Framinghammer Baltic Porter - Bourbon Barrel Aged With Vanilla Beans - Jack's Abby Brewing
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4.43/5 rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
500ml bottle purchased at the brewery a week and a half ago, 2014 bottling. Poured into a Jack's Abby snifter, consumed solo.
A- Pours an opaque dark black with a thin quarter finger light mocha head that recedes to a flat top, fairly spotty lacing.
S- Vanilla extract, vanilla beans, dark fruits, nicely integrated bourbon that blends in the background, and a bit of cocoa powder. Nice aroma strength, decent complexity, the only thing preventing me from rating it higher is very faint rubbing alcohol presence and the vanilla and dark fruits contrast just a little bit.- still a fantastic aroma though.
T- Smooth vanilla, a decent amount of dark fruits, lightly integrated bourbon that comes out a little bit more as it warms and adds to the sweetness, milk chocolate, vanilla extract on the finish with a slight vanilla bean presence, just a hint of oak throughout. The vanilla smooths this beer out very nicely, it adds a nice presence although I'd have to say it contrasts with the dark fruits slightly to give a tiny bit of a weird taste but I like how it adds to the complexity.
M- Insanely smooth, easily one of the smoother 10% beers I've had. Highly drinkable, fairly light carbonation, medium bodied, almost no alcohol burn. The mouthfeel is probably my favorite part of this beer.
O- Vanilla Framinghammer might be my favorite beer coming out of MA right now. I'm a huge fan of vanilla and Jack's Abby does a great job at integrating it with the base beer. The vanilla and the dark fruits contrast slightly but I like the complexity and layering that it gives it. After trying this I'm rethinking trading my other bottles.
Serving type: bottle
05-03-2013 11:48:38 | More by jaasen64
4.49/5 rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a 500 mL bottle into a Westvleteren Goblet. The bottle is marked 'March 2013'.
Appearance: Pours a deep brown and leaves a bit less than a half finger of dark-tan head which lingers a bit.
Smell: Chocolate, coffee, vanilla are all blended very nicely to create the dominant flavors - this is an absolutely delicious smelling combo. The vanilla is definitely more pronounced than other porters I have had which is great.
Taste: Extremely well balanced. Some bourbon shines out first and again, this is heavier on vanilla than other porters, in a good way. Coffee is definitely in there, as well as some nice dark chocolate. Molasses, light caramel and oak. Finishes with some light bourbon and alcohol as well as more vanilla - tasty.
Mouth-feel: Medium to heavy bodied - very creamy, with a light carbonation. Finishes with some crisp alcohol but is quite smooth.
Overall: I've used the word balanced a lot in this review - but the flavors in this beer are just that, and they combine to make an excellent flavor profile. The vanilla only adds to this beer and for someone who prefers a slightly more chocolate/vanilla dominant porter to a coffee dominant porter, this one even outshines the standard BBA Framinghammer and the coffee flavors add nicely to this one as well. I would imagine this one would only get better with age. Highly recommended.
Serving type: bottle
05-02-2013 22:06:58 | More by Resuin
Framinghammer Baltic Porter - Bourbon Barrel Aged With Vanilla Beans from Jack's Abby Brewing
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