Bourbon Barrel-Aged Framinghammer
Jack's Abby Brewing

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Porter - Baltic
Ranked #2
Ranked #647
4.34 | pDev: 7.6%
Jack's Abby Brewing
Massachusetts, United States
Bourbon Barrel-Aged FraminghammerBourbon Barrel-Aged Framinghammer
Notes: The 2012 on tap/growlers were aged in Jim Beam barrels. The 2013 bottles were aged in Willet barrels. 2014 release was aged in Four Roses.

Plato 23°
IBU 45

Unfiltered / Unpasteurized
Reviews: 215 | Ratings: 1,565 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Bluecrow from New York

4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

-opaquely dark bottle pour with a 1cm tan foam cap and an aroma of toasted malt with a hint of cinnamon.
The flavor is rich with toasted malts,, toffee aspects ( without undue sweetness), espresso and bourbon. The oak influence mellows all.
The mouthfeel is smooth.
This is a better version of my favorite porter.

Feb 16, 2021
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tradershmulie from Connecticut

4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Absolutely gorgeous color out of the bottle. Deep deep brown, with a beautiful rich dark head.

Taste is very good - doesn't blow me away. I love bourbon, don't love when it is too noticeable in beer. This works - you can feel it's presence, but it is not overwhelming.

Excellent beer - but not top top.

Nov 15, 2020
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Just above average body with slick creamy feel that lingers long. Carbonation is around medium light which overall helps produce a great feel.
Aroma is sweet bourbon, brown sugar, roasted malt, ,dark and milk chocolate. Has a some chocolate, mocha cake as well.
Taste is sweet,molasses, brown sugar, black coffee, bourbon, roasted malts,alcohol.
Overall this was an excellent delicious porter. Flavorful, really well made, complex and develops depth as it warms. I would definitely look for this again.

Sep 02, 2020
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Peach63 from New York

4.56/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a 2 inch thick, foamy tan head, which lasts to the end. Heavy lacing, which clings to the mug.

Aroma of coffee, chocolate, bourbon, roast malts.

Tastes of coffee, oak, bourbon, molasses, roast malts.

Mouth filling, thick and creamy, full bodied, moderate carbonation. Semi-dry finish.

This is an outstanding beer! Thick, foamy head is beyond compare, what all beers should have.

Aug 07, 2020
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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. 4/7.

From the Bottle (!): "Oats & Brown Sugar"; "Big, Bold, & Black"; "Bourbon Barrel-Aged Framinghammer Baltic Porter"; "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.

Speaking of an opener, I had to use a Bottle opener for the first time in quite a while to Pop! off the cap on this one. Zounds! No sooner was the cap off than I could smell the bourbon! I then started a slow, gentle, C-Line pour into the awaiting glass to keep things moving. It evinced a pseudo-cascade that formed two-plus fingers of deep-tan/light-brown head with very good retention. Color was Very Dark Brown to Black/Opaque (SRM = > 34, < 44), allowing cola highlights to be seen at its edges. Nose was redolent with bourbon as I leaned in for a better sniff, I mean, inhalation. Mouthfeel was big, full, thick & creamy, like a dollop had been scooped into my mouth & onto my tongue. I was really amazed by the flavor! I reviewed the base beer from a CAN (!) yesterday & where that had sharper, bitter flavors, this was much sweeter. I really tasted the brown sugar much more prevalently than in the base iteration and the chocolatiness was more like fudge than Baker's chocolate. Gone were anise, treacle & charcoal smoke as well as the dried, dark fruits. In their place(s) was the taste of liquor as well as a light woodiness. I am still not a huge fan of Bourbon, although Rye is my liquor Achilles Heel, but the taste of it in beer is simply phenomenal, this being no exception. Finish was dry, but not at all bitter. It does require that you like the taste of Bourbon, though, as it was simply prevalent throughout. Mmm. YMMV.

Jul 11, 2020
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hey they did it! They made a baltic porter taste good to me!

Pours black, lighter brown head 2/3". Aroma, wow I didn't think it could be this good. Instead of a massive blast of bitter dark fruit and booze, this one coaxes it all along by leading with bourbon that saturates the dark fruit notes to become smooth and giving another level of depth instead of bitter blech face from the booziness and spoiled prune notes.

Taste also delves into bourbon smoothness, a hint of vanilla keeps the smooth train running the tracks on top of that licorice and dark fruit like base that tends to dominate baltic porters. Nice little hint of smoke to it. Mouth feel does a good job of not being overly sludgy or bitter. More of a caramel and bourbon presence than dark fruit bitterness, which is a total plus. At times I thought i was getting double barrel like notes, bourbon and rum, but I think its just the vanilla barrel aspect and the yeast together. Best baltic porter I can think of.

Jun 22, 2020
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mikeg67 from New Jersey

4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can. Pours black with tall, creamy, brown head and nice lacing. Aroma is of grassy hops, toasted malt and dark fruit. Body is full, creamy and smooth. Taste is of toasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, brown sugar, dark fruit and herbal hops. Finish is long and bittersweet. Very nice porter.

Apr 30, 2020
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beerthulhu from New Jersey

4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark almond head is thick and cushy, at two fingers high displaying a very strong retention and porous surface. A full sheet coating is left behind. The pour was viscose, motor oil consistency, thick, bold, with coffee-auburn highlights from back lighting. . A very slow and mesmerizing rise of micro-effervesce.

S: The nose was full of rich bourbon highlights and brown sugar sweetness. Toasty and sweet caramel comes with coconut-vanilla notes. Toffee and smooth brown malt backbones gives this a full scent, well balanced, with a generous strength from the four roses bourbon barrels. Very good strength with a round out of burnt chocolate that was soft and subtle on the fade.

T: The flavor was as thick and you imagine from the pour. Syrupy backbone of malts combine with vanilla-coffee flavors gives this a rich and bold tasting. The bourbon influence is generous and strong, along with burnt chocolate, roasted walnuts, coconut and a sense of soft charred ash. Smoked caramel malts are sweet and generous, along with some roasted barley gives this as smoky touch. Juicy plums and other dark fruit gives this a nice touch along with some roasty charred coffee-bourbon fade that lingers gently on for an appreciative amount of time.

M: Mouthful is thick, syrupy and slick on the tongue. Lush and deep with a ample full body and warming of bourbon and roasty silty grounds being left behind on the tongue. The carbonation is soft, adding to its velvety smoothness.

O: Overall a ton of bourbon influence, roasty vanilla-coffee flavor and a ample full syrupy body makes for an exceptional experience. The flavor and mouthful being the true highlights and standout here, bold, beautiful and a much rewarding experience from Jacks.

Apr 11, 2020
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Claude-Irishman from New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark black color with a thin mocha colored head.Smell is muted, smell some caramel,cocoa not much else? Taste vanilla,cocoa, some char, definite bourbon notes. Stone fruit. Almost a used leather profile. Feels incredibly thin for a 10% porter. Ample carbonation. Thin bodied,finishes juicy. Overall a delicious Baltic porter.

Feb 05, 2020
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JamFuel from Sweden

4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours jet black with a finger of soft, chocolate colored head.

Smell is roasty with notes of coffee, oak, bourbon, vanilla, and hints of smoke and cured meat.

Taste is intense but still delicate with notes of bourbon, oak, vanilla coffee, very dark chocolate, rum raisins and a hint of booze and bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium, smooth and well carbonated.

Overall, a very nice porter, powerful but still drinkable.

Feb 04, 2020
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Amendm from Rhode Island

4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

An easy pour from a .5 Liter bottle yields a finger of creamy, khaki foam with long retention and irregular blotches of lace. Opaque dark rosewood brown, almost black.

The smell is a balanced blend of chocolate, Bourbon and coffee with a roasted malt kick and caramel malt sweetness (almost). These flavors are featured in the taste.

The taste begins with bakers chocolate as Bourbon builds yet does not overpower, malty richness and milk chocolate smooth out the alcohol bite. Semi-sweet with moderate bitterness from roasted malt. stone fruits almost add sweetness. The finish is warm and slow, faint hops add a peppery bitter boost to the roasted character. Bitter roasted malt taste lingers. coffee is much bigger in the aftertaste than the smell.

Medium full bodied, evenly carbonated throughout. It only takes a few sips for the booze to fade away into an amazing smoothness, bolstered by sweet and roasted malt and brilliantly balanced. A big beer so well balanced and smooth, a good gateway BBA dark beer for novices, and a must try for fans of the style.

Note: I tried the S'mores version of this beer earlier this evening. With this (plain) version of the BBA Framinghammer I detect hops and baked stone fruits where the S'mores version did not, the S'mores version had a bigger dairy presents. This is an excellent line of Beer.

Jan 01, 2020
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HellsRanger from Pennsylvania

4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is a superb brew which pours a slendid dark brown with little to no light thru and very nice foam to go along...
The aroma is very nice with the malts coming thru with the perfect presence of the bourbon and some slight chocolate/vanilla flair to the old factory.
As for the is outstanding . Can't say much more other than it never changes thru the whole is true thru and thru.
The feel was just as great as the taste...smooth, delicious, and tasty. Say no more, other than a MUST DRINK!!!!

Nov 29, 2019
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Smakawhat from Maryland

4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a long tulip glass.

Creamy slow forming head, making a good two fingers and almost nitrous head. Dark tan filed top, sitting on a thick dark walnut and opaque black body.

Aroma is a little muted. Light notes of dark chocolate, and a good berried fruit. Light woody character as well.

Palate is rich. Thick velvet mouthfeel, with a decadent dark chocolate mid palate. Lots of dried plums and dark prune like flavors, mixing with a good portion of dried cocoa. Slight hint of pine hop sting as well, with some prickly light heat on the finish.

Quite an impressive take on a Baltic porter.

Nov 29, 2019
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mntlover from Tennessee

4.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a black no light showing through when held to the light, small one finger light brown head some spotty lace left behind.

Aroma is oh so soft roasted malts, sweet molasses, bourbon notes, vanilla and soft moist peat adding earthy notes. Nice well blended so damn smooth smelling like it all just goes perfectly together. Nose is just a master piece of wonderful perfection, blends perfectly nothing dominating just mmmm.

Taste well going to be hard to beat that wonderful nose and it doesn't really beat it but it is great too. Roasted and toasted malts soft and not quite as sweet molasses goodness as the nose but its nice. Hints of the peat, vanilla and oaken bourbon barrels imparting there charred goodness of so subtlety. Not quite as good as the nose but very noce non the less.

Mouthfeel is weird this is a big beer huge and wonderful flavors but mouthfeel seems lighter then it should maybe making it too dangerous as you think you should throw this big beer back instead of sip any enjoy it.

Overall picked this up in Mass damn wish I had know it would of been so fucking good or I would of bought several :( oh well the joys of buying shit while on vacation. This is wonderful perfection please buy a few if you can. Nothing extravagant just perfect blended perfection.

Aug 26, 2019
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MacMalt from New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from half liter bottle into an English pint glass. It pours ink black with a half finger of creamy, khaki-colored head and a thin but creamy sheen of lacing. It's a really pretty pour. On the nose there is roasted malt, molasses, brown sugar, oak, vanilla, and earthy, burnt char. The bourbon is subtle but unmistakable. The taste opens with sweet roasted malt, brown sugar, and molasses but as it warms there is much more: nutty peat and char and warming notes of bourbon. The flavors blend magnificently. Perhaps the best attribute of this Porter is its mouthfeel: viscous and creamy, it drinks more like a big Stout than a Porter. If anything, it feels heavier than its 10% ABV. Overall, this is as good a Porter as you'll find. Bi flavor and an amazing mouthfeel. I'm so glad to be able to buy this beer locally.

Aug 03, 2019
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ovaltine from Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black, with a luxuriously thick tan head. The bourbon is forward, with vanilla and oak notes on the nose, and there’s also a ginormous toffee aroma, as well as some milk chocolate. Wow.

The bourbon is prominent on the taste, but the oak and vanilla notes complement the toffee and chocolate flavors perfectly.

This is a perfectly balanced beer, which is tough to do at the high ABV, but the brewery is clearly world-class. And they executed this magnificently.

May 27, 2019
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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A classic barrel-aged beer: the bourbon expression is expertly calibrated, notes of caramel, vanilla, toasted nut, mild coffee & roasted malt from the porter base. Simple, but executed to a T.

Feb 28, 2019
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ravisingh from Connecticut

3.45/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Tried this at Eli Cannon's in Middletown, CT. Came in a tulip glass with about a half inch of head leaving behind sparse lacing. Nice chocolatey color. Smell is roasted with sour notes. Tastes like nice, roasted chocolate. Beautiful beer.

Dec 02, 2018
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BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to @thebeers for this one from a ninja box during NBS BIF #8. The base beer has been on my radar for a far while now, let's see what I think of this variant.

16oz bottle poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a solid black color with just the thinnest cap of tan head that had low retention and lacing.

The aroma was amazing, solid malt base, just enough bourbon to pique the interest, and some oak from the barrel, all very nicely blended together. Every aspect got its due, and nothing dominated. Same on the tongue, just more like an exploded diagram of a piece of equipment: everything is shown, yet you can see how it all works together.

The body was fairly typical, perhaps just a wee touch on the thin side, and finished sweet, then surprisingly dried out. Drinkability was awesome, I coulda knocked back a few of these, and looked forward to more. Overall, an awesome brew that actually exceeds its hype. A must try.

Oct 08, 2018
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sulldaddy from Connecticut

4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Reviewing a 500 ml bottle poured into my snifter at cellar temperature. the beer pours a dark chocolate brown color with almost no light passing through my glass. A dense creamy tan head of 4 cm foams up with a gentle pour and the foam fades slowly to a sturdy edge layer and complete surface covering. An impressive looking beer.
The aroma is dark chocolate, vanilla notes and bourbon scents. I also get some brown sugar and molasses, no hops and the booze is well hidden, with no black pepper or general spiciness.
First sip reveals a silky smooth creamy textured body with soft mild carbonation and average body. Very easy drinking beer all around.
The flavor is lots of malt with dark chocolate, molasses, brown sugar and a bit of roast, but no hops. I do get a little bit of booze on the finish with some warmth on each swallow. There is some sweet bourbon but only a little bit in the middle of each mouthful.
The beer s a great malt lovers brew and I enjoy it a lot. No hops and fairly well hidden booze. This is a winner and I will buy this again.

Jul 19, 2018
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DIM from Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The impact on a wonderful beer from the bourbon barrels is minimal, but detrimental. The bourbon and vanilla tilt the balance of the base beer too far to the sweet side. The delicate balance and subtle nuances are all but lost and what takes their place isn't an improvement. Enjoyable enough, but not one to revisit.

May 13, 2018
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Tony210 from New Jersey

3.91/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours an extremely dark brown, you can get a foamy head with an aggressive pour if desired; minimal lacing. Not much to the nose; roasted malts, dark roast coffee, molasses, bittersweet chocolate, light barrel aroma. Smells a little yeasty. Rich and creamy, lots of dark malt, dark chocolate, brown sugar, sweet but not cloying, light roast coffee finish that lingers nicely. Nice amount of carbonation that gives the beer a creamy mouthfeel. ABV is well hidden. Overall this is a nice beer, not an aggressive amount of bourbon barrel presence, making it a smooth, elegant example of the style.

500ml bottle, purchased 1/3/18, so I think it is very fresh
4 rating

Feb 07, 2018
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smcolw from Massachusetts

4.07/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brown color. Small to nonexistent head. No lace.

Sweet aroma of higher alcohol brews, like a doppelbock or barley wine. Yet, there's no alcohol warmth to the nose.

The flavor mimics the smell with dark chocolates and cherries added. I also finally get some alcohol warmth in the swallow. The body is rich and the carbonation low. Definitely a sipping beer. The finish leaves almost a Kailua effect with coffee and warmth.

Jan 27, 2018
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.17/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Many thanks to SawDog505 for this beer!

A - Very dark brown pour that's very thick and bubbly, creamy off-white colored head.

S - Cream, milk, and light smoke.

T - Toffee, bourbon, char, oak, and smokiness.

M - Medium body with a very dry finish.

O - A very good Baltic Porter!

Dec 09, 2017
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richj1970 from Alabama

4.19/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 500 ml bottle

A: Pitch black with one finger light tan head lasting for a short time and leaving some light lacing.

S: Bourbon, cocoa powder, molasses, and rich roasted malts

T: Rich dark chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, and molasses.

M: Medium to full body with average carbonation. Finish is slightly sweet and dry.

O: Superior BA porter. Another great beer from Jack’s Abbey.

Oct 30, 2017
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