Framinghammer Baltic Porter - Bourbon Barrel Aged With Barismo Coffee - Jack's Abby Brewing
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4.01/5 rDev -8.9%
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.
02-18-2014 01:59:33 | More by woosterbill
4.04/5 rDev -8.2%
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.
06-25-2013 02:37:28 | More by Alieniloquium
4.11/5 rDev -6.6%
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.
03-01-2014 03:51:54 | More by smcolw
4.18/5 rDev -5%
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.
02-12-2014 00:35:33 | More by ryan1788a5
4.19/5 rDev -4.8%
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.
04-28-2014 18:41:53 | More by UCLABrewN84
District of Columbia
4.23/5 rDev -3.9%
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.
02-24-2014 03:28:12 | More by pmarlowe
4.24/5 rDev -3.6%
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.
05-06-2013 04:25:00 | More by Auror
Framinghammer Baltic Porter - Bourbon Barrel Aged With Barismo Coffee from Jack's Abby Brewing
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