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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: 190
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 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 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 brentk56
3.82/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Like the other Framinghammers, an impressive bubble show and appearance; dark brown with a couple of inches of tan foam

Smell: A rather odd aroma, certainly filled with coffee but also rather ashy

Taste: Milk coffee forward, with some chocolate and smoke building in the middle; some Bourbon influence, after the swallow, but the finish moves in a sweeter, brown sugar direction

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and creamy, with moderate carbonation; a bit of a burn in the gullet from the ABV

Overall: To my surprise, the Vanilla Framinghammer was my favorite by a country mile; I had high hopes here but this one just is a bit too sharp in its contrasts for my palate

Thanks, mj0126, for the opportunity

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Photo of SFC21
3.83/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Coffee appears but quickly is taken over by strong bourbon. Nice toasted oak but the bourbon just overwhelms everything else. Solid beer but one that I won't go out of my way to find again. Especially considering the long list of great BA coffee stouts/porters.

Overall, while I love Jack's Abby, I am disappointed with the Framinghammer series. Bourbon overwhelems the treatments and the aftertaste on all of these is a bit medicinal.. Good but not great.

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Photo of jageraholic
3.87/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: served into a snifter. Nive dark brown color. Lets some light through around the edges. Half inch of tanish head dissapates to a nice ring around the glass with a few bubble patterns floating in the middle. Lacing always drops back down to the ring. Doesnt stick.

S: gave it some time to warm up. Alcohol funneling to the nose. Roastiness and dark chocolate in the distance. When this was fresh out of the fridge it was very coffee forward, but it mellows out.

T: when cold, coffee forward with chocolate and roastiness in the background, but now that it warmed i like it better. Smooth coffee flavor with a good mix of chocolate and a little vanilla in the background. Alcohol and bitter chocolate in the aftertaste.

M: lighter on the tongue than i would have imagined. Roastiness and microbubbles tingle on the tongue a little. Coats the mouth nice. Very smooth. Great finish.

O: Great beer. Love the body on the beer. Strong flavors that might mellow out with some age. Alcohol on the nose is a bit much. Thankfully doesnt translate to the taste very much. Still think i like the original framinghammer the best.

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Photo of maximum12
3.93/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Just finished a fantastic beer received from mjg0725, so I had to go for another to try to keep the winning streak alive. 500ML bottle split with my coffee-addicted wife.

The pour hits the right shade of black, with just a hint of Van Helsing around the edges. Nose is light. I'd have guessed this was just light roast if I hadn't seen the label, pretty subdued, to go along with flakes of sweet malt.

Coffee Framinghammer has some serious barista roots. Coffee kicks it up in there, but puts down the cappachine & back away to let the beer breathe. Great sweetness cuts into the roast (must be the shady sugar), aided by a trapdoor of chocolate, vanilla, & a surprising lilt of bitterness for a finale. Tastes...deep. Ridiculously rich. Couldn't be sucking this down faster if I had a near-fatal caffeine withdrawal headache coming on.

Didn't believe the Framinghammer hype. I have another variant & if that one is this good, I'll be a full-blown Believer. Excellent beer.

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Photo of DrJay
3.98/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Looks like Framinghammer (no surprise) - dark with ruby highlights, fine tan/brown cap, lacing. Lots of coconut in the aroma, some roast and coffee, chocolate and malt, slight alcohol. Less coconut in the flavour, moderate bitterness with cocoa and malt, alcohol and chocolate, mild coffee and roast, balanced sweetness. Nice texture, creamy and smooth, moderate carbonation and full bodied, a little warmer than regular Framinghammer. Quite good, but the coconut in the aroma was turned up a little high in the balance.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.01/5  rDev -7%
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.

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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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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 Treyliff
4.04/5  rDev -6.3%
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

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Photo of woosterbill
4.05/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle into a Duvel tulip. Thanks Brian!

A: Black body, brown highlights, one finger of tan head. Good retention and lacing. Very nice.

S: No surprises: rich coffee dominates from front to back, with some vibrant bourbon spixiness underneath. Charred oak as well. Intense and great.

T: Roasty, vibrant coffee up front; spicy whiskey and vanilla oak in the middle; harsh booze and bitter char on the finish. A little rough, but tasty.

M: Soft, well-carbonated medium body. Luscious.

O: My favorite of the three (this, Vanilla, and regular BA), but still not terribly great. These 10% brews were considerably hotter than many (if not most) 12-14% monsters. Rare disappointments from a great brewery. Forget the hype, give me a regular Smoke and Dagger any day.


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Photo of Chico1985
4.06/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have had this a few times now. Thanks, as usual, to Cam.

Just about black pour with a beige head. Scent is pretty nice with strong bourbon barrel, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, spicy oak. Taste is even more of a bourbon bomb, lots of flavorful bourbon spice and oak barrel, coffee is a little more subtle here but it is nice and of quality as well. Chocolate, some roasted malt, nutty and bready malts, vanilla also prevalent. Maintains the porter feel, not very hefty or thick by any means. Somewhat hot with alcohol with medium-low carbonation.

Good coffee. Good porter. Lots of good bourbon. A little harsh.

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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 utopiajane
4.09/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours out lush and lovely with a thick head of tan foam that lasts long enough for 10% and leaves a cluster of bubbles on top and some lace. Black.

Nose is a bit of chocolate and some coffee. I was expecting a lot more coffee from the nose. Scents of the bourbon barrel and a some earthiness from malt. A bit of brown sugar. Touch of brown bread.

This one is a bit thicker int he mouthfeel than the vanilla. It is full. It has a nice soft chocolatey flavor that is enhanced by coffee and bourbon. Breaddy and with some cold coffee to come forward. Silky and a bit of creaminess lend this beer a long lasting palate with not too much bitterness. A flourish of alcohol dryness and bitterness from roast in the finish. This one is not as sweet as the vanilla after all and that gives it a more unique character as you drink. . Warming in the swallow and that is the first hint of alcohol.

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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 smcolw
4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Good, thick head that settles slowly, leaving many chunky spots. Deep dark brown where no light shines through.

Strong dark cocoa aroma with a bit of chalkiness. A touch alcohol as well.

Very rich body and flavor. Complicated malts of chocolate and some black patent, giving a definitive coffee flavor. Lots of alcohol warmth. This is particularly notable in the aftertaste. Light on the carbonation.

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Photo of earljones199
4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A little too sweet and the coffee has faded. A good amount of bourbon flavor and the light smokiness is really nice.

Overall I'd drink it again and will probably go to the release again. It's the best of the 4 bottled variants I think

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Photo of ppoitras
4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Pitch black. Three fingers of bubbly beige head. Lacing sticks in broken rings and patches.

S: Nutty coffee. Rich mocha. Fudge sauce. Hints of wood and vanilla. More layered chocolate aromas. Chocolate chips and fudgey brownies. Roast and a bit of starchy oats. Whiff of bourbon.

T: Fudge sauce. Mocha. Nutty coffee builds, but never dominates. Layers of chocolate: fudgey brownies and double chocolate cookies. Chocolate caramel chews. Barrel flavors pick up steam, first with caramel, then woody flavors, and culminating with a big warming bourbon presence that never feels hot. Bourbon and barrel flavors are strong on the finish.

M: Medium thick. Full in the mouth with a silky and slightly viscous feel. Tame prickling carbonation. Warming bourbon.

O: Not as coffee forward as I expected, but that's actually a good thing. The beer strikes a nice balance,though the barrel takes over in the end. A sipper you absolutely must seek out if you love a good bourbon barrel aged beer.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Wowcoolman for sharing this one at Retsinis' tasting.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, coffee bean, bourbon, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa, coffee, and bourbon flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of wood bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a nice mix of coffee and bourbon aspects all around.

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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 papat444
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
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!

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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 ONovoMexicano
4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
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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