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Barrel-Aged Framinghammer - Coffee | Jack's Abby Brewing

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Barrel-Aged Framinghammer - CoffeeBarrel-Aged Framinghammer - Coffee
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Jack's Abby Brewing
Massachusetts, United States | website

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Spring

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

Added by Auror on 05-06-2013

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Reviews: 89 | Ratings: 842
Photo of ChrisL24481
4.46/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of Shaler_Tate
4.46/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Man these are really great beers. This one was a 2015, so I expected the coffee to disappear, but it was still very present and the barrel presence was the perfect compliment.

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Photo of jlindros
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of GonzoHomebrewer
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
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

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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 StonedTrippin
4.44/5  rDev +3%
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!

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

Drank from a 1 pint .9 fl. oz./.5 liters bottle purchased at Julio's Liquors, Westboro, MA
March 2013 vintage
Served in a snifter

A tight, creamy, bubbly, one-finger, mocha colored crown topped the dark brown liquid. The head quickly fell to a film of large bubbles. Sheets of lacing initially coated the glass with every sip. The lacing eventually transformed into spotty drops.

Intense coffee notes dominated the nose. Somewhat roasty and espresso-like. Freshly ground espresso beans came to mind. Super smooth and fragrant. A touch earthy. Aside from the coffee, I also picked up some brown sugar-like sweetness along with hints of vanilla. Mild bourbon notes appeared as well.

Like the nose, the flavor profile was also quite coffee-forward. Tons of freshly ground coffee beans. Some espresso-like earthiness. Lots of dark, roasted malts and brown sugar sweetness. Caramel notes came through as well. Bourbon appeared on the back end and in the finish and lent a pleasant alcohol warming. Earthy hops and roasted malts were also noticeable in the finish. Overall, quite well balanced.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied. Slick, creamy and smooth but slightly thin for the style. The liquid contained a fine, moderate carbonation.

After trying Framinghammer and Bourbon Barrel Aged Framinghammer and being hugely disappointed by both offerings, this beer really surprised me. The addition of coffee really rounded out the flavor profile and gave this beer the balance and complexity that the other versions lacked.

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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 AndyAvalanche
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

1 pt .09 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip style glass. Liquid comes out a fairly dark brown color with lighter brown and reddish highlights. Beige to tan colored head head with small and medium sized bubbles, sticks around a little bit but fades awy after a little while; leaves a little bit of a ring around the edge with a couple of the larger bubbles sticking around. A little bit of lacing, not a ton, but a little bit. Good looking beer.

Smell is pretty straight forward and good. Fresh medium roasted coffee beans and grinds. There's also some milk chocolate but less lactose (like a Nesquick or Yoohoo), some oakey vanilla, and sweet bourbon. Little bit of heat tickles your nose.

Taste is a step up, everything except the heat is a little stronger than the nose. Coffee still very present, almost like a slightly stronger roasted medium blend or an espresso shot added to a cup of coffee. Same semi-sweet chocolate/coco/mocha flavors as mentioned above as well. Burned sugar and charred butterscotch and brown sugar. Vanilla not quite as strong in the smell, but slightly present. More like bourbon smoked wood so there's some slightly outdoorsy/earthy flavors. Not quite as hot as I would have anticipated, everything meshes really nicely.

Mouthfeel is good, full bodied but not too heavy. Light to moderate carbonation level that leaves it fairly refreshing, especially for a barrel aged beer. Pretty smooth with a warm but not too hot bite at the end. The 10% is very well hidden, this is an incredibly drinkable beer. Designed to be a sipper, but if you're not careful, this is going to go really quickly. Another nice job by Jack's Abby. They know what they're doing on all aspects.

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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 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 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 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 HuskyinPDX
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 7.30.13

A - Pours a blackish with a 1/2 inch dark tan head with good retention.

S - A touch of bourbon barrel, pretty mild.

T - Bourbon, chocolate, lots of coffee.

D - Good carbonation with a heavier body.

O - Lots of barrel and coffee. Exceptional.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle poured into an unlabeled snifter 6/2/2014.

A- Pours a dark cola brown body with a surprisingly thick two finger mocha head with a good retention time; eventually slipping into a medium collar with some staying power. Not much lacing.

S- Roast malt, tons of milk chocolate, black coffee, cocoa. Very good, a bit light on the coffee but I'm enjoying the surprisingly strong milk chocolate aspect; it even smells a bit spiced up with vanilla or something similar.

F- Chocolate ice cream with vanilla in the background (not even sure where this is coming from), black coffee bitterness, cocoa, milk chocolate, roast malt, even slightly nutty. This is a delicious brew that has a lot going on, though the coffee seems to take a big backseat to the base beer's chocolate notes.

M- Medium bodied, smooth and silky. Good carbonation. It's definitely a hefty sipper with a slight alcohol burn and a bitter black coffee finish.

O- Outstanding baltic porter. It was surprising that it tasted more like chocolate ice cream than it did coffee, which acted in more of a supporting manner. So, it didn't meet initial expectations (since you know, everyone likes to dump tons of coffee in their porters/stouts) but it exceeded overall expectations in that it is a very tasty beer. I'd love to explore more of the offerings in the Framinghammer series.

Edit: apparently this is barrel-aged according to the fine BA who sent this to me. It's now much less surprising that there was an oaky vanilla flavour along with the sweet chocolate ice cream aspects and subtle heat (presumably from the whiskey).

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Photo of NCalement
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a globe.

A- Black with a fast cream head. Lacing is perfect. Looks light but for a Baltic Porter this is expected.

S- Bourbon, vanilla, faint coffee, sweet malt, alcohol and light roast.

T- Bourbon, vanilla, oak and coffee. Finish is rich espresso and chocolate.

M- Medium to light body. Excellent carbonation and its chewy for a lager. The chocolate fudge and coffee flavor resides for some time after each sip.

O- Amazing. One of the best Baltic Porters I've had. It makes me excited to drink the rest!!!

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Photo of orangesol
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I brought the whole 2012 set to our monthly tasting.

A - Pours pitch black with a nice one finger tall tan head, slowly dissipating down to a light film, leaving small streaks of lace down the sides of the glass.

S - Smells of strong coffee, vanilla, bourbon, oak, coconut, chocolate and smokey dark malt. The coffee is quite strong while still being balanced with the other aromas, very nice work.

T - Starts off with the strong fresh brewed coffee slowly being joined by some mild sweetness, - mainly the chocolate and vanilla - toasted coconut, smoked malt and warming woody bourbon. Finish is pretty roasty with some mild sweetness, lingering long after the finish. Not as well balanced as the nose but still really nice.

M - Heavy body with moderate carbonation. Smooth, roasty feel with some nice sweetness to even it all out. A bit of tannins and very light booze dry the palate at the end of each sip.

O - This was probably my favorite of the three, just barely beating out the vanilla. The coffee really accentuated the base flavors and yet it remained easy to consume. Glad I could try this one and share it with everyone.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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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 DrinkSlurm
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 16 oz bottle into tulip. Deep black with a bit of tan head, gone quick. Lots of coffee and roasted malt aroma, but subtle all around and balanced. Flavor of slight roast, lots of coffee and chocolate. A touch of sweetness really balances this out. Suuuper smooth mouthfeel...its phenomenal. So silky smooth and a near gulper. Really a tasty brew and I wouldn't hesitate (except the cost) to get more of this.

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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 OrangeMen
4.29/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2016 Vintage
~2-3 months from bottling date

Appearance- Pours a black color, brownish hues when swirled, opaque. Half finger of lighter khaki colored head, soapy consistency. Tons of spotty head lacing and alcohol legs on glass.

Aroma- Rich coffee, espresso bean, earthy and spicy. Real sweet, smooth bourbon notes, oaky dryness. Sugary sweetness, chocolates, caramel, molasses, toffee, and vanilla.. Touch of roasted malt and barrel char.

Taste- Coffee bean, rich roast and earthy spice. Lots of oaky astringency, dried tobacco and spice, subtle bourbon notes. Chocolates, roasted malt, vanilla, brown sugar and caramel. Lingering oak and charred barrel.

Feel- Medium bodied feel, fairly creamy and very smooth but leaves a drying aftertaste. Lower carbonation.

Overall- Real nice barrel characteristics shine through. Offers more barrel flavors than bourbon, but the oak, char, and earthy spice is real nice. Coffee hits right up front, rich and roasty, and carries on through. Sweetness balances on the finish. Really nice barrel aged coffee beer.

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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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Barrel-Aged Framinghammer - Coffee from Jack's Abby Brewing
95 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.