Coffee Barrel-Aged Framinghammer - Jack's Abby Brewing

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Ratings: 711
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 7.41%
Wants: 191
Gots: 172 | FT: 44
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Auror on 05-06-2013

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
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Reviews by Damian:
Photo of Damian
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Stevedore
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle poured into an unlabeled snifter 6/2/2014.

A- Pours a dark cola brown body with a surprisingly thick two finger mocha head with a good retention time; eventually slipping into a medium collar with some staying power. Not much lacing.

S- Roast malt, tons of milk chocolate, black coffee, cocoa. Very good, a bit light on the coffee but I'm enjoying the surprisingly strong milk chocolate aspect; it even smells a bit spiced up with vanilla or something similar.

F- Chocolate ice cream with vanilla in the background (not even sure where this is coming from), black coffee bitterness, cocoa, milk chocolate, roast malt, even slightly nutty. This is a delicious brew that has a lot going on, though the coffee seems to take a big backseat to the base beer's chocolate notes.

M- Medium bodied, smooth and silky. Good carbonation. It's definitely a hefty sipper with a slight alcohol burn and a bitter black coffee finish.

O- Outstanding baltic porter. It was surprising that it tasted more like chocolate ice cream than it did coffee, which acted in more of a supporting manner. So, it didn't meet initial expectations (since you know, everyone likes to dump tons of coffee in their porters/stouts) but it exceeded overall expectations in that it is a very tasty beer. I'd love to explore more of the offerings in the Framinghammer series.

Edit: apparently this is barrel-aged according to the fine BA who sent this to me. It's now much less surprising that there was an oaky vanilla flavour along with the sweet chocolate ice cream aspects and subtle heat (presumably from the whiskey).

Photo of barhoc11
4.11/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Good stuff, just not as great as I thought it would be. I figured it would be more smooth, being a lager, but it is good nonetheless.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.21/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 500mL bottle into a porter/stout glass.

The looks is pretty consistent with Framinghammers: coffee-with-cream-colored frothy head and extensive lace over a pitch-black body. Always a good sight to behold.

Musty coffee smell reaches me alongside some vanilla and caramel. It is a dated smell but I'm not surprised giving this beer was bottled on June 5, 2014. I'm slowly learning to drink my coffee beers sooner rather than later. It has a Belgian quality due to floral yeast and hop aromas, but I like this and associate it with beers like Cuvee Delphine.

Wow. Wasn't expecting so much sweetness. The coffee comes on strong and blends with sweet caramel, vanilla and tastes like a heavily sweetened coffee with cream. Reminds me of how I drank coffee as a younger lad looking to mask the coffee flavor with additives. I'm not complaining though, I like that taste. I still get some earthy and floral hop flavor from the brew and a bit of solvent flavor, offering some alternative to sweet flavors only. A nice chocolatey flavor lingers on my tongue.

Well, it's the least hot of all the Framinghammers that I've had, I think. The booze is much better contained. There's plenty of sweetness but I enjoy it and a fairly smooth, low-carbonated body. It's a good warming beer, although I'm drinking it while it's 70 degrees out

I have one more Framinghammer to try (Coconut, I think), but this one is the winner so far with respect to flavor and feel.

Photo of brother_rebus
3.42/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

similar to the rest of them. just has a slight unpleasant edge that the others do not.

Photo of Roguer
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark nut brown, nearly ebony, topped with a thick, light brown head. Great retention and tons of nice lacing.

Aroma is initially all Framinghammer: chocolate, roasted barley, and banana from the yeast. Barrel characteristics start to come out next, with coconut, vanilla, and oak. Finally, some sharp coffee notes start to emerge, but are mostly lost along the barrel and the barley.

Coffee is immediately apparent on the palate, but is quickly washed away by the barrel - it does return around mid-palate, however, and lingers nicely. Tons of notes of fresh chocolate and a touch of char, brown sugar, and lots of barrel. A bit of alcohol heat.

Nice and complex brew, with the flavors initially hitting as disparate waves, only to come together mid-palate and dance together, slowly fading out together.

Extremely smooth mouthfeel, fairly thick, especially for a BA Baltic Porter. A little alcohol heat, but nothing distracting; very good presentation for a 10% ABV brew.

This is fantastic! I think I would prefer a little more coffee - OK, a lot more coffee; the Vanilla variant definitely had a more significant presence of the added flavor. In this case, the coffee is muted by the strength of the base beer and the barrel.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.19/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz. capped bottle into OEC stemware.

Pours a rich, .5 finger light mocha colored head with good retention. Beer is a bit thin but opaque and pitch black. Lacing is patchy and stringy with good stick and oily legs. Very good.

Nose is coffee, espresso, cocoa powder, chocolate, roasted malt and a sweet booze. Deep and aromatic.

Opens fudge and cocoa powder. Coffee and espresso in the middle with a sweetening booze presence. Molasses, roasted malt and dark chocolate in the middle to end. Finishes boozy and sweet with a touch of coffee bitterness. Coffee beans in the end. Really tasty.

Full bodied with moderate to low carbonation. Smooth and a bit hot in the mouth and goes down boozy and messy. Finishes sticky sweet with a long, lingering, filmy aftertaste. Rich.

Although I haven't had the Cocoa-nut and PB&J versions, I'm confident saying this is the best BA version of Framinghammer I've personally enjoyed. Great balance in the flavor and the coffee addition somehow smooths out the edges of this beer. Definitely worth trying.

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.01/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Photo of ChrisL24481
4.46/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of tkelley
4.61/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Year old bottle poured into a Spiegelau stout glass.

A - looks great. Beautiful black body with tan cream head. Decent lacing; good retention. Dark brown highlights.

N - boozy - bourbon. Dark roasted malts. Chocolate, coffee, and vanilla.

T - follows the nose pretty precisely. It tastes like an awesome piece of cake but not as sweet.

M - surprisingly smooth and drinkable. A year on the shelf maybe? I'm glad I did that.

O - wow so good. I think I had one of these fresh once and the year on the shelf really pushed it over the top. Cheers!

Photo of Treyliff
4.04/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter

A- pours very dark brown, nearly opaque, with a small sudsy & bubbly light-tan head that reduces to bubbles around the rim, no lace with a few legs left behind

S- lots of sweet chocolaty notes up front with a compliment of toasted coconut. brown sugar, molasses, bourbon, oaky vanilla and a shot of hazelnut espresso

T- lightly roasty, brown sugar flavors mix with a licorice-like sweetness with notes of silky oats and oaky barrel juice, alcohol on the finish with lingers of coffee, bourbon and molasses

M- medium body with low carbonation produces a crisp mouthfeel with a smooth finish, light warmth on the linger, high drinkability for 10%

O- the aroma was more impressive than the taste, but overall very good. I didn’t pick up as much coffee as expected, rather more sweetness that bitterness

Photo of rjp217
4.64/5  rDev +7.4%
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!

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.57/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Pours a dark brown, close to black, with a quarter inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells strongly of roasted coffee beans, chocolate, a little bit of vanilla, and oak.

The taste is similar. Strong, bitter roasted coffee beans are a dominant flavor. Excellent. A bit of bourbon, vanilla, and chocolate. Very smooth, with intense flavors melding together well.

Medium bodied, similar to the mouthfeels for all the other Framinghammer variants. Low carbonation.

Probably the best Framinghammer variant, excellent stuff.

Photo of Immortale25
4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Haw River Farmhouse Ales teku glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with a 1/2 inch dark tan head that retains well before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a broken ring behind.

S- Solid dark roasted coffee aroma with a substantial booze and barrel presence. Notes of caramel, milk chocolate and malt balls.

T- First sip is of sweet iced coffee, next sip has more barrel and booze character, then back to coffee. Good bourbon finish with more milk chocolate notes. Bitter roasty aftertaste.

M- Somewhat creamy with medium carbonation and a full body. Gets kind of chalky as it warms.

O- Quite good but I can name multiple BA coffee beers that I would take over this. Not really worth trading for in my opinion.

Photo of ColdOneKev
4.49/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - Jet black body. Small tan head leaves little lacing. Swirl leaves lots of legs.
S - Thick coffee, cocoa, vanilla.
T - Roasted malts blended perfectly with coffee and vanilla from the barrel aging.
M - Thick body, low carb. Coats the palate.
O - An amazing beer. Up there with the best of them. Seek it out.

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 16 oz bottle into tulip. Deep black with a bit of tan head, gone quick. Lots of coffee and roasted malt aroma, but subtle all around and balanced. Flavor of slight roast, lots of coffee and chocolate. A touch of sweetness really balances this out. Suuuper smooth mouthfeel...its phenomenal. So silky smooth and a near gulper. Really a tasty brew and I wouldn't hesitate (except the cost) to get more of this.

Photo of papat444
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to F2brewers for this one.

Poured from a 500ml bottle.

Pours a dark brown with a real thick head. Intense coffee aroma, nice mix of creamy and sweet with fudge mixed in. Flavor is dominated by coffee but is not intense and is rather silky smooth. Good stuff!

Photo of Ri0
4.52/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

poured 500ml bottle into a chalice. Bottled 6/2/2014.

A - Dark coffee brown body with a two finger mocha head. Fades to a cap and leaves being some spotty lacing on glass.

S - Roasty and chocolaty with some coffee and cream. Hints of vanilla and oak. I would say the chocolate is more dominant than the coffee.

F - Starts out with a big chocolate and vanilla flavor and moves into some roasted malt. The coffee is rather faint, but pleasant along with some cocoa and cream. Notes of caramel and oak round it off. I really like the chocolate flavor and that the alcohol is hidden.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and silky. Good carbonation. A nice sipper for a cold day.

O - A terrific BA Baltic Porter with coffee added. Reminds me of a local favorite, Tyranena Devil Over a Barrel, but even better.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.26/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, with a short beige head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains rich black coffee, roasted malts, some chocolate and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a strong and bitter-sweet black coffee flavor followed by a hearty roasted malt character as you would expect. There are some background flavors of chocolate and dark fruit. The hops presence is milder than other versions but brings a good balance. The after-taste is bitter-sweet.

M: Crisp, smooth and viscous, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a very good big coffee porter worth drinking for a long time.

Photo of ppoitras
4.17/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Poured into a DFH snifter, formed a 1/2" dark brown head over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Frothy head fizzes away ever so slowly, with chunky slow-falling lace. Aroma is roasty dark grains with coffee and fruitiness.

Taste is dark maltiness to start, a touch of dark fruits in the middle, and coffee and alcohol to the close. Slight numbing after swallow. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth, and drinkability is easy. Comes together nicely.

Photo of PicoPapa
4.31/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500mL bottle pours a dark brownish black color with a khaki colored head. The aroma is lots of coffee and chocolate syrup up front with only a faint hint of the bourbon. Some oak and vanilla as well roasted malts. Slightly earthy. The taste is lots of the chocolate syrup followed by the Bourbon and the wood. Roasted malts with some underlying smoke flavor. The coffee comes out more towards the end. Espresso, chocolate and coffee all blend at the end nicely with the Bourbon. Boozey, as expected with a good amount of alcohol burn. Smooth mouthfeel with a low amount of carbonation. Overall, fantastic. Just like all the other variants I have had so far.

Photo of Luk13
4.7/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Photo of jlindros
4.45/5  rDev +3%
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.

Photo of mportnoy
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very coffee forward but not unique.

Photo of WunderLlama
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

500ml bottle poured into a snifter

Pours a deep dark chocolate brown with thick one finger taupe foam head . quickly settles into a thin taupe layer of bubbles. No lacings

Aroma of chocolate, cocoa, raisins, coffee, roast malt and oak

Taste of coffee and chocolate on the tip of the tongue. Alcohol on the back of the tongue but not overbearing. Black coffee finish.

Velvety smooth, low carbonation. Sip and savor.

Another excellent baltic porter from jácks abby. I'll definitely buy more and store in my beer fridge. I suggest you do the same.

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Coffee Barrel-Aged Framinghammer from Jack's Abby Brewing
96 out of 100 based on 711 ratings.