Coffee Barrel-Aged Framinghammer - Jack's Abby Brewing

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Ratings: 713
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 7.41%
Wants: 191
Gots: 173 | FT: 44
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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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Ratings: 713 | Reviews: 76
Photo of cosmicevan
4.36/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Photo of bobv
4.17/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wonderful look and lacing.
Nose is really nice.
Taste is nice.
Feel is very nice.

Photo of ColdOneKev
4.49/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of Immortale25
4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Photo of changdulla
4.66/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Awesome!! So much coffee. I want more of this!

Photo of Devman171
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle pour is black, aroma is roast, green vegetable, spicy coffee, taste is big coffee roast with light bourbon finish

Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
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!

Photo of stakem
4.02/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Photo of mabermud
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Photo of PicoPapa
4.31/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Photo of Roguer
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of Dools9
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
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%.

Photo of brureview
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.19/5  rDev -3%
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.

Photo of brother_rebus
3.42/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

similar to the rest of them. just has a slight unpleasant edge that the others do not.

Photo of jdhilt
4.02/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
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.

Photo of tkelley
4.61/5  rDev +6.7%
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!

Photo of Ri0
4.52/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of Zaximus
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big, roasty, malty and a little sweet. This drinks like a stout. I was a little skeptical but this is quite good.

Photo of Raziel313
2.62/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Smells like cheap coffee and cheap barrel. This wasn't tasty at all.

Photo of barhoc11
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.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

my brother has really been coming through with the goods lately, so thanks man for pulling this one off. its as good as all the others, again blows me away that its a lager, and although the coffee is light on the aroma, its taste and contribution to the mouthfeel are very prominent. matte black beer, heady and thick, inviting like a guinness really, lighter head, but similar vibe. the nose is mild on the coffee, way more barrel and lager yeast here, vanilla is as prominent as it was in the vanilla edition, not sure how they got all that from the barrel, but they did. in the flavor, the coffee is darkly roasted, earthy, and bitter enough without being harsh. its smooth and full bodied, and the booze is invisible. i definitely feel it after half a bottle though! stunning in its depth, awesome in its slick richness and dry finish, like no other in the feel. the coffee does add a little acidity, but its mild and actually helpful here. the barrel is more pronounced in the nose than the taste, but it definitely adds that sweet oak to an otherwise dry finish. expertly made, this is one of the best series in beer right now!

Photo of SeattleBoB76
4.75/5  rDev +10%

Great Beer!! Full body for a porter, dark color, not to sweet, not boozy. Barrel on the nose, big coffee flavor.

Photo of SFC21
3.83/5  rDev -11.3%
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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Coffee Barrel-Aged Framinghammer from Jack's Abby Brewing
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