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Vanilla Barrel-Aged Framinghammer - Jack's Abby Brewing

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Ratings: 649
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 7.37%
Wants: 214
Gots: 126 | FT: 32
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Jack's Abby Brewing visit their website
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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4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Wowcoolman for sharing this one at Retsinis' tasting.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, vanilla bean, bourbon, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa, vanilla, and bourbon flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of wood bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a nice mix of vanilla and bourbon aspects all around.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.06/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a fudge brown color with a great bubble show that releases a tan mountain of a head; plenty of dotty lacing

Smell: Smells a bit like an old-fashioned vanilla/chocolate soft-serve swirl but Bourbon tones identify this as an adult beverage

Taste: Chocolate and vanilla tones, up front, with growing Bourbon barrel flavors; warm and boozy, after the swallow, with brown sugar sweetness in the finish

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied and creamy, with moderate carbonation

Overall: My favorite of the three variants I have tasted thus far but this still lacks the dark fruit aspect I am seeking

Thanks, mj0126, for the opportunity

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

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4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

this is elite level beer, versatile, flavorful, uncompromising, and its a freaking lager people, yes, a lager. indeed, lagers can be wonderfully rich, esoteric, and brilliant beers, and jacks abby continues to demonstrate that with each brew they gift us with. this is a special one, and the most remarkable thing is that its 10% abv, it drinks like 4.2%, no kidding. dark brown but not pushing black in color, lazily heady, white and smeared all over the rim of the glass. vanilla is more subtle than expected in nose, but chocolate malt and oak char are really out front. the smoothness of flavor is unparalleled, with bakers chocolate and vanilla both contributing, but being so secondary to good old fashioned barley and yeast, both of which are familiar and comfortable, but put together in a way only a master can do. its smooth of course, but its also really clean and drinkable, almost refreshing, the imperial stouts mixed with fresca sort of vibe, a paradox, confusing, but exceptional. its bubbly and even refreshing, which is odd for a strong beer like this, and its lagered, thats what we need to remember here. without a ton of yeast finish, i get a clearing sort of oasis of cocoa and bourbon as it washes down. i like that vanilla is real backround, so many beers these days abuse the mighty bean, but not this one. its near perfect is so many ways, especially feel. lets lager everything ans see what we get. its certainly unconventional, but its a brewing philosophy that has yielded nothing but remarkable beers, and this may be the benchmark for all of them.

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Ryan for sharing this one during a thrilling Hawks OT win. Served in a snifter.

A - Tan foam settles to a thick collar, leaving behind specks of lace. Very dark brown body.

S - Loads of vanilla bean, spicy and earthy whiskey, light oak, and the similar coconut and marshmallow notes I got from regular BA Framinghammer. The vanilla overwhelms some of the more subtle flavors, but it's pretty delicious.

T - The taste is quite similar, but with the vanilla dialed down a tiny bit. Loads of coconut, chocolate fudge, roasted malts, and minimal alcohol. Quite excellent. albeit not to the same degree as the aroma.

M - Similar feel to the other variants, although the coffee and vanilla versions were a bit more tannic than the regular versions, presumably from the adjuncts. Still quite smooth in texture, with light residual stickiness and no obvious alcohol.

D - I liked the vanilla version the best out of the three, although they're all pretty excellent. Looking forward to drinking this one again, as I think I could easily tackle an entire 500ml bottle.

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4.3/5  rDev -0.9%

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Vanilla Barrel-Aged Framinghammer from Jack's Abby Brewing
96 out of 100 based on 649 ratings.