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Coffee Barrel-Aged Framinghammer - Jack's Abby Brewing

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Coffee Barrel-Aged Framinghammer
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453 Ratings
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Ratings: 453
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 7.62%
Wants: 158
Gots: 87 | FT: 24
Brewed by:
Jack's Abby Brewing visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: Auror on 05-06-2013)
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Apr 28, 2014
Photo of zestar
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

zestar, May 17, 2013
Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

nmann08, Jul 03, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

acurtis, Jun 08, 2014
Photo of brentk56
3.81/5  rDev -12%
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

brentk56, Jun 07, 2014
Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Texasfan549, Mar 24, 2014
Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

kjkinsey, Mar 15, 2014
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

ygtbsm94, Mar 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

spycow, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Knapp85, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

westcoastbeerlvr, Apr 18, 2014
Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -7.6%

largadeer, Jan 13, 2014
Photo of SocalKicks
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

SocalKicks, Feb 24, 2014
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, with a short beige head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains rich black coffee, roasted malts, some chocolate and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a strong and bitter-sweet black coffee flavor followed by a hearty roasted malt character as you would expect. There are some background flavors of chocolate and dark fruit. The hops presence is milder than other versions but brings a good balance. The after-taste is bitter-sweet.

M: Crisp, smooth and viscous, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a very good big coffee porter worth drinking for a long time.

TheManiacalOne, Apr 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

Kegatron, Apr 07, 2014
Photo of MasterSki
4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks again to Ryan for sharing this one. Served in a snifter.

A - Looks the same as the others more or less.

S - Coffee, vanilla, coconut, roasted malts, marshmallow, and oddly enough there's more bourbon here compared to the other versions. Coffee is well-integrated, and doesn't overwhelm like the vanilla does.

T - The taste has lots of roast, with some coffee, but more in the way of espresso bitterness, smoke, and charred oak. Reminds me a lot of the regular version, as the coffee integrates well with the pre-existing flavor profile.

M - Similar feel to the other variants, although the coffee and vanilla versions were a bit more tannic than the regular versions, presumably from the adjuncts. Still quite smooth in texture, with light residual stickiness and no obvious alcohol.

D - Good stuff, although I think this may be my least favorite of the three variants. Still, it's a delicious beer that I'd happily drink again at any opportunity in the future. Perhaps a bit more coffee would bump this up to world-class.

MasterSki, Jun 26, 2013
Photo of jlindros
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

jlindros, May 17, 2013
Photo of oline73
5/5  rDev +15.5%

oline73, Jul 19, 2013
Photo of mendvicdog
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

mendvicdog, Jul 20, 2013
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.

mdfb79, Jun 03, 2013
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4.11/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

smcolw, Mar 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

MarkyMOD, Apr 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

oriolesfan4, Jul 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

imperialking, Jun 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

yourefragile, Jul 09, 2014
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Coffee Barrel-Aged Framinghammer from Jack's Abby Brewing
96 out of 100 based on 453 ratings.