Barrel-Aged Framinghammer - PB&J
Jack's Abby Brewing

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Porter - Baltic
Ranked #23
Ranked #2,742
4.16 | pDev: 9.86%
Jack's Abby Brewing
Massachusetts, United States
Barrel-Aged Framinghammer - PB&JBarrel-Aged Framinghammer - PB&J
Notes: Framinghammer Baltic Porter aged in bourbon barrel with peanut butter and raspberries.
Reviews: 66 | Ratings: 539 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

My next brewery horizontal will CANsist of a curious admixture of bottles & CANs, the latter in support of The CANQuest (tm) while it all serves to reduce the ever-shrinking backlog here at Chez Woody. 5/7.

From the Bottle (!): "PB&J Time"; "Raspberries & Peanuts"; "PB&J Aged in Bourbon Barrels Framinghammer"; "IBUs 45//OG 23 Plato"; "Unfiltered / Unpasteurized"; "1 Pint .9 fl. oz./.5 Liters of Lager".

This last is interesting since a Porter is usually/generally an Ale, vice a Lager. That said, I am all for Lagering! The best type of Hefeweizen, IMHO, is one that has been fermented under Lager, vice Ale, conditions. Doing so causes my beloved clove esters to become forward, surpassing my less-appreciated banana esters. Let us hope that Lagering brings that level of success to this beer!

I am taking this portion of the horizontal VERY slowly, one beer per day, so as to both savor each one & to ensure that I will be capable of going to work at some point. Night shift has been a real eye-opener! Zzz.

I prised off the cap with a long-disused bottle opener & started a slow, gentle C-Line pour into the awaiting glass. It evinced a pseudo-cascade that formed a finger of fizzy, foamy, rolling, roiling deep-tan/light-brown head that quickly faded to wisps. Color was Very Dark Brown to Black/Opaque (SRM = > 34, < 44) with cola highlights at the edges. Nose did not smell of bourbon ... at all. Instead, it smelled strongly of raspberries & dark chocolate! 8=O I generally eschew sweets in my advancing age, but chocolate-covered fresh fruits are a real treat. I will eat everything from strawberries & raspberries to bananas and enjoy them. This was very evocative of just such a treat. Mmm. Even if it didn't seem very bourbon-Bbl. aged on the nose. J/S. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium, much less solid than either the base beer or the base bourbon iterations, but more in line with a Lager. The taste remained chocolaty & raspberry-fruity, but I was still not getting much in the way of bourbon, although its alcohol was unmasked & creating a real burn with each sip. I got the peanut flavor very strongly on the finish & once I tasted it for the first time, each subsequent sip incorporated peanuts with the chocolate & raspberry flavors as noted previously. Conspicuously absent, however, was any sign of bourbon. Oh well, I was not really big on its flavor anyway so it all worked out. Finish was dry, mainly due to its alcohol burn. Phew! YMMV.

Jul 12, 2020
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

4.89/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours opaque, jet black in color with 1/4 inch head. Taste is peanut butter, grape jelly, Syrah grape, char, and vanilla. Heavy bodied, low carbonation, sweet and roasty. Delicious. I have had a lot of beer but nothing like this. I will need to get this again.

May 09, 2020
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ScruffySouthpaw from New York

4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served in a teku glass from the bottle.

Appearance: Thin brown tinted black body with medium bubbles on the body creating a thick tan head rising almost two finger's off the body.

Smell: Deep whiskey aroma with a fruitful scent that sticks to your nose.

Taste: Sweet berries doused with whiskey and light American coffee. The peanut butter is subtle and you kinda have to look for it.

Mouth: Dessert like finish, a touch sweet in the end with soft carbonation and ultra sticky body.

Overall: good brew. I wouldn't have two in a row but would definitely buy again. First one of the night and more to follow, just no reviews for now. Salud!

Nov 23, 2019
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strohme2 from Michigan

3.67/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 3/13/207. 16.9oz bottled poured into tulip. Just about black pour, no light comes thru. Almost a finger of cappuccino colored head.

Trying to let it warm up a bit but I do get a pb&j essence. Light peanuts, not pb, but bigger raspberries. Some crusty bread too? Probably my subconscious picturing a pb&j sandwich

Taste leaves a lot to be desired. Peanuts, chocolate and vanilla and an overpowering amount of tart raspberries. I don’t get a whole lot of bourbon or booze for that matter.

The body needs to be bigger, the carbonation to be less as well. This beer is a bit of a disappointment to me, I’ve hyped myself up for it. Maybe it’s bigger and better fresh. I received in a BIF around October, at this point it’s 10 months old. I’d be willing to give it another go with a fresher bottle.

Jan 15, 2018
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larryi86 from Delaware

4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle, dated 3/13/17, poured into a tulip

A- Black with a two finger mocha head.

S- Chocolate, some mildly tart raspberries, bourbon, roasted peanuts.

T- Chocolate, roasted malts, raspberries, roasted peanuts, some bourbon.

M- Smooth, medium to full body.

O- Love the raspberries in this, they are nicely balanced with the porter. Definitely something I would pick up again given the chance!

Nov 11, 2017
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threeviews from Florida

3.48/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle (B.O.D 13 March 2017) into an 10oz Libbey snifter glass.

A - Pours nearly black with some mahogany highlights at the edges of the glass. The head was a minimal (expected due to the peanut adjunct)...pinky finger at best with very little retention. What did develop was a rocky and the color of a coffee-with-cream. (3.5)

S - Nothing outstanding. Roasted Peanuts, Chocolate and perhaps a faint whiff of Oak. Sadly, there was absolutely no hint of Raspberry...perhaps it was more prevalent within the first few weeks of bottling. If so, it has faded completely. No hint of the 10% ABV. (3.5)

T - Roasted Peanuts, Chocolate with a slight reminder of it spending time in Bourbon Barrels (char and Bourbon). Once letting it warm up to Room Temperature, there is what might be considered to be a ghost-like reminder of the raspberry, but that might just simple be power of suggestion. Like the nose, this is a bit one dimensional. (3.5)

M - Despite the 10% ABV, the body falls on the lighter side of Medium with conservative carbonation making it supremely drinkable. It finishes dry with a mild charred bitterness. Once at Room Temperature, there is a hint of alcohol warmth in the throat. (3.75)

O - Being a fan of BBA Framinghammer and its variants (specifically Coffee and Vanilla), this was a disappointment. The $10 price point for these BA beers from Jack's Abby are reasonable but with no raspberry in the aroma or flavor and lack of barrel influence, this is my least favorite of the series. However, this could very well have been much more impactful not age! (3.25)

Oct 22, 2017
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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Aroma certainly features some roasted peanut & traces of raspberry to compliment the dark malt and bourbon. Taste is more heavy / bourbony, but the peanut butter is there & works well with the vanilla / caramel of the bourbon though the fruit addition gets lost. Good desert beer.

Aug 12, 2017
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Many thanks to SawDog505 for this bottle.

A - Dark brown pour with a nice frothy cream colored head.

S - Light smoke, dark chocolate, char, and peanut butter.

T - Bourbon, peanut butter, dark chocolate, light char/smokiness.

M - Big medium body and boozy.

O - Totally enjoyed this one!

Jul 03, 2017
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DBosco from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark with a slight brown film of head. If held to a light, shows a red coffee color. Aroma of peanut butter with a trace of bourbon. Tastes of peanuts, some sweet jam (can't really separate it out but I guess it is raspberry), bourbon with warming alcohol, with the roasted malts of the base beer giving some chocolate. Mouthfeel is pretty fluid, not dense, not much carbonation, and the alcohol warmth. Overall, an interesting variation; only time I've had a PB&J beer, and the quality of this one made it worthwhile.

May 28, 2017
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PicoPapa from Connecticut

3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at 2 Bros. Pours a blackish dark brown with an inch of frothy light brown head. Some lacing. Lots of peanut butter in the aroma with some wheat bread crusts, and raspberry notes. Not getting any of the barrel in the nose. The taste is what the name suggests. Peanut butter and berries, but with some light Bourbon flavor this time. Some espresso and earth, but the peanut butter flavor dominates. Most of the Bourbon is in the background but it's definitely there. Medium body, lightly carbonated with a good deal of alcohol heat. This is a weird beer that warns you by the name what your going to get. I don't dislike it but I probably don't need to have it again. Still, I'm glad I tried it.

May 09, 2017
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SawDog505 from New Hampshire

4.46/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a 13 oz Founder's snifter bottled on 3/13/17. Pours near pitch black with a two finger sticky tan head, that leaves spotty lace, with excellent retention, poured near room temperature.

Smell is peanut butter, chocolate, oaky vanilla, raspberry, and a little bourbon.

Taste follows rich peanut butter, chocolate, raspberry jam, oaked vanilla, and some warming alcohol and bourbon in the finish.

Mouthfeel is bigger than medium, kind of creamy, moderate carbonation, slightly dry, and extremely approachable for 12% ABV.

Overall this is a bit one dimensional and a novelty beer, but it is what it says it is and it is very tasty.

Apr 30, 2017
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bobv from Vermont

4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Moderate pour yields a huge tan head over a dark brown body with minimal lacing. Nose of (in order of magnitude) peanuts, bourbon, raspberry, roasted malts, and vanilla. Taste is raspberry throughout with peanuts and bourbon somewhat behind. Very nice feel on this and overall, for a PB&J beer this is one of the best! Nice job guys!

Apr 24, 2017
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Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

dated march 2017. nice looking brew, dark brown pour with a caramel head. no lacing. aromas of dark fruit, really clear raspberry, leather, hint of bourbon, roasted nuttiness. sadly on palate the bourbon comes through not with decadent caramel & vanilla - but rather rubbing alcohol. otherwise the brew is nice, and interesting, but the finish is so astringent and not what I expected after trying the regular barrel aged version and the coconut one. decent mouthfeel, but again the alcohol isn't hidden and the mouthfeel suffers. overall I was really excited for this one, as both of the framinghammer variants Ive tried were awesome - but this just doesn't cut it.

Apr 23, 2017
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BEERMILER12 from Maine

4.36/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a near pitch black color with a fingers worth of head that fades down to pretty much nothing

S: Peanut butter and raspberry up front along with the roasted malt and dark fruits. Some bourbon, vanilla, and oak sneak in there as well

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with roasted malt, peanut butter, raspberries, bourbon, vanilla, and oak. Goes into some dark fruit notes that accentuate the raspberry notes nicely. Moderately sweet. Finishes with lingering peanut, raspberry, and bourbon notes

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Nice and smooth without being flat

O: An incredibly well executed PB&J beer with all of the bells and whistles. The peanut butter and raspberries really shine along with the bourbon barrels to make an extremely interesting and unique beer that works great with the base. Highly recommended

Apr 17, 2017
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ClavisAurea from New York

3.84/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2017 vintage

I get some peanut butter and jelly or at least some dark fruit character in the nose and taste. It's not a bad beer at all but I was expecting more barrel and adjunct character.

Apr 09, 2017
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Phineasco from Massachusetts

4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Look: Black, with small light 1 inch head that recedes quickly.
Smell: Peanut butter, bread, fudge, and jelly. On point with the description.
Taste: Peanut butter, bread, biscuit malt, raspberry, and jelly.
Mouthfeel: Thick and chewy.
Overall: A fun Baltic Porter that tastes like a pb and j sandwich.

Apr 01, 2017
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ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Black pour. Three fingers of beige head retain well. Wispy lacing.

S: Blackberry and whiffs of concord grape jam. Chocolate peanut butter cups. Roast. Very mild whiffs of whiskey and wood.

T: Concord grape and raspberry jelly melds right into peanut butter. Traces of cola. Roast picks up with some woody and coffee notes. Semi sweet dark chocolate, lightly smokey. Whiskey and wood creeps out toward the back end, but lays in easily. Roasty and mild barrel finish.

M: Full and rich body. Thick and velvety, ultra creamy. Moderate carbonation. Great.

O: Very well put together, and the concept is nailed. The peanut butter and jelly really comes across, yet finds a way to meld seamlessly with the roasty base beer and whiskey barrel. I'm a big fan.

Oct 24, 2016
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mdfb79 from New York

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Peanut chocolate nose jelly in taste some barrel
Super smooth

4/19 edit at Gingerman
More bourbon this time, more peanuts too...I like it more the second time around.

Oct 14, 2016
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doremite from Vermont

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drinking this rather late perhaps but despite the pb being largely missing from the flavor profile I am digging the hammer on fruit. Sweet. Jammy. Pretty fun. Like the experimentation.

Sep 17, 2016
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Sabtos from Ohio

2.89/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Clearish black with burnt brownish-red edges and a tan, loud fizzy head dying to a thin film leaving spotty lace on the glass.

Smell is a little vegetal and funky at first, almost reminiscent of a sour, with peanuts following, and some roasted malt.

Boozy heat, barrel and oak come forward first in taste. Peanut steps in to tamp the barrel down a little bit, and a little breadiness actually has me thinking Wonder Bread and even tasting it a little. All this before I get the "jelly" element of this beer from the raspberry, which is very faint and almost undetectable. I think the combination of the raspberry and the barrel are tricking me into thinking this is a sour, or else it really is starting to turn. A slight tartness and certain funk in the background alludes to faint memories of Tart of Darkness.

Feel is kind of thin and a little waxy. Off-putting actually.

Overall, this is an odd one, and I'm not sure whether what I was drinking is what was intended. I'm really disappointed because of how thoroughly impressed I was with the Coffee, Cocoa-Nut, Mole, and Vanilla variants.

In the end, I understand the draw to the BA treatment, but if you want a really good PB&J beer and don't mind missing out on the oak and bourbon, you're better off finding your favorite peanut butter stout or porter (mine would be Hoppin Frog Infusion A, Listermann Nutcase, or Willoughby's PBCCP or Nutsmasher), and blending in a light, bright, fruity, jammy beer, like Lindemans Framboise or Liefmans Fruitesse to taste. It really hits the spot and nails the inspiration right on the head.

Sep 16, 2016
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Sheppard from Virginia

4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown with tan head. Despite the head, it looks rather still. It's not effervescent. Nutty aroma more than anything else. The raspberries present themselves much more in taste; there is a nice jamminess. It's not overdone though and there is plenty of chocolatey/coffee backbone. The nuttiness is a little more subtle. The alcohol becomes more prominent as the beer warms and it's a little harsh. This baltic porter is a good example in the use of finesse in adding flavor.

Sep 14, 2016
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Slatetank from Pennsylvania

3.86/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing Brandon - enjoyed in a glass from the bottle.

The color is deep cola brown with dark copper shade at the base with thin tan head with very good retention and fine bead. The smell has a nutty aroma yet slight vegetal element too with a mild berry-like ester and woody note in the back. the feel is very good with a slight dry element up front with light sweetness and toasted texture yet a slight alcohol warming in the mostly dry finish.

The taste is better than the smell but there is a slight nutty vegetal element from the peanut butter or maybe the barrel however the fruit in the flavor is good with nice malt qualities that support the additional flavor and nice vanilla-like quality from the barrel as the pb&j recede near the finish. Overall I liked this but did not think it was as good as the bourbon version alone.

Sep 06, 2016
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BierRunner from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice dark color with a little ruby showing through, or am I being swayed by the lovely jelly smell on the nose. The taste is surprising with both peanut and jelly coming through without being overwhelming. Not as viscous as I would have expected. Still fun, different and fantastic!

Jul 11, 2016
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11-52_4hops from Virginia

4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Standard dark stout (baltic porter pour). Head very light and as gone too quickly. Not a very pronounced nose but hints of dark chocolate, molasses, peanuts. Taste in more heavy on the bourbon than the PB and J, although that might be an issue of aging. I had some of this a few months ago just after release and I remember both the peanut butter and jelly flavors being more distinct. Decent mouth feel, but a little thin. Overall, very tasty, but not what I remembered which was something unique and fun. Maybe an inconsistent batch or just an aging issue. More than willing to get in the batters box with this one again next year for another try.

Jul 08, 2016
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kerry4porters from Arizona

4.87/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Delicious beer great mouth feel it's like a robust porter and a raspberry pbj went in a blender and had a love child that was obliterated into a beautiful smoothie of decadence.
Peanut butter check
Jelly check
Bread check(wut)
Porter check
love it need more! light on the bourbon however but I don't care on this one!

May 23, 2016
Barrel-Aged Framinghammer - PB&J from Jack's Abby Brewing
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 539 ratings