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Framinghammer Baltic Porter - Bourbon Barrel Aged With Barismo Coffee - Jack's Abby Brewing

Framinghammer Baltic Porter - Bourbon Barrel Aged With Barismo CoffeeFraminghammer Baltic Porter - Bourbon Barrel Aged With Barismo Coffee

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Ratings: 226
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 7.26%


Brewed by:
Jack's Abby Brewing visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Big, bold, black and barrel aged. A length conditioning period in bourbon barrels creates a silky smooth chocolatey mouth feel enhanced by the use of oats and brown sugar. Noticeable sweetness gets balanced by roasted malt and hop bitterness. Additional flavors include bourbon, vanilla, and oak.

55 IBU

(Beer added by: Auror on 05-06-2013)
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ChrisL24481

New Hampshire

4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a jet black with a half inch light brown head. Dissipated with some lacing once it goes down. Great smell of bourbon, espresso, oak, and slight chocolate. The flavors come through stronger on the taste. A great sipper. Full bodied and full of flavor. Overall, prefer the regular bourbon barrel aged over the coffee and the coffee over the vanilla. All great brews.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2014 23:35:03 | More by ChrisL24481
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AndyAvalanche

Massachusetts

4.41/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

1 pt .09 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip style glass. Liquid comes out a fairly dark brown color with lighter brown and reddish highlights. Beige to tan colored head head with small and medium sized bubbles, sticks around a little bit but fades awy after a little while; leaves a little bit of a ring around the edge with a couple of the larger bubbles sticking around. A little bit of lacing, not a ton, but a little bit. Good looking beer.

Smell is pretty straight forward and good. Fresh medium roasted coffee beans and grinds. There's also some milk chocolate but less lactose (like a Nesquick or Yoohoo), some oakey vanilla, and sweet bourbon. Little bit of heat tickles your nose.

Taste is a step up, everything except the heat is a little stronger than the nose. Coffee still very present, almost like a slightly stronger roasted medium blend or an espresso shot added to a cup of coffee. Same semi-sweet chocolate/coco/mocha flavors as mentioned above as well. Burned sugar and charred butterscotch and brown sugar. Vanilla not quite as strong in the smell, but slightly present. More like bourbon smoked wood so there's some slightly outdoorsy/earthy flavors. Not quite as hot as I would have anticipated, everything meshes really nicely.

Mouthfeel is good, full bodied but not too heavy. Light to moderate carbonation level that leaves it fairly refreshing, especially for a barrel aged beer. Pretty smooth with a warm but not too hot bite at the end. The 10% is very well hidden, this is an incredibly drinkable beer. Designed to be a sipper, but if you're not careful, this is going to go really quickly. Another nice job by Jack's Abby. They know what they're doing on all aspects.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2014 21:43:47 | More by AndyAvalanche
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

4.28/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2014 vintage. 500ml bottle served in a tulip at 49 degrees. Pours darker than cola with a frothy, two-inch, khaki-colored head. Some lacing, but weak legs. Incredible nose - roasted coffee, bourbon, vanilla and toffee notes. Taste follows nose, but is not as rich and bold as anticipated. That said, everything coalesces together nicely without one aspect being too assertive. There's also a thread of milk chocolate that also weaves its way into the flavor profile and finishes with a robust, roasted coffee character. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a pleasant, even carbonation; however, the overall representation comes off a bit thin. One of my favorite styles, and this beer really holds its own. Not only one of the better Baltic Porters out there, but also one of the better coffee-based beers as well.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2014 00:53:27 | More by Jwale73
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alaimoa

Connecticut

4.79/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Bottle from brewery that is barrel aged coffee but mysteriously doesn't say it on the bottle.
A: jet black fully opaque with half a glass of mocha head that has a lengthy staying power of about 3 minutes
S: bourbon toffee, brown sugar, roasted coffee beans. One of the most pleasant smelling BA coffee stouts
T: bourbon right out of the gate leading into a sweet coffee and molasses combo and some boozy heat in the finish
M: bit thin on the palate but can't complain too much because fairly smooth from start to finish

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2014 23:38:36 | More by alaimoa
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NCalement

North Carolina

4.36/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a globe.

A- Black with a fast cream head. Lacing is perfect. Looks light but for a Baltic Porter this is expected.

S- Bourbon, vanilla, faint coffee, sweet malt, alcohol and light roast.

T- Bourbon, vanilla, oak and coffee. Finish is rich espresso and chocolate.

M- Medium to light body. Excellent carbonation and its chewy for a lager. The chocolate fudge and coffee flavor resides for some time after each sip.

O- Amazing. One of the best Baltic Porters I've had. It makes me excited to drink the rest!!!

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2014 01:42:56 | More by NCalement
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smcolw

Massachusetts

4.11/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Good, thick head that settles slowly, leaving many chunky spots. Deep dark brown where no light shines through.

Strong dark cocoa aroma with a bit of chalkiness. A touch alcohol as well.

Very rich body and flavor. Complicated malts of chocolate and some black patent, giving a definitive coffee flavor. Lots of alcohol warmth. This is particularly notable in the aftertaste. Light on the carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 03:51:54 | More by smcolw
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pmarlowe

District of Columbia

4.23/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2014 batch. Tulip glass.

A: Pours a very dark brown color with a half finger of light, foamy tan colored head. Good retention, with a thick, large-bubbled collar of head with some streaks and dots of lacing.

S: Rich, dark roasty coffee up front. Delicious. A touch of dark chocolate bar, vanilla, cinnamon, and graham cracker.

T: Coffee is again up front, along with the melted dark chocolate, cinnamon, finishing mostly dry and a touch on the watery side. A little bit of an alcohol bite, esp. as it warms.

M: Medium-light body and carbonation.

O: In both the taste and aroma, the coffee is the dominant flavor. Everything else takes a back seat, which means this isn’t as balanced or complex as it could be. This is more like a delicious coffee porter sans the barrel aging.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2014 03:28:12 | More by pmarlowe
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.01/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle into a Duvel tulip. Thanks Brian!

A: Black body, brown highlights, one finger of tan head. Good retention and lacing. Very nice.

S: No surprises: rich coffee dominates from front to back, with some vibrant bourbon spixiness underneath. Charred oak as well. Intense and great.

T: Roasty, vibrant coffee up front; spicy whiskey and vanilla oak in the middle; harsh booze and bitter char on the finish. A little rough, but tasty.

M: Soft, well-carbonated medium body. Luscious.

O: My favorite of the three (this, Vanilla, and regular BA), but still not terribly great. These 10% brews were considerably hotter than many (if not most) 12-14% monsters. Rare disappointments from a great brewery. Forget the hype, give me a regular Smoke and Dagger any day.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2014 01:59:33 | More by woosterbill
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Pitch black. Three fingers of bubbly beige head. Lacing sticks in broken rings and patches.

S: Nutty coffee. Rich mocha. Fudge sauce. Hints of wood and vanilla. More layered chocolate aromas. Chocolate chips and fudgey brownies. Roast and a bit of starchy oats. Whiff of bourbon.

T: Fudge sauce. Mocha. Nutty coffee builds, but never dominates. Layers of chocolate: fudgey brownies and double chocolate cookies. Chocolate caramel chews. Barrel flavors pick up steam, first with caramel, then woody flavors, and culminating with a big warming bourbon presence that never feels hot. Bourbon and barrel flavors are strong on the finish.

M: Medium thick. Full in the mouth with a silky and slightly viscous feel. Tame prickling carbonation. Warming bourbon.

O: Not as coffee forward as I expected, but that's actually a good thing. The beer strikes a nice balance,though the barrel takes over in the end. A sipper you absolutely must seek out if you love a good bourbon barrel aged beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2014 00:35:33 | More by ryan1788a5
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rjp217

Massachusetts

4.64/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

Picked up from the brewery a couple weeks ago and poured into a snifter...

A - Very dark brown with a half finger head on a hard pour. Pretty good lace retention

S - Coffee, chocolate, bourbon are the primary winners here. They are right at the forefront

T - Coffee, tasted marshmallow and chocolate shine with a bourbon character finishing it off. I also get oats, vanilla, espresso. Not as complex as can be but the characteristics work great together

M - Probably my only gripe, feels pretty thin for a 10% barrel ager. With that said, it is creamy and smooth

O - A fantastic offering. I missed out on last years version but not this time. Drinks pretty damn easy for a 10%. I love the coffee and bourbon blending but the thinner mouthfeel brings it down a tad down for me. Overall, an excellent brew and Jacks Abby continues hitting home runs. Nice job!

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2014 00:23:21 | More by rjp217
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours very dark brown. Body is clear, however. A very aggressive pour yields a slowly dissipating army of tan bubbles. The head dies off significantly leaving very light lacing.

S-The coffee absolutely mollywhops you upon the first sniff. Just a cold cup of java. Behind the espresso and dark roast coffee is an oaky bourbon. Hints of chocolate pop up as well. They really nailed the coffee aroma here. The Vanilla Barrel Aged Framinghammer's nose was more complex but I actually enjoy this one more just because of how aggressive the coffee is here.

T-The coffee simmers down a bit here and let's the rest of the beer speak its piece. The bourbon is more vocal here, which is a great addition to the overall flavor. Don't be fooled, the coffee is everywhere. The oakiness and coffee remind me so much of an Irish Coffee. I find the Vanilla variant to be more complex but sweeter and less dynamic than this version.

M-It drinks too easily. The body isn't viscous at all. It has the flavor and alcohol of a big time Imperial Stout but it drinks like a beer half it's ABV.

O/D-The Framinghammer family of beers is exquisite. This is my favorite one...it's close, though! Trying the variant next to the coffee variant is a good time. I personally enjoyed this one the most but honestly, it's splitting hairs. Jack's Abby is a temple!

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2014 23:45:12 | More by VelvetExtract
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Luk13

Quebec (Canada)

4.71/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle. Brown-black pour with a nice off-white head. Aroma is deep espresso and milk chocolate. I also find layers of butter and cream that makes it exquisite. Taste is roasted malts, coffee and cream. So rich without being cloying and overly sweet, oats adds a nice creamy touch. Extremely well balanced imperial stout. The most intense (and best) oat stout I've had.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2013 17:44:27 | More by Luk13
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4.34/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 7.30.13

A - Pours a blackish with a 1/2 inch dark tan head with good retention.

S - A touch of bourbon barrel, pretty mild.

T - Bourbon, chocolate, lots of coffee.

D - Good carbonation with a heavier body.

O - Lots of barrel and coffee. Exceptional.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2013 04:20:24 | More by HuskyinPDX
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.31/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks again to Ryan for sharing this one. Served in a snifter.

A - Looks the same as the others more or less.

S - Coffee, vanilla, coconut, roasted malts, marshmallow, and oddly enough there's more bourbon here compared to the other versions. Coffee is well-integrated, and doesn't overwhelm like the vanilla does.

T - The taste has lots of roast, with some coffee, but more in the way of espresso bitterness, smoke, and charred oak. Reminds me a lot of the regular version, as the coffee integrates well with the pre-existing flavor profile.

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 - Good stuff, although I think this may be my least favorite of the three variants. Still, it's a delicious beer that I'd happily drink again at any opportunity in the future. Perhaps a bit more coffee would bump this up to world-class.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2013 00:17:27 | More by MasterSki
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Alieniloquium

Florida

4.04/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black, but not inky. Medium khaki head.

Smell - A ton of coffee. A little bit of green to it. Sharp. Less barrel. Some bourbon though. Booze.

Taste - Nice bourbon. Coffee blends better. Dark chocolate, vanilla. Less of that nuttiness and oakiness.

Mouthfeel - Nice body. Chewy, but boozy.

Overall - I enjoyed this just as much as the barrel aged without coffee. The coffee is almost too strong, but well blended.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2013 02:37:28 | More by Alieniloquium
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Gtreid

Florida

4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared by alexfields at our tasting last night. Poured into a Bell's tulip.

A: Deep, dark, brown color. The pour created a minimal tannish head that dissipated rather quickly.

A: Notes of dark chocolate, earthy grain, and coffee. The coffee is prominent and well received. The bourbon almost takes a backseat to the coffee in this one, which is rare.

T: Great roasty coffee flavor supports the malt profile. Notes of Chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, and earthy bitterness. The bourbon is not overpowering, it just adds depth to the beer and accentuates the rest of the flavors. The beer finishes sweet and bitter just like a beer of this magnitude should.

M: Great carbonation levels. Full body.

O: what a fantastic brew! We had all three variants of the beer, and this one was my favorite. Will be trading for this soon.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2013 11:30:58 | More by Gtreid
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mdfb79

New York

4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From 06/02/13 notes. Got to try this side by side with the normal BA and BA Vanilla versions. All 2013 vintage, 0.5L bottles, poured into taster glasses.

a - Pours a deep mahogany brown, almost black color, with one inch of light tan head and moderate carbonation evident. All 3 variations look exactly the same, pretty nice.

s - Smells of great fresh coffee, coffee grings, milk chocolate, roasted malts, sweet bourbon, caramel malts, oak, and toasted malts. While the normal version has a little coffee to it, this one has a ton in the nose, very fresh and up front. Love it, better than the normal BA version.

t - Tastes of fresh coffee, espresso, milk chocolate, vanilla, cream, cocoa, roasted malts, bourbon, coffee grinds, oak, coffee, and toasted malts. Again, like the normal BA version but less chocolate and a lot more awesome coffee.

m - Medium to full body and low carbonation. Smooth and creamy, with no real heat. Very easy to drink for 10% ABV.

o - Overall I really liked this one; I liked it more than the normal BA version, though not as much as the vanilla one. Tons of fresh coffe in both the nose and taste, a great coffee porter that continues to improve on a great beer. Would highly recommend checking out.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2013 14:45:04 | More by mdfb79
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Scotchboy

Idaho

4.65/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz bottle, poured into my Rock Island snifter, and shared with NO ONE...Adam, you are the man...

A: Dark brown body with tawny/ruby edges; half a finger of tan head caps the beer and leaves some lacing.

S: Fantastic aroma, without being overpowering; big chocolate presence complements a very fresh, roasty, espresso/coffee bean. Bourbon barrel is underneath that and unites the flavors, but isn't really at the forefront. What is essentially a nose full of mocha is very inviting, with some dark caramel and vanilla hiding underneath that.

T: The coffee profile asserts itself here, roasted beans and fresh espresso shots, with the slightest presence of sweet alcohol and a complementary bitterness. Bourbon barrel is well-integrated but on the mild side, and again layers of mocha, chocolate, caramel, vanilla, and brown sugar all round out the flavors.

MF: Nearly full bodied, but not heavy; very drinkable.

O: Extremely impressive - excellent balance of flavors and barrel. The coffee is there and tastes very fresh, but doesn't overpower the other components. This isn't quite BCBCS (mostly because Framinghammer lacks a boozy hotness), but this IS a bba coffee beer I could drink all the time (unlike BCBCS). Just awesome stuff.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2013 14:09:12 | More by Scotchboy
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DaveHack

Pennsylvania

4.59/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Served at 50 degrees from bottle to a tulip

Very dark, with a robust tan head. Settles nicely leaving decent lacing and a ring of head around the glass

Smells like it should, rich alcoholic coffee. There is a very awesome roasted coffee scent and just a touch booze. The coffee smells so fresh, it's fantastic!

Taste is again (I'm not a coffee expert at all, BTW), fresh quality coffee right away. It's a raosted and decadent coffee with no smoke flavors. I can pick up on a slight chocolatey taste and just a little from the BAL treatment, thats a good thing for me as I don't like when beers are dominated and overpowered by the barrel. This is there, but a little more subtle than most.

It feels great in the mouth. There is a silkiness smoothness, with just the right amount of dryness as you swallow. Thew carbination is near perfect. The ONLY thing I would point out, and it's minor, is I personally felt it was just a tad thin in the body.

Overall, this shit is awesome!! I really enjoyed the 'regular' BA Framinghammer, and this took it to the next level! Can't wait to try the vanilla!!!

Without a doubt, this is worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2013 01:25:31 | More by DaveHack
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Damian

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 1 pint .9 fl. oz./.5 liters bottle purchased at Julio's Liquors, Westboro, MA
March 2013 vintage
Served in a snifter

A tight, creamy, bubbly, one-finger, mocha colored crown topped the dark brown liquid. The head quickly fell to a film of large bubbles. Sheets of lacing initially coated the glass with every sip. The lacing eventually transformed into spotty drops.

Intense coffee notes dominated the nose. Somewhat roasty and espresso-like. Freshly ground espresso beans came to mind. Super smooth and fragrant. A touch earthy. Aside from the coffee, I also picked up some brown sugar-like sweetness along with hints of vanilla. Mild bourbon notes appeared as well.

Like the nose, the flavor profile was also quite coffee-forward. Tons of freshly ground coffee beans. Some espresso-like earthiness. Lots of dark, roasted malts and brown sugar sweetness. Caramel notes came through as well. Bourbon appeared on the back end and in the finish and lent a pleasant alcohol warming. Earthy hops and roasted malts were also noticeable in the finish. Overall, quite well balanced.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied. Slick, creamy and smooth but slightly thin for the style. The liquid contained a fine, moderate carbonation.

After trying Framinghammer and Bourbon Barrel Aged Framinghammer and being hugely disappointed by both offerings, this beer really surprised me. The addition of coffee really rounded out the flavor profile and gave this beer the balance and complexity that the other versions lacked.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2013 02:01:00 | More by Damian
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CharlatanSin

Connecticut

4.48/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to tehzachatak for hooking me up with a bottle! Poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a dark, robust brown with a big and persistent tan head which leaves lots of lacing. Gorgeous.

S: Amazing. Fresh dark coffee first and foremost, followed by dark chocolate. A bit of charred brown sugar and a little bourbon.

T/M: Coffee again dominates, and it's excellent -- glad I didn't age this one. Roasty but not bitter. Malty chocolate is powerful, too. A little woody and vanilla bourbon flavor that's more pronounced as it warms. Some dark fruit comes out as it warms, too, which actually doesn't compliment the coffee all that well. A little booze burn. Mouthfeel is close to perfect. Silken, slick and very thick.

O: One of the best coffee aromas/flavors I've ever had in a beer, but it seems like a slight mismatch with the base beer (though the base beer is outstanding, don't get me wrong). I rank it a little behind Bourbon County Coffee overall. But still excellent.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2013 13:18:34 | More by CharlatanSin
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BobZ

Massachusetts

4.69/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz Bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Like the standard BA Framinghammer. Again, rich, dark, brown with a frothy tan head that actually hangs around for a bit.

Smell: The coffee is forward with the bourbon lurking just underneath, again chocolate.

Taste: Rich coffee which actually takes some of the heat out of the standard BA Framinghammer, all on a very good way. The roast and mocha flavors really balance this beer well. Strong, strong mocha all with the vanilla and oak from the barrel. Again, as it warms the mocha flavor intensifies.

Mouthfeel: Excellent body, and very, very, smooth.

Overall: I really like the BA Framinghammer but I liked this offering even more. Incredible coffee porter!

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2013 01:07:07 | More by BobZ
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Split with rudzud.

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

Nose wow, ridiculous coffee, it's like fresh ground espresso bean, nice roast, fresh coffee, no booze, plenty more dark choc, nice vanilla oak barrel, all the base beer with loads of coffee in top.

Taste is nice but a bit boozy, again base beer with lots of coffee, but the booze kicks in quite a bit, lots of bitterness too, tons of fresh coffee grinds but almost like chewy on coffee grinds with roast and bitter coffee, but not burnt. Plenty more dark choc, bitter dark choc, light creamy choc, just a bit of barrel that gets drowned by coffee. Finish is long bitter coffee, earthy coffee grinds, light roasted flavors from the coffee, more bitter dark choc lingering.

Mouth is same as the other beers.

Overall great nose but that same crazy coffee grinds overpowers the flavors and gets a bit too bitter, booze is a bit strong, and the coffee drowns the other flavors too much, but I'm still nitpicking at a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2013 07:05:46 | More by jlindros
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Dope

Massachusetts

4.8/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Bottled March 2013 but just released last week.

A: Pitch black pour with a large, dense medium brown head. Head fades away slowly and with great retention. Solid walls of lacing too.

S: Lots and lots of fresh roasted coffee. Mild char and some dark fruits mix in nicely. Mild bourbon hiding behind the coffee with some caramel, burnt sugar and a hint of oak.

T: Oh yeah, this is nice. Coffee is more subdued here and the bourbon stands out a little more. Wow. Wonderful coffee flavor, one of the best in a beer I've ever had. Silky dark chocolate joins it with hints of char. Caramel and burnt sugar sweeten it up and just a dash of dark fruits. Smooth throughout. A little vanilla kicks in in the middle. Coffee turns a little sharper in the finish with just a slight acrid edge and a brief booze hit from the bourbon. Lingering burnt sugar and oak in the finish. Masterful. I originally scored this a 4.75 but after finishing the bottle I upgraded to a 5. I just can't find any flaws, it was a dream to drink and I'm literally sad that the bottle is gone now. How can you ask for anything more?

M: Fairly heavy, silky smooth and decadent. Wonderful.

O: Wow, I thought the regular bourbon barrel version was amazing. This is somehow even better. Coffee is delicious and a wonderful additional layer of complexity. Yet, not overpowering like so many coffee beers. Despite being so fresh, flavors are very well integrated and complementary. Taste is smooth and mellow despite the strong flavors and goes down so easily. One of the best beers I've had in quite a while. I can't find any real flaws.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2013 03:41:17 | More by Dope
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rudzud

Massachusetts

4.44/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Split with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a deep dark black brown hue with a nice quarter inch mocha head that fades to leave a thin wispy blanket and light lacing.

S - Gaaah! Aromas just explode. Coffee to the Max, rich freshly roasted and ground coffee. So so deliciously smelling. Lots of dark chocolate notes, faint Bourbon, soft malts. Super balanced.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with very nice dark chocolate, sweet malts, caramel, bitter roast, nice ground coffee. Just incredible. Like the vanilla though there is a fair amount of booze.

M - Mouthfeel is good, nice and smooth but relatively boozy..

O - Overall this was a solid beer, but as good as some of the notes are I still prefer the base beer to these.

Serving type: bottle

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Framinghammer Baltic Porter - Bourbon Barrel Aged With Barismo Coffee from Jack's Abby Brewing
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