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Coffee Barrel-Aged Framinghammer - Jack's Abby Brewing

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72 Reviews
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Reviews: 72
Hads: 742
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 1.86%
Wants: 188
Gots: 178 | FT: 44
Brewed by:
Jack's Abby Brewing visit their website
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 VelvetExtract:
Photo of VelvetExtract
4.62/5  rDev +7.2%
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! (1,337 characters)

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Photo of Stevedore
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
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). (1,602 characters)

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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. (133 characters)

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Coffee Barrel-Aged Framinghammer from Jack's Abby Brewing
94 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.