Barrel-Aged Framinghammer - Cocoa-Nut
Jack's Abby Brewing

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Porter - Baltic
Ranked #1
Ranked #454
4.4 | pDev: 7.73%
Jack's Abby Brewing
Massachusetts, United States
Barrel-Aged Framinghammer - Cocoa-NutBarrel-Aged Framinghammer - Cocoa-Nut
Notes: Framinghammer with Coconut and Cocoa Nibs added and aged in bourbon barrels.
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Barrel Aged Framinghammer – Cocoa Nut from Jack’s Abby. Purchased 10/20/20 for $10.59 (Including tax) for 16.9 oz bottle ($ 0.627/oz) from Shangy’s in Emmaus, PA. Reviewed 12/10/20.
Undated. Below the left edge of the label etched into the glass in near-microscopic characters “80114E2122229”. On room temperature shelf at store and stored at home at 42 degrees. Served at 53.2 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter. Final temperature 58.6 degrees.
Appearance – 4.
First pour – Amber brown (SRM 18), clear.
Body – Black (SRM 40), opaque. When held to direct light, same.
Head – Large (Maximum four cm, aggressive center pour), fawn, high density, average retention, diminishing to a three to five mm jagged crown and a thin partial cap. Second pour produces a tight 1.1 cm head.
Lacing – Fair. Narrow bands of extremely tiny bubbles, connected by thin columns.
Aroma –4 – Strong cocoa, no malt no hops, no yeast. Lasts.
Flavor – 3 – Begins slightly sweet with weak chocolate and no roasted malt, no hops, no yeast. No bourbon or barrel flavor. No alcohol (10 % ABV, according to BA, NOT marked on container) taste or aroma, although a harsh oral and gastric burn does occur. No dimethylsulfide or diacetyl.
Palate – 3 – Thin, watery, lively carbonation bordering on fizzy.
Final impression and summation: 3, after deducting 0.25 points for no date and 0.25 point for no ABV – I shouldn’t need a secret coder ring to see how old and what ABV my drink is. Looks good, smells good. Could be made with vodka and powered chocolate. Seems a bit thin for a Baltic Porter. Overall, extremely disappointing, and VERY overpriced.

Dec 10, 2020
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark brown pour with caramel colored lacing that clings to the glass, nice legs to.

S - Roasted cocoa, chocolate malt, light bourbon, cherry, and delicate char.

T - Bourbon, oak, cherry, vanilla, roasted cocoa, light char and finishes balanced with a lingering roasted chocolate char and bourbon oak on the back side.

M - Thick, viscous, and silky. Warming in the back of the throat is minimal for a 10% barrel aged beer.

O - This is a pretty fantastic beer. Recommended. Dark brown pour with caramel colored lacing that clings to the glass, nice legs to.

Sep 08, 2020
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

3.94/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours opaque, dark brown in color with 1/4 inch head. Taste is cocoa, fudge, and light coconut. Heavy bodied, sweet, slightly roasty with moderate carbonation. Solid--good for the style--but middle of the road of the Framinghammer variants that I have had. I want the coconut to pop more like other variants.

May 30, 2020
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Went down memory lane today uploading my notes for previous framinghammers had, now having this bottle feels right. Best baltic porter series out there? Coconut, chocolate, vanilla, and wood all accent the bourbon, licorice and a kiss of coffee. Taste mirrors this only the coconut steps it up, who knew licorice and coconut go great together, with earth, leather, and the chocolate is fudgy. Feel is the best of the series: warm booze, smooth malts, adjuncts percolate, and wood even shapes a little.

May 23, 2020
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Holderness from Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L -- Same as the other BBA Framinghammers, very deep brown body with two fingers of light tan head produced with moderate pour. Some retention and lacing
S -- Coconut, dark chocolate, dark roasty malts, ash, bourbon, oak, vanilla
T -- Mostly reminiscent of the regular BBA Framinghammer, with a slight milk chocolate/marshmallow kick. The coconut character is fairly light compared to what I've gotten to used to with Trillium's coconut-forward offerings but it is noticeable
F -- Medium+ mouthfeel, medium carb. Full bodied and drinkable


Dec 12, 2019
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WickedBeer from Alabama

4.44/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2018 batch, no specific date stamped on the bottle.

Viscous pour, dark brown in color. As the beer fills the glass, a nice half finger of tan head rises up, quickly descending back into the beer and leaving a small archipelago of popping foam islands floating on top.

Rich aromas of chocolate and vanilla sit atop a subtle yet potent backbone of dark roast coffee. Smooth, no lingering bitterness, and a strong emergence of bourbon and and oakey character.

A more prominent bitter, roasty character in the flavors, but there is a great balance of more of that slightly bitter baker’s chocolate, subtle malt, and a very clear coconut taste. Throughout you get a nice potent contrast of boozy bourbon and charred oak. Awesome balance.

Nice medium weight to the beer, with a carbonation that is just a tad high and sharp if I’m being picky. Silky smooth, warm, boozy, and sticky in the finish.

Dec 18, 2018
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brureview from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted at the beer hall.
Served in a small Snifter. Deep chocolate brown. 1/2 finger head.

As the beer warms up, some coconut. The aroma is relatively weak for the series.
The body is light, with less bitterness than other barrel aged Framinghammers.
There is coconut and chocolate in the taste.

I tasted the first barrel aged Framinghammer before it was bottled. This is my least favorite.
I still enjoy the series. But this is a step down. Perhaps the brewery is trying to appeal to a larger beer drinking market. Probably. Not a geeks beer. Diasappointing.

Jan 28, 2018
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Flounder57 from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle was poured into a nonic glass.

Appearance: A one finger mocha head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pitch black color with no clarity or vision of anything. Frothy lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Coconut, bittersweet chocolate, vanilla, nice warm booze, roasted, and nutty.

Taste: All the above awesomeness. So smooth and delicious. Lots of flavor.

Mouthfeel: Silky, creamy, super smooth, medium bodied, medium carbonation, and very delicious.

Overall: Another solid variant of Framinghammer. Probably the best one yet.

Nov 25, 2016
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BierRunner from Ohio

4.32/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Wow! Impenetrable dark black. Not much on the nose but it may have been in the bottle a while. A creamy mouth filling assault of chocolate malt with the subtle sweetness of coconut ( and I don't even like coconut!). Thick and full the way a porter should be. Yum!

Aug 22, 2016
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Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

4.67/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

Dark brown with a very dense and creamy mocha head that leaves sick lacing. Beautiful brew.

On the nose is bourbon infused fudge, vanilla, caramel, toasted coconut, wood. Palate follows perfectly – brown sugar, chocolate, bourbon, roasted nutty flavors up front, vanilla, caramel, coconut showing up clean and clear as well!! Finishes with dark roasty malts, toasted oak, a slight bitterness, a bit of spice, and a perfect touch of booze. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy, coats nicely but could be thicker/creamier ... that being said the texture makes it super drinkable. Overall this is a pretty phenomenal stout that is decadent and rich, my favorite characteristics in a stout. Kind of hard not to chug this one lol, great stuff!

Aug 06, 2016
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.07/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Blackish brown marble, with no head, but leaving white specks of residue on glass as you drink and let it sit.

Coconut and vanilla are very apparent on the nose. I hate to sound cliche, but this is a Mounds bar all the way.

This tastes like freshly shredded coconut is in here, which is a huge plus. Then in comes the chocolate, oak, and subdued malts under all this flavor.

Booze is light but punchy.

Jun 14, 2016
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Fcolle2 from Illinois

4.39/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black in color with a light tan head. Aromas of chocolate, vanilla, coconut, and caramel. Taste has a rich chocolate and vanilla presence. Bourbon is mild and allows the coconut and vanilla to blend. Oak and more cocoa on the back end. Mouthfeel is medium lift and has a good amount of carbonation.

Jun 11, 2016
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Damian from Massachusetts

3.77/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Drank from 1 pint .9 fl. oz. / .5 liters bottle purchased at Fort Point Market, Boston, MA
Served in a snifter
Thanks to my friend Bill for grabbing me this bottle.

Dark brown/black body. Slightly thinner than anticipated. The liquid was was topped by a two-plus finger tall crop of super tight and creamy, mocha colored foam. Outstanding retention. The head slowly dropped to a thick cap. A drippy wall of lacing coated the glass and stuck around almost until the beer was finished.

Initially, the nose had a strong yeasty presence. Very powdery and dry. Bit of chocolate fudge in the background. The chocolate came out more as the beer sat. Slight roasted malt presence. Sweet vanilla notes appeared as well. Perhaps a touch of coconut. Overall, not super potent or complex but quite pleasant. With time, some sharp boozy notes came forth. The booze later subsided and fragrant vanilla and chocolate fudge notes took over. A smooth, sweet bourbon presence was also noticeable.

The flavor profile was somewhat disappointing. Roasted malts dominated on the front end. Some char appeared in the center. Bit of vanilla sweetness. The beer finished with more roasted malts and a strong boozy kick. Some lingering metallic notes were also apparent. Hint of earthy hops as well. With time, the metallic notes subsided and the overall palate became much smoother.

The mouthfeel was also a bit of a letdown. Thinner bodied for the style with a fairly zippy effervescence. The liquid turned frothy and foamy on the palate. Perhaps a touch airy. Toward the end of the glass, I could feel a slightly sticky film on my lips.

I am ususlly a big fan of Jacks Abby's hoppy beers as well as their "lager wines," but none of the beers in the Framinghammer series really impressed me. Most seemed to be thin in both flavor and mouthfeel and were quite boozy.

Jun 08, 2016
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11-52_4hops from Virginia

4.46/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful looking porter/stout. Very subdued nose that doesn't give much away. Nice taste with a tremendous balance dark chocolate, a tad of coffee, and what I think is the perfect amount of coconut. Hides the 10 ABV in a big way. A little thin for a porter/stout that is this robust, but it also makes this very drinkable. This is a very flavorful brew without being punch-in-the-face (which I often like as well). I need to find a way to get more of this in my fridge -- a thanks to lunchboxhead who makes sure Massachusetts beers make it over the Mason-Dixon line from time to time.

May 15, 2016
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floridadrift from Florida

4.49/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Black with a light tan head that doesn't stick around
S: Coconut, roasted malts, chocolate
T: Coconut, crème, raisin sweetness, chocolate
F: Oily smooth
O: A phenomenal porter, a secret coconut attack, one of my favorites

Jan 26, 2016
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ScaryEd from New Hampshire

4.62/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, dark brown, almost black color with a creamy caramel head. Leaves a decent amount of lacing but not much.

The aroma is a great mix of bourbon and coconut, with some notes of creamy chocolate as well. I get the slightest hint of sweet, brown sugar as well. Very pleasant aroma.

The taste is more chocolate forward, however the coconut flavors are very much present. The bourbon and vanilla take a back seat here but the flavors are there. Not picking up any hops on this one, but it's still pretty well balanced.

Mouth is medium bodied with good carbonation. Very creamy and smooth, and the alcohol is nearly undetectable.

Overall, a fantastic porter with an incredible nose and a great feel. Will definitely be drinking this again in the near future.

Oct 18, 2015
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Beergasm1 from Massachusetts

4.64/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Dark Brown, with not much lacing
S: Bourbon barrel up front, with toasted coconut. Little bit of a milk chocolate in the background.
T:Just like the smell barrel up front with a mixture of coconut and chocolate. Very well made.
F: Very silky on the tongue, maybe a bit more carbonated then I would like. But still incredible.
O: This beer reminds me of a KBS but as a Baltic Porter. But at the same time stands by its own.
Great beer for a cold winter night.

Oct 04, 2015
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-Rick from Massachusetts

4.46/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Dark brown, almost black with a nice tan head
S: lots of chocolate, hints of coconut and vanilla
T: Like the nose, dominated with sweet chocolate, bourbon, and vanilla
F: creamy and oily, the 10% is hidden very well.
O: by far the best of the Framinghammer series. Great beer!

Sep 25, 2015
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PHBoiler from Illinois

4.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nice balanced flavor. The coconut comes through more than the cocoa, but overall is fairly light and tends to elevate the base beer and the barrel treatment.

Aug 31, 2015
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OneEye78 from Texas

4.46/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark black with a half inch tan head. Smell has a rich chocolate, and a strong, but not overpowering coconut, with a hint of vanilla. Taste followed suit with dark chocolate, coconut, vanilla, cherries, and oak. Feel was a bit thin, but with nice staying power. Overall this is a great beer, very well integrated with a lot of complexity.

Aug 29, 2015
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.44/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at the brewery last year, shared with rudzud. 2014

Light fizzy creamy like seeker darker small head, pretty much pitch black nice legs.

Nose nice dark chocolate, fudgey, decent but mild coconut, toasted marshmallow, little caramel thing, mild toasted vanilla barrel, mild nutty note in the background.

Taste brings tons of sweet mild chocolate, super creamy lush milk chocolate, cocoa, a mild coconut milk, nice toasted marshmallow, some vanilla like barrel and little baking spices, and hint of bourbon, hint toasted oak, mild bitterness, toasted coconut starts to really come through as it goes. Finish nice bitterness, little sticky sweetness, lingering milk chocolate and creamy cocoa, mild coconut, mild barrel, etc lingering.

Mouth is med bod but super creamy lush milky, decent carb, mild sticky.

Overall quite nice, so lush creamy milky, nice coconut and marshmallow, tasty and enjoyable even after the age.

Aug 28, 2015
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.44/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to JLindros for sharing this 2014 vintage.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a super dark brown almost black with a fat mocha head that leaves thin wisps and thick halo.

S - Aromas of light coconut and chocolate, good bourbon barrel notes. Toasted marshmallows, light barrel nuttiness, vanilla, oak. Really aromatic.

T - Taste is loads of milk chocolate, toasted marshmallows, nice coconut, good barrel notes, lots of natural vanilla, nice bourbon as well. The chocolate is really fudgy with some nice coconut milk too. Good bourbon, pleasant with the alcohol hidden nicely.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, creamy, smooth, alcohol hidden well.

O - Overall this beer was really delicious, great marshmallow notes, the coconut is nice too. Milk chocolate too, man I wish I had this fresh.

Serving type: bottle

Aug 26, 2015
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Dan_Inreallife from Colorado

4.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours a rich and dark shade of deep brown that appears virtually black in the glass. Leaves a full, voluminous, pillowy dark khaki head and stacks of thick creamy lacing.
S: Toasted coconut and charred oak dominate the aroma with hint of milk chocolate, Bourbon, and roasted barley.
T: Rich chocolate, vanilla, creamy coconut milk, toasted oak/char/Bourbon, leather, and molasses. Framinhammer shines as the base with just enough nuttiness and rich coconut to give it an extra bit of depth and complexity.
M: Creamy and smooth, carbonation is medium, body is full but not quiet chewy. It has some sweet viscosity that coats the palate.
O: Another shining example of what a BA Baltic Porter can be. JA has done it yet again, taking a fantastic base and making it even better without reinventing the wheel.

Aug 23, 2015
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.1/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

About one year old. 500ml bottle served in a snifter 4/19/2015.

A- Darker brown body, almost black. Quite opaque. One finger white head that fades away quickly, no retention or lacing.

S- I would let this beer warm up before serving. Chilled, it gives off a slightly metallic aroma that only hints at what is beneath. When it gets warmer, you can smell a fair amount of coconut and a bit of acidic coffee. Slightly metallic, but it is outpaced by the milk chocolate, mild vanilla, bourbon and the coconut of the remainder of the beer.

F- Milk chocolate, bourbon, hint of vanilla, plenty of coffee and a fair amount of coconut. The coconut is definitely complementary here to the base beer and coffee. The barrel is present just enough to remind you that it is there but without overwhelming anything else. Drinking solid at one year.

M- Medium bodied, smooth with good carbonation. Not difficult to drink, but certainly a sipper.

O- Very solid offering from Jacks Abby. Not too hot, plenty of coffee and just enough coconut although I wish it had a bit more of it.

Apr 21, 2015
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mothman from Minnesota

4.21/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Coconut and cocoa definitely show. This adds a lot of flavor to the base beer. Bourbon with a little heat. Some vanilla. The best out of the 4 I tried side by side.

Mar 07, 2015
Barrel-Aged Framinghammer - Cocoa-Nut from Jack's Abby Brewing
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 497 ratings