Framinghammer Baltic Porter - Bourbon Barrel Aged With Barismo Coffee - Jack's Abby Brewing
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4.45/5 rDev +1.1%
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.
06-03-2013 14:45:04 | More by mdfb79
4.65/5 rDev +5.7%
16.9oz bottle, poured into my Rock Island snifter, and shared with NO ONE...Adam, you are the man...
A: Dark brown body with tawny/ruby edges; half a finger of tan head caps the beer and leaves some lacing.
S: Fantastic aroma, without being overpowering; big chocolate presence complements a very fresh, roasty, espresso/coffee bean. Bourbon barrel is underneath that and unites the flavors, but isn't really at the forefront. What is essentially a nose full of mocha is very inviting, with some dark caramel and vanilla hiding underneath that.
T: The coffee profile asserts itself here, roasted beans and fresh espresso shots, with the slightest presence of sweet alcohol and a complementary bitterness. Bourbon barrel is well-integrated but on the mild side, and again layers of mocha, chocolate, caramel, vanilla, and brown sugar all round out the flavors.
MF: Nearly full bodied, but not heavy; very drinkable.
O: Extremely impressive - excellent balance of flavors and barrel. The coffee is there and tastes very fresh, but doesn't overpower the other components. This isn't quite BCBCS (mostly because Framinghammer lacks a boozy hotness), but this IS a bba coffee beer I could drink all the time (unlike BCBCS). Just awesome stuff.
06-03-2013 14:09:12 | More by Scotchboy
4.59/5 rDev +4.3%
Served at 50 degrees from bottle to a tulip
Very dark, with a robust tan head. Settles nicely leaving decent lacing and a ring of head around the glass
Smells like it should, rich alcoholic coffee. There is a very awesome roasted coffee scent and just a touch booze. The coffee smells so fresh, it's fantastic!
Taste is again (I'm not a coffee expert at all, BTW), fresh quality coffee right away. It's a raosted and decadent coffee with no smoke flavors. I can pick up on a slight chocolatey taste and just a little from the BAL treatment, thats a good thing for me as I don't like when beers are dominated and overpowered by the barrel. This is there, but a little more subtle than most.
It feels great in the mouth. There is a silkiness smoothness, with just the right amount of dryness as you swallow. Thew carbination is near perfect. The ONLY thing I would point out, and it's minor, is I personally felt it was just a tad thin in the body.
Overall, this shit is awesome!! I really enjoyed the 'regular' BA Framinghammer, and this took it to the next level! Can't wait to try the vanilla!!!
Without a doubt, this is worth seeking out.
05-31-2013 01:25:31 | More by DaveHack
4.43/5 rDev +0.7%
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.
05-29-2013 02:01:00 | More by Damian
4.48/5 rDev +1.8%
Thanks to tehzachatak for hooking me up with a bottle! Poured into a snifter.
A: Pours a dark, robust brown with a big and persistent tan head which leaves lots of lacing. Gorgeous.
S: Amazing. Fresh dark coffee first and foremost, followed by dark chocolate. A bit of charred brown sugar and a little bourbon.
T/M: Coffee again dominates, and it's excellent -- glad I didn't age this one. Roasty but not bitter. Malty chocolate is powerful, too. A little woody and vanilla bourbon flavor that's more pronounced as it warms. Some dark fruit comes out as it warms, too, which actually doesn't compliment the coffee all that well. A little booze burn. Mouthfeel is close to perfect. Silken, slick and very thick.
O: One of the best coffee aromas/flavors I've ever had in a beer, but it seems like a slight mismatch with the base beer (though the base beer is outstanding, don't get me wrong). I rank it a little behind Bourbon County Coffee overall. But still excellent.
05-25-2013 13:18:34 | More by CharlatanSin
4.69/5 rDev +6.6%
16.9 oz Bottle poured into a pint glass.
Appearance: Like the standard BA Framinghammer. Again, rich, dark, brown with a frothy tan head that actually hangs around for a bit.
Smell: The coffee is forward with the bourbon lurking just underneath, again chocolate.
Taste: Rich coffee which actually takes some of the heat out of the standard BA Framinghammer, all on a very good way. The roast and mocha flavors really balance this beer well. Strong, strong mocha all with the vanilla and oak from the barrel. Again, as it warms the mocha flavor intensifies.
Mouthfeel: Excellent body, and very, very, smooth.
Overall: I really like the BA Framinghammer but I liked this offering even more. Incredible coffee porter!
05-22-2013 01:07:07 | More by BobZ
4.43/5 rDev +0.7%
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.
05-17-2013 07:05:46 | More by jlindros
4.8/5 rDev +9.1%
Bottled March 2013 but just released last week.
A: Pitch black pour with a large, dense medium brown head. Head fades away slowly and with great retention. Solid walls of lacing too.
S: Lots and lots of fresh roasted coffee. Mild char and some dark fruits mix in nicely. Mild bourbon hiding behind the coffee with some caramel, burnt sugar and a hint of oak.
T: Oh yeah, this is nice. Coffee is more subdued here and the bourbon stands out a little more. Wow. Wonderful coffee flavor, one of the best in a beer I've ever had. Silky dark chocolate joins it with hints of char. Caramel and burnt sugar sweeten it up and just a dash of dark fruits. Smooth throughout. A little vanilla kicks in in the middle. Coffee turns a little sharper in the finish with just a slight acrid edge and a brief booze hit from the bourbon. Lingering burnt sugar and oak in the finish. Masterful. I originally scored this a 4.75 but after finishing the bottle I upgraded to a 5. I just can't find any flaws, it was a dream to drink and I'm literally sad that the bottle is gone now. How can you ask for anything more?
M: Fairly heavy, silky smooth and decadent. Wonderful.
O: Wow, I thought the regular bourbon barrel version was amazing. This is somehow even better. Coffee is delicious and a wonderful additional layer of complexity. Yet, not overpowering like so many coffee beers. Despite being so fresh, flavors are very well integrated and complementary. Taste is smooth and mellow despite the strong flavors and goes down so easily. One of the best beers I've had in quite a while. I can't find any real flaws.
05-09-2013 03:41:17 | More by Dope
Framinghammer Baltic Porter - Bourbon Barrel Aged With Barismo Coffee from Jack's Abby Brewing
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