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Coffee Barrel-Aged Framinghammer - Jack's Abby Brewing

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606 Ratings
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Ratings: 606
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 7.64%
Wants: 177
Gots: 119 | FT: 27
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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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Ratings: 606 | Reviews: 57
Reviews by akang:
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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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).

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.3/5  rDev -0.5%

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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.

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4.75/5  rDev +10%

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

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

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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.

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Coffee Barrel-Aged Framinghammer from Jack's Abby Brewing
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