Coffee Barrel-Aged Framinghammer - Jack's Abby Brewing

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Reviews: 67
Hads: 733
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 5.31%
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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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Photo of alaimoa
4.78/5  rDev +10.4%
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 (521 characters)

Photo of Dope
4.77/5  rDev +10.2%
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. (1,602 characters)

Photo of Luk13
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
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. (368 characters)

Photo of BobZ
4.66/5  rDev +7.6%
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! (721 characters)

Photo of Scotchboy
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
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. (1,243 characters)

Photo of Bugs318
4.64/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: black, looks a touch thin, off white head of some retention.
S: loads of barrel and vanilla, coffee and dark chocolate underneath.
T: like a delicious vanilla coffee. Some wood, decent coffee dryness finishes a light marshmallow sweetness. .
M: fairly low carbonation and medium body.
O: tastes like a cross between Peche Mortel Bourbon, KBS, and Lost River. Delicious! (379 characters)

Photo of rjp217
4.64/5  rDev +7.2%
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! (862 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
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)

Photo of tkelley
4.61/5  rDev +6.5%
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! (547 characters)

Photo of DaveHack
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
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. (1,146 characters)

Photo of Gtreid
4.59/5  rDev +6%
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. (822 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (576 characters)

Photo of MattXT
4.56/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Updating for the 2015 batch. (I had 2014 as a 4.25). Incredible improvement on an already very good BA baltic coffee porter. I feel like this batch stood up with the KBSs and Parabolas of the world in all categories. (219 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%

The beer comes in a dark black color with tinges of brown in the light.

The aroma offers dark chocolate, woody and earthy notes, oak, a bit of molasses, roasted malt.

On the flavor, there's a dark chocolate in the front, then onto some milk chocolate. There's a strong oak flavor in the middle that balances out the beer. Then onto a touch of bourbon, vanilla, molasses, and roasted malt and a medium roasted coffee on the back.

The coffee does not really shine through on this compared to the base, but still a fine fine brew. (530 characters)

Photo of Ri0
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
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. (802 characters)

Photo of WunderLlama
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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. (555 characters)

Photo of CharlatanSin
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (975 characters)

Photo of ColdOneKev
4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (314 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (746 characters)

Photo of jbwimer
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Second of the Framinghammer set opened up with the boys as we settled Catan. Had the vanilla first and, seeing as I love coffee in my beer, we finished off the evening with this one. Poured a few ounces from the bottle into a Voodoo Barrel Room tasting snifter.

A- Opaque with a thin head that does not stick around for long. Very dark with a touch of light breaking through on the edges.

S- This smells impeccable. Coffee forward on the nose, followed by lots of chocolate and finished off with some bourbon and brown sugar. What a nose. Keeps me coming back for more. I guess I'll have to taste the beer eventually...

T- Fresh coffee, chocolate/bourbon, coffee, roast/chocolate. All these flavors make their appearance in that order. So flavorful and rich. A criminally balanced beer here, as there are sweet flavors cut well by the roast and coffee.

O- Between the vanilla an coffee, this was favored by all of us. A splendid melange of flavors that get to the heart of what I love in a big, dark, barrel-aged beer. I have had better, certainly... But this is a top-notch beer. A great offering in all respects. (1,119 characters)

Photo of ChrisL24481
4.46/5  rDev +3%
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. (371 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (1,047 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (1,234 characters)

Photo of GonzoHomebrewer
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a midnight black with a full mocha head, looks fantastic

S- This is the best part of the beer for me. Everything comes together for full, well rounded notes of vanilla, cold-pressed coffee and dark chocolate. Reminds of a vanilla mocha, fantastic

T- The taste is not quite as well rounded as the nose; the coffee becomes dominant along with some heat. I love coffee so this isn't too big of a deal and I treat the alcohol presence as just a reminder to sip! I could see this deterring others though from giving high ratings.

M- For some reason just did not come across the same as regular barrel aged framinghammer, seemed a touch lighter, but not in a serious detrimental manner

O- There is some heat still, so setting this aside for maybe 6 months may be ideal to ease that and if you don't like coffee- dominant brews, that could help as well. As a coffee fan, I think it is great now, but will likely try to keep one or two for a bit just to see how it ages. Fantastic brew and look forward to the next batch (1,026 characters)

Photo of Roguer
4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (1,240 characters)

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Coffee Barrel-Aged Framinghammer from Jack's Abby Brewing
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