Coffee Barrel-Aged Framinghammer - Jack's Abby Brewing

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Reviews: 66
Hads: 730
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 5.32%
Wants: 187
Gots: 173 | FT: 43
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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: 66 | Hads: 730
Photo of Luk13
4.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle. Brown-black pour with a nice off-white head. Aroma is deep espresso and milk chocolate. I also find layers of butter and cream that makes it exquisite. Taste is roasted malts, coffee and cream. So rich without being cloying and overly sweet, oats adds a nice creamy touch. Extremely well balanced imperial stout. The most intense (and best) oat stout I've had. (368 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
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. (271 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.32/5  rDev 0%
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. (1,034 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.01/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (468 characters)

Photo of Gtreid
4.59/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared by alexfields at our tasting last night. Poured into a Bell's tulip.

A: Deep, dark, brown color. The pour created a minimal tannish head that dissipated rather quickly.

A: Notes of dark chocolate, earthy grain, and coffee. The coffee is prominent and well received. The bourbon almost takes a backseat to the coffee in this one, which is rare.

T: Great roasty coffee flavor supports the malt profile. Notes of Chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, and earthy bitterness. The bourbon is not overpowering, it just adds depth to the beer and accentuates the rest of the flavors. The beer finishes sweet and bitter just like a beer of this magnitude should.

M: Great carbonation levels. Full body.

O: what a fantastic brew! We had all three variants of the beer, and this one was my favorite. Will be trading for this soon. (822 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.45/5  rDev +3%
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. (1,234 characters)

Photo of Scotchboy
4.65/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (1,243 characters)

Photo of DaveHack
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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. (1,146 characters)

Photo of Damian
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (1,519 characters)

Photo of CharlatanSin
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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. (975 characters)

Photo of BobZ
4.66/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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! (721 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.45/5  rDev +3%
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. (1,047 characters)

Photo of Dope
4.77/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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. (1,602 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Split with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a deep dark black brown hue with a nice quarter inch mocha head that fades to leave a thin wispy blanket and light lacing.

S - Gaaah! Aromas just explode. Coffee to the Max, rich freshly roasted and ground coffee. So so deliciously smelling. Lots of dark chocolate notes, faint Bourbon, soft malts. Super balanced.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with very nice dark chocolate, sweet malts, caramel, bitter roast, nice ground coffee. Just incredible. Like the vanilla though there is a fair amount of booze.

M - Mouthfeel is good, nice and smooth but relatively boozy..

O - Overall this was a solid beer, but as good as some of the notes are I still prefer the base beer to these. (746 characters)

Photo of GonzoHomebrewer
4.45/5  rDev +3%
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 (1,026 characters)

Photo of Auror
4.26/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (1,306 characters)

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Coffee Barrel-Aged Framinghammer from Jack's Abby Brewing
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