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Peanut Butter & Jelly Barrel Aged Framinghammer | Jack's Abby Brewing

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Peanut Butter & Jelly Barrel Aged FraminghammerPeanut Butter & Jelly Barrel Aged Framinghammer

Brewed by:
Jack's Abby Brewing
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Framinghammer Baltic Porter aged in bourbon barrel with peanut butter and raspberries.

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Reviews: 49 | Ratings: 455
Photo of ryan1788a5
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of doremite
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of Sabtos
2.89/5  rDev -30%
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.

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Photo of Sheppard
4.17/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.86/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of BierRunner
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
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!

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Photo of 11-52_4hops
4.09/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of kerry4porters
4.87/5  rDev +17.9%
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!

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Photo of Bugs318
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

nice appearance if a dark body but scant reddish tinged head, nose wafts mostly bourbon and wood though barrel presence is minimal, just a hint of PB. Taste is pretty jammy,too much so IMO. Decent creamy feel with a chewing and moderate carb.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not the best of Jack's Abby's Framinghammer series, but slightly better than the barrel aged base beer.

Not enough peanut butter on the palate to make a difference and too much jelly to throw off the taste on the sweeter end.

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Photo of snowmageddon
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a rather frothy head for a BA lager. Dark black, mocha head.
S: peanuts mixed with strawberry, some barrel . The peanuts dominate. Not inviting, frankly.
T: this beer is hot up front, with noticeable bourbon-barrel wood character. Peanut. Tiny bit of jam but I was expecting more fruit.
M: creamy, low carb.
O: interesting take, and they definitely hit the pbj, but the heat/bourbon don't mesh well with the peanut for me.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.49/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Only faint hints of peanut. Raspberry jam was the star in this one. It blew past the barrel and the base beer. Hints of chocolate and roast to balance the berry sweetness.

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Photo of StrongRepublican
4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark, rich brown, hints of amber in the pour but appears almost black in the glass. A thick finger of khaki head forms initially, but fades quickly leaving a thin tan collar. A quick swirl brings the head back into a nice billowing stack and shows some spotty lacing and clear alcohol legs.
S: Milk chocolate, creamy peanut butter, vanilla/oak/toasted coconut, hints of bourbon, subtle trace of jammy sweetness, maybe some strawberry or raspberry in the very back end.
T: Wow the first sip is completely unexpected, lots of jamminess/ sweet fruit, toasted oak, dark chocolate/cocoa. The next sip is all chocolate/biscuit/charred oak/bourbon with hints of dry roasted peanuts and then a semi-sweet dark fruit note at the end. The base Framinhammer really starts to shine as it warms with PB&J notes fading in and out, complimenting but not overpowering the beer. Bourbon barrel character is prominent throughout.
F: Smooth, crisp, and creamy, medium body, velvety mouth feel.
O: The base BA Framinhammer is a fantastic beer and this variant does great in adding some new and interesting flavors without foregoing it's roots. It's complex and rich, infinitely drinkable, and overall a very well put together beer.

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Photo of WesMantooth
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I notice the peanut butter, even though very subtle, but I wouldn't have been able to pinpoint the jelly other than the sweetness. I also think that the bourbon flavors are more subdued compared to the BA Framminghammer. Still an outstanding beer.

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Photo of TBonez477
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Reservoir. Great look and mouth feel on this. Viscous and smooth. Smell and taste are both booze forward. However after warming taste becomes much more chocolate and berry. Very little peanut representation here. Overall a very good Baltic porter.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.87/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tap at ACBF.
Aromas of rich chocolate and brown sugar with yup peanut butter and jelly. I couldn't drink a lot of this but it was really interesting to try.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.51/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

500mL bottle from Steve000 (many thanks for the chance to try this!). The last six digits of the bottling code are 04/27/15 but I'm not positive that is the bottle date. Served in a Barrel and Barley teku.

Pours a deep crimson brown but rests in the glass black, much like cola. Two fingers of sand hued froth linger before settling to a modest ring around the edge. Healthy patches of lace cling to the glass in spots where the foam rested between sips.

Sweet, intriguing aromas of berry jam, peanut butter, bourbon, cocoa and some subtle oak. Very different from anything else I've encountered and I really dig it.

Wow. What a crazy mesh of flavor. Bourbon, raspberry jam, peanut butter, charred oak, dark chocolate, brown sugar, hints of coconut, faint vegetable oil, a hint of vanilla and a subtle underlying booze heat. Very smooth and very flavorful.

Silky smooth, creamy, medium full feel with soft carbonation. Notes of roasted peanuts, soft boozey bourbon and raspberry skins make for an enjoyable finish.

PB&J Barrel Aged Framinghammer may come across as borderline gimmicky but it is amazingly delicious. Traces of the base beer shine through the barrel notes and both peanuts and berry jam are present and balanced. This was a real treat from Jack's Abby that I would love to drink again sometime.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a tulip

Black liquid, taupe foam cap

Aroma of chocolate , bourbon

Nutty, fresh peanut taste layered over a good coffee flavored porter

Good beer

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 5/23/2015 at Track 84, Warwick, RI served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a large beige head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains peanut butter, chocolate, roasted malts and some coffee.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of chocolate, coffee and peanut butter. Then a hearty roasted malt character comes in. The jelly flavor hits in spots. The hops presence is very mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, it’s a good beer but just a notch below the other Framinghammer versions that I have tried.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours one shade shy of black with a loose, quarter inch, khaki-colored head that quickly dissipates towards the shoulders leaving a soapy slick across the center. Nose reveals roast, char, cocoa, ethanol and raspberry jam. Taste expresses char up front, an ethanol presence most likely attributable to the barrel, cocoa/roast in the middle and raspberry at the finish. Peanut butter is detectable, but barely. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body (but closer to medium) with an even carbonation and some residual alcohol heat at the back. Overall, a very tasty offering; however my least favorite of the bunch.

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Photo of brureview
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I made a special trip to the brewery to find this beer.
Serve warm! The balanced flavors will be more prominent at a warmer temp. 50+

Poured a dark brown opaque color with a 2F head in a Moa Snifter.

At first, the aroma was oak. As the beer warmed- light peanut butter and oak.

The taste was wonderful: well balanced sweetness, peanut butter, jelly, vanilla,
oak. More malty than other Framinghammers - I like this. Good- but not overwhelming alcoholic finish.

Overall- the key to this beer is balance. Lots of flavor blended well together. Another masterful brew from Jack's Abby.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz bottle poured into snifter

A: completely black in appearance had a pretty good head but it disappeared before it could say goodbye

S: bourbon mostly and I want to say jam but is that my mind because of the bottle no there is some sweet currant smells maybe cherries maybe raspberry

T: holy shit this beer is extraordinary you get some bourbon then this jammy Berry taste and then this like thick taste afterwards I want to say peanut butter but I'm not quite getting it

M: This beer is lush and very layered the way it lays on the tongue

O: This beer is one of a kind. I know there are a lot of PB&J beers this doesn't have much peanut butter but the awesome jam taste and the bourbon crank this beer to another level.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
2.77/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: pours a deep mahogany with a purplish hue coming in around the edges. small tannish head with weak retention and a slight lacing. opaque through the middle but purplish bright hues on the edges.

Smell: peanut butter and grape jelly, and some chocolate and roasted malts.

Taste: opens with syrupy, sweet grape jelly. strong peanut butter nuttiness. chocolate and roastiness. some bourbon.

Mouthfeel: cloyingly sweet and syrup.

Overall: the gimmicky one of the framinghammer and easily the worst of the bunch. strong artificial fruitiness and over sweetness make this beer almost undrinkable.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.34/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Half liter bottle poured into an Odell snifter. Bottled on date of June 12, 2014.

Creamy yet wispy oatmeal-colored head that quickly dissipates. Lace forms over the body in clumps of bubbles. The liquid was semi-viscous and dark brown on the pour, but it sits in the glass looking a like a rich stout. 4.25

Smells of boozy chocolate, vanilla and raisins. There seems to be a barleywine-like aroma there, deep sticky caramel lingers in my nostril piece. Sweet fruity notes are buried at first, but become more and more noticeable and evoke jelly. Peanut butter notes eventually make a quiet appearance. 4.5

Man this beer is interesting. There's definitely a boozy element too it and barrel character is pronounced giving off some major oakiness, but a number of other flavors manage to punch through. Grape notes like those in a barleywine and a smooth nuttiness do show up, accompanied by a good dose of vanilla, that then get a bit mangled by solventy booze flavor. 3

The booze simply overwhelms this beer. It's overly hot and solvent-like. It reminds me of drinking a shot of cheap vodka almost. There's a creamy body and the carbonation seems just right but neither of these can overcome the heat. 2

Sad stuff. I really was looking forward to this beer but I can't hardly drink it. I keep hoping some warmth will aid its drinkability but it seems hopeless after a solid half hour or so.

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Photo of Ri0
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

poured bottle into chalice. Bottled June of 2014.

A - Very dark brown/black with a 1.5 finger mocha head that fades to thin ring. Only a few spots of lacing on the glass.

S - Bourbon is noticeable with the Baltic porter. Hints of cocoa and vanilla yield to peanut aromas and some berry jam notes.

T - Starts off with the Baltic Porter and moves into bourbon, vanilla, and cocoa. Nuttiness in the middle along with some berry jam notes. A bit of alcohol heat on the finish

M - Heavy body with a creamy carbonated feel. A bit too much heat on the finish.

O - This was pretty good and I waited 6 months. It could have used another 6 months to temper the BB flavor.

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