Framinghammer - Barrel-Aged - Graham Cracker | Jack's Abby Brewing

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Coorsy on 06-08-2016

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Ranking:
#1,343
Reviews:
22
Ratings:
86
pDev:
6.02%
 
 
Wants:
1
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Ratings: 86 |  Reviews: 22
Photo of Jwale73
4.03/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Spiegelau tulip. Pours one shade shy of black with a dense, 1.5 inch, mocha-colored head embedded with ringlets. Nose expresses hints of the barrel, dark malts and I also get a suggestion of flaked coconut, strange as that may sound. Taste consistent with nose; however, there's also cherries (think chocolate covered cherry cordials) in the mix. Not sure where the graham cracker comes into this but still tasty. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with an assertive carbonation. Overall, a really nice Framinghammer variant.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a snifter glass from the bottle.

Appearance: semi thick dark black body with a tan head which is closer to White. the head initially Rose to half a finger's length after vigorous poor and settled quickly after two or three sips.

Smell: heavy cinnamon and chocolate with a deep whiskey note very sticky even though I have a slight cold.

Taste: deep complex taste consisting of milk chocolate,whiskey, cinnamon and vanilla bean. Definitely a keeper in my books.

Mouth: sticky beer with a medium carbonation and a full body, the aftertaste just lingers but could use a touch tweaking.

Overall: very good beer I definitely would buy it again Jack's Abby craft lagers have been putting out nothing by James recently I will always be on the lookout. Salud!

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Photo of KMcGrath
4.48/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of EMH73
4.21/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very dark brown with a quarter inch beige head that left little lacing. Smells and tastes of chocolate, Graham cracker, coconut, vanilla, cinnamon and a bit of bourbon. Medium bodied, light carbonation, smooth mouth feel and a mildly dry finish.

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Photo of Vidblain
4.39/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Even with a persistent congested head, the nose on this beer makes an impression - there are hints of vanilla, bourbon, graham cracker, and chocolate (muted). The taste has a ton of depth and complexity - the vanilla still surprises me, but the graham cracker and cinnamon are spot-on and tremendously well done. The bourbon is present but isn't boozy, hot, or unpleasant - I suspect that's where a lot of the vanilla is coming from. The barrels aren't all that forward, but there's a light dryness to the finish - I like how clean it is. The mouth feel and consistency is surprisingly thick for a porter - whie the hop bill doesn't reveal itself in the taste to any noticeable degree.

I will say that it does have an odd sort of... numbing taste to it. Not exactly like rubbing alcohol or anything, but the beer seems to number my tongue and cheeks a bit. It's very odd, and one of the few times that I can recall this sensation. I can't really think of another beer that has imparted this feeling.

Still - a terrific beer. I really like this one, particularly at the price point. Well done, Jack's Abbey - great intro to your beer.

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Photo of fosters9
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JayWhitson
4.52/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Notes of graham cracker, toasted coconut, cinnamon, ginger, and vanilla. Mild bourbon Integrated well throughout. Like the alcoholic version of a blended bowl of Golden Grahams with milk. Very nice.

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Photo of brother_rebus
4.19/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.48/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Since this is a huge beer, I opted for a snifter for this bad boy.
The appearance was a dark brown close to black in the body. Nice looking eggshell white foamy head about a finger's worth sat atop and slid off at a decent pace. Some lace ran here and there.
The aroma seemed to practically perfect an absolutely stunningly wonderful bourbon woody sweet and spiciness rolling into some sweet graham cracker and touches of vanilla creamy to subtle bean-like character. Subtle milk and dark chocolate.
The flavor is stellar! It takes the graham cracker sweetness to melt on into the bourbon spice and barrel sweetness. Milk chocolate and dark chocolate follow in exceptionally. Mild sticky chocolate and graham cracker-like aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sipping quality about it. ABV seemed fairly close to what was projected.
Overall, an absolutely wonderful barrel aged Baltic Porter with a little bit of Jack's Abby creativity. The level of graham cracker is phenomenal!

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Photo of Vivs85
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stephenjmoore
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of FlintB
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JMScowcroft
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JakerLou
4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.76/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Big bottle sent over from connecticutpoet. Poured into fishbowl tallgrass snifter.

Deep, rich, silky chocolate black color with a luxurious head of 2 fingers, very creamy, and completely destroying the glass.

Aromas of roasted malts, coffee beans, chocolate, biscotti, toffee, and graham cracker crust. Literally smells like a dessert coffee.

Flavor is a bit funny to me, I get quite a bit of nail polish and manure, with chocolate, coffee beans, honey malt, and metal/more antiseptic. It's very off, just not coming together for me.

Feel is creamy and slightly thin, but within the medium body profile, with some cutting alcohol heat, with a finish of alcohol dryness.

Overall, didn't quite deliver like I hoped it would. Maybe I got an off batch, but this was just kind of a mess. Looking at the other reviews, I definitely got a bad bottle. I don't get any of the specifics mentioned here on the reviews page.

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Photo of zotzot
4.46/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Phineasco
4.53/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

The beer pours a dark brown with a medium off white head. It has medium low carbonation. The beer smells of cinnamon, nutmeg, graham crackers, vanilla, and raisins. It tastes cinnamon, nutmeg, graham crackers, vanilla, raisins, and bourbon. The feel is medium light. A great barrel aged porter from Jack’s Abbey, reminds me of Christmas.

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Photo of Abstractspirit
4.48/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ScottP
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of emptyglassagain
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of thoglund
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jcoleMA66
4.31/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CHickman
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black color with 1 finger tan foamy head that faded slowly and left minimal spotty lacing, with most of the lacing sliding back down into the brew.

Smells graham crackers, toffee, syrup, brown sugar, roasted grains, cocoa, a nutty candy bar and bourbon. It comes off as sweet and malty at first, but more complexities come out and it does actually emulate a graham cracker.

Tastes has the sweetness of coconut, vanilla and zesty citrus mixed in with the graham cracker, toffee, syrup, molasses, brown sugar, roasted grains, cocoa, a nutty candy bar and bourbon. Bitter dark chocolate and hints of almond cookies wrap up the flavor profile, with trailing oaky and bourbon notes. That is an impressive porter that hides the ABV and goes down easier than it should, like a dessert beer.

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Photo of ScaryEd
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a near pitch black color with a finger of creamy tan head. The head hangs around for a while, leaving a ring of lacing before settling into a film.

The aroma brings notes of graham crackers, coconut, fudge and bourbon with subtle notes of oak and vanilla on the back end.

The flavor has graham crackers, chocolate fudge, and light cinnamon, followed by marshmallows, coconut, almonds and roasted malts. Finishes with a wave of bourbon and vanilla.

The feel is medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Fluffy and creamy and exceptionally smooth. Alcohol is present but only just.

Overall, a fantastic Baltic porter that's incredibly sweet but absolutely delicious. It's a dessert in a glass.

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Photo of mattreitz49
4.21/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Framinghammer - Barrel-Aged - Graham Cracker from Jack's Abby Brewing
Beer rating: 4.32 out of 5 with 86 ratings