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Coffee Barrel-Aged Framinghammer - Jack's Abby Brewing

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Reviews: 79
Hads: 771
Avg: 4.31
pDev: 7.42%
Wants: 189
Gots: 172 | FT: 42
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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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Photo of pagriley
3.77/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Coffee dominant beer - overpowers the barrel and the base beer to the point it might as well be a cup of cold brew. Nice, if that is the sort of thing you like, but lacks balance and depth of other coffee beers that harmonize beer, barrel and coffee

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

500mL bottle from 7Sport (many thanks!). Bottled 3/30/15. Served in a Barrel and Barley teku.

Pours a deep, near black brown like cola or black tea with a tall, three finger pillar of pale tan head. The froth settles to a broken ring around the edges and some scattered wisps across the surface but leaves no lace.

Aromas of coffee, roasty malt, brown sugar, bourbon and some caramel. A nice, welcoming blend.

Soft, rich, flavorful blend of coffee, bourbon, dark roasted malt, cocoa, brown sugar, rolled oats, faint char, hints of dark fruit skin and a mild but present nip of booze. The flavors work together and meld beautifully, drifting in and out of each other deftly. This is smooth, delicious and very easy to drink for a barrel aged brew with double digit abv.

Decadent, creamy, medium full feel with softly bubbly carbonation. I continue to be consistently happy with the body and feel that Jack's Abby achieves with the Framinghammers. Enjoyable notes of coffee, mild bourbon and roasted malt linger in the finish.

Jack's Abby have another outstanding take on Framinghammer with this coffee barrel aged variant. From start to finish this is a top notch beer. Well worth an effort to try.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Consumed nearly a year after its initial release.

The coffee has fallen off but the base beer (barrel aged, then cellared) has held up well. Better than the regular and vanilla variant, though not as good as the cocoa-nut version.

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Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Great coffee porter! Poured from the bottle into two Teku glasses. Smooth mouthfeel, and the barrel aging was not overpowering. Jack's Abby knows how to get it done!

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Photo of lochraneg
4.61/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Poured hard into a snifter glass , beer is dark an thick ,head is a beige 1/2" ring on top. Dissipates quick
Smell: Rich Whiskey/Bourbon scent. Coffee aroma is prevalent, but not overwhelming
Taste: Subtle whiskey flavor that makes this totally drinkable.
Feel: Easy to drink, not too thick, but not thin. It lingers on the tongue only slightly
Overall: Definitely a great beer. I traded for it and happy I did.

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Photo of Myotus
4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Shoutout to Perryman for this trade!
Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass.
LOOK: Pour with a half finger's worth of khaki foam that halves itself after 30 seconds. Black in color with an orange tint. If there are rising bubbles, I can't see them. Lacing is thin and moderate.
SMELL: Strong aromas of bourbon and molasses combine with mild aromas of coffee, oats, bitter roasted malts, and vanilla along with subtle sweet chocolate aromas.
TASTE: Mild bourbon flavors (thank goodness they aren't strong like the aroma because I don't like bourbon) enter initially immediately followed by strong molasses and mild coffee and oat flavors. Mild bitter roasted malts and vanilla entangle with subtle sweet chocolate flavors to finish off this incredible symphony of flavor.
FEEL: Full-bodied and subtly carbonated (y'all know I love that combo). Goes down ridiculously smooth but finishes with a moderate dryness (due to the bourbon, I'm assuming).
NOTE: This has replenished the hope I had for bourbon barrel-aged beers. After trying W00tstout, I never wanted another bourbon BA brew because it was so strong. This has changed my mind. The bourbon was incredibly well-balanced. I loved it.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Favorite of the variants. The roast elevates the entire beer, while the coffee plays well with the bourbon character. Big roasty nose followed by a well balanced straight forward coffee flavor.

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Photo of Houser
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

bourbon barrels create a silky smooth chocolatey mouth feel enhanced by the use of oats and brown sugar. sweetness gets balanced by roasted malt and hop bitterness. flavors include bourbon, vanilla, and oak.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.07/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Consumed 8/22/15

A: Pours an ominous black, but up close it is a dark, dark, deep brown, with some lighter brown around the edges - pours with a medium sized, tan head, fades quickly to a few wisps, a small collar, and leaves a few streaks of lacing

S: Rich, roasty coffee and burnt malts - coffee beans, with a very dark roast and some char - bourbon is fairly prominent next, with some wood, vanilla, and booze - big malt presence - roasty, burnt malts, with an array of chocolate - dark chocolate and baker's chocolate, burnt brownies - some caramel sweetness and some brown sugar - the aroma is quite dry overall

T: Coffee, bourbon, and burnt toast... someone's drunk at the diner - coffee is not as prominent in the taste as it is in the aroma, but it's there - dark, bitter coffee or maybe espresso - bourbon is quite strong, but it works surprisingly well - wood, booze, and some vanilla - malts are very burnt, but have some nice layers - dark chocolate, baker's chocolate, semisweet chocolate, and charred chocolate cake - loads of burnt bitterness - some sweetness, with caramel, molasses - lightly spicy, with some earthiness - finishes dry with more bourbon

M: On the heavy side of medium, very smooth, finishes woody and dry

O: Coffee usually makes everything better

Framinghammer is one of the very few beers I've ever had that genuinely improves with bourbon barrel aging. The balance between the base beer and the bourbon is delicate, and the coffee doesn't do much to an already-nice blend. If anything, it just adds more roast.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.3/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Had this along with bourbon-barrel-aged Frammy and the classic Framinghammer in Philadelphia during the rollout of Jack's Abby in town. I really don't get the appeal of these thin, average porters.

App: Much blacker/darker stiller than Bourbon Framingham. A total black lagoon, no lacing.

Smell: Opaque, glue, acridness, hardware store, burnt cocaine.

Taste: Coffee forward, cold brew. Other than that, not much else. Cocoa powder, hints of strawberry and Pantera Rosa (or Tigreton?). Watery finish.

Mouthfeel: So thin it hurts. Low carb, body, flavor. Like leftover black coffee.

Overall: Very drinkable, but it lacks any complexity or excitement.

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Photo of MA_hops
4.29/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Midnight black with a thin, mocha colored head.
S: Bourbon, mild notes of medium roasted coffee and chocolate and perhaps a hint of vanilla like sweetness.
T: Similar to the nose; however pretty strong on the bourbon booziness.
M: Mild carbonation, medium body with little to no bitterness.
O: This one packs a heavy punch. Please eat beforehand and/or during. You WILL feel the alcohol.

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Photo of TBonez477
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Deep black pour with minimal khaki head, which fades quickly with minimal lacing.

S: Aroma on this one is deceiving. The smell is straight dark fruits with an accent on the fruitiness. Following is a sugary sweetness, finishing with a faint leather note presumably from the barrel.

T: This is the home run. First sip is beautiful chocolate and coffee blended together. The leather and vanilla from the barrel pair well with the subtle dark fruit flavors in the background. Some alcohol warming in the throat.

M: This brew is thick and almost syrupy with just enough carbonation to keep it palatable, fairly strong for the style.

O: A great brew with layers of complexity and flavors around every corner.

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Photo of Bugs318
4.64/5  rDev +7.7%
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!

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

had the barisimo coffee BA version a while back, nut sure if this is the same, but this is the coffee BA, enjoyed from a jacks abby snifter.

pours watery black with suggestions of brown. thin tan head, spotty lace.

nose is coffee dominated baltic porter...barrel sits in the backseat. really rich gourmet coffee.

as the nose suggested, coffe leads the show. super milk chocolatey. barrel is not all that present but the coffee is really nice and this beer is great! super silky.

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Photo of ColdOneKev
4.49/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours very well with a beautiful brown head, dissipates fairly quickly with moderate lacing at best. Deep roasted coffee and malt flavor, first time trying this style and I really enjoy it. You'll taste the barrel influence more as it warms, obviously, and the coffee takes a back seat to the heat you feel on the end. I am a fan! Looking forward to trying BA Vanilla next!

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Photo of stakem
4.02/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml poured into a mug. Black in color with brown clarity around the edges and 2 fingers khaki cap fades leaving webby lace.

A pleasant smelling blend of roasty chocolate and vanilla/caramel barrel nuance. Some neutral oak is also present across the nose with a touch of minerals.

The taste has neutral oak, vanilla, caramel and fruity almost raison notes with a touch of mineral character. Some roasty grain/coffee interplay is quite mild but evident.

This is medium to lighter bodied, moderately carbonated and a nice offering. Quite a unique and easy drinking baltic porter that showcases the alcohol as it warms up.

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Photo of mabermud
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Pitch brown body that pours somewhat thin. The head looks soft and is light mocha colored.
Smell: Rich coffee aroma before medium roasted grain aromas. Background dark chocolate.
Taste: Rich, sweetened coffee and medium roasted malts. Then comes background vanilla and dark chocolate. The barrel blends in well, like complimentary jewelry. Hops are somewhere. Staleness? Sweet and balanced combination.
Feel: Thicker than not body. Smooth throughout. Dense, creamy carbonation at the finish.

Overall - Well-done. The oak is standing in the background. I would definitely have this again.

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.31/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Roguer
4.44/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of Dools9
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Liked it better than straight up barrel aged version. Smooth vanilla and oaky bourbon, lots of milk chocolate, rich roasted coffee. Very drinkable for 10%.

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Photo of brureview
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle date: 3/30/15.

Jet black color in a Moa snifter with a 2F head which quickly dissipated. Nice looking beer,
especially in a smaller snifter.

Aroma: dark roasted coffee, vanilla, chocolate. The coffee dominates with warming.

MF: very malt forward, more than other Framinghammers.

Taste: great! Strong coffee, with chocolate, with an a balanced alcoholic finish. The coffee is the dominant flavor with warming.

Overall: my first time tasting this varietal. It's now my favorite. I had the BB Framinghammer at the Jack's Abby first birthday party- from the last keg.
A fond memory. This current brew is reminiscent of how I felt about first tasting
the Framinghammer BB: bold, chocolate, without an overdone alcoholic finish.
This beer adds coffee, and a heavier malt body.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.19/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.02/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a three finger light tan head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Black color, no highlights. Good carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Roasted malt nose and flavor follows with roasted malts and hints of hop bitterness. Light bitter aftertaste. High ABV is hidden. $3.70 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA.

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Coffee Barrel-Aged Framinghammer from Jack's Abby Brewing
94 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.