Barrel Aged Framinghammer - Mole | Jack's Abby Brewing

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

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Baltic porter aged in bourbon barrels with cocoa nibs, chili peppers, vanilla bean and whole cinnamon sticks.

Added by parris on 01-01-2016

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Ratings: 218 |  Reviews: 38
Photo of Bandi
4.02/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of metter98
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a thin tan head that died down, leaving a thin film of bubbles on the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of cinnamon and chili pepper spices are present in the nose along with hints of bourbon.
T: The taste has flavors of cocoa nibs and bourbon along with hints of cinnamon and chili peppers, the latter of which stand out in the finish. The spiciness becomes stronger as the beer warms up.
M: It feels a bit more than medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a bit of heat in the finish from the chili peppers.
O: This beer is exceptionally drinkable for something that is 12% abv and hides any traces of alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of smithj4
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rub_This_BBQ
3.68/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

looks the part deep black with a 2 finger head, lacing fades quickly
nice faint bourbon and oak with a some roasted notes
taste is a little underwhelming not much stands for being aged on peppers, cinnamon and vanilla. also get a slight medicinal notes

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Photo of 57md
4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This variant is definitely an upgrade from the standard offering. The barrel can be detected on the nose but the spices are not really apparent. The spices certainly kick in on the flavor profile; the cinnamon is most prominent along with something sweet. Just enough heat kicks in on the finish to make it fun. The body is slightly light for the style but hefty enough to hold up to all the adjuncts.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had this for too long. Date on the side reads 03/08/2017.
Considering the specs, you bet I opted for my snifter for this bad boy.
The appearance was a semi-thick dark brown close to black color with a thin cap of a little white semi-foamy head. Modest concave lace slides with the sips.
The aroma seemed to lead with the milk chocolate and vanilla sweetness. It came across quite nicely and brought in the cinnamon in a way that seemed to level it all out just the way I'd want it to come out with a year of age on it. Light anise and some dark fruits ride out the back end.
The flavor yields to the sweetness of the blend of milk chocolate to vanilla. Once again, cinnamon is there, stealthily sneaking in to try and manage some sort of balance. Yet, it doesn't, yes, the cinnamon seems to be playing second fiddle here. In turn, a mild vanilla to milk chocolate aftertaste touches upon some anise and dark chocolate.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sipping quality about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt on par. Mild sticky finish of milk chocolate, vanilla, anise and cinnamon.
Overall, a very nice Baltic Porter by Jack's Abby and being barrel aged, why yes, I'd say enjoyable enough for me to want to come back to.

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Photo of rudzud
3.7/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up back in April at julio's.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a nice dark brown black hue with a one finger mocha head that fades to leave a thin light blanket and a creamy halo. Solid lacing and legs.

S - Aromas of light cinnamon and very little of spice. The chocolate fudge is super faint too. Not much barrel notes, almost cookie dough like. Basically no barrel notes as well. Everything is super subtle.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with a decent amount of spicy cinnamon. The dark chocolate notes are very pleasant with flashes of dark raisins. Next to no barrel presence on the taste. The flavours are incredibly incredibly subtle or even nonexistent.

M - Mouthfeel is almost brightly carbonated, not super creamy and the body is kind of light. The alcohol is hidden nicely, however, this body pales in comparison. Really shocked here.

O - Overall this was a massive disappointment. The body was really light, overly carbonated, the flavour and nose is incredibly lackluster. Absolutely pales in comparison to others, especially considering I just enjoyed the phenomenal variant of Graham Crackers. Super, super underwhelming.

Serving Type: Bottle

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Photo of dpgoblejr
4.79/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Greywulfken
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The idea of the "Mexican" stout (Baltic porter, in this case), featuring various combinations of chocolate, chili peppers, cinnamon, coffee, and vanilla, has played itself out for me somewhat, and I have been uninspired by the majority of those I have had in the past couple of years - and it's even turned me away from familiar brews like Mexican Cake and Xocoveza.

But its been a while now, and I've had good luck with Jack's Abby Framinghammer Baltic porters, so here I am with their Mole, featuring chili peppers, chocolate, cinnamon, and vanilla beans - aged in bourbon barrels, naturally...

Relatively low viscosity pour of dark brown-black beer yields an opaque body in an over-sized snifter... A center pour produced a finger of dark foam that slimmed but didn't vanish, instead persisting as something of a wispy collar with a faint sheen over the surface of the beer...

Immediately impressed by the flavors and character of this beer. The cinnamon and vanilla are well-represented, merging elegantly with the bourbon and wood notes... The chocolate adds a nice depth to the malt base, but the feel remains soft and rather light - sometimes a point of detraction for me, but this beer was graceful enough to validate a thinner body than I'd normally prefer. The chili peppers are most distant in the mix, providing a hint of heat, but no real sting - just a tickle on the tongue toward the finish...

Maybe I've had enough of a break from the Mexican stout scene to appreciate them again, but I suspect this was also a well-crafted beer...

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Photo of QuentinDishaw
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tcsox
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bogdawg
4.14/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jlabs
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 10oz snifter glass via draft
Dark roast coffee brown in color
Smell is mainly bourbon with scant traces of vanilla and cinnamon
Taste follows the nose as bourbon almost overpowers all the other flavors here..slight chilli pepper on the back end
Body is light for a porter
This isnt a bad beer per se but the other framinghammers ive had have been much better

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Photo of Mikexw
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Holderness
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

L — 1000 lumens passed through the glass reveal an excessively dark ruby red that is bordering on black. Big light tan head produced by moderate pour, with good retention and minimal lacing.
S — Dark chocolate, hazelnut, walnut, vanilla, hint of fusels
T — Vanilla, chili, dark chocolate, hint of cinnamon&nutmeg, lightly fruity yeast esters, bourbon. Chili could be more present
F — Feels more velvety and viscous than other Framinghammer variants. Nice and smooth. Medium+ mouthfeel, medium- carb
O — Nice, rounded adjunct profile although the chili (and cinnamon) could definitely be turned up a notch


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Photo of CreightonSM
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BAsbill
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sammy
4.01/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ichorNet
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Wow, can't believe I haven't reviewed this variant. I've definitely had it once or twice before, but probably shared it with friends at the time so wasn't in a position to review. Today, though, I'm sauteeing some seasoned pork chops and working on soloing this bottle which I just picked up the other day. It's a brand new batch, so I'm excited to see if it comes across any different than the last bottle I had.

This is somewhat like the Jack's Abby version of the much beloved "Bomb!" imperial stout by Prairie. Brewed with cinnamon sticks (instead of Bomb!'s coffee, mind you), vanilla, chili peppers and chocolate, it is a decadent and intense spiced/flavored stout. The pour is dark and immense with pure opacity, almost like it's sucking in all surrounding light. The head is slightly small compared to most of these bigger stouts and porters, but it sticks around at about a finger high for the entirety of the time I'm sipping and savoring the glass. Slightly obscure surface with a haze of foam thinly veiling the dark depths this beer displays. Good looking stuff.

The nose here is pretty hot, with bourbon whiskey-soaked wood coming across pretty much immediately, even before any of the chili pepper hits my senses. Right off the bat, one of my very first thoughts is that this could probably be kept for a half-year in the cellar, easily, without losing any of the spices or additional ingredients. Might temper it a bit, too. I start picking up cinnamon and other spice-like notes after the tannins fade a bit. The vanilla seems relegated to the background, with chocolate and slight roastiness picking up some momentum after about ten minutes in my glass.

Slight sweet note upfront; crème brûlée and light undertones of vanilla married to some stiff woody spice and cocoa flavors. More tannic structure toward the mid-palate with a fair bit of roastiness. The finish has a tiny bit of heat, but it mostly blends in with the piquant cinnamon and spicy notes pretty well. Liking the integrated flavors here; this has a very consistent flavor profile, but it doesn't have quite the bombast as some other beers in this sub-style. As it warms, I start getting more vanilla, toffee and bourbon notes toward the finish, kinda outshining the chocolate and chili additions.

Feel is just about medium-heavy once this gets to a temperature appropriate for sipping. Low-leaning carbonation and a pretty nice, smooth texture give this a good degree of drinkability especially for its size. Though this is a lot easier to sip and enjoy than some other "Mexican chocolate"-inspired stouts, it seems like it's going to be a bit of a rougher ride than it actually is from the outset, which affects my enjoyment a bit. As mentioned before, I think 4-6 months would probably be a sweet spot if you wanted to age this beer at home to see if it would be a bit less ethanol-heavy upfront. Would gladly pick up more of this batch and sit on it for some time to see if it calms down a little.

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Photo of Roy1586
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of alexsergio
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Duncian
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.93/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Black pour, short lived beige head. Fine lacing.

S: Tootsie rolls, dark chocolate, creamy vanilla, cinnamon. Very faint whiffs of bourbon and wood.

T: Cacao, vanilla, confectioners sugar, faint roast. Cinnamon and pepper both ride up on the back end and into the finish. Bourbon comes on middle to end, oaky flavors too. Peppery warmth lingers.

M: Hefty body, gentle weight. Very creamy and soft. Low to moderate carbonation let's the feel press in gently. Very subtle oak tannins and pepper heat.

O: A solid beer and easily worth a drink, but it lacks the seamless finesse and balance of the better mole stouts and porters out there. See Stone's Xocoveza Charred or, better yet, Epic's Big Bad Baptista. Alcohol is very well hidden for its size though.

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Photo of Mikeypnh
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

this is so good! there are like a million variants of this now, and probably rightfully so, with the base beer being a legend and somewhat of a genre definer, at least for the american market, it just blows my mind every time that this is a lager, all beer should be this good! i am always a little nervous about peppers in beer, but they are easily the most subtle element in this, and i like what they add. the cinnamon works well to mask their heat with a more relaxed warmth, so good together. one of the beautiful things about this beer is that it is lager fermented down to near dry, insane for a beer this strong, if this were most imperial stouts or porters out there with the same adjuncts, it would be too sweet to drink more than a small glass of, which for whatever reason has become the industry norm and an acceptable consequence of the style somehow, but not here, this is nice and dry so i can really taste the roast of the barley, the chocolate and the chocolate malt, so dry its almost chalky texturally to me, certainly by comparison anyway. even the vanilla isnt sweet, but its enhancing the whiskey notes from the barrel. it seems like too much, but these additives are so well proportioned, its next level, and they all come together, meanwhile the base porter still really drives this thing. i have been less and less a fan of the overly adjuncty stuff lately, but this is really well done, professional, subtle in the right ways. not super carbonated from the bottle, but it doesnt need to be. very impressive beer, i want to try all the others now too!

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Barrel Aged Framinghammer - Mole from Jack's Abby Brewing
Beer rating: 4.29 out of 5 with 218 ratings