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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: 43
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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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Reviews: 79 | Hads: 771
Photo of Florida9
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very dark shade of brown. Not quite black in color. Still a bit translucent around the edges. Forms a smallish darker tan colored head that fades away fairly quickly leaving just a trace around the edge. Minimal lacing. Aroma is wonderfully potent: coffee, espresso, dark fruits, dark chocolate, and alcohol. Taste is also pleasant, but falls off a little. Again, there is coffee and dark chocolate along with a moderately sweet dark fruits and a rich maltiness. But the flavor seems somewhat thin, presumably from the alcohol. On the heavier side of medium. Lower carbonation. Mild bitterness. Overall, a very nice beer. Complex yet drinkable. A great complement to a chocolate-centric desert.

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2014 batch. Tulip glass.

A: Pours a very dark brown color with a half finger of light, foamy tan colored head. Good retention, with a thick, large-bubbled collar of head with some streaks and dots of lacing.

S: Rich, dark roasty coffee up front. Delicious. A touch of dark chocolate bar, vanilla, cinnamon, and graham cracker.

T: Coffee is again up front, along with the melted dark chocolate, cinnamon, finishing mostly dry and a touch on the watery side. A little bit of an alcohol bite, esp. as it warms.

M: Medium-light body and carbonation.

O: In both the taste and aroma, the coffee is the dominant flavor. Everything else takes a back seat, which means this isn’t as balanced or complex as it could be. This is more like a delicious coffee porter sans the barrel aging.

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Photo of AirBob
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

A - Two fingers of bubbly light brown head which quickly dissipates. Thick, black body. Great lacing.

S - Sweet booze. Dark choclate. Some mild roasted coffee bean. Rich chocolate ice cream. A little more bourbon as it warms.

T - Milk chocolate shifts to mocha. Then some lightly roasted coffee and a little bourbon. Coffee ground bitterness in the finish. More coffee and way more booze as it warms.

M - Slick and heavy, but not too cloying A little sticky in the finish. Definitely a sipper. A little numbing as it warms.

O - Another great variant. Harshest of the variants that I've tried. Gets super boozy as it warms.

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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 TheManiacalOne
4.26/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of Auror
4.26/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at the brewery on release day. Consumed 3 days later. Refrigerated then allowed to reach cellar temp. Poured into a small snifter.

Appearance- Very dark brown, perhaps black. Head is mocha-colored and billowy. Several minutes later and although the head has faded, a persistent layer sits atop the beer, pockmarked with bubbles. Nice lacing on the glass.

Smell- Wonderful coffee and dark chocolate dominate the aroma. Toasted grains also are evident. Not picking up on much bourbon, contrary to my experience with the plain barreled version. Upon warming, bourbon/alcohol are more noticeable.

Taste- Roasted bitter coffee, mild oak. Some vanilla sweetness from the bourbon. Chocolate malt. Hops are present to keep things from getting too sweet.

Mouthfeel- My god is this slick. Not viscous, but it has some chewiness to it. Carbonation is evident but not overpowering. Awesome. Some mild alcohol burn as the beer reaches room temp.

Overall- The beer goes down incredibly easy for 10%. For me personally, the roasted coffee flavor is a bit dominant. Full disclosure, I'm not a coffee drinker. The aroma and mouthfeel are wonderful, but the regular bourbon Framinghammer has a lovely balance of flavors that the coffee beans seem to have overwhelmed in this variant. That said, still great.

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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 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 Jwale73
4.29/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2014 vintage. 500ml bottle served in a tulip at 49 degrees. Pours darker than cola with a frothy, two-inch, khaki-colored head. Some lacing, but weak legs. Incredible nose - roasted coffee, bourbon, vanilla and toffee notes. Taste follows nose, but is not as rich and bold as anticipated. That said, everything coalesces together nicely without one aspect being too assertive. There's also a thread of milk chocolate that also weaves its way into the flavor profile and finishes with a robust, roasted coffee character. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a pleasant, even carbonation; however, the overall representation comes off a bit thin. One of my favorite styles, and this beer really holds its own. Not only one of the better Baltic Porters out there, but also one of the better coffee-based beers as well.

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