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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Photo of EMH73
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a quarter inch tan head taht left spotty lacing. Smells of cocoa, malts and a hint of pepper, virtually no bourbon on the nose. Tastes of cocoa powder, dark chocolate, cinnamon, light chili presence and minimal bourbon or barrel flavors. Medium bodied, light carbonation, dry mouth feel with an astringent after taste.

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Photo of Smakawhat
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Dark classic walnut black, with barely a half mocha finger head. Small tan collar and a nice present.

Real nice aroma. A little low on spice, but a good cocoa nibs and raw chocolate darkness on the nose. Creamy sensing with light vanilla touch also.

Nice palate. Bitter cocoa with a very big dark chocolate flavor. Mouthfeel is solid but seems to lack classic barrel aging depth and thickness. Very deceptive chili warmth, most noticeable on the finish with a bit of ashen taste as well.

Neat take on a balt porter.

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Photo of KMcGrath
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of acurtis
2.97/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of npolachek
3.65/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Abstractspirit
4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Heftklammer
3.73/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SpaethJam
4.09/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of atlbravsrno1
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of maximum12
3.02/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to quirk6 for this 500ML bottle, the last of the Framinghammer’s from a big BIF haul. Split with my wife.

The pour is black & like most of the series, barely visible carbonation. The nose brings two of the additions in spades: chili peppers & chocolate. Base beer not spotted.

Framinghammer – Mole’ might have overdosed on peppers. Big, warm, pepper kick in the face right up front. It’s not fatal or tsunami level heat, but enough to obscure the adjuncts & beer by about 94%. Chocolate peeks out, touch of cinnamon. Would need a search party to locate any bourbon or vanilla. Smooth. For the second time tonight, 2-3 ounces of this would have been sufficient.

I like hot stuff. When my girls were little, every time we saw something spicy or hot in a restaurant or grocery store they’d say “Daddy, you’d like that!” Often I did. Looking through the other reviews I’m a bit baffled by all the reports of balance & a “hint” of peppers – not my experience at all. Average beer.

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Photo of CraftFan5
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of rkarimi
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25


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Photo of mattreitz49
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wizzle32
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of hozersr
4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Wheels2532
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bandi
4.02/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of metter98
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
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 -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rub_This_BBQ
3.68/5  rDev -13.8%
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 -4.2%
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 +1.9%
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 -13.3%
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 +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Greywulfken
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
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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Barrel Aged Framinghammer - Mole from Jack's Abby Brewing
Beer rating: 4.27 out of 5 with 234 ratings