bean, and more booze lingering.

Mouth is med to fuller bodied, nice creamy feel, fairly thick, nice carb.

Overall quite nice, little boozy but great. Vanilla comes in nice with great vanilla bean and vanilla barrel, tons of choc and pretty tasty but hard to tell how much of an improvement over the original? THe more it warms the more vanilla I get too.

Photo of SportsandJorts
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: pitch black maybe with a touch of brown on the very edges. a half finger of a tan head that when poured aggressively. fades to a small lacing. completely dark and opaque.

Smell: lots of vanilla, some bourbon, brown sugar, very small porter/stout notes peak through.

Taste: lots of vanilla up front. some bourbon and alcohol come in behind. some dark fruit and brown sugar. ends with a slight roasty and coffee/chocolate note.

Mouthfeel: heavy, sticky and some strong slightly astringent and warming alcohol.

Overall: great barrel aged beer. good vanilla character and lots of other flavors coming through. I think its just a notch below the regular barrel aged framinghammer but still great.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Pete for this awesome extra!

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: black bodied beer with 1 finger of beige head.

Smell: overall a fairly sweet nose. Vanilla and bourbon. Hint of bakers cocoa. Slight spicy and boozey like vanilla baking extract.

Taste: Vanilla, milk chocolates, and hints of bourbon. Well balanced. Fairly sweet just like the nose.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with low carbonation. Rich and sweet. Slightly thin body. Smooth beer.

Overall: Nice barrel aged vanilla baltic porter. Not many examples of a bourbon barrel baltic porter with vanilla beans. Jacks Abby continues to impress me.

Photo of WunderLlama
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%

Bomber poured into a chalice

Pours a deep dark brown. One finger taupe lid quickly settles. Faint lacings.

Aroma of vanilla, raisins, coffee.

Taste of sweet vanilla on the tip of the tongue. Coffee in the middle. Feel the alcohol.

Smooth on the sip, very little carbonation, full body

Sweet beer, a dessert beer. Richness of a porter with the vanilla flavorinhs. Very nice.

Photo of smcolw
4.11/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Moderate beige head that settles to a single layer of bubbles. Leaves a ring of lace after each sip. Deep ruby brown color where light passes through the base of the glass only.

The aroma is of cream and dark toast. The vanilla is very subtle, almost not present to the nose. There's a bit of dark cherry in the background.

Very creamy in both flavor and texture. The roasted malts come through and taste a bit like almonds. Again, little distinct vanilla flavor, but combination of flavors is quite rich--a bit like a fudge brownie. The carbonation is low which enhances this. There's a bit of alcohol warmth in the swallow. The aftertaste is short but features a lot of chocolate.

It would be hard to have two of these--a real dessert beer.

Photo of KornWallace
4.87/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Date: 3/29/14
Location: Cambridge Whole Foods
Glassware: Tulip
Appearance: Black to Dark Brown with a brown carbonation which quickly evaporates. There is a small viscous ring at the edge of the beer.
Aromatics: So many wonderful smells in here. The bourbon, some woods and grains. The vanilla with coffee makes my mouth water.
Flavor: The bourbon has a big presence with the vanilla. Still getting a lot of wood flavor. The mouthfeel is very oily but great.
Finish: The alcohol plays a part in the finish along with the oil and carbonation left on the tongue.
Notes: This beer is dangerously drinkable. Before I knew it my glass was empty, then the bottle and I nearly considered opening my second bottle.

Photo of brianmandell
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated 6/6/14. Dark brown almost black pour with no head.

Smells of sweet molasses, chocolate, vanilla, oak, booze.

Flavors of sweet chocolate fudge, vanilla and oak. The barrel aging leaves a bit of astringent bitterness.

Thick, silky mouthfeel with some prickly carbonation; very nice.

Overall, a very good beer with luxurious mouthfeel and some great sweet dessert flavors.

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Vanilla Barrel-Aged Framinghammer from Jack's Abby Brewing
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