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Coffee Barrel-Aged Framinghammer - Jack's Abby Brewing

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Ratings: 607
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 7.64%
Wants: 177
Gots: 119 | FT: 27
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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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Ratings: 607 | Reviews: 57
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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

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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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Coffee Barrel-Aged Framinghammer from Jack's Abby Brewing
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